Daily Calendar for Monday, February 26, 2024

Question of the Day

If the Sun is closest to Earth during the Northern Hemisphere’s winter and farthest from it during the summer, why is summer hotter than winter?

The seasons are not caused by the distance between Earth and Sun, but by the angle of the Sun’s rays hitting Earth. In the summer, the Sun’s rays hit the Northern Hemisphere at the most direct angle, causing maximum warming. The winter Sun’s rays hit Earth at an oblique angle and are less effective at warming it. Learn more about the seasonal cycle here.

Advice of the Day

When requesting seconds at tea, always ask for β€œsome tea,” not β€œmore tea.”

Home Hint of the Day

The average person in the U. S. throws out his or her own weight in packaging materials each month. To help counter this waste, buy a product in the easy-to-use size once and thereafter buy the jumbo bottle. Just keep refilling the smaller one from the bigger one.

Word of the Day

1 league=3miles=24 furlongs

Puzzle of the Day

What is the difference between 16 ounces and a small boy at the piano?
One weighs a pound, and the other pounds away.


  • Victor Hugo (author, Les Miserables) –
  • Levi Strauss (manufacturer) –
  • Buffalo Bill (Army scout) –
  • John Harvey Kellogg (physician) –
  • Robert Alda (actor) –
  • Jackie Gleason (actor & comedian) –
  • Tony Randall (actor) –
  • Antoine "Fats" Domino (singer) –
  • Johnny Cash (singer) –
  • Hagood Hardy (composer) –
  • Adrian Dantley (basketball player) –
  • Jenny Thompson (Olympic swimmer) –
  • Corinne Bailey Rae (singer) –
  • Taylor Dooley (actress) –


  • Constance Ford (actress) –
  • David Doyle (actor) –
  • Bill Cardoso (writer who coined the term gonzo” to describe the unrestrained participatory journalism practiced by Hunter S. Thompson and others”) –
  • Wendy Richard (actress) –


  • President Lincoln signed the National Currency Act, establishing a national banking system and uniform currency–
  • Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona was established–
  • Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming is established–
  • Groundbreaking ceremony for Golden Gate Bridge took place in San Francisco, California–
  • Spelling Bee, the first quiz show, aired on television–
  • NASA announced that Venus is about 800 degrees F–
  • Buffalo Creek disaster: 50 foot wall of water smashed down a narrow valley when a dam broke in Logan County, West Virginia–
  • Michael Jackson’s Thriller album hit number 1 on Billboard 200 chart and remained there for 37 weeks–
  • Robert Penn Warren named U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry–
  • A powerful bomb exploded in an underground parking lot of the World Trade Center in NYC, killing 6 people–
  • Canada’s GEODESIC mission launched in to northern lights, Alaska–
  • First sextuplets to be born in Ohio (Akron)–
  • At age 82, Christopher Plummer became the oldest Oscar winner after receiving the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Beginners–


  • An intense ocean storm blasted Cape Cod and Nantucket, with reported winds of 61 mph–

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