Daily Almanac for Sunday June 9, 2024

By Terrianna Daniels

Olympic artistic gymnast Laurie Hernandez is 24 today. Here she is in Phoenix, Arizona, July 2017. By Gage Skidmore via wikipedia commons

FROM WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

Lauren Zoe Hernandez (born June 9, 2000) is an American retired artistic gymnast. During her debut year as a senior gymnast, she competed as a member of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team dubbed the “Final Five” at the 2016 Summer Olympics that won the team gold medal. Individually, Hernandez earned the silver medal on the balance beam. She returned to training in late 2018 and expressed interest in making a comeback to earn a spot on the U.S. women’s gymnastic team for the 2020 Summer Olympics, but she did not qualify for the Olympic Gymnastics Trials.

Outside of gymnastics, Hernandez has appeared on season 23 of Dancing with the Stars in 2016, where she won the competition along with partner Val Chmerkovskiy. Hernandez hosted the first season of American Ninja Warrior Junior as the on-course reporter and starred as Valeria in the Nickelodeon animated miniseries Middle School Moguls. She is the author of two books, I Got This: To Gold and Beyond, a New York Times Bestseller and She’s Got This, a children’s book.

TODAY’S ALMANAC

Question of the Day

What is root beer, and who created it?

Root beer was popularized in Philadelphia by a druggist named Charles Hires, who adapted an herbal tea recipe to make it. The drink was promoted heavily at the U.S. Centennial Exposition in 1876.

Advice of the Day

Stubborn handkerchief stains come clean if soaked for half an hour in salt water before washing in hot water.

Home Hint of the Day

To correct a cupped board, lay the concave side down in wet grass, in a sunny spot. The sun hitting the convex surface will contract that side faster than the wet side. Watch the board closely; it could take 4 hours or as long as 4 days to undo the cupping.

Word of the Day

Antlophobia

Fear of floods

Puzzle of the Day

The state of exclamation. (Abbreviation of a U.S. state)

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Born

  • Peter the Great (emperor of Russia) – 
  • Cole Porter (composer & lyricist) – 
  • Donald Duck (cartoon character) – 
  • Patricia Cornwell (author) – 
  • Michael J. Fox (actor) – 
  • Johnny Depp (actor) – 
  • Tedy Bruschi (football player) – 
  • Natalie Portman (actress) – 
  • Laurie Hernandez (Olympic gymnast) – 

Died

  • Charles Dickens (author) – 
  • Roosevelt Brown (football player) – 
  • Richard Eberhart (Pulitzer Prize-winning poet) – 
  • Adam West (actor) – 

Events

  • Jacques Cartier became the first European to discover the St. Lawrence River– 
  • Church of England fully adopted Book of Common Prayer– 
  • The first copyright for a book was given to The Philadelphia Spelling Book by John Barry– 
  • Irish-born British private Timothy O’Hea put out a fire in a gunpowder-loaded railcar in Danville, Quebec. The train had also been carrying hundreds of German immigrants who were locked in their cars. O’Hea was later awarded the Victoria Cross for his courage.– 
  • First degree earned via radio given to Clifford Lideen by University of Iowa– 
  • Donald Duck made his debut in the cartoon The Wise Little Hen”“– 
  • Secretariat won the Triple Crown– 
  • Deanna Brasseur and Jane Foster became Canada’s first female CF-18 jet fighter pilots– 

Weather

  • Worst tornado in New England history in Worcester County, MA – 90 people killed, $60 million in damages. Also a tornado in Exeter, NH, injured 5– 
  • Deadly tornado struck Worcester County, Massachusetts– 
  • Eastern Florida was hit by Hurricane Alma, the earliest hurricane landfall on the U.S. continent since 1825– 

 

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