Daily Calendar for Thursday, August 1, 2024

August is named to honor the first Roman emperor and grandnephew of Julius Caesar, Augustus Caesar.

This observance, traditionally observed on August 1, marked the beginning of the harvest, and especially celebrated the first wheat crop, or that of corn. It derives from the ancient English festival the Gule of August, a pagan dedication of the first fruits that the early English church later converted to Christian usage. On Lammas Day, loaves of bread were baked from the first-ripened grain and brought to the churches to be consecrated. The word β€œlammas” comes from the Old English hlaf, loaf,” and maesse, β€œmass” or β€œfeast.” Through the centuries, β€œloaf-mass” became corrupted in spelling and pronunciation to Lammas. To the Celts, this was Lughnasaid, the feast of the wedding of the Sun god and the Earth goddess, and also a harvest festival. In Ireland, baskets of blueberries are still offered to a sweetheart in commemoration of the original fertility festival. In Scotland, the Lammastide fairs became famous for trial marriages that could be ended without question after a year. Much lore is associated with this day, including this proverb: After Lammas Day, corn ripens as much by night as by day.”

This marks the day in 1834 when the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 came into effect, abolishing slavery in the British Empire. It has been celebrated by various Canadian communities, especially in the province of Ontario, as well as by several other former Commonwealth countries, for years. The Canadian government first officially recognized this as a national observance in 2021, although it is not on the statutory list of holidays (not a public holiday).

Question of the Day

Can I remove a water mark from my oak end table?
Try covering the mark with mayonnaise, then sprinkle with a little salt. Using a clean cloth, rub the mixture in until the stain disappears, then buff until dry. Rewax if necessary.

Advice of the Day

As August, so February.

Home Hint of the Day

As a softener for laundry, add 1 cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle.

Word of the Day

Empty talk; contemptible nonsense; trash; humbug.

Puzzle of the Day

First (Blank) (Blank) hare.(What’s the saying? Fill in the blanks!)
1) catch 2) your


  • Queen Anne of Great Britain –
  • Frances Farmer (actress) –
  • Tommy Makem (folk singer) –
  • Naomi Sims (first African American model on the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal) –


  • William Clark (Lewis and Clark explorer) –
  • Francis Scott Key (composer) –
  • Maria Mitchell (astronomer) –
  • Herman Melville (writer) –
  • Helen Battles Sawyer Hogg (American-born Canadian astronomer ) –
  • Yves Saint Laurent (fashion designer) –
  • Jerry Garcia (singer & songwriter) –
  • Coolio (rapper) –
  • Adam Duritz (musician) –
  • Tempestt Bledsoe (actress) –
  • Jason Momoa (actor) –


  • The Riot Act went into effect in England–
  • King William IV and Queen Adelaide opened the new London Bridge–
  • Colorado admitted to the Union as the 38th state–
  • Diamonds found in Arkansas–
  • John F. Kennedy published his first book, Why England Slept–
  • Anne Frank wrote her last diary entry–
  • MTV debuted. The first video played was Video Killed The Radio Star” by Buggles”–


  • A 16-inch snow cover remained at 5,550 feet on Mount Rainier, Washington–
  • Thunderstorms in Cheyenne, Wyoming, dropped 6.06 inches of rain in three hours, resulting in flash flooding that killed 12 and caused $61.1 million in damages.–
  • The Missouri River crested at 49.47 feet in St. Louis, Missouri–

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