Daily Calendar for Tuesday, October 17, 2023 | Almanac.com

Daily Calendar for Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Question of the Day

Can I use pine needles as a plant cover in my garden throughout the winter?
Pine needles are great for insulation. They make a wonderful mulch for perennials, strawberries, and any shrubs and trees that like acid conditions. They also can prevent problems with shallow-rooted plants caused by freezing and thawing.

Advice of the Day

Spare well and have well.

Home Hint of the Day

Basic tools to outfit a home workshop — Part IV: 2-foot framing square, adjustable wrench (about 10 inches long), fine (1/16 inch) nail set, hacksaw with coarse and fine blades, coping saw and blades, and bevel square.

Word of the Day

Dominical letter
A letter from A to G, denoting Sundays in the ecclesiastical calendar for a given year, determined by the date on which the first Sunday falls. If it falls on January 1, the letter (for the year) is A; if it falls on January 2, the letter is B; and so on.

Puzzle of the Day

What key is the hardest to turn?


  • Frederic Chopin (composer) –
  • Laura Secord (Canadian heroine) –
  • Julia Ward Howe (author) –
  • S. J. Perelman (writer) –
  • Joan Hickson (actress) –
  • Betty Hill (the woman known as the first lady of UFOs.” Hill and her late husband had the first publicized and best-documented UFO experience”) –
  • Ray Boone (baseball player) –
  • Joey Bishop (comedian) –
  • Levi Stubbs (lead singer of The Four Tops) –


  • Buck Ewing (first catcher to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame) –
  • Arthur Miller (author) –
  • Rita Hayworth (actress) –
  • Tom Poston (actor) –
  • Jimmy Breslin (columnist) –
  • Evel Knievel (stunt motorcyclist) –
  • Michael McKean (actor) –
  • Margot Kidder (actress) –
  • George Wendt (actor) –
  • Mae Jemison (astronaut, physician, professor) –
  • Alan Jackson (country musician) –


  • Charles II of England sold Dunkerque to France for 40,000 pounds–
  • Sam Patch, the Yankee Leaper, jumped 120 feet from a platform atop Niagara Falls into the river below. He survived.–
  • Al Capone is convicted of income tax evasion by a federal court in Chicago and sentenced to 11 years in prison. He was released in 1939.–
  • Physicist Albert Einstein arrived in the U.S. as a refugee from Nazi Germany–
  • Huey, Dewey, and Louie (Donald Duck’s nephews) first appeared in a comic strip–
  • An earthquake 50 miles out at sea shook eastern Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island–
  • Mother Teresa of India was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for her work on behalf of the destitute in Calcutta.–
  • Frank Giannino completed his run across the United States. It took him 46 days, 8 hours, and 36 minutes.–
  • A meteorite chunk struck a house in the San Francisco Bay Area–
  • Ashrita Furman balanced 100 ice cream scoops on cone–


  • Three inches of snow fell on Huntertown, Indiana–

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