Daily Calendar for Friday, April 12, 2024 | Almanac.com

Daily Calendar for Friday, April 12, 2024

Question of the Day

I live in New York City and have a three-year-old fig tree. It bore fruit for the first time this year, but it failed to ripen. Why? What is a good fertilizer?
A good garden fertilizer, such as 5-10-5, used at the rate of one pound per 50 square feet, will probably supply sufficient nutrients. However, in northern states, fig trees need heavy protection during the winter and usually bear little fruit. Check with your local fruit growers or your local extension service to see if your cultivar has a good track record in your area.

Advice of the Day

Buy next year’s wood for the stove now and season it yourself.

Home Hint of the Day

Planning to use steel wool on a project where rusting is a concern? Choose bronze wool (available at marine supply stores) instead . It doesn’t rust, so you don’t have to worry about the small slivers that invariably stick to the surface you’re working on.

Word of the Day

Lunar eclipse
The full Moon enters the shadow of Earth, which cuts off all or part of the Moon’s light. Total: The Moon passes completely through the umbra (central dark part) of Earth’s shadow. Partial: Only part of the Moon passes through the umbra. Penumbral: The Moon passes through only the penumbra (area of partial darkness surrounding the umbra).

Puzzle of the Day

When is 2 and 2 not equal to 4?
When it is 22.


  • John George Lambdon (governor-general of British North America) –
  • Beverly Cleary (author) –
  • Dr. Peter Safar (originator of CPR) –
  • Montserrat Caballe (opera singer) –
  • Herbie Hancock (musician) –
  • David Letterman (talk show host) –
  • Tom Clancy (author) –
  • David Cassidy (singer and actor) –
  • Andy GarcΓ­a (actor) –
  • Vince Gill (musician) –
  • Jennifer Morrison (actress) –
  • Claire Danes (actress) –
  • Stubbs the Cat (honorary mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska) –


  • Clara Barton (founder of the American Red Cross) –
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd U.S. president) –
  • Sugar Ray Robinson (boxer) –
  • Abbie Hoffman (social and political activist) –
  • Georgia Engel (actress, best known as Georgette Franklin on The Mary Tyler Moore Show) –


  • Charles A. Gayler received a patent for a fireproof safe–
  • Charles Gayler received a patent for a fireproof iron chest –
  • First U.S. championship billiards game–
  • The US Civil War began–
  • Women granted the right to vote in Ontario–
  • Nova Scotia’s Moose River gold mine collapsed, trapping 3 people–
  • Bill Haley and His Comets recorded Rock Around the Clock–
  • The polio vaccine developed by Dr. Salk was found to be successful after subjection to a year of clinical trials–
  • Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In by the 5th Dimension topped the charts for 6 weeks–
  • Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope across Canada in St. John’s, Newfoundland, by dipping his artificial leg into the Atlantic Ocean–
  • Space shuttle Columbia first launched–
  • Harold Washington was elected the first African-American mayor of Chicago–
  • Texaco Inc. became the largest U.S. company in history to file bankruptcy after it is ordered to pay Pennzoil $8.53 billion in damages for unfair business practices–
  • Golfer Fred Couples won the Masters tournament–


  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was hit by a tornado; 150 houses lost their roofs–
  • Fourteen inches of snow at Bloomfield, Vermont–
  • 231-mph wind gust on Mt. Washington, New Hampshire, second highest wind speed in the world–
  • 21 inches of snow fell in Selby, South Dakota–
  • Ice out, Lake Winnipesaukee, NH–

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