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Daily Calendar for Saturday, November 30, 2024

Question of the Day

Please tell me about ashes from a wood-burning fireplace. How much can I use in the garden? Are they good for blueberry bushes and asparagus?
Wood ashes are good for the garden because they contain potash and lime. Apply them to the soil in the spring or fall, 4 to 6 pounds per 100 square feet. However, fresh wood ashes will form lye when first applied, so do not use them on plants in active growth. It is best to apply ashes before planting and see that they are thoroughly mixed into the soil. They are good for most plants, especially root crops and fruit trees. Wood ashes should never be used on acid-loving plants like blueberry bushes.

Advice of the Day

By wisdom peace, by peace plenty.

Home Hint of the Day

To clean a sink drain or garbage disposal, pour in 1/2 cup of baking soda and flush with very hot water.

Word of the Day

Mammatus Cloud
Sinking air in thunderstorms can form sack-like clouds known as mammatus, or mammo, clouds. They look ominous but are actually a sign that a thunderstorm is weakening. These clouds look like upside down pans of biscuits or a cow’s udder.

Puzzle of the Day

Why didn’t the dog want to go into the ark?
He had a bark (ship) of his own.

Born

  • Andrea Palladio (architect) –
  • Jonathan Swift (satirist) –
  • Mark Twain (writer; pen name, Mark Twain; real name, Samuel Langhorne Clemens) –
  • Sir Winston Churchill (British Prime Minister) –
  • Lucy Maud Montgomery (author) –
  • Donald Ogden Stewart (actor) –
  • Clyfford Still (artist) –
  • Virginia Mayo (actress) –
  • Dick Clark (entertainer) –
  • Woody Allen (actor & producer) –
  • David Mamet (dramatist) –
  • Mandy Patinkin (actor & singer) –
  • Billy Idol (singer) –
  • Bo Jackson (football & baseball player) –
  • Clay Aiken (singer) –
  • Elisha Cuthbert (actress) –
  • Kaley Cuoco (actress) –
  • Dylan Cash (actor) –

Died

  • Oscar Wilde (writer) –
  • Sister Kenny (nurse who developed a method for treating victims of the disease infantile paralysis) –
  • Johnny Roventini (radio and TV ad pitchman in the 1930s and 40s) –
  • Gertrude Ederle (first woman to swim the English Channel) –
  • Pierre Berton (author) –
  • Evel Knievel (stunt motorcyclist) –
  • Paul Walker (actor) –
  • Jim Nabors (actor and singer) –
  • George H.W. Bush (41st U.S. president) –
  • Christine McVie (musician ) –

Events

  • Anniversary of Mark Twain’s birth–
  • The Mason jar developed by John Mason was patented–
  • U.S. patent was issued to Johann Waehner of New York City for a necktie fastener–
  • Comedienne Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz married–
  • Meteorite hit Ann Hodges in her home in Sylacauga, Alabama–
  • Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics scored his 20,000th career point–
  • A pristine copy of Action Comics #1, famed for the first appearance of Superman, sold for $2,161,000. It was the first comic book to break the $2 million mark.–
  • Discovery of 215 fossilized pterosaur eggs in Gobi Desert, China, announced–

Weather

  • The Erie Canal closed due to severely cold weather–
  • A Midwest cold wave brought a temperature of 17 degrees below zero F to Minneapolis–
  • A tornado claimed 2 lives in Simsboro, Louisiana–

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