Daily Calendar for Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Question of the Day

What does the term β€œbuckdancer’s choice” mean, and what is its origin?

A buck dance, or buckdance, generally refers to a dance done solo. For instance, the buck-and-wing is a solo tap dance that originated in the South. The term also may have come from a ceremonial dance performed by a Native American wearing the costume of a male animal such as a deer or antelope, known as a buck. β€œBuckdancer’s choice,” then, would seem to refer to a solo dancer’s own style or choice of dance to be performed.

Advice of the Day

The finger of God never leaves identical fingerprints.

Home Hint of the Day

You can restore the appearance of a wood stove with traditional stove black applied with a rag. Stove black is available from wood stove and hardware stores.

Word of the Day

An idle talker; an irrational prater; a teller of secrets. A hound too noisy on finding a good scent. A name given to any one of family of thrushlike birds, having a chattering note.

Puzzle of the Day

You may travel abroad in a carriage whose name read backward or forward is always the same.

Gig (a light, two-wheeled sprung cart pulled by a single horse)


  • William Carter (printer, hanged for printing lewd pamphlets) –
  • Tom Longboat (runner) –


  • Catharine Parr Traill (writer) –
  • John Knowles Paine (composer) –
  • Gracie Fields (comedienne) –
  • Simone de Beauvoir (novelist) –
  • Richard Nixon (37th U.S. president) –
  • Fernando Lamas (actor) –
  • Judith Krantz (author) –
  • Bart Starr (football player) –
  • Joan Baez (singer) –
  • Jimmy Page (guitarist) –
  • Sir Alec Jeffreys (geneticist) –
  • Crystal Gayle (singer) –
  • J. K. Simmons (actor) –
  • Joely Richardson (actress) –
  • Dave Matthews (musician) –
  • Catherine Middleton (Duchess of Cambridge) –


  • Ivan the Terrible of Russia, suspecting a revolt in the city of Novgorod, captured the city and executed many of its inhabitants–
  • Connecticut became the fifth state to join the U.S.–
  • First successful U.S. balloon flight was completed in Philadelphia, PA, by Jean Pierre Blanchard–
  • Mississippi seceded from the Union (U.S. Civil War)–
  • U.S. Forces invaded Luzon, Philippines (WW II)–
  • U.N. headquarters opened in New York City–
  • U.S. and Japan concluded a formal agreement for the final settlement of U.S. postwar economic assitance to Japan–
  • U.S. spacecraft Surveyor VII made a successful landing on the moon–
  • The Queen Elizabeth, luxury ocean liner, was gutted by fire in Hong Kong harbor–
  • 5.9 earthquake shook eastern Canada and New England–
  • 5.7 earthquake struck Miramichi, New Brunswick–
  • NBA’s Toronto Raptors became the first team to miss all free throw attempts in a game–
  • Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone–
  • A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the shore of Eureka in Northern California–
  • A venomous yellow-bellied sea snake was found on shore in Newport Beach, California. This was the fifth recorded sighting of the snake species in California history, and the first outside of an El NiΓ±o year. Scientists believe that rising ocean temperatures may have been a factor. The snake typically lives in tropical water, spending its whole life at sea; it does not go on shore unless it is ill.–


  • 28.5” snow, Olympia, Washington–
  • Columbia River froze at Portland, Oregon, until January 26th–
  • Citrus freeze in S. California–

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