Daily Calendar for Thursday, May 2, 2024

Question of the Day

How did the name chicken pox come to be?
Pox is an archaic word for an infectious disease characterized by pustules or eruptions. There were many types of pox, and it’s generally believed that the name chicken pox came from the smallness (or lack of severity) of the disease. Another school of thought has it that both chicken pox and swine pox were thought to be derived from the animals whose names they took.

Advice of the Day

When already-picked onions begin to sprout, plant them in a pot as you would any plant.

Home Hint of the Day

If you’d like to avoid a lot of stooping when fertilizing your plants, pour the fertilizer down a length of pipe to the base of the plant, where it will do the most good.

Word of the Day

Being in proper time; timely; seasonable; favorable; as, tidy weather. Arranged in good order; orderly; appropriate; neat; kept in proper.

Puzzle of the Day

What do these sentences have in common?

Joey packed my sledge with five boxes of frozen quail.

Back in my quaint garden, jaunty zinnias vie with flaunting phlox.

Both contain all 26 letters of the alphabet.


  • Leonardo da Vinci (artist) –
  • Joseph McCarthy (U.S. senator) –
  • J. Edgar Hoover (Director of U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation) –
  • Walter M. "Wally" Schirra Jr. (one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts and the only man to fly in all three of NASA’s earliest manned spaceships) –
  • Jack Kemp (football player & politician) –


  • Dr. Benjamin Spock (pediatrician) –
  • Bernard Slade (television writer and playwright) –
  • Christine Baranski (actress) –
  • Kelly Gibson (golfer) –
  • Dwayne Johnson (actor) –
  • David Beckham (soccer player) –
  • Kyle Busch (race car driver) –
  • Sarah Hughes (Olympic gold medalist figure skater) –


  • Hudson’s Bay Co. chartered–
  • First provisional government in the Pacific Northwest approved, Champoeg, Oregon–
  • Good Housekeeping magazine debuted–
  • First U.S. kindergarten for the blind opened–
  • First drawing sent by radio across Atlantic–
  • Alcatraz Prison riots began–
  • Northern Dancer became first Canadian horse to win Kentucky Derby–
  • Ninety-one people killed in mine disaster caused by a fire at the Sunshine Silver Mine in Idaho–
  • The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial was dedicated, Washington, D.C.–
  • Tony Blair became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom–
  • Horse Mine That Bird won Kentucky Derby–


  • A tornado struck Port Royal Island, South Carolina–
  • Six tornadoes hit Scott County, Virginia–

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