News and Events of 1996

World Events

World Statistics

Population: 5.760 billion
population by decade

Nobel Peace Prize:
Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo and José Ramos-Horta (East Timor)

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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: William J. Clinton
Vice President: Albert Gore, Jr.
Population: 265,189,794
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 50.8
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 44.4

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Economics

US GDP (1998 dollars):   $7,661.60 billion
Federal spending:   $1572.41 billion
Federal debt:   $5207.3 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars):  
$35,492
Consumer Price Index:   156.9
Unemployment:   5.4%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.32


Sports

Super Bowl
Dallas d. Pittsburgh (27-17)
World Series
New York Yankees d. Atlanta Braves (4-2)
NBA Championship
Chicago d. Seattle (4-2)
Stanley Cup
Colorado d. Florida (4-0)
Wimbledon
Women: Steffi Graf d. A.S. Vicario (6-3 7-5)
Men: Richard Krajicek d. M. Washington (6-3 6-4 6-3)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Grindstone
NCAA Basketball Championship
Kentucky d. Syracuse (76-67)
NCAA Football Champions
Florida (12-1)

Entertainment

Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: Independence Day, Richard Ford
Music: Lilacs, George Walker
Drama: Rent, Jonathan Larson

Oscars awarded in 1996
Academy Award, Best Picture: Braveheart, Mel Gibson, Alan Ladd, Jr. and Bruce Davey, producers (Paramount)

Nobel Prize for Literature: Wislawa Szymborska (Poland)

1996 Emmy Awards

1996 Tony Awards

Grammys awarded in 1996
Record of the Year: "Kiss From a Rose," Seal
Album of the Year: Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette (Maverick/Reprise)
Song of the Year: "Kiss From a Rose," Seal, songwriter

Miss America: Shawntel Smith (OK)

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Events

Movies

Books

Science

Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Richard E. Smalley, Robert F. Curl, Jr. (both US), and Harold W. Kroto (UK), for discovery of a new class of carbon molecule

Physics: David M. Lee, Robert C. Richardson, and Douglas D. Osheroff (all US), for their discovery of superfluity in helium-3

Physiology or Medicine: Peter C. Doherty (Australia) and Rolf M. Zinkernagel (Switzerland), for discoveries about how the immune system recognizes virus-infected cells

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