Daily Almanac for Tuesday, August 2, 2022

On this date in 1980, Australian singer Olivia Newton-John’s song, Magic” topped charts”, Here is Olivia Newton-John in Sydney, Australia in January 2012. By Eva Rinaldi, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org


Dame Olivia Newton-John AC DBE (born 26 September 1948) is a British-born Australian raised singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur and activist. She is a four-time Grammy Award winner whose music career includes five number-one hits and another ten top-ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, and two Billboard 200 number-one albums, If You Love Me, Let Me Know (1974) and Have You Never Been Mellow (1975). Eleven of her singles (including two Platinum) and 14 of her albums (including two Platinum and four 2× Platinum) have been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). With global sales of more than 100 million records, Newton-John is one of the best-selling music artists from the second half of the 20th century to the present.

In 1978, she starred in the musical film Grease, whose soundtrack remains one of the world’s best-selling albums of recorded music. It features two major hit duets with co-star John Travolta: “You’re the One That I Want” – which ranks as one of the best-selling singles of all time – and “Summer Nights“. Her signature solo recordings include the Record of the Year Grammy winner “I Honestly Love You” (1974) and “Physical” (1981) – Billboard‘s Top Hot 100 Single of the 1980s – plus her cover of “If Not for You” (1971), “Let Me Be There” (1973), “If You Love Me (Let Me Know)” (1974), “Have You Never Been Mellow” (1975), “Sam” (1977), “Hopelessly Devoted to You” (also from Grease), “A Little More Love” (1978) and, from the 1980 film Xanadu, “Magic” and “Xanadu” (with Electric Light Orchestra). Plus “Heart Attack” (1982) and “Twist of Fate” (from the 1983 film Two of a Kind).

Newton-John has been a longtime activist for environmental and animal rights issues. She has been an advocate for health awareness, becoming involved with various charities, health products and fundraising efforts. Her business interests have included launching several product lines for Koala Blue and co-owning the Gaia Retreat & Spa in her home country Australia.


Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Question of the Day

What are the best choices for a vine to climb a trellis?

Wisteria, bittersweet, morning glory, honeysuckle, glory bower, Carolina jasmine, and silver-lace vine are great choices for a trellis, arbor, or fence.

Advice of the Day

When black snails cross your path, black clouds much moisture hath.

Home Hint of the Day

You can adjust any door so that it latches more easily if you rub a soft pencil over the entire surface of the strike plate (the piece the latch goes into). The graphite in the lead reduces the friction between the latch and the strike plate.

Word of the Day


Empty talk; contemptible nonsense; trash; humbug.

Puzzle of the Day

The (Blank) is (Blank).(What’s the saying? Fill in the blanks!)

1) die 2) cast


  • King William II of England – 1100
  • Wild Bill Hickok (frontiersman) – 1876
  • Alexander Graham Bell (inventor) – 1922
  • Warren G. Harding (29th U.S. president) – 1923
  • Shari Lewis (actress and puppeteer, best known for Lamb Chop) – 1998
  • Francis Frank” Gouin” (plant physiologist) – 2018


  • Pierre-Charles L’Enfant (architect) – 1754
  • Leopold Gmelin (chemist) – 1788
  • Jack Warner (the man behind the development of Warner Brothers Studios) – 1892
  • James Baldwin (author) – 1924
  • Caroll O’Connor (actor) – 1924
  • Peter O’Toole (actor) – 1932
  • Mary Louise Parker (actress) – 1964
  • Tim Wakefield (baseball player) – 1966
  • Jacinda Barrett (model & actress) – 1972
  • Hallie Kate Eisenberg (actress) – 1992


  • Official signing of enlarged copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence– 1776
  • Street letter boxes installed in Boston and N.Y.C., first in U.S.– 1858
  • In San Francisco, California, at four o’clock in the morning, Andrew Smith Hallidie successfully tested the world’s first cable car– 1873
  • The Oleomargarine Act established the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) laboratory system– 1886
  • The Lincoln Cent was issued to replace the Indian Head Cent– 1909
  • Adolf Hitler appointed himself dictator of Germany– 1934
  • Albert Einstein wrote a letter to President FDR explaining the possibility of an atomic bomb, thus marking the beginning of atomic weaponry– 1939
  • Olivia Newton-John’s Magic” topped charts”– 1980
  • Iraq invaded Kuwait– 1990
  • Viking ship replica Gaia arrived at L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland– 1991
  • Library of Congress announced Charles Simic to be the 15th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry– 2007
  • Yasmin Fudakowska-Gow began 32-hour yoga marathon in Quebec– 2010


  • Offshore hurricane battered fishing fleet and lightship near Nantucket, Massachusetts– 1867
  • It was 107 degrees F in Massachusetts, 105 degrees in Maine and New Hampshire, and 104 degrees in Rhode Island– 1975
  • Both New Bedford and Chester, Massachusetts, reported a high temperature of 107F (42C), setting a new state record.– 1975
  • During a heat wave, Sandi Fontaine successfully baked cookies on her vehicle’s dashboard in Bedford, New Hampshire– 2006

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