Daily Almanac for Sunday May 26, 2024

By StephanieLee Elliott

On this date in 1961, The host of NBC’s Today Show, Dave Garroway, announced his plans to retire from the show. Here is Dave Garroway’s , publicity photo circa 1970. By Shiels & Bruno (personal manager)-James J. Kriegsmann, photographer, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org



David Cunningham Garroway (July 13, 1913 – July 21, 1982) was an American television personality. He was the founding host and anchor of NBC‘s Today from 1952 to 1961. His easygoing and relaxing style belied a lifelong battle with depression. Garroway has been honored for his contributions to radio and television with a star for each on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the St. Louis Walk of Fame, the city where he spent part of his teenaged years and early adulthood.


Question of the Day

Some candle wax dripped on a white tablecloth over the holidays. The cloth was washed before the wax was noted. The wax came off but left a stain. Is there a way to get this stain out of the cloth, or is it permanent?

You don’t mention what sort of fabric the tablecloth is made of, but if it’s cotton or linen, soak the spot in a small amount of bleach heavily diluted with water. Immerse the stained area in the water and let it sit for a few minutes, rubbing the discolored area gently. Rinse thoroughly. If the wax left a yellow stain, it can be removed by ordinary denture-cleaning tablets. Fill a container with warm water and immerse the stained portion. Add the denture tablets in the ratio recommended on the package and let them dissolve. Soak until the spot disappears.

Advice of the Day

To more easily recork a bottle of wine, insert the cork upside down.

Home Hint of the Day

Always pull a glass cutter swiftly and continuously along the line to be cut. Never go over the same cut twice; that dulls the cutting wheel and blunts the taper on the inside of the first cut.

Word of the Day


The fear of rain

Puzzle of the Day

What do you get when you cross a cocker spaniel, a French poodle and a rooster?

A cockerpoodledoo!


  • Al Jolson (entertainer) – 
  • John Wayne (actor) – 
  • Jay Silverheels (actor who played Tonto” on The Lone Ranger TV series”) – 
  • Peggy Lee (actress) – 
  • Stevie Nicks (singer) – 
  • Sally Ride (astronaut; first American woman in space) – 
  • Richa Moorjani (actress) – 
  • Julianna Rose Mauriello (actress) – 


  • Victor Herbert (composer) – 
  • Sydney Pollack (actor & director) – 
  • Earle H. Hagen (composer; whistled the tune for The Andy Griffith Show) – 
  • Art Linkletter (radio and television personality) – 
  • Ray Liotta (actor ) – 


  • Smallpox epidemic in Boston, Massachusetts– 
  • First public elevator at Eiffel Tower opened– 
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average was published for the first time– 
  • Archaeological Institute of America incorporated– 
  • Boat of Pharaoh Cheops discovered near Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt– 
  • The host of NBC’s Today Show, Dave Garroway, announced his plans to retire from the show– 
  • Canada and the U.S. signed the Pacific Albacore Tuna Treaty– 
  • Millions of frogs forced closure of Egnatia Highway in Greece– 
  • For a few days beginning around this time, Galveston, Texas, shores had abnormally blue water due to a change in ocean current– 


  • A tornado hit Oakwood, Ortonville, and Thomas, Michigan– 
  • Long tornado—damage trail said to extend 293 miles—struck Mattoon and Charleston, Illinois, approximately $2 million in damages– 
  • Tornado left 155-mile trail in central Illinois– 

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