Daily Calendar for Friday, October 4, 2024

St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) was the founder of the Franciscan Order. The son of a wealthy merchant named Pietro di Bernardone, he publicly denounced his father’s wealth in 1206 and dedicated his life to prayer and serving the poor. Pope Innocent III eventually gave Francis and his followers permission to preach, and he ordained Francis a deacon. The followers of Francis were called Friars Minor, or β€œthe lesser brethren.” Francis died on October 3, 1226, and was canonized in 1228. Read the text from his Sermon to the Birds: β€œMy little sisters, the birds, much bounden are ye unto God, your Creator, and always in every place ought ye to praise Him, for that He hath given you liberty to fly about everywhere, and hath also given you double and triple rainment; moreover He preserved your seed in the ark of Noah, that your race might not perish out of the world; still more are ye beholden to Him for the element of the air which He hath appointed for you; beyond all this, ye sow not, neither do you reap; and God feedeth you, and giveth you the streams and fountains for your drink; the mountains and valleys for your refuge and the high trees whereon to make your nests; and because ye know not how to spin or sow, God clotheth you, you and your children; wherefore your Creator loveth you much, seeing that He hath bestowed on you so many benefits; and therefore, my little sisters, beware of the sin of ingratitude, and study always to give praises unto God.” -Saint Francis of Assisi (c.1220)

Question of the Day

Is there something I can do in the garden this fall to control bugs that will eat my vegetables next season?
If you till your garden in the late fall, you will expose insects hiding there to harsh winter conditions and reduce their populations next year. Fall tilling may help kill corn borers, cucumber beetles, squash bugs, earworms, and vine borers. Tilling has the added benefit of making the soil easier to work in the spring.

Advice of the Day

Salt or coffee grounds, washed down the drain occasionally, will help rid it of grease.

Home Hint of the Day

Board subflooring is best installed diagonally. Diagonal flooring makes your house more rigid, and you can nail a finish floor on top of it in either direction.

Word of the Day

The point in a planet’s orbit that is closest to the Sun.

Puzzle of the Day

My first and second mean well; my second and third a decree; my first is the name of a man; my whole he is likely to be. (What’s the word? Each clue is a syllable!)



  • Eliza Johnson (U.S. First Lady) –
  • Jean Francois Millet (artist) –
  • Rutherford B. Hayes (19th U.S. president) –
  • Frederic Remington (artist) –
  • Edward L. Stratemeyer (author, publisher) –
  • Buster Keaton (actor) –
  • Charlton Heston (actor) –
  • Jackie Collins (author) –
  • Anne Rice (author) –
  • H. Rap Brown (civil rights activist) –
  • Susan Sarandon (actress) –
  • Armand Assante (actor) –
  • Liev Schreiber (actor) –
  • Alicia Silverstone (actress) –
  • Rachael Leigh Cook (actress) –


  • Janis Joplin (singer) –
  • Joan Whitney Payson (athlete) –
  • Glenn Gould (pianist) –
  • Graham Chapman (actor) –
  • Gordon Cooper (astronaut who circled the globe 22 times in 34 hours and 20 minutes and became the first astronaut in a space flight of more than 24 hours. He was also the first astronaut to sleep in space, and he successfully carried out a beacon experiment that made him the first man to launch a satellite in space.) –
  • Loretta Lynn (American country music singer-songwriter ) –


  • Dr. Benjamin Church investigated for espionage–
  • Battle of Germantown resulted in a British victory, due to Washington’s disorganized troops and thick fog–
  • The first U.S. Open golf championship was held in Newport, Rhode Island–
  • Pigeon Cher Ami’s message saved 194 U.S. soldiers during World War I–
  • The comic strip Dick Tracy, created by Chester Gould, made its debut–
  • Ruth Allen won Long Island horseshoe championship–
  • Leave it to Beaver made its television debut–
  • Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite, launched from the Soviet Union–
  • Russia’s Luna 3 was launched toward the Moon, where it later became the first vehicle to send back images of the Moon’s far side–
  • Barbara Walters joined Harry Reasoner at the anchor desk of ABC’s Evening News and became the first woman to anchor a network evening newscast–
  • In Boston, Massachusetts, the bronze Mallard Family Sculpture, in honor of Robert McCloskey’s story Make Way for Ducklings, was dedicated–
  • Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty signed, 1991–
  • SpaceShipOne climbed into space for the second time in one week to claim a $10 million Ansari X Prize–
  • Astronomers Adam Riess, Saul Perlmutter and Brian Schmidt were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their studies on the expansion of the Universe. By studying exploding stars, they found that the rate of expansion is accelerating due to a force known as dark energy.–
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw his 500th career regular-season touchdown pass.–


  • Saxby’s Gale caused flooding all over New England–

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