Daily Almanac for Thursday, May 26, 2022

On this date in 1961, The host of NBC’s Today Show, Dave Garroway, announced his plans to retire from the show. This is a Dave Garroway publicity photo 1970. By Shiels Bruno (personal manager)-James J. Kriegsmann, photographer, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org


David Cunningham Garroway (July 13, 1913 – July 21, 1982) was an American television personality. He was the founding host and anchor of NBC‘s Today from 1952 to 1961. His easygoing and relaxing style belied a lifelong battle with depression. Garroway has been honored for his contributions to radio and television with a star for each on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the St. Louis Walk of Fame, the city where he spent part of his teenaged years and early adulthood.


Question of the Day

How long does a cow stay in calf? And can a cow support more than one calf? If so, how many?

The gestation period for beef cows is 279 to 290 days and for dairy cows 262 to 300 days. In response to the second part of the question, it is not uncommon for cows to produce twins. We featured a story some years ago about a Hereford that produced quadruplets! So yes, a cow can support (we assume you mean “nurse”) more than one calf.

Advice of the Day

To more easily recork a bottle of wine, insert the cork upside down.

Home Hint of the Day

Always pull a glass cutter swiftly and continuously along the line to be cut. Never go over the same cut twice; that dulls the cutting wheel and blunts the taper on the inside of the first cut.

Word of the Day


The name Florida comes from a Spanish phrase meaning “Feast of Flowers.”

Puzzle of the Day

What do you get when you cross a rooster and a duck?

A bird that gets up at the quack of dawn.


  • Al Jolson (entertainer) – 1886
  • John Wayne (actor) – 1907
  • Jay Silverheels (actor who played Tonto” on The Lone Ranger TV series”) – 1912
  • Peggy Lee (actress) – 1920
  • Sally Ride (astronaut; first American woman in space) – 1951
  • Julianna Rose Mauriello (actress) – 1991


  • Victor Herbert (composer) – 1924
  • Sydney Pollack (actor & director) – 2008
  • Earle H. Hagen (composer; whistled the tune for The Andy Griffith Show) – 2008
  • Art Linkletter (radio and television personality) – 2010


  • Smallpox epidemic in Boston, Massachusetts– 1721
  • First public elevator at Eiffel Tower opened– 1889
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average was published for the first time– 1896
  • Archaeological Institute of America incorporated– 1906
  • Boat of Pharaoh Cheops discovered near Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt– 1954
  • The host of NBC’s Today Show, Dave Garroway, announced his plans to retire from the show– 1961
  • Canada and the U.S. signed the Pacific Albacore Tuna Treaty– 1981
  • Millions of frogs forced closure of Egnatia Highway in Greece– 2010
  • For a few days beginning around this time, Galveston, Texas, shores had abnormally blue water due to a change in ocean current– 2018


  • A tornado hit Oakwood, Ortonville, and Thomas, Michigan– 1896
  • Long tornado—damage trail said to extend 293 miles—struck Mattoon and Charleston, Illinois, approximately $2 million in damages– 1917
  • Tornado left 155-mile trail in central Illinois– 1917

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