Daily Calendar for Saturday, October 19, 2024

Question of the Day

When should I harvest my pumpkins?
Anytime before the first hard frost. A variety called hard-shelled maximas can handle light frost, but all others should be harvested before the temperature drops to 32 degrees Fahrenheit. As harvest time approaches, pinch out plant leaders and flowers, and remove small green pumpkins that have no chance of ripening. This will help the remaining pumpkins along.

Advice of the Day

The tongue is the rudder of our ship.

Home Hint of the Day

After removing old tiles, always scrape off any dried remnants of adhesive left on the subfloor. Make sure all loose material is removed before new tiles are laid.

Word of the Day

Dominical letter
A letter from A to G, denoting Sundays in the ecclesiastical calendar for a given year, determined by the date on which the first Sunday falls. If it falls on January 1, the letter (for the year) is A; if it falls on January 2, the letter is B; and so on.

Puzzle of the Day

I am a caller at every home where you may meet, For daily I perambulate along each street. Take one letter from me and still you will see. I’m the same as before, as I’ll always be, Take two letters from me, or three or four. I’ll still be the same as I was before. In fact, I can tell you that all my letters you may take, Yet of me nothing else can you make.

Answer: Postman


  • Jonathan Swift (author) –
  • Leo Clarke (Victoria Cross recipient) –
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay (poet) –
  • Richard Blackwell (fashion designer & critic known simply as Mr. Blackwellβ€β€œ) –
  • Tom Bosley (actor) –


  • Martha Jefferson (wife of Thomas Jefferson; died before presidency) –
  • Cassius Marcellus Clay (abolitionist) –
  • Alice McLellan Birney (child welfare worker; the work by her and others led to the formation of the PTA) –
  • Eddie Bauer (merchant) –
  • Jack Anderson (journalist) –
  • John Le Carre (author) –
  • Robert Reed (actor) –
  • Peter Max (artist) –
  • John Lithgow (actor) –
  • Giorgio Cavazzano (comic strip artist & illustrator) –
  • Jennifer Holliday (singer) –
  • Evander Holyfield (boxer) –
  • Ty Pennington (carpenter; host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) –
  • Brad Daugherty (basketball player) –
  • Jon Favreau (actor, writer, & director) –
  • Chris Kattan (actor) –
  • Keith Foulke (baseball player) –


  • Major General Lord Charles Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Virginia, effectively ending the American Revolutionary War–
  • President Abraham Lincoln wrote to an 11-year-old girl who requested that he grow a beard–
  • First wedding to take place in balloon occurred, over Cincinnati, Ohio–
  • Government autos were first used to deliver U.S. mail–
  • Watertown Senior High School, in South Dakota, was the first school to fingerprint students–
  • Streptomycin, the first antibiotic remedy for tuberculosis, was first isolated by researchers at Rutgers University–
  • Queen Elizabeth II went to a U.S. football game–
  • The Miracle Worker, a dramatization of Helen Keller’s early life, opens on Broadway–
  • U.S. auto executive, John DeLorean, was charged with the crime of selling cocaine to undercover police–
  • The first Blockbuster Video store opened in Dallas, Texas–
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by 22% on what has become known as Black Mondayβ€β€œβ€“
  • Mother Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II–
  • In Indiana, a family’s pet Amazon parrot saved their lives by mimicking the sound of a fire alarm to alert them their house was on fire–
  • An earthquake measuring 2.5 hit Littleton, Massachusetts–
  • The Tampa Bay Rays won the American League Championship Series for the first time in franchise history–
  • First object (β€˜Oumuamua) from another solar system detected in ours–


  • A hurricane that blew for five hours swept Great Lakes waters into Buffalo, drowning 200 people–
  • Hurricane Wilma made history by dropping pressure to 882 millibars–

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