Daily Almanac for Friday, October 7, 2022

On this date 1985, Lynette Woodard selected as the first woman to play with the Harlem Globetrotters. Here is Lynette Woodard at the Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year Awards, 1986. By Gotfryd, Bernard, photographer, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org


Lynette Woodard (born August 12, 1959) is a retired American basketball Hall of Fame player and former head women’s basketball coach at Winthrop University. Woodard made history by becoming the first female member of the Harlem Globetrotters and who, at age 38, began playing as one of the oldest members in the newly formed American women’s professional basketball league, the WNBA.

While at Wichita North High School, Woodard won two state basketball titles.

Woodard went on to play college basketball with the University of Kansas (KU) in 1978, playing there until 1981. She was a four-time All-American at KU, and she averaged 26 points per game and scored 3,649 points in total during her four years there, and was the first KU woman to be honored by having her jersey retired. She is major college basketball’s career women’s scoring leader.

In 1981, she was signed by an Italian team, UFO Schio (Vicenza), to participate in their league.

In 1984, she was a member of the United States’ women’s basketball team that won the gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympic Games.

In 1985, Woodard became the first woman ever to play with the Globetrotters. Incidentally, Woodard’s cousin, Hubert “Geese” Ausbie, also played for the Globetrotters from 1961 to 1985.

In 1989, she was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame. In 1990, she was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, and was signed by a Japanese women’s team to play in their country. She played there until 1993.

In 1997, she was signed by the Cleveland Rockers of the newly founded Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The following year, she was selected in an expansion draft by the Detroit Shock. During the WNBA’s off-season, she began working as a stockbroker in New York City.[citation needed]

She retired from playing in 1999 and returned to KU serving as Assistant Coach of the women’s basketball team. In late January 2004, she was named Interim Head Coach filling for the regular coach Marian Washington, who had retired due to medical reasons. She also served as Athletics Director for the Kansas City, Missouri School District from 1992 to 1994.

In September 2004, she was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. In June 2005, she was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Woodard also received the 2015 WBCBL Women’s Professional Basketball “Trailblazer” Award on August 2, 2015, along with 9 other female basketball Icons including Cynthia CooperNancy Lieberman, Sarah Campbell, E.C. Hill, Geri Kay Hart, Robelyn Garcia, Kandi Conda, Lisa Leslie and Tamika Catchings. The award recognizes some of the most influential people in professional women’s basketball, specifically those who helped blaze the trail, shape the overall landscape and pave the way for women’s professional basketball.

Woodard became a financial consultant for A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc., in Wichita.

In 2017, she was named the head coach of the Winthrop Eagles women’s basketball team.


Question of the Day

What is the best way to rid a pantry of moths?

Food moths can be pretty tough to get rid of once they’ve moved into your home. You’ll need to dump all pantry staples containing grains and nuts — including pasta, popcorn, crackers, flour, raisins, nuts, and breakfast cereals — since the moths may have already laid eggs in them. Buy new staples and put them directly in the freezer for two days, which will kill all stages of any new moths that may be in them. Then store the foods in glass jars. Any of the remaining moths will head for the hills when they discover nothing to eat in your pantry.

Advice of the Day

Death and proverbs love brevity.

Home Hint of the Day

When nailing drywall, hit the nail just hard enough so that the hammer drives in the nail and creates a dimple in the top surface of the drywall without cutting through it. This makes a place for the joint compound to fill.

Word of the Day


The Moon or a planet appears on the opposite side of the sky from the Sun (elongation 180°).

Puzzle of the Day

My first is company; my second shuns company; my third assembles company; my whole amuses company. (What’s the word? Each clue is a syllable!)



  • Henry Rutgers (patriot) – 1745
  • William Billings (composer) – 1746
  • James Whitcomb Riley (poet) – 1849
  • Niels Bohr (physicist) – 1885
  • Andy Devine (actor) – 1905
  • Vaughn Monroe (singer & bandleader) – 1911
  • Walt Whitman Rostow (government official) – 1916
  • June Allyson (actress) – 1917
  • Desmond Mpilo Tutu (South African archbishop, Nobel Peace Prize winner) – 1931
  • Leroi Jones (poet) – 1934
  • John Mellencamp (singer) – 1951
  • Yo-Yo Ma (cellist) – 1955
  • Jayne Torvill (figure skater, Olympic gold medalist; partner was Christopher Dean) – 1957
  • Simon Cowell (American Idol judge) – 1959
  • Rachel McAdams (actress) – 1976
  • Aaron & Shawn Ashmore (actors) – 1979


  • Edgar Allan Poe (author) – 1849
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (writer) – 1894
  • Christy Mathewson (baseball player) – 1925
  • Mario Lanza (singer) – 1959


  • Cornell University welcomed its first students– 1868
  • Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland University in football 222-0– 1916
  • German troops invaded Romania– 1940
  • Frank Sinatra’s first TV show debuted– 1950
  • First photos taken of the dark side of the Moon, by Luna 3– 1959
  • President John F. Kennedy signed nuclear test ban treaty between United States, Britain, and Soviet Union– 1963
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats opened on Broadway– 1982
  • Lynette Woodard selected as the first woman to play with the Harlem Globetrotters– 1985
  • The rose was chosen to be national floral emblem of the U.S. Resolution signed on this day by President Reagan. U.S. Code Title 36, Chapter 3, Section 303– 1986
  • Adrienne Clarkson became the 26th governor-general of Canada– 1999
  • A 12-year-old caught a 618-pound bluefin tuna in the Northumberland Strait of Canada– 2014


  • A hurricane caused shore damage and snow inland in New England– 1849
  • Hurricane Daisy produced heavy rains while moving to Canadian waters near Newfoundland. Tide damage occurred in eastern New England and Nova Scotia.– 1962
  • San Antonio, Texas, received 3.1 inches of rain in 6 hours– 1989

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