Year 2018 {Baby Book & Journal Filler}

Year 2018. News Headlines, Trends, World Leaders, and Cost of Living compiled for the year 2018. For Baby Books, Scrapbooks, and other Keepsake Projects. #2018 #Baby #BabyBook #Scrapbook #Keepsake #Printables

Welcome to the year 2018!

Below you will find the list I compiled of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 2018. I hope this helps you with the baby book, time capsule, or commemorative project you’re working on. The blog post is fairly long, so if you don’t feel like writing down all the information check out the printable options.

Affiliate links have been incorporated into this post to provide you with further information about trends and popular items during this period of time. 

Printables for 2018: (coming soon…)

Newspaper / World Around Me / Milestones of 2018 / Full Post PDF


2018 Cost of Things (U.S. Averages):

Minimum Wage~  Highest: $12.50 in Washington D.C.  &  Lowest: $5.15 in Wyoming & Georgia (
Gallon of Milk (whole)~ $2.92 (
Dozen Eggs(Large, Grade A)~  $1.76 (
Loaf of bread (1lb)~ $1.27 (
U.S. Postage Stamp~ 50 cents (Wikipedia)
New Car Price (Industry Average)~ $36,270  (Kelley Blue Book
Regular Unleaded Gallon of Gas~ $2.62 (
Movie Ticket~ $9.18 (
Median sales price of new house in November~ $326,800 (
Median Household Income~ $62,262 (estimate based on 2.4% increase from 2015 to 2016, Data collected during the year 2018 and final number reported September 2019.)


2018 World Leaders:

Donald Trump, President of the United States
Rex W. Tillerson, United States Secretary of State
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Xi Jinping, President of China
Akihito, Emporer of Japan
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of Germany
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Pope Francis of Vatican City
Emmanuel Macron, President of France
Ram Nath Kovind, President of India
Reuven Rivlin, President of Isreal
António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations


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2018 Technology:

2018 Top Televisions:

Sony XBR49X900F 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2018 Model)
Samsung UN65NU8000 Flat 65″ 4K UHD 8 Series Smart LED TV (2018) 

2018 Top Smart phones:

Samsung S9 and S9+
iPhone 8, 8Plus, and iPhone X

2018 Top Wearable Technology:

Apple Watch

2018 Top Computer Desktops, Laptops, Tablets & Readers:

Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM 15.6-Inch FHD Notebook
CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme GXIVR8020A4 Desktop Gaming PC
Fire HD 10 Tablet with Alexa
Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab A
iPad 9.7 inch (2018)

2018 Top Online Social Communities:


2018 Top Gaming systems:

Xbox One X
Playstation 4 Slim 1TB and Playstation VR
Wii U and Nintendo Switch

2018 Top Tech Gadgets:

HTC Vive
Echo with Alexa

2018 Automobiles:
Electric, hybrid, and self-driving cars –

2018 Tesla S P100D
2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT


2018 Top Celebrities:

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Aly Raisman
Reese Witherspoon
Gal Gadot
Oprah Winfrey
Chip and Joanna Gaines
Kendall Jenner
Kylie Jenner
Kim Kardashian
Kanye West
Khloe Kardashian
Tristan Thompson
Kourtney Kardashian
Selena Gomez
Justin Bieber
Taylor Swift
Brad Pitt
Jennifer Lopez
Alex Rodriguez
Mandy Moore
Chrissy Metz
Milo Ventimiglia
Sterling K. Brown
Justin Hartley


2018 Top Athletes:

Nick Foles
Tom Brady
Austin Dillon
Red Gerard
Chloe Kim
USA Women’s Ice Hockey Team (Olympic Gold)
Mikaela Shiffrin
Shaun White
Jamie Anderson
Patrick Reed
Justify & Mike Smith
Kevin Durant
Alexander Ovechkin


2018 Top Sporting Events:

Super Bowl LII: Philadelphia Eagles defeat the New England Patriots 41-33
Daytona 500: Austin Dillon
The Kentucky Derby: Justify under jockey, Mike Smith win the Derby. They also go on to win the Belmont and Preakness races to claim the Triple Crown.
The Masters: Patrick Reed
Stanley Cup: Washington Capitals
NBA Championship: Golden State Warriors
Wimbledon: Men’s singles: TBD
Wimbledon: Women’s singles: TBD
FIFA World Cup: TBD
Women’s World Cup: next in 2019
World Series: TBD
Winter Olympics in South Korea: (Medal Count) Norway 39 medals, Germany 31 medals, Canada 29 medals, USA 23 medals


2018 Top Songs:

( Hot 100)
Perfect~ Ed Sheeran–number 1 in January
God’s Plan~ Drake —number 1 in February
God’s Plan~ Drake —number 1 in March
God’s Plan~ Drake –number 1 in April
number 1 in May
number 1 in June
number 1 in July
number 1 in August
number 1 in September
number 1 in October
number 1 in November
–number 1 in December
Other Popular Songs in 2018:
Havana~ Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug
Rockstar~ Post Malone feat. 21 Savage
Thunder~ Imagine Dragons
Finesse~ Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B
Meant To Be~ Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line



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2018 Top Television Shows:

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Westworld (season 2)
Atlanta (season 2)
This Is Us (season 2)
Roseanne (season 10)
The Handmaid’s Tale (season 2)
The Good Fight (season 2)
Marvel’s Jessica Jones (season 2)
Babylon Berlin (season 1 & 2)
Silicon Valley (season 5)
Counterpart (season 1)
The Chi (season 1)
Billions (season 3)
Baskets (season 3)
The Americans (season 6)



2018 Top Movies:

Insidious 4 –number 1 in January
Black Panther –number 1 in February
Ready Player One –number 1 in March
A Quiet Placenumber 1 in April
TBD —number 1 in May
TBD —number 1 in June
TBD —number 1 in July
TBD —number 1 in August
TBD —number 1 in September
TBD —number 1 in October
TBD —number 1 in November
TBD —number 1 in December

Other popular movies…

Jumanji (2017)
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Pacific Rim Uprising
Fifty Shades Freed


2018 Top Books:

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House ~ Michael Wolff
A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership ~ James Comey
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos ~ Jordan B. Peterson
A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet) ~ Madeleine L’Engle
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life ~ Mark Manson
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life ~ Jen Sincero
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts ~ Gary Chapman
Little Fires Everywhere ~ Celeste Ng

2018 Top Children’s Books:

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo ~ Jill Twiss, Marlon Bundo, EG (Gerald Kelley) Keller (Illustrator)
Dog Man and Cat Kid: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #4) ~ Dav Pilkey
Ready Player One: A Novel ~ Ernest Cline



2018 Top Fashion and Trends:

Beachy long hair on women
Shoulder-length bob hair on women
Pastel-colored hair and highlights
Hair extensions
Skinny jeans and pants with heels or booties
Embellished sneakers
Athletic inspired pieces
Women’s mule shoes
Boyfriend jeans
Boho skirts and dresses
Mid-drift baring tops
Messy buns
Yoga Pants, leggings, and patterned running tights
High-waisted pants and shorts for women
Fitted and skinny jeans on men paired with converse
Cole Haan Zerogrand dress shoes for men
Beards on men
Lumberjack look for men


2018 World Population:

7,467,379,000 and counting…



2018 Top News and Major Events:

January 20–22 – The United States government enters a federal government shutdown as a result of a dispute over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
February 9–25 – The 2018 Winter Olympics are held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. They are followed by the Paralympics from March 9–18.
February 10 – Kay Goldsworthy becomes the first female archbishop in the Anglican Communion on her installation in the Anglican Diocese of Perth, Western Australia.
February 14
-Jacob Zuma resigns as President of South Africa, after nine years in power.
-A school shooting occurs at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people and injuring 17.
March 9 – President of the United States Donald Trump accepts an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a meeting in May to discuss the denuclearization of North Korea.
March 11 – China’s government approves a constitutional change that removes term limits for its leaders, granting Xi Jinping the status of “President for Life”. Xi is also the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (paramount leader).
March 18 – In the Russian presidential election, Vladimir Putin is elected for a fourth term, winning approximately 75% of the vote.
March 24 – In over 800 cities internationally, people participate in student-led demonstrations against gun violence and mass shootings, calling for stronger gun control in the “March for Our Lives”.
March 28 – North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un meets Chinese paramount leader Xi Jinping, leaving the country for the first time since assuming office in 2011.
April 4–15 – The 2018 Commonwealth Games were held in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
April 6 – A semi-truck collides with a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos ice hockey junior team in Saskatchewan, Canada, killing 16 and injuring 13 people.
April 8 – At least 70 people are reported to have died, with hundreds suffering injuries, after a sarin chemical attack in Douma, the last rebel-held town in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta.
April 9 – The F.B.I. raids the office of Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, seizing business records, emails and documents related to several topics, including a payment to a pornographic film actress.
April 11 – Facebook’s Chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, faces members of Congress at Capitol Hill after detailed personal information of up to 87 million Facebook users ended up in the hands of a voter-profiling company called Cambridge Analytica during the 2017 elections.
April 13 – The United States, the United Kingdom and France order the bombing of Syrian military bases, in response to the Sarin attack allegedly by the Bashar al-Assad regime on civilians in Ghouta.



