Daily Almanac for Thursday, October 20, 2022

On this date in 2004, ABC-TV pulled the plug on Miss America, leaving the famous beauty pageant without a network television sponsor for the first time in 50 years. (courtesy The Walt Disney Company)


Miss America is an annual competition that is open to women from the United States between the ages of 17 and 25. Originating in 1921 as a “bathing beauty revue”, the contest is now judged on competitors’ talent performances and interviews. As of 2018, there is no longer a swimsuit portion to the contest, or consideration of physical appearance. Miss America travels about 20,000 miles a month, changing her location every 24 to 48 hours, touring the nation and promoting her particular platform of interest. The winner is crowned by the previous year’s titleholder.

The current Miss America is Emma Broyles of Alaska, who was crowned the 100th anniversary Miss America on December 16, 2021. 


Question of the Day

When did people begin growing apple trees as a cash crop?

People have grown apple trees for cultivation for many centuries, improving the stock over time through seed selection and grafting for propagation. The kinds of apples we have today are the combined results of natural cross-pollination among several species. Control of diseases and pests in apple crops is a costly undertaking, requiring increasingly bigger orchards where large growers can achieve cost efficiency.

Advice of the Day

Much rain in October, much wind in December.

Home Hint of the Day

Next time you’re at the town landfill, look for old refrigerators with the grills still in them. As long as the grills are not vinyl coated, they’re great for cooking over a charcoal fire (or for use as cookie cooling racks).

Word of the Day

Dominical letter

A letter from A to G, denoting Sundays in the ecclesiastical calendar for a given year, determined by the date on which the first Sunday falls. If it falls on January 1, the letter (for the year) is A; if it falls on January 2, the letter is B; and so on.

Puzzle of the Day

What key is the hardest to turn?



  • Sir Christopher Wren (architect) – 1632
  • John Dewey (philosopher) – 1859
  • Charles Ives (composer) – 1874
  • Jelly Roll Morton (jazz musician) – 1890
  • Arlene Francis (actress) – 1907
  • Grandpa Jones (country music performer) – 1913
  • Art Buchwald (journalist) – 1925
  • Dr. Joyce Brothers (psychologist) – 1927
  • Mickey Mantle (baseball player) – 1931
  • Michael McClure (poet) – 1932
  • Jerry Orbach (actor) – 1935
  • Tom Petty (musician; Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) – 1950
  • Keith Hernandez (baseball player) – 1953
  • Viggo Mortensen (actor) – 1958


  • Sir Richard Burton (explorer) – 1890
  • Herbert Hoover (31st U.S. president) – 1964
  • Jane Wyatt (actress) – 2006
  • Oscar de la Renta (fashion designer) – 2014


  • The town clock in Halifax, Nova Scotia, began keeping time– 1803
  • Louisiana Purchase ratified by U.S. Senate– 1803
  • 49th parallel determined as western U.S/Canadian border– 1818
  • Last day of Prince of Wales’s North American tour, Portland, Maine– 1860
  • Canadian newspaper La Presse debuted– 1884
  • The first cork-centered baseball, invented by Benjamin Shibe, was used in the World Series in Chicago– 1910
  • Laurel and Hardy’s The Flying Deuces debuted– 1939
  • Jacqueline Kennedy married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis– 1968
  • John Bardeen became the first person to win two Nobel Prizes in the same field. He received the awards in 1956 and 1972 for his theory of superconductivity and development of electronic transistors– 1972
  • A plane carrying the group Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed in Mississippi– 1977
  • Oakland/Berkeley firestorm began in California– 1991
  • The Boston Red Sox made baseball history by becoming the first baseball team to lose the first three games of a best-of-seven series, then come back with four victories to win it– 2004
  • ABC-TV pulled the plug on Miss America, leaving the famous beauty pageant without a network television sponsor for the first time in 50 years– 2004


  • Sheridan, Wyoming, experienced a bad snowstorm– 1958

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