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World Events

  • Yugoslav Federation broken up (Jan. 15). US recognizes three former Yugoslav republics (April 7). UN expels Serbian-dominated Yugoslavia (Sept. 22).

  • Bush and Yeltsin proclaim a formal end to the Cold War (Feb. 1).

  • US lifts trade sanctions against China (Feb. 21).

  • General Manuel Noriega, former leader of Panama, convicted in US court (April 9) and sentenced to 40 years on drug charges (July 10).

  • Russian Parliament approves START treaty (Nov. 4).

  • US forces leave Philippines, ending nearly a century of American military presence (Nov. 24).

  • Czechoslovak Parliament approves separation into two nations (Nov. 25). Background: Czech Republic and Slovakia

  • UN approves US-led force to guard food for Somalia (Dec. 3).

  • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) signed (Dec. 17).
U.S. Events
  • Los Angeles beating of Rodney King; violence erupts in Los Angeles (April 29 et seq.).

  • Caspar W. Weinberger indicted in Iran-Contra affair (June 16).

  • US Supreme Court reaffirms right to abortion (June 29).

  • Democratic convention nominates Bill Clinton and Al Gore (July 1).

  • Court clears Exxon Valdez skipper (July 10). Background: Oil Spills

  • Four police officers indicted in Rodney King beating (Aug. 5).

  • Republicans renominate Bush and Quayle (Aug. 20).

  • Senate ratifies second Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (Oct. 1).

  • Bill Clinton elected President, Al Gore Vice President; Democrats keep control of Congress (Nov. 3).

  • Bush pardons former Reagan Administration officials involved in Iran-Contra affair (Dec. 24).
Economics
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US GDP (1998 dollars):   $6,244.40 billion
Federal spending:   $1380.86 billion
Federal debt:   $4002.1 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars):  
$30,636
Consumer Price Index:   140.3
Unemployment:   7.5%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.29

Sports
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Super Bowl
Washington d. Buffalo (37-24)

World Series
Toronto d. Atlanta Braves (4-2)

NBA Championship
Chicago d. Portland (4-2)

Stanley Cup
Pittsburgh d. Chicago (4-0)

Wimbledon
Women: Steffi Graf d. M. Seles (6-2 6-1)
Men: Andre Agassi d. G. Ivanisevic (6-7 6-4 6-4 1-6 6-4)

Kentucky Derby Champion
Lil E. Tee

NCAA Basketball Championship
Duke d. Michigan (71-51)

NCAA Football Champions
Alabama (13-0-0)

Entertainment

Events

  • Compact discs surpass cassette tapes as the preferred medium for recorded music.

  • There are 900 million television sets in use around the world; 201 million are in the United States.

  • Woody Allen and Mia Farrow engage in a very public and nasty custody battle over their three children. Allen's affair with Farrow's adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, sparked the feud.

  • Johnny Carson hosts The Tonight Show for the last time. He had ruled late-night television for 20 years.

Movies

  • Unforgiven, The Crying Game, Howards End, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Player

Books

  • Robert Olen Butler, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

  • Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

  • Barry Unsworth, Sacred Hunger
Science
  • A text-based Web browser is made available to the public (Jan.); within a few years, millions of people become regular users of the World Wide Web. Background: Computers and Internet

  • 172 nations various address issues of environmental protection and sustainable development at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Some sign binding agreements to minimize global climate change and preserve biodiversity. Background: Environment & Nature
Deaths
  • Alex Haley

  • Anthony Perkins

  • Isaac Asimov

  • Willie Dixon

  • Lawrence Welk

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