2010 History

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Cost of Living 2010

How Much things cost in 2010 Average Cost of new house $232,880.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas $2.73
US Postage Stamp 44 cents
Dozen Eggs $1.37
Loaf of Bread $2.49
Price Of Gold Per Ounce ( August 27th 2010 ) $1,237.00
Price Barrel Of Oil ( August 2010 ) $73.00 per barrel

What Events Happened in 2010

  • The financial crisis and high unemployment continues with house prices still depressed due to the large number of foreclosures. Europe and America begin to pursue different courses to address the problems with Europe addressing budget deficits and the U.S. continuing to try and spend the way out of the recession by creating more jobs.
  • The Winter Olympics are held in Vancouver.
More Information for the Winter Olympics.
The Winter Olympics are held in Vancouver, Canada during February of 2010. A total of 2,566 athletes from 82 different countries participated in these games over the course of seventeen days. The countries that won the most medals were Canada, Germany, and the United States. The United States won the highest number of total medals with a total of 37 while the host country Canada won the most gold medals with a total of 14. The event was considered successful despite some minor issues.

United States
  • The Healthcare Reform Bill / Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passes in Congress changing the face of healthcare in the US and is signed into law by President Barack Obama
United States
  • BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster in the gulf of Mexico leaves gulf beaches / fishing and the shellfish industry reeling, the true effects will not be fully understood for many years, New Deep Water Drilling Wells are stopped until regulators can catch up with the technology.
  • The US increases the number of troops stationed in Afghanistan hoping to squash the Taliban and Alkida Terrorist groups that operate from and in the country
  • China launches their second moon probe, Chang'e 2.
More Information and Timeline for Chang'e 2
China launches its second lunar probe "Chang'e-2" on October 1st, 2010. Chang'e-2 successfully completed its missions when orbiting the Moon which included taking high resolution images of the Moon's surface and looking at possible landing sites for an unmanned lunar landing mission. After it completed its mission the Chang'e-2 satellite was successfully guided to the L2 Langrangian point, a special area in space where it will orbit and make scientific observations 1.5 million kilometers from Earth.

United Arab Emirates -- Burj Khalifa Opens

The Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai opened during January of 2010 and became the world’s tallest building. The 163 floor tower replaced the Taipei 101 as the tallest building in the world, measuring over 2,700 feet high. It was designed by architecture firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the same company that designed the Willis (Sears) Tower, a former tallest building, and construction began in 2004. A large portion of the building is used for residential purposes but it is also home to a hotel, corporate offices, and a restaurant.
United States
  • SpaceX successfully launched Dragon capsule and it returns from low-Earth orbit.
More Information for SpaceX Launch
The commercial space flight project SpaceX successfully launched its Dragon capsule in December of 2010. The Dragon capsule launched off of a Falcon 9 rocket and became the first privately created spacecraft to successfully return from low-Earth orbit. The unmanned Dragon capsule, designed to carry cargo and crew, was launched and made two orbits around Earth before landing. The achievement marked a milestone moment for SpaceX and put them closer to achieving their goal of creating a commercially viable space transport program.

  • Floods in Pakistan caused by higher than normal monsoon rains cause flooding on a scale unseen before with 20% of the country flooded, this leaves millions homeless, starving and causes major disruption to the country.
  • Iran continues it's path with construction of additional Nuclear Power Plants causing the United Nations to place even more sanctions on the country
South Africa
  • The 2010 FIFA World Cup takes place in South Africa, Spain wins the World Cup
United States
  • The Tea Party numbers grow in the United States prior to the upcoming November Mid Term Elections
  • An Underground Explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, Raleigh County, West Virginia leaves Twenty-nine out of the 31 miners underground dead.

  • Suicide bombers carry out bomb attacks on trains at the central Lubyanka station and the Park Kultury station on the Moscow Metro leaving 40 dead and 60 injured.
  • A magnitude 7 earthquake hits Haiti and devastates the country
  • A magnitude 7 earthquake hits Haiti and devastates the country
  • Earthquake measuring 8.8 magnitude occurred off the coast of central Chile ( the 6th largest recorded earthquake in history ) the resulting Tsunami combined the earthquake resulted in the death of over 500 plus immense damage.
United Arab Emirates
  • The worlds tallest building Burj Khalifa 2,716ft high with 160 floors opens in Dubai


  • Apple releases the new Iphone 4 but problems with antenna design cause consumer problems
  • Apple Releases the Ipad taking the new technology of touch screen computing to new levels
  • Microsoft ( Bing ) and Yahoo ( Search ) combine search technology into a single unit attempting to break Google monopoly of search.
  • Android powered phones begin to outsell Apple in the smart phone market.

Popular Culture 2010

  • Justin Bieber who was discovered through a video placed on YouTube in 2008 continues to dominate the charts around the world attracting millions of fans showing the power of social networking.

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