Daily Calendar for Friday, January 12, 2024

Question of the Day

I haven’t gardened before but am thinking about growing some vegetables. How do I begin?

The best way to begin is to think about the type of vegetables you most like to eat. Look through seed catalogs to help you. Next, prioritize your list and research the important characteristics for growing each vegetable—for example, how much space it will need, how much sun, what kind of soil, how much moisture, when it must be planted, and how long it needs to grow before it can be harvested. Choose vegetables that you know grow well in your area. Ask your local nursery or the county extension office for suggestions. We’ve written an entire beginner gardening guide—check it out here: Learn How to Grow a Vegetable Garden

Advice of the Day

Clutter control: Next time you add to your wardrobe, discard something.

Home Hint of the Day

PVC (polyvinyl chloride) glue works by welding — dissolving the surfaces to be joined and mating them chemically — so it’s most effective when the surfaces being joined are free of all foreign material.

Word of the Day

A lawless military adventurer, especially one in quest of plunder; a freebooter; — originally applied to buccaneers infesting the Spanish American coasts, but introduced into common English to designate the followers of Lopez in his expedition to Cuba in 1851, and those of Walker in his expedition to Nicaragua, in 1855. A tactic for delaying or obstructing legislation by making long speeches

Puzzle of the Day

You may pass over a flat piece of ground whose name read backward or forward is always the same.


  • Marie-Antoine Carême (French haute cuisine founder)
  • Shep (loyal dog)
  • Agatha Christie (author)
  • Cyrus Vance (Secretary of State under Jimmy Carter)
  • Maurice Gibb (with his brothers built the Bee Gees into a disco sensation with hits like Stayin’ Alive” and “More Than a Woman”“)


  • John Singer Sargent (artist)
  • Frank Gerber (manufacturer)
  • Jack London (author)
  • Joe Lewis (comedian)
  • Tex Ritter (singer)
  • Jose Arcadio Limon (dancer)
  • James Leonard Farmer Jr. (civil rights activist)
  • Katherine MacGregor (actress)
  • Tim Horton (hockey player)
  • Joe Frazier (boxer)
  • Rush Limbaugh (American radio personality and writer)
  • Kirstie Alley (actress)
  • Christiane Amanpour (broadcast journalist)
  • Dominique Wilkins (basketball player)


  • First public museum in America, Charleston Museum, organized in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Mission Santa Clara de Asis in California established
  • Forward pass legalized in football
  • A couple from China became the youngest parents in history. The dad was 9 years old and the mom was 8
  • Ford Motor Co. raised minimum daily wage from $2.30 to $5.00
  • Hattie Caraway was the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate. She was appointed in 1931 to fill the Arkansas seat left vacant by the death of her husband, and then elected in 1932 and re-elected in 1938
  • U.S. State Department denied passports to American Communist Party members
  • Batman made its television debut
  • Boeing 747 landed at Heathrow Airport in London after its first trans-atlantic proving flight from NY
  • All in the Family made its television debut
  • Swimmer Melvin Stewart set world record in 200-meter butterfly
  • Fictional Hal 9000 computer in film 2001: A Space Odyssey became operational
  • Launch of Deep Impact spacecraft to study comet Tempel 1
  • A 7.0-magnitude earthquake shook Haiti approximately 16 miles from the capital city of Port-au-Prince


  • Coldsnap that froze Columbia River on January 9th spawned Great Plains blizzard, 200 lives lost
  • Schoolchildren’s Blizzard in Great Plains killed 235 people
  • Record high of 57 degrees F in Helena, Montana
  • -35 degrees F in Chester, Massachusetts
  • Snowstorm of the century in southern Texas. San Antonio recorded more snow in 24 hours (nine inches) than was received during any entire winter in the previous 100 years. Total snowfall for the storm was 13.5 inches.

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