2018 Pop Culture:

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January 2 – Chip and Joanna Gaines, from TV show ‘Fixer Upper’, announce they are expecting their fifth child.
January 7 – Oprah Winfrey receives the Cecil B. de Mille award at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. Her acceptance speech sparks rumors of a presidential candidacy.
January 16 – 24 – Former USA Gymnastics team doctor, Larry Nassar, is sentenced for the sexual abuse of more than 150 girls and women. In the week long hearing, many of the victims spoke out against Nassar for the abuse they experienced. Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison.
January 16 – Reality star, Kim Kardashian West and rapper husband, Kanye West welcome their third child via surrogate. They named their new baby girl, Chicago West.
February 1 – After months of public speculation, American television reality star, Kylie Jenner and rapper boyfriend, Travis Scott welcome daughter Stormi. She officially announces her pregnancy and daughter’s arrival via social media on Super Bowl Sunday, February 5th.
February 4 – Television series ‘This Is Us’ airs episode after the Super Bowl finally revealing how Jack dies. Mass Crockpot paranoia begins after episode aired.
February 15 – American actress, Jennifer Aniston and actor husband, Justin Theroux announce their separation after two and a half years of marriage.
February 21 – Beloved American evangelist, Billy Graham dies at the age of 99.
March 4 – ‘Shape of Water’ receives Oscar for ‘Best Picture’ at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, CA.
March 14 – English theoretical physicist and cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, dies at the age of 76.
April 2 – American actor, Channing Tatum, and Jenna Dewan announce their split after nine years of marriage.
April 12 – American television reality star, Khloe Kardashian and her NBA player boyfriend, Tristan Thompson welcome daughter True Thompson.
April 14 – American icon, Beyonce, breaks YouTube record with Coachella performance. She reunites on stage with fellow Destiny’s Child members, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland and sends fans into a frenzy.
April 17 – 41st First Lady of the United States, Barbara Bush, dies at the age of 92.
April 18 – Cinemas opened in Saudi Arabia after 35 years, with Black Panther as the first movie.


2018 Science:

January 24 – Scientists in China report in the journal Cell the creation of the first monkey clones using somatic cell nuclear transfer, named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua.
January 31 – A total lunar eclipse takes place. The Moon appears as supermoon, with perigee being on January 30. It is also the first blue moon eclipse since 1983. It was also referred to as the super blue blood moon.
February 6 – SpaceX successfully conducts its maiden flight of its most powerful rocket to date, the Falcon Heavy, from LC39A at John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


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Year 1998 {Baby Book & Journal Filler}

1998 News Headlines, Trends, World Leaders, and Cost of Living Compiled for Baby Books, Scrapbooks, Photo Books, and Keepsake Projects. #1998 #Baby #BabyBook #ScrapBook #Printables #NewspaperArchives

Welcome to the year 1998!

Below you will find the list I compiled of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 1998. I hope this helps you with the baby book, time capsule, or commemorative project you’re working on.

Affiliate links have been incorporated into this post to provide you with further information about trends and popular items during this period of time.

Printables for 1998: (coming soon…)

Newspaper  /  World Around Me  /  Full Post


Research Contributor: Pat Ruppel

1998 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):

Minimum Wage ~ Highest: $6.15 in District of Columbia & Lowest: $1.60 in Wyoming (
Gallon of Milk~ $2.70/yr avg (
Dozen Eggs (Large, Grade A) ~  $1.04/yr avg (
Loaf of bread (1-lb white) ~ $.86/yr avg (
U.S. Postage Stamp ~ $.32  (Wikipedia)
New Car Price ~ $17,200  (
Regular Unleaded Gallon of Gas ~ $1.06/yr avg (
Movie Ticket ~ $4.69 (
Median Sales Price of New House ~ $152,500 (
Median Household Income ~ $38,885 (


1998 World Leaders:

Bill Clinton, President of the United States
Madeleine Albright, United States Secretary of State
Jean Chrétien, Prime Minister of Canada
Jiang Zemin, People’s Republic of China
Akihito, Emperor of Japan
Roman Herzog, President of Germany
Boris Yeltsin, President of Russia
Tony Blair Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Pope John Paul II of Vatican City
Jacques Chirac, President of France
K. R. Narayanan President of India
Ezer Weizman, President of Israel
Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations


1998 Technology:

1998 Top Televisions:

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Philips 42” Flat Screen TV – the company shifted the plane of television design when it revealed the first flat-screen TV.

Sony FD Trinitron/WEGA – flat version of the Trinitron picture tube. First introduced in 1998 on Sony’s 32-inch and 36-inch televisions, this technology was also used in computer monitors bearing the Trinitron mark.
Sony FDL-22 – One of the last hand-held color Watchmen televisions introduced in 1998, which featured an ergonomic body which made it easier to hold, and introduced Sony’s Straptenna, where the wrist strap served as the antenna.

1998 Mobile phones:

Nokia 6130
Nokia 6150
Nokia 5110
Nokia 6120
Blackberry 950 (introduced as “Inter@ctive Pager 950”, development name “Leapfrog”) – is an early BlackBerry model, introduced in 1998 by Canadian smartphone manufacturer Research in Motion.

1998 Top Wearable Technology:


1998 Computer Desktops, Laptops, Tablets & Readers:


iMac G3 – an all-in-one family of Macintosh desktop computers released by Apple in August.
Windows 98 – is a graphical operating system by Microsoft and is the second major release in the Windows 9x line of operating systems, successor to Windows 95.
IBM ThinkPad 600– is a series of notebook computers introduced in 1998 by IBM as the immediate predecessor to the T-series, which still exists today under Lenovo ownership.
Apple PowerBook G3 Series (Wallstreet Series I) – The second generation of PowerBook G3s, now called the PowerBook G3 Series, was introduced in March 1998.

1998 Top Online Social Communities:

Open Diary (OD) – an online diary community, an early example of social networking software, was founded October 22, 1998 and shut down February 7, 2014.
AOL announced it would acquire Netscape in November 1998. The deal closed on March 17, 1999.
April 14 – Online DVD rental Netflix in the USA begins operations.
May – DVD launched in Western Europe.
October – Full DVD launch in Europe.
1998 was a boom time for the brick and mortar video rental industry

1998 Top Gaming systems:

Game Boy Color – a successor of the Game Boy, it is a handheld game console manufactured by Nintendo, which was released on October 21, 1998 in Japan and released November of the same year in international markets.
DualShock – a line of gamepads with vibration-feedback developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment for PlayStation consoles and devices. The DualShock was introduced in Japan in late 1997 and launched in the North American market in May 1998.
Dreamcast – is a home video game console released by Sega on November 27, 1998 in Japan, September 9, 1999 in North America, and October 14, 1999 in Europe.
Area 51:Site 4 – a light gun arcade game developed by Atari Games in 1998.

1998 Top Tech Gadgets:

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Smart key – introduced by Mercedes-Benz under the name “Key-less Go” in 1998 on the W220 S-Class.
Bose Aviation Headset X (Pronounced ten not the letter X) – was released in 1998, designed for pilots also used by the United States Air Force.
Canon EOS-3 – a 35mm film single-lens reflex camera for professionals and advanced amateurs built by Canon of Japan and was introduced in November 1998.
Garmin Street Pilot – first in-car product series in GPS products introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in 1998.
Lego Mindstorms – a hardware software platform produced by Lego for the development of programmable robots based on Lego building blocks.
Furby – an American electronic robotic toy released by Tiger Electronics in 1998 resembling a hamster or owl-like creature.

Automobiles (Electric, hybrid, and self-driving cars) 1997-1999

(Also see cars introduced in 1998)
Honda EV Plus – first battery electric vehicle from a major automaker with non-lead acid batteries
Toyota RAV4 EV – all electric version of the popular RAV4 SUV produced by Toyota
Ford Ranger EV (Electric Vehicle) – is a battery electric vehicle that was produced by Ford. It was produced starting in the 1998 model year through 2002.
Nissan Altra EV – produced by Nissan Motors between 1998 and 2002, described as a combination of a sedan, SUV, and minivan.
General Motors EV1 – an electric car produced and leased by General Motors
Toyota Prius – The first generation Prius, at its launch, became the world’s first mass-produced gasoline-electric hybrid car.


1998 Top Celebrities:

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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck – Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for film Good Will Hunting.
Harrison Ford – named People’s Sexiest Man Alive
Usher – Nice & Slow
Next – Too Close
Savage Garden – To The Moon and Back (remix release)
Shania Twain – You’re Still the One and From This Moment On
Third Eye Blind – How’s It Going to Be
Lee Ann Rimes – Looking Through Your Eyes
Janet Jackson – Together Again
Will Smith – Gettin’ Jiggy wit It
Spice Girls – Too Much
Paula Cole – I Don’t Want to Wait
Mase – Been Around the World (with Puff Daddy & The Notorious B.I.G.)
Faith Hill – This Kiss
Madonna – Ray of Light
Backstreet Boys – Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)
Sarah McLachlan – Adia
Puff Daddy – Been Around the World (feat. Mase & The Notorious B.I.G.)
Elton John – Candle in the Wind 1997
Destiny’s Child – No, No, No
Voices of Theory – Say It
Montell Jordan – Let’s Ride


1998 Ten Highest Paid Movie Stars . . .


Tom Hanks
Jim Carey
Leonardo DiCaprio
Robin Williams
Meg Ryan
Mel Gibson
Adam Sandler
Eddie Murphy
Cameron Diaz
Julia Roberts

1998 Top Musicians

All Saints
Céline Dion
Jennifer Paige
Marilyn Manson
Green Day
The Offspring
Spice Girls
Alanis Morissette
Shania Twain
Natalie Imbruglia
Janet Jackson


