Daily Almanac for Thursday, May 12, 2022

On this date in 2006, American sprinter Justin Gatlin, Olympic champion, broke the 100-meter world record with a time of 9.76 seconds at the Qatar Grand Prix in Doha, Qatar. Previous record was 9.77 seconds by Jamaica’s Asafa Powell on June 14, 2005, in Athens, Greece. Here is Justin Gatlin at the 2016 Olympics. By Fernando Frazão Agência Brasil, CC BY 3.0 br, https commons.wikimedia.org


Justin Gatlin (born February 10, 1982) is a retired American sprinter who competed in the 60 metres100 metres and 200 metres. He is the 2004 Olympic Champion in the 100 metres, the 2005 and 2017 World Champion in the 100 metres, the 2005 World Champion in the 200 metres, and the 2019 World Champion in the 4 x 100 metres relay. In addition, Gatlin is the 2003 and 2012 World Indoor Champion in the 60 metres. He is a 5-time Olympic medalist and a 12-time World Championship medalist. At the World Athletics Relays, Gatlin won two gold medals in the 4 x 100 metres relay in 2015 and 2017. Gatlin is also a record 3-time Diamond League Champion in the 100 metres. He won the Diamond League trophy in 20132014 and 2015.

Justin Gatlin’s personal best of 9.74 seconds ranks fifth on the all-time list of male 100-metre athletes. He is a two-time 100 metres World Champion (2005 & 2017) and a two-time 60 metres World Indoor Champion (2003 & 2012). Gatlin won both the 100 metres and 200 metres at the 2005 World Championships. He is also a World Champion in the 4 x 100 metres relay, which the United States of America team won at the 2019 World Championships.

In 2001, he incurred a two-year ban from athletics for testing positive for amphetamines, later reduced to one year because of an appeal. In 2006, he incurred a further four-year ban for testing positive for testosterone, with this sanction erasing his then-world-record time of 9.77 seconds in the 100 metres.

Gatlin returned to competition in August 2010. In June 2012 at the US Olympic trials, Gatlin ran a time of 9.80 seconds, which was the fastest-ever time recorded for a man over the age of 30. In May 2015 at the IAAF Doha Diamond League, at the age of 33, Gatlin broke his own 100m record for a man over the age of 30 by running 9.74 seconds, also Gatlin’s personal best over the distance.

Gatlin won the gold medal in the 100 metres at the 2004 Olympics. At the London 2012 Olympics, he ran a time of 9.79 seconds, earning a bronze medal. He won his third Olympic medal in the 100 metres in the 2016 Olympic 100-metre final, finishing with the silver. At 34, he became the oldest man to win an Olympic medal in a non-relay sprint event. At the age of 35, Gatlin won the gold medal in the 100 metres at the 2017 World Championships, 12 years after his first triumph in the event. At the 2019 World Championships, Gatlin won the silver medal in the 100m in a time of 9.89, making him the most decorated 100m sprinter in World Championship history, with a record of five individual 100m medals. Gatlin’s tally of eight global championship 100m medals (three Olympic and five World Championship) makes him the most decorated 100m sprinter of all time, a feat he accomplished at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha.


Question of the Day

How can I kill poison ivy and poison oak? I have not had much success digging it up.The only successful method of eradication is the use of chemicals. Even those who are environmentally conscious usually resort to them. Pulling the plants doesn’t stop the broken-off rootlets from forming again the next year, and some of the worst cases of poison ivy and oak dermatitis come from “grubbing out” the plants and roots. It is also unsafe to burn poison ivy and oak. The tiny urushiol (the oil that causes blistering in humans) molecules are carried in smoke and can be deposited on clothing and skin, in eyes and ears, and even on food. They also can be inhaled, causing a reaction in the lungs. So stick with the chemicals. You can find several commercial products at farm and garden stores.

Advice of the Day

Keep a few bay leaves in grain and flour canisters to repel bugs.

Home Hint of the Day

Blackflies bite most fiercely under cover — up sleeves and trouser legs. To discourage them, wear rubber bands over clothing at these openings.

Word of the Day

ClodhopperA rude, rustic fellow.

Puzzle of the Day

What did the computer do at lunchtime?Had a byte!


  • Florence Nightingale (nurse) – 1820
  • Katharine Hepburn (actress) – 1907
  • Yogi Berra (baseball player) – 1925
  • George Carlin (comedian; first to host Saturday Night Live) – 1937
  • Emilio Estevez (actor) – 1962
  • Tony Hawk (skateboarder) – 1968
  • Kim Fields (actress) – 1969
  • Emily VanCamp (actress) – 1986
  • Malcolm David Kelley (actor) – 1992
  • Sawyer and Sullivan Sweeten (actors who played Geoffrey and Michael Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond) – 1995


  • John Cadbury (chocolate manufacturer) – 1889
  • Winnie (the bear Christopher Robin Milne named his toy bear after) – 1934
  • Robert Reed (actor) – 1992
  • Adam Petty (race car driver) – 2000
  • Perry Como (singer) – 2001
  • Emanuel Gluck (Yankee Stadium’s longest-working vendor; wore badge No. 1) – 2005


  • The oldest university in Poland, Jagiellonian University, was founded– 1364
  • Manitoba Act passed, approving Manitoba to become a Canadian province– 1870
  • Charles Sherrill first demonstrated a crouching start for sprinters– 1888
  • Adler Planetarium, first in U.S., opened– 1930
  • Alcoholics Anonymous founded– 1935
  • Manitoba’s flag officially adopted– 1966
  • Montreal was chosen as the site for the 1976 Summer Olympics– 1970
  • U.S. Commerce Department announced hurricanes would no longer be named solely after women– 1978
  • Susie Maroney swam from Cuba to Florida in 24.5 hours– 1997
  • The discovery of what is likely the Library of Alexandria was announced– 2004
  • American sprinter Justin Gatlin, Olympic champion, broke the 100-meter world record with a time of 9.76 seconds at the Qatar Grand Prix in Doha, Qatar. Previous record was 9.77 seconds by Jamaica’s Asafa Powell on June 14, 2005, in Athens, Greece.– 2006
  • 7.8-magnitude earthquake, Sichuan province, China– 2008
  • A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal less than 3 weeks after a 7.8-magnitude quake– 2015


  • Massive tornado struck Xenia, Ohio– 1886
  • Dust storms darkened skies from Oklahoma to the Atlantic Ocean– 1934
  • The Colorado Rockies were struck by a late-season storm that dropped 46 inches of snow on Coal Creek Canyon, near Boulder– 1982
  • Ice out, Lake Winnipesaukee, NH– 1988

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