Daily Calendar for Wednesday, September 18, 2024

Ember Days happen four times a year at the start of each season. Traditionally observed by some Christian denominations, each set of Ember Days is three days, kept on a successive Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. 

Ember Days for 2023
September: 20, 22, 23 
December: 20, 22, 23

Ember Days for 2024
February 21, 23, 24
May 22, 24, 25
September 18, 20, 21
December 18, 20, 21

These three days are set apart for fasting, abstinence, and prayer. The first of these four times comes in winter, after the Feast of St. Lucia, December 13; the second set comes with the First Sunday in Lent; the third set comes after Whitsunday/Pentecost Sunday; the four and last set comes after the Feast of the Holy Cross. Their dates can be remembered by this old mnemonic:

β€œSant Crux, Lucia, Cineres, Charismata Dia Ut sit in angaria quarta sequens feria.”

Which means:

β€œHoly Cross, Lucy, Ash Wednesday, Pentecost, are when the quarter holidays follow.”

In Latin, Ember Days are known as the quattuor anni tempora (the β€œfour seasons of the year”). Folklore has it that the weather on each of the three days foretells the weather for three successive months. 

As with much folklore, this is grounded in some common sense since the beginning of the four seasons cue the changes in weather as well as a shift in how we keep harmony with the Earth and respect our stewardship of the Earth, our β€œgarden of Eden.β€β€œ

Question of the Day

How should I season my cast-iron pan?

Before using a cast-iron skillet for the first time, rub the inside and outside with cooking oil and heat it in the oven. Seasoning will prevent food from sticking and from tasting like cast iron.

Learn more about the proper way to clean and season your cast-iron cookware.

Advice of the Day

Pick pears when the fruit has a faint yellow blush but is still green.

Home Hint of the Day

You can lay a new roof of asphalt shingles over one existing layer but not more than one. Too many layers of shingles add a lot of weight to the roof and may cause it to sag or cave in.

Word of the Day

Neap Tide
A tide of decreased range that occurs twice a month, when the Moon is in quadrature (during its first and last quarters, when the Sun and the Moon are at right angles to each other relative to Earth).

Puzzle of the Day

I am prepared either to scold or lie, according to the end you take me by. (What word fits the first clue, but when read backwards, fits the second?)

Rail - liar


  • Samuel Johnson (author) –
  • Elmer Henry Maytag (manufacturer) –
  • Archie "Grey Owl" Belaney (conservationist) –
  • Harold Clurman (director) –
  • Greta Garbo (actress) –
  • Jack Warden (actor) –
  • Frankie Avalon (singer & actor) –
  • Fred Willard (actor) –
  • Darryl Sittler (hockey player) –
  • Jada Pinkett Smith (actress) –
  • James Marsden (actor) –
  • Alison Lohman (actress) –


  • Jimi Hendrix (musician) –
  • Katherine Anne Porter (author) –
  • Vitas Gerulaitis (tennis player) –
  • Ernie Coombs (children’s entertainer, Mr. Dressup) –
  • Bullet Bob Hayes (Olympic gold medalist and football player) –


  • Christopher Columbus landed in what is now Costa Rica–
  • New Hampshire territory separated from Massachusetts–
  • The cornerstone for the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., was laid–
  • The first edition of β€œThe New York Daily Times” went on sale. The paper later dropped β€œDaily” from its title–
  • Shirley Temple made her film debut, at the age of 3, in War Babies–
  • First nighttime skywriting in the U.S.–
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) founded–
  • What had previously been The Toast of the Town on CBS TV since 1948 became The Ed Sullivan Show–
  • Final day of streetcar service in Winnipeg, Manitoba–
  • The UN accepts East Germany, West Germany and the Bahamas as members–
  • Fugitive Patty Hearst was arrested in San Francisco after spending more than six months with the Symbionese Liberation Army–
  • Cosmonaut Arnaldo Tamayo MΓ©ndez first Latin American in space–
  • George Meegan finished an almost seven-year long walk, from the tip of South America to the Arctic Ocean at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska–
  • Aquarium of the Bay in California reported that an angel shark had been born–


  • The Great Miami Hurricane brought 27.61 inches of rain and winds over 135 mph to Miami, Florida–
  • Hurricane Hugo hit Puerto Rico–
  • Hurricane Isabel made landfall on the East Coast of the United States–

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