Daily Almanac for Saturday, September 24, 2022

On this date in 1968, First TV newsmagazine, 60 Minutes, debuted. This is the 60 Minutes Title card used since October 2006. By CBS TV, Fair use, https en.wikipedia.org


60 Minutes is an American television news magazine broadcast on the CBS television network. Debuting in 1968, the program was created by Don Hewitt and Bill Leonard, who chose to set it apart from other news programs by using a unique style of reporter-centered investigation. In 2002, 60 Minutes was ranked number six on TV Guide‘s list of the “50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time“, and in 2013, it was ranked number 24 on the magazine’s list of the “60 Best Series of All Time”. The New York Times has called it “one of the most esteemed news magazines on American television”.

Originally airing in 1968, the program began as a bi-weekly television show hosted on CBS hosted by Mike Wallace and Harry Reasoner. The two sat on opposite sides of the cream-colored set, though the set’s color was later changed to black, the color still used today. The show used a large stopwatch during transition periods and highlighted its topics through chroma key⸺both techniques are still used today. In 1972, the program began airing from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Eastern time, although this time was sometimes disrupted by broadcasting of NFL games on Sundays. Since then, the show has generally kept the Sunday evening format, although the start time has occasionally been shifted. The program now generally starts at 7:00 pm Eastern. If sports programming is airing that afternoon, 60 Minutes starts at 7:30 pm Eastern or at the game’s conclusion.

The show is hosted by several correspondents; none share screen time with each other. Full-time hosts include Lesley StahlScott PelleyBill Whitaker, and John Dickerson. Several spinoffs of the show have been made, including international formats of the show.


Question of the Day

Is lemon balm good for treating migraines?

Lemon balm is an ingredient in many home remedies used to treat vertigo, migraines, indigestion, and lack of appetite.

Advice of the Day

A clean tie attracts the soup.

Home Hint of the Day

A bath of tomato juice is the traditional cure for a dog that’s had a run-in with a skunk, but that’s messy and expensive. Instead, give the dog a bath with a solution of equal parts of vinegar and water.

Word of the Day

Dog Days

These are the hottest and most unhealthy days of the year. Also known as Canicular Days, the name derives from the Dog Star, Sirius. The traditional timing of Dog Days is the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11, coinciding with the heliacal (at sunrise) rising of Sirius.

Puzzle of the Day

In music I’m an instrument, Of sweet and solemn tone, But if I be transposed aright, I then become a moan. (What word fits the first clue, but when rearranged, fits the second?)

organ – groan


  • John Marshall (justice) – 1755
  • Marcus Alonzo Hanna (politician) – 1837
  • George Claude (inventor of neon light) – 1870
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald (American writer) – 1896
  • Severo Ochoa (biochemist) – 1905
  • Konstantin Chernenko (Russian politician) – 1911
  • Audra Lindley (actress) – 1918
  • Jim McKay (sportscaster) – 1921
  • John Young (astronaut) – 1930
  • Jim Henson (TV producer, creator of Muppets) – 1936
  • Linda McCartney (photographer, singer, activist, & wife of Beatle Paul McCartney) – 1942
  • Joe Greene (American football player) – 1946
  • Phil Hartman (actor) – 1948
  • Joseph Patrick Kennedy (politician) – 1952
  • Nia Vardalos (actress) – 1962
  • Kristin Talbot (Olympic speed skater) – 1970
  • Paul Spoljaric (baseball player) – 1970
  • Kevin Millar (baseball player) – 1971
  • Matt McKeon (Olympic soccer player) – 1974


  • Theodor Geisel (author known as Dr. Seuss) – 1991
  • Jeffrey Moss (television writer, created Cookie Monster on Sesame Street) – 1998
  • Mike Webster (football player) – 2002


  • Black Friday financial crisis– 1869
  • Fire breaks out at the U.S. Patent Office, Wash., D.C.– 1877
  • James Henry Fleming was the first to band a bird in Canada– 1905
  • Ernst A. Couturier patented a trumpet design– 1918
  • The world’s first transatlantic telephone cable, from Clarenville, Newfoundland, to Oban, Scotland, began operation– 1956
  • The Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field– 1957
  • The USS Enterprise, the first U.S. atomic-powered aircraft carrier, was launched at Newport News, Virginia– 1960
  • First TV newsmagazine, 60 Minutes, debuted– 1968
  • Tennis player Vicki Nelson-Dunbar played Jean Hepner in a 29-minute, 643-shot rally in Richmond, Virginia. The rally remains the longest point played in a professional tennis match. Nelson-Dunbar says the two-set match lasted 61/2 hours. It was the longest rally in the history of professional tennis and probably in the history of any kind of competitive tennis.– 1984
  • The first female Episcopal assistant bishop was elected– 1988


  • Yellowstone Park recorded a temperature of -9 degrees F– 1926
  • The Sun and Moon appeared blue/pink/purple over the northeastern U.S. due to smoke from forest fires in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada– 1950

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