Daily Calendar for Monday, September 16, 2024

Question of the Day

How can I get rid of crabgrass?
The solution to ridding your lawn of crabgrass is to attack it in two stages. First, apply corn gluten meal, an organic preemergent herbicide. Do this in the spring, when the soil is still cold and the crabgrass is weakest. (Crabgrass is an annual weed, so it starts from seed every year. The preemergent herbicide prevents the seed from germinating—and if the seed can’t sprout, it can’t grow.) Second, reseed your lawn in the fall. This will allow the new grass time to grow strong before the next summer’s attack.

Advice of the Day

To clean aluminum, rub it with lemon and salt, then rinse.

Home Hint of the Day

Basic tools to outfit a home workshop — Part II: 12-tpi (tooth per inch) hand crosscut saw for fine work, 1/2-inch wood chisel, 1-inch wood chisel, smooth plane, combination sharpening stone, and 18-inch spirit level.

Word of the Day

Semidiurnal Tide
A tide with one high water and one low water every half day. East Coast tides, for example, are semidiurnal, with two highs and two lows during a tidal day of approximately 24 hours.

Puzzle of the Day

In schools I’m met with every day; transposed you’ve stories fraught with wonder; again transposed, I’m small, you’ll say; and again, you’ll learn to rob and plunder. (What word fits the first clue, and when rearranged, fits the others?)

Slate - tales - least - steal


  • Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit (physicist) –
  • Maria Callas (opera singer) –
  • Mary Travers (singer of the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary) –


  • James C. Penney (department store founder) –
  • Allen Funt (producer) –
  • Ursula Franklin (physicist and educator) –
  • Lauren Bacall (actress) –
  • B.B. King (musician) –
  • Peter Falk (actor) –
  • Ed Begley, Jr. (actor) –
  • Robin Yount (baseball player) –
  • David Copperfield (magician) –
  • Molly Shannon (actress) –
  • Marc Anthony (singer) –
  • Amy Poehler (actress) –
  • Alexis Bledel (actress) –
  • Madeline Zima (actress) –
  • Nick Jonas (singer and actor) –


  • U.S. Great Seal used for first time–
  • James Pierpont’s β€œJingle Bells” (originally titled β€œOne Horse Open Sleigh”) was copyrighted–
  • Supreme Court of Saskatchewan established, Regina, Saskatchewan–
  • William Durant incorporated General Motors Corp. in New Jersey–
  • American Legion incorporated–
  • Many people reported seeing lake monster Ogopogo in Okanagan Lake, British Columbia –
  • Edward Elliott caught a 97-pound blue catfish in the Missouri River near Vermillion, South Dakota–
  • The New Metropolitan Opera House opened in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. (On October 22, 1883, the Old Metropolitan Opera House opened in New York City on Broadway between 39th and 40th Streets.)–
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police began training women troopers–
  • Montreal Protocol (about ozone) signed by 24 countries–
  • Sam Ackerman (age 101) married Eva Powers (age 95), New Rochelle, New York–


  • Iowa had its earliest recorded snowfall; between 4 to 6 inches falling in Stuart–
  • The San Felipe Hurricane struck Palm Beach, Florida, dumping 18 inches of rain there.–

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