World Oceans Day
Our oceans cover more than 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface. As so much of the Earth’s surface is underwater, it comes as no surprise that marine species outnumber those on land. But, it’s an incredible 94 per cent of the Earth’s living species that exist within the oceans. According to the World Register of Marine Species there are now 240,470 accepted species in the oceans, but this is believed to be just a small proportion of the species that exist. Earth’s longest chain of mountains, the Mid-Ocean Ridge, is almost entirely beneath the ocean, stretching across a distance of more than 40,000 miles. It’s thought that between 70 and 80 per cent of the oxygen we breathe is produced by marine plants, nearly all of which are marine algae. With 25,000 islands lying within it, the Pacific Ocean has more islands than anywhere else on the planet.
National Little League Week
Little League® was founded in 1939 by Carl E. Stotz. It is headquartered in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on the 75-acre Little League International Complex. There are approximately two million boys and girls who play Little League, worldwide ranging in age from 4 to 16. It is played in more than 80 countries and in all 50 states. More than 50 confirmed Little League Baseball World Series graduates have since gone on to play Major League Baseball. There are more than 30 confirmed members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame who have played Little League Baseball.
Today’s Birthdays of Note….
Frank Lloyd Wright – Architect – born in Richland Center, Wisconsin
Joan Rivers – Comedian – born in Brooklyn, New York