Daily Almanac for Wednesday July 10, 2024

By Cynthia Charlene Greason

One of the all-time tennis greats, Virginia Wade celebrates her 79th birthday today. Here, she is at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, next to her bust, 6 28 2014 (courtesy IMAGN, photo by Susan Mullane, USA Today Sports)



Sarah Virginia Wade OBE (born 10 July 1945) is a British former professional tennis player. She won three major tennis singles championships and four major doubles championships, and is the only British woman in history to have won titles at all four majors. She was ranked as high as No. 2 in the world in singles, and No. 1 in the world in doubles.

Wade was the most recent British tennis player to win a major singles tournament until Andy Murray won the 2012 US Open, and was the most recent British woman to have won a major singles title until Emma Raducanu won the 2021 US Open. After retiring from competitive tennis, she coached for four years, and has also worked as a tennis commentator and game analyst for the BBC and Eurosport, and (in the US) for CBS.

Over her career, Wade won 55 professional singles championships and amassed $1,542,278 in career prize money. She was ranked in the world’s top 10 continuously from 1967 to 1979. Her career spanned a total of 26 years. She retired from singles competition at the end of the 1985 tennis season, and then from doubles at the end of 1986. She played at Wimbledon on 26 occasions, an all-time record; 24 of those times were in the women’s singles.


Question of the Day

Late summer always brings black spot to my roses. Any suggestions?

Try a homemade solution. Combine 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 gallon water in a spray bottle. Spray the plants regularly, and always after a rainstorm, to keep them constantly coated with baking soda. To help with next year’s crop, be sure to rake up all your rose leaves in the fall and compost or dispose of them. Black spot likes to spend the winter on fallen leaves and then resurface the following spring.

Advice of the Day

To avoid dying, never drive a nail after sunset.

Home Hint of the Day

To remove stubborn brown stains on old china, rub on a solution of equal parts vinegar and salt, then rinse.

Word of the Day


From the Latin word novem, “nine,” because this had been the ninth month of the early Roman calendar.

Puzzle of the Day

My first is a color; my second is an agreeable exercise; my third is an article of clothing; my whole is a celebrated character.(What is the phrase? Here are clues to each word!)

Red Riding Hood


  • John Calvin (theologian) – 
  • Camille Pissarro (painter) – 
  • Jan Neruda (poet) – 
  • James McNeill Whistler (painter) – 
  • Adolphus Busch (brewery executive) – 
  • Marcel Proust (novelist) – 
  • Carl Orff (composer) – 
  • Mildred Wirt Benson (original author, under the pen name Carolyn Keene, of the Nancy Drew mystery books) – 
  • Joe Shuster (cartoonist, co-creator of Superman comic) – 
  • David Brinkley (reporter & commentator) – 
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver – 
  • Jake LaMotta (boxer) – 
  • Fred Gwynne (actor) – 
  • Arthur Ashe (tennis player) – 
  • Virginia Wade (tennis player) – 
  • Arlo Guthrie (folk singer) – 
  • Roger Craig (football player) – 
  • Jessica Simpson (singer) – 
  • Adam Petty (NASCAR driver) – 


  • Henry II of France – 
  • Jelly Roll Morton (jazz musician) – 
  • Arthur Fiedler (orchestra conductor) – 
  • Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny and other characters) – 
  • Aaron Lapin (businessman) – 
  • Omar Sharif (actor) – 
  • Roger Rees (actor) – 


  • Vice President Millard Fillmore was inaugurated as the 13th President of the United States following the death of Zachary Taylor– 
  • Wyoming admitted into the Union as the 44th state– 
  • His Master’s Voice trademark (showing the dog Nipper and a gramophone) was registered in the United States– 
  • George Hodgson became Canada’s first double Olympic gold medalist for swimming– 
  • Howard Hughes set a new record by completing a 91 hour airplane flight around the world– 
  • Telstar, an experimental communications satellite privately owned and developed by AT&T, was launched from Cape Canaveral, FL– 
  • The Bahamas gained full independence within the British Commonwealth– 
  • At a Sotheby’s auction, Peter Paul Rubens’ painting The Massacre of the Innocents sold for $76.2 million– 


  • Greenland Ranch, Death Valley, California, recorded a temperature of 134 degrees F– 
  • Thunderstorms brought severe weather to Bullfrog, Utah, where 3 boats sank on Lake Powell– 
  • The northeastern U.S. was hit by 17 tornadoes– 
  • Homer, Alaska, experienced a record high temperature of 81 degrees F due to offshore winds– 


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