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1995

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U.S. Facts

  • President: William J. Clinton
  • Population: 262,764,948
  • Life Expectancy: 75.8 years
  • Unemployment: 5.6%
  • Average Annual Salary: $35,900
  • Minimum Wage: $4.25 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $15,500
  • Gasoline: $1.09 per gallon
  • House: $113,150
  • Bread: $1.15 per loaf
  • Milk: per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.32

Major U.S. Events

  • U.S. President Bill Clinton invokes emergency powers to extend a $20 billion loan to help Mexico avert financial collapse
  • Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma city is bombed, 198 people are killed. Timothy McVeigh is later arrested and convicted

Major World Events

  • Sarin gas is released in 5 seperate Tokyo subways, killing eight and injuring thousands. The Aum Shinrikyo ("Supreme Truth") religious cult is to blame
  • Death toll reaches 2,000 in Rwanda massacre
  • In New York City, more than 170 countries decide to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions

January-March

  • A magnitude 7.3 earthquake called "the Great Hanshin earthquake" occurs near Ko-be, Japan, killing 6,433 people
  • For the first time in twenty six years, no British soldiers patrol the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland

April-July

  • Neftegorsk, Russia is hit by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake killing at least 2000 people
  • An unprecedented heat wave strikes the Midwestern U.S. for most of the month. Temperatures exceed 104°F in the afternoon in numerous cities for 5 straight days

August-December

  • Los Angeles jury finds O. J. Simpson not guilty of murder charges
  • The Million Man March is held in Washington D.C.

Top Songs

  • I'll Be There For You by The Rembrandts
  • Cotten Eye Joe by Rednex
  • Waterfalls by TLC
  • Ants Marching by Dave Matthews Band
  • Kiss From A Rose by Seal

Other New Songs

  • Lightning Crashes by Live
  • One Sweet Day by Mariah Carey & Boys II Men
  • Corona by Rhythm Of The Night
  • Everything Zen by Bush
  • I Know by Dionne Farris

Top Movies

  • Braveheart
  • Leaving Las Vegas
  • Dead Man Walking
  • The Usual Suspects
  • 12 Monkeys

Top Books

  • The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans
  • The Rain Maker by John Grisham
  • The Lost World by Michael Crichton
  • Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark
  • The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans

Top TV Shows (1994-95)

  • Seinfeld
  • E.R.
  • Friends
  • Home Improvement
  • NYPD Blue
  • Mad About You

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • Atlanta Braves d. Cleveland Indians

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: San Francisco 49ers d. San Diego Chargers

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • New Jersey Devils d. Detroit Red Wings

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Houston Rockets d. Orlando Magic

NCAA Champions

  • Football: University of Nebrask, Lincoln Cornhuskers
  • Basketball: University of California, Los Angeles Bruins

Other Champions

  • Golf: Greg Norman is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Thunder Gulch wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Jacques Villeneuve wins Indianapolis 500
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