Daily Almanac for Tuesday, February 7, 2023

On this date in 2005, Ellen MacArthur set a new world record by sailing around the world in 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds. Ellen MacArthur in 2010. By Amplified2010 – Day 4 – IBM Start Summit, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org


Dame Ellen Patricia MacArthur DBE (born 8 July 1976) is a retired English sailor, from Whatstandwell near Matlock in Derbyshire, now based in CowesIsle of Wight.

MacArthur is a successful solo long-distance yachtswoman. On 7 February 2005, she broke the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe, a feat which gained her international renown. Francis Joyon, the Frenchman who had held the record before MacArthur, was able to recover the record again in early 2008.

Following her retirement from professional sailing on 2 September 2010, MacArthur announced the launch of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a charity that works with business and education to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

Ellen MacArthur on her arrival in 2005. By Rod Allday, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org


Question of the Day

Who was the youngest baby with teeth?

According to The Guinness Book of Records, in 1970 a six-week-premature baby born in Denmark had eight teeth at birth, four of which were in the molar region.

Advice of the Day

A baby born with an open hand will prove generous.

Home Hint of the Day

Humidity helps keep wood and furniture from drying out. To add humidity to the air, place a kettle of water on the wood stove. Be careful not to let the kettle boil dry.

Word of the Day

Cumulonimbus cloud

Large, dark, vertical cloud with bulging top that brings showers, thunder, and lightning.

Puzzle of the Day

From a word of five letters, take two and leave one.

Stone. Alternate answers include: Clone, Drone, Prone, Phone


  • John Deere (farm equipment manufacturer) – 1804
  • Charles Dickens (author) – 1812
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder (author) – 1867
  • Sinclair Lewis (novelist) – 1885
  • James Spader (actor) – 1960
  • Garth Brooks (musician) – 1962
  • Chris Rock (comedian & actor) – 1966
  • Steve Nash (basketball player) – 1974
  • Ashton Kutcher (actor) – 1978
  • Tina Majorino (actress) – 1985


  • Doug Henning (magician) – 2000
  • Dale Evans (actress) – 2001
  • Anne Morrow Lindbergh (aviator & author) – 2001
  • Richard Hatch (actor, writer, producer) – 2017


  • Madame Francisquy Hutin first introduced ballet in the U.S. when she staged The Deserter at the Bowery Theater in New York City – 1827
  • American Guernsey Cattle Club founded, in New York City– 1877
  • Fire began that destroyed 1,526 buildings, Baltimore, Maryland– 1904
  • Aviatrix Amelia Earhart wed George Putnam– 1931
  • Walt Disney’s movie Pinocchio debuted– 1940
  • Shoe rationing was announced in the United States in response to the shortage of leather during World War II. Citizens were restricted to three pairs of new shoes a year until 1945– 1943
  • U.S. astronaut, Bruce McCandless II, became the first human to fly in space with a jet backpack while untethered to a spacecraft– 1984
  • Stardust probe launched, Cape Canaveral, Florida– 1999
  • Ellen MacArthur set a new world record by sailing around the world in 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds – 2005


  • Gouverneur, New York, recorded a temperature of -40 degrees F– 1861
  • Snow accumulated a foot deep, Berrien County, Michigan– 2003

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