Daily Almanac for Sunday, February 19, 2023

On this date in 1962, U.S. Senator Carl Hayden was honored for completing 50 years of Congressional service. Here is Carl Hayden in 1962 at his desk. By U.S. Senate Historical office – https twitter.com Senate History, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org


Carl Trumbull Hayden (October 2, 1877 – January 25, 1972) was an American politician. Representing Arizona in the United States Senate from 1927 to 1969, he was the first U.S. Senator to serve seven terms. Serving as the state’s first Representative for eight terms before entering the Senate, Hayden set the record as the longest-serving member of the United States Congress more than a decade before his retirement from politics. He was Dean of the United States Senate and served as its president pro tempore and chairman of both its Rules and Administration and Appropriations committees. He was a member of the Democratic Party.

Having earned a reputation as a reclamation expert early in his congressional career, Hayden consistently backed legislation dealing with public lands, mining, reclamation, and other projects affecting the Western United States. In addition, he played a key role in creating the funding formula for the federal highway system. President John F. Kennedy said of Hayden, “Every Federal program which has contributed to the development of the West—irrigation, power, reclamation—bears his mark, and the great Federal highway program which binds this country together, which permits this State to be competitive east and west, north and south, this in large measure is his creation.”

Known as the “Silent Senator”, Hayden rarely spoke on the Senate floor. Instead his influence came from committee meetings and Senate cloakroom discussions, where his comments were “given a respect comparable to canon law“. A colleague said of him, “No man in Senate history has wielded more influence with less oratory,” while the Los Angeles Times wrote that Hayden had “assisted so many projects for so many senators that when old Carl wants something for his beloved Arizona, his fellow senators fall all over themselves giving him a hand. They’d probably vote landlocked Arizona a navy if he asked for it.”



To remind people of the approach of Lent and Easter, the three Sundays immediately preceding Shrove Tuesday were observed as Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima — Latin for 70th, 60th, and 50th, respectively, indicating roughly the number of days left from each of those Sundays to Easter.

Question of the Day

What region of the United States is best for raising kiwifruit? Is the Alabama climate suitable?

We don’t know the best region, but as a rule kiwifruit can be grown wherever wine grapes are found. Some kiwi plants are hardy to minus 25 degrees Fahrenheit, so we don’t think you’ll have any problem growing them in Alabama. Check with your local nursery for the most suitable varieties for your area.

Advice of the Day

During cold and flu season, wipe the telephone mouthpiece with a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol.

Home Hint of the Day

If you live in a cold region, it’s smart to orient your new home to get the most sun in the winter. Face your house south and install a lot of windows on that side.

Word of the Day


1/6 inch; used in printing for measuring column width, etc.

Puzzle of the Day

What things increase the more you contract them?



  • Nicolaus Copernicus (astronomer) – 1473
  • Luigi Boccherini (composer) – 1743
  • Adelina Patti (opera singer; namesake of the song You’re the Flower of My Heart Sweet Adeline) – 1843
  • Eddie Arcaro (jockey) – 1916
  • John Frankenheimer (director of film) – 1930
  • Smokey Robinson (singer) – 1940
  • Jeff Daniels (actor) – 1955
  • Seal (singer) – 1963
  • Justine Bateman (actress) – 1966
  • Haylie Duff (actress) – 1985


  • Grandpa Jones (country musician) – 1998
  • Jose Lopez Portillo (as president of Mexico from 1976-1982, brought the nation to the brink of economic collapse) – 2004


  • USS Constitution captured British brig HMS Catherine– 1814
  • First practical U.S. coal-burning locomotive (York) tested, York, Pennsylvania– 1831
  • The first rescuers reached the Donner Party in the Sierra Nevada mountains, California– 1847
  • Knights of Pythias founded– 1864
  • First official U.S. government weather predictions published– 1871
  • Patent for the first gramophone awarded to Thomas Edison– 1878
  • Kansas approved an act to prohibit alcohol– 1881
  • Prizes are included in Cracker Jack boxes for the first time– 1912
  • U.S. Marines invaded Iwo Jima (WW II)– 1945
  • U.S. Senator Carl Hayden was honored for completing 50 years of Congressional service– 1962
  • The world’s largest snowman was completed in Bethel, Maine. He stood 113 feet, 7.5 inches tall and weighed about nine million pounds. In 2008, Bethel, Maine, also created the largest snowwoman (122 feet, 1 inch tall).– 1999


  • The first official U.S. government weather predictions (called probabilities) were published– 1871
  • Mt. Shasta, California, saw the end of a five-day storm with a total accumulation of 189 inches of snow– 1959
  • 25 inches of snow fell in 24 hours in Dover, Delaware– 1979
  • Fort Valley, Arizona, received 17 inches of snow– 1990

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