Daily Almanac for Friday, October 14, 2022

On this date in 2010,Khagendra Thapa Magar, from Pokhara, Nepal, turned 18 years old and was certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s shortest living man, at 26.4 inches tall. Khagendra Thapa Magar and Franz Müllner,winner of the 2005 Germany’s Strongest Man contest, in 2011. By J.-H. Janßen – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org


Khagendra Thapa Magar (Nepali: खगेन्द्र थापामगर) (4 October 1992 – 17 January 2020) was a Nepali once known as the shortest man in the world, measuring 0.67 m (2 ft 2 in).[1][3] Magar, who was a primordial dwarf, won the title of shortest man from Edward Niño Hernández. He lost the title in June 2011 to Junrey Balawing of the Philippines.

Born on 18 Asoj in the Nepali calendar, or 4 October 1992, he was from the Baglung District of Nepal. Just 600 grams (21 oz) at birth, he weighed 6.5 kilograms (14 lb; 1.02 st). In May 2008, Khagendra appeared in the British Channel 4 documentary called The World’s Smallest Man and Me hosted by Mark Dolan.

Magar died in a Pokhara hospital on 17 January 2020 after complications from pneumonia at the age of 27.


Question of the Day

I want to make sure my Christmas cactus produces flowers in December. What should I do now?

Buds will form on a Christmas cactus when it is kept at a constant temperature between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit or when you give it at least 13 hours of complete darkness each night. If you can achieve either of these conditions, the December blooms will be well worth the effort.

Advice of the Day

Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda on the bottom of your toaster oven to eliminate the burned smell from drippings and crumbs.

Home Hint of the Day

To remove tarnish from brass, bronze, or copper, dip a lemon slice or rind in a little salt and rub it on the object. Then clean and dry with paper towels.

Word of the Day

Moon on equator

The Moon is on the celestial equator.

Puzzle of the Day

Why is it hard to have a conversation with a goat around?

He always butts in!


  • William Penn (Quaker; founder of Pennsylvania, named in honor of his father) – 1644
  • Francis Lightfoot Lee (American Revolutionary leader) – 1734
  • Sir Edward Sabine (astronomer) – 1788
  • Ray Ewry (track and field star) – 1873
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower (34th U.S. president) – 1890
  • e. e. cummings (poet) – 1894
  • Eugene Fodor (travel writer) – 1905
  • Charles Everett Koop (U.S. Surgeon General) – 1916
  • Roger Moore (actor) – 1927
  • Ralph Lauren (designer) – 1939
  • Sheila Young (speed skater, cyclist) – 1950
  • Harry Anderson (actor) – 1952
  • Usher (singer) – 1978
  • Jordan Brower (actor) – 1981


  • Bing Crosby (singer) – 1977
  • Cleveland Amory (critic and animal rights activist) – 1998
  • Lou Albano (American professional wrestler, manager and actor) – 2009


  • While campaigning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, former president Theodore Roosevelt was shot by William Schrank– 1912
  • First contingent of Canadian Expeditionary Force arrived in England, during WWI– 1914
  • Poland presented 5.5 million goodwill signatures to the United States for 150th anniversary of American independence– 1926
  • A. A. Milne’s classic, Winnie-the-Pooh, was published– 1926
  • Girl Crazy by George Gershwin opened at the Alvin Theatre in New York– 1930
  • German U-boat sank passenger ferry S.S. Caribou in Cabot Strait– 1942
  • Charles Yeager, piloting a Bell X-1 jet, became the first person to break the sound barrier, reaching Mach 1.06– 1947
  • Queen Elizabeth II began Canadian tour– 1977
  • Eighteen-month old Jessica McClure (Baby Jessica) fell down an abandoned well in Midland, Texas– 1987
  • The Illinois Natural Resources Department confirmed that a 17-inch fish caught in Chicago’s Burnham Harbor in Lake Michigan was an invasive snakehead, a feared Frankenfish known to eat native fish and compete with them for food– 2004
  • A Ghanaian-registered Boeing 747 cargo jet crashed and burned on take off from Halifax airport in eastern Canada– 2004
  • The United States Air Force Memorial was dedicated, Arlington, Virginia– 2006
  • Khagendra Thapa Magar, from Pokhara, Nepal, turned 18 years old and was certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s shortest living man, at 26.4 inches tall.– 2010
  • Video tweet was posted of a miniature horse seen in the back seat of a neighboring car in Iowa– 2017


  • Hail in southern Oklahoma caused major crop and property damage– 1925
  • The first regularly scheduled television weathercast was seen on WNBT (later, WNBC) in New York City.– 1941
  • Albany, New York, had a temperature of 21 degrees F– 1958

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