Daily Almanac for Wednesday, July 20, 2022

On this date in 1968, the first International Special Olympics held, Chicago, Illinois

FROM WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

The Special Olympics World Games also known as Special Olympiad are an international sporting competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities, organized by the IOC-recognised Special Olympics organisation.

HISTORY

 SarajevoBosnia and Herzegovina, was originally selected to host the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games.[12] Due to financial problems and the constant delay in reconstruction of the venues that originally hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics, Sarajevo gave up hosting the Special Olympics and Boise, Idaho, was invited to host instead.[13]

 It was planned that Åre and ÖstersundSweden, would host the 2021 World Winter Games between February 2 to 13, 2021. However, on December 20, 2019, it was announced that the Swedish Paralympic Committee vetoed the necessary financing for the continuity of the event in the country, invalidating a promise made during the bid process. On June 29, 2020, it was announced that Kazan would host the Winter Games in 2022.

SPORTS COMPETITIONS

TODAY’S ALMANAC

Question of the Day

What is the meaning of the pyramid with the eye at the top that appears on the back of U.S. one-dollar bills?

Apparently, the U.S. Treasury office gets this question quite often — it appears in its list of frequently asked questions. The pyramid is part of the Great Seal of the United States. The Great Seal was first used on the reverse of the one-dollar Federal Reserve note in 1935. According to the State Department, which is the official keeper of the Seal, the pyramid symbolizes strength and durability. The pyramid appears unfinished because it means that the United States will always “grow, improve, and build.” The eye is the “All-Seeing Eye,” suggesting the importance of divine guidance in favor of the American cause. Find out more about our currency at the http://www.treas.govTreasury Department’s Web site.

Advice of the Day

A highbrow is a person educated beyond his intelligence.

Home Hint of the Day

Stains from fruits, berries, and juices should be sponged immediately with cold water. Then, if it’s safe for the fabric, hold the garment over the sink and pour boiling water through the stain. Follow up by working laundry detergent into the stain, then rinsing.

Word of the Day

Navvy

Originally, a laborer on canals for internal navigation; hence, a laborer on other public works, as in building railroads, embankments, etc.

Puzzle of the Day

(Blank) (Blank) strange bedfellows.(What’s the saying? Fill in the blanks!)

1) Politics 2) makes

Born

  • Petrarch (poet) – 1304
  • Sir Edmund Hillary (one of the first to summit Mt. Everest) – 1919
  • Natalie Wood (actress) – 1938
  • Carlos Santana (musician) – 1947
  • Josh Holloway (actor) – 1969
  • Elliott Yamin (singer) – 1978
  • Gisele Bundchen (model) – 1980

Died

  • Bruce Lee (actor & martial artist) – 1973
  • James Montgomery Doohan (actor, linguist) – 2005
  • Tammy Faye Messner – 2007

Events

  • Edward I of England took the last rebel stronghold in the Wars of Scottish Independence– 1304
  • Religious leader Anne Hutchinson was baptized– 1591
  • Colombia declared independence from Spain– 1810
  • British Columbia joined the Canadian Confederation– 1871
  • Connecticut state agricultural experiment station established– 1875
  • The U.S.S. Machias, first steel-hulled ship built in Maine, commissioned– 1893
  • Eleanor Annie Lamson was the first woman astronomer employed at the U.S. Naval Observatory– 1900
  • Legion of Merit established– 1942
  • The first International Special Olympics held, Chicago, Illinois– 1968
  • Neil Armstrong became the first person to step foot on the Moon. He also placed the U.S. flag there.– 1969
  • Viking 1, U.S. robot spacecraft, landed on Mars– 1976
  • Hank Aaron hit his 755th home run– 1976
  • Mel Fisher’s crew found sunken Atocha off Florida coast, loaded with silver, gold, and emeralds– 1985

Weather

  • Snow and hail fell in Calais, Maine– 1890
  • 18.18 inches of rain fell in Edgerton, Missouri– 1965
  • In Washington, the Seattle-Tacoma area experienced temperatures of 100 degrees F– 1994

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