Daily Almanac for Wednesday, October 12, 2022

On this date in 1950, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show made its television debut. Burns and Allen had been on the radio since 1935. George Burns and Gracie Allen Show. 1955 photo. By CBS Television, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org


The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, sometimes called The Burns and Allen Show, was a half-hour television series broadcast from 1950 to 1958 on CBS. It starred George Burns and Gracie Allen, one of the most enduring acts in entertainment history. Burns and Allen were headliners in vaudeville in the 1920s, and radio stars in the 1930s and 1940s. Their situation comedy TV series received Emmy Award nominations throughout its eight-year run.


The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show received the following Primetime Emmy Award nominations:

  • 1952: Best Comedy Show
  • 1953: Best Situation Comedy Series
  • 1954: Best Situation Comedy Series
  • 1954: Bea Benaderet, Best Series Supporting Actress
  • 1955: Best Situation Comedy Series
  • 1955: Gracie Allen, Best Actress Starring in a Regular Series
  • 1955: Bea Benaderet, Best Supporting Actress in a Regular Series
  • 1956: Gracie Allen, Best Actress, Continuing Performance
  • 1957: Gracie Allen, Best Continuing Performance by a Comedienne in a Series
  • 1958: Gracie Allen, Best Continuing Performance by a Comedienne in a Series
  • 1959: Gracie Allen, Best Continuing Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Comedy Series 

In 1997, the 1954 episode, “Columbia Pictures Doing Burns and Allen Story”, was ranked No. 56 on TV Guide’s 100 Greatest Episodes of All-Time.


Question of the Day

Is the soil under oak and pine trees always extremely acid?

Not necessarily. It’s quite likely to be acid, but it should be checked, because acid levels can vary greatly depending on what type of rock is in the soil. Fall is a good time of year to test your soil. If it is acid, it will need lime.

Advice of the Day

He that would have good luck in horses must kiss the parson’s wife.

Home Hint of the Day

Did you run out of glass cleaner? Substitute ammonia, vinegar, or alcohol.

Word of the Day


The Moon’s rising above or descending below the horizon.

Puzzle of the Day

How does a pig write home?

With a pig pen filled with oink.


  • King Edward VI of England – 1537
  • Elmer Sperry (inventor) – 1860
  • Eugenio Montale (poet) – 1896
  • Doris Miller (Navy Cross recipient) – 1919
  • Luciano Pavarotti (opera singer) – 1935
  • Chris Wallace (broadcast journalist) – 1947
  • Hugh Jackman (actor) – 1968
  • Martie Maguire (musician, member of Dixie Chicks) – 1969
  • Kirk Cameron (actor) – 1970
  • Marion Jones (athlete) – 1975


  • Robert E. Lee (American Confederate general) – 1870
  • John Denver (musician) – 1997
  • Wilt Chamberlain (basketball player) – 1999
  • Ray Conniff (bandleader) – 2002
  • Bill Shoemaker (jockey) – 2003


  • Christopher Columbus first saw New World– 1492
  • Bavarian Crown Price Ludwig married Princess Therese of Hildburghausen in Munich. Their wedding celebration lasted for days, and became a yearly tradition known today as “Oktoberfest.”– 1810
  • An iron lung respirator used for the first time in Boston, MA– 1928
  • The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show made its television debut. Burns and Allen had been on the radio since 1935– 1950
  • Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson won Nobel Peace Prize– 1957
  • U.S.S.R.’s Voskhod 1 launched– 1964
  • The U.S. Navy concluded its Sealab II program, in which teams of aquanauts lived and worked in a capsule submerged off the California coast– 1965
  • 19th Summer Olympic games began, Mexico City, Mexico– 1968
  • Jesus Christ Superstar, the Broadway musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, premieres in New York– 1971
  • Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the Nobel Peace Prize– 2007


  • The Columbus Day “Big Blow” in Oregon and Washington brought 100 mph winds, damaging trees and killing 48 people– 1962

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