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World Events

World Statistics

Population: 4.378 billion
population by decade
Nobel Peace Prize: Alva Myrdal (Sweden) and Alfonso García Robles (Mexico)
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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: Ronald W. Reagan
Vice President: George Bush
Population: 231,664,458
Life expectancy: 74.5 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 56.0
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 50.3
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US GDP (1998 dollars): $3,242.10 billion
Federal spending: $745.76 billion
Federal debt $1137.3 billion
Consumer Price Index: $96.5
Unemployment: 9.7%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.20


Super Bowl
San Francisco d. Cincinnati
World Series
St. Louis Cardinals d. Milwaukee Brewers (4-3)
NBA Championship
LA Lakers d. Philadelphia 76ers
Stanley Cup
NY Islanders d. Vancouver
Women: Martina Navratilova d. C. Evert Lloyd (6-1 3-6 6-2)
Men: Jimmy Connors d. J. McEnroe (3-6 6-3 6-7 7-6 6-4)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Gato Del Sol
NCAA Basketball Championship
North Carolina d. Georgetown
NCAA Football Champions
Penn St. (11-1-0)
World Cup
Italy d. W. Germany


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes

Rabbit Is Rich, John Updike

Music: Concerto for Orchestra, Roger Sessions
Drama: A Soldier's Play, Charles Fuller
Academy Award, Best Picture: Chariots of Fire, David Puttnam, producer (The Ladd Co.; Warner Bros.)
Nobel Prize for Literature: Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia)
Record of the Year: "Bette Davis Eyes," Kim Carnes
Album of the Year: Double Fantasy, John Lennon and Yoko Ono (Warner Bros/Geffen)
Song of the Year: "Bette Davis Eyes," Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon, songwriters
Miss America: Elizabeth Ward (AR)
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  • E.T. – the Extra-Terrestrial, Tootsie, Gandhi, The Verdict


  • Michael Jackson, Thriller



Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Aaron Klug (UK), for research in the detailed structures of viruses and components of life
Physics: Kenneth G. Wilson (US), for analysis of changes in matter under pressure and temperature
Physiology or Medicine: Sune Bergstrom, Bengt Samuelsson (both Sweden), and John R. Vane (UK), for research in prostaglandins, hormonelike substances involved in a wide range of illnesses
More Nobel Prizes in 1998...
  • A permanent artificial heart is implanted in a human for first time in Dr. Barney B. Clark, 61, at University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City (Dec. 2). Background: Health & Nutrition
  • The space shuttle Columbia makes its first mission, deploying two communications satellites (Nov. 16). Background: US Staffed Space Flights
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) diagnostic machines are introduced in Britain.
  • Washington University in St. Louis develops the Flavr Savr tomato, the first genetically-engineered plant approved for sale.


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