Daily Almanac for Wednesday, May 15, 2024

By Michelle Dumas

NFL all-time leading rusher & Hall of Fame RB Emmitt Smith is 55 today. Here he is in 2010. By Anthony Quintano from Honolulu, HI, United States – Super Bowl 44, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org


Emmitt James Smith III (born May 15, 1969) is an American former football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 15 seasons, 13 as a member of the Dallas Cowboys and 2 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Among other accolades, he is the league’s all-time leading rusher.

Smith grew up in Pensacola, Florida, and became the second-leading rusher in American high school football history while playing for Escambia High School. Smith played three years of college football for the Florida Gators, where he set numerous school rushing records. After being named a unanimous All-American in 1989, Smith chose to forgo his senior year of eligibility and play professionally.

The Cowboys selected Smith in the first round of the 1990 NFL draft with the 17th overall pick. During his long professional career, he rushed for 18,355 yards, breaking the record formerly held by Walter Payton. He also holds the record for career rushing touchdowns with 164.[1] Smith is the only running back to ever win a Super Bowl championship, the NFL Most Valuable Player award, the NFL rushing crown, and the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award all in the same season (1993). He is also one of four running backs to lead the NFL in rushing three or more consecutive seasons, joining Steve Van BurenJim Brown, and Earl Campbell. Smith led the league in rushing and won the Super Bowl in the same year three times (1992, 1993, and 1995) when to that point it had never been done. Smith is also one of only two non-kickers in NFL history to score more than 1,000 career points (the other being Jerry Rice). Smith was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

Smith played 13 seasons with the Cowboys and two with the Arizona Cardinals. While playing for Dallas, Smith plus quarterback Troy Aikman and wide receiver Michael Irvin were known as “The Triplets,” and led their team to three Super Bowl wins during the 1990s.


Question of the Day

Can you tell me why the ring finger is sometimes called the medical finger?

We can tell you why, but the theory no longer holds water. For centuries, it was believed that the ring finger had a nerve running through it that was connected to the heart. The Romans and Greeks used the medical finger for stirring mixtures, especially in alchemy, with the belief that anything noxious would be immediately detected by way of some warning sign at the heart. This direct connection — which years later was proved to be false — was why it was chosen as the ring finger, marking the heart’s sentiment. English superstition still holds that the ring finger should be used for applying ointments or salves or for scratching the skin.

Advice of the Day

Better a good cow than a cow of good kind.

Home Hint of the Day

If a board is twisted, you might get some use out of it by cutting it into two or more lengths — or, better yet, avoid using it altogether.

Word of the Day

Mammatus Cloud

Sinking air in thunderstorms can form sack-like clouds known as mammatus, or mammo, clouds. They look ominous but are actually a sign that a thunderstorm is weakening. These clouds look like upside down pans of biscuits or a cow’s udder.

Puzzle of the Day

What did the owl do when he lost his voice?

He didn’t give a hoot!


  • L. Frank Baum (author) – 
  • Williamina Fleming (astronomer) – 
  • Pierre Curie (chemist) – 
  • Katherine Anne Porter (novelist) – 
  • Emmitt Smith (football player) – 
  • Rod Smith (football player) – 
  • Josh Beckett (baseball player) – 
  • Andy Murray (tennis player) – 


  • Emily Dickinson (poet) – 
  • June Carter Cash (singer) – 
  • Jerry Falwell – 
  • Barbara Stuart (actress) – 


  • English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold arrived at Shoal Hope in what is now Massachusetts. They caught so many cod there they renamed it Cape Cod– 
  • Johannes Kepler verified his Third Law of Planetary Motion– 
  • James Puckle was granted a patent for his Defence Gun, the world’s first rapid-fire gun– 
  • The Baily’s Beads solar eclipse phenomenon was first described– 
  • Rain and fish fell from the sky in Olneyville, Rhode Island. Most of the fish measured 2- to 4-inches long.– 
  • Ellen Church became the first airline stewardess, at Boeing Air Transport– 
  • First live TV pictures received from a U.S. spacecraft, (Faith 7)– 
  • Governor George Wallace of Alabama was shot– 
  • Boston Red Sox player Manny Ramirez hit his 400th home run– 
  • Four bear cubs playing on a backyard trampoline was caught on video in Avon, Connecticut– 


  • Thirty-six inches of snow, Haverhill, New Hampshire– 
  • Ninety-two degrees F at Portland, Oregon– 
  • 85 degrees F, Olympia and Seattle, Washington– 
  • 94 degrees F in Theilman, Minnesota– 


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