Daily Almanac for Wednesday, December 28, 2022

On this date in 1065, Westminster Abbey in London was consecrated. Here is Westminster Abbey, Western façade. 2013 photo. By Σπάρτακος (changes by Rabanus Flavus), CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org


Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of Saint Peter at Westminster, is an historic, mainly Gothic church in the City of Westminster, London, England, just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. It is one of the United Kingdom’s most notable religious buildings and, since Edward the Confessor, a burial site for English and, later, British monarchs. Since the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066, all coronations of English and British monarchs have occurred in Westminster Abbey.[5][6] Sixteen royal weddings have occurred at the abbey since 1100.

According to a tradition first reported by Sulcard in about 1080, a church was founded at the site (then known as Thorney Island) in the seventh century, at the time of MellitusBishop of London. Construction of the present church began in 1245 on the orders of Henry III.

The church was originally part of a Catholic Benedictine abbey, which was dissolved in 1539. It then served as the cathedral of the Diocese of Westminster until 1550, then as a second cathedral of the Diocese of London until 1556. The abbey was restored to the Benedictines by Mary I in 1556, then in 1559 made a royal peculiar—a Church of England church responsible directly to the sovereign—by Elizabeth I.

The abbey is the burial site of more than 3,300 people, usually of prominence in British history: at least 16 monarchs, eight prime ministers, poets laureate, actors, scientists, military leaders, and the Unknown Warrior.


Question of the Day

With the holidays here and pounds gained, how many calories do you have to burn to lose a pound of fat?

It takes about 3,500 calories to gain or lose a pound of fat. To give you an idea of how much energy it takes to “burn” a calorie, here are a few activities with the number of calories they burn per minute, per pound of body weight: fast ax chopping (or cross-country skiing uphill), 0.135; forking straw bales (or playing basketball), 0.063; window cleaning (or playing croquet), 0.026. So a 150-pound person forking straw bales burns 9.45 calories per minute, which means he or she must fork bales for six hours to lose one pound. (Though not listed, the one exercise guaranteed to burn calories is pushing one’s chair away from the table!)

Advice of the Day

A whispering grove tells of a storm to come.

Home Hint of the Day

Clean rust spots off a countertop by rubbing in toothpaste (not the gel type) with your finger. Rub until the stain is gone, then rinse and wipe dry.

Word of the Day


Fear of extreme cold, frost, or ice

Puzzle of the Day

What is that which everyone likes to have but wants to get rid of as soon as possible after he gets it?

A good appetite


  • Woodrow Wilson (28th U.S. president) – 1856
  • Stan Lee (comic book writer) – 1922
  • Nichelle Nichols (American actress ) – 1932
  • Maggie Smith (actress) – 1934
  • Denzel Washington (actor) – 1954
  • Sienna Miller (actress) – 1981
  • Mackenzie Rosman (actress) – 1989
  • Maitreyi Ramakrishnan (actress ) – 2001


  • Theodore Dreiser (American writer) – 1945
  • Sam Peckinpah (filmmaker) – 1984
  • John D. MacDonald (writer) – 1986
  • William L. Shirer (journalist) – 1993
  • William X. Kienzle (author) – 2001
  • Jerry Orbach (actor) – 2004
  • Debbie Reynolds (actress) – 2016


  • Westminster Abbey in London was consecrated– 1065
  • Benjamin Franklin’s paper, The Pennsylvania Gazette, ran an ad for the first issue of Franklin’s own Poor Richard’s Almanack– 1732
  • Vice President John Calhoun, having serious disagreements with President Andrew Jackson, resigned from office. He was the first U.S. vice president to do so.– 1832
  • Iowa admitted to the Union as the 29th state– 1846
  • Second chewing gum patent went to William Semple, a dentist in Mt. Vernon, Ohio– 1869
  • H. L. Mencken published A Neglected History bathtub hoax– 1917
  • First sudden-death overtime game in NFL, Baltimore Colts vs. N.Y. Giants– 1958
  • President Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act of 1973 into law. It provided broad protection for threatened species of fish, wildlife, and plants.– 1973
  • The Endangered Species Act was signed into law by President Nixon– 1973
  • Endangered Species Act approved– 1973
  • U.S. patent #4,000,000 was issued– 1976


  • Temperatures throughout Iowa hovered near 24 degrees below zero F– 1924
  • 83 inches of snow on the ground in Bathurst, New Brunswick– 1978
  • A severe snowstorm with periods of near-zero visibility resulted in an incredible 1,000 traffic accidents in Michigan– 1987
  • 31.5 inches of snow fell in 24 hours in Victoria, British Columbia– 1996

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