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Daily Calendar for Monday, December 11, 2023

Question of the Day

What is Saturnalia?
The Roman Saturnalia, honoring the god Saturn, was held on December 17 to 23 and was a time of pagan feasting. (Saturnalia traditions later became absorbed into the celebration of Christmas..) To start a war during this time would have been a sin against the gods. Schools were closed, courts were out of session, and no penalties were handed down to lawbreakers. It was a seven-day period of peace and candle-lighting.

Advice of the Day

When a camel is at the foot of the mountain, then judge his height.

Home Hint of the Day

To save on energy and hot water, make it a practice to take quick showers rather than baths.

Word of the Day

The fear of hurricanes or tornadoes

Puzzle of the Day

Why ought the stars to be good astronomers?
Because they have studded (studied) the heavens for thousands of years.


  • Annie Jump Cannon (cataloged over 225,000 stars) –
  • Alexander Solzhenitsyn (novelist) –
  • Brenda Lee (singer) –
  • Terri Garr (actress) –
  • Susan Seidelman (director of film) –
  • Bess Armstrong (actress) –
  • William Joyce (author) –
  • Gary Dourdan (actor) –
  • Mos Def (actor & rap artist) –
  • Rider Strong (actor) –


  • Sam Cooke (singer) –
  • Benton MacKaye (American conservationist) –


  • One of earliest recorded sightings of northern lights in North America–
  • Edward Bevan’s venetian blinds patented, London, England–
  • Indiana is admitted to the Union as the 19th state–
  • Bijou Theater, first in the United States to be lit by electricity, opened in Boston, Massachusetts–
  • First public demonstration in U.S. of colored moving pictures, New York City–
  • Monument to the boll weevil, which had forced farmers to diversify, erected in Enterprise, Alabama–
  • The Bank of the United States in New York failed, one of many signs of the looming depression–
  • The Statute of Westminster was the last of the Imperial Acts of the Parliament of Great Britain applicable to all the Dominions. It granted Canada, Newfoundland, New Zealand, Australia, the Union of South Africa and the Irish Free State what amounted to independence–
  • British King Edward VIII abdicated throne to marry Wallis Simpson–
  • George VI became King of England after his brother abdicated the throne–
  • The Chesterfield Supper Club, featuring Perry Como, among others, debuted on the radio–
  • United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established by the United Nations General Assembly–
  • Joe DiMaggio retired from baseball after 13 seasons with the NY Yankees–


  • 2.1 inches rain fell in Vancouver, British Columbia–
  • Arctic cold took over central and eastern U.S.–
  • Dec. 11-12: Ice storm hit the Northeast–

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