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2010 Five crates of Scotch whisky and 2 of brandy, buried under ice for more than 100 years, were recovered by a New Zealand team restoring an Antarctic hut used in 1909 by polar explorer Ernest Shackleton.

2010 A giant herring measuring 11.4 feet long, was discovered in the fishing village of Bovallstrand on Sweden's west coast. The Regalecus glesne, known as the 'King of Herrings' or Giant Oarfish, had last been seen in Sweden in 1879. The rarely seen fish can reach nearly 40 feet long and weigh up to 600 pounds.

2010 Dutch brewer Heineken acquired all of Femsa's Mexican beer operations which includes Dos Equis, Sol and Tecate brand beers.

2010 A magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastates the Island nation of Haiti, killing over 200,000 people and leaving almost 1 million homeless.

2010 Kraft Foods announced that more than 71% of Cadbury shareholders had voted to approve Kraft's takeover bid of the British confectioner.

2010 The movie 'Valentine's Day' opened in U.S. theaters.

2010 Canada closes its ports to fishing boats from Greenland and the Faroe Islands, when they refused to accept international shrimp quotas.

2010 Eastern Australia is hit by a locust plague. The insects infested some 190,000 square miles, ravaging farmland, gardens and grazing areas.

2010 San Francisco passed a law that only allows toys to be given away with kids restaurant meals only if the meal contains less than 600 calories.

2010 U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law the $4.5 billion Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, authorizing funding for federal school meal and child nutrition programs and increased access to healthy food for low-income children.

2010 Rose Gray died.  One of the most influential British chefs and restaurateurs of the 20th century. Co-founder and chef of River Cafe in London, "a little piece of Italy on the Thames."

2010 In Greece, a horde of millions of frogs forced the 2 hour closure of a major highway east of Thessaloniki.

2010 J.D. (Jerome David) Salinger died Jan 27 (born Jan 1, 1919).  Author of 'The Catcher in the Rye' (1951).

2010 Bernard Matthews died.  Founder of Bernard Matthews Farms Ltd., Britain's largest turkey processor.

2010 The population of the U.S. is now 308,745,538.

2010 Jimmy Dean died at age 81. A country music singer he also founded Jimmy Dean Meat Co. in 1969, well known for its Jimmy Dean Sausage brand.

2010 In August, approximately 23% of U.S. railway cars were in storage.

2010 April 3: Students at a Utah high school created a replica of Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' using 2 tons of Malt-O-Meal cereal.

2010 In May, a 10 year-old 3rd grade student in Texas was given 1 week's detention for being in possession of a candy bar at lunch time. The candy bar was also confiscated.

2010 Average bottled water consumption in the U.S. is 30 gallons per person each year.

2010 There are over 34,000 Subway sandwich shops in 96 countries.

2010 'Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer' by Billy Currington was #1 on the Country Charts.

2010 Chris Stevens of New Richmond, Wisconsin 1,810.5 pound pumpkin was confirmed by The Guinness World Records as the new world’s heaviest pumpkin.

2010 In the UK, The Guardian reported that 2.6 million households now have microchips installed in their rubbish bins by local British governments. The chips can identify the households and measure the weight of rubbish in the bins.

2010 Hawaii became the first state to ban the sale, possession, trade or distribution of shark fins.

2010 The movie 'Thirst' opened in U.S. theatres.

2010 The largest recorded hailstone ever recovered in the U.S. fell during a severe thunderstorm in Vivian, South Dakota.  Verified by the National Climatic Extremes Committee, it weighed 1 pound, 15 ounces, and measured 8 inches in diameter with a circumference of 18.62 inches.

2010 The movie 'Dinner for Schmucks' opened in U.S. theaters.

2010 The USDA issued a nationwide recall of more than half-billion eggs from two Iowa producers after they were linked to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning.  More than 1,000 people had been sickened.

2010 The World Conservation Society reported that fewer than 3,500 wild tigers exist in the world today.

2010 An explosion and fire destroyed the Deepwater Horizon oil rig 40 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 men. The subsequent oil spill (over 200 million gallons) was the largest marine oil spill and environmental disaster in U.S. history.

 

 

 

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