Almanac for Friday, June 16, 2023

On this date in 1961, Rudolf Nureyev after his defection from the Soviet Union in 1961. By Pressens Bild Scanpix –, Public Domain, https


Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev (/ˈnjʊəriɛf, njʊˈrɛf/ NURE-ee-ef, nyuurr-AY-efTatar/Bashkir: Rudolf Xämit uğlı Nuriev, Рудольф Хәмит улы Нуриев; Russian: Рудольф Хаметович НуреевIPA: [rʊˈdolʲf xɐˈmʲetəvʲɪtɕ nʊˈrʲejɪf]; 17 March 1938 – 6 January 1993) was a Soviet-born ballet dancer and choreographer. Nureyev is regarded by some as the greatest male ballet dancer of his generation.

Nureyev was born on a Trans-Siberian train near Irkutsk, Siberia, Soviet Union, to a Tatar family. He began his early career with the company that in the Soviet era was called the Kirov Ballet (now called by its original name, the Mariinsky Ballet) in Leningrad. He defected from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite KGB efforts to stop him. This was the first defection of a Soviet artist during the Cold War, and it created an international sensation. He went on to dance with The Royal Ballet in London and from 1983 to 1989 served as director of the Paris Opera Ballet. Nureyev was also a choreographer serving as the chief choreographer of the Paris Opera Ballet. He produced his own interpretations of numerous classical works, including Swan LakeGiselle and La Bayadère.


Friday, June 16, 2023

Question of the Day

Why do stars twinkle, while the visible planets (and our Moon) shine constantly when viewed?

First, the stars themselves do not twinkle. We are seeing the effect of Earth’s atmosphere on the light they produce. The starlight is bent by moving volumes of air in our atmosphere. The bending effect makes the stars appear to be larger than points, to dance around slightly, and to change in intensity, which is what is commonly called twinkling. Planets don’t usually appear to twinkle because they are close enough to Earth that they appear as tiny disks of light. The total intensity doesn’t seem to change — hence no twinkling is apparent to the naked eye.

Advice of the Day

Put marigolds in your wedding bouquet to keep your true love.

Home Hint of the Day

As a rule of thumb, the vapor barrier in any insulation always goes on the side toward the warmest room, as the warm air contains the most moisture. This is particularly important when you’re working in a basement or attic area.

Word of the Day


Fear of rain

Puzzle of the Day

To love ruin (Rearrange this phrase into a single word meaning violent change or turnover.)



  • Stan Laurel (comedian) – 1890
  • Barbara McClintock (geneticist) – 1902
  • Joyce Carol Oates (author) – 1938
  • Laurie Metcalf (actress) – 1955
  • Phil Mickelson (golfer) – 1970
  • Kerry Wood (baseball player) – 1977
  • Diana DeGarmo (singer) – 1987
  • Bianca Andreescu (tennis player ) – 2000


  • Brian Piccolo (football player) – 1970
  • Jack Montgomery (Medal of Honor recipient) – 2002


  • Spain declared war on Britain and the siege of Gibraltar began– 1779
  • The first roller coaster in the United States began operation at Coney Island, New York– 1884
  • First issue of Klondike Nugget published, Dawson, Yukon– 1898
  • Andrew Jackson, Jr. was issued a patent for eye protectors for chickens– 1903
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s film, Psycho, released– 1960
  • Soviet dancer, Rudolph Nureyev, left the touring Kirov Ballet and asked for political asylum in France– 1961
  • First female in space, Valentina V. Tereshkova, was launched into orbit in Soviet Vostok VI– 1963
  • People were caught breaking into the United States Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate building– 1972
  • A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off of California’s northern coast to become the fourth significant quake to jolt California in a week– 2005


  • Hail measuring 17 inches in circumference fell in Dubuque, Iowa– 1882
  • Mecca, California, recorded temperatures up to 124 degrees F– 1917
  • Thunderstorms dropped 14 inches of rain at Palmer Lake and Larkspur, Colorado– 1965


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