Daily Almanac for Friday, April 8, 2022

On this date in 1986,Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel, CA. Clint Eastwood at the 2010 New York Film Festival. By Raffi Asdourian – Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org
Carmel-by-the-Sea, United States 2016 photo. By Chris Leipelt cleipelt – https unsplash.com photos, CC0, https commons.wikimedia.org

FROM WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

Clinton Eastwood Jr. (born May 31, 1930) is an American actor, film director, producer, and composer. After achieving success in the Western TV series Rawhide, he rose to international fame with his role as the “Man with No Name” in Sergio Leone‘s “Dollars Trilogy” of Spaghetti Westerns during the mid-1960s and as antihero cop Harry Callahan in the five Dirty Harry films throughout the 1970s and 1980s. These roles, among others, have made Eastwood an enduring cultural icon of masculinity. Elected in 1986, Eastwood served for two years as the mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

An Academy Award nominee for Best Actor, Eastwood won Best Director and Best Picture for his Western film Unforgiven (1992) and his sports drama Million Dollar Baby (2004). His greatest commercial successes are the adventure comedy Every Which Way but Loose (1978) and its action comedy sequel Any Which Way You Can (1980). Other popular Eastwood films include the Westerns Hang ‘Em High (1968) and Pale Rider (1985), the action-war film Where Eagles Dare (1968), the prison film Escape from Alcatraz (1979), the war film Heartbreak Ridge (1986), the action film In the Line of Fire (1993), and the romantic drama The Bridges of Madison County (1995). More recent works are Gran Torino (2008), The Mule (2018), and Cry Macho (2021). Since 1967, Eastwood’s company Malpaso Productions has produced all but four of his American films.

In addition to directing many of his own star vehicles, Eastwood has also directed films in which he did not appear, such as the mystery drama Mystic River (2003) and the war film Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), for which he received Academy Award nominations, the drama Changeling (2008), and the biographical sports drama Invictus (2009). The war drama biopic American Sniper (2014) set box-office records for the largest January release ever and was also the largest opening ever for an Eastwood film.

Eastwood’s accolades include four Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, three César Awards, and an AFI Life Achievement Award. In 2000, he received the Italian Venice Film Festival‘s Golden Lion award, honoring his lifetime achievements. Bestowed two of France’s highest civilian honors, he received the Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1994, and the Legion of Honour medal in 2007.

ABOUT Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Carmel-by-the-Sea (/kɑːrˈmɛl/), often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Situated on the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel is known for its natural scenery and rich artistic history. In 1906, the San Francisco Call devoted a full page to the “artists, writers and poets at Carmel-by-the-Sea”, and in 1910 it reported that 60 percent of Carmel’s houses were built by citizens who were “devoting their lives to work connected to the aesthetic arts.” Early City Councils were dominated by artists, and several of the city’s mayors have been poets or actors, including Herbert Heron, founder of the Forest Theater, bohemian writer and actor Perry Newberry, and actor-director Clint Eastwood.

The town is known for being dog-friendly, with numerous hotels, restaurants and retail establishments admitting guests with dogs. Carmel is also known for several unusual laws, including a prohibition on wearing high-heel shoes without a permit, enacted to prevent lawsuits arising from tripping accidents caused by irregular pavement.

Carmel-by-the-Sea is located on the Pacific coast, about 330 miles (531 km) north of Los Angeles and 120 miles (193 km) south of San Francisco. Communities near Carmel-by-the-Sea include Carmel Valley and Carmel Highlands. The larger town of Monterey borders Carmel to the north.

As of the 2020 census, the town had a total population of 3,220, down from 3,722 at the 2010 census.

TODAY’S ALMANAC

Question of the Day

Is there such a thing as an American buffalo or are they all bison?They are bison (b. bison). Buffalo is the word used most often, but true buffalo are African and Asian animals of the same family.

Advice of the Day

Cure a baby’s hiccups by putting two broom straws in its hair.

Home Hint of the Day

If concrete has dried on your shovel or wheelbarrow, don’t panic. Heat the metal with a torch. The concrete won’t expand as quickly as the metal, and the unwanted material will fall off.

Word of the Day

Golden numberA number in the 19-year cycle of the Moon, used for determining the date of Easter. (The Moon repeats its phases approximately every 19 years.) Add 1 to any given year and divide the result by 19; the remainder is the Golden Number. If there is no remainder, the Golden Number is 19.

Puzzle of the Day

Why did the ram fall over the cliff?It didn’t see the ewe turn!

Born

  • Sonja Henie (figure skater) – 1912
  • Betty Ford (U.S. First Lady) – 1918
  • Franco Corelli (opera singer) – 1921
  • Kofi Atta Annan (7th United Nations Secretary General) – 1938
  • James Augustus Catfish” Hunter” (American baseball pitcher) – 1946
  • John Schneider (actor) – 1960
  • Julian Lennon (musician) – 1963
  • Robin Wright Penn (actress) – 1966
  • Patricia Arquette (actress) – 1968
  • Taylor Kitsch (actor) – 1981
  • Skai Jackson (actress) – 2002

Died

  • Pablo Picasso (painter) – 1973
  • Marian Anderson (singer) – 1993
  • Margaret Thatcher (British prime minister) – 2013
  • Annette Funicello (actress; one of the original Mouseketeers) – 2013

Events

  • William Pigott opened first inn in Nova Scotia (in Halifax)– 1751
  • Gallaudet University founded in Washington, D.C.– 1864
  • Second day of fire tornadoes in San Luis Obispo, California– 1926
  • Honolulu Academy of Arts opened in Hawaii– 1927
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered a nationwide wage freeze in an effort to curb inflation– 1943
  • The League of Nations assembled for the last time, Geneva– 1946
  • Sunspot enlarged to 330+ times Earth’s area– 1947
  • In Toronto, the CBC announced it bought Sesame Street to show on its television network– 1970
  • Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s record– 1974
  • Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel, CA– 1986

Weather

  • 28 degrees F, Bakersfield, California– 1893
  • A record heat wave in New York City brought a temperature of 85 degrees F– 1929
  • Last killing frost, Hartford, Connecticut– 1937
  • Dust storm blew across Colorado and Kansas– 1999

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