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Daily Calendar for Thursday, July 21, 2022

Question of the Day

Have you heard of anyone suing someone else because lightning struck his barn?
Strangely, we have. During a long drought in the mid-1880s, a minister in New York State called a prayer meeting so that all the residents could pray for rain. One farmer, Phineas Dodd, apparently thought prayer was unnecessary, so he did not show up for the meeting. Three hours after the meeting ended, thunderstorms rumbled through the area, bringing the much-needed rain. The thunderstorms also brought lightning, which struck Dodd’s barn and burned it to the ground. Dodd sued the minister, Duncan McLeod, whose lawyer pointed out that the minister and the people at the prayer meeting had prayed for rain, not a thunderstorm. Therefore, McLeod could not be held accountable for the lightning strike. Dodd’s case was thrown out of court.

Advice of the Day

Use lavender, fennel, or chamomile soaks for tired, swollen feet.

Home Hint of the Day

To clean baskets and prevent drying, remove all dust with a soft brush, then apply a mixture of equal parts boiled linseed oil and turpentine. Rub well into the reeds and remove any excess with a dry cloth.

Word of the Day

Junk
Pieces of old cable or old cordage, used for making gaskets, mats, swabs, etc., and when picked to pieces, forming oakum for filling the seams of ships.

Puzzle of the Day

(Blank) succeeds like (Blank).(What’s the saying? Fill in the blanks!)
1) Nothing 2) success

Died

  • Robert Burns (poet)
  • Alan Shepard, Jr. (astronaut)
  • Robert Young (actor, television’s iconic dad of Father Knows Best)
  • Jerry Goldsmith (composer who created the memorable music for scores of classic movies and television shows ranging from Star Trek and Planet of the Apes to The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Dr. Kildare)

Born

  • George Frederick Dick (American pathologist)
  • Hart Crane (poet)
  • Ernest Hemingway (author)
  • Isaac Stern (violinist)
  • Don Knotts (actor)
  • Robin Williams (actor)
  • Brandi Chastain (soccer player)
  • Josh Hartnett (actor)
  • David Carr (football player)

Events

  • Battle of Falkirk: England’s Edward Longshank defeated William Wallace’s Scottish rebels
  • Canada’s first public railway (Champlain and St. Lawrence) opened
  • The first major military engagement in the Civil War took place at Bull Run Creek, Virginia
  • Jesse James held up the Rock Island Express and escaped with $3,000. It was his first train robbery
  • John T. Scopes found guilty of teaching evolution in class and fined $100
  • The world’s first nuclear-powered merchant vessel, the Savannah, launched
  • Captain Gus Grissom, piloting the Mercury 4 capsule Liberty Bell 7, became the second American to go into space (sub-orbital flight)
  • In Jackson, Michigan, a factory robot crushed a worker against a safety bar in the first known robot-related death in the U.S.
  • Discovery of the subatomic particle tau-neutrino announced

Weather

  • The worst flooding in 20 years hit Mercer County, New Jersey, in 1975, when six inches of rain fell in ten hours. Railway service between New York City and Washington, D.C., was cut off for two days, and about 1,000 people were left homeless from the floods.
  • World-record cold temperature, -128.6 degrees F, recorded at Vostok Station, Antarctica (a new world record of -136 degrees F was set in 2010)
  • Macon, Georgia, had its 10th day above 100 degrees F
  • Columbia, South Carolina, had its 15th day above 100 degrees F
  • 301-foot-tall, 103-year-old Kinzua Viaduct (steel railroad bridge), McKean Co., Pennsylvania, destroyed by F1 tornado. When the structure was built in 1882, it was the highest railroad bridge in the world. It spanned 2,053 feet and weighed 3,105,000 pounds.

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