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What Was Happening

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  • Average US yearly income was $42,409
  • Gas cost $1.61.
  • Average US house was $228,700.
  • Average UK house was £------.
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  • The Euro becomes official currency of 12 EU members.
  • NATO expands with the addition of 7 former Warsaw Pact countries: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovenia, and Slovakia.
  • Chechen rebels take 800 people hostage in a Moscow theater. When forces storm the building, 128 hostages die along with the 41 terrorists.
  • Iraq rejects UN weapon inspections.
  • Sri Lanka and Tamil Tigers sign a cease-fire agreement.
  • North Korea admits it is trying to develop nuclear weapons.
  • Venezuelan President Chavez ousted in a coup but then is reinstated.
  • In Bali terrorists explode bombs in two nightclubs killing 202 and injuring 300+.
  • Yassar Arafat trapped inside his Palistenian compound.
  • Independence: East Timor from Indonesia
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  • American Idol fever hits the US.
  • MTV invites us into the home of the Osbournes (some like me don't attend).
  • Sarah Hughes does two triple-triple jumps in the Olympics.
  • Enron executives start getting subpoenas instead of big pay checks.
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  • We continue our hobbit habit with The Two Towers.
  • Bond has an invisible car in Die Another Day while Matt Damon establishes The Bourne Identity.
  • Everyone is caught in the web of Spiderman.
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