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What Was Happening

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  • Average US yearly income was $37,006
  • Gas cost $1.22.
  • Average US house was $124,100.
  • Average UK house was £71,248.
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  • Hong Kong returned to Chinese control.
  • Kyoto Protocol agreed to to combat global warming.
  • Armed Islamic Group (GIA) conduct reign of terror in Algeria to try to overthrow government for an Islamic one.
  • Scotland votes to create its own Parliament.
  • Japanese embassy in Peru, taken hostage at end of 1996, freed by government troops.
  • Carlos the Jackal caught in France and sentenced to life in prison.
  • Pol Pot goes on trial in Cambodia.
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  • Harry Potter appears on the book shelves.
  • Michael Jackson has a child.
  • TV rating system goes into effect.
  • Comet Hale-Bopp visits and some odd people try to meet it.
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  • The Titanic sank while the movie did awesomely.
  • Damon and Affleck went Good Will Hunting.
  • Nicholson and Hunt were As Good As It Gets.
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