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BOOMERNET Chronicle: 1996

1996

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U.S. Facts

  • President: William J. Clinton (D)
  • Population: 269,667,000
  • Life Expectancy: 76.1 Years
  • Unemployment: 5.4%
  • Average Annual Salary: $35,492
  • Minimum Wage: $4.75 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $18,56
  • Gasoline: $1.29 per gallon
  • House: $166,400
  • Bread: $0.88 per loaf
  • Milk: $2.72 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.32

Major U.S. Events

  • Summer Olympics held in Atlanta, GA.
  • Bombing at Olympic park kills 1 and injures over 100

Major World Events

  • International Monetary Fund approves $10.2 billion loan to Russia
  • Boris Yeltsin negotiates ceasefire in Russia‚Äôs war with Chechnya
  • Taliban capture capital city of Kabul in Afghanistan

January-March

  • Chess computer Deep Blue d. champion Garry Kasparov for 1st time
  • Liggett Group settles out of court in class action suit re: smoking hazards

April-July

  • Major league soccer debuts in U.S., 1st league sanctioned by FIFA
  • Dolly the sheep, 1st mammal cloned from adult cell, is born.

August-December

  • Bill Clinton reelected for 2nd term
  • U.S. stock market responds with incredibly fast gains

Top Songs

  • Macarena by Los Del Rios
  • One Sweet Day by Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
  • Because You Love Me by Celine Dion
  • Nobody Knows by Tony Rich Project
  • Always Be My Baby by Mariah Carey

Other New Songs

  • Ironic by Alanis Morissette
  • I Finally Found Someone by Barbra Streisand and Bryan Adams
  • Change the World by Eric Clapton
  • Un-Break My Heart byToni Braxton

Top Movies

  • The English Patient
  • Fargo
  • Jerry Maguire
  • Shine
  • Independence Day

Top Books

  • The Runaway Jury by John Grisham
  • The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
  • Primary Colors by Anonymous
  • Executive Orders by Tom Clancy
  • Gods And Generals by Jeff Shaara

Top TV Shows (1995-96)

  • ER
  • Seinfeld
  • Friends
  • Caroline In the City
  • Home Improvement

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • New York Yankees d. Atlanta Braves

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: Dallas Cowboys d. Pittsburgh Steelers

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • Colorado Avalanche d. Florida Panthers

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Chicago Bulls d. Seattle SuperSonics

NCAA Champions

  • Football: University of Florida Gators
  • Basketball: University of Kentucky Wildcats

Other Champions

  • Summer Olmypics: Atlata, GA, USA
  • Golf: Tom Lehman is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Pete Sampras and Michael Chang win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Grindstone wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Buddy Lazier wins Indianapolis 500
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