Daily Almanac for Saturday, October 14, 2023

By Mona Hatfield

Famous designer Ralph Lauren was born on this date in 1939. He is 84 today. This is Ralph Lauren 2013. By Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org


Sir Ralph Lauren KBE (/ˈlɔːrən/ LOR-ən Lifshitz; born October 14, 1939) is an American fashion designer, philanthropist, and billionaire businessman, best known for the Ralph Lauren Corporation, a global multibillion-dollar enterprise. He has become well known for his collection of rare automobiles, some of which have been displayed in museum exhibits. He stepped down as CEO of the company in September 2015 but remains executive chairman and chief creative officer. As of April 2022, his net worth was estimated at US$6.9 billion.


Question of the Day

I want to make sure my Christmas cactus produces flowers in December. What should I do now?

Buds will form on a Christmas cactus when it is kept at a constant temperature between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit or when you give it at least 13 hours of complete darkness each night. If you can achieve either of these conditions, the December blooms will be well worth the effort.

Advice of the Day

Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda on the bottom of your toaster oven to eliminate the burned smell from drippings and crumbs.

Home Hint of the Day

To remove tarnish from brass, bronze, or copper, dip a lemon slice or rind in a little salt and rub it on the object. Then clean and dry with paper towels.

Word of the Day


The celestial latitude of an object in the sky, measured in degrees north or south of the celestial equator; analogous to latitude on Earth.

Puzzle of the Day

What is the beginning of all eternities, the end of time and space, the beginning of every end, and the end of every race?

The letter E.


  • William Penn (Quaker; founder of Pennsylvania, named in honor of his father) – 
  • Francis Lightfoot Lee (American Revolutionary leader) – 
  • Sir Edward Sabine (astronomer) – 
  • Ray Ewry (track and field star) – 
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower (34th U.S. president) – 
  • e. e. cummings (poet) – 
  • Eugene Fodor (travel writer) – 
  • Charles Everett Koop (U.S. Surgeon General) – 
  • Roger Moore (actor) – 
  • Ralph Lauren (designer) – 
  • Sheila Young (speed skater, cyclist) – 
  • Harry Anderson (actor) – 
  • Usher (singer) – 
  • Jordan Brower (actor) – 


  • Bing Crosby (singer) – 
  • Cleveland Amory (critic and animal rights activist) – 
  • Lou Albano (American professional wrestler, manager and actor) – 


  • While campaigning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, former president Theodore Roosevelt was shot by William Schrank– 
  • First contingent of Canadian Expeditionary Force arrived in England, during WWI– 
  • Poland presented 5.5 million goodwill signatures to the United States for 150th anniversary of American independence– 
  • A. A. Milne’s classic, Winnie-the-Pooh, was published– 
  • Girl Crazy by George Gershwin opened at the Alvin Theatre in New York– 
  • German U-boat sank passenger ferry S.S. Caribou in Cabot Strait– 
  • Charles Yeager, piloting a Bell X-1 jet, became the first person to break the sound barrier, reaching Mach 1.06– 
  • Queen Elizabeth II began Canadian tour– 
  • Eighteen-month old Jessica McClure (Baby Jessica) fell down an abandoned well in Midland, Texas– 
  • The Illinois Natural Resources Department confirmed that a 17-inch fish caught in Chicago’s Burnham Harbor in Lake Michigan was an invasive snakehead, a feared Frankenfish known to eat native fish and compete with them for food– 
  • A Ghanaian-registered Boeing 747 cargo jet crashed and burned on take off from Halifax airport in eastern Canada– 
  • The United States Air Force Memorial was dedicated, Arlington, Virginia– 
  • Khagendra Thapa Magar, from Pokhara, Nepal, turned 18 years old and was certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s shortest living man, at 26.4 inches tall.– 
  • Video tweet was posted of a miniature horse seen in the back seat of a neighboring car in Iowa– 


  • Hail in southern Oklahoma caused major crop and property damage– 
  • The first regularly scheduled television weathercast was seen on WNBT (later, WNBC) in New York City.– 
  • Albany, New York, had a temperature of 21 degrees F– 

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