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Daily Calendar for Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Question of the Day

How do I get rid of fire ants for good?
You don’t. There are several species of fire ants—some native, some imported—but by far the most active and most aggressive are the imported red fire ants. Nothing has yet been devised to eradicate them. The only recourse is to knock the population down to a manageable level with baits and mound drenches.

Advice of the Day

Prune your wisteria and American ivy now.

Home Hint of the Day

Portable electric heaters should be used with great caution. Don’t use old electric heaters if the wiring appears at all worn.

Word of the Day

Three Chilly Saints
Mamertus, Pancras, and Gervais were three early Christian saints. Because their feast days, on May 11, 12, and 13, respectively, are traditionally cold, they have come to be known as the Three Chilly Saints. An old French saying goes: β€œSt. Mamertus, St. Pancras, and St. Gervais do not pass without a frost.”

Puzzle of the Day

When a person falls out a window, what does he always fall against?
Against his will

Born

  • Thomas Augustine Arne (composer) –
  • William Lyon Mackenzie (politician) –
  • Jane Means Appleton Pierce (U.S. First Lady) –
  • Clement Studebaker (wagon, carriage, & auto manufacturer) –
  • Simon Newcomb (astronomer & mathematician) –
  • Jane Delano (nurse) –
  • Gordon MacRae (actor) –
  • Jack Kerouac (author) –
  • Edward Albee (dramatist) –
  • Andrew Young (politician) –
  • Al Jarreau (singer) –
  • Barbara Feldon (actress) –
  • Paul Kanter (musician) –
  • Liza Minnelli (singer) –
  • James Taylor (musician) –
  • Darryl Strawberry (baseball player) –

Died

  • Henry Bergh (ASPCA founder) –
  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen (Chinese revolutionary leader and statesman) –
  • Billy Barker (Canadian WWI ace) –
  • Charlie Parker (jazz saxophonist) –
  • Olive Patricia Dickason (MΓ©tis Canadian historian) –

Events

  • United States Post Office was established–
  • Coca-Cola was first sold in bottles–
  • Girl Scouts started by Juliette Low in Savannah, Georgia–
  • First transatlantic radio broadcast made–
  • Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi began his second civil disobedience campaign to protest the British government’s salt tax–
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his first fireside chat” to the nation”–
  • Germany invaded and annexed Austria (WW II)–
  • Pope Pius XII crowned–
  • Less than a year after signing the bill that made the New Hampshire Lottery the first state-run lottery in America, New Hampshire Governor John W. King purchased the first New Hampshire Lottery Sweepstakes ticket–
  • Beatle Paul McCartney married photographer Linda Eastman–
  • Boston Celtics’ Larry Bird scored 60 points in a basketball game against Atlanta Hawks–
  • Les MisΓ©rables opened on Broadway–
  • Janet Reno became the first woman to serve as attorney general of the U.S.–
  • Lance Mackey won his second consecutive Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race–
  • Fifty-three year old Mitch Seavey became the oldest winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. In 2012, Seavey’s son Dallas became the youngest winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.–

Weather

  • Blizzard of β€˜88 dumped 50 inches of snow on Middletown, Connecticut–
  • All-New England Flood, the costliest and most widespread ever–
  • Wichita Falls, Texas, reported a record high of 95F; but only six days earlier, the town had reported a record low of 8F.–
  • β€œSuperstorm” developed in eastern U.S.–

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