Daily Calendar for Friday, September 27, 2024

Question of the Day

What should I do in the fall to care for my strawberry plants?
After a few freezes, cover the plants with four to six inches of straw or other weed-free organic mulch. If you have mild, wet winters, you can skip the mulch and use a floating row cover.

Advice of the Day

Two sparrows on the same ear of corn are not long friends.

Home Hint of the Day

To clean a dirty television screen, wipe the screen with alcohol on a clean rag.

Word of the Day

Plough Monday
The first Monday after Epiphany and Plough Sunday was so called because it was the day that men returned to their plough, or daily work, at the end of the Christmas holiday. It was customary for farm laborers to draw a plough through the village, soliciting money for a β€œplough-light,” which was kept burning in the parish church all year. In some areas, the custom of blessing the plough is maintained.

Puzzle of the Day

Often we are covered with wisdom and wit, and oft with a cloth where the dinner guests sit; In beauty around you and over your head, we are countless, though numbered when bound to be read. (What is being described?)



  • Samuel Adams (patriot) –
  • Peter Joseph von Cornelius (painter) –
  • Thomas Nast (cartoonist) –
  • Catherine Marshall (writer) –
  • William Conrad (actor) –
  • Arthur Penn (director) –
  • Wilford Brimley (actor) –
  • Shaun Cassidy (singer) –
  • Clara Hughes (cyclist) –
  • Gwyneth Paltrow (actress) –
  • Avril Lavigne (singer) –


  • Adelina Patti (opera singer; namesake of the song You’re the Flower of My Heart Sweet Adeline) –
  • Engelbert Humperdinck (German composer) –
  • Donald O'Connor (song and dance man) –
  • William Safire (political columnist, language maven) –


  • Breakthrough in deciphering the Rosetta Stone announced–
  • SS Arctic and SS Vesta collided in the North Atlantic–
  • The Tonight Show made its television debut with Steve Allen as host–
  • The Warren Commission Report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy issued–
  • Two men, Jeffrey Petkovich and Peter Debernardi, went over Niagara Falls in a barrel. They were the first pair ever to go over the falls and live. They were charged with unlawfully performing the stunt–
  • Mark McGwire hit his 69th and 70th home runs–
  • Dawn spacecraft launched, Cape Canaveral, Florida–


  • Unripened corn in much of New England was killed by a severe black frost–
  • Winds gusted to 115 mph on Long Island; 109 mph in Chatham, Massachusetts; and 100 mph in Milton, Massachusetts–
  • Hurricane Gloria made landfall near Fire Island, New York, and then crossed the Connecticut coastline–
  • A rare waterspout was seen in Long Island Sound, New York, off Smithtown Bay–
  • Los Angeles, California, reached a record high temperature of 113 degrees F–

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