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Daily Calendar for Sunday, April 21, 2024

Question of the Day

If light travels the speed of light because it has no mass, then why do they say that light cannot escape a black hole because of the gravity?
The reason light cannot escape from a black hole is that (1) the escape velocity from a black hole is greater than the speed of light and (2) light, although regarded as having no mass, is in fact affected by gravitation as predicted by Einstein and proved in a famous solar eclipse observation c. 1920. This is because gravity shapes space itself and the light follows the curved space. In the case of a black hole, the curvature falls back upon the black hole, preventing the light from escaping. It’s not because of the density of the matter in the black hole, otherwise light could reflect off the surface of the black hole.

Advice of the Day

When eating soup, hold your spoon like a pencil and dip away from you.

Home Hint of the Day

Stack your firewood in a way that permits the air to circulate through it. If you stack your wood densely, it will dry very slowly.

Word of the Day

A report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people.

Puzzle of the Day

What washes up on very small beaches?


  • King Henry VII of England –
  • Peter Apianus (astronomer) –
  • Mark Twain (American writer) –
  • Manfred von Richthofen (aviator, aka the Red Baron) –
  • Aldo Leopold (American environmentalist) –
  • Mary Doyle Keefe (model for Norman Rockwell’s 1943 painting of Rosie the Riveter) –
  • Prince (musician) –


  • Charlotte BrontΓ« (author) –
  • Anthony Quinn (actor) –
  • Elizabeth II (Queen of Great Britain) –
  • Charles Grodin (actor) –
  • Patti Lupone (actress and singer) –
  • Tony Danza (actor) –
  • Nicole Sullivan (actress) –


  • John Adams sworn in as the first vice president of the U.S.–
  • Battle of San Jacinto, Texas–
  • David Dows, largest five-masted schooner of its time, launched–
  • The New York Giants and New York Yankees played an exhibition game to benefit survivors of the Titanic–
  • World record: 2,664-pound great white shark caught off southern coast of Australia–
  • 70-lb. 5-oz. bigmouth buffalofish caught, Bastrop, Louisiana–
  • 50-lb. 8-oz. African pompano caught, Daytona Beach, Florida–
  • Ashes of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry, journeyed into space–
  • In a procedure billed as a first in the U.S., Stephanie Yarber, an infertile Alabama woman, received a transplanted ovary from her identical twin sister, Melanie Morgan–
  • Thirteen year old Morgan Pozgar won the LG National Texting Championship. She typed the message, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious. If you say it loud enough you’ll always sound precocious. in 15 seconds–
  • Chicago White Sox pitcher Phil Humber threw a perfect game–
  • Fireball exploded over Sierra Nevada mountain range in California, rattling homes from central California to Reno, Nevada. Experts believe it was caused by a meteoroid about the size of a minivan.–


  • A tornado in northern Illinois killed 52 people–
  • Tornadoes in Kansas–
  • A Dodger Stadium doubleheader was rained out for the third day in a row, after heavy rains continued to pour down on southern California. In the previous 26 years, only 12 games had been rained out at the stadium.–
  • Waterspout formed off Isle of Palms, South Carolina–
  • Half-dollar-size hail fell near Marion, South Carolina–

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