Daily Almanac for Tuesday, February 27, 2024

By Mariana Smith

Singer Josh Grobanis 43 today, having been born in 1981. Here he is in 2009. By Christopher Simon from Pasadena CA, USA, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org


Joshua Winslow Groban (born February 27, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. His first four solo albums have been certified multi-platinum, and he was charted in 2007 as the number-one best selling artist in the United States, with over 22.3 million records. As of 2022, he had sold over 25 million records worldwide.

Groban originally studied acting, but moved to singing as his voice developed. He attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, a free public school on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles, where students receive a conservatory-style education. David Foster called him to stand in for an ailing Andrea Bocelli to rehearse a duet, “The Prayer“, with Celine Dion at the rehearsal for the 1998 Grammy Awards. Rosie O’Donnell immediately invited him to appear on her talk show. Foster asked him to sing at California Governor Gray Davis‘ 1999 inauguration. He was cast on Ally McBeal by the show’s creator, David E. Kelley, performing “You’re Still You“, later released on his debut album, for the 2001 season four finale.

After his appearance in two professional productions of Chess, he made his Broadway debut in 2016 as Pierre Bezukhov in the musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, to critical acclaim and a Tony Award nomination. In 2018, he received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his performance at the 72nd Tony Awards, and starred in the limited series The Good Cop. He also appeared in television series and films, such as Crazy, Stupid, Love and Muppets Most Wanted.

In 2022, Groban portrayed the Beast in the television special Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration. He returned to Broadway in 2023 playing the title character in a revival of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, for which he earned his second Tony Award nomination.


Question of the Day

During a discussion about low temperatures in Minnesota, a friend stated that at minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit and below, sulfur-headed matches will not light. This sounds preposterous, but is it true?

We didn’t know the answer to your question, so we called one of the biggest manufacturers of matches in the country, and they said that it’s not true. The temperature has to be much colder than that for matches not to light. By then, your fingers would freeze and you wouldn’t be able to hold the match anyway, so it wouldn’t matter.

Advice of the Day

A cure for all sorrows is conversation.

Home Hint of the Day

Before pouring paint into a roller pan, put a plastic bag over the pan. When the job is finished, just throw away the bag; the pan needs no cleaning.

Word of the Day


1 furlong=1/8 mile=660 feet=220 yards

Puzzle of the Day

What word is that which by having a single letter transposed becomes its own opposite?

United (untied)


  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (poet) – 
  • John Steinbeck (novelist) – 
  • Elizabeth Taylor (actress) – 
  • Howard Hesseman (actor) – 
  • Donal Logue (actor) – 
  • Chelsea Clinton (daughter of U.S. President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton) – 
  • Josh Groban (singer) – 


  • Lillian Gish (actress) – 
  • Spike Milligan (comedian) – 
  • Fred Rogers (host of the PBS children’s show, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood) – 
  • William F. Buckley Jr. (writer & founder of National Review) – 
  • Frank W. Buckles (last surviving U.S. WW I veteran; he was 110 years old) – 
  • Leonard Nimoy (actor) – 


  • During the American Revolutionary War, Loyalists were defeated in the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge, North Carolina– 
  • First Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans– 
  • Saccharin was discovered– 
  • 22nd Constitutional Amendment, enforcing term limits, ratified. (Limits U.S. presidents to two terms.)– 
  • The 22nd Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, stipulating a maximum of two consecutive presidential terms– 
  • Edwin Land granted patent for self-developing film– 
  • Mickey Mantle signed a $100,000 contract with the NY Yankees. His new salary tied him with Joe DiMaggio as the most highly paid Yankee players of their time.– 
  • Italian government asked public for ideas on how to save the leaning Tower of Pisa– 
  • 16-year-old Tiger Woods, youngest PGA golfer in 35 years, teed off in L.A. Open– 
  • A 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck about 125 miles north of London, England– 
  • An 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck central Chile– 
  • Nine-foot tall bronze sculpture of civil rights activist Rosa Parks unveiled in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.– 


  • Amenia, North Dakota, had its first above-zero reading in 47 days.– 
  • 61-mph winds, Nantucket, Mass.– 
  • Nine and a half inches of snow fell at Indianapolis, Indiana– 
  • 103 degrees Fahrenheit, Laredo, Texas– 


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