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Daily Calendar for Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Question of the Day

Why do gamblers blow on dice?
It’s an attempt to influence lady luck in the gambler’s favor, as is rubbing the dice with the hands or breathing on playing cards. Cardplayers and gamblers must be among the most superstitious of all people. A seasoned gambler will not cross his legs or play with a cross-eyed partner or opponent. A dropped card is a sign of very bad luck. Some gamblers wear a pin in the lapel for good luck. Some walk around the table before a game to increase their luck.

Advice of the Day

He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.

Home Hint of the Day

In an old brick home, mortar typically requires repointing (replacing or refreshing) every 20 to 30 years. If you can easily scrape out pieces of mortar with a knife, repointing is needed.

Word of the Day

A rude, rustic fellow.

Puzzle of the Day

What did the computer do at lunchtime?
Had a byte!


  • Gaspard Monge (mathematician)
  • Robert Gray (sailor)
  • John Wilkes Booth (assassin)
  • Mae Murray (actress)
  • Max Steiner (composer)
  • Fred Astaire (actor & dancer)
  • Maybelle Carter (country musician)
  • Donovan Leitch (singer)
  • Bono (singer)
  • Kenan Thompson (actor)


  • Paul Revere (patriot)
  • Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (Confederate Army general)
  • Joan Crawford (actress)
  • Shel Silverstein (poet, author)
  • David Riesman (author)


  • Christopher Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands and named them Las Tortugas after the numerous sea turtles there
  • Louis XVI became King of France
  • Golden spike linked Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads at Promontory Point, Utah, creating the first continental railroad
  • Victoria Woodhull became the first woman nominated for President of the United States
  • The Centennial Exhibition opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at which Caroline Shawk Brooks displayed her sculpture of a woman’s face made out of butter. The rendering, Dreaming Iolanthe, sparked a movement of serious artistic butter sculpting in America. Butter sculptures remain a popular attraction at state fairs
  • The Society of American Magicians was founded
  • Mother’s Day first celebrated, West Virginia
  • J. Edgar Hoover was appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • First submerged voyage around world completed by submarine USS Triton
  • Nelson Mandela sworn in as first black president of South Africa
  • An earthquake near Ardekul in northeastern Iran killed at least 2,400 people
  • FBI agent Robert Hanssen was given a life sentence without the possibility of parole for selling American secrets to Moscow
  • Sonic boom possibly due to meteor, Virginia Beach, Virginia


  • Bloomington-Normal and Aurora, Illinois, established a state record for the month of May with morning lows of 21 degrees F
  • A foot of heavy snow fell on upper Michigan
  • 14.2 inches of snow fell in Marquette, Michigan

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