Daily Almanac for Thursday, February 22, 2024

By Marie Reader


TV Talk Show Host and Actress Drew Barrymore is 49 today, as she was born in 1975. Here she is in 2014. By www.GlynLowe.com from Hamburg, Germany on the Red Carpet in Berlin, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org


Drew Blythe Barrymore (born February 22, 1975) is an American actress, producer, talk show host and author. A member of the Barrymore family of actors, she has received several awards and nominations, including a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, in addition to nominations for nine Emmy Awards and a British Academy Film Award. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004. She is also the Chief Gifting Officer for Etsy as of January 2024.

Barrymore achieved fame as a child actress with her breakout role in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Following a highly publicized childhood marked by drug and alcohol abuse, she released an autobiography Little Girl Lost, which became a New York Times bestseller. She starred in a string of successful films during the 1990s and 2000s, including Charlie’s AngelsPoison IvyBoys on the SideMad LoveBatman ForeverScream, and Ever After. Barrymore starred with Adam Sandler in the films: The Wedding Singer50 First Dates, and Blended. Her other films include FirestarterDonnie DarkoRiding in Cars with BoysConfessions of a Dangerous MindCharlie’s Angels: Full ThrottleFever PitchMusic and LyricsGoing the DistanceBig Miracle, and Miss You Already. She also starred in her directorial debut film Whip It. She won a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award for her role in Grey Gardens. She starred in the Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet and currently hosts her syndicated talk show The Drew Barrymore Show. In September 2023, she announced she would return to the show without writers during the ongoing WGA strike, but after backlash, she reversed the decision the same month.

Barrymore is the founder of the production company Flower Films. It produced several projects in which she has starred. She launched a range of cosmetics under the Flower banner in 2013, which has grown to include lines in perfume, hair products and eyewear. Her other business ventures include a range of wines, homeware and clothing. In 2014, Barrymore released the New York Times bestselling photobook Find It in Everything of photographs she had taken over the span of a decade of everyday situations in the shape of a heart, including a discarded straw wrapper, a hole in a T-shirt, and a scallion in a bowl of miso soup. E. P. Dutton published a collection of Barrymore’s autobiographical essays in her New York Times bestselling book Wildflower in 2015, for which she also narrated the audiobook version.


Question of the Day

I need a cleaning solution for the chimney on an old oil lamp. It is very cloudy and rough, like sandpaper.

Resist the temptation to use steel wool. It is an effective scourer, but it will leave scratches, especially on older glass. The easiest way is to pour a little kerosene on newspaper and wipe the chimney. (Be sure it is completely dry before lighting the lamp!) Another method is to put a few drops of rubbing alcohol on a wet rag and rub the chimney with the rag.

Advice of the Day

If you suffer backaches, empty your pockets, wear looser clothing, and don’t cross your legs.

Home Hint of the Day

Avoid rubbing a carpet stain; blot it instead. This keeps the stain from spreading.

Word of the Day


18 inches; derived from distance between elbow and tip of middle finger.

Puzzle of the Day

Why didn’t the dog want to go into the ark?

He had a bark (ship) of his own.


  • Amerigo Vespucci (explorer) – 
  • Francisco I. Madero (Mexican President; was assassinated) – 
  • Ed Flanders (actor) – 
  • Jonas Savimbi (Angola’s rebel leader) – 
  • Chuck Jones (Warner Bros. animator, created Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck) – 
  • Dennis Johnson (basketball player) – 


  • George Washington (1st U.S. president) – 
  • Rembrandt Peale (artist) – 
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay (poet) – 
  • Edward Moore “Teddy” Kennedy (politician) – 
  • George “Sparky” Anderson (baseball manager) – 
  • Steve Irwin (herpetologist and host of The Crocodile Hunter) – 
  • Rachel Dratch (actress) – 
  • Drew Barrymore (actress) – 


  • Popcorn was first introduced to English colonists by Native Americans– 
  • Florida Purchase treaty signed– 
  • The F.W. Woolworth discount store chain started in Utica, New York– 
  • Ancient Egyptian obelisk that had been erected in Central Park was officially presented to New York City– 
  • A fist fight broke out on the Senate floor between Senator John McLaurin and Senator Ben Tillman– 
  • Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast speech from the White House– 
  • A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck near Zarand in Iran– 
  • 10-pound 14-ounce ‘aweoweo caught, Penguin Bank, O’ahu, Hawaii– 
  • A magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand– 
  • Babe Ruth’s 1923 World Series pocket watch sold for $717,000 at auction– 
  • Baseball bat that belonged to Shoeless Joe Jackson sold for $958,000 at auction– 


  • The Susquehanna River ice bridge at Havre de Grace, Maryland, began to break up after 40 days of use– 
  • 11 inches of snow fell in Blue Lick, Missouri– 


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