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World Events

World Statistics

Population: 4.378 billion
population by decade
Nobel Peace Prize: Mikhail S. Gorbachev (USSR)
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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: George Bush
Vice President: J. Danforth Quayle
Population: 249,438,712
Life expectancy: 75.4 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 58.2
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 50.9
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Economics

US GDP (1998 dollars): $5,743.80 billion
Federal spending: $1252.52 billion
Federal debt $3206.6 billion
Median Household Income(current dollars): $29,943 billion
Consumer Price Index: $130.7
Unemployment: 5.6%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.25

Sports

Super Bowl
San Francisco d. Denver
World Series
Cincinnati d. Oakland A's (4-0)
NBA Championship
Detroit d. Portland
Stanley Cup
Edmonton d. Boston
Wimbledon
Women: Martina Navratilova d. Z. Garrison (6-4 6-1)
Men: Stefan Edberg d. B. Becker (6-2 6-2 3-6 3-6 6-4)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Unbridled
NCAA Basketball Championship
UNLV d. Duke
NCAA Football Champions
Colorado (AP, FW, NFF) (11-1-1) & Georgia Tech (UPI) (11-0-1)
World Cup
W. Germany d. Argentina

Entertainment

Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, Oscar Hijeulos
Music: Duplicates: A Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, Mel Powell
Drama: The Piano Lesson, August Wilson
Academy Award, Best Picture: Driving Miss Daisy, Richard D. Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck, producers (Warner Bros.)
Nobel Prize for Literature: Octavio Paz (Mexico)
Record of the Year: "Wind Beneath My Wings," Bette Midler
Album of the Year: Nick of Time, Bonnie Raitt (Capitol)
Song of the Year: "Wind Beneath My Wings," Larry Henley and Jeff Silbar, songwriters
Miss America: Debbye Turner (MO)
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Events

  • The X rating is replaced by NC-17 (no children under 17).
  • Ninety-nine percent of U.S. households have at least one radio, with the average owning five.
  • The Simpsons debuts on Fox and becomes an instant hit.
  • Euro dance band Milli Vanilli admits to lip-synching hits such as "Girl You Know Its True," and has its Grammy award revoked.
  • Seinfeld debuts on NBC.
  • Entertainment Weekly hits newsstands.

Movies

  • Dances with Wolves, GoodFellas, Henry and June, Reversal of Fortune

Books

Science

Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Elias James Corey (US), for developing new ways to synthesize complex molecules ordinarily found in nature
Physics: Richard E. Taylor (Canada), Jerome I. Friedman, and Dr. Henry W. Kendall (both US), for their ""breakthrough in our understanding of matter"" that confirmed the reality of quarks
Physiology or Medicine: Joseph E. Murray and E. Donnall Thomas (both US), for their pioneering work in transplants
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