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Daily Calendar for Monday, March 4, 2024

Question of the Day

How can I make my nearly pot-bound clivia bloom? It’s about 12 years old and has never flowered.

If the plant hasn’t bloomed in 12 years, it may be impossible to get it to do so, but we’d certainly try. Keep the plant cool; it likes temperatures around 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Water it sparingly, and don’t worry about fertilizer. Clivias like to be root-bound, so repot it only when absolutely necessary. Should you get the plant to flower (which will occur toward the beginning of summer), place it outside, where it can enjoy the sunshine and heat (water it well), then bring it back inside in the fall and follow the low-water, cool-temperature routine. If you’d like to experiment, try dividing the plant. We don’t know if this will help it flower, but it’s worth a shot. Read more about caring for clivias.

Advice of the Day

If you forget to wash the spider (frying pan), it’s a sure sign of company coming.

Home Hint of the Day

Sharpening your garden tools can make a difference in how well they work. Sharpen a shovel by filing the inside edge — the one that holds the soil — in the direction that’s away from the handle. Then turn it over and lightly file the burr off the back.

Word of the Day

Neap Tide
A tide of decreased range that occurs twice a month, when the Moon is in quadrature (during its first and last quarters, when the Sun and the Moon are at right angles to each other relative to Earth).

Puzzle of the Day

When do 2 and 2 make more than 4?
When they make 22.


  • Antonio Vivaldi (composer) –
  • Benjamin Waterhouse (physician) –
  • Knute Rockne (football coach) –
  • John Garfield (actor) –
  • Alan Sillitoe (novelist) –
  • Alice Mitchell Rivlin (government official) –
  • Miriam Makeba (singer) –
  • Barbara McNair (singer) –
  • Kay Lenz (actress) –
  • Catherine O'Hara (actress) –
  • Patricia Heaton (actress) –
  • Dav Pilkey (children’s book author and illustrator) –
  • Jason Sellers (country singer) –
  • Landon Donovan (soccer player) –
  • Andrea Bowen (actress) –


  • John Candy (comedian) –
  • Minnie Pearl (comedienne & singer) –
  • George Pake (computer pioneer) –
  • Horton Foote (playwright & screenwriter) –
  • Luke Perry (actor) –


  • William Penn was given a charter for lands in the New World by King Charles II–
  • The first Congress met in NY–
  • Vermont became the 14th state of the Union–
  • George Washington was inaugurated for a second term as President of the United States in Philadelphia; John Adams became Vice President. George Washington’s second inaugural address was the shortest on record—135 words. It took him only two minutes to read it.–
  • John Adams was inaugurated as the second U.S. President; Thomas Jefferson became Vice President–
  • Thomas Jefferson became the first president to be inaugurated in the new U.S. capital of Washington, D.C.; Aaron Burr became Vice President–
  • James Madison inaugurated as 4th U.S. President–
  • James Monroe inaugurated as 5th U.S. President–
  • John Quincy Adams inaugurated as 6th U.S. President–
  • Granite Railway was chartered, Quincy, Massachusetts –
  • Andrew Jackson inaugurated as the 7th U.S. President–
  • John Quincy Adams returned to the House of Representatives. He was the first former president to do so and served for nine consecutive terms–
  • Martin Van Buren inaugurated as the 8th U.S. President–
  • William H. Harrison inaugurated as 9th U.S. President; upon his death a month later, the vice president, John Tyler, became the 10th U.S. President–
  • James Polk inaugurated as 11th U.S. President–
  • Franklin Pierce became the 14th U.S. President–
  • James Buchanan became the 15th U.S. President–
  • Abraham Lincoln became the 16th U.S. President–
  • Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated for a second term as U.S. President; Vice President, Andrew Johnson–
  • Ulysses S. Grant became the 18th U.S. President–
  • Benjamin Harrison was sworn in as the 23rd U.S. President–
  • Rep. Jeanette Rankin became first woman in Congress–
  • In his first inaugural speech, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt told his fellow Americans that, … the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, referring to the Great Depression.–
  • Nuclear-power plant began operation in Antarctica–
  • Earthquake destroyed parts of Bucharest Romania, and nearby area, leaving 1,500 dead–
  • Voyager I spacecraft revealed rings of Jupiter–
  • Bertha Wilson became the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada–
  • Machinists strike Eastern Airlines. Pilots and flight attendants honor picket lines–
  • British Prime Minister Gordon Brown awarded an honorary knighthood to U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy–


  • Southern New Hampshire received four feet of snow in nine days–
  • Deadly avalanche occurred at Rogers Pass in British Columbia–
  • Snow in Oahu, Hawaii–
  • Blizzard hit Cape Cod, Massachusetts–

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