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BOOMERNET Chronicle: 1998

1998

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U.S. Facts

  • President: William J. Clinton
  • Population: 270,298,524
  • Life Expectancy: 76.7 years
  • Unemployment: 4.5%
  • Average Annual Salary: $129,300
  • Minimum Wage: $5.15 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $17,200
  • Gasoline: $1.15 per gallon
  • House: $129,300
  • Bread: $1.26 per loaf
  • Milk: per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.32

Major U.S. Events

  • The U.S. Senate passes resolution 71, which urged President Bill Clinton to "take all necessary & appropriate actions to respond to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs"
  • President Bill Clinton accused in White House sex scandal; denies allegations of affair with White House intern, Monica Lewinsky
  • The United State House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee begins impeachment hearings against U.S. President Bill Clinton
  • U.S. President Clinton orders American & British airstrikes on Iraq.

Major World Events

  • Gunmen hold at least 400 children and teachers hostage for several hours at an elementary school in Manila, Philippines
  • Serbs battle ethnic Albanians in Kosovo (March 5). Serbs renew attack on Kosovo rebels (June 1). NATO, on verge of air strikes, reaches settlement with Milosevic on Kosovo (Oct. 12)

January-March

  • Smoking is banned in all California bars and restaurants
  • An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000

April-July

  • Terry Nichols is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing
  • Iraq officially suspends all cooperation with UNSCOM teams

August-December

  • Matthew Shepard, a Wyoming college student, is found tied to a fence, a victim of a gay-bashing. He dies on Monday, October 12, becoming a symbol of victims of gay-bashing and sparking public reflection on homophobia
  • Iraq announced its intention to fire upon US and British warplanes that patrol the northern and southern "no-fly zones"

Top Songs

  • The Boy Is Mine by Brandy & Monica
  • You're Still the One by Shania Twain
  • Jump Jive & Wail by Brian Setzer Orchestra
  • I Don't Want To Miss a Thing by Aerosmith
  • Good Riddance by Green Dayv

Other New Songs

  • Zoot Suit Riot by Cherry Poppin' Daddies
  • Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden
  • My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
  • Adia by Sarah McLachlen
  • Intergalactic by Beastie Boys

Top Movies

  • Life Is Beautiful
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Pi

Top Books

  • Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy
  • The Hours by Michael Cunningham
  • Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling
  • Charming Billy by Alice McDermott
  • Paradise by Toni Morrison

Top TV Shows (1997-98)

  • Seinfeld
  • E.R.
  • Friends
  • Veronica's Closet
  • Frasier
  • Just Shoot Me

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • New York Yankees d. San Diego Padres

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: Denver Broncos d. Green Bay Packers

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • Detroit Red Wings d. Washington Capitals

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Chicago Bulls d. Utah Jazz

NCAA Champions

  • Football: The University of Tennessee Volunteers
  • Basketball: University of Kentucky Wildcats

Other Champions

  • Winter Olympics: Nagano, Japan
  • Golf: Mark O'Meara is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Patrick Rafter and Mark Philippoussis win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Real Quiet wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Eddie Cheever, Jr. wins Indianapolis 500
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