Daily Calendar for Tuesday, May 23, 2023 | Almanac.com

# Daily Calendar for Tuesday, May 23, 2023

### Question of the Day

Why is a nautical mile different from a land mile?
The mile was originally a Roman linear measure of 1,000 paces — about 1,618 yards. (Its length has varied considerably at different periods and in different localities; the legal mile is now 1,760 yards, or 5,280 feet.) Such a linear measurement cannot be used at sea, so the nautical mile is based on the length of one minute of arc (or 1/60 of a degree) of a great circle of Earth. Owing to the fact that Earth is not a true sphere, the mile as thus defined varies considerably. Therefore, the British assigned it a standard value of 6,080 feet.

Bigger is not necessarily better and going faster is not necessarily progress.

### Home Hint of the Day

A square of asphalt shingles will cover 100 square feet of surface. Three bundles of asphalt shingles (each containing twenty-two 3-foot-long shingles) make up a square.

### Word of the Day

Whangdoodle
An imaginary creature, or an undefined character.

### Puzzle of the Day

Why should you never tell a joke to an egg?
Because it might crack up.

### Died

• Captain William Kidd (hanged in London) β
• John D. Rockerfeller (entrepreneur) β
• Anne Meara (actress) β
• Eric Carle (children’s book author, most notably The Very Hungry Caterpillar) β

### Born

• Carolus Linnaeus (botanist) β
• Douglas Fairbanks (actor) β
• John Bardeen (physicist) β
• Rosemary Clooney (singer) β
• Barbara Barrie (actress) β
• Joan Collins (actress) β
• Robert Moog (inventor) β
• Drew Carey (actor; host of The Price is Right) β
• Mitch Albom (author) β
• Ken Jennings (won 74 straight games on Jeopardy! game show in 2004) β
• Jewel (musician) β

### Events

• Benjamin Franklin created his own pair of bifocalsβ
• South Carolina was admitted to the Union as the 8th stateβ
• Explorer William Clark: βWater freeses [sic] on the oarsβ in what is now Montana.β
• North-West Mounted Police formed (now Royal Canadian Mounted Police)β
• New York Public Library in New York City is establishedβ
• Townsend-Purnell Plant Patent Act became the first in the United States to grant patent protection to plant breedersβ
• Actor Errol Flynn appeared on the cover of LIFE Magazineβ
• Queen Juliana of the Netherlands laid the cornerstone of the tower housing the Netherlands Centennial Carillon in Victoria, British Columbiaβ
• Five people were killed, when a large part of the roof of a new terminal collapsed at Parisβ Charles de Gaulle Airport in Franceβ
• Hugh Laurie was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palaceβ

### Weather

• Folks were sleighing in Farmington, Maineβ
• Late season snowstorm blanketed eastern Iowa with 4 to 6 inches of snowβ