Daily Calendar for Monday, February 19, 2024

Though this day is commonly called Presidents’ Day, the federal holiday is still called β€œWashington’s Birthday,” contrary to popular belief. It is one of eleven permanent holidays established by Congress. George Washington’s actual birthday is February 22, but we observe federal holidays on Mondays (in this case, the third Monday of February). To complicate matters, Washington was actually born on February 11 in 1731 because the country switched from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar during his lifetime (something most of Europe had done in 1582). As a result of this calendar reform, people born before 1752 were told to add 11 days to their birth dates. Those born between January 1 and March 25, as Washington was, also had to add one year to be in sync with the new calendar. By the time Washington became president in 1789, he celebrated his birthday on February 22 and listed his year of birth as 1732. Upon entering office, Washington was not convinced that he was the right man for the job. He wrote, β€œMy movements to the chair of government will be accompanied by feelings not unlike those of a culprit, who is going to the place of his execution.” Fortunately for the young country, he was wrong. Learn more facts and folklore about Presidents’ Day.

Question of the Day

What region of the United States is best for raising kiwifruit? Is the Alabama climate suitable?
We don’t know the best region, but as a rule kiwifruit can be grown wherever wine grapes are found. Some kiwi plants are hardy to minus 25 degrees Fahrenheit, so we don’t think you’ll have any problem growing them in Alabama. Check with your local nursery for the most suitable varieties for your area.

Advice of the Day

During cold and flu season, wipe the telephone mouthpiece with a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol.

Home Hint of the Day

If you live in a cold region, it’s smart to orient your new home to get the most sun in the winter. Face your house south and install a lot of windows on that side.

Word of the Day

The fear of Friday the 13th.

Puzzle of the Day

What is that which when thrown out, you may always catch without hands?
A hint


  • Nicolaus Copernicus (astronomer) –
  • Luigi Boccherini (composer) –
  • Adelina Patti (opera singer; namesake of the song You’re the Flower of My Heart Sweet Adeline) –
  • Eddie Arcaro (jockey) –
  • John Frankenheimer (director of film) –
  • Smokey Robinson (singer) –
  • Jeff Daniels (actor) –
  • Seal (singer) –
  • Justine Bateman (actress) –
  • Haylie Duff (actress) –


  • Grandpa Jones (country musician) –
  • Jose Lopez Portillo (as president of Mexico from 1976-1982, brought the nation to the brink of economic collapse) –
  • Richard Belzer (actor) –


  • USS Constitution captured British brig HMS Catherine–
  • First practical U.S. coal-burning locomotive (York) tested, York, Pennsylvania–
  • The first rescuers reached the Donner Party in the Sierra Nevada mountains, California–
  • Knights of Pythias founded–
  • First official U.S. government weather predictions published–
  • Patent for the first gramophone awarded to Thomas Edison–
  • Kansas approved an act to prohibit alcohol–
  • Prizes are included in Cracker Jack boxes for the first time–
  • U.S. Marines invaded Iwo Jima (WW II)–
  • U.S. Senator Carl Hayden was honored for completing 50 years of Congressional service–
  • The world’s largest snowman was completed in Bethel, Maine. He stood 113 feet, 7.5 inches tall and weighed about nine million pounds. In 2008, Bethel, Maine, also created the largest snowwoman (122 feet, 1 inch tall).–


  • The first official U.S. government weather predictions (called probabilities) were published–
  • Mt. Shasta, California, saw the end of a five-day storm with a total accumulation of 189 inches of snow–
  • 25 inches of snow fell in 24 hours in Dover, Delaware–
  • Fort Valley, Arizona, received 17 inches of snow–

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