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January 23, 2010

The 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibited the collection of poll taxes in national elections, was ratified on this day in 1964.

Source: Library of Congress

January 22, 2010

On this day in 1912, Key West, Florida, became linked to the Florida peninsula by the Florida East Coast Railway; the overseas railway was destroyed by a hurricane 23 years later.
Source: Library of Congress

January 21, 2010

There were between an estimated 39 million and 80 million cases of H1N1 from April through Dec. 12, 2009, and about 7,880 to 16,460 H1N1-related deaths.
Source: CDC

FactCheck Mailbag, Week of Jan. 12-Jan. 18

This week, readers sent us comments on a FactCheck curriculum, the Massachusetts race and global cooling. In the FactCheck Mailbag, we feature some of the e-mail we receive.
Readers can send comments to editor@factcheck.org. Letters may be edited for length.

January 20, 2010

There is no accepted method of predicting when, where and how great in magnitude an earthquake will occur.

Source: U.S. Geological Survey

January 19, 2010

The deadliest recorded earthquake in history killed 830,000 people in Shensi Province, China, in 1556.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey

January 18, 2010

On Nov. 3, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed into law a bill declaring that the third Monday of January, starting in 1986, would be recognized as the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday.

Source: The King Center

January 17, 2010

Haiti declared its independence from France on Jan. 1, 1804. 
Source: CIA World Factbook

January 16, 2010

Thirty-eight percent of Haiti’s 9,035,536 people are aged 14 and younger.
Source: CIA World Factbook

January 15, 2010

In Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, only 20 percent of the population lives above the poverty line. 
Source: CIA World Factbook