Daily Almanac for Thursday, January 19, 2023

On this date in 1990, Roberta Bondar became the first Canadian woman to be selected for a space mission. Astronaut Roberta Bondar, By NASA, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org


Roberta Lynn Bondar CC OOnt FRCPC FRSC (/ˈbɒndər/; born December 4, 1945) is a Canadian astronaut, neurologist and consultant. She is Canada’s first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space.

After more than a decade as head of an international space medicine research team collaborating with NASA, Bondar became a consultant and speaker in the business, scientific, and medical communities.

Roberta Bondar has received many honours including appointment as a Companion of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario, the NASA Space Flight Medal, over 28 honorary degrees, induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame and a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. She is retired and 77 years old as of this date.


Question of the Day

Why do we measure daylength in hours?

The ancients divided the day in half, roughly corresponding to sunrise and sunset, with 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night. The length of an hour varied, depending on the time of year, until mechanical clocks were invented in the late Middle Ages.

Advice of the Day

A thing done at a wrong time should be regarded as not done.

Home Hint of the Day

Wallpaper that has been painted over can be difficult to soften and remove. Try scoring the paper with a razor knife and spraying the scores with liquid wallpaper remover (available at hardware stores).

Word of the Day


The protuberant part of a cask, which is usually in the middle. Also the part of a ship’s hull or bottom which is broadest and most nearly flat.

Puzzle of the Day

How could the letter G surprise a farmer?

By changing oats into goats.


  • James Watt (inventor) – 1736
  • Robert E. Lee (Confederate general) – 1807
  • Edgar Allen Poe (author) – 1809
  • Paul Cézanne (painter) – 1839
  • Jean Stapleton (American actress ) – 1923
  • Patsy Rowlands (actress) – 1934
  • Janis Joplin (singer ) – 1943
  • Dolly Parton (singer) – 1946
  • Paula Deen (chef) – 1947
  • Desi Arnaz, Jr. (actor, son of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz) – 1953
  • Drea de Matteo (actress) – 1973


  • Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart (Canadian religious sister ) – 1902
  • William O. Douglas (Supreme Court Justice) – 1980
  • James Dickey (writer/poet) – 1997
  • Carl Perkins (musician) – 1998
  • Wilson Pickett (singer) – 2006
  • Denny Doherty (one of the founding members of the musical group The Mamas & The Papas) – 2007
  • Suzanne Pleshette (actress) – 2008
  • Stan The Man” Musial” (baseball player) – 2013


  • Tin can patented– 1825
  • Explorer Charles Wilkes claimed discovery of Antarctica– 1840
  • First Brown vs. Harvard ice hockey game took place– 1898
  • Law raised salary of U.S. president to $100,000– 1949
  • U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized first space satellite communications link between the United States and Europe on an experimental basis.– 1961
  • The last old-style, German-made Volkswagen Beetle left the plant in Emden, Germany– 1978
  • Astronaut Roberta Bondar became the first Canadian woman to be selected for a space mission– 1990


  • Twenty-four degrees below zero F in Hartford, Connecticut– 1786
  • Temperature dropped 50 degrees in Portsmouth, New Hampshire– 1810
  • The temperature rose 43 degrees in 15 minutes at Fort Assiniboine, near Havre, Montana.– 1892
  • Lake Erie froze from bank to bank for the first time in modern history– 1977
  • Snow fell in Miami, Florida– 1977
  • A record-low barometer reading of 29.25 inches occurred due to a West Coast storm– 1988
  • Temperature dipped to -36 degrees F, New Whiteland, Indiana– 1994

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