Daily Calendar for Friday, September 29, 2023 | Almanac.com

Daily Calendar for Friday, September 29, 2023

The Harvest Moon is the full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox and is bright enough to allow finishing all the harvest chores. 

The feast day of St. Michael, the archangel and overcomer of the Devil, is a Christian celebration based on the ancient Celtic calendar. Its main importance in people’s lives was that of a seasonal signpost in the year. In the British Isles, crops were harvested and the surplus sold by late September, so this became the time when farmers would pay their yearly rents to landowners. Everyone ate goose at Michaelmas to bring prosperity, and many farmers included β€œa goose fit for the lord’s dinner” with their rent payments. Great market fairs occurred just before the feast day, and the large crowds these attracted made it convenient to hold elections at this time. Michaelmas is also a β€œQuarter Day.” The ancient Celtic people divided the year into four major sections, or quarters, and then divided each of these in half to make an eight-part year that reflected the natural progression of the seasons. Foods traditional for Michaelmas include new wine; goose; cakes of oats, barley, and rye; and carrots. Some groups in the United States, such as the Pennsylvania Dutch, have kept Michaelmas, or β€œHarvest Home,” traditions alive.

Question of the Day

Is there a natural way to lighten my hair without using those smelly hair dyes from the store?
You can use lemon juice, from either a bottle or real lemons. Comb it through your hair evenly, then let it dry in the sun. Do this once a day for about a week, and you’ll see results.

Advice of the Day

Polish pewter with a cabbage leaf.

Home Hint of the Day

To clean a dishwasher, place a bowl containing 2 cups of vinegar on the bottom rack, leaving all the racks in place (but emptied of dishes!). Run the dishwasher through the wash and rinse cycles only. The vinegar will splash about inside, cleaning the whole thing.

Word of the Day

Solar Cycle
A period of 28 years in the Julian calendar, at the end of which the days of the month return to the same days of the week.

Puzzle of the Day

(Blank) ventured (Blank) gained. (What’s the saying? Fill in the blanks!)

1) Nothing 2) nothing


  • Francois Boucher (painter) –
  • Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (author) –
  • Henry Hobson Richardson (architect) –
  • Herbert Agar (journalist) –
  • Gene Autry (actor) –
  • Michelangelo Antonioni (director) –
  • Stanley Kramer (producer) –
  • Jerry Lee Lewis (musician) –
  • Madeline Kahn (actress) –
  • Lech Walesa (Polish labor leader) –
  • Bryant Gumbel (broadcast journalist) –


  • William Topaz McGonagall (poet) –
  • W. H. Auden (poet) –
  • Roy Lichtenstein (artist) –
  • Tony Curtis (actor) –


  • Canadian satellite, Alouette 1, was launched–
  • OSO 7 solar satellite launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida–
  • Space shuttle Discovery launched–
  • $389,500 paid for Lou Gehrig’s last baseball glove–
  • 2-pound 13-ounce southern kingfish caught near Sandbridge, Virginia–
  • Adventurer David Hempleman-Adams became the first person to cross the Atlantic solo in an open wicker basket balloon, landing in England after surviving hail, snow and a Concorde’s sonic boom. He lifted off from Sussex in New Brunswick, Canada–
  • John G. Roberts Jr. was sworn in as the 17th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court–
  • 31 ears of corn husked by 4 people in 1 minute, Markham, Ontario–


  • Hurricane hit SE Louisiana. Wind gusts up to 140 mph recorded–
  • Tornado hit Charleston, South Carolina–
  • Snow began to fall in Caribou, Maine, and ended on the 30th, with 2.5 inches accumulating–

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