Daily Almanac for Sunday, November 13, 2022

On this date in 1977, Li’l Abner, Al Capp’s 43-year-old comic strip, appeared in newspapers for the last time. Li’l Abner comic strip (courtesy United Feature Syndicate)


Li’l Abner is a satirical American comic strip that appeared in many newspapers in the United States, Canada and Europe. It featured a fictional clan of hillbillies in the impoverished mountain village of Dogpatch, USA. Written and drawn by Al Capp (1909–1979), the strip ran for 43 years – from August 13, 1934, through November 13, 1977. The Sunday page debuted six months after the daily, on February 24, 1935. It was originally distributed by United Feature Syndicate and, later by the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate.

Comic strips typically dealt with northern urban experiences before Capp introduced Li’l Abner, the first strip based in the South. The comic strip had 60 million readers in over 900 American newspapers and 100 foreign papers in 28 countries. Capp “had a profound influence on the way the world viewed the American South.”


Question of the Day

Why do I sometimes sneeze when I look at the sun?

Regular sneezing occurs when the nerve endings of the mucous membranes in your nose are irritated. The bright light of the sun can have this effect on your nose when the light hits your optic nerve.

Advice of the Day

Prune grapevines now.

Home Hint of the Day

To clean bone knife handles or any ivory object (such as piano keys), wipe on a solution of 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and 1 cup of water. No need to rinse.

Word of the Day


The letters signified by the signal ( … – … ) prescribed by the International Radiotelegraphic Convention of 1908 for use by ships in distress. SOS was chosen as the universal distress signal because this combination of three dots followed by three dashes followed by three dots (…–…), was easy to send and easily recognized, especially since they were usually sent as a nine-character signal, which stood out against the background of three-character Morse Code letters. The letters themselves are meaningless. SOS does not stand for Save Our Souls, Save Our Ship, Stop Other Signals, or Sure Of Sinking.

Puzzle of the Day

Who was the strongest man mentioned in the Bible?

Jonah, because the whale could not keep him down.


  • Esaias Tegner (writer) – 1782
  • Lady Caroline Ponsonby Lamb (author) – 1785
  • Edwin Booth (actor) – 1833
  • Robert Louis Stevenson (author) – 1850
  • Louis Brandeis (U.S. Supreme Court justice) – 1856
  • Alexander Scourby (actor) – 1913
  • Richard Mulligan (actor) – 1932
  • Garry Marshall (producer, director, & actor) – 1934
  • Dack Rambo (actor) – 1941
  • Chris Noth (actor) – 1954
  • Whoopi Goldberg (actress) – 1955
  • Jimmy Kimmel (television host) – 1967
  • Monique Coleman (actress) – 1980


  • Gioacchino Rossini (composer) – 1868
  • Irv Rubin (Jewish Defense League leader) – 2002
  • Robert Pershing Bobby” Doerr” (baseball player) – 2017
  • Katherine MacGregor (actress) – 2018


  • David Kirke granted co-proprietorship of Newfoundland– 1637
  • U.S. General Montgomery captured Montreal– 1775
  • Thousands of meteors fell per hour in the eastern United States– 1833
  • The Holland Tunnel between New York and New Jersey opened– 1927
  • Ginger Rogers married Lew Ayres– 1934
  • Walt Disney’s Fantasia premiered at the Broadway Theater in New York; first film to attempt to use stereophonic sound– 1940
  • Sammy Davis Jr. married May Britt– 1960
  • Bob Pettit was the first to reach 20,000 career points in the NBA– 1964
  • Mariner 9 became the first spacecraft to orbit another planet (Mars)– 1971
  • Li’l Abner, Al Capp’s 43-year-old comic strip, appeared in newspapers for the last time– 1977
  • The Wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated, Washington, D.C.– 1982
  • Volcano Nevado del Ruiz erupts in Colombia, killing over 23,000 people.– 1985
  • Groundbreaking ceremony held for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.– 2006


  • The first great storm of what became the Dust Bowl spread a pall from the Great Plains to New York– 1933

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