Daily Almanac for Wednesday, February 21, 2024

By Vickie Sellers

Jennifer Love Hewitt, born on this day in Waco, TX, is 45. Here she is at the premiere of 27 Dresses (2008). By lukeford.net – http www.lukeford.net Images photos, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org


Jennifer Love Hewitt (born February 21, 1979) is an American actress, producer and singer. Hewitt began her career as a child actress and singer, appearing in national television commercials before joining the cast of the Disney Channel series Kids Incorporated (1989–1991). She had her breakthrough as Sarah Reeves Merrin on the Fox teen drama Party of Five (1995–1999) and rose to fame as a teen star for her role as Julie James in the horror films I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) and its 1998 sequel, as well as her role as Amanda Beckett in the teen comedy film Can’t Hardly Wait (1998).

Hewitt’s other notable films include Heartbreakers (2001), The Tuxedo (2002) and the two Garfield live-action films (2004–2006). She has starred as Melinda Gordon on the CBS supernatural drama Ghost Whisperer (2005–2010), Riley Parks on the Lifetime drama series The Client List (2012–2013), Special Agent Kate Callahan on the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds (2014–2015), and since 2018, Maddie Buckley on the Fox first-responder procedural 9-1-1. She was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film for The Client List pilot film (2010).

In music, Hewitt has released four studio albums to date. After her debut album, Love Songs (1992), was released at age 12 exclusively in Japan, she went on to record Let’s Go Bang (1995), Jennifer Love Hewitt (1996) and BareNaked (2002), the latter of which became her first album to chart in the United States, peaking at number 37 on the Billboard 200 chart. Her most successful single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart was the 1999 release “How Do I Deal“, which peaked at number 59. In addition to music and acting, Hewitt has served as a producer on some of her film and television projects. She has appeared in several magazines’ lists of the world’s most beautiful women.


Question of the Day

Who built the world’s tallest snowman?

According to the Guiness Book of Records, Angus was his name, and he was completed in February of 1999 by the residents of Bethel, Maine. Angus, named for Angus King, governor of Maine, stood a whopping 113 feet, 7.5 inches tall. In 2008, the tallest snowwoman was also built in Bethel, Maine. She was 122 feet, 1 inch tall. She didn’t fully melt until July!

Advice of the Day

To cure hiccups, pant like a dog.

Home Hint of the Day

If you’re using urethane varnish and are looking for extra protection for a hardwood floor in a high-traffic area such as a kitchen, apply an extra coat of the varnish.

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?



  • Jethro Tull (agriculturist, inventor of the horse-drawn seed drill) – 
  • Malcolm X assassinated in NYC – 
  • Dame Margot Fonteyn (ballerina) – 
  • Bart Howard (songwriter known for writing Fly Me to the Moon) – 
  • Billy Graham (evangelist) – 
  • Peter Tork (musician, member of The Monkees) – 


  • Anais Nin (novelist) – 
  • W.H. Auden (poet) – 
  • John Robert Lewis (American politician; civil rights leader) – 
  • Alan Rickman (actor) – 
  • William Petersen (actor) – 
  • Kelsey Grammer (actor) – 
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt (actress) – 
  • Jordan Peele (comedian and actor) – 
  • Corbin Bleu (actor) – 


  • The half-cent denomination was discontinued in the United States – 
  • Lucy Hobbs Taylor became the first woman to graduate from a dental school, the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in Cincinnati, Ohio– 
  • First telephone directory published, New Haven, Connecticut – 
  • The Washington Monument was dedicated by President Arthur in Washington, D.C. It took 102 years to complete, beginning in 1783 when Congress proposed it. It was the largest man-made structure in the world at the time– 
  • First issue of The New Yorker published– 
  • Polaroid instant camera first demonstrated– 
  • President Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit a country not diplomatically recognized by the U.S. when he visited China– 
  • UFO sighted in Portland, Oregon– 


  • Granville, North Dakota, experienced a spectacular chinook temperature swing. The temperature rose from -33F in the morning to 50F in the afternoon.– 
  • Destructive ice storm began in areas of Wisconsin, lasting through February 23– 
  • Twelve days of heavy rain and snow in California finally came to an end– 
  • Two tornadoes hit the Sacramento, California, area– 


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