1998 Top Athletes:

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Highest Paid
Michael Jordan – Basketball USA
Michael Schumacker – F1 Motorsports Germany
Sergei Fedorov – Ice Hockey Russia
Tiger Woods – Golf USA
Dale Earnhardt – NASCAR USA
Grant Hill – Basketball USA
Oscar De La Hoya – Boxing USA
Patrick Ewing – Basketball USA
Arnold Palmer – Golf USA
Gary Sheffield – Baseball USA


1998 Top Sporting Events:

Super Bowl: The Denver Broncos defeated the Green Bay Packers, 31-24.  It was Denver’s first league championship after suffering four previous Super Bowl losses.
Daytona 500: Won by Dale Earnhardt, it was the first race of the 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup season.
The Kentucky Derby: 124th running was won by Real Quiet and ridden by Kent Desormeaux.
The Masters: Mark O’Meara won his first major championship with a 20-foot (6 m) birdie putt on the final hole to win by one stroke over runners-up David Duval and Fred Couples.
Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings won over the Washington Capitals 4-0
NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls over the Utah Jazz 4 games to 2
Wimbledon: Men’s singles: Pete Sampras defeated Goran Ivanišević
Wimbledon: Women’s singles: Jana Novotná defeated Nathalie Tauziat
FIFA World Cup: France won over Brazil 3-0
Women’s FIFA World Cup: no Women’s World Cup in 1998 – in 1999 US won over China 0-0 with a penalty shootout
World Series: New York Yankees over San Diego Padres 4 games to 0
Olympics: Winter games were held in Nagano, Japan


1998 Top Songs:

Too Close – Next
The Boy Is Mine – Brandy and Monica
You’re Still the One – Shania Twain
Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden
How Do I Live – LeAnn Rimes
Together Again – Janet Jackson
All My Life – K-Ci & JoJo
Candle in the Wind 1997 – Elton John
Nice & Slow – Usher
I Don’t Want to Wait – Paula Cole
How’s It Going to Be – Third Eye Blind
No, No, No – Destiny’s Child


Other Popular Songs in 1998:

My Heart Will Go On – Céline Dion
Getting’ Jiggy Wit It – Will Smith
You Make Me Wanna… – Usher
My Way – Usher
My All – Mariah Carey
The First Night – Monica
Been Around the World – Puff Daddy (featuring The Notorious B.I.G and Mase)
Adia – Sarah McLachlan
Crush – Jennifer Paige
Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – Backstreet Boys
I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
Body Bumpin’ (Yippie-Yi-Yo) – Public Announcement
The Kiss – Faith Hill
I Don’t Ever Want to See You Again – Uncle Sam
Let’s Ride – Montell Jordan featuring Master P and Silkk the Shocker


1998 Top Television Shows:


1997-98 Season
Seinfeld – 22.0 rating
ER – 20.4
Veronica’s Closet – 16.6
Friends – 16.1
Monday Night Football – 15.0
Touched By An Angel – 14.2
60 Minutes – 13.8
Union Square – 13.6
CBS Sunday Movie – 13.1
Frasier – 12.0


1998 Top Movies:

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Saving Private Ryan
There’s Something About Mary
A Bug’s Life
Deep Impact
Dr. Doolittle
Shakespeare in Love
Lethal Weapon 4


Other popular movies
The Avengers
The Mask of Zorro


1998 Top Books:

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Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier
Paradise – Toni Morrison
The Street Lawyer – John Grisham
The Long Road Home – Danielle Steel
You Belong to MeMary Higgins Clark
N is for Noose – Sue Grafton
A Widow for One Year – John Irving
I Know This Much Is True – Wally Lamb
The Klone and I – Danielle Steel
Point of Origin – Patricia Cornwell
Rainbow Six – Tom Clancy
Bag of Bones – Stephen King
The Path of Daggers – Robert Jordan
A Man in Full – Tom Wolfe


Other Most Popular Books

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) – J.K. Rolling
Holes (Holes #1) – Louis Sachar
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) – George R. R. Martin
The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
Digital Fortress – Dan Brown
Stardust – Neil Gaiman
Who Moved My Cheese – Spencer Johnson
The Pact – Jodi Picoult
Message in a Bottle – Nicholas Sparks
Harry Potter Boxset (Harry Potter #1-7) – J. K. Rowling


1998 Top Children’s Books:

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Skellig – David Almond
Sunderlies Seeking – Gayle Greeno (with Mark Hess and Michael Gilbert)
Summon the Keeper – Tanya Huff (with Mark Hess)
Dark Lord of Derkholm – Diana Wynne Jones
The Crowstarver – Dick King-Smith
BoshBlobberBosh: Runcible Poems for Edward Lear – J. Patrick Lewis (with Gary Kelley)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling
Holes – Louis Sachar
Abomination – Robert Swindells
Mouse, Look Out! – Judy Waite
Rabbit and the Moon – Douglas Wood


1998 Top Fashion and Trends:

Southeast Asian and Indian fashion
Unisex casual chic look
Dark stonewash jeans
Spaghetti-strap crop tops
Tracksuits, sweatpants and other athletic clothing
Denim designer jackets/matching jeans (highly popular in Europe)
Running shoes with built-in air pumps for both sexes
Leather shoes replaced canvas – soles made of foam vs solid rubber
Rounded shoes, flip flops, and jelly shoes popular
Embellished slippers
Novelty Wellington boots with leopard print or zebra stripe patterns
Moccasin loafers
Large hoop earrings
Rhinestone-encrusted hip belts
Beaded wrist bands, jelly bracelets and lariats
Alice bands
Pashimas (shawls)



Grunge look unfashionable
Revival of more stylish clothes – brand names Calvin Klein – Ralph Lauren
Bright colors (camillia rose, blazing orange, whisper pink, hot coral and wind chime – light grayish blue)
Untucked shirts fashionable
Smart casual – business casual wear (kickstarted by Bill Gates of Microsoft)
Trend to wear black shirts, black ties, and black suits
Black leather reefer jackets



Look of British All Saints girl group for teenagers: baggy jeans, T-shirts, sweatshirts, tanktops, trainers, cargo pants and crop tops
Disney film characters for younger children on T-shirts and sweaters
Also Tartan trousers, striped shirts, long sleeved polo shirts,
Crew neck sweatshirts worn over a turtleneck
Colored jeans rolled up to show off slouch socks
Athletic shorts especially soccer shorts
Blue denim and railroad stripe overalls and shortalls popular for young girls


1998 World Population:

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1998 Top News and Major Events:

January 2 – Russia begins to circulate new rubles to stem inflation and promote confidence.
January 12 – Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.
January 22 – Suspected “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski pleads guilty and accepts a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
Feb 4 – The 5.9 Mw Afghanistan earthquake shakes the Takhar Province with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VII (Very strong). With up to 4,000 killed, and 818 injured, damage is considered extreme.
March 5 – NASA announces that the Clementine probe orbiting the Moon has found enough water in polar craters to support a human colony and rocket fueling station.
March 13 – The High-Z Supernova Search Team becomes the first team to publish evidence that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate.
April 5 – In Japan, the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge linking Shikoku with Honshū and costing about US $3.8 billion, opens to traffic, becoming the largest suspension bridge in the world.
April 10 – Good Friday Agreement – The United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland sign the Good Friday Agreement, also known as the Belfast Agreement. The agreement marked the beginning of the peace process between Ireland and Britain.
May 28 – Nuclear testing: In response to a series of Indian nuclear tests, Pakistan explodes five nuclear devices of its own in the Chaghai hills of Baluchistan, codenamed Chagai-I, prompting the United States, Japan and other nations to impose economic sanctions.
May 30 – A 6.6 magnitude earthquake hits northern Afghanistan, killing up to 5,000.
June 25 – Windows 98 released – a graphical operating system by Microsoft. It is the second major release in the Windows 9x line of operating systems and the successor to Windows 95.
July 17 – At a conference in Rome, 120 countries vote to create a permanent International Criminal Court to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.
– The 7.0 Mw Papua New Guinea earthquake shakes the region near Aitape with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). This submarine earthquake triggered a landslide that caused a destructive tsunami, leaving more than 2,100 dead and thousands injured.
August 4 – The Second Congo War begins; 5.4 million people die before it ends in 2003, making it the bloodiest war, to date, since World War II.
August 7 – 1998 U.S. embassy bombings: The bombings of the United States embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, kill 224 people and injure over 4,500; they are linked to terrorist Osama bin Laden, an exile of Saudi Arabia.
August 31 – Dow Jones drops over 500 points on the New York Stock Exchange.
September 2 – A United Nations court finds Jean-Paul Akayesu, the former mayor of a small town in Rwanda, guilty of nine counts of genocide, marking the first time that the 1948 law banning genocide is enforced.
September 4 – Google, Inc. is founded in Menlo Park, California, by Stanford University PhD candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
September 5 – The Government of North Korea adopts a military dictatorship on its 50th anniversary.
October 14 – Eric Rudolph is charged with four bombings (including the 1996 Olympic bombing) in Atlanta.
October 29 – Hurricane Mitch makes landfall in Central America, killing an estimated 11,000 people.
November 17 – Voyager 1 overtakes Pioneer 10 as the most distant man-made object from the Solar System, at a distance of 69.419 AU (1.03849×1010 km).
November 20 – A Russian Proton rocket is launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying the first segment of the International Space Station, the 21-ton Zarya Module.
November 24 – A declassified report by Swiss International Olympic Committee official Marc Hodler reveals that bribes had been used to bring the 2002 Winter Olympics to Salt Lake City during bidding process in 1995. The IOC, the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, the United States Olympic Committee and the United States Department of Justice immediately launch an investigation into the scandal.
December 4 – The Space Shuttle Endeavour launches the first American component to the International Space Station, the 25,600 lb Unity module on STS-88. It docks with Zarya two days later.
December 16-19 – Iraq disarmament crisis: U.S. President Bill Clinton orders airstrikes on Iraq. UNSCOM withdraws all weapons inspectors from Iraq.
December 19 – The U.S. House of Representatives forwards articles of impeachment against President Clinton to the Senate, making him the second president to be impeached in the nation.
December 29 – Khmer Rouge leaders apologize for the post-Vietnam War genocide in Cambodia that killed more than one million people in the 1970s.
December 31 – The first leap second since June 30, 1997, occurs. It is a one-second adjustment that is occasionally applied to Coordinated Universal Time in order to keep its time of day close to the mean solar time. Without such a correction, time reckoned by Earth’s rotation drifts away from atomic time because of irregularities in the Earth’s rate of rotation. Since this system of correction was implemented in 1972, 27 leap seconds have been inserted.


