Daily Almanac for Monday, March 14, 2022

On this date in 1968, Batman, starring Adam West and Burt Ward, aired its last episode. Batman (TV series) Title Card (courtesy Greenway Productions)


Batman is a 1960s Americanlive actiontelevision series, based on the DCcomic bookcharacter of the same name. It stars Adam West as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Burt Ward as Dick Grayson/Robin – two crime-fighting heroes who defend Gotham City from a variety of archvillains. It is known for its camp styleupbeat theme music, and its intentionally humorous, simplistic morality (aimed at its largely teenage audience). This included championing the importance of using seat belts, doing homework, eating vegetables, and drinking milk. It was described by executive producer William Dozier as the only situation comedy on the air without a laugh track. The 120 episodes aired on the ABC network for three seasons from January 12, 1966 to March 14, 1968, twice weekly during the first two seasons, and weekly for the third. In 2016, television critics Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz ranked Batman as the 82nd greatest American television show of all time. A companion feature film was released in 1966 between the first and second seasons of the TV show.


Commonwealth Day (Canada)

A day for the 53 Commonwealth countries to acknowledge their shared values, their diversity, and their combined contributions to international harmony and prosperity. Since 1977, this day of observance occurs in Canada on the second Monday in March. The Royal Union flag is flown at many federal locations, and students learn about the Commonwealth via special activities.

Question of the Day

I have a cereus cactus that has never bloomed. It just keeps sending out shoots, getting long and leggy. How can I make it bloom?Cereus cacti have spectacular, fragrant blossoms, but they aren’t known for blooming very often. We don’t think the legginess has anything to do with your plant’s inability to bloom, but perhaps you can trim some of the excess growth back and root the cuttings. To get your cactus to bloom annually, give it a mixture of equal parts water and 20-20-20 fertilizer monthly during the spring and summer. Don’t feed it at all during the fall and winter, and let the plant go a bit dry between waterings. Since this plant prefers to be root-bound, don’t repot it too often.

Advice of the Day

Bleach a pastry board or rolling pin with an occasional rubbing of fresh lemon.

Home Hint of the Day

Once an old metal file has grown too dull for further use, use an electric grinding wheel to grind down the end and make it into a chisel. You can make a handle out of a 6-inch length of broomstick.

Word of the Day

Plough MondayThe first Monday after Epiphany and Plough Sunday was so called because it was the day that men returned to their plough, or daily work, at the end of the Christmas holiday. It was customary for farm laborers to draw a plough through the village, soliciting money for a “plough-light,” which was kept burning in the parish church all year. In some areas, the custom of blessing the plough is maintained.

Puzzle of the Day

Why is a dog dressed more warmly in summer than he is in winter?Because in winter he wears a fur coat, and in summer he wears a fur coat and pants.


  • Johann Strauss, the Elder (composer) – 1804
  • Lucy Hobbs Taylor (first U.S. woman dentist) – 1833
  • John Luther Casey” Jones” (railroad engineer) – 1864
  • Albert Einstein (physicist) – 1879
  • Lester Brown (bandleader) – 1912
  • Max Shulman (novelist) – 1919
  • Hank Ketcham (cartoonist, creator of Dennis the Menace) – 1920
  • Frank Borman (astronaut) – 1928
  • Michael Caine (actor) – 1933
  • Quincy Jones (musician) – 1933
  • Billy Crystal (actor) – 1948
  • Kirby Puckett (baseball player) – 1961
  • Steph Curry (basketball player) – 1988
  • Simone Biles (Olympic gymnast) – 1997


  • Emile Erckmann (novelist) – 1899
  • Henry Woods (federal judge) – 2002
  • Thomas Winship (editor of the Boston Globe from 1965-1984, Pulitzer Prize winner) – 2002
  • Peter Graves (actor) – 2010
  • Stephen Hawking (physicist) – 2018


  • Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin– 1794
  • U.S. Congress adopted the gold standard– 1900
  • Pelican Island (Fla.) became first National Wildlife Refuge– 1903
  • Women granted the right to vote in Saskatchewan– 1916
  • Germany began retreat to Hindenburg Line (WWI)– 1917
  • First U.S. concrete seagoing ship, S.S. Faith, launched, Redwood City, California– 1918
  • U.S. President Warren G. Harding became the first chief executive to file an income tax report– 1923
  • Shirley Temple left her footprints and handprints in the wet cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood– 1935
  • The U.S. Army Air Corp began bombing Osaka, Japan (WWII)– 1945
  • Possible UFO sighted in Healdsburg, California– 1958
  • Gordie Howe second player in NHL history to score 500 career goals– 1962
  • Jack Ruby was found guilty in Dallas of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, accused assassin of U.S. President John F. Kennedy– 1964
  • Batman, starring Adam West and Burt Ward, aired its last episode– 1968
  • OPEC agreed to lower the benchmark price for crude oil by 15%. It marked the first price cut since the group’s formation in 1960– 1983
  • Marc Garneau chosen as first Canadian astronaut to go into space– 1984
  • Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge founded in Manteo, North Carolina– 1984
  • Lebanese hijacker, Fawaz Younis, brought to U.S. to stand trial, found guilty of air piracy in 1985 hijacking– 1989
  • The Soviet Congress elected Mikhail Gorbachev to the country’s presidency, one day after clearing the post– 1990
  • Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Darlene Love, Tom Waits, Jac Holzman, Art Rupe, and Leon Russell were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame– 2011


  • Red snow and hail fell in parts of Italy and present-day Slovenia– 1813
  • A tornado swept through Nashville, Tennessee– 1933
  • At the end of a four-day storm, a record for the state of Iowa was set in Iowa City, 27.2 inches of snowfall– 1951

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