Daily Calendar for Thursday, July 18, 2024 | Almanac.com

# Daily Calendar for Thursday, July 18, 2024

### Question of the Day

Is there a way to guess the height of clouds?
Sure. Here’s the formula for doing so. Take the current temperature in degrees Fahrenheit, subtract the dew point, and multiply this number by 220. This calculation will give you the approximate height of the clouds in feet.

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. —Will Rogers

### Home Hint of the Day

To keep out rabbits, place dried sulfur, available at farm and garden supply stores, around the edge of your garden.

### Word of the Day

Blatherskite
A blustering, talkative person.

### Puzzle of the Day

(Blank) (Blank) strange bedfellows.(What’s the saying? Fill in the blanks!)
1) Politics 2) makes

### Died

• John Paul Jones (naval commander) β
• Jane Austen (author ) β
• Eugene Shoemaker (American astrogeologist) β
• Gerry Thomas (invented the TV dinner and helped revolutionize food marketing and distribution) β
• General William Westmoreland (commanded U.S. forces during the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1968) β
• George Coe (actor) β
• Alex Rocco (actor) β

### Born

• William Makepeace Thackeray (writer) β
• Hume Cronyn (actor) β
• Red Skelton (actor & comedian) β
• Nelson Mandela (political activist) β
• John Glenn, Jr. (astronaut) β
• James Brolin (actor) β
• Mike Greenwell (baseball player) β
• Vin Diesel (actor) β
• Ben Sheets (baseball player) β
• Kristen Bell (actress) β
• Jamie Benn (hockey player) β

### Events

• First train ride between U.S. (Portland, Maine) and Canada (Montreal, Quebec)β
• Pierre and Marie Curie announced the discovery of a new element and called it poloniumβ
• Fireworks banned in Cleveland, Ohioβ
• The first jet combat plane was testedβ
• Garden State Park racetrack opened, Cherry Hill, New Jerseyβ
• President Harry Truman signed the Presidential Succession Act into law which places the Speaker of the House and the Senate President Pro Tempore next in the line of succession after the United States Vice Presidentβ
• Video of RMS Titanic wreckage releasedβ

### Weather

• The temperature reached 102 degrees F in Fort Smith, Northwest Territoriesβ
• Death Valley, California, recorded a high of 127 degrees Fβ
• The Mississippi and Missouri Rivers crested at 46.9 feet in St. Louis, Missouriβ
• Aurora, Illinois, received 16.91 inches of rain in 24 hoursβ
• First day of storm that brought flooding to the Saguenay region of Quebec.β