Inauguration day, Ben's birthday

Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Dear Almanac readers, 

This Friday, January 20, is Inauguration Day 2017. Who gave the shortest speech? Who died from bad inauguration weather? What are some famous presidential quotes? Who never had an inauguration? Who didn't want a ball and canceled it? Our new inauguration page is chock-a-block with historical—and quirky—facts.

Your Almanac Editors leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
–Benjamin Franklin (1706-90)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
17th day of the year

Michelle Obama (U.S. First Lady) was born on this day in 1964.
Johnny Otis (musician; known as the godfather of R&B) died on this day in 2012.

What the heck is a Garden Hod?
It was designed to harvest and wash vegetables and fruit easily, but it has hundreds of other uses, too!


Inauguration Day Fun Facts!

When and What Is Inauguration Day 2017?
What happens on Inauguration Day 2017? What does “inauguration” mean? How do we “swear in” a president? Here are some inauguration fun facts.
The 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar

Force spring flowers indoors: Cut forsythia, dogwood, or crabapple branches. Before placing in a vase, mash the cut ends…
Founder of Almanacs

Happy Birthday, Benjamin Franklin!
Benjamin Franklin was born on Sunday, January 17, in 1706. To celebrate his birthday, here are some facts and quotes about the great man. Happy Birthday, Ben!
The 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac Moon Calendar

The Algonquin people named the Full Snow Moon after this time when the heaviest snows fall.
12 Months of Verse

Another Year in Haiku
The Japanese poetic form called haiku seems perfectly tailored as a discipline for someone who writes about “natural living.”
The 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Calendar

Celebrate by giving a plant that has heart-shaped leaves: Dutchman’s pipe, European wild ginger, ‘Artic Beauty’ hardy kiwi, morning glory, or violet.