Daily Almanac for Tuesday, July 12, 2022

On this date in 2015, Ultramarathon champion Scott Jurek completed the full Appalachian Trail in 46 days, 8 hours, and 8 minutes, setting a new record. He beat the previous record by 3 hours. This is Scott Jurek in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. 2014 photo By Windriverwild – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org


Scott Gordon Jurek (born October 26, 1973) is an Americanultramarathoner, author, and public speaker. Throughout his running career, Jurek was one of the most dominant ultramarathon runners in the world, winning the Hardrock Hundred (2007), the Badwater Ultramarathon (2005, 2006), the Spartathlon (2006, 2007, 2008), and the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run (1999–2005). In 2010, at the 24-Hour World Championships in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France, Jurek won a silver medal behind Shingo Inoue and set a new US record for distance run in 24 hours with 165.7 miles (an average pace of 8 minutes and 42 seconds per mile). Jurek has followed a vegetarian diet since 1997, and a vegan diet since 1999.



e Day

Some of my tomato plant leaves have turned dark brown and have rings on them. Is this blight?

Yes, you are no doubt suffering from early blight, which comes on in humid weather. It’s a fungus that can last the winter on diseased plants. After you harvest the tomatoes (assuming you get fruits on these vines), destroy or discard all the infected plants. Meanwhile, you can spray them with a fungicide that won’t cure the disease but will protect any new foliage. Ask at your nursery for the fungicide that will work best in your area.

Advice of the Day

Freshen smelly sneakers with a liberal dose of salt.

Home Hint of the Day

Use full-strength white vinegar to clean tubs, sinks, and toilet bowls.

Word of the Day


From the Latin word decem, “ten,” because this had been the tenth month of the early Roman calendar.

Puzzle of the Day

My first is a kind of butter; my second is a kind of licker; my whole is a kind of charger.(What’s the word? Each clue is a syllable!)



  • Erasmus of Rotterdam (writer & philosopher) – 1536
  • Alexander Hamilton (statesman and founding father) – 1804
  • Dolley Madison (U.S. First Lady) – 1849
  • Sherwood Schwartz (writer & producer) – 2011


  • Josiah Wedgwood (potter) – 1730
  • Henry David Thoreau (writer) – 1817
  • George Eastman (inventor) – 1854
  • Buckminster Fuller (engineer and architect who developed the geodesic dome) – 1895
  • Oscar Hammerstein II (lyricist) – 1895
  • Cheryl Ladd (actress) – 1951
  • Kristi Yamaguchi (figure skater) – 1971
  • Anna Friel (actress) – 1976
  • Topher Grace (actor) – 1978
  • Erik Per Sullivan (actor) – 1991


  • Queen Elizabeth first feature-length film shown in the United States– 1912
  • René Pleven became prime minister of France– 1950
  • Dwight Eisenhower became the first U.S. president to fly in a helicopter– 1957
  • The island nation of Kiribati declared independence– 1979
  • Scott Jurek completed the full Appalachian Trail in 46 days, 8 hours, and 8 minutes, setting a new record. He beat the previous record by 3 hours.– 2015


  • Basin, Wyoming, experienced a record high temperature of 114 degrees F– 1900
  • The temperature reached 112 degrees F in Emerson, Manitoba– 1936
  • Rain in Salem, Oregon, broke a 113-year “Dry Day” record– 2006

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