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New Statistical Abstract Interface

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The Statistical Abstract of the United States collects and organizes data from a variety of government and nongovernment sources, so that you can easily find data on the United States, the States themselves, and Americans. Even better, the online interface of the Statistical Abstract has been redesigned, so it’s easier to use.

Statistical Abstract map of the United States by subject

Ever wondered which sporting events are the most popular, or which industries have the highest rate of unemployment? There is a variety of fascinating data in this resource.

Each chart has a link to the source that provided the information, where you can find even more statistical information on the topic that interests you. Remember to enter your library card number and PIN to access this resource from home!

This Week's Birthdays

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Marilyn Monroe from Wikimedia CommonsAngelina Jolie, Kanye West, and Russell Brand are celebrities who celebrate their birthdays in the month of June. Today let's go a little further back in time and  use some of our reference databases to look at well-known people throughout history who were born in the first week of June.

  • June 1 - Norma Jeane Mortenson was born the first day of June in 1926. She later became known as the blonde beauty, Marilyn Monroe, who was famous for her acting, singing, and much-publicized personal life, including marriages to James Dougherty, Joe DiMaggio, and Arthur Miller. Our library has many movies starring her and books about her life available here.
  • June 2 - British author Thomas Hardy was born June 2, 1840. He became known for his poetry, plays, short stories, and novels including Jude the Obscure, The Mayor of Casterbridge, and Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Check out many of his works here.
  • June 3 - Confederate president Jefferson Davis was born June 3, 1808. He started his life as a planter, rose to become a congressman, senator, secretary of war, then later president of the confederacy, and at the end of the Civil War he was indicted for treason against the United States and stripped of his citizenship. He died in 1889.
  • June 4 - King George III was born in 1738 and ruled Great Britain and Ireland from 1760-1820. He was the last monarch to rule the thirteen colonies that later became the United States.
  • June 5 - Federico Garcia Lorca, Spanish poet and playwright, was born June 5, 1898 and died in 1936 when the Nationalist Civil Governor ordered his assassination early in the Spanish Civil War at Granada. 
  • June 6 - American revolutionary Nathan Hale was born this date in 1755. He has been officially named the state hero of Connecticut for his efforts as a spy during the American Revolutionary War and is known for hs supposed last words, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” 
  • June 7 - French painter and scupltor, Paul Gauguin, was born on June 7, 1848. He was an important figure in the Symbolist art movement and was known for using bold colors, exaggerated body proportions and stark contrasts in his work. He died in France in 1903.