Other 1998 notable events

– Financial Crisis hits much of South East Asia.
– World’s biggest airport in the world opens in Hong Kong.
– Official famine Southern Sudan declared with estimates that over 1 million people could die from starvation.
– US announces first budget surplus in 30 years.
– Osama bin Laden publishes fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders.
– Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) is signed between Tobacco Companies and US States becoming the largest civil settlement in United States history.
– The two oil companies Exxon and Mobil merge to create the world’s largest petroleum company.
– Quebec demands independence from Canada.
– Microsoft becomes biggest Company in the World valued at $261bn on the New York Stock Exchange.
– United States Department of Justice (DOJ) brings Anti-Trust Case against Microsoft Corp.
– Israel celebrates its 50th Anniversary of its founding.
– UK Reports of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism spectrum disorders in the UK are answered by The World Health Organization, who says no link exists and that, thanks to the use of the MMR vaccine, death from diseases like measles and diphtheria have almost been eradicated.


1998 Pop Culture:
January 8 – Ramzi Yousef is sentenced to life in prison for planning the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993.
January 17 – The Drudge Report breaks the story about U.S. President Bill Clinton’s alleged affair with Monica Lewinsky, which would lead to the House of Representatives’ impeachment of him.
February 7-22 – The 1998 Winter Olympics are held in Nagano, Japan.
March 1 Titanic becomes the first film to gross US$1 billion.
March 23 – The 70th Academy Awards ceremony, hosted for the 6th time by Billy Crystal, is held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Titanic wins 11 Oscars including Best Picture.
July 12 – France beats Brazil 3–0 in the FIFA World Cup Final.
July 17 – In Saint Petersburg, Nicholas II of Russia and his family are buried in St. Catherine Chapel, 80 years after he and his family were killed by the Lenin-led Bolsheviks in 1918.


More Pop Culture news in 1998
(Pop Culture Madness)
– Bill Clinton denies he had “sexual relations” with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, starting the Lewinsky scandal and investigations.
– The concert by the Three Tenors (Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti) for the opening of the World Cup In France is seen by 100,000 live and 3 billion around the world.
Time Magazine’s Men of the Year – Bill Clinton and Kenneth Starr
Miss America – Kate Shindle (Evanston, IL)
Miss USA – Shawae Jebbia (Massachusetts)
– ESPN (the magazine) began publication.
– When AOL 4.0 launched in 1998, they used ALL of the world’s CD production capacity for several weeks.
– Jesse Ventura was elected Governor of Minnesota.
– Job seeker website was founded.
– MP3s were created for the first time.
– People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive: Harrison Ford
– Price of Titleist golf balls in 1998: $20.00/48.
– On April Fool’s Day in 1998, Burger King took out a full-page ad in USA Today introducing a Whopper, designed especially for lefties. The new burger would contain the same ingredients as the original, but rotated 180°. Thousands of customers swarmed BK restaurants requesting the “lefty” Whopper.
– Deaths: Frank Sinatra (Pop vocalist) age 82; Roy Rogers (Country Movie Legend) age 86; Sonny Bono (Pop star/Congressman) age 62; Tammy Wynette (Country Legend Vocalist) age 55; Phil Hartman (Television star) age 49.


1998 Science:

January 6 – The Lunar Prospector spacecraft is launched into orbit around the Moon, and later finds evidence for frozen water, in soil in permanently shadowed craters near the Moon’s poles.
January 14 – Researchers in Dallas, Texas, present findings about an enzyme that slows aging and cell death (apoptosis).
February 26 – Total solar eclipse 
March 2 – Data sent from the Galileo space probe indicates that Jupiter’s moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.
March 13 – Penumbral lunar eclipse, the first of three lunar eclipses that year.
March 27 – The Food and Drug Administration approves Viagra for use as a treatment for erectile dysfunction, the first pill to be approved for this condition in the United States.
May – Dr. Friedrich-Wilhelm Mohr performs the first robotically assisted coronary artery bypass surgery, at the Leipzig Heart Centre in Germany using the da Vinci Surgical System; later in the year, Dr. Ralph Damiano performs on 17 patients in Pennsylvania.
July 5 – Japan launches a probe to Mars, joining the United States and Russia as an outer space-exploring nation.
August – Edinburgh Modular Arm System, the world’s first bionic arm is fitted.
August 8 – Penumbral lunar eclipse
August 15 – Apple releases the iMac.
August 22 – Annular solar eclipse, when the Moon’s apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun’s, blocking most of the Sun’s light and causing the Sun to look like an annulus (ring).
September 6 – Penumbral lunar eclipse
September 23 – The world’s first medically successful hand transplantation is carried out by a team of surgeons in France. 
October 29 – Space Shuttle Discovery blasts-off with 77-year-old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space. He became the first American to orbit Earth on February 20, 1962.
November 20 – Zarya, the first module of the International Space Station, is launched.



Year 1997 {Baby Book & Journal Filler}

1997 News Headlines, Trends, World Leaders, and Cost of Living compiled for Baby Books, Photo Books, Scrap Books and Commemorative Projects. #Baby #BabyBook #PhotoBook #1997

Welcome to the year 1997!

Below you will find the list I compiled of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 1997. I hope this helps you with the baby book, time capsule, or commemorative project you’re working on. If you don’t feel like writing down all this information, take a look at the printable options available.

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Research Contributor: Pat Ruppel

1997 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):

Minimum Wage ~ Highest: $5.75 in District of Columbia & Lowest: $1.60 in Wyoming (
Gallon of Milk~ $2.61/yr avg (
Dozen Eggs (Large, Grade A) ~  $1.06/yr avg (
Loaf of bread (1-lb white) ~ $.87/yr avg (
U.S. Postage Stamp ~ $.32  (Wikipedia)
New Car Price ~ $16,900  (
Regular Unleaded Gallon of Gas ~ $1.23/yr avg (
Movie Ticket ~ $4.59 (
Median Sales Price of New House ~ $146,000 (
Median Household Income ~ $37,005 (± 281) (


1997 World Leaders:

Bill Clinton, President of the United States
Madeleine Albright, United States Secretary of State
Jean Chrétien, Prime Minister of Canada
Jiang Zemin, People’s Republic of China
Akihito, Emperor of Japan
Roman Herzog, President of Germany
Boris Yeltsin, President of Russia
Sir John Major (until May ’97) then Tony Blair became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Pope John Paul II of Vatican City
Jacques Chirac, President of France
Shankar Dayal Sharma (until July ‘97) then K. R. Narayanan became President of India
Ezer Weizman, President of Israel
Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations


1997 Top Technology:

1997 Top Televisions:

Phillips introduced a 42-inch (107 cm) display, with 852×480 resolution – only plasma to be displayed to retail public in four Sears locations in the U.S.
Pioneer introduces the world’s first high definition 50-inch plasma display for consumer use.

1997 Mobile phones:

Nokia 3110
Siemens C10
Nokia 6110

1997 Top Wearable Technology:


1997 Computer Desktops, Laptops, Tablets & Readers:

IBM IntelliStation, originally a work-station personal computer, announced in March 1997 as a follow-on to the IBM PC Series 360 and 365
Intel releases NLK Motherboard in March 1997
Intel Pentium II introduced May 7, 1997
AMD releases K6 processor line in April 1997 running at speeds of 166 and 200 MHz.
Apple’s first Power Macintosh G3 desktop introduced in Nov 1997
Apple’s Mac OS 8 released July 26, 1997
Winamp Version 1, a media player, was released in 1997
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 released in October 1997
CD-RW discs were introduced in 1997
Yahoo Mail – an e-mail service was launched in 1997
Adobe Dreamweaver, a proprietary web development tool, was created by Macromedia in 1997
Virtual PC by Connectix — was originally developed as a Macintosh application for System 7.5 and released by Connectix in June 1997

1997 Top Online Social Communities:

(1990’s to 2000’s) – Social networking website is created in 1997, which is said to be the first ever social media website
AsianAvenue – launched July 21, 1997, a social networking website targeted to the Asian American community.
CaringBridge – Sona Mehring creates the original CaringBridge website
AOL Instant Messenger
Windows Live Messenger
March 1 – DVD launched in the United States
March 26 – The first DVDs were released
May – The “DVD Consortium” is replaced by the DVD Forum, open to all other companies.
August 29 – DVD launched in the United States

1997 Top Gaming systems:

Pippin (Apple Bandai Pippin) – a multimedia technology console designed by Apple Computer
Mac (Classic Mac OS/Mac OS 8) – The Macintosh operating system is credited with having popularized the graphical user interface concept
Nintendo 64 – third video game console named for its 64-bit central processing unit released in Europe and Asia
New-Style Super NES – a compact redesign of the original Super Nintendo Entertainment System video game console
Dual Analog Controller – Sony’s first handheld analog controller for the PlayStation
November – First Grand Theft Auto video game launched.

