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Daily Calendar for Thursday, May 9, 2024

Question of the Day

Why do gamblers blow on dice?
It’s an attempt to influence lady luck in the gambler’s favor, as is rubbing the dice with the hands or breathing on playing cards. Cardplayers and gamblers must be among the most superstitious of all people. A seasoned gambler will not cross his legs or play with a cross-eyed partner or opponent. A dropped card is a sign of very bad luck. Some gamblers wear a pin in the lapel for good luck. Some walk around the table before a game to increase their luck.

Advice of the Day

Plant corn now or lose a bushel a day past the middle of May.

Home Hint of the Day

To prevent aluminum furniture from marking clothes, clean the furniture by wiping it with paint thinner on a cloth pad. Then place the furniture outdoors and spray on a coat or two of clear lacquer.

Word of the Day

Light informal conversation for social occasions.

Puzzle of the Day

What game do cows like to play at parties?
Moosical chairs!


  • John Brown (abolitionist) –
  • J. M. Barrie (author) –
  • Henry J. Kaiser (industrialist) –
  • Hank Snow (singer) –
  • Mike Wallace (journalist) –
  • Albert Finney (actor) –
  • Candice Bergen (actress) –
  • Billy Joel (musician) –
  • Rosario Dawson (actress) –


  • Nelson Algren (writer) –
  • Alice Faye (actress) –
  • Alan King (comedian) –
  • Lena Horne (actress & singer) –


  • Thomas Blood stole the Crown Jewels–
  • First American political cartoon debuted in The Pennsylvania Gazette–
  • William F. Ford issued patent for stethoscope–
  • Hindenburg completed its first flight to the United States–
  • Sam and Friends debuted on television–
  • Sale of birth control pills approved by FDA–
  • 40-pound 4-ounce brown trout caught in Little Red River, Arkansas–


  • Boston, Massachusetts, got its first May snow in 107 years–
  • An EF1 tornado touched down in Washington, Vermont–

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