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Tidbits and Pieces – the year 1996
Number of internet host computers go from 1 million to 10 million in 12 months; Microsoft releases Windows NT 4.0; MSNBC, 24/7 channel debuts; Java releases its first version of programming language; Hot Mail, a free email service debuts; global warming shows a record high; Major League Soccer has its first season in the US.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorce; Tiger Woods wins 96th US Golf Amateur Championship; the 31st Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, hosted by Jerry Lewis, raises $49,200,000; Bill Clinton defeats Bob Doyle and Ross Perot in the US Presidential Elections.
The average cost of a new house is $118,200 and the average income per year is $36,600; average monthly rent $554; the average cost of a new car is $16,300, and to fuel up is $1.22 per gallon; the minimum wage is raised to $5.15 per hour.
Tornado in Bangladesh leaves 600 dead; cyclone – category 4 strikes India leaving 2000 dead; Hurricane Dolly strikes Mexico; major snowstorm paralyzes the Midwestern US causing 50 deaths; tropical cyclone, Olivia, strikes Barrow Island, Australia, packing winds at 253 mph; southern Mexico suffers a 6.5 earthquake.
Music & Culture
Howard Stern’s radio show premieres in York, Pa/Boston, Ma/Austin, TX/Fresno, Ca/, just to name a few; Susan Lucci, the actress in All my Children, loses for the 16th time; Jay-Z releases Beyond Reasonable Doubt-studio debut album; the Nutty Professor, starring Eddie Murphy, opens in the US; Spice Girls, a British group, debut their single Wannabe; MTV’s second channel is launched; we lose Tiny Tom, singer of Tiptoe Through the Tulips.
The year 1996 is designated as the year of the eradication of poverty
Diana Ross performed at Super Bowl XXX in Tempe, Az, and made a spectacular exit via helicopter. Her performance was considered one of the “best” out of “best” and “worst” categories for Super Bowl events.
The faceless clock at two, four, six
Let’s zero in on pickup stix
Are they in between or in betwixt
Best to run the shortest dance
Or you’ll be taking a risky chance
Best to avoid that same old song
Ticking all boxes may be wrong
Oh splish splash my eyelash crashed
A fake ATM ran out of cash
Hey, it’s not what you reap but how you sow
I got my $200 and didn’t pass go
We remain young if our song’s unsung
Have we lost our wits through thicknthin
Say the hoi polloi there are no echoes let in
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