Daily Almanac for Monday, September 19, 2022

On this date in 1876, Bissell carpet sweeper patented (courtesy Bissell Inc.)


Bissell Inc., also known as Bissell Homecare, is an American privately owned vacuum cleaner and floor care product manufacturing corporation headquartered in Walker, Michigan in Greater Grand Rapids. The company is the number one manufacturer of floor care products in North America in terms of sales, with 20% marketshare.


Melville Bissell developed an early carpet sweeping machine to aid in cleaning the crockery shop he and his wife Anna owned and operated. The device was patented as the Bissell Carpet Sweeper in 1876. In 1883, Bissell built the company’s first manufacturing plant in Grand Rapids. By the 1890s the company had an international presence and was producing 1000 sweepers per day.

Melville Bissell died in 1889 and his wife Anna took over as leader of the company. She served as the company president from 1889 – 1919 and chair of the board from 1919 – 1934.

Over the years the company expanded from manufacturing only mechanical sweepers to producing vacuum cleaners and carpet shampooers.


Question of the Day

How should I season my cast-iron pan?

Before using a cast-iron skillet for the first time, rub the inside and outside with cooking oil and heat it in the oven. Seasoning will prevent food from sticking and from tasting like cast iron.

Advice of the Day

Reading, writing, and driving a car burn about 75 to 125 calories per hour.

Home Hint of the Day

Sometimes your fingers are the best tools for smoothing roofing cement or auto-body putty, but those materials are awful to get off your hands. Put on latex exam gloves (available at drugstores) before getting into the goo. Caution: Some thinners and solvents may eat right through the gloves.

Word of the Day

Neap Tide

A tide of decreased range that occurs twice a month, when the Moon is in quadrature (during its first and last quarters, when the Sun and the Moon are at right angles to each other relative to Earth).

Puzzle of the Day

Four members can bless myself withal; my last is worth my whole; my whole’s worth naught at all.(What’s the word? Each clue is about letters!)



  • Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre (astronomer) – 1749
  • George Cadbury (chocolate manufacturer) – 1839
  • Arthur Rackham (artist) – 1867
  • Rachel Field (children’s author) – 1894
  • JB Rhine (psychologist) – 1895
  • Leon Jaworski (lawyer) – 1905
  • Ferdinand Porsche (Austrian auto-manufacturer) – 1909
  • William Golding (author) – 1911
  • Emil Zatopek (distance runner) – 1922
  • Adam West (actor) – 1928
  • Mike Royko (journalist) – 1932
  • Brian Epstein (manager of The Beatles) – 1934
  • Joe Morgan (baseball player) – 1943
  • Jeremy Irons (actor) – 1948
  • Leslie Twiggy” Lawson” (model) – 1949
  • Ernie Sabella (actor) – 1949
  • Joan Lunden (journalist) – 1950
  • Trisha Yearwood (singer) – 1964
  • Jimmy Fallon (actor) – 1974
  • Hermione Granger (character in Harry Potter series) – 1979
  • Danielle Panabaker (actress) – 1987


  • James Garfield (20th U.S. president) – 1881
  • Jackie Collins (author) – 2015


  • Bissell carpet sweeper patented– 1876
  • Bruno R. Hauptmann charged with kidnap-murder of Lindbergh baby– 1934
  • On a return trip from Canada, while in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Betty and Barney Hill claimed to have been abducted for two hours by a UFO. After going public with their story, the two gained worldwide notoriety. The incident is the first fully documented case of alien abduction.– 1961
  • Anti-AIDS drug AZT first became available, on a compassionate use basis– 1986
  • 7.1 earthquake occurred in Ayutla, Puebla, Mexico– 2017


  • New York City had a record high temperature of 92 degrees F, while snow fell in the West– 1983
  • 92 degrees Fahrenheit, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania– 1983
  • Frogs’ eggs fell from the sky in Berlin, Connecticut– 2003

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