Daily Calendar for Tuesday, July 18, 2023 | Almanac.com

# Daily Calendar for Tuesday, July 18, 2023

### First of Muharram (at sundown)

βThe Islamic New Year, or the First of Muharram, begins at sundown. This marks the beginning of the Islamic lunar calendar each year. For many Muslims, it begins at the first sighting of the lunar crescent after the new Moon in the month of Muharram. The crescent Moon may be visible a day or so after the new Moon, but weather and other factors may delay the sighting. Other Muslims use different criteria to determine the start of the calendar, such as the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA), which calculates the date according to the following: The Moon must be born (become new) before sunset in Makkah, and the Moon must set after sunset. The following dates are calculated according to the FCNA, and may be a day or so earlier than a visible sighting.β

### Question of the Day

Is there a way to guess the height of clouds?
Sure. Here’s the formula for doing so. Take the current temperature in degrees Fahrenheit, subtract the dew point, and multiply this number by 220. This calculation will give you the approximate height of the clouds in feet.

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. —Will Rogers

### Home Hint of the Day

To keep out rabbits, place dried sulfur, available at farm and garden supply stores, around the edge of your garden.

### Word of the Day

Navvy
Originally, a laborer on canals for internal navigation; hence, a laborer on other public works, as in building railroads, embankments, etc.

### Puzzle of the Day

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

### Died

• John Paul Jones (naval commander) β
• Jane Austen (author ) β
• Eugene Shoemaker (American astrogeologist) β
• Gerry Thomas (invented the TV dinner and helped revolutionize food marketing and distribution) β
• General William Westmoreland (commanded U.S. forces during the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1968) β
• George Coe (actor) β
• Alex Rocco (actor) β

### Born

• William Makepeace Thackeray (writer) β
• Hume Cronyn (actor) β
• Red Skelton (actor & comedian) β
• Nelson Mandela (political activist) β
• John Glenn, Jr. (astronaut) β
• James Brolin (actor) β
• Mike Greenwell (baseball player) β
• Vin Diesel (actor) β
• Ben Sheets (baseball player) β
• Kristen Bell (actress) β
• Jamie Benn (hockey player) β

### Events

• First train ride between U.S. (Portland, Maine) and Canada (Montreal, Quebec)β
• Pierre and Marie Curie announced the discovery of a new element and called it poloniumβ
• Fireworks banned in Cleveland, Ohioβ
• The first jet combat plane was testedβ
• Garden State Park racetrack opened, Cherry Hill, New Jerseyβ
• President Harry Truman signed the Presidential Succession Act into law which places the Speaker of the House and the Senate President Pro Tempore next in the line of succession after the United States Vice Presidentβ
• Video of RMS Titanic wreckage releasedβ

### Weather

• The temperature reached 102 degrees F in Fort Smith, Northwest Territoriesβ
• Death Valley, California, recorded a high of 127 degrees Fβ
• The Mississippi and Missouri Rivers crested at 46.9 feet in St. Louis, Missouriβ
• Aurora, Illinois, received 16.91 inches of rain in 24 hoursβ
• First day of storm that brought flooding to the Saguenay region of Quebec.β