1997 Top Tech Gadgets:

Beanie Babies – Garcia the Bear retired in May ’97 and Beanie Baby Princess introduced Oct ’97 in honor of Princess Diana who died in August ’97.
Tamagotchi – a keychain-sized virtual pet simulation game released in May ‘97.
Automobiles (Electric, hybrid, and self-driving cars)
Chevrolet S-10 EV – an American electric-powered vehicle introduced in 1997
Honda EV Plus – first battery electric vehicle from a major automaker with non-lead acid batteries
Toyota RAV4 EV – all electric version of the popular RAV4 SUV produced by Toyota
General Motors EV1 – an electric car produced and leased by General Motors
Toyota Coaster Hybrid EV – first Japanese series hybrid bus


1997 Top Celebrities:

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George Clooney – starred in ER, Batman & Robin and dubbed as People’s Sexiest Man Alive
Tyra Banks – first black model to have a solo Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover
Lee Ann Rimes ~ then 14, was youngest person ever to win a Grammy
Madonna ~ won Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical in Evita
The Notorious B.I.G. ~ murdered in a drive-by shooting in L.A.
Spice Girls
Toni Braxton
Dru Hill
R. Kelly
Savage Garden
Az Yet
Duncan Sheik
En Vogue
Puff Daddy

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Harrison Ford
Julia Roberts
Leonardo DiCaprio
Will Smith
Tom Cruise
Jack Nicholson
Jim Carey
John Travolta
Robin Williams
Tommy Lee Jones

1997 Top Musicians (
Mariah Carey
Smashing Pumpkins
Foo Fighters
Nine Inch Nails
The Verve
Counting Crows
Lenny Kravitz
Céline Dion
Daft Punk
Sneaker Pimps
Fleetwood Mac
Spice Girls
Garth Brooks
The Offspring
Bryan Adams


1997 Top Athletes:

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Highest Paid

Michael Jordan – Basketball USA
Evander Holyfield – Boxing USA
Oscar De La Hoya – Boxing USA
Michael Schumacker – F1 Motorsports Germany
Mike Tyson – Boxing USA (infamous rematch ended when disqualified for biting Holyfield’s ear)
Tiger Woods – Golf USA
Shaquille O’Neal – Basketball USA
Dale Earnhardt – NASCAR USA
Joe Sakic – Hockey Canada
Grant Hill – Basketball USA


1997 Top Sporting Events:

Super Bowl: The Green Bay Packers defeated the New England Patriots 35–21, earning their third overall Super Bowl victory,
Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon, driving the #24 Chevrolet, won the race.
The Kentucky Derby: 123rd running was won by Silver Charm and ridden by Gary Stevens
The Masters: Tiger Woods won his first major championship 12 strokes ahead of Tom Kite
Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings won over the Philadelphia Flyers
NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beating the Utah Jazz 4 games to 2
Wimbledon: Men’s singles: Pete Sampras
Wimbledon: Women’s singles: Martina Hingis
FIFA World Cup: no cup final in 1997 – in 1998 France won over Brazil 3-0
Women’s World Cup: no FIFA women’s world cup in 1997 – in 1999 US won over China 0-0 with a penalty shootout
World Series: Florida Marlins won first World Series over Cleveland Indians 4 games to 3
Olympics: next in 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan


1997 Top Songs:

Something About the Way You Look Tonight – Elton John and rewrote his 1973 single Candle in the Wind 1997 as a tribute to Princess Diana
Foolish Games/You Were Meant for Me – Jewel
I’ll Be Missing You – Puff Daddy and American singer Faith Evans, featuring R&B Group 112
Un-Break My Heart – Toni Braxton
Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down – Puff Daddy featuring Mase
I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly
Don’t Let Go (Love) – En Vogue
Return of the Mack – Mark Morrison
How Do I Live – LeAnn Rimes
Wannabe – Spice Girls
Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) – Backstreet Boys
MMMBop – Hanson
For You I Will – Monica
You Make Me Wanna. . . – Usher
Bitch – Meredith Brooks

Other Popular Songs in 1997:
Nobody – Keith Sweat featuring Athena Cage
Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind
Barely Breathing – Duncan Sheik
Hard to Say I’m Sorry – Az Yet featuring Peter Cetera
Mo Money – Mo Problems – The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy and Mase
The Freshmen – The Verve Pipe
I Want You – Savage Garden
I Belong to You (Every Time I See Your Face) – Rome
Hypnotize – The Notorious B.I.G.
Every Time I Close My Eyes – Babyface
In My Bed – Dru Hill
Say You’ll Be There – Spice Girls
Do You Know (What It Takes) – Robyn
4 Seasons of Loneliness – Boyz II Men


1997 Top Television Shows:

ER – 21.2 rating
Seinfeld – 20.5
Suddenly Susan – 17.0
Friends – 16.8
The Naked Truth – 16.8
Fired Up – 16.5
Monday Night Football – 16.0
The Single Guy – 14.1
Home Improvement – 14.0
Touched By An Angel – 13.6


1997 Top Movies:

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Men in Black
Tomorrow Never Dies
Air Force One
As Good As It Gets
Liar Liar
My Best Friend’s Wedding
The Fifth Element
The Full Monty

Other popular movies

Batman & Robin
The Rainmaker


1997 Top Books:

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Airframe ~ Michael Crichton
Hornet’s Nest ~ Patricia Cornwell
Sole Survivor ~ Dean Koontz
The Partner ~ John Grisham
Pretend You Don’t See Her ~ Mary Higgins Clark
Plum Island ~ Nelson DeMille
Special Delivery ~ Danielle Steel
Unnatural Exposure ~ Patricia Cornwell
Flood Tide ~ Clive Cussler
The Ghost ~ Danielle Steel
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Alborn
The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster – Jon Krakauer
A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson
Gun, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies – Jared Diamond
The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert T. Kiyosaki
Naked – David Sedaris
Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, #1) – Lee Child
Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment – Eckhart Tolle


1997 Top Children’s Books:

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ~ J.K. Rolling
Ella Enchanted ~ Gail Carson Levine
Out of the Dust ~ Karen Hesse
Seedfolks ~ Paul Fleischman
The Subtle Knife ~ Andrew Pullman
Harry the Poisonous Centipede: A Story to Make You Squirm (first in the Harry the Poisonous Centipede trilogy) ~ Lynn Reid Banks
Wolf: The Journey Home ~ Asta Bowen
The Grass House ~ Cao Wenxuan
Budgie the Little Helicopter ~ Sarah Ferguson
A Ring of Tricksters: Animal Tales from America, the West Indies, and Africa ~ Virginia Hamilton (with Barry Moser)
The Veil of Snows ~ Mark Helprin (with Chris Van Allsburg)
Lady Muck (illustrated by Jonathan Heale) ~ William Mayne
The Moorchild ~ Eloise Jarvis McGraw
The Two Bullies ~ Junko Morimoto
Dippers ~ Barbara Nichol (with Barry Moser)
The Adventures of Captain Underpants ~ Dav Pilkey
Big Red Tequila ~ Rick Riordan


1997 Top Fashion and Trends:

Block heeled shoes
In­corporated ethnic chic cloth (khadi, paisley, silk) into Western inspired clothing patterns for shirts, blouses featuring embroidery
Union jack motifs inspired by the Cool Britannia movement
Flak jackets with camouflage patterns
Bright colors making a comeback
Glamour wear
High-waisted miniskirts
Plastic chokers
Knee socks associated with the school girl look
Tight pants
Slip dresses
Turtle-neck sweaters
Conservative chic, capri pants
High-waisted trousers
Grungy look for men phasing out – more dressy casual look
Gothic look makeup
Rachel Green haircut popular (from Friends)


