Daily Almanac for Saturday, January 28, 2023

On this date in 1973, Barnaby Jones premiered on television (courtesy CBS)
Buddy Ebsen as Barnaby Jones (courtesy CBS TV)


Barnaby Jones is an American detective television series starring Buddy Ebsen as a formerly retired investigator and Lee Meriwether as his widowed daughter-in-law, who run a private detective firm in Los AngelesCalifornia. The show was originally introduced as a midseason replacement on the CBS network and ran from 1973 to 1980. Halfway through the series’ run, Mark Shera was added to the cast as a much younger cousin of Ebsen’s character, who eventually joined the firm.

Barnaby Jones was produced by QM Productions (with Woodruff Productions in the final two seasons). It had the second-longest QM series run (seven and a half seasons), following the nine years of The FBI. The series followed the characteristic Quinn Martin episode format with commercial breaks dividing each episode into four “acts,” concluding with an epilogue. The opening credits were narrated by Hank Simms.

The first episode of the show, “Requiem for a Son”, featured a crossover with another QM program, Cannon, with William Conrad guest-starring as detective Frank Cannon. There was another crossover between the two programs in the 1975 two-part episode “The Deadly Conspiracy”.

Lee Meriwether as Betty Jones (courtesy CBS)
Hank Simms, the opening credits voice of Barnaby Jones (file photo)

Hank Simms (May 25, 1923 – August 7, 2013) was a voice actor and announcer, best known for narrating the opening credits of Quinn Martin TV shows, including The F.B.I.Barnaby JonesCannon and The Streets of San Francisco. He was also hired to imitate his distinctive announcing style in the opening credits for the satirical TV series Police Squad!.


Question of the Day

Can I substitute another ingredient for plain yogurt in a recipe?

Yes, you can use an equal amount of buttermilk.

Advice of the Day

Remove fruit stains from your hands by rubbing with cornmeal and vinegar.

Home Hint of the Day

The old-timers used to say that if your chimney caught fire, you should allow the fire to burn itself out. Don’t listen to them. If you have a chimney fire, call the fire department immediately.

Word of the Day


Daily; refers to events which recur every 24 hours, such as a daily temperature cycle.

Puzzle of the Day

Why does a person who is poorly lose his sense of touch?

Because he doesn’t feel well.


  • Alexander Mackenzie (Canadian statesman) – 1822
  • Henry Morton Stanley (journalist & explorer) – 1841
  • Jose Marti (Cuban poet) – 1853
  • Artur Rubinstein (pianist) – 1887
  • Susan Sontag (novelist) – 1933
  • Susan Howard (actress) – 1943
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov (ballet dancer) – 1948
  • Sarah McLachlan (musician) – 1968
  • Joey Fatone (singer & actor) – 1977
  • Elijah Wood (actor) – 1981


  • W. B. Yeats (poet) – 1939
  • Christa McAuliffe (selected to be the first teacher in space) – 1986
  • Harold Red” Grange” (football player) – 1991
  • Helen Battles Sawyer Hogg (American-born Canadian astronomer ) – 1993
  • Astrid Lindgren (children’s author who wrote Pippi Longstocking) – 2002
  • Elroy Crazy Legs” Hirsch” (football player) – 2004
  • Jim Capaldi (musician) – 2005
  • Cicely Tyson (actress) – 2021


  • The Yale Daily News became the first daily, college newspaper in the U.S.– 1878
  • Jose Miguel Gomez was inaugurated as president of Cuba and the U.S. provisional government withdrew– 1909
  • The U.S. Coast Guard was established by Congress, combining the Life Saving Service and the Revenue Cutter Service– 1915
  • Manitoba became first province to grant women suffrage– 1916
  • Aaron Copland’s instrumental suite, Quiet City, premiered in New York– 1941
  • Leonard Bernstein conducted the premiere of his first symphony, Jeremiah, at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania– 1944
  • An African American student, Harvey Gantt, entered Clemson College in South Carolina, thus breaking the barrier in the last state to hold out against integration. Harvey later became the first African-American mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina.– 1963
  • Barnaby Jones premiered on television– 1973
  • U.S. army officer, James Dozier, was rescued from his Red Brigade captors in Padua, Italy– 1982
  • The space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after take-off, killing all seven crew members, including teacher Christa McAuliffe– 1986
  • The Canadian Supreme Court ruled federal restrictions on abortions violate the constitution– 1988
  • An 8-pound 12-ounce redeye bass was caught in the Apalachicola River in Florida– 1995


  • Snowstorm left 36 inches in northern Virginia– 1772
  • Knickerbocker Storm’s 28 inches of snowfall crushed Washington theater of the same name, killing over 100 movie patrons– 1922
  • Forty-six degrees below zero F at First Connecticut Lake– 1925
  • -132 degrees F windchill, in Pelly Bay, Northwest Territories– 1989

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