Daily Almanac for Friday, November 26, 2021; Day 330 of the Year

Kappa Alpha Society logo. On this date, 195 years ago, Oldest social college fraternity in continuous existence, Kappa Alpha Society, founded at Union College in Schenectady, New York


The Kappa Alpha Society (ΚΑ), founded in 1825, was the progenitor of the modern fraternity system in North America. It is considered to be the oldest national, secret, Greek-letter social fraternity and was the first of the fraternities which would eventually become known as the Union Triad. While several fraternities claim to be the oldest, Baird’s Manual states that ΚΑ has maintained a continuous existence since its foundation, making it the oldest undergraduate fraternity that exists today.[1] As of 2012, there are nine active chapters in the United States and Canada.


Question of the Day

Is there a level of caffeine that could kill a human being?Yes. A lethal dose is 10 grams, or about 100 cups of coffee consumed within 4 hours.

Advice of the Day

Misfortunes and twins never come singly.

Home Hint of the Day

Did you run out of toilet-bowl cleaner? Substitute household (5 percent) bleach or vinegar.

Word of the Day

CivviesCivilian garb as opposed to a military uniform.

Puzzle of the Day

Why is the horse the most curious feeder in the world?He eats best when he has not a bit in his mouth.


  • William Cowper(poet)– 1731
  • Mary Walker(doctor)– 1832
  • Karl Ziegler(chemist)– 1898
  • Frances Dee(film star of the 1930s and 40s)– 1907
  • Cyril Cusack(actor)– 1910
  • Eric Sevareid(newscaster)– 1912
  • Charles Schulz(creator of Peanuts comic strip)– 1922
  • George Segal(sculptor)– 1924
  • Robert Goulet(actor)– 1933
  • Rich Little(comedian)– 1938
  • Tina Turner(singer)– 1939
  • Bruce Paltrow(director & producer)– 1943
  • John McVie(musician)– 1946
  • Dale Jarrett(race car driver)– 1956
  • Natasha Bedingfield(singer)– 1981
  • Trevor Morgan(actor)– 1986


  • Tommy Dorsey(bandleader)– 1956
  • Benjamin Oliver Davis(first African American general in U.S. Army)– 1970
  • Stan Berenstain(co-creator of The Berenstain Bears book series)– 2005


  • The first lion was exhibited in the U.S., in Boston, MA– 1716
  • Oldest social college fraternity in continuous existence, Kappa Alpha Society, founded at Union College in Schenectady, New York– 1825
  • Public streetcar service began in New York City– 1832
  • First major football game played indoors, Chicago Coliseum, Illinois– 1896
  • Archeologist Howard Carter opened second doorway to tomb of Tutankhamen– 1922
  • The movie Casablanca premiered in New York City– 1942
  • France’s first satellite, Asterix 1, launched– 1965
  • Comedian Milton Berle married Lorna Adams– 1991
  • Thelma Chalifoux was the first Metis woman to become a Canadian senator (Alberta)– 1997
  • A buoy recorded a 75-foot wave off Cape Mendocino, California– 2019


  • A late-season hurricane brushed the east coast with gales and heavy rain– 1888
  • A blizzard struck North Dakota– 1896
  • 1.5 inches of rain fell in 1 minute in Barot, Guadeloupe, setting a world record– 1970

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