Daily Calendar for Wednesday, August 28, 2024

Question of the Day

If my household water is softened with salt, will it harm my garden?
It might. Softened household water can add salt to your soil. Over time, the salt can accumulate to levels that might be toxic to your plants. Household water softeners also remove calcium and magnesium from the water, and your plants need these nutrients for optimal growth. If you can, use your softened water just for your laundry and bath, having the softener hooked up to your hot-water supply only, and let the rest go untreated for your garden’s sake.

Advice of the Day

Choose a wife by your ear rather than your eye.

Home Hint of the Day

To eliminate paint odor, stir 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract into each pint of paint. This has no effect on the paint.

Word of the Day

Stratocumulus cloud
Rounded cloud mass that forms on top of a layer.

Puzzle of the Day

The Granite State.(Name the U.S. state!)
New Hampshire


  • John Stark (American Revolutionary War general) –
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (philosopher) –
  • Elizabeth Ann Seton (first American-born saint) –
  • Lucy Webb Hayes (first U.S. First Lady to have graduated from college) –
  • Roy Wilkins (Civil Rights activist) –
  • Roger Tory Peterson (American artist & ornithologist) –
  • Tasha Tudor (children’s author & illustrator) –
  • John Herbert Chapman (father of Canadian Space Agency) –
  • Daniel Stern (actor) –
  • Scott Hamilton (figure skater) –
  • Shania Twain (country singer) –
  • Jack Black (actor) –
  • LeAnn Rimes (singer) –
  • Kyle Massey (actor) –


  • Jean Baptiste Point du Sable (founder of Chicago, Illinois) –
  • John Gordon Mein (US Ambassador to Guatemala is assassinated by terrorist) –
  • Ruth Gordon (actress) –
  • John Huston (director) –
  • Chanel (World’s oldest dog, the dachshund, age 147 in dog years, 21 in human years) –
  • Chadwick Boseman (actor) –


  • First successful U.S. vineyard established in Kentucky–
  • The B&O Railroad tried its first American-built locomotive, Tom Thumb, designed by Peter Cooper. The train raced against a horse.–
  • Scientific American first published–
  • Sen. Strom Thurmond S.C. starts a filibuster speaking against the Civil Rights Bill. He spoke continuously for 24 hours and 18 minutes.–
  • The New York Times broke the TV quiz-show scandal story–
  • Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his β€œI Have a Dream” speech–
  • Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales were divorced–


  • Hurricane struck New England on this day, according to the Julian calendar–
  • Saint George, Georgia, received 18 inches of rain–
  • Tropical storm Doria caused flooding in central New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania–

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