Daily Calendar for Friday, July 5, 2024

Question of the Day

How should I store my potatoes and beets after I harvest them? I don’t have a root cellar.
First, make sure you brush off any soil clinging to these crops, then store them in a cool, dry place. An unheated closet might do, or put them in a cooler in your basement. Clipping the tops off the beets will keep them fresh longer. Don’t store potatoes with apples, as apples give off ethylene gas, which will spoil the potatoes.

Advice of the Day

Tar painted around tree trunks will protect the fruit from ants.

Home Hint of the Day

Rags that contain linseed oil are flammable, so spread them out to dry in a well-ventilated place before disposing of them.

Word of the Day

Named for the Roman goddess Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants.

Puzzle of the Day

My first is irrational, my second is rational, my third is mechanical, and my whole is scientifical.(What’s the word? Each clue is a syllable!)


  • Sarah Siddons (actress) –
  • Sylvester Graham (inventor of the Graham cracker) –
  • P. T. Barnum (circus owner) –
  • Dwight Filley Davis (sportsman) –
  • Jean Cocteau (writer) –
  • Brooke Hayward (actress) –
  • Robbie Robertson (musician ) –
  • Huey Lewis (musician) –
  • Rich "Goose" Gossage (baseball player) –
  • Bill Watterson (cartoonist) –
  • Edie Falco (actress) –
  • John LeClair (hockey player) –
  • Jason Wade (musician) –
  • Dolly the sheep (first cloned mammal) –


  • Ted Williams (baseball player) –
  • Cy Twombly (artist) –
  • Burt Shavitz (co-founder and namesake of Burt’s Bees) –
  • Sakari Momoi (at the time of his death, he was the world’s oldest man at 112 years old) –


  • Physicist Isaac Newton’s Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica was published–
  • William Booth established the Christian Mission (now called The Salvation Army)–
  • Japanese destroyer Arare sunk in Kiska Harbor, Alaska–
  • The bikini was introduced in Paris–
  • Elvis Presley had his first professional recording session in Memphis, Tennessee; (first recording: That’s All Right)–
  • Arthur Ashe defeated Jimmy Connors at Wimbledon, becoming the first African American male to win the British tennis title–
  • Football’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat Saskatchewan Roughriders, 56 to 0.–


  • Governor John Winthrop recorded β€œsudden gust” in N.E. Massachusetts–
  • Sixteen horses were killed by hailstones in Rapid City, South Dakota–
  • Lightning bolt struck an oil refinery in Bayonne, New Jersey–
  • An early-season hurricane brought 82 mph winds and tides that were 11.6 feet above normal to Mobile, Alabama–
  • From this day through the 17th, temperatures over 111 degrees F caused fruit to bake on trees in Manitoba and Ontario–
  • Both Midale and Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan, reported temperatures of 113 degrees F–

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