Daily Almanac for Thursday, January 6, 2021

On this date in 1974, Global Television Network in Ontario began programming (courtesy Corus Entertainment)

FROM WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

The Global Television Network (more commonly called Global, or occasionally Global TV) is a Canadian English-language terrestrial television network. It is currently Canada’s second most-watched private terrestrial television network after CTV, and has fifteen owned-and-operated stations throughout the country. Global is owned by Corus Entertainment — the media holdings of JR Shaw and other members of his family.

Global has its origins in a regional television station of the same name, serving Southern Ontario, which launched in 1974. The Ontario station was soon purchased by the now-defunct CanWest Global Communications, and that company gradually expanded its national reach in the subsequent decades through both acquisitions and new station launches, building up a quasi-network of independent stations, known as the CanWest Global System, until the stations were unified under the Ontario station’s branding in 1997.

TODAY’S ALMANAC

Epiphany

Epiphany, which is also known as Three Kings Day, is celebrated on this date. According to the New Testament’s Gospels, it was on this date that the Magi, the three wise men or kings, venerated and brought gifts to the infant Jesus. The word epiphany is not specific to Christianity, as Zeus’s alias, Epiphanes, can attest. It comes from the Greek epiphaneia, meaning “manifestation.”

In many countries, Three Kings Day is a traditional time of gift giving. Bake a King Cake with a lucky bean inside! Whoever finds the bean is the king of the feast. Alternatively, make yourself a delicious Epiphany Tart—a Victorian-era jam tart!

Question of the Day

My three-year-old drew in pencil all over our wallpapered dining room. What can I do to remove the marks?The best way to get rid of the pencil marks without marring your wallpaper is to rub them with a slice of fresh rye bread.

Advice of the Day

It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly. —Anatole France

Home Hint of the Day

You can make a simple drill depth guide by wrapping a flag of tape around the drill bit. Just place the tape at the depth where you want the drilled hole to stop.

Word of the Day

BarcaroleA boating song sung by Venetian gondoliers.

Puzzle of the Day

What’s that in the Fire, and not in the Flame? What’s that in the Master, and not in the Dame? What’s that in the Courtier, and not in the Clown? What’s that in the Country, and not in the Town?The letter R

Born

  • Joan of Arc (French heroine) – 1412
  • Jedediah Smith (explorer) – 1799
  • Clarence King (founder of the U.S. Geological Survey) – 1842
  • Carl Sandburg (poet) – 1878
  • Tom Mix (actor) – 1880
  • Loretta Young (actress) – 1913
  • Cary Middlecoff (golfer) – 1921
  • Earl Scruggs (musician) – 1924
  • E.L. Doctorow (writer) – 1931
  • Bonnie Franklin (actress) – 1944
  • Rowan Atkinson (actor) – 1955
  • Nigella Lawson (chef) – 1960

Died

  • Theodore Roosevelt (26th U.S. president) – 1919
  • Robert H.W. Welch, Jr. (founder of the John Birch Society) – 1985
  • Rudolph Nureyev (ballet dancer) – 1993
  • Dizzy Gillespie (musician) – 1993
  • Lou Rawls (singer) – 2006
  • Pat Harrington (actor) – 2016

Events

  • George Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis– 1759
  • Albany designated the permanent capital of NY state– 1797
  • Indianapolis designated as the capital of the state of Indiana– 1821
  • S.F.B. Morse demonstrated his completed telegraph at the Speedwell Iron Works– 1838
  • James Plimpton received a patent for improved roller skates– 1863
  • Pendleton Act reformed U.S. civil service, initiating competitive examinations for placement– 1883
  • First women’s six-day bicycle race began, N.Y.C.– 1896
  • New Mexico admitted to the Union as the 47th state– 1912
  • President FDR delivered his Four Freedoms speech to the U.S. Congress, summarizing the goals Americans were ready to defend– 1941
  • First around-the-world commercial flight completed by Pan American Airways– 1942
  • George H. W. Bush and Barbara Pierce were married– 1945
  • U.S. and South Vietnamese troops launched a major offensive against the Viet-Cong stronghold in the Mekong River delta, the first direct commitment of U.S. troops to combat in that area (Vietnam War)– 1967
  • Schoolhouse Rock! premiered– 1973
  • Global Television Network in Ontario began programming– 1974
  • First quadruplets to be conceived in a test tube were born to an Australian woman– 1984
  • A baby lion-tailed macaque named Bosco was born at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington. Lion-tailed macaques are among the most threatened of all macaque species.– 1989
  • Defending women’s figure skating national champion Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right kneecap in an off-ice attack by an unidentified assailant at the U.S. Olympic trials in Detroit, Michigan– 1994
  • NASA unveiled a breathtaking snapshot of the surface of Mars shot in color by its Spirit rover. The new color image was the sharpest photograph ever taken on Mars– 2004

Weather

  • Seattle, Washington, received 4 feet of snow, many barns were destroyed– 1880
  • Last day of severe Arctic outbreak in Midwest and South: -10 degrees F, Atlanta, Georgia– 1884
  • 14.9 inches of snow fell in Chicago, Illinois– 1918
  • Sixty-nine degrees F, Boston, Massachusetts– 2007
  • Temperatures in Miami, Florida, dropped to 35°F, causing iguanas to enter a state of hibernation and fall out of trees.– 2010

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