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Daily Calendar for Sunday, May 5, 2024

Celebration of Easter by Orthodox Christians around the world following the Julian calendar. Learn how Easter’s dates are calculated.

On the fifth of May, we celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the commemoration of Mexico’s victory over the French at the Battle of the Puebla in 1862. France’s Napoleon III wanted to establish a French empire in Mexico. On May 5, 1862, his well-trained army was defeated at the Battle of Puebla by a far smaller force of Mexican militia. The events of May 5 unified the Mexican people during a long struggle to maintain their own independence. Many Americans, especially those with Mexican heritage, celebrate the outcome of the battle with festivals, food, and music.

Question of the Day

When did men’s names get added to the hurricane lists?
In 1979, to eliminate gender bias, men’s names were included to alternate with women’s names. Anytime a tropical disturbance intensifies, with rotary circulation and wind speeds above 39 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center, located near Miami, assigns it a name. The names are chosen well ahead of time by the World Meteorological Organization at its international meetings. This organization establishes the lists of names, which rotate roughly every six years. In the case of a particularly severe hurricane, the organization may choose to retire that name from the six-year list and replace it with something else.

Advice of the Day

Put pennyroyal or tansy leaves in your pet’s bedding to deter fleas.

Home Hint of the Day

Don’t put a pile of decomposed manure directly on the garden unless you can spread it right away. An unspread pile of manure can create excessive nitrogen and acidity in the area where it sits.

Word of the Day

Benny
East Indian annual erect herb; source of sesame seed or benniseed and sesame oil.

Puzzle of the Day

What do you call a fly without wings?
A walk!

Born

  • SΓΈren Kierkegaard (philosopher) –
  • Karl Marx (philosopher) –
  • Nellie Bly (journalist) –
  • James Beard (chef & food writer) –
  • Alice Faye (actress) –
  • Ann B. Davis (actress) –
  • Tammy Wynette (American country music singer ) –
  • Michael Palin (actor) –
  • Will Arnett (actor) –
  • Adele (singer) –

Died

  • Napoleon I of France –
  • Bobby Sands (IRA activist) –
  • Hugo Banzer (former president of Bolivia) –
  • Irvine Robbins (co-founder of Baskin-Robbins) –
  • Claude Stanley Choules (the last known combat veteran of World War I died at the age of 110) –

Events

  • The Billboard (later known as just Billboard) magazine began weekly publication–
  • Cy Young became the fist major league pitcher in baseball’s modern era to throw a perfect” game”–
  • Chanel No. 5 introduced–
  • Kilauea erupted–
  • Picasso’s Boy With a Pipe set a new world record for the most expensive painting ever sold at auction when it soared to $104,168,000 at Sotheby’s. The price, which included the auction house’s commission, easily eclipsed the old mark of $82.5 million set by van Gogh’s Portrait of Dr. Gachet, which had stood since 1990–

Weather

  • In downtown Sacramento, California, the temperature soared to 100 degrees F–
  • Stormy seas capsized 3 recreational fishing boats off Port Angeles in Washington–
  • A supercell thunderstorm blasted Tarrant County, Texas, with hail, 80 mph winds, and torrential rains, which caused flash flooding in Fort Worth–

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