News and Events of 1997

World Events

World Statistics

Population: 5.840 billion
population by decade

Nobel Peace Prize:
International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Jody Williams (US)

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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: William J. Clinton
Vice President: Albert Gore, Jr.
Population: 267,743,595

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Economics

US 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
Unemployment:   4.9%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.32


Sports

Super Bowl
Green Bay d. New England (35-21)
World Series
Florida Marlins d. Cleveland (4-3)
NBA Championship
Chicago d. Utah (4-2)
Stanley Cup
Detroit d. Philadelphia (4-0)
Wimbledon
Women: 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 Champion
Silver Charm
NCAA Basketball Championship
Arizona d. Kentucky (84-79 OT)
NCAA Football Champions
Michigan (AP) (12-0) & Nebraska (ESPN/USA) (13-0)

Entertainment

Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer, Steven Millhauser
Music: Blood on the Field, Wynton Marsalis

Oscars awarded in 1997
Academy Award, Best Picture: The English Patient, Saul Zaentz, producer (Miramax)

Nobel Prize for Literature: Dario Fo (Italy)

1997 Emmy Awards

1997 Tony Awards

Grammys awarded in 1997
Record of the Year: "Change the World," Eric Clapton
Album of the Year: Falling Into You, Celine Dion (550 Music/Epic)
Song of the Year: "Change the World," Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick and Tommy Sims, songwriters

Miss America: Tara Dawn Holland (KS)

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Events

Movies

Books

Science

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 disorders

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