Tidbits and Pieces- The Year 2000-The New Millennium
Y2K passes without the serious, widespread computer failures and malfunctions that were predicted; Microsoft debuts Windows 2000; AOL and Time Warner merge; ILOVEYOU, a computer virus spread by email shuts down computers worldwide; Vermont legalizes civil unions between same-sex couples; mobile phones, once thought of as a yuppie device becomes known as an essential consumer product; the life expectancy in the US is 77.5 years.
Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder, leaves his position as CEO; *the Bush vs Gore case, which the presidency went to Bush after a vote recount in 4 Florida counties; Hillary Clinton is elected to the US Senate for the state of New York; Tiger Woods is the youngest player to win a Grand Slam in golf.
*Details of the Bush vs Gore case- the voting results in Florida were so close, they triggered an automatic machine count due to Florida law. There were less than 600 votes separating the two candidates.
Gore pursued the option to have a recount of the votes in four Florida counties. The manual recount wasn’t completed in the number of days required by law. This led to a legal battle ensued between Gore and the state of Florida, and then escalated to the Supreme Count.
The Supreme Court ruled that the methods used in the recount violated the 14th amendment and it was also ruled to end the recount.
Average Costs in the US
The average cost of a new house is $134,150; average annual income is $40,343; average monthly rent $675; The average cost of a new car is $24,750 and to fill it is $1.26 per gallon.
One of the worst snow storms in 50 years hit the UK; over 5 million acres destroyed by a brush fire in the Western US
Music & Culture
General Hospital wins 6th Soap Opera Digest Awards; 51 million viewers watch the first season finale of the reality show Survivor; the popular website DeviantART is launched- DeviantArt.
Chakalaka, we know the drill
Life’s not about taking a pill
There’s no thrill on blueberry hill
Let’s clink cups with what we sup
Gone is history ere we know wazzup
Consider raising words not raising voices
Connect the dot and make wise choices
A sunset without sun is mightily amiss
Gossips stare at a total eclipse
Do we machine wash or tumble dry
Or steal the clock and let time fly
In absentia of what meets the eye
Blurs the focus on the reason why
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