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Tidbits and Pieces- The Year 1999
The world population exceeds 6 billion
Preparation begins for new millennium parties; computers worldwide run testing for the millennium bug; Dow Jones closes above 11,000 for the first time; the Barbie Doll celebrates its 40th birthday; Internet Explorer 5 is released; My Space debuts on the internet; Bluetooth debuts.
Lance Armstrong wins the first Tour de France; Vladimir Putin replaces Boris Yeltsin, as President of Russia; US women’s soccer team wins the FIFA World Cup; It is The International Year of the Elderly; Wayne Gretzky plays his last game in the NHL; John Elway’s #7 jersey is retired by the Denver Broncos.
Average Costs in the US
The average annual income is $40,810; average cost of a new house is $131,750; monthly rent $645, the average cost of a new car is $21,050 and to fill it up is $1.22 per gallon.
A tornado hits Oklahoma City leaving 38 dead; floods in Mexico causing mudslides wipes out entire villages leaving 400 dead; catastrophic floods and mudslides caused by torrential rains in the coastal regions of Venezuela; Hurricane Floyd, a category 4 storm hits the US-about 3 million people evacuated.
I was one of those included in the 3 million people that evacuated due to Hurricane Floyd. At that time, I lived in Ponte Vedra, FL, which is a coastal city north of St. Augustine. Several of my friends and I packed our cars and headed to Georgia. Luckily, we found a place to stay for a couple of days until it was safe to return to our homes.
Hurricane Floyd was a huge Category 5 storm, some 580 miles across, which was twice the size of typical Atlantic hurricanes. I didn’t think there would be anything left of my neighborhood, however, we sustained very little damage.
As it turned out, North Carolina bore the brunt of the wrath of Floyd. According to my references, Floyd dumped 15-20 inches of rain causing every river and stream to flood. There was an estimated 6 billion in flood damage alone.
Music and Culture
Spongebob SquarePants, a popular children’s show debuts; Hours by David Bowie is the first complete album recorded by a major artist that can be downloaded over the internet, which preceded the physical debut by 2 weeks. Cher sets the record for the longest hit-making career span — 33 years between the release of her first and last Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles (1965 and 1999).
A fingernail moon and a balloon
Create serendipity as they swoon
Like a tapestry, they weave a tale
Infinite fractals shall prevail
The tooth fairy enjoying the ride
Black patent shoes do the electric slide
Baubles and beads in a quilted cloud
Make a child oh so proud
To check a box or connect the dots
Rarely reveals the secret plot
Be it friction or fiction
Or felicitous addiction
While sharing tales of muted glory
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