Daily Almanac for Tuesday, January 18, 2022

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Question of the Day

I’ve got a small scratch in a maple end table from the 1950s. The table isn’t worth much, but I love it. Can the scratch be covered somehow?Some scratches can be concealed with a paste of instant coffee and water, although this is not recommended for fine antiques. Put some instant coffee in a small bowl, then sprinkle just enough water on the coffee to make a thick paste. Rub the mixture into the scratch.

Advice of the Day

Wash your dog’s paws after a walk on salted roads.

Home Hint of the Day

Prevent unauthorized use of your power tools by fitting a tiny padlock throught the small hole in one of the prongs of the tool’s electrical plug.

Word of the Day

KeelhaulTo haul under the keel of a ship, by ropes attached to the yardarms on each side. It was formerly practiced as a punishment in the Dutch and English navies.

Puzzle of the Day

Why is there a difference of only two letters of the alphabet between an accepted and a rejected love?One kisses his miss, and the other misses his kiss.


  • Daniel Webster (statesman) – 1782
  • Ruben Dario (poet) – 1867
  • A. A. Milne (author) – 1882
  • Oliver Hardy (comedian) – 1892
  • Cary Grant (actor) – 1904
  • Danny Kaye (actor) – 1911
  • Curt Flood (baseball player) – 1938
  • Bobby Goldsboro (singer) – 1941
  • Kevin Costner (actor) – 1955
  • Karan Brar (actor) – 1999


  • John Tyler (10th U.S. president) – 1862
  • Rudyard Kipling (author) – 1936
  • Curly Howard (actor, best known as one of The Three Stooges) – 1952
  • Robert B. Parker (author of mysteries; Mr. Parker died at his writing desk, working on a book) – 2010
  • Glenn Frey (musician; founding member of The Eagles) – 2016


  • The play entitled Gorboduc, written by Thomas Norton and Thomas Sackville, was presented before Queen Elizabeth I. It was the first real English tragedy.– 1562
  • John Winthrop documented the first known unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings in North America– 1644
  • Two lights formed a manlike shape and arose out of the water in Boston– 1644
  • Eugene Ely proved that planes could land safely on ships– 1911
  • Ice in the in the Weddell Sea trapped Antarctic explorer E. Shackleton’s ship Endurance until she sank on November 21– 1915
  • The first session of the Paris Peace Conference to end WWI was held– 1919
  • NY Daily Mirror columnist Walter Winchell debuted on radio– 1926
  • First around-the-world, nonstop flight by jet concluded– 1957
  • The Dow Jones industrial stock average first passed the 1,000 mark– 1966
  • Yellowknife became capital of the Northwest Territories– 1967
  • The cause of Legionnaires’ disease (Legionellosis) identified as bacteria– 1977
  • 211-pound striped marlin caught near Red Hill, Hawaii– 1996
  • 4-lb. 8-oz. Heller’s barracuda caught, Molokai, Hawaii– 2005
  • A half pound meteorite crashed through the office of Dr. Frank Ciampi, Lorton, Virginia– 2010


  • Ice in the in the Weddell Sea trapped Antarctic explorer E. Shackleton’s ship Endurance until she sank on November 21– 1915
  • Twenty-seven degrees below zero F, Watts, Oklahoma– 1930
  • 95 degrees F in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California– 1971
  • Twenty-nine degrees below zero F in Concord, New Hampshire– 1971
  • Fifty-four degrees below zero F in Embarrass, Minnesota– 2005
  • NASA and NOAA announced that 2016 was hottest year globally on record– 2017

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