Daily Calendar for Monday, August 5, 2024

Question of the Day

Are cities generally warmer than the more rural areas near them?
Yes. In the biggest cities, the temperature can be 18 degrees Fahrenheit higher than it would be if that land were undeveloped. Industrial manufacturing and air-conditioning actually create heat, plus the big buildings and roads absorb a lot of sunlight and store it efficiently. This causes the air to rise more over cities, which increases cloud formation, which in turn produces more rain and heavier thunderstorms. So if you live in a big city, your chances of experiencing thunderstorms also are greater than in the surrounding countryside. Looking on the bright side, all that city heat can create microclimates for urban gardeners, who sometimes can produce more heat-sensitive crops than gardeners in surrounding rural areas.

Advice of the Day

Soft words win hard hearts.

Home Hint of the Day

To clean old, grimy woodwork, mix 1/4 cup of turpentine and 3/4 cup of boiled linseed oil into 1 gallon of hot water, then scrub the woodwork with this solution and a soft rag.

Word of the Day

The name was first given to the French settlers whose business was to hunt wild cattle and swine. A robber upon the sea; a pirate; — a term applied especially to the piratical adventurers who made depredations on the Spaniards in America in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Puzzle of the Day

The Aloha State.(Name the U.S. state!)


  • King Louis III of France –
  • Carmen Miranda (actress & singer) –
  • Edgar Guest (poet) –
  • Marilyn Monroe (actress) –
  • Richard Burton (actor) –
  • Sir Alec Guinness (actor) –
  • Chick Hearn (basketball announcer, coined the phrases slam dunk and airball) –


  • Joseph Justus Scaliger (historian) –
  • Thomas Lynch (signer of the Declaration of Independence) –
  • Tom Thomson (painter) –
  • Conrad Aiken (poet) –
  • Neil Armstrong (astronaut; first to set foot on the Moon) –
  • Maureen McCormick (actress) –
  • Patrick Ewing (basketball player) –
  • Olivia Holt (actress) –


  • Sir Humphrey Gilbert established the first English colony in North America, what is now St John’s, Newfoundland–
  • The United States government issued its first income tax–
  • Supreme Lodge of Knights of Pythias incorporated–
  • Cornerstone for pedestal of Statue of Liberty laid–
  • The first electric traffic light installed, Cleveland, Ohio–
  • Royal Canadian Navy (through premier of British Columbia) acquired their first submarines–
  • Little Orphan Annie made her comic strip debut–
  • Gun turret and artifacts of Civil War U.S.S. Monitor recovered–
  • Ralston reservoir dam broke near Auburn, California, sending a 3-foot-high wall of water down the American River–
  • Brown booby spotted, Virginia Beach, VA–


  • A spectacular cloudburst and tornado at Chester Creek, near Philadelphia, brought 16 inches of rain in three hours–
  • 16 inches of rain fell in 3 hours in Delaware City, Pennsylvania–
  • An Earthquake shakes Pelileo Ecuador, registering 6.8 on the Richter scale and causing 6000 deaths–
  • Ice Harbor Dam, Washington, hit a temperature of 118 degrees F–

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