Daily Almanac for Sunday, October 8, 2023

By Brenda June Temple

On this date in 1990, Judge David Souter was sworn in as the 105th U.S. Supreme Court justice. Here is Richter David Souter official portrait, 1990. By Courtesy of the Supreme Court of the United States, National Geographic Society, Photographer Joseph Bailey, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org


David Hackett Souter (/ˈstər/ SOO-tər; born September 17, 1939) is an American lawyer and jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1990 until his retirement in 2009. Appointed by President George H. W. Bush to fill the seat that had been vacated by William J. Brennan Jr., Souter sat on both the Rehnquist and the Roberts courts.

Raised in New England, Souter attended Harvard CollegeMagdalen College, Oxford, and Harvard Law School. After briefly working in private practice, he moved to public service. He served as a prosecutor (1966–1968) in the New Hampshire Attorney General‘s office (1968–1976), as the attorney general of New Hampshire (1976–1978), as an associate justice of the Superior Court of New Hampshire (1978–1983), as an associate justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court (1983–1990), and briefly as a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (1990).

Souter was nominated to the Supreme Court without a significant “paper trail” but was expected to be a conservative justice. Within a few years of his appointment, Souter moved towards the ideological center. He eventually came to vote reliably with the Court’s liberal wing. In mid-2009, after Democrat Barack Obama took office as U.S. president, Souter announced his retirement from the Court; he was succeeded by Sonia Sotomayor. Souter has continued to hear cases by designation at the circuit court level.


Question of the Day

I’d like to give ‘Paper White’ narcissi as Christmas gifts. When is the best time to plant my bulbs?

Plant your ‘Paper White’ bulbs in early November to have blooms in time for Christmas. Use a bulb pan, and plant the bulbs in stones.

Advice of the Day

A wise man hath more ballast than sail. —The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1943

Home Hint of the Day

To loosen a screw that is stuck, insert your screwdriver in the screw head and tap the handle of the screwdriver with a hammer while you try to turn the screw with the screwdriver.

Word of the Day

Moon’s place

Astronomical: The actual position of the Moon within the constellations on the celestial sphere. Astrological: The astrological position of the Moon within the zodiac according to calculations made more than 2,000 years ago. Because of precession of the equinoxes and other factors, this is not the Moon’s actual position in the sky.

Puzzle of the Day

What did the pig use on its rash?



  • Henry Fielding (writer) – 
  • John Hancock (statesman) – 
  • Franklin Pierce (14th U.S. president) – 


  • James Wilson Marshall (pioneer) – 
  • John Hay (politician) – 
  • Otto Heinrich Warburg (biochemist) – 
  • Edward V. Rickenbacker (WWI flying ace) – 
  • Juan Peron (former president of Argentina) – 
  • Billy Conn (boxer) – 
  • Frank Patrick Herbert (writer) – 
  • Faith Ringgold (artist & writer) – 
  • Paul Hogan (actor) – 
  • Jesse Jackson (politician) – 
  • Chevy Chase (actor) – 
  • Robert Lawrence (R. L.” Stine writer”) – 
  • Sigourney Weaver (actress) – 
  • Emily Procter (actress) – 
  • Matt Damon (actor) – 
  • Bruno Mars (singer) – 


  • Acadians, refusing to swear loyalty to British crown, were expelled from Nova Scotia– 
  • Great Chicago Fire began in a stable on the west side of the Chicago River when, historians agree, Mr. and Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicked over an oil lamp– 
  • Deadly forest fire began in Peshtigo, Wisconsin– 
  • Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli (later Pope Pius XII) began tour of United States– 
  • The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet debuted– 
  • NY Yankees pitcher, Don Larsen, pitched the first perfect baseball game in World Series history– 
  • Walter O’Malley, president and chief stockholder of the Brooklyn Dodgers, announced that his baseball team would move to Los Angeles.– 
  • Possible UFO photographed, Vancouver Island, British Columbia– 
  • Judge David Souter was sworn in as the 105th U.S. Supreme Court justice– 
  • Congress approves the California Desert Bill. The bill will allow for the expansion and upgrade of Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Monuments, as well as the creation of the Mojave National Preserve and several large wilderness areas. Republicans filibustered against the bill but failed to prevent its passing. Affecting 6 million acres, the legislation was the largest land conservation bill ever enacted for the US outside Alaska– 
  • Tom Ridge was sworn in as the first director of the newly created Office of Homeland Security– 
  • Kenyan Wangari Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She was the first African woman to receive the award.– 
  • A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck Pakistan and parts of India and Afghanistan. More than 73,000 lives were lost– 
  • California wildfires began in wine country– 


  • Thirteen inches of snow stranded a thousand people in Wyoming– 


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