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Five Things to Know for Friday, June 8

Here's a few things that could brighten your Friday

Welcome to Friday, June 8, 2012! Here are five interesting facts about today: 

1. The weather in Lorton will be sunny with a high near 86 degrees. The evening will be clear with a low of 58, according to the National Weather Service.

2. There are 206 days left in 2012. 

3. Famous Birthdays:

  • Former First Lady Barbara Bush (b. 1925)
  • American comedian and red carpet queen Joan Rivers (b. 1933) 
  • American actress Julianna Margulies (b. 1966) 
  • American rapper Kanye West (b. 1977) 
  • Begian tennis player Kim Clijsters (b. 1983)

4. The Muslim prophet Muhammad died on June 8, 632. The teachings of the 62-year-old founder of the Islamic religion have influenced the world. Here are a few of his famous quotes:

  • "Riches are not from an abundance of wordly goods but from a contented mind."
  • "The strong man is not the good wrestler; the strong man is only the one who controls himself when he is angry."
  • "You will not enter paradise until you have faith. And you will not complete your faith until you love one another." 

5. Today is World Oceans Day. The annual event recognizes oceanic efforts around the globe and calls people to action in regard to ocean conservation. The 2012 theme is "Youth: the Next Wave for Change". 

You can check out more about World Ocean Day today from 1-5 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. The event will feature:

  • IMAX 3D film screenings of "To The Arctic" and "Coral Reef Adventure
  • The creation of an ocean mural with cartoonist Jim Toomey, creator of "Sherman's Lagoon"
  • A conversation with oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer in Residence 

Happy Friday, and have a great weekend!

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