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Daily Calendar for Wednesday, October 2, 2024

Rosh Hashanah  begins at sundown on this day. Literally β€œHead of the Year” in Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah is the beginning (first two days) of the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the High Holidays or β€œDays of Awe,” ending 10 days later with Yom Kippur. This two-day festival marks the anniversary of human’s creationβ€”and the special relationship between humans and God, the creator.

Question of the Day

I live in Chicago and have Stargazer lilies in large plastic containers. How should I winterize them?

Dig up the bulbs and store them in ventilated bags (onion sacks) in a cool room out of the sun. Make sure to wrap the bulbs in moist (damp, not wet) newspaper, or put the bulbs in bags of barely moist peatmoss sphagnum. The material must be damp, not wet. If the bulbs are allowed to dry out, they will die. If kept too wet, the bulbs will rot. Check the material (sphagnum/newspaper) every few weeks to re-wet it if necersssary. The cooler you keep the bulbs the better (above freezing).

Advice of the Day

If you encounter yourself in your dreams, there’s something you need to confront.

Home Hint of the Day

Use a cream-type silver polish to remove stains and water marks from marble tabletops.

Word of the Day

Right ascension
The celestial longitude of an object in the sky, measured eastward along the celestial equator in hours of time from the vernal equinox; analogous to longitude on Earth.

Puzzle of the Day

How do you fix a jack-o’-lantern?
With a pumpkin patch.

Born

  • Nat Turner (A deeply religious enslaved man who in August 1831 led a violent rebellion of enslaved people in Southampton County, Virginia ) –
  • Julius von Sachs (botanist) –
  • Sir William Ramsay (chemist) –
  • Mahatma Gandhi (Indian spiritual leader) –
  • Wallace Stevens (poet) –
  • Groucho Marx (actor) –
  • Bud Abbott (comedian) –
  • Alex Raymond (cartoonist, creator of Flash Gordon) –
  • Jack Finney (author) –
  • Don McLean (musician) –
  • Donna Karan (fashion designer) –
  • Sting (singer) –
  • Lorraine Bracco (actress) –
  • Kelly Ripa (actress & television host) –
  • Tiffany (singer) –

Died

  • Rock Hudson (actor) –
  • Adrian Spies (television writer) –
  • Gene Autry (singer & songwriter) –
  • Nipsey Russell (actor) –
  • Tom Petty (musician) –

Events

  • Brigham Young, Mormon leader, is arrested in Salt Lake City on polygamy charges–
  • Estimated 7.1 earthquake, Pleasant Valley, Nevada–
  • President Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke leaving him partially paralyzed–
  • Peanuts cartoon debuted–
  • Bob Shaw set an NFL record with five touchdown passes–
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents made its television debut–
  • The Twilight Zone premiered–
  • Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as a U.S. Supreme Court justice–
  • President Lyndon Johnson signed a bill establishing the Redwood National Park in California–
  • Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski retired after 3308 major league games, 3419 hits and a .285 lifetime batting average–
  • Eastern Maine was shook by a magnitude 3.9 earthquake–

Weather

  • Racer’s Storm - named for the H.M.S. Racer, which had encountered it in the Caribbean - began its rampage of the South near Brownsville, Texas. It was one of the most destructive hurricanes of the 19th century, covering more than 2,000 miles.–
  • A severe windstorm hit northern California and Oregon, causing crop damage in the Sacramento Valley–

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