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BOOMERNET Chronicle: 1994

1994

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U.S. Facts

  • President: William J. Clinton
  • Population: 260,289,237
  • Life Expectancy: 75.7 years
  • Unemployment: 6.1%
  • Average Annual Salary: $37,070
  • Minimum Wage: $4.25 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $12,350
  • Gasoline: $1.09 per gallon
  • House: $119,050
  • Bread: $1.59 per loaf
  • Milk: per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.29

Major U.S. Events

  • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect
  • U.S. President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin sign the Kremlin accords which stop the preprogrammed aiming of nuclear missiles to targets

Major World Events

  • The Channel Tunnel, which took 15,000 workers over 7 years to complete, opens between England and France. Passengers can now travel between the two countries in 35 minutes
  • Red Cross estimates that hundreds of thousands of Tutsi have been killed in Rwanda genocide
  • IRA declares cease-fire in Northern Ireland

January-March

  • Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the right leg by an assailant under orders from figure skating rival Tonya Harding
  • Northridge Earthquake, magnitude 6.7, hits the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles

April-July

  • Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as South Africa's first black president
  • Nicole Brown Simpson & Ronald Goldman are murdered outside her home in L.A, CA. O.J. Simpson is later acquitted of the killings, but is held liable in a civil suit

August-December

  • Iraq threatens to stop cooperating with UNSCOM inspectors and begins to once again deploy troops near its border with Kuwait. In response, the U.S. begins to deploy troops to Kuwait
  • Boris Yeltsin orders troops into Chechnya

Top Songs

  • All I Wanna Do by Sheryl Crow
  • The Sign by Ace Of Base
  • Bump N' Grind by R. Kelly
  • On Bended Knee by Boyz II Men
  • Whatta Man by Salt N Pepa

Other New Songs

  • All Apolgies by Nirvana
  • Stay by Lisa Loeb
  • Baby I Love Your Way by Big Mountain
  • Mr Jones by Counting Crows
  • Now And Forever by Richard Marx

Top Movies

  • Forrest Gump
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Natural Born Killers
  • Little Women

Top Books

  • The Chamber by John Grisham
  • The Debt of Honor by Tom Clancy
  • The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
  • Disclosure by Michael Crichton
  • How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman

Top TV Shows (1993-94)

  • Home Improvement
  • Seinfeld
  • Roseanne
  • Coach
  • Grace Under Fire
  • Murphy Brown

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • Not held because of Major League Baseball Players Association on-going strike

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: Dallas Cowboys d. Buffalo Bills

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • New York Rangers d. Vancouver Canucks

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Houston Rockets d. New York Knicks

NCAA Champions

  • Football: University of Nebraska Cornhuskers
  • Basketball: University of Arkansas Razorbacks

Other Champions

  • Winter Olympics: Lillehammer, Norway
  • Golf: Nick Price is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Andre Agassi and Michael Stich win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Go for Gin wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Al Unser, Jr. wins Indianapolis 500
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