Daily Almanac for Saturday, November 20, 2021; Day 324 of the Year; Happy Birthday to our President Joe Biden!

President Joe Biden poses for his official portrait Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in the Library of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)


Question of the Day

What do A.M. and P.M. stand for?They stand for ante meridiem (before noon) and post meridiem (after noon).

Advice of the Day

To defeat sleepless nights, try as hard as possible to stay awake. You’ll soon be asleep.

Home Hint of the Day

One way to heat your upstairs easily is to install open ceiling registers between your first and second floors. Heat will rise to the second floor through the registers, and cool air will return down the stairs, keeping the second floor warmer.

Word of the Day

WindbagA boring person who talks a great deal about uninteresting topics.

Puzzle of the Day

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


  • Oliver Wolcott(politician)– 1726
  • Josiah Royce(philosopher)– 1855
  • Norman Thomas(social reformer)– 1884
  • Edwin Powell Hubble(astronomer)– 1889
  • Alistair Cooke(journalist)– 1908
  • Emilio Pucci(fashion designer)– 1914
  • Gene Tierney(actress)– 1920
  • Robert F. Kennedy(politician)– 1925
  • Maya Plisetskaya(Russian ballerina)– 1925
  • Dick Smothers(comedian)– 1939
  • Joe Biden(46th U.S. president)– 1942
  • Veronica Hamel(actress)– 1943
  • Joe Walsh(musician)– 1947
  • Sean Young(actress)– 1959
  • Ming-Na(actress)– 1963
  • Joel McHale(actor)– 1971
  • J. D. Drew(baseball player)– 1975
  • Dominique Dawes(gymnast)– 1976


  • Harriot Stanton Blatch(U.S. suffragette)– 1940
  • John McEwen(18th Prime Minister of Australia)– 1980
  • Robert Altman(director)– 2006


  • The final ride of the Pony Express completed– 1861
  • J. Haven & C. Hettrich patented a whirligig (yo-yo)– 1866
  • William Bundy received patent for employees’ time recorder– 1888
  • Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, incorporated as a city– 1903
  • Fire wiped out most of business district in Oceana, West Virginia– 1907
  • Photos required for U.S. passports– 1914
  • Tucson Municipal Flying Field in Arizona became the first municipal airport in the United States– 1919
  • First nighttime photograph taken from an airplane occurred over Rochester, NY– 1925
  • The Alcan Highway was dedicated at Soldier’s Summit in the Yukon Territory– 1942
  • Nuremberg Trials begin in Germany, an international military tribunal, trying Nazi offenders for crimes against peace, humanity and the laws of war.– 1945
  • Princess Elizabeth (later to be known as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II) married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten– 1947
  • The musical, Cabaret, premiered at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York– 1966
  • The United States Department of Justice headquarters building dedicated as the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Building– 2001
  • The Wizard of Oz Munchkins received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame– 2007
  • A 2.4-magnitude earthquake shook Portsmouth, New Hampshire– 2007
  • Green Giant set a new Guinness World Record for largest green bean casserole. The concoction weighed 1,009 pounds! The dish was then served to people in need in the New York area through Citymeals on Wheels.– 2019


  • Tornadoes in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee caused extensive damage and killed 73 people– 1900
  • Eighteen inches of snow at Paradise, Michigan– 1987

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