Daily Calendar for Sunday, January 14, 2024

Question of the Day

Who said β€œthe best laid plans of mice and men”?

A similar phrase was first used in a poem called β€œTo a Mouse” by Robert Burns: β€œThe best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft agley, / An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain / For promis’d joy!” John Steinbeck used the last part of the phrase for the title of his popular novel Of Mice and Men, now a well-known moral fable, stage play, and movie.

Advice of the Day

To soothe a sore throat, boil pomegranate rinds in water and drink as a tea.

Home Hint of the Day

If a door refuses to latch, check the positioning of the strike plate. Within the doorjamb, adjust the strike plate up or down, in or (with a shim) out, until the door latches.

Word of the Day

The figure, statue, or bust, on the prow of a ship. A person who allows his name to be used to give standing to enterprises in which he has no responsible interest or duties; a nominal, but not real, head or chief.

Puzzle of the Day

How many hard-boiled eggs can a man eat on an empty stomach?
One, because after he has eaten it, his stomach will not be empty.


  • Benedict Arnold (General in U. S. Revolutionary War) –
  • The Marquess of Lansdowne (Canadian Governor General 1883-1888) –
  • Albert Schweitzer (physician) –
  • Hugh Lofting (author) –
  • John Dos Passos (novelist) –
  • Faye Dunaway (actress) –
  • Holland Taylor (actress ) –
  • Carl Weathers (actor) –
  • LL Cool J (rapper & actor) –
  • Jason Bateman (actor) –


  • Edmond Halley (astronomer) –
  • Lewis Carroll (author) –
  • Humphrey Bogart (actor) –
  • Jeanette MacDonald (singer) –
  • Ray Kroc (fast food entrepreneur) –
  • Shelley Winters (actress) –
  • Darlene Conley (actress) –
  • Ricardo Montalban (actor) –
  • Conrad Stafford Bain (Canadian-American actor) –
  • Alan Rickman (actor) –


  • The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut were adopted–
  • First successful cesarean operation in the U.S.–
  • Gideon Hawley became first state school superintendent in the United States (for New York state)–
  • First nonstop trans-Canada flight completed–
  • Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio–
  • Diana Ross sang with the Supremes for the last time, Las Vegas, Nevada–
  • The first probe to land on Saturn’s moon, Titan, signaled it survived its descent. The Huygens space probe was designed to last only minutes on Titan’s surface, but surpassed the expectations of mission managers. Huygens descended the atmosphere, contacted the surface, and transmitted for at least an hour and a half–
  • Andean bear Billie Jean gave birth to the first of twin cubs, at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.–
  • 40,000 pounds of liquid chocolate flooded I-40 due to overturned tanker near Flagstaff, Arizona –
  • A tanker carrying 40,000 pounds (about 3,500 gallons) of 120-degree-F liquid chocolate became unhitched from the main truck and rolled over on westbound Interstate 40, at milepost 211, east of Flagstaff, Arizona. No one was injured. The biodegradable contents of the damaged tanker had to be pumped out onto the median so that the vehicle could be lifted onto a tow truck. It took crews about 4 hours to clean up the river of chocolate before several closed lanes could open once more.–


  • Blizzard hit Chicago, Illinois–
  • Burlington, Vermont, received 23.1 inches of snow in 24 hours–
  • After two weeks of very cold weather, unseasonably warm temperatures accompanied by chinook winds and heavy rains were brought to northern and central Idaho. The catastrophic flooding caused mudslides that blocked and washed out sections of U.S. 95, Idaho’s main north-south highway. With total damage of about $50 million, it was called the worst natural disaster in the state’s history.–
  • Avalanche near Park City, about 20 miles east of Salt Lake City, Utah–

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