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Daily Calendar for Friday, February 23, 2024

Question of the Day

How do you kill ants that come into the house? Our house is on a concrete base. They seem to come through the heating ducts in the concrete. The pipes are clay, and the ants live there summer and winter.
Sprinkle hot pepper flakes near the ducts where the ants come in. If that doesn’t work, try ground cloves. Also wipe the area where you see the ants with a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water.

Advice of the Day

Don’t turn a chair with one foot as the pivot. It will lead to family quarrels.

Home Hint of the Day

Can’t get around that radiator to paint behind it? Check with your local paint store; you’ll probably find it stocks paint rollers about 1-inch thick and 7-inches long, with 24-inch handles, for just such predicaments.

Word of the Day

1 hogshead=63 gallons

Puzzle of the Day

What men may be said to be made from trees?


  • George Frederic Watts (artist) –
  • W.E.B. Du Bois (founder of the Niagara Movement, which eventually merged with the NAACP) –
  • Majel Barrett-Roddenberry (actress and producer) –
  • Patricia Richardson (actress) –
  • Dakota Fanning (actress) –
  • Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary (daughter of Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria; first royal birth in 30 years) –


  • John Quincy Adams (6th U.S. president) –
  • Melvin Franklin (Motown singer) –
  • Gordon Matthews (inventor of voicemail) –
  • Charlie Fox (1971 manager of the year with the San Francisco Giants and spent a half-century in baseball as an executive, manager, coach, and scout) –
  • Don Cornell (big band singer) –


  • Cato Street Conspiracy foiled–
  • The siege of the Alamo began in San Antonio, Texas–
  • Liberty Bell developed its final irreparable crack after tolling for Washington’s birthday celebration–
  • Tootsie Roll introduced by Leo Hirshfield–
  • First powered flight in Canada (by John Alexander Douglas McCurdy in Silver Dart) took place in Baddeck, Nova Scotia–
  • USS Osmond Ingram, first U.S. naval vessel named for an enlisted man, was launched –
  • Federal Radio Commission established–
  • U.S. rocket mail flight across Greenwood Lake, New York, to New Jersey–
  • Song As Time Goes By, from movie Casablanca, copyrighted–
  • The most memorable WW II photo was taken by Joe Rosenthal of members of the 5th Division of the U.S. Marines planting an American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, Japan–
  • The existence of Dolly the sheep, the first successful cloned mammal, was announced–
  • Chloe Hegland kept soccer ball aloft with 163 touches in 30 seconds–


  • Blizzard stranded 750 motorists in the Sierra Nevada region of California–
  • 97 degrees F, San Antonio, Texas–

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