News and Events of 1997
World StatisticsPopulation: 5.840 billion
population by decade
Nobel Peace Prize:
International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Jody Williams (US)
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U.S. StatisticsPresident: William J. Clinton
Vice President: Albert Gore, Jr.
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EconomicsUS GDP (1998 dollars): $8,110.90 billion
Federal spending: $1635.33 billion
Federal debt: $5498.9 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars): $37,005
Consumer Price Index: 160.5
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.32
Super BowlGreen Bay d. New England (35-21)
World SeriesFlorida Marlins d. Cleveland (4-3)
NBA ChampionshipChicago d. Utah (4-2)
Stanley CupDetroit d. Philadelphia (4-0)
WimbledonWomen: Martina Hingis d. J. Novotna (2-6 6-3 6-3)
Men: Pete Sampras d. C. Pioline (6-4 6-2 6-4)
Kentucky Derby ChampionSilver Charm
NCAA Basketball ChampionshipArizona d. Kentucky (84-79 OT)
NCAA Football ChampionsMichigan (AP) (12-0) & Nebraska (ESPN/USA) (13-0)
Oscars awarded in 1997
Nobel Prize for Literature: Dario Fo (Italy)
Grammys awarded in 1997
Miss America: Tara Dawn Holland (KS)More Entertainment Awards...
Nobel Prizes in Science
Chemistry: Paul D. Boyer (US), Jens C. Skou (Denmark), and John E. Walker (UK), for discoveries about a molecule that allows the human body to store and transfer energy between cells
Physics: Steven Chu, William D. Phillips (both US), and Claude Cohen-Tannoudji (France), for developing a method to cool and trap atoms using light from lasers
Physiology or Medicine: Stanley B. Prusiner (US), for discovery of a new type of germ, called prions, that causes degenerative brain disordersMore Nobel Prizes in 1997...