Daily Calendar for Wednesday, August 21, 2024

Question of the Day

What was the Great American Eclipse?
The β€œGreat American Eclipse” was a total solar eclipse visible from North America on August 21, 2017. It began at 11:47 A.M. EDT and ended at 5:04 P.M. All regions of North America were able to view a partial eclipse at some point during this time span (exact times depended on specific locations). The total eclipse was viewable for up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds at most and was visible only along a narrow path running southeastward from Oregon to South Carolina and crossing through parts of Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Cities that experienced totality include Salem, OR; Lincoln, NE; Kansas City, Jefferson City, and St. Louis, MO; Nashville, TN; and Columbia and Charleston, SC. The next total solar eclipse visible from North America will occur in 2024.

Advice of the Day

Everybody is wise after the event.

Home Hint of the Day

It’s best not to clean cast-iron pots and pans with soap. Cast iron is porous, and it will absorb soap particles.

Word of the Day

An instrument to measure the speed of the wind.

Puzzle of the Day

The Pine Tree State.(Name the U.S. state!)


  • Asher Brown Durand (American painter) –
  • Aubrey Beardsley (illustrator) –
  • Count Basie (bandleader) –
  • Christopher Robin Milne (A. A. Milne’s son who he modeled Christopher Robin after in the Winnie the Pooh stories) –
  • Princess Margaret (younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II) –
  • Wilt Chamberlain (basketball player) –
  • Kenny Rogers (singer) –
  • Clarence Williams, III (actor) –
  • Kim Cattrall (actress) –
  • Jim McMahon (football player) –
  • Carrie-Anne Moss (actress) –
  • Hayden Panettiere (actress) –


  • Ernest Lawrence Thayer (poet) –
  • Charles Eames (designer & architect) –
  • Ray-Bernice Eames (designer) –


  • Nat Turner, a deeply religious enslaved man, led a violent rebellion of enslaved people in Southampton County, Virginia –
  • The American Bar Association was founded–
  • William S. Burroughs received a patent for an adding machine–
  • Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was stolen by a Louvre employee, Vincenzo Peruggia–
  • Arthur R. Eldred became the first Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America–
  • United Nations building opened in New York City–
  • Family claimed home invaded by goblin-like space creatures, Kelly, KY–
  • Hawaii became the U.S.’s fiftieth state–
  • Executive Order for a 50-star U.S. flag issued–
  • Gemini 5 was launched and went on to break a record, spending eight days in space–
  • Four men possibly abducted by UFO, Allagash waterway, Maine–
  • The Young and the Restless shot its 10,000th episode–


  • Deadly tornado hit Wilmington Delaware–
  • Tornado hit Tyler, Michigan–
  • The temperature in Fayetteville, North Carolina, reached a record high 110 degrees F–
  • Hurricane Dean hit the Caribbean coast of Mexico as a Category 5 hurricane–
  • Tropical Storm Fay made landfall in Florida for the third time in a week. Fay was the fourth storm in history to make landfall as a tropical storm three times.–
  • Deadly tornado struck Goderich, Ontario–

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