The summer solstice heralds the beginning of summer. The timing of the solstice depends on when the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator. The word solstice is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this time (and again at the winter solstice). In temperate regions, we notice that the Sun is higher in the sky throughout the day, and its rays strike Earth at a more direct angle, causing the efficient warming we call summer. In the winter, just the opposite occurs: The Sun is at its southernmost point and is low in the sky. Its rays hit the Northern Hemisphere at an oblique angle, creating the feeble winter sunlight.
Daily Calendar for Wednesday, June 21, 2023
On National Indigenous Peoples Day (formerly named National Aboriginal Day), Canadians recognize the contributions of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples. The holiday is observed on June 21 each year because this date often coincides with the summer solstice, when many indigenous peoples celebrate their culture and heritage.
Question of the Day
How can I remove a photograph that is partially stuck to the glass of a picture frame without ruining the photo?
Try wiping it very gently with a slightly dampened cotton cloth. When the photo has absorbed some of the moisture, pull it gently or scrape under it gently with a thin, flat-edged tool. Remove the photo very carefully. The key here is very little, but just enough, water.
Advice of the Day
Don’t brew beer while beans blossom.
Home Hint of the Day
Fresh grass clippings make excellent garden mulch. Spread the clippings so they’re about 1 inch thick, but don’t bunch them too heavily around young plants, as the grass can burn tender stalks.
Word of the Day
Fear of insects
Puzzle of the Day
City life (Change these words into a single word.)
- King Edward III of England –
- Carroll O'Connor (actor) –
- Kermit Love (costume designer) –
- Charles Krauthammer (Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist) –
- Charles Bowers Momsen (American vice admiral, inventor) –
- Jean-Paul Sartre (writer & philosopher) –
- Jane Russell (actress) –
- Judy Holliday (actress) –
- Maureen Stapleton (actress) –
- Doug Savant (actor) –
- Prince William of Wales (oldest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana) –
- John Archer became first to receive Bachelor of Medicine degree in U.S.–
- New Hampshire ratified the Constitution and was admitted as the 9th state–
- Cyrus H. McCormick was awarded a U.S. patent for a reaper–
- The ferris wheel debuted at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago–
- France surrendered to Germany (WW II)–
- Richard M. Nixon married Thelma Catherine “Pat” Ryan–
- Sesquicentennial U.S. postage stamp “The Old Man of the Mountains” debuted–
- First 999 emergency phone service in North America began, in Winnipeg, Manitoba–
- The original Walt Disney movie The Parent Trap debuted–
- Jim Bunning of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched a perfect baseball game–
- The first amendment to Canada’s Constitution Act of 1982, which guaranteed the constitutional rights of Indians and Inuits, took effect–
- SpaceShipOne left the Earth behind and made its indelible entry in the history books as the first private spacecraft to carry humans into space–
- A 25-foot-tall, 17.5-ton treat of frozen Snapple juice melted, flooding Union Square in downtown Manhattan with kiwi-strawberry-flavored fluid–
- Tallest structure built with LEGOS (114 feet 11 inches) set Guinness World Record, Milan, Italy–
- The Apalachicola-Tallahassee area of Florida was hit by an early-season hurricane–
- Fifteen inches of snow was reported at the summit of Mount Evans in Colorado–
- Typhoon Fengshen, with winds of up to 121 miles per hour, struck the central and northern Philippines–
- Washington, D.C., had a record high temperature of 99 degrees Fahrenheit–
- Boston, Massachusetts, had a record high temperature of 96 degrees Fahrenheit–