16 Things We Loved in 2010

It's been a tough year. But many great things happened that you may not remember - big and small and sometimes even inspiring. A few reasons to celebrate.

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1. After months of impasse, the United States and Russia agreed to cut their deployed nuclear warheads by 30 percent to levels not seen in fifty years..

2. As of September 23, young adults under age twenty-six are eligible for health-care benefits under their parents' plan...

3. Texting HAITI
to 90999 added ten dollars to donors' cell-phone bills and within seventy-two hours after the earthquake raised more than $8 million for American Red Cross relief efforts, a record amount for mobile, instant giving. By early March, the Red Cross had raised more than $32 million by text...

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4. After seven years, Operation Iraqi Freedom ended...

5. The World Health Organization declared that the global swine-flu pandemic is officially over...

6. In May, after being briefed on the oil spill in the Gulf, Secretary of Energy Chu suggested to BP engineers that they consider using gamma-ray imaging - a technology Chu experimented with in grad school - to assess the damage to the blowout-preventer valve a mile below the surface. BP tried it, and it worked...

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7. A fifty-five-hundred-year-old leather shoe, the world's oldest, was found in an Armenian cave, preserved perfectly in sheep dung. Woman's, size 7...

8. On August 10, Netflix bought rights to stream movies and shows from Paramount, MGM, and Lionsgate, bringing its on-demand catalog to more than twenty thousand titles...

9. Apple - on the verge of bankruptcy in 1997 - reached a market value of $222 billion in May, surpassing Microsoft as the highest-valued tech firm in the world...

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10. Freddie Peacock, the 250th person in the United States whose conviction was overturned because of advances in DNA testing...

11. Savings rates have nearly tripled...

12. Trailing 10 to 6 in the Super Bowl, the Saints stunned the Colts at the start of the second half with an onside kick, which they recovered on their 42-yard line...

13. The first trees, sixteen swamp white oaks, were planted at the World Trade Center...

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14. The 107 students of the class of 2010 at Urban Prep Charter Academy in Chicago - all black, all male, all accepted to four-year colleges despite only 4 percent of them reading at grade level as freshmen...

15. A third of all television viewers watched Zach Parise score the tying goal for the United States with twenty-four seconds left in the men's hockey gold-medal game against Canada...

16. In October, Ford announced its sixth consecutive quarterly profit, of $1.7 billion...

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