Daily Almanac for Monday, January 24, 2022

In 1950,Percy Spencer granted patent for microwave oven. Microwave oven, modern era 2016 Kenmore model. By Consumer Reports, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Question of the Day

What exactly do B.C. and A.D. stand for, and was there a year 0?B.C. stands for before Christ,” and A.D. stands for “anno Domini,” a Latin phrase that translates as “in the year of the Lord.” There is no year 0; the years go from 1 B.C. to A.D. 1.”

Advice of the Day

Use a sponge dampened with vinegar to clean shower curtains.

Home Hint of the Day

To correct a loud banging when the furnace shuts off, locate the offending panel in the duct work and screw a 1-inch-wide metal strip onto that panel in a diagonal position.

Word of the Day

Relative humidityThe amount of moisture in the air compared to the maximum amount of moisture the air could hold at a given temperature; measured as a precentage of saturation.

Puzzle of the Day

What is it that occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment, and once in a million years?The letter M


  • Edith Wharton (author) – 1862
  • Vicki Baum (novelist) – 1888
  • Leon Kirchner (composer) – 1919
  • Neil Diamond (singer) – 1941
  • John Belushi (actor) – 1949
  • Nastassja Kinski (actress) – 1961
  • Mary Lou Retton (gymnast) – 1968
  • Matthew Lillard (actor) – 1970
  • Mischa Barton (actress) – 1986


  • Sir Winston Churchill (British Prime Minister) – 1965
  • George Cukor (film director) – 1983
  • Vincente Minnelli (film director) – 1986
  • Thurgood Marshall (first African American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court) – 1993
  • Jay Monahan (legal analyst for NBC News) – 1998
  • Bob Russell (creator of the Miss America Pageant and Name That Tune) – 1998
  • Chris Penn (actor) – 2006


  • Gold nuggets discovered at Sutter’s Mill in northern California, triggered the gold rush of 1849– 1848
  • Typewriter copy” ribbon patented by Jacob L. Wortman”– 1888
  • Patent 1,404,539 granted for the Eskimo Pie (now Edy’s Pie)– 1922
  • Moving picture of a solar eclipse taken from dirigible over Long Island, NY– 1925
  • Percy Spencer granted patent for microwave oven– 1950
  • Soviet satellite Cosmos 954 crashed in Canada’s Northwest Territories, leaking radioactive waste– 1978
  • An otter entertained crowds all winter at the mouth of the Ompompanoosuc River in Norwich, Vermont– 1981
  • Apple Computer, Inc. introduced the Macintosh personal computer– 1984
  • The Voyager 2 spacecraft sent back photographs from the planet Uranus– 1986
  • Rover Opportunity landed on Mars– 2004
  • A blizzard that took over New England with blinding snow and blustering wind kept the Cape Cod Times from publishing a print edition for the first time– 2005


  • The temperature in Browning, Montana, plunged 100 degrees in 24 hours, from 44F to -56F, establishing a U.S. record for a 24-hour temperature drop.– 1916
  • Fifteen degrees below zero F in Nashville, Tennessee– 1963
  • 4 inches of snow fell near Lake Jocassee in South Carolina– 1991
  • North Myrtle Beach experienced a low temperature of 16 degrees F– 2003
  • Thirty-eight inches of snow on Cape Cod after a 2-day winter blizzard– 2005

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