News and Events of 1993

World Events

World Statistics

Population: 5.522 billion
population by decade

Nobel Peace Prize:
F. W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela (both South Africa)

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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: William J. Clinton
Vice President: Albert Gore, Jr.
Population: 257,746,103
Life expectancy: 75.5 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 54.8
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 47.4

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Economics

US GDP (1998 dollars):   $6,558.10 billion
Federal spending:   $1408.68 billion
Federal debt:   $4351.4 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars):  
$31,241
Consumer Price Index:   144.5
Unemployment:   6.9%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.29


Sports

Super Bowl
Dallas d. Buffalo (52-17)
World Series
Toronto d. Philadelphia Phillies (4-2)
NBA Championship
Chicago d. Phoenix (4-2)
Stanley Cup
Montreal d. Los Angeles (4-1)
Wimbledon
Women: Steffi Graf d. J. Novotna (7-6 1-6 6-4)
Men: Pete Sampras d. J. Courier (7-6 7-6 3-6 6-3)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Sea Hero
NCAA Basketball Championship
North Carolina d. Michigan (77-71)
NCAA Football Champions
Florida St. (12-1-0)

Entertainment

Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain, Robert Olen Butler
Music: Trombone Concerto, Christopher Rouse
Drama: Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Tony Kushner

Oscars awarded in 1993
Academy Award, Best Picture: Unforgiven, Clint Eastwood, producer (Warner Bros.)

Nobel Prize for Literature: Toni Morrison (US)

1993 Emmy Awards

1993 Tony Awards

Grammys awarded in 1993
Record of the Year: "Tears in Heaven," Eric Clapton
Album of the Year: Unplugged, Eric Clapton (Reprise)
Song of the Year: "Tears in Heaven," Eric Clapton, songwriter

Miss America: Leanza Cornett (FL)

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Events

  • A 13-year-old Los Angeles boy accuses Michael Jackson of fondling him. Jackson vehemently denies the charge. The two parties reach an out-of-court settlement.
  • River Phoenix dies of a drug overdose on Halloween. He was 23.
  • Lost in Yonkers is edited on an Avid Media Composer system, the first non-linear editing system to allow viewing at film's required "real-time"-viewing rate of 24 frames per second. By converting film into digital bits, film can now be cut on a computer.

Movies

  • Schindler's List, The Piano, Philadelphia, Six Degrees of Separation, In the Name of the Father

Books

Science

Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Kary B. Mullis (US) and Michael Smith (Canada), for their contributions to the science of genetics

Physics: Joseph H. Taylor and Russell A. Hulse (both US), for their discovery of a binary pulsar

Physiology or Medicine: Phillip A. Sharp (US) and Richard J. Roberts (UK), for their independent discovery in 1977 of “split genes”

  • Mosaic is developed by Marc Andreeson at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). It becomes the dominant navigating system for the World Wide Web, which at this time accounts for only 1% of all Internet traffic. Background: Computers and Internet
  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tuberculosis threatens to kill more than 30 million in the next decade. Background: Global Health Trends
  • The FDA approves the use of the synthetic hormone BST (bovine somatotropin) to increase milk production in dairy cows.
  • First humans cloned. Cells taken from defective human embryos that were to be discarded in infertility clinic are grown in vitro and develop up to 32-cell stage and then are destroyed. Background: Human Cloning

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