Daily Calendar for Friday, February 9, 2024

Question of the Day

I have containers of plants in my office, and they seem to be attracting gnats. How can I get rid of the gnats without exposing my coworkers to insecticides?

If they are adult fungus gnats (tiny, nervous black flies), drench the soil with insecticidal soap until no more appear. If they reappear, you’ll need to kill the larvae by repotting the plants in clean pots with fresh potting soil.

Advice of the Day

Brave actions never want a trumpet.

Home Hint of the Day

Carpenter’s wood glue works by penetrating the surface fibers and holding them together by the strength of the hardened glue. This glue works best on a slightly roughened surface.

Word of the Day

Cumulonimbus cloud
Large, dark, vertical cloud with bulging top that brings showers, thunder, and lightning.

Puzzle of the Day

From a word of five letters, take two and leave one.

Stone. Alternate answers include: Clone, Drone, Prone, Phone


  • William Henry Harrison (9th U.S. president) –
  • George Ade (humorist) –
  • Howard Taylor Ricketts (pathologist) –
  • Hans Albert Hochbaum (naturalist and artist) –
  • Carole King (singer) –
  • Joe Pesci (actor) –
  • Alice Walker (author) –
  • Mia Farrow (actress) –
  • Vince Papale (football player) –
  • Mookie Wilson (baseball player) –
  • Travis Tritt (country music singer) –
  • David Gallagher (actor) –
  • Michael B. Jordan (actor) –
  • Jimmy Bennett (actor) –


  • Sophie Tucker (singer) –
  • Bill Haley (musician) –
  • Charles (Bud Wilkinson football coach) –
  • Princess Margaret (sister of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II) –
  • Walter Fredrick Morrison (inventor of the Frisbee) –


  • Robert Fulton received patent for steamboat improvements–
  • Jefferson Davis named president of the Confederate States of America–
  • U.S. Weather Bureau established by Congress as part of Signal Corps–
  • Office of Commissioner of Fish and Fisheries formed–
  • First train passed through Hoosac Tunnel in Massachusetts–
  • War Time (year-round daylight saving time) began in the United States–
  • Joanne Woodward received the first star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame–
  • The first Boeing 727 took off–
  • First appearance of The Beatles on the U.S. TV program, The Ed Sullivan Show. 73 million people watched (about 45% of the U.S. population).–
  • Magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck San Fernando, California–
  • Canada expelled 13 Soviet diplomats for spying–
  • Paul McCartney was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame–


  • -52 degrees F in Butte, Montana–
  • Portions of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama had a severe ice storm–
  • After a 2-day snowstorm ended, 11.4 inches of snow lay in New York City’s Central Park–
  • After a 2-day snowstorm ended, 38 inches of snow lay in Milford, Connecticut–

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