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Sixty-nine

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SIXTY-NINE

Now that we no longer speak
here's a final Valentine.
You keep your tongue in your cheek
and I'll keep my tongue in mine.

Carol Ann Duffy

SIXTY-NINE's square and cube give combined
Every digit from zero to nine
The square when it's done
Gives four seven six one
And the cube? three two eight five oh nine

A Stanton

Ireland69% of Ireland voted in favour of the Maastricht treaty. The British have never been given a referendum.

Regulus is the brightest star in the constellation of Leo, 69 light years from Earth.

The square and cube of 69 use all the digits from 0 to 9: 69 2 = 4761; 69 3 = 328509.

Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. He achieved this remarkable feat in 19 69 .

Thulium is a silver-white, metallic element with atomic number 69 . One of its isotopes emits X-rays and is used in portable X-ray machines.

Finland is the most forested country in Europe with 69% cover.

TripletsThe most children born to one woman is 69 . A Russian peasant in the eighteenth century had 27 pregnancies, giving birth to 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets.

69 South Africans were killed and many more wounded in the Sharpville massacre in South Africa, 19 69 , when police fired into a crowd.