Daily Almanac for Monday, April 24, 2023

On thisw date in 1792, La Marseillaise was composed, the National Anthem of France, La Marseillaise (The Departure of the volunteers of 1792). sculpture by François Rude, Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile, Paris, France. By Jebulon – Own work, CC0, https commons.wikimedia.org
La Marseillaise National Anthem of France (courtesy France & Wikipedia Commons).mp3
Rouget de Lisle, composer of “La Marseillaise”, sings the song for the first time at the home of Dietrich, Mayor of Strasbourg (1849 painting by Isidore PilsMusée historique de Strasbourg). By Isidore Pils – Unknown source, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org


La Marseillaise” is the national anthem of France. The song was written in 1792 by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in Strasbourg after the declaration of war by France against Austria, and was originally titled “Chant de guerre pour l’Armée du Rhin” (“War Song for the Army of the Rhine“).

The French National Convention adopted it as the Republic‘s anthem in 1795. The song acquired its nickname after being sung in Paris by volunteers from Marseille marching to the capital. The song is the first example of the “European march” anthemic style. The anthem’s evocative melody and lyrics have led to its widespread use as a song of revolution and its incorporation into many pieces of classical and popular music.



Robert B. Thomas’s Birthday

Founder of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Born in Grafton, Massachusetts, nine years before the start of the American Revolution, Thomas was brought up on a farm in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He was fascinated by science and at age 16 read Ferguson’s Astronomy, which he came across in his father’s library. He later wrote that “it was from the pleasing study of this work I first imbibed the idea of calculating an almanack.” With this dream in mind, he became a bookseller, taught school, built a store and bindery near the family farm, and studied astronomy in his spare time. In early 1792, he went to Boston to study mathematics under the tutelage of another almanac maker, Osgood Carlton, and that fall delivered the copy for the first edition of what he called The Farmer’s Almanac to printers Joseph Belknap and Thomas Hall. With its format and contents established, it was ready for the longest publishing tenure in American history. Although Thomas died more than 150 years ago and 12 Almanac editors have followed him, no other name but his has ever appeared on the cover of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Read more about the life and times of Robert B. Thomas.

Question of the Day

What is a hot posset? I know it is a drink from the medieval times, but that is all.

Posset is a Middle English word of uncertain origin, but there’s no uncertainty about what it is. It’s a drink composed of hot milk curdled with ale, wine, or other liquor, with sugar and spices sometimes added. It was (and still is) popular not only as a delicacy but also as a remedy for colds and other infections.

Advice of the Day

Ivy will flourish with an occasional drink of cold tea instead of water.

Home Hint of the Day

To get scuff marks off any hardwood floor, mop the floor with a solution of 1/4 cup of TSP (or other product containing trisodium phosphate) and 2 gallons of hot water.

Word of the Day


A skysail of a triangular form. A name for the one of the fancy sails alleged to have been sometimes set above the skysail. Hence, anything usually large, high, or excessive.

Puzzle of the Day

What is a shark’s favorite sandwich?

Peanut butter and jellyfish.


  • Robert B. Thomas (founder of The Old Farmer’s Almanac) – 1766
  • Robert Penn Warren (poet) – 1905
  • Shirley MacLaine (actress) – 1934
  • Jill Ireland (actress) – 1936
  • Barbra Streisand (singer & actress) – 1942
  • Kelly Clarkson (singer) – 1982


  • Reverend Eleazar Wheelock (founded Dartmouth College) – 1779
  • Lucy Maud Montgomery (author) – 1942
  • Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov (became the first person to die during a space mission) – 1967
  • Bud Abbott (comedian & actor) – 1974
  • Estée Lauder (started a kitchen business blending face creams and built it into a multimillion-dollar international cosmetics empire) – 2004
  • Elizabeth Post (etiquette expert) – 2010


  • La Marseillaise composed– 1792
  • U. S. Library of Congress established– 1800
  • The soda fountain was patented– 1833
  • Joshua Slocum left Boston on his 37-foot sloop named Spray. He arrived in Newport, Rhode Island, on June 27, 1898, becoming the first sailor to have circumnavigated the globe alone– 1895
  • Spain declared war on the United States (Spanish-American War)– 1898
  • British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II– 1953
  • Hubble space telescope launched– 1990
  • Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger inaugurated as Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. He took the name Pope Benedict XVI– 2005


  • A local windstorm blew down commercial buildings and damaged ships in Galveston, Texas– 1877

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