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Interesting Facts

 

Top News Stories from 1999

 

World Events

 

World Statistics

 

Population: 4.378 billion

 

population by decade

 

Nobel Peace Prize: Yasir Arafat (Palestine), Shimon Peres, and Yitzhak Rabin (both Israel)

 

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Serbs' heavy weapons pound Sarajevo (Jan. 5-6).

 

Thousands dead in Rwanda massacre (April 6).

 

South Africa holds first interracial national election (April 29); Nelson Mandela elected President.

 

Israel signs accord with Palestinians (May 4), peace treaty with Jordan (Oct. 17).

 

IRA declares cease-fire in Northern Ireland (Aug. 31). Ulster Protestants declare cease-fire (Oct. 13).

 

Aristide returns to Haiti (Oct. 4), forms Government with Prime Minister and full Cabinet (Nov. 9).

 

US sends forces to Persian Gulf (Oct. 7).

 

Russians attack secessionist Republic of Chechnya (Dec. 11 et seq.).

 

U.S. Events

 

U.S. Statistics

 

President: William J. Clinton

 

Vice President: Albert Gore, Jr.

 

Population: 260,289,237

 

Life expectancy: 75.7 years

 

Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 53.7

 

Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 46.6

 

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Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan attacked (Jan. 6); three arrested in attack (Jan. 13).

 

Aldrich Ames, high C.I.A. official, charged with spying for Soviets (Feb. 22).

 

Four convicted in World Trade Center bombing (March 4).

 

Clinton accused of sexual harassment while Governor of Arkansas (May 6).

 

O. J. Simpson arrested in killings of wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and friend, Ronald Goldman (June 18).

 

US Supreme Court approves limit on abortion protests (June 30).

 

Senate confirms Stephen G. Breyer for Supreme Court (July 29).

 

Major league baseball players strike (Aug. 13).

 

Newt Gingrich named House Speaker (Dec. 5).

 

Economics

 

US GDP (1998 dollars): $6,947.00 billion

 

Federal spending: $1460.84 billion

 

Federal debt $4643.7 billion

 

Median Household Income(current dollars): $32,264 billion

 

Consumer Price Index: $148.2

 

Unemployment: 6.1%

 

Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.29

 

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Sports

 

Sports Links

 

Pro Football Summary

Pro Basketball Summary

Pro Baseball Summary

 

Super Bowl

 

Dallas d. Buffalo

 

World Series

 

Not Held

 

NBA Championship

 

Houston d. New York

 

Stanley Cup

 

NY Rangers d. Vancouver

 

Wimbledon

 

Women: Conchita Martinez d. M. Navratilova (6-4 3-6 6-3)
Men: Pete Sampras d. G. Ivanisevic (7-6 7-6 6-0)

 

Kentucky Derby Champion

 

Go For Gin

 

NCAA Basketball Championship

 

Arkansas d. Duke

 

NCAA Football Champions

 

Nebraska (13-0-0)

 

World Cup

 

Brazil d. Italy

 

Entertainment

 

Entertainment Awards

 

Pulitzer Prizes

 

Fiction: The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx

 

Music: Of Reminiscences and Reflections, Gunther Schuller

 

Drama: Three Tall Women, Edward Albee

 

Academy Award, Best Picture: Schindler's List, Steven Spielberg, Gerald R. Molen and Branko Lustig, producers (Universal)

 

Nobel Prize for Literature: Kenzaburo Oe (Japan)

 

Record of the Year: "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston

 

Album of the Year: The Bodyguard—Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston (Arista)

 

Song of the Year: "A Whole New World" (Theme From Aladdin), Alan Menken and Tim Rice, songwriters

 

Miss America: Kimberly Clarice Aiken (SC)

 

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Events

 

Kurt Cobain kills himself. He was 27.

 

Ninety-five million viewers watch O. J. Simpson and Al Cowlings drive along Los Angeles freeways in history's most exciting low-speed chase.

 

Steven Spielberg wins his first directing Oscar for Schindler's List.

 

For the first time in history, chain bookstores outsell independent stores, signaling what many fear to be the death of smaller booksellers at the hands of superstores.

 

Tom Hanks wins his second consecutive Best Actor Oscar. He won in 1993 for his role in Philadelphia and in 1994 for Forrest Gump.

 

ER and Friends debut on NBC, establishing NBC's dominance of the Thursday-night lineup.

 

Woodstock '94 commemorates the original weekend-long concert. Green Day and Nine Inch Nails join Bob Dylan and the Allman Brothers.

 

Movies

 

Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, Quiz Show, Nobody's Fool

 

Books

 

James Kelman, How Late It Was, How Late

 

Carol Shields, The Stone Diaries

 

Science

 

Nobel Prizes in Science

 

Chemistry: George A. Olah (US), University of Southern California in Los Angeles, for research that opened new ways to break apart and rebuild compounds of carbon and hydrogen

 

Physics: Clifford G. Shull (US) and Bertram N. Brockhouse (Canada), for adapting beams of neutrons as probes to explore the atomic structure of matter

 

Physiology or Medicine: Alfred G. Gilman and Martin Rodbell (both US), for discovery of G-proteins that help cells respond to outside signals

 

More Nobel Prizes in 1998...

 

White House launches Web page. Initial commerce sites are established and mass marketing campaigns are launched via email, introducing the term "spamming" to the Internet vocabulary. Background: Computers and Internet

 

Dr. Ned First (US) clones calves from cells of early embryos. Background: Cloning Milestones

 

The FDA approves the Flavr Savr tomato, the first genetically-engineered food product.

 

Death

 

Richard Milhous Nixon 4/22/1994

 

Cab Calloway

 

Burt Lancaster

 

John Candy

 

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

 

Tip O'Neill

 

Jessica Tandy

 

 

 

 

 

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