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Daily Calendar for Monday, August 12, 2024

Question of the Day

I want to plant bulbs this fall, but rodents always manage to find them. How can I keep the critters away?
You can try using soup-size cans with both ends removed. Punch several holes in the cans for drainage, then push each one down into the ground so that it forms a cylinder around a bulb.

Advice of the Day

To avoid dying, never shave at night.

Home Hint of the Day

To clean leather, rub on a solution of equal parts white vinegar and boiled linseed oil. Wipe off any excess with a clean rag.

Word of the Day

Mean temperature
The average of the maximum and the minimum temperatures for a particular period; the mean equals the sum of the max and min divided by two.

Puzzle of the Day

The Sunshine State.(Name the U.S. state!)
Florida

Died

  • William Blake (poet) –
  • The Viscount Willingdon (Canadian Governor General 1926-1931) –
  • Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (oldest child of Rose and Joseph P. Kennedy; brother of President John F. Kennedy) –
  • Ian Fleming (writer, creator of Agent 007 James Bond) –
  • Henry Fonda (actor) –
  • Loretta Young (actress) –
  • Enos "Country" Slaughter (baseball player) –
  • Ed Headrick (designed the frisbee) –
  • Merv Griffin (entertainer) –
  • Lauren Bacall (actress) –

Born

  • Christy Mathewson (baseball hall-of-famer) –
  • Cecil B. DeMille (director) –
  • Cantinflas (aka Mario Moreno Reyes [actor]) –
  • George Hamilton (actor) –
  • Ann M. Martin (author) –
  • Bruce Greenwood (actor) –
  • Peter Krause (actor) –
  • Michael Ian Black (comedian & actor) –
  • Pete Sampras (tennis player) –
  • Matt Clement (baseball player) –
  • Casey Affleck (actor) –
  • Cindy Klassen (Olympic speed skater; only Canadian Olympian to win five medals in a single Olympic games) –

Events

  • Philip, chief of the Wampanog tribe, was killed by a renegade Indian of his own tribe, bringing to an end the first and bloodiest war between American Indians and white settlers of New England, a war that had raged for nearly two years and was known as King Philip’s War–
  • Isaac Singer received a patent for the continuous-stitch sewing machine–
  • Thomas Edison received a patent for his phonograph–
  • Marjorie Gestring, at age 13, won an Olympic gold medal for springboard diving–
  • Actor William Shatner married Gloria Rand–
  • The first successful communications satellite, Echo I, was launched–
  • Space shuttle Enterprise completed its first free-flight test–
  • The IBM PC was introduced–
  • Patent issued for therapeutic horseshoe–
  • Cathy Gerring won the Stratton Mountain LPGA Golf Classic, in Vermont–
  • Fossil hunter Susan Hendrickson found Tyrannosaurus rex bones near Faith, South Dakota–
  • 232-day baseball strike began, causing World Series to be canceled–

Weather

  • A Rhode Island hurricane prevented a major British-French sea battle–
  • 1.8 inches of rain fell in San Diego, California–
  • Record temperature of 120 degrees F, Seymour, Texas–

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