Daily Almanac for Thursday, February 10, 2022

Peggy Fleming at a joint Canada-USA event during the 2010 Winter Olympics. By US Mission Canada, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

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Peggy Gale Fleming (born July 27, 1948) is an American former figure skater and the only American in the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France to bring home a Gold Medal. She is the 1968 Olympic Champion in Ladies’ singles and a three-time World Champion (1966–1968). Fleming has been a television commentator in figure skating for over 20 years, including several Winter Olympic Games.

Life and career

Fleming was born in San Jose, California, the daughter of Doris Elizabeth (née Deal) and Albert Eugene Fleming, a newspaper journalist and former U.S. Marine. She began skating at age nine when her father took Peggy and her three sisters skating. In 1961, when Peggy was twelve years old, her coach William Kipp was killed in the crash of Sabena Flight 548 along with the rest of the United States figure skating team while en route to the 1961 World Figure Skating Championships. Fleming was subsequently coached by Carlo Fassi. Her unusual style led to five U.S. titles, three World titles and the gold medal in the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble, France.

Peggy’s mother played a memorable role in her daughter’s Grenoble Olympic medal, as she chose a color for the skating costume, chartreuse, named after the liqueur of that color produced by neighboring Carthusians in their founding monastery, which also gives the name “chartreuse” to the region, thereby perhaps inspiring local French audience support for Peggy’s virtually flawless performance. Her award in Grenoble was singularly important for the American athletes and the nation as a whole, for this was the only gold medal that the U.S. Olympic team won in the 1968 Winter Olympics. It signaled a return to American dominance in the sport of women’s figure skating following the unprecedented tragedy of the 1961 Sabena plane crash.

After becoming an Olympic champion, Fleming turned professional, performed on TV shows including five NBC specials of her own and toured with many skating shows, like Ice Capades. During the Cold War, Fleming had filmed a TV show in USSR and skated to Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto in China. Since 1981, she has been a skating commentator for ABC Sports. In 1993, the Associated Press released results of a national sports study that ranked Fleming as the third most popular athlete in America, behind fellow Olympians Mary Lou Retton and Dorothy Hamill.

Peggy Fleming was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998. The cancer was detected in its early stages, and surgery was successful. She became a breast cancer activist who recommends not procrastinating and advocates for early detection.

Fleming and her husband, Greg Jenkins, owned and operated Fleming Jenkins Vineyards & Winery in California. The winery produced close to 2,000 cases of wine a year with names as “Choreography” a Bordeaux style blend from Napa Valley and a “Victories Rose” from the San Francisco Bay Syrah. Profits from the “Victories Rosé” went towards charities that supported research towards breast cancer. The winery closed in 2011.

In 1988, a Peggy Fleming all-porcelain doll was made by Franklin Mint Heirloom Porcelain Dolls.

In 2007, Fleming appeared in the movie Blades of Glory as a judge.

In 2010, Art of the Olympians produced a 30-minute documentary. She is also an artist with works on display with the Art of the Olympians.

Along with former Olympian Vonetta Flowers, Fleming was injured and briefly hospitalized after a traffic accident while riding in U.S. Vice President Joe Biden‘s motorcade at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

TODAY’S ALMANAC

Question of the Day

What are the oldest college and the oldest law school in the United States?Harvard College (now the undergraduate school of Harvard University) was established in 1636 for men, making it the oldest college in the United States. Virginia’s College of William and Mary was chartered in 1693 and established the first law school in the United States in 1779.

Advice of the Day

A witty saying proves nothing. —Voltaire

Home Hint of the Day

Take advantage of frozen ground by trucking loads of manure out to your garden now. Avoid repeated traffic over one area, however, which may cause some damage to the grass.

Word of the Day

Cumulus cloudFair-weather cloud with flat base and domeshaped top.

Puzzle of the Day

How would securely hitching a horse affect his speed?It would make him fast.

Born

  • Boris Pasternak (poet) – 1890
  • Alan Hale (actor) – 1892
  • Bill Tilden, Jr. (tennis player) – 1893
  • Jimmy Durante (comedian) – 1893
  • John F. Enders (scientist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1954) – 1897
  • Bertolt Brecht (dramatist) – 1898
  • Lon Chaney, Jr. (actor) – 1906
  • Leontyne Price (opera singer) – 1927
  • Robert Wagner, Jr. (actor) – 1930
  • Roberta Flack (singer) – 1939
  • Adrienne Clarkson (Canadian Governor General) – 1939
  • Mark Spitz (Olympic gold medal swimmer) – 1950
  • Greg Norman (golfer) – 1955
  • George Stephanopoulos (political consultant & commentator) – 1961
  • Victor Davis (Olympic swimmer) – 1964
  • Laura Dern (actress) – 1967
  • Emma Roberts (actress) – 1991
  • Makenzie Vega (actress) – 1994

Died

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder (author) – 1957
  • Billy Rose (composer & bandleader) – 1966
  • Alex Haley (author) – 1992
  • Jim Varney (actor) – 2000
  • Retired Lt. Gen. Vernon Walters (ambassador to the UN and Germany) – 2002
  • Arthur Miller (playwright) – 2005
  • Roy Scheider (actor) – 2008
  • Shirley Temple Black (actress) – 2014

Events

  • Edmond Halley became second Astronomer Royal of England– 1720
  • France ceded Canada to England at the Treaty of Paris, ending the French and Indian War– 1763
  • Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom married Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg-Gotha– 1840
  • Act of Union merged Upper and Lower Canada– 1841
  • Showman P. T. Barnum staged the wedding of General Tom Thumb and Mercy Lavinia Warren (both little people) in New York. They had to stand on a piano to greet their guests.– 1863
  • Alanson Crane patented a fire extinguisher system– 1863
  • Ontario’s first free public library opened, in Guelph– 1883
  • German government informed the U.S. that after March 1, 1916, armed merchantmen would be treated as warships and attacked without warning (WW I)– 1916
  • New Delhi became the capital of India– 1931
  • The New York City-based Postal Telegraph Company introduced the first singing telegram– 1933
  • The first gold record was awarded for sales of over one million copies. It was Glenn Miller’s Chattanooga Choo Choo” on RCA”– 1942
  • Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman premiered in NY– 1949
  • Soviets released U.S. U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers in Berlin in exchange for convicted Soviet agent Rudolf Abel– 1962
  • The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, providing a contingency plan for presidential succession– 1967
  • Peggy Fleming won an Olympic Gold medal in figure skating– 1968
  • Arab terrorists killed 1 Israeli and wounded 11 others in an attack at the Munich, West Germany, airport– 1970
  • 28 skiers performed backflips while holding hands, Bromont Québec– 1982
  • Bonnie Blair became the first U.S. medal winner at the Winter Olympics in Albertville in the women’s 500-meter speed skating. Also the first woman in Olympic history to win consecutive Winter Olympic gold medals– 1992
  • Garry Kasparov began chess match against computer Deep Blue”“– 1996
  • Brett Hull scored his 700th NHL goal– 2003
  • Ray Allen of the Boston Celtics sank his 2,561st 3-pointer, breaking the NBA record set by Reggie Miller– 2011

Weather

  • Early morning tornado at Albany, Georgia, caused over $3 million loss– 1940
  • Thundersnow (heavy snow accompanied by thunder and lightning) in northern New Hampshire– 2005
  • A rare February tornado in southern Oklahoma killed at least 9 people– 2009

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