Daily Almanac for Saturday, March 12, 2022

On this date in 1993, Janet Reno became the first woman to serve as attorney general of the U.S. and the 78th Attorney General of the United States (1993–2001) history. By Department of Justice, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org


Janet Wood Reno (July 21, 1938 – November 7, 2016) was an American lawyer who served as the Attorney General of the United States from 1993 until 2001. President Bill Clinton nominated Reno on February 11, 1993, and the Senate confirmed her the following month. She was the first woman to serve as Attorney General and the second-longest serving Attorney General in U.S. history, after William Wirt.

Reno was born and raised in Miami, Florida. After leaving to attend Cornell University and Harvard Law School, she returned to Miami where she started her career at private law firms. Her first foray into government was as a staff member for the Judiciary Committee of the Florida House of Representatives. She then worked for the Dade County State Attorney’s Office before returning to private practice. She was elected to the Office of State Attorney five times.


Question of the Day

How do I get rid of fire ants for good?You don’t. There are several species of fire ants—some native, some imported—but by far the most active and most aggressive are the imported red fire ants. Nothing has yet been devised to eradicate them. The only recourse is to knock the population down to a manageable level with baits and mound drenches.

Advice of the Day

Prune your wisteria and American ivy now.

Home Hint of the Day

Portable electric heaters should be used with great caution. Don’t use old electric heaters if the wiring appears at all worn.

Word of the Day

Midsummer DayJune 24. Although it occurs near the summer solstice, to the farmer this day is the midpoint of the growing season, halfway between planting and harvest and an occasion for festivity. The English church considered it a “Quarter Day,” one of the four major divisions of the liturgical year. It also marks the feast day of St. John the Baptist.

Puzzle of the Day

What flowers can be found between the nose and chin?Tulips (two lips)


  • Thomas Augustine Arne (composer) – 1710
  • William Lyon Mackenzie (politician) – 1795
  • Jane Means Appleton Pierce (U.S. First Lady) – 1806
  • Clement Studebaker (wagon, carriage, & auto manufacturer) – 1831
  • Simon Newcomb (astronomer & mathematician) – 1835
  • Jane Delano (nurse) – 1862
  • Gordon MacRae (actor) – 1921
  • Jack Kerouac (author) – 1922
  • Edward Albee (dramatist) – 1928
  • Andrew Young (politician) – 1932
  • Al Jarreau (singer) – 1940
  • Barbara Feldon (actress) – 1941
  • Paul Kanter (musician) – 1942
  • Liza Minnelli (singer) – 1946
  • James Taylor (musician) – 1948
  • Darryl Strawberry (baseball player) – 1962


  • Henry Bergh (ASPCA founder) – 1888
  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen (Chinese revolutionary leader and statesman) – 1925
  • Billy Barker (Canadian WWI ace) – 1930
  • Charlie Parker (jazz saxophonist) – 1955
  • Olive Patricia Dickason (Métis Canadian historian) – 2011


  • United States Post Office was established– 1789
  • Coca-Cola was first sold in bottles– 1894
  • Girl Scouts started by Juliette Low in Savannah, Georgia– 1912
  • First transatlantic radio broadcast made– 1925
  • Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi began his second civil disobedience campaign to protest the British government’s salt tax– 1930
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his first fireside chat” to the nation”– 1933
  • Germany invaded and annexed Austria (WW II)– 1938
  • Pope Pius XII crowned– 1939
  • Less than a year after signing the bill that made the New Hampshire Lottery the first state-run lottery in America, New Hampshire Governor John W. King purchased the first New Hampshire Lottery Sweepstakes ticket– 1964
  • Beatle Paul McCartney married photographer Linda Eastman– 1969
  • Boston Celtics’ Larry Bird scored 60 points in a basketball game against Atlanta Hawks– 1985
  • Les Misérables opened on Broadway– 1987
  • Janet Reno became the first woman to serve as attorney general of the U.S.– 1993
  • Lance Mackey won his second consecutive Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race– 2008
  • Fifty-three year old Mitch Seavey became the oldest winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. In 2012, Seavey’s son Dallas became the youngest winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.– 2013


  • Blizzard of ‘88 dumped 50 inches of snow on Middletown, Connecticut– 1888
  • All-New England Flood, the costliest and most widespread ever– 1936
  • Wichita Falls, Texas, reported a record high of 95F; but only six days earlier, the town had reported a record low of 8F.– 1989
  • “Superstorm” developed in eastern U.S.– 1993

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