Information for the Year 2010

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  • Jan. 12: 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastates Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It is the region's worst earthquake in 200 years.
  • Feb. 12: The 2010 Winter Olympics opened in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Feb. 27: An 8.8 magnitude earthquake rocks Chile.
  • May 5: A Picasso painting sells for a record-breaking $106.5 million at a Christie's auction.
  • July 11: After four weeks and 64 games, the 32 countries who entered the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa were whittled down to just two; the final game, between Spain and the Netherlands, went into overtime after a scoreless game. Spain finally scored in the 129th minute, winning the game and the World Cup title.
  • July 25: Alberto Contador wins the Tour de France, his third title in the world's most prestigious cycling race, and his second in a row.
  • Population:   6,800,000,000
  • Nobel Peace Prize:  Liu Xiaobo (China) for "for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China"
  • Jan. 3: The Transportation Security Administration announces stricter screening requirements for passengers traveling by air to the U.S. from 14 countries.
  • May 10: President Obama selects Solicitor General Elena Kagan as his nominee for the Supreme Court Justice position that will be vacated by Justice John Paul Stevens this summer.
  • President:  Barack Obama
  • Vice President:  Joe Biden
  • Population:   310 million
  • Life expectancy:  78.2 years
  • US GDP (2010 dollars):  $14,601.0 billion
  • Federal spending:  $3,552.0 Billion
  • Federal debt:   $13,050 billion
  • Median Household Income(current dollars):$50,046
  • Consumer Price Index:   218.1
  • Unemployment:   9.0%
  • Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.44
  • Super Bowl  The New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts, (SCORE 31-17)
  • World Series of Baseball  The San Francisco Giants defeated the Texas Rangers, 3 games to 1
  • National Basketball Association Championship  LLos Angeles Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics, 4 games to 3
  • National Hockey League Stanley Cup  The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 2
  • Women Wimbledon Tennis  Women: SSerena Williams defeated Vera Zvonareva, 6-3, 6-2
  • Men Wimbledon Tennis  Rafael Nadal defeated Tomas Berdych, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4
  • Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion  Super Saver
  • National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship  Duke Blue Devils defeated Butler Bulldogs, (SCORE 61-59)
  • National College Athletic Association Football Champions  Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Texas Longhorns, (SCORE 37-21)
  • World Cup Soccer  Spain defeats the Netherlands, 1-0, in the final
  • The ABC soap All My Children celebrates 40 years on the air.
  • The 2010 Winter Olympics begin airing from Vancouver, British Columbia on NBC and its family of networks.
  • The NFL Draft, starting in prime time for the first time ever, sets a record for number of viewers (8.3 million total between NFL Network and ESPN, 7.29 million on the latter network alone)
  • Larry King announces he will end his long-running CNN program Larry King Live in the fall.
  • American President Barack Obama pays a visit to The View, making him the first sitting president to appear on a daytime talk show.
  • Academy Award, Best Picture:  The Hurt Locker
  • Grammy Award - Record of the Year  Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
  • Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy  Modern Family (ABC)
  • Miss America:  Caressa Cameron (Fredericksburg, Virginia)
  • Aug. 2: U.S. scientists estimate that the BP oil spill, which occurred after the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig, has leaked 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf Coast, making it the world's largest oil spill of its kind.

 

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