Daily Almanac for Tuesday, March 5, 2024

By StephanieLee Elliott


Magician, actor, author Penn Jillette is 69 today. He was born in 1055. Here is Jillette at the Young Americans for Liberty National Convention in 2016. By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org


Penn Fraser Jillette (born March 5, 1955) is an American magician, actor, musician, inventor, television presenter, and author, best known for his work with fellow magician Teller as half of the team Penn & Teller. The duo has been featured in numerous stage and television shows, such as Penn & Teller: Fool Us and Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, and is currently headlining in Las Vegas at The Rio. Jillette serves as the act’s orator and raconteur.

Jillette has published eight books, including the New York Times Bestseller, God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales. He is also known for his advocacy of atheismscientific skepticism, the First Amendment, as well as previously identifying as a libertarian, a position he disavowed in 2020.


Question of the Day

I am looking for a recipe to make honey by boiling clover blossoms. My grandmother made it for my father when he was a child. Any information?

The best recipe we know is to get a beehive. Only Mother Nature can make a tree, and only a bee can make honey. But we do have a recipe for red clover syrup from a reader. Use 4 cups of flowers, 4 cups of water and 4 cups of sugar. Bring the flowers to a boil, then simmer them for 15-20 minutes. Cover the pot and let sit overnight. In the morning strain the liquid into another large pot and squeeze the clover to get all the “juice” out. Add sugar and simmer on stove until the liquid is reduced to the right consistency. Add some boiled beet juice (not pickled beets) to add color and make it look more like real pancake syrup.

Note: Red clover has blood-thinning and other health properties. Be sure to consult with your physician before using.

Advice of the Day

Gratitude is the memory of the heart.

Home Hint of the Day

Prune evergreen trees and bushes at least 2 months before summer dry spells, so the pruned branches have time to recover.

Word of the Day

Diurnal Tide

A tide with one high water and one low water in a tidal day of approximately 24 hours.

Puzzle of the Day

Why ought the stars to be good astronomers?

Because they have studded (studied) the heavens for thousands of years.


  • Crispus Attucks (first casualty of Boston Massacre) – 
  • Joseph Stalin (Russian leader) – 
  • Patsy Cline (singer) – 
  • John Belushi (actor) – 


  • William Steinway (piano manufacturer) – 
  • Howard Pyle (illustrator) – 
  • Benjamin Franklin Norris (novelist) – 
  • Emmett J. Culligan (founder of the world’s largest water treatment organization) – 
  • Misao Okawa (Japanese woman who would later be recognized as the world’s oldest person of her time. She died on April 1, 2015, and lived to be 117 years old.) – 
  • Rex Harrison (actor) – 
  • Jack Cassidy (actor) – 
  • Dean Stockwell (actor) – 
  • Paul Sand (actor) – 
  • Robert Patrick “Rocky” Bleier (football player ) – 
  • Penn Jillette (magician) – 
  • Andy Gibb (musician) – 
  • Elise Burgin (tennis player) – 
  • Jake Lloyd (actor) – 


  • Boston Massacre. Five American rioters killed in skirmish with British troops– 
  • Zachary Taylor was inaugurated as the 12th U.S. President; Millard Fillmore became Vice President– 
  • Impeachment proceedings of President Andrew Johnson began– 
  • First radio broadcast of a musical composition took place when Lee De Forest transmitted a performance of Rossini’s William Tell Overture from Telharmonic Hall in NY to the Brooklyn Navy Yard– 
  • Montana and Nevada enacted the first old age pensions in the U.S.– 
  • Fire destroyed more than 320 cars at an auto show in Los Angeles, California– 
  • The Gandhi-Irwin Pact between Mahatma Gandhi and Viceroy Edward Wood, Lord Irwin, brought a halt to the civil disobedience campaign with Gandhi accepting the federal constitution plan adopted by the conference in return for British efforts to lessen repression– 
  • In a speech at Missouri’s Westminster College, Winston Churchill introduced the phrase iron curtain to describe the repression of Soviet-dominated Europe– 
  • Hula hoop was patented– 
  • Ask President Carter, the first presidential phone-in radio show was broadcast on CBS– 
  • Voyager I relayed data from Jupiter, including photographs of its four largest moons– 
  • Standard Oil Co. of California and Gulf Corp. agreed to merge in a $13.3 billion transaction– 
  • Martha Stewart was found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and two counts of making false statements in her trial determining if she and her ex-broker lied to the government about her sale of ImClone Systems stock in December 2001– 


  • 6.96 inches of rain fell at Butlerville, Indiana– 
  • Calculations for the first computerized weather forecast began at a U.S. Army research laboratory. It took the computer about 24 hours to generate the forecast for the next 24 hours. Researchers were hopeful, however—two of the first four predictions were somewhat accurate.– 
  • On the morning and afternoon, thunderstorms dropped up to three inches of small hail around Colorado Springs. Later that evening, the southeastern Denver area experienced strong thunderstorms, with up to three inches of hail, 2.4 inches of rain, and wind gusts to 50 miles per hour.– 


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