Daily Calendar for Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Question of the Day

I have an old hibiscus tree indoors. It’s in a cool room and gets indirect sunlight. It now has started to drop leaves and hasn’t bloomed for months. I only water it when it gets dry. Do you think I need to repot it?
Our hunch is that your plant isn’t getting enough light. One half-day of direct sunlight from a bright east or south window is best for promoting flowering and keeping leaves green and healthy. Another problem could be insects. Check the bottom side of the leaves and the stem. Hibiscus will tolerate a broad range of temperatures (60°–90Β°F), but may not flower if too cool. Fertilize every other month with a fertilizer high in potassium (K). Vegetable fertilizers work well. Repotting certainly won’t hurt, but that probably isn’t the problem.—Gardening experts George and Becky Lohmiller, Hancock, New Hampshire

Advice of the Day

You should know a man seven years before you stir his fire.

Home Hint of the Day

Use peanut butter as bait for your mousetraps. You can reset the traps and catch several mice before you need to add bait.

Word of the Day

A blustering, talkative person.

Puzzle of the Day

Why did the lion spit out the clown?
Because he tasted funny.


  • Nathaniel Bacon (colonial leader) –
  • Justin Winsor (historian) –
  • Frederick Varley (Canadian artist) –
  • Count Folke Bernadotte (Red Cross official) –
  • Isaac Asimov (author) –
  • Renata Tebaldi (opera singer) –
  • Julius LaRosa (singer) –
  • Roger Dean Miller (singer) –
  • Jim Bakker (evangelist) –
  • Cuba Gooding Jr. (actor) –
  • Taye Diggs (actor) –
  • Kate Bosworth (actress) –


  • Bill Veeck (baseball player) –
  • Pete Postlethwaite (actor) –


  • Georgia ratified the U.S. Constitution, becoming the fourth U.S. state –
  • Alice Sanger became the first female staffer for the White House–
  • Elara, a Moon of Jupiter, discovered–
  • Willis H. Carrier patented an air conditioner–
  • Japanese invaded and occupied Manila and the Philipines after a successful attack on Pearl Harbor–
  • USSR’s Luna I was launched, becoming the first spacecraft to leave Earth’s gravity. Later, it became the first to reach the Moon’s vicinity and the first to orbit the Sun.–
  • Fidel Castro and his followers captured Santiago, Cuba; Fulgencio Batista went into exile–
  • The U.S. Federal Trade Commision charged seven record companies and eight distribution firms with paying disc-jockeys to play certain songs (Payola Incident)–
  • General Lyman L. Lemnitzer became the supreme commander of NATO–
  • The NY Jets signed quarterback Joe Namath for $427,000. At the time he was the highest paid player in pro football–
  • Robert Clark was seated as the first African American legislator in Mississippi in 74 years–
  • Kenneth Brugger and Cathy Aguado discovered first winter refuge of monarch butterflies, in Mexico–
  • President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney signed the final version of the U.S.-Canadian trade accord. The pact provided for the elimination of tariffs on most goods within 10 years and created a series of binational groups to regulate the agreement–
  • Explosion in a West Virginia coal mine that led to the death of 12 of 13 miners—Sago Mine disaster–
  • On this date a numerically rare event occurred: 01-02-2010 expressed backwards as a date is precisely 01-02-2010–
  • 28-lb. 13-oz. tautog caught, Ocean City, Md. –


  • Fourteen degrees F on Haleakala summit, Hawaii–
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, received 13 inches of snow in 24 hours–
  • A severe snowstorm began in New England. The Blue Hill observatory in Milton, Massachusetts, had 19 inches of snow in 24 hours.–
  • Hawaii experienced one of its lowest temperatures on record, 14 degrees F, on Haleakala summit–
  • Nor’easter flooded the East Coast–

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