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BOOMERNET Chronicle: 1997

1997

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U.S. Facts

  • President: William J. Clinton
  • Population: 267,743,595
  • Life Expectancy: 76.5 years
  • Unemployment: 4.9%
  • Average Annual Salary: $37,006
  • Minimum Wage: $5.15 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $16,900
  • Gasoline: $1.22 per gallon
  • House: $124,100
  • Bread: $1.17 per loaf
  • Milk: per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.32

Major U.S. Events

  • U.S. Appeals Court upholds California ban on affirmative action
  • Timothy J. McVeigh sentenced to death for Oklahoma City bombing

Major World Events

  • Israel gives up large part of West Bank city of Hebron. Israeli government approves establishment of Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem
  • In Roslin, Scotland, scientists announce that an adult sheep named Dolly had been successfully cloned and was born in July 1996

January-February

  • Yasser Arafat returns to Hebron after more than 30 years & joins celebrations over the handover of the last Israeli-controlled West Bank city
  • Comet Hale-Bopp is the closest it will be to Earth until 4397

March-August

  • Heaven's Gate cult members commit mass suicide in California
  • Princess Diana of Wales dies as a result of car crash

September-December

  • Stock markets around the world crash because of a global economic crisis scare.
  • Two convicted in New York Trade Center bombing.

Top Songs

  • Candle in the Wind 1997 by Elton John
  • You Were Meant for Me by Jewel
  • Un-Break My Heart by Toni Braxton
  • Wanna Be by Spice Girls
  • Semi Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind

Other New Songs

  • Wrong Way by Sublime
  • Tubthumping by Chumbawamba
  • Barbie Girl by Aqua
  • For You I Will by Monica
  • How Do I Live by LeAnn Rimes

Top Movies

  • Titanic
  • As Good as It Gets
  • Good Will Hunting
  • L.A. Confidential
  • Wag the Dog

Top Books

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer Stone by J.K Rowling
  • Cold Mountian by Charles Frazier
  • Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  • Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

Top TV Shows (1996-97)

  • E.R.
  • Seinfeld
  • Suddenly Susan
  • Friends
  • The Naked Truth
  • Fired Up

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • Florida Marlins d. Cleveland Indians

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: Green Bay Packers d. New England Patriots

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • Detroit Red Wings d. Philadelphia Flyers

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Chicago Bulls d. Utah Jazz

NCAA Champions

  • Football: University of Michigan Wolverines
  • Basketball: University of Arizona Wildcats

Other Champions

  • Golf: Tiger Woods is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Patrick Rafter and Greg Rusedski win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Silver Charm wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Arie Luyendyk wins Indianapolis 500
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