Daily Almanac for Wednesday, April 27, 2022


Louis Patrick Gray III (July 18, 1916 – July 6, 2005) was Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from May 2, 1972 to April 27, 1973. During this time, the FBI was in charge of the initial investigation into the burglaries that sparked the Watergate scandal, which eventually led to the resignation of President Nixon. Gray was nominated as permanent Director by Nixon on February 15, 1973, but failed to win Senate confirmation. He resigned as Acting FBI director on April 27, 1973, after he admitted to destroying documents that had come from convicted Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt‘s safe—documents received on June 28, 1972, 11 days after the Watergate burglary, and given to Gray by White House counsel John Dean.[4]

Gray remained publicly silent about the Watergate scandal for 32 years, speaking to the press only once, near the end of his life; this was shortly after Gray’s direct subordinate at the FBI, FBI Deputy Director Mark Felt, revealed himself to have been the secret source to The Washington Post known as “Deep Throat“.


Question of the Day

When something is done in secret or on the sly, it is said to be done “on the Q.T.” Where did this originate, and what does Q.T. mean?It’s simply an abbreviation of the word quiet. In the late 1800s, quiet came to mean “clandestine,” or “secretive” (e.g., “I’d like to have a word with you on the quiet.”). Sometime later, it was reduced to the slang “Q.T.”

Advice of the Day

To help you have more energy, wear red.

Home Hint of the Day

In the spring, give your lawn a good brisk raking, then reseed any bare spots. Lightly mulch reseeded areas with peat moss or grass clippings.

Word of the Day

Snub A post on a dock or shore, around which a rope is thrown to check the motion of a vessel.

Puzzle of the Day

What do sea monsters eat?Fish and ships!


  • Ferdinand Magellan (explorer) – 1521
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson (poet) – 1882
  • Julius Sterling Morton (Arbor Day founder) – 1902
  • Edward R. Murrow (broadcast journalist) – 1965
  • Ruth Handler (co-founded Mattel and created Barbie) – 2002


  • Samuel Morse (inventor) – 1791
  • Ulysses S. Grant (18th U.S. president) – 1822
  • Rogers Hornsby (baseball player) – 1896
  • Coretta Scott King (civil rights leader) – 1927
  • Sheena Easton (singer) – 1959
  • Chris Carpenter (baseball player) – 1975
  • William Moseley (actor) – 1987


  • Steamboat Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee– 1865
  • A hearing aid was patented by F. D. Clarke and M. G. Foster– 1880
  • Fourth modern Olympic games opened in London, England– 1908
  • U.S. Soil Conservation Service established by Congress– 1935
  • Babe Ruth Day– 1947
  • Expo ‘67 was officially opened in Montreal, Quebec, by Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson– 1967
  • L. Patrick Gray resigns as acting director of the FBI due to the Watergate fiasco– 1973
  • Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger plane, successfully took off on its maiden flight– 2005
  • Oh Eun-sun from South Korea became the first woman to scale the world’s 14 highest mountains– 2010
  • An odd green light shot across the night sky in southern California. Experts concluded that it likely was a meteor.– 2016


  • The temperature in New York City reached 92 degrees F– 1915
  • Pahala, Hawaii, reached 100F (37.8C), which, at the time, was the highest temperature ever recorded for the state– 1931
  • Ninety-four degrees F, Hartford, CT– 1962
  • 27 inches of snow fell in a 24-hours in Minot, North Dakota– 1984
  • Downtown Los Angeles hit 102 degrees F, shattering the April 27 mark of 94 degrees F set in 1881– 2004

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