Daily Almanac for Saturday, October 15, 2022

On this date in 1881, American Angler, the first fishing magazine in the U.S., was published in Philadelphia, PA. This is a copy of American Angler Magazine’s March April 2013 cover. (courtesy Morris Communications)


American Angler is a magazine dedicated to the subject of fly fishing, with an emphasis on cold water fisheries, published six times a year. It bills itself as a “how to, where to” magazine focusing on technical fly-fishing informational articles and explorations of new fishing locations. It is an asset of Morris Communications, which also owns publications such as Gray’s Sporting JournalFly Tyer, and the soon-to-be-defunct Saltwater Fly Fishing. Collectively, these magazines are referred to as the “Morris Group.” American Angler is the third-largest fly-fishing magazine in terms of circulation, with approximately 40,000 subscribers, following Fly Fisherman and Fly Rod and Reel. It is the only magazine among those to use “perfect binding” instead of stapled pages.


Macauley Lord, author of the L.L. Bean Fly-Casting Handbook, is the regular casting columnist.

Phil Monahan is the former editor of American Angler magazine, as well as a feature-articles author and the past editorial director of the Morris Group of fly-fishing magazines.

Ed Engle, author of Splitting Cane, is a frequent contributor.

William “Bill” Tapply, author of the Brady Coyne mystery novels, writes the final column in each issue.

Dave Klausmeyer, editor of Fly Tyer, contributes the Tyer’s Notes column in each issue.


American Angler is one of the few major fly fishing publications that regularly accepts and publishes reader contributions, in the “Gear I Love” and “The Rant” columns.


Question of the Day

What’s the difference between a cantaloupe and a muskmelon?

These melons come from two different groups of melons, out of a total of seven kinds that are cultivated. A muskmelon is a member of the reticulatus group, characterized by a netlike ribbed rind and sweet orange flesh. A cantaloupe is a member of the cantalupensis group, named for Cantalupo, a former papal villa near Rome. This group is characterized by a rough, warty rind and sweet orange flesh.

Advice of the Day

Take time when time comes, lest time steal away.

Home Hint of the Day

When spreading drop cloths to protect floors from paint spatters, avoid using plastic. It is too slippery and can cause accidents.

Word of the Day

Julian period

A period of 7,980 years beginning January 1, 4713 b.c. Devised in 1583 by Joseph Scaliger, it provides a chronological basis for the study of ancient history. To find the Julian year, add 4,713 to any year.

Puzzle of the Day

What did the beach say when the tide came in?

Long time no sea.


  • Friedrich Nietzsche (philosopher) – 1844
  • P. G. Wodehouse (author, humorist) – 1881
  • C.P. Snow (novelist) – 1905
  • Lee Iacocca (businessman) – 1924
  • Linda Lavin (actress) – 1937
  • Penny Marshall (actress & director) – 1942
  • Jim Palmer (baseball player) – 1945
  • Richard Carpenter (musician) – 1946
  • Emeril Lagasse (chef) – 1959
  • Sarah Ferguson (Duchess of York) – 1959


  • Clara Kimball Young (actress) – 1960
  • Cole Porter (composer) – 1964
  • Edie Adams (actress & singer) – 2008
  • Dorcus Reilly (home economist) – 2018


  • First day of conversion to Gregorian calendar from Julian for several countries (Poland, Spain, Italy, Portugal), due to Pope Gregory XIII’s decree. Great Britain and colonies did not convert until 1752– 1582
  • First U.S. Agriculture Bureau scientific publication issued– 1862
  • Edison Electric Light Company established– 1878
  • American Angler, the first fishing magazine in the U.S., was published in Philadelphia, PA– 1881
  • Symphony Hall in Boston was inaugurated as the home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra– 1900
  • Mata Hari, one of history’s most famous spies, was executed– 1917
  • Statue of Liberty designated as a National Monument– 1924
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill creating the Department of Transportation– 1966
  • An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale shook southern California– 1979
  • Veterans Memorial Bridge opened, Port Arthur-Bridge City, Texas– 1991
  • Andy Green became the first person to break the sound barrier in a land-based vehicle, at 763.035 mph– 1997
  • In New York, the Staten Island ferry plowed into a pier killing 10 people and injuring 42 more– 2003
  • China launched its first manned space mission becoming the third country in history to send a person into orbit — four decades after the Soviet Union and the United States– 2003
  • A magnitude 6.6 earthquake occurred near Kailua-Kona on the west coast of the Big Island of Hawaii– 2006


  • Hurricane Hazel hit the Carolinas– 1954
  • Hazel II storm flooded Toronto– 1954
  • 15.88 inches of rain fell in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida– 1965

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