1997 World Population:



1997 Top News and Major Events:

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January 20 – Bill Clinton is sworn in for second term as President of the United States.
January 22 – Madeleine Albright becomes the first female Secretary of State, after confirmation by the United States Senate.
February 5 – The so-called “Big Three” banks in Switzerland announce the creation of a $71 million fund to aid Holocaust survivors and their families.
March 4 – U.S. President Bill Clinton bans federal funding for any research on human cloning.
March 13 – India’s Missionaries of Charity chooses Sister Nirmala to succeed Mother Teresa as its leader.
March 13 – The Phoenix Lights, a series of UFOs, are seen over Phoenix, Arizona.
March 22 – The Comet Hale–Bopp makes its closest approach to Earth.
April 18 – The Red River of the North breaks through dikes and floods Grand Forks, North Dakota, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota, causing US $2 billion in damage.
April 21 – A Pegasus rocket carries the remains of 24 people into earth orbit, in the first space burial.
May 2 – The Labour Party of the United Kingdom returns to power for the first time in 18 years, with Tony Blair becoming Prime Minister in a landslide majority in the 1997 general election.
May 11 – IBM’s Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, the first time a computer beats a chess World champion in a match.
May 15 – The United States government acknowledges existence of the “Secret War” in Laos (1953–1975) during the Vietnam War, and dedicates the Laos Memorial in honor of Hmong and other “Secret War” veterans.
May 27 – The second-deadliest tornado of the 1990s hits in Jarrell, Texas, killing 27 people.
June 11 – In the United Kingdom, the House of Commons votes for a total ban on handguns.
June 13 – A jury sentences Timothy McVeigh to death for his part in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
June 25 – A massive eruption of the Soufrière Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat leads to evacuation and eventual abandonment of the capital, Plymouth.
An unmanned Progress spacecraft collides with the Russian space station Mir.
July 4 – NASA’s Pathfinder space probe lands on the surface of Mars.
July 8 – Mayo Clinic researchers warn that the dieting drug “fen-phen” can cause severe heart and lung damage.
NATO invites the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland to join the alliance in 1999.
July 17 – The F. W. Woolworth Company closes after 117 years in business.
July 21 – On her 200th birthday, the fully restored USS Constitution (aka “Old Ironsides”) sets sail for the first time in 116 years.
The first genetically modified 3 parent baby is born.
August 4 – 185,000 Teamsters Union United Parcel Service drivers walk off the job.
August 6 – Microsoft buys a $150 million share of financially troubled Apple Computer.
August 31 – Death of Diana, Princess of Wales: Diana, Princess of Wales is taken to a hospital after a car accident shortly after midnight, in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris. She is pronounced dead at 3:00 am.
September 6 – The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, takes place at Westminster Abbey, watched by over 2 billion people worldwide.
September 7 – The F-22 Raptor makes its first test flight.
September 11 – Scotland votes to create its own Parliament after 290 years of union with England.
September 26 – An earthquake strikes the Italian regions of Umbria and Marche, causing part of the Basilica of St. Francis at Assisi to collapse.
October 15 – NASA launches the Cassini–Huygens probe to Saturn.
October 16 – The first color photograph appears on the front page of The New York Times.
October 29 – Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq says it will begin shooting down Lockheed U-2 surveillance planes being used by UNSCOM inspectors.
November 11 – Telecom companies WorldCom and MCI Communications announce a US$37 billion merger to form MCI WorldCom (the largest merger in U.S. history).
November 19 – In Des Moines, Iowa, Bobbi McCaughey gives birth to septuplets in the second known case where all 7 babies are born alive, and the first in which all survive infancy.
November 24 – Stock markets around the world crash because of a global economic crisis scare and in response to a 554.26 point free fall on November 24th , New York Stock Exchange officials invoked the “circuit breaker” rule and put a halt to trading.
November 27 – NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission is launched, the start of the satellite component of the Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System.
December 3 – In Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, representatives from 121 countries sign a treaty prohibiting the manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel land mines. However, the United States, the People’s Republic of China, Russia, South Korea and 32 other nations do not sign and/or ratify the treaty.
December 10 – The capital of Kazakhstan is moved from Almaty to Astana.
December 29 Hong Kong begins to kill all the chickens within its territory (1.25 million) to stop the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain.


1997 Pop Culture:

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March 9 – Notorious B.I.G. Shot and killed in drive-by shooting.
March 22 – Tara Lipinski, 14, becomes the youngest women’s world figure skating champion.
March 31 – The popular children’s television show Teletubbies debuts on BBC 2.
April – Tiger Woods at 21 years old became the youngest ever golfer to win the Masters
May 8 – Playhouse Disney launches.
June 26 – Bloomsbury Publishing publishes J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in London.
June 27 – Walt Disney Feature Animation’s thirty-fifth animated feature Hercules is released.
June 28 – Mike Tyson Bites Evander Holyfield’s ear during a match and is suspended from boxing.
August 4 – Jeanne Calment, the oldest person ever, dies at age 122 years 164 days in Arles, France.
August 13 – The controversial animated sitcom South Park debuts on Comedy Central.
October 12 – Singer/songwriter/environmental activist, John Denver, died at the age of 53 flying his personal experimental canard aircraft in a single-fatality crash.
November – The Lion King Musical on Broadway debuts.
December 19 – James Cameron’s Titanic, the then highest-grossing film of all time, premieres in the U.S.

(more Pop Culture news in 1997)

-The 60’s TV show Lost in Space, as written, took place in 1997.
-Julia “Butterfly” Hill, on December 10, 1997, ascended 180 feet up the redwood tree Luna to stave off Pacific Lumber Co. loggers who were clear-cutting. Hill lived on two 6-by-6-foot platforms for 738 days until a resolution was reached with the logging company.
-Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak swapped places on Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune as an April Fool’s Day joke.
-LeAnn Rimes was the youngest person ever to win the ‘Best New Artist” Grammy.


1997 Science:

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January 17 – Explosion of a Delta II rocket carrying a military GPS payload shortly after liftoff from Cape Canaveral.
February 13 – Tune-up and repair work on the Hubble Space Telescope is started by astronauts from the Space Shuttle Discovery.
February 22 – In Roslin, Scotland, scientists announce that an adult sheep named Dolly has been successfully cloned and was born in July 1996.
February 27 – GRB 970228, a highly luminous flash of gamma rays, strikes the Earth for 80 seconds, providing early evidence that gamma-ray bursts occur well beyond the Milky Way.
March 4 – United States President Bill Clinton bars federal funding for any research on human cloning.
March 8 – Complete solar eclipse
March 24 – Partial lunar eclipse.
April 25 – Scientists announce that Human artificial chromosomes have been created.
May – High Resolution Fly’s Eye Cosmic Ray Detector (HiRes) is built and operated on the Dugway Proving Grounds in the western Utah desert.
May 10 – The 7.3 Mw Qayen earthquake shakes eastern Iran with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme). At least 1,567 were killed and 2,300 were injured.
July 4 – Mars Pathfinder lands on the surface of Mars.
July 10 – In London, scientists report their DNA analysis findings from a Neanderthal skeleton, which support the out of Africa theory of human evolution, placing an “African Eve” at 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.
August 25 – Launch of Explorer 71 of the Explorer program of spacecraft.
September – Partial solar eclipse.
Total lunar eclipse.
September 7 – First test flight of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fifth-generation jet fighter.
September 15 – The domain name for the web search engine Google is registered.
October 15 – Launch of 10-year Cassini–Huygens spacecraft to Saturn.
October 15 – The first supersonic land speed record is set by the ThrustSSC team from the United Kingdom.
October 30 – First successful test flight of the ESA’s Ariane 5 expendable launch system.
November 6 – The discovery of KLOTHO is reported, a gene involved in human aging

(more Science in 1997)

-14 year old Nathan Zohner was able to get 43 out of 50 of his classmates to vote to ban “Dihydrogen Monoxide” for his science fair project. His project aimed to prove that the use of true facts can lead the ignorant public to false conclusions. He won first prize. Dihydrogen Monoxide is another description for ‘water’.
Hydraulic fracturing (fracking), was often considered too expensive to realistically pursue until an engineer discovered more efficient methods in 1997. Although Nicholas Steinsberger saved his company and changed the industry, he did not receive a bonus from the company, Mitchell Energy.
Steve Jobs returns to Apple Computer, Inc at Macworld in Boston as a consultant after the company purchases his software startup NeXT.
Food and Drug Administration approval of daclizumab, the first humanized antibody therapeutic
Megalosaurus and Cetiosaurus footprints are identified at Ardley, Oxfordshire, by Christopher Jackson.



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Year 2017 {Baby Book & Journal Filler}

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Welcome to the year 2017!

Below you will find the list I compiled of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 2017. I hope this helps you with the baby book, time capsule, or commemorative project you’re working on. The blog post is fairly long, so if you don’t feel like writing down all the information check out the printable options.

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2017 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):

Minimum Wage~  Highest: $12.50 in Washington D.C.  &  Lowest: $5.15 in Wyoming & Georgia (
Gallon of Milk~ $3.15 (
Dozen Eggs(Large, Grade A)~  $1.50 (
Loaf of bread (1lb)~ $1.30 (
U.S. Postage Stamp~ 49 cents (Wikipedia)
New Car Price (midsize SUV)~ $34,968  (Kelley Blue Book
Regular Unleaded Gallon of Gas~ $2.55 (
Movie Ticket~ $8.93 (
Median sales price of new house in November~ $318,700 (
Median Household Income~ $60,802 (Estimated based on 2.4% increase between 2015-2016. Data collected during 2017 and final number will be reported September 2018.
Living Wage ~ The living wage in the United States is $16.07 per hour in 2017, before taxes to support a family of four (two working adults, two children).


