Daily Calendar for Wednesday, August 14, 2024

Question of the Day

How can I control the aphids on my lettuce?
In next year’s garden, consider planting rows of chives or garlic between your lettuce to control aphids. They act as β€œbarrier plants” for the lettuce.Spray your lettuce with a cold spray from you hose. This will knock the bugs off the leaves. Repeat daily until all the aphids are gone.

Advice of the Day

Keep a thing for seven years, and you will find a use for it.

Home Hint of the Day

Refer to this for nail lengths. The letter d, the first letter of denarius (a Roman coin), stands for β€œpenny.” A 2d equals 1 inch, 3d=1-1/4 inches, 4d=1-1/2 inches, 5d=1-3/4 inches, 6d=2 inches, 10d=3 inches, 20d=4 inches, and 40d=5inches.

Word of the Day

An instrument that measures the loss of water by evaporation.

Puzzle of the Day

The Gem State.(Name the U.S. state!)


  • Ernest Lawrence Thayer (poet) –
  • Alice Ghostley (actress) –
  • David Crosby (singer, songwriter) –
  • Steve Martin (actor) –
  • Danielle Steel (author) –
  • Gary Larson (cartoonist, creator of The Far Side) –
  • Earvin "Magic" Johnson (basketball player) –
  • Susan Olsen (actress) –
  • Halle Berry (actress) –
  • Catherine Bell (actress) –
  • Mila Kunis (actress) –
  • Tim Tebow (football player) –


  • Sarah Childress Polk (U.S. First Lady) –
  • Alice Childress (playwright) –
  • Bruno Kirby (actor) –
  • Phil Rizzuto (baseball player & announcer) –
  • Ron Palillo (actor) –


  • Oregon Territory organized by Act of Congress–
  • Oliver B. Shallenberger received patent for an electric meter–
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act–
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill signed an eight point agreement known as the Atlantic Charter–
  • U.S. satellite Explorer VI transmitted the first picture of Earth from space–
  • The biggest blackout in U.S. history, affecting some 50 million people, engulfed New York City, Albany, Hartford, Toronto, Ottawa, Detroit, Cleveland and Ontario–
  • An estimated 65,000 fans attended Phish’s last concert–
  • First Lady Laura Bush announced that Cristeta Comerford was hired to be executive chef at the White House—the first time that a woman has held the job–
  • Aretha Franklin was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame–


  • The temperature in Kansas City, Missouri, reached 113 degrees F–

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