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February 20, 2010

The United States’ Charles Jewtraw, a speed skater, won the first gold medal at the first Olympic Winter Games.
Source: Vancouver Organizing Committee

February 19, 2010

While the first Olympic Games were held in 1896 (in summer), it was 28 years later when the first Olympic Winter Games were held, in Chamonix, France.
Source: Vancouver Organizing Committee

February 18, 2010

The median age at first marriage in 2008 was 27.6 years for men and 25.9 years for women.
Source: Census Bureau

February 17, 2010

Six percent of married women in the U.S. had been married for at least 50 years, as of 2004.
Source: Census Bureau

February 16, 2010

Seventy percent of Americans aged 30 to 34 in 2008 were married or had been married in the past.
Source: Census Bureau

February 15, 2010

In 2008, 2.16 million marriages (nearly 6,000 a day) were performed in the U.S.
Source: National Center for Health Statistics/Census Bureau

February 14, 2010

Cut roses produced in the U.S. in 2008 had a wholesale value of $24 million (for all producers with at least $100,000 in sales).
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

February 13, 2010

The most snow to fall in one day in Phoenix, Ariz., is one inch, which accumulated on Jan. 20, 1933, and again on Jan. 20, 1937.
Source: National Snow and Ice Data Center

February 12, 2010

Nearly 187 inches of snow fell over seven days in Thompson Pass, Alaska, in Feb. 1953.
Source: National Climatic Data Center

February 11, 2010

An average of 260 inches of snow falls a year in Mount Washington, N.H. Valdez, Alaska, sees an average of 326 inches of snow.
Source: National Snow and Ice Data Center