2017 World Leaders:

Donald Trump, President of the United States
Rex W. Tillerson, United States Secretary of State
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Xi Jinping, President of China
Akihito, Emporer of Japan
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of Germany
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Pope Francis of Vatican City
Francois Hollande, President of France
Pranab Mukherjee, President of India
Reuven Rivlin, President of Isreal
António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations


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2017 Technology:

2017 Top Televisions:

Samsung Electronics UN65MU8000 65-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
TCL 55S405 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
LG Electronics OLED55C7P 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV (2017 Model)
Sony XBR55X900E 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017)

2017 Top Smart phones:

Samsung Galaxy s8,  s8 Plus, and Note 8
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Iphone 8 and 8 Plus, iPhone X
OnePlus 3
Google Pixel and Google Pixel 2
Nexus 6P

2017 Top Wearable Technology:

Apple Watch Series 3
Huawei Watch 2

2017 Top Computer Desktops, Laptops, Tablets & Readers:

HP Envy 34 Curved All-in-One
Acer Predator G1-710-70001
Apple iMac 27-inch with Retina 5k Display
Razer Blade Stealth
Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch
Asus ZenBook 3
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming
Microsoft Surface Book
Apple iPad Pro 9.7, Mini 4
Google Pixel C
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

2017 Top Online Social Communities:


2017 Top Gaming systems:

Xbox One X
Xbox One S 2TB, S, One
Playstation 4 Pro, 4 and Playstation VR
Nintendo Switch
Nintendo 2DS XL

2017 Top Tech Gadgets:

3D Printing
Segway One S1
Echo & Alexa
Electric, hybrid, and self-driving cars


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2017 Top Celebrities:

( and
Emma Stone
Ryan Gosling
Casey Affleck
Viola Davis
Taraji P. Henson
Mahershala Ali
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
George and Amal Clooney
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Mandy Moore
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber
Chip and Joanna Gaines
Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani
Beyonce’ and JayZ
Kendall & Kylie Jenner
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Khloe Kardashian
Taylor Swift
Ben Affleck
Jennifer Lopez



2017 Top Athletes:

Tom Brady
Kurt Busch
John Velazquez and Always Dreaming
Sergio Garcia
Sidney Crosby
George Springer

2017 Top Sporting Events:

Super Bowl: New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime after being 25 points down.
Daytona 500: Kurt Busch
The Kentucky Derby: Always Dreaming under jockey John Velazquez
The Masters: Sergio Garcia
Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh Penguins defeat Nashville Predators 4-2 in game series
NBA Championship: Golden State Warriors defeat Cleveland Cavaliers 4-1 in game series
Wimbledon: Men’s singles: Roger Federer
Wimbledon: Women’s singles: Garbine Muguruza
FIFA World Cup: TBD
Women’s World Cup: next in 2019
World Series: Houston Astros defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 in game series
Olympics: next in 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea


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2017 Top Songs:

( Hot 100)
Black Beatles~ Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane   —number 1 in January
Bad and Boujee~ Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert   —number 1 in February
Shape Of You~ Ed Sheeran   —number 1 in March
Shape Of You~ Ed Sheeran  –number 1 in April
Humble~ Kendrick Lamar  —number 1 in May
Despacito~ Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber   —number 1 in June
Despacito~ Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber  —number 1 in July
Despacito~ Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat Justin Bieber  —number 1 in August
Despacito~ Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat Justin Bieber  —number 1 in September
Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)~ Cardi B  —number 1 in October
Rockstar~ Post Malone feat. 21 Savage  —number 1 in November
Perfect~ Ed Sheeran Duet with Beyonce  –number 1 in December
Other Popular Songs in 2017:
Paris~ The Chainsmokers
I Don’t Wanna to Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)~ Zayn / Taylor Swift
That’s What I Like~ Bruno Mars
Love On The Brain~ Rihanna
Body Like A Back Road~ Sam Hunt
Million Reasons~ Lady Gaga
Bank Account~ 21 Savage
Attention~ Charlie Puth
Look What You Made Me Do~ Taylor Swift
Thunder~ Imagine Dragons
Female~ Keith Urban
Walk on Water~ Eminem feat Beyonce
Gucci Gang~ Lil Pump
Havana~ Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug


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2017 Top Television Shows:

This Is Us
The Americans
The Voice
Sneaky Pete
Big Little Lies
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things 2


2017 Top Movies:

Hidden Figures–number 1 in January
Fifty Shades Darker –number 1 in February
Beauty and the Beast–number 1 in March
Fate of the Furious –number 1 in April
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 –number 1 in May
Wonder Woman –number 1 in June
Spider-man: Homecoming –number 1 in July
Annabelle Creation –number 1 in August
It –number 1 in September
Blade Runner 2049number 1 in October
Thor: Ragnaroknumber 1 in November
Star Wars: The Last Jedi —number 1 in December

Other popular movies…
The LEGO Batman Movie
Cars 3
Transformers: The Last Knight
Despicable Me 3


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2017 Top Books:

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI~ David Grann
Little Fires Everywhere~ Celeste Ng
Beartown: A Novel~ Fredrik Backman
Exit West: A Novel~ Mohsin Hamid
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow~ Yuval Noah Harari
Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel~ George Saunders
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of A Family and Culture in Crisis~ J.D. Vance
Milk and Honey~ Rupi Kaur
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity~ William P. Young
1984 (Signet Classics)~ George Orwell
The Whole30: The 30-day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom~ Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig
A Man Called Ove: A Novel~ Fredrik Backman
Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers~ Timothy Ferriss
First 100 Words~ Roger Priddy
The Lose Your Belly Diet: Change Your Gut, Change Your Life~ Travis Stork, M.D.
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts~ Gary Chapman

2017 Top Children’s Books:

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow~ Jessica Townsend
The Antlered Ship~ Dashka Slater, Terry Fan
Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties~ Dav Pilkey
The Stars Beneath Our Feet~ David Barclay Moore
We’re All Wonders~ R. J. Palacio
Malala’s Magic Pencil~ Malala Yousafzai
Pashima~ Nidhi Chanani
Professional Crocodile~ Giovanna Zoboli, Mariachiara Di Giorgio
See You in the Cosmos~ Jack Cheng
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 3, The Ship of the Dead~ Rick Riordan
Refugee~ Alan Gratz
Mighty, Mighty Construction Site~ Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld



2017 Top Fashion and Trends:

Beachy long hair on women
Shoulder-length bob hair on women
Pastel-colored hair and highlights
Hair extensions
Skinny jeans and pants with heels or booties
Embellished sneakers
Athletic inspired pieces
Women’s mule shoes
Boyfriend jeans
Boho skirts and dresses
Mid-drift baring tops
Messy buns
Yoga Pants, leggings, and patterned running tights
High-waisted pants and shorts for women
Fitted and skinny jeans on men paired with converse
Cole Haan Zerogrand dress shoes for men
Beards on men
Lumberjack look for men


2017 World Population:

7,443,135,000 and counting…



2017 Top News and Major Events:

January 20 – Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.
January 21 – Millions of people worldwide join the Women’s March in response to the inauguration of Donald Trump. 420 marches were reported in the U.S. and 168 in other countries, becoming the largest single-day protest in American history and the largest worldwide protest in recent history.
January 27 – Worldwide controversy results after United States president Donald Trump signs an executive order restricting travel and immigration from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
February 11 – North Korea prompts international condemnation by test firing a ballistic missile across the Sea of Japan.
March 10 – Park Geun-hye is removed as President of South Korea by the Constitutional Court.
March 10 – The UN warns that the world is facing the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II, with up to 20 million people at risk of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria
March 29 – The United Kingdom invokes Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, beginning the formal EU withdrawal process.
April 6 – In response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town, the U.S. military launches 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at an air base in Syria. Russia describes the strikes as an “aggression”, adding they significantly damage U.S.–Russia ties.
May 22 – A terrorist bombing attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England kills 22 people and injures over 100.
June 10 – The 2017 World Expo is opened in Astana, Kazakhstan.
June 12 – American student Otto Warmbier returns home in a coma after spending 17 months in a North Korean prison and dies a week later.
July 4 – Russia and China urge North Korea to halt its missile and nuclear programs after it successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile.
August 21 – A total solar eclipse (nicknamed “The Great American Eclipse”) is visible within a band across the entire contiguous United States of America, passing from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts.
August 25–30 – Hurricane Harvey strikes the United States as a Category 4 hurricane, causing catastrophic damage to the Houston metropolitan area, mostly due to record-breaking floods. At least 90 deaths were recorded, and total damage reaches $198.6 billion (2017 USD), making Harvey the costliest natural disaster in United States history.
September 1 – Russian President Vladimir Putin expels 755 diplomats in response to United States sanctions.
September 3 – North Korea conducts its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.
September 6–10 – The Caribbean and United States are struck by Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 hurricane that is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic basin outside the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. The storm causes at least 134 deaths and at least $63 billion (2017 USD) in damage.
September 19 – An earthquake of magnitude 7.1 strikes Central Mexico, killing 369 people and leaving thousands more homeless.
September 19–20 – Just two weeks after Hurricane Irma struck the Caribbean, Hurricane Maria strikes similar areas, making landfall on Dominica as a Category 5 hurricane, and Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane. Maria causes at least 94 deaths and damages estimated in excess of $51 billion (2017 USD).
October – 250 wildfires ignited across Northern California starting the most destructive wildfire season has ever seen. By the end of the year a total of 9,054 fires burned 1,381,405 acres (5,590.35 km2), according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, including five of the 20 most destructive wildland-urban interface fires in the state’s history.
October 1 – Fifty-eight people are killed and 546 injured when Stephen Paddock opens fire on a crowd in Las Vegas, surpassing the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting as the deadliest mass shooting perpetrated by a lone gunman in U.S. history.
October 12 – The United States announces its decision to withdraw from UNESCO.
November 5 – A mass shooting occurred at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, about 30 miles (48 km) east of the city of San Antonio. The gunman was 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley of nearby New Braunfels, who killed 26 and injured 20. He was shot twice by a male civilian as he exited the church. Fleeing in his SUV, Kelley crashed after a high-speed chase and was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
November 15 – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is placed under house arrest, as the military take control of the country. He resigns six days later, after 37 years of rule.
November 22 – The International Court of Justice finds Ratko Mladić guilty of genocide committed in Srebrenica during the 1990s Bosnian War, the worst massacre in Europe since World War II. He is sentenced to life in prison.
December 5 – Russia is banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang by the International Olympic Committee, following an investigation into state-sponsored doping.
December 6 – The United States officially recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
December 9 – The Iraqi military announces that it has “fully liberated” all of Iraq’s territory from “ISIS terrorist gangs” and retaken full control of the Iraqi-Syrian border.



