Daily Almanac for Saturday, July 9, 2022

On this date in history in 1945, New York Mayor LaGuardia read the comics over the radio during a newspaper strike. Obviously, La Guardia airport was named after the popular Mayor. Fiorello La Guardia 1915-1920. By The Library of Congress photo, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org
The late Mayor’s namesake, LaGuardia Airport aerial view. 2014 photo. By Patrick Handrigan – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org


Fiorello Henry La Guardia (/fiːəˈrɛloʊ ləˈɡwɑːrdiə/; born Fiorello Enrico La Guardia,[a] Italian pronunciation: [fjoˈrɛllo enˈriːko la ˈɡwardja]; December 11, 1882 – September 20, 1947) was an American attorney and politician who represented New York in the House of Representatives and served as the 99th Mayor of New York City from 1934 to 1945. Known for his irascible, energetic, and charismatic personality and diminutive, rotund stature,[b] La Guardia is acclaimed as one of the greatest mayors in American history. La Guardia was frequently cross-endorsed by parties other than his own, including the Democratic Party, under New York’s electoral fusion laws.

Before serving as mayor, La Guardia represented Manhattan in Congress and on the New York City Board of Aldermen. As mayor, during the Great Depression and World War II, La Guardia unified the city’s transit system; expanded construction of public housing, playgrounds, parks, and airports; reorganized the New York Police Department; and implemented federal New Deal programs within the city. He pursued a long series of political reforms, curbing the power of the powerful Tammany Hall political machine and re-establishing merit-based employment and promotion within city administration.

La Guardia was also a major national political figure. His support for the New Deal and relationship with President Franklin D. Roosevelt crossed party lines, brought federal funds to New York City, and cut off patronage to La Guardia’s enemies. La Guardia’s WNYC radio program “Talk to the People”, which aired from December 1941 until December 1945, expanded his public influence beyond the borders of the city.


Nunavut Day (Canada)

Celebrated by the residents of Nunavut, Canada, on July 9 each year, Nunavut is a time to honor the efforts of those who helped to bring this territory into being. For many years, the Inuit had worked toward forming their own territory. On July 9, 1993, the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act took effect, and Nunavut was established on April 1, 1999. Nunavut Day was declared an official government holiday in 2001.

Question of the Day

How can I keep crickets, which seem to arrive every August, out of my house?

Crickets are said to bring good luck, but if you want to get rid of them, fill a plastic squeeze bottle, such as the kind baby powder comes in, with borax. Sprinkle the borax in any cracks, as well as along the baseboards, in the area where the crickets gather or appear to be coming into your home. Don’t do this in areas that are accessible to children or pets, however.

Advice of the Day

Marrying for love is risky, but God smiles on it.

Home Hint of the Day

If you’re going to use a new paintbrush on a finicky job, wash the brush once before you begin, and you’ll avoid getting loose hairs in the finish. The higher the quality of the brush, the less likely it is to shed.

Word of the Day


Named to honor the first Roman emperor (and grandnephew of Julius Caesar), Augustus Caesar (63B.C.-A.D.14).

Puzzle of the Day

My first, if you do, you won’t hit it; my next, if you do, you won’t leave it; my whole, if you do, you won’t guess it.(What’s the word? Each clue is a syllable!)

Miss-take (mistake)


  • Ann Radcliffe (novelist) – 1764
  • Elias Howe (inventor) – 1819
  • The Earl of Minto (Canadian Governor General 1898-1904) – 1845
  • Franz Boas (anthropologist) – 1858
  • Dean R. Koontz (author) – 1945
  • Jimmy Smits (actor) – 1955
  • Tom Hanks (actor) – 1956
  • Fred Savage (actor) – 1976


  • Zachary Taylor (12th U.S. president) – 1850
  • Eric Sevareid (journalist) – 1992
  • Douglas George Chapman (Canadian-born American wildlife statistician) – 1996
  • Rod Steiger (actor) – 2002
  • Isabel Sanford (actress) – 2004
  • Kevin Hagen (actor) – 2005
  • Milan B. Williams (musician) – 2006
  • Rip Torn (actor) – 2019


  • Henry VIII of England annulled his marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves– 1540
  • Samuel Latham Mitchill became the first agriculture college professor in the United States when he was appointed by Columbia College in New York City.– 1792
  • First natural gas well discovered near what is now Charleston, West Virginia– 1815
  • Argentina declared independence from Spain– 1816
  • The U.S. Congress ratified the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, granting citizenship to all those born or naturalized in the United States, including former slaves– 1868
  • John F. Blondel received a patent for a doughnut cutter– 1872
  • Henry Tibbe patented an improved corn cob pipe– 1878
  • In his Wright biplane, aviator Walter Brookins flew higher than a mile– 1910
  • New York Mayor LaGuardia read the comics over the radio during a newspaper strike– 1945
  • At age seven, Roger Woodward became the first person to fall accidentally over the Niagara River’s Horseshoe Falls and live– 1960
  • Canada’s Official Languages Act adopted– 1969
  • Clarence M. Kelley, is sworn in as director of the FBI– 1973
  • Jim Purol set a Guinness World Record for Most Seats Sat in 48 Hours by sitting in 39,250 seats– 2008


  • 43 degrees F, Williamstown, Massachusetts– 1816
  • Tucson, Arizona, hit 102 degrees F in its 33rd consecutive day with temperatures above 100– 1987
  • 96 degrees F, Glennallen, Alaska– 2009

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