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1999

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U.S. Facts

  • President: William J. Clinton
  • Population: 272,690,813
  • Life Expectancy: 76.7 years
  • Unemployment: 4.2%
  • Average Annual Salary: $40,810
  • Minimum Wage: per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $21,050
  • Gasoline: $1.22 per gallon
  • House: $131,750
  • Bread: $1.49 per loaf
  • Milk: per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.33

Major U.S. Events

  • U.S. Senate opens impeachment trial of President Clinton; Senate acquits Clinton and rejects censure move
  • Students Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, storm Columbine High School in Littleton , CO, killing twelve other students & a teacher, then themselves

Major World Events

  • War erupts in Kosovo after Yugoslavia's president Slobodan Milosevic clamps down on the province, massacring and deporting ethnic Albanians. NATO begins Operation Allied Force on March 24, 1999, launching air strikes against Belgrade for 78 consecutive days until Milosevic relents
  • Euro currency introduced

January-April

  • A brutal snowstorm smashes into the Midwestern USA, causing 14 inches of snow in Milwaukee, WI & 19 inches in Chicago, IL. In Chicago, temperatures plunge to -13°F
  • John William King, 24, a white supremacist, is convicted of murder & sentenced to death in case involving the dragging death of a black man, James Byrd, Jr
  • US pro-euthanasia doctor Jack Kevorkian goes on trial for murder in Pontiac, Michigan. He is later convicted of second-degree murder

May-July

  • A F5 tornado slams in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma killing 38 people
  • John F. Kennedy Jr., wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, & her sister Lauren G. Bessette are lost at sea when a plane he was piloting disappears near Martha's Vineyard, off Mass. coast

August-December

  • Magnitude 7.4 earthquake kills more than 15,600 and leaves 600,000 homeless in Turkey
  • In Seattle, Washington, the first major mobilization of the anti-globalization movement catches police unprepared & forces the cancellation of the opening ceremonies of the WTO Meeting of 1999. (protests end on December 3)

Top Songs

  • Believe by Cher
  • No Scrubs by TLC
  • Livin' La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin
  • Mambo No. 5 by Lou Bega
  • My Name Is by Eminem

Other New Songs

  • What's My Age Again? by Blink 182
  • Angel of Mine by Monica
  • Changes by 2Pac
  • Slide by Goo Goo Dolls
  • Genie In a Bottle by Christina Aguilera

Top Movies

  • American Beauty
  • Boys Don't Cry
  • The Cider House Rules
  • Fight Club
  • Dogma

Top Books

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  • Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Timeline by Michael Crichton
  • Tara Road by Maeve Binchy
  • The Testament by John Grisham

Top TV Shows (1999-2000)

  • E.R
  • Friends
  • Fraiser
  • Veronica's Closet
  • Home Improvement
  • NYPD Blue

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • New York Yankees d. Atlanta Braves

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: Denver Broncos d. Atlanta Falcons

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • Dallas Stars d. Buffalo Sabres

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • San Antonio Spurs d. New York Knicks

NCAA Champions

  • Football: Florida State University Seminoles
  • Basketball: University of Connecticut Huskies

Other Champions

  • Golf: Tiger Woods is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Andre Agassi and Todd Martin win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Charismatic wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Kenny Bräck wins Indianapolis 500
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