Daily Almanac for Monday, February 26, 2024

By Brenda June Temple

Former Notre Dame & NBA star Adrian Dantley born in 1956, is 68 today. Here he is in 2017 at a wheelchair basketball game. Photo by U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Phillips, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org


Adrian Delano Dantley (born February 28, 1955) is an American former professional basketball player and coach who played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Dantley is a six-time NBA All-Star, a two-time All-NBA selection and a two-time NBA scoring champion. Dantley finished ninth on the all-time NBA scoring list at the time of his retirement and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. He served as an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets of the NBA from 2003 to 2011. He played college basketball for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.


Dantley accepted a basketball scholarship from the University of Notre Dame. He was a consensus first-team All-American in 1974–75 and 1975–76. He ranks second on Notre Dame’s career scoring list with 2,223 points and holds the school record for free throws made (615) and free throws attempted (769).

Dantley had a stellar collegiate career for the Fighting Irish. As a freshman, he played an important role in one of the biggest games in college basketball history, Notre Dame’s 1974 upset to end UCLA‘s record 88-game winning streak. That UCLA team, coached by John Wooden, featured Bill WaltonJamaal Wilkes (then known as Keith Wilkes), and Dave Meyers.

Dantley led Notre Dame in scoring in 1974–75 (30.4 points per game) and 1975–76 (28.6 points per game), while also leading the team in rebounding those two seasons with marks of 10.2 and 10.1 rebounds per game, respectively. He was also the leading scorer on the 1976 US Olympic team that captured the gold medal in Montreal.

Dantley declared for the 1976 NBA draft after his junior season at Notre Dame. He eventually graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in economics in August 1978.


Question of the Day

If the Sun is closest to Earth during the Northern Hemisphere’s winter and farthest from it during the summer, why is summer hotter than winter?

The seasons are not caused by the distance between Earth and Sun, but by the angle of the Sun’s rays hitting Earth. In the summer, the Sun’s rays hit the Northern Hemisphere at the most direct angle, causing maximum warming. The winter Sun’s rays hit Earth at an oblique angle and are less effective at warming it. Learn more about the seasonal cycle here.

Advice of the Day

When requesting seconds at tea, always ask for “some tea,” not “more tea.”

Home Hint of the Day

The average person in the U. S. throws out his or her own weight in packaging materials each month. To help counter this waste, buy a product in the easy-to-use size once and thereafter buy the jumbo bottle. Just keep refilling the smaller one from the bigger one.

Word of the Day


1 league=3miles=24 furlongs

Puzzle of the Day

What is the difference between 16 ounces and a small boy at the piano?

One weighs a pound, and the other pounds away.


  • Victor Hugo (author, Les Miserables) – 
  • Levi Strauss (manufacturer) – 
  • Buffalo Bill (Army scout) – 
  • John Harvey Kellogg (physician) – 
  • Robert Alda (actor) – 
  • Jackie Gleason (actor & comedian) – 
  • Tony Randall (actor) – 
  • Antoine “Fats” Domino (singer) – 
  • Johnny Cash (singer) – 
  • Hagood Hardy (composer) – 
  • Adrian Dantley (basketball player) – 
  • Jenny Thompson (Olympic swimmer) – 
  • Corinne Bailey Rae (singer) – 
  • Taylor Dooley (actress) – 


  • Constance Ford (actress) – 
  • David Doyle (actor) – 
  • Bill Cardoso (writer who coined the term gonzo” to describe the unrestrained participatory journalism practiced by Hunter S. Thompson and others”) – 
  • Wendy Richard (actress) – 


  • President Lincoln signed the National Currency Act, establishing a national banking system and uniform currency– 
  • Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona was established– 
  • Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming is established– 
  • Groundbreaking ceremony for Golden Gate Bridge took place in San Francisco, California– 
  • Spelling Bee, the first quiz show, aired on television– 
  • NASA announced that Venus is about 800 degrees F– 
  • Buffalo Creek disaster: 50 foot wall of water smashed down a narrow valley when a dam broke in Logan County, West Virginia– 
  • Michael Jackson’s Thriller album hit number 1 on Billboard 200 chart and remained there for 37 weeks– 
  • Robert Penn Warren named U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry– 
  • A powerful bomb exploded in an underground parking lot of the World Trade Center in NYC, killing 6 people– 
  • Canada’s GEODESIC mission launched in to northern lights, Alaska– 
  • First sextuplets to be born in Ohio (Akron)– 
  • At age 82, Christopher Plummer became the oldest Oscar winner after receiving the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Beginners– 


  • An intense ocean storm blasted Cape Cod and Nantucket, with reported winds of 61 mph– 

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