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- Marcus Aurelius

JUN 2010

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6/1/10     The number of people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide at the end of 2007 was an estimated 33 million. - Provided by The World Almanac 2010
6/2/10     The Hungarian government issued the highest denomination currency note ever in 1946, the Hungarian 100 million B-pengoe (that's 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 pengoe). The note's value was around 20 cents. - Provided by The World Almanac 2010
6/3/10     Only two U.S. presidents are buried at Arlington National Cemetery: John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft.- Provided by The World Almanac 2010
6/4/10     As of November 2009, the Earth's population is estimated by the United States Census Bureau to be 6.795 billion. About 227,000 people are added to the world each day.- Provided by The World Almanac 2010
6/5/10     Nearly 40 percent of the 271 recorded Atlantic hurricanes since 1966 have struck in September.- Provided by The World Almanac 2010
6/6/10     Contrary to popular belief, the White House was always white. A lime-based whitewash was used in 1798 to protect the sandstone from the elements. The earliest known written mention of 'White House' is from 1812. Pres. Theodore Roosevelt made the name official in 1901. - Provided by The World Almanac 2010
6/7/10     The United Nations, which now consists of 192 member states, began in 1945 when representatives from 50 countries met to draw the charter.- Provided by The World Almanac 2010
6/8/10     In 2007, there were 42,495 new cases of HIV/AIDS in adults and adolescents diagnosed in the U.S., with 74 percent of those for males.- Provided by The World Almanac 2010
6/9/10     Scientists estimate the earth is about 4.5 billions years old and first began to support life forms approximately 3.7 billion years ago. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/10/10     A 42-U.S. gallon barrel of crude oil provides slightly more than 44 gallons of petroleum products. This gain from processing the crude oil is similar to what happens to popcorn, which gets bigger after it's popped. The gain from processing is more than 5%. One barrel of crude oil, when refined, produces about 19 gallons of finished motor gasoline, and 10 gallons of diesel, as well as other petroleum products. Most petroleum products are used to produce energy.- Provided by The World Almanac 2010
6/11/10     Women aged 20-24 in the U.S. had the lowest incidence rate of breast cancer from 2002-2006, at 1.4 cases per 100,000 women. The 75-79 age group had the highest incidence rate, 441.9 cases per 100,000 women.- Provided by The World Almanac 2010
6/12/10     Longest hot spell in the world: Marble Bar, W. Australia, 100 degrees F (38 degrees C) or higher, for 162 consecutive days, October 30, 1923 to April 7, 1924. The world's highest official temperature is 136 degrees recorded at El Azizia, Libya, on September 13, 1922.- Provided by The World Almanac 2010
6/13/10     In 1890, the United States Board on Geographic Names declared that all city names ending in 'burgh' should drop the final 'h.' But in 1911, after protests from citizens, the board said Pittsburgh, Pa., could keep the extra letter. - Provided by The World Almanac 2010
6/14/10     Hurricane activity in October for the North Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico was below the month's average, which is one hurricane. There were two named storms, but neither became hurricanes. - Provided by The World Almanac 2010
6/15/10     The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture finds that a middle-income family with a child born in 2009 can expect to spend about $222,360 ($286,050 if inflation is factored in) for food, shelter, and other necessities to raise that child over the next 17 years. - Provided by The World Almanac 2010
6/16/10     According to one study, using a cell phone while driving can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated, causing drivers to miss traffic signals and react more slowly to driving conditions. Frighteningly, the NHTSA estimates that more than 100 million U.S. drivers use their cell phone while driving and about 8% of drivers on the roadway at any given daylight moment are either conversing or texting on their cell phone. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/17/10     As of the 2006-2007 school year, the average annual salary of public school teachers in the U.S. was $50,758. The highest state average was in California ($63,640) and the lowest was in South Dakota ($35,378). High school principals earned $97,486 annually in 2007-08. - Provided by The World Almanac 2010
6/18/10     An average of 667 million pieces of mail are processed each day by the U.S. Postal Service. - Provided by The World Almanac 2010
6/19/10     Sugar and cocoa are often added to cigarettes, a fact many diabetic smokers are unaware of. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/20/10     In 2008, among the 30.2 million fathers living with children younger than 18, 85% lived with their biological children only. In addition, 11 percent lived with stepchildren, 4 percent with adopted children and fewer than 1 percent with foster children. - Provided by The World Almanac 2010
6/21/10     Nearly 27 million Americans eat at McDonald's - per day. - Provided RandomHistory.com
6/22/10     The estimated new cases of breast cancer in the U.S. for 2009 are: 192,370 women and 1,910 men. Estimated deaths are 40,170 women and 440 men.- Provided by The World Almanac 2010
6/23/10     Saudi Arabia has no lakes or permanent rivers. Most of the kingdom's water comes from desalination plants that draw water from the sea and remove the salt, making it drinkable. Saudi Arabia desalinates more water from its 30 plants than any other country in the world. - Provided by The World Almanac 2010
6/24/10     The average in-state tuition, room and board at U.S. four-year public colleges and universities was $14,915 for the 2007-08 academic year. That's more than double the cost in 1990. - Provided by The World Almanac 2010
6/25/10     During the past 400 years, nearly a quarter of a million people have been killed as a direct result of volcanic eruptions. Indirect aftereffects such as famine, climate change, and disease most likely have tripled that number. More than 80% of the Earth's surface is volcanic. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/26/10     The Earth's plates move just a few inches a year - about as fast as a person's fingernails grow. This continental pattern predicts that 250 million years from now, a new supercontinent will be born. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/27/10     The oldest living things on Earth are believed to be single-cell prokaryotes, more commonly known as bacteria. Scientists have discovered fossils of such prokaryotes from roughly 3.5 billion years ago. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/28/10     Classified as a G2 dwarf due to its size, heat, and chemical makeup, the sun is a medium-sized star. Based on the average life of a G2 star, the present age of the sun is estimated to be 4.6 billion years, halfway through its lifetime. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/29/10     Without the atmosphere to create a greenhouse-type effect, the average temperature on Earth would be just 5 degrees Fahrenheit. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/30/10     In 1971, Oregon became the first state to pass a bottle bill designed to increase recycling and decrease litter by giving consumers a financial incentive to recycle. Under the bottle bill law, consumers can receive money for recycling soft drink and beer containers rather than throwing them out. - Provided by RandomHistory.com

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