Daily Almanac for Sunday June 16, 2024; Father’s Day

By Brenda June Temple

American Idol 3rd season runner-up singer, Diana DeGarmo is 36 today. Here she is on the 2015 USO tour. By Lisa Ferdinando – http www.defense.gov photoessays, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org


Diana Nicole DeGarmo (born June 16, 1987) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She rose to fame in 2004 as the runner-up of the third season of American Idol, releasing her debut studio album, Blue Skies, later that year. The following year, DeGarmo ventured into a career in musical theatre. She has starred in two Broadway, one off-Broadway and three national tours. She made her television acting debut in a six-month arc as Angelina Veneziano on The Young and the Restless. DeGarmo has since released two extended plays, Unplugged in Nashville (2009) and Live to Love (2012). She is married to fifth season American Idol finalist Ace Young.

DeGarmo is the niece of Eddie DeGarmo of the Christian group DeGarmo & Key.


DeGarmo took part in the third season of American Idol in 2004, finishing second to winner Fantasia Barrino. She was 16 years old at the time she competed.

During her run on American Idol she was thrice in the bottom three, but was the first contestant sent to safety each time and thus never in the bottom two. She became one of the front-runners by week 6.

She performed around the country with the other third-season top-ten contestants during the summer of 2004.


Like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day has a modern origin. The idea came to Mrs. John Dodd as she sat listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Her father, William Smart, had raised his children alone on his Washington farm after his wife died giving birth to their sixth child. Mrs. Dodd proposed to the Spokane Ministerial Association and the YMCA that they celebrate a “father’s day” on June 5, her father’s birthday. The idea received strong support, but the good ministers of Spokane asked that the day be changed to give them extra time to prepare sermons on the unexplored subject of fathers. The first Father’s Day was observed on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington, and soon other towns had their own celebrations. In spite of widespread support, Father’s Day did not become a permanent national holiday until 1972, when President Richard Nixon signed a law declaring that it be celebrated annually on the third Sunday in June.

Question of the Day

Why do stars twinkle, while the visible planets (and our Moon) shine constantly when viewed?

First, the stars themselves do not twinkle. We are seeing the effect of Earth’s atmosphere on the light they produce. The starlight is bent by moving volumes of air in our atmosphere. The bending effect makes the stars appear to be larger than points, to dance around slightly, and to change in intensity, which is what is commonly called twinkling. Planets don’t usually appear to twinkle because they are close enough to Earth that they appear as tiny disks of light. The total intensity doesn’t seem to change — hence no twinkling is apparent to the naked eye.

Advice of the Day

Put marigolds in your wedding bouquet to keep your true love.

Home Hint of the Day

As a rule of thumb, the vapor barrier in any insulation always goes on the side toward the warmest room, as the warm air contains the most moisture. This is particularly important when you’re working in a basement or attic area.

Word of the Day


Fear of clouds

Puzzle of the Day

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



  • Stan Laurel (comedian) – 
  • Barbara McClintock (geneticist) – 
  • Joyce Carol Oates (author) – 
  • Laurie Metcalf (actress) – 
  • Phil Mickelson (golfer) – 
  • Kerry Wood (baseball player) – 
  • Diana DeGarmo (singer) – 
  • Bianca Andreescu (tennis player ) – 


  • Brian Piccolo (football player) – 
  • Jack Montgomery (Medal of Honor recipient) – 


  • Spain declared war on Britain and the siege of Gibraltar began– 
  • The first roller coaster in the United States began operation at Coney Island, New York– 
  • First issue of Klondike Nugget published, Dawson, Yukon– 
  • Andrew Jackson, Jr. was issued a patent for eye protectors for chickens– 
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s film, Psycho, released– 
  • Soviet dancer, Rudolph Nureyev, left the touring Kirov Ballet and asked for political asylum in France– 
  • First female in space, Valentina V. Tereshkova, was launched into orbit in Soviet Vostok VI– 
  • People were caught breaking into the United States Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate building– 
  • A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off of California’s northern coast to become the fourth significant quake to jolt California in a week– 


  • Hail measuring 17 inches in circumference fell in Dubuque, Iowa– 
  • Mecca, California, recorded temperatures up to 124 degrees F– 
  • Thunderstorms dropped 14 inches of rain at Palmer Lake and Larkspur, Colorado– 


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