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2017 Pop Culture:

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January 25 – Beloved American actress, Mary Tyler Moore died at the age of 80. She was best known for her television roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show during the ‘60’s and ‘70’s.
February 1 – American singer Beyonce breaks the internet when she announces on Instagram that she is pregnant with twins.
February 2 – American actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry step out for the first time in public as a couple while they go on a date in London.
February 9 – American actor George Clooney and his wife Amal announce that they are expecting twins.
February 13 – Adele wins big at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. She makes humble speech claiming Beyonce should have won album of the year.
February 25 – American actor, Bill Paxton, died at the age of 61. He was best known for his movie roles in The Terminator, Aliens, Apollo 13, Twister, and Titanic.
February 26 – During the 89th Academy Awards a mix-up for best picture was announced after Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the wrong card. La La Land was mistakenly announced as best picture, but Moonlight was in fact the winner.
March – Singer/actress, Jennifer Lopez and retired baseball player, Alex Rodriguez, begin dating.
March 16 – Kendall Jenner’s home is robbed of $200k worth of jewelry. She is one of the many celebrity’s being targeted by thieves in the Hollywood area.
April 16 – Singers, Selena Gomez and The Weeknd, go public with their romance at the Coachella Festival.
May 1 – Ryan Seacrest is announced as Kelly Ripa’s Live cohost.
May 18 – Amercian musician, Chris Cornell dies by suicide.
June 4 – American singer, Ariana Grande, hosts One Love Manchester tribute concert to honor those killed at her concert days earlier because of a bombing.
June 13 – American musicians Beyonce and JayZ, welcome their twins, Rumi and Sir Carter.
August 8 – American icon, singer, song-writer, and actor, Glen Campbell dies at the age of 81 in Nashville, TN.
August 31 – 20 years ago Princess Diana died.
September 1 – American tennis icon, Serena Williams, gives birth to a baby girl.
September 4 – Prince William and Dutchess Kate announce they’re pregnant with their third child.
September 6 – Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West unofficially announce that they are expecting baby number 3 via surrogate. Soon after is another unofficial announcement of Kim’s sisters, Khloe and Kylie, expecting their first babies.
September 14 – American singer/actress, Selena Gomez takes to Instagram to reveal she underwent a kidney transplant because of her lupus.
September 27 – Hugh Hefner dies at the age of 91. He was best known for publishing Playboy magazine.
October 2 – American singer-songwriter and actor, Tom Petty, dies at the age of 66.
October 5 – American film producer and former film executive, Harvey Weinstein, is exposed in the media as a long-time sexual abuser. Dozens of actresses come forward with their accounts of his abuse of power and sexual abuse. This opens up the opportunity for others to come forward with accounts of sexual abuse in the film and other industries. The social media movement #MeToo gains momentum.
November 2 – American singer/actress Selena Gomez is suspected to be back together with Justin Bieber after her breakup with the Weeknd.
November 7 – American baseball player, Roy Halladay, dies in plane crash over the Gulf of Mexico at the age of 40. Halladay was a Cy Young Award recipient and 8x MLB All-Star player.
November 15 – A Leonardo da Vinci painting, Salvator Mundi, sells for US$450 million at Christie’s in New York, a new record price for any work of art.
November 19 – American criminal and cult leader, Charles Manson, dies at the age of 83.
November 21 – American actor, 70’s heartthrob, and singer, David Cassidy, dies at the age of 67. Best known for his role as Keith Partridge on the 70’s sitcom The Partridge Family.
November 27 – Prince Harry and American actress, Meghan Markle, announce their engagement. Their May 19th wedding date and location, St. Georges Chapel at Windsor Castle, is announced shortly after.
November 29 – NBC fires top news anchor Matt Lauer after reports of his sexual abuse and misconduct.
December 14 – The Walt Disney Company announces that it will acquire most of 21st Century Fox, including the 20th Century Fox film studio, for $66 billion.


2017 Science:


January 18 – Independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show that 2016 was the hottest year on record, at 0.99 °C (1.78 °F) above the mid-20th century global mean average. This follows record warmth in the two preceding years 2015 and 2014.
January 23 – Researchers demonstrate a prototype 3D printer that can print fully functional human skin.
January 26 – Scientists at Harvard University report the first creation of metallic hydrogen in a laboratory.
February 1 – Researchers led by the University of Sussex publish the first practical blueprint for how to build a quantum computer.
February 9 – Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology demonstrate a robotic drone bee able to pollinate flowers.
March 17 – A report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) finds that CO2 emissions have remained flat for the third year in a row, despite continued global economic growth.
March 30 – SpaceX conducts the world’s first reflight of an orbital class rocket.
April 3 – Researchers at the University of Manchester demonstrate a graphene-based sieve able to filter seawater, which could improve desalination technologies.
May 10 – A study of nearly 6,000 adults finds that high levels of physical activity equate to a nine-year biological aging advantage. Those who engaged in a minimum of 30 to 40 minutes of running, five days a week, were found to have longer telomere lengths.
June 1 – SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk publishes Making Humans a Multi-Planetary Species, his plans for the future colonisation of Mars.
July 10 – NASA’s Juno spacecraft obtains close-range images of Jupiter’s red spot.
August 17 – The first observation of a collision of two neutron stars (GW170817) is hailed as a breakthrough in multi-messenger astronomy when both gravitational and electromagnetic waves from the event are detected. Data from the event provided confirmatory evidence for the r-process theory of the origin of heavy elements like gold.
September 15Cassini–Huygens ends its 13-year mission by plunging into Saturn, becoming the first spacecraft to enter the planet’s atmosphere.
October 9 – A study by the Carnegie Institution for Science finds that wind farms in the North Atlantic could, in theory, provide sufficient energy to meet all of humanity’s current needs during wintertime
November 2 – A new species of orangutan is discovered in Indonesia, becoming the third species of orangutan and the first great ape to be described for almost a century.
November 20Nature publishes an article recognising the high velocity asteroid ʻOumuamua as originating from outside the Solar System i.e. the first known interstellar object.
December 15 – Researchers at the University of New South Wales publish a complete design for a quantum computer chip that can be manufactured using mostly standard industry processes and components.
December 16 – The Pentagon confirms the existence of the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP), a secret investigatory effort funded from 2007 to 2012 by the United States Government to research and study unidentified flying objects.

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Year 1994 {Baby Book & Journal Filler}


Year 1994 Baby Book & Journal Filler. 1994 New Headlines, Trends, World Leaders, and Cost of Living compiled for 1994. For Baby Books, Photo Books, and Commemorative Projects. #Baby #Babybook #Babyshower #Photobook #1994 #Year1994 #WorldAroundMe #Printable #DigitalDownload

Welcome to the year 1994!

Below you will find the compiled list of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 1994. I hope this helps you with the baby book, time capsule, or commemorative project you’re working on.

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Research contributor: Kate Muller

1994 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):

Gallon of Milk~ $2.88 (
Dozen Eggs (Large, Grade A)~  $0.87 (
Loaf of bread (1lb)~ $1.59 (
U.S. Postage Stamp~ 29 cents (
New Car Price (light vehicles)~ $12,350 (
Regular Unleaded Gallon of Gas~ $1.11 (
Movie Ticket~ $4.18 (
Median sales price of new house~ $129,900 (
Median Household Income~ $51,065 (
Minimum Wage~ $4.25 (
Living wage for a family of 4 (2 working adults & 2 children)~ U.S. efforts began in 1994 and reported the next year. (Wikipedia)


1994 Top Technology:

(Wikipedia, Google)
Sony Trinitron
Amitron TV
~Smart phones~
None yet
~Wearable Technology~
None yet
 ~Tablets & Readers~
None yet
~Online Social Communities~
None yet
Sony and Philips announce they will work together to develop a new kind of high density medium, commonly known as Digital Versatile Disc (DVD).
~Game systems~
Sega Nomad
Sega Saturn
Super Game Boy
Aiwa Mega-CD
Playdia multimedia home console
PC-FX multimedia home console
Acura Integra GS-R
BMW 325i/325is
Chrysler Concorde
Ford Probe GT

In the news…
-TV/VCR combinations are selling briskly. According to the electronic Industries Assn. Sales were up 55%.
America Online (AOL) has some 600,000 customers and growing.
-Intel delivers the most powerful personal computer to its new family of high-speed Pentium microprocessors.
-Apple Computer, Inc. releases the first Macintosh computers to use the new PowerPC Microprocessors. This is considered to be a major leap in personal computer, as well as Macintosh history.
-In May, 1994, 99% of U.S. households have at least one television set.
-Microsoft announces it will no longer sell or support the MS-DOS operating system separately from Microsoft Windows. This had been its mainstay since 1980.
-Sony Corp. signs a $25 million deal to install its Sony Dynamic digital sound system in AMC movie theaters.
-Start-up company Plasmaco demonstrated a color plasma display at an industry convention in San Jose. -Panasonic Corporation began a joint development project with Plasmaco, which led in 1996 to the purchase of Plasmaco, its color AC technology, and its American factory.
-Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates unveils an on-line service called Microsoft Network that will launch as part of Microsoft’s new personal computer operating system, Windows 95.
-The first version of web browser Netscape Navigator is released.


1994 Top Celebrities:

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Tom Hanks
Sandra Bullock
Jim Carrey
Jared Leto
Lisa Marie Presley
Michael Jackson
Hugh Grant
Robin Wright
Keanu Reeves
Leonardo DiCaprio
Johnny Depp
