By the Numbers




1914 — Year Mother's Day officially became a national holiday

82.5 million — Mothers in the United States

$425 million — Approximate revenue generated by the domestic production of flowers for Mother's Day

1868 — Year Memorial Day first observed

23,976,000 — Living war veterans as of 2006

22 — Number of national cemeteries in honor of deceased veterans

71.2 — Average temperature, in degrees, for May in Memphis

8 — Memphis magazine covers devoted to Memphis in May

40.4 million — Population of Spain, this year's MIM honored country

240,000 — Pounds of tomatoes thrown at Spain's Valencia Tomato Fight Festival each August

200 — Number of fake IDs confiscated by MPD on the first day of the Beale Street Music Festival in 2006

62 — Age Priscilla Presley turns on May 24th

90,000 — Estimated visitors to the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

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