Daily Almanac for Wednesday, September 28, 2022

On this date in 1542, Explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo of Portugal arrived at what is now San Diego Bay. He is considered one of the founders of the city. Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo By Unknown author, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org


Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo (PortugueseJoão Rodrigues Cabrilho; March 13, 1499 – January 3, 1543) was an Iberian maritime explorer best known for investigations of the West Coast of North America, undertaken on behalf of the Spanish Empire. He was the first European to explore present-day California, navigating along the coast of California in 1542–1543 on his voyage from New Spain (modern Mexico).


Frances Willard By Unknown photographer; restored by Adam Cuerden from the United States Library of Congress, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

Frances Willard Day

Frances Willard Day. This day is celebrated in Minnesota and Wisconsin in recognition of the contributions of Frances Elizabeth Willard, an American temperance leader and reformer who was born in New York in 1839. She studied at the Milwaukee Female College and the Northwestern Female College in Illinois. Upon graduating, she taught and then moved into administrative positions. A growing interest in the temperance movement led her to become president of the Chicago chapter of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) in 1874, and she became national president of that organization in 1879, a position she held until her death in 1898. She allied the WCTU with the woman suffrage movement, fought for women’s rights, and sought to improve industrial working conditions for women. She helped reorganize the national Prohibition Party in 1882. Her writings include Woman and Temperance (1883) and Glimpses of Fifty Years (1889). The state of Illinois placed a statue in her honor in the U.S. Capitol’s Hall of Statuary. In a journal entry during 1860, she wrote, “The world is wide, and I will not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum.”

Question of the Day

What should I do in the fall to care for my strawberry plants?

After a few freezes, cover the plants with four to six inches of straw or other weed-free organic mulch. If you have mild, wet winters, you can skip the mulch and use a floating row cover.

Advice of the Day

To avoid dying, don’t sing in bed.

Home Hint of the Day

Did you run out of brass polish? Substitute Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, or toothpaste.

Word of the Day

Plough Monday

The first Monday after Epiphany and Plough Sunday was so called because it was the day that men returned to their plough, or daily work, at the end of the Christmas holiday. It was customary for farm laborers to draw a plough through the village, soliciting money for a “plough-light,” which was kept burning in the parish church all year. In some areas, the custom of blessing the plough is maintained.

Puzzle of the Day

Formed long ago, yet made today; And most employed when others sleep; What few would like to give away; And fewer still to keep. (What is being described?)



  • Caravaggio (painter) – 1573
  • Frances Willard (U.S. reformer) – 1839
  • Kate Wiggin (author & educator) – 1856
  • Avery Brundage (sports figure) – 1887
  • Ed Sullivan (TV host) – 1902
  • Al Capp (cartoonist) – 1909
  • Syd Howe (hockey player) – 1911
  • Alice Marble (tennis player) – 1913
  • Brigitte Bardot (actress) – 1934
  • Mira Sorvino (actress) – 1967
  • Naomi Watts (actress) – 1968
  • Hilary Duff (actress) – 1987


  • Herman Melville (author) – 1891
  • Harpo Marx (comedian & actor) – 1964
  • Ferdinand Marcos (Philippine political leader) – 1989
  • Miles Davis (musician) – 1991
  • Pierre Trudeau (15th prime minister of Canada) – 2000
  • Patsy Takemoto Mink (Hawaiian congresswoman) – 2002
  • Elia Kazan (film director) – 2003
  • Althea Gibson (American tennis player and golfer) – 2003


  • Explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo of Portugal arrived at what is now San Diego Bay– 1542
  • First photograph of a comet– 1858
  • Grand jury in Chicago indicted eight players of the Chicago White Sox for throwing” the 1919 World Series”– 1920
  • Hazel, based on The Saturday Evening Post’s cartoon by Ted Key, premiered on television– 1961
  • 150th flight of the X-15 aircraft– 1965
  • Little Joe, a 5-foot, 300-pound adolescent gorilla born in captivity, escaped from the Franklin Park Zoo in Massachusetts for a second time minutes before closing time. It also had escaped from its section of the Tropical Forest exhibit in August 2003– 2003
  • An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0, near Parkfield, California, was felt from San Francisco to Los Angeles– 2004
  • The U.S. government released the new $50 bills into circulation. The redesigned bill had splashes of red, blue, and yellow– 2004
  • 437 people dressed as Superman set a world record in Calgary, Alberta– 2011


  • The first of three early snowstorms hit the Northeast, where Hamilton, New York, received four inches of snow and Ashby, Massachusetts got two inches– 1836
  • Astoria, Oregon, had a high temperature of 83 degrees F– 1989
  • Waterspout formed near Smithtown Bay, New York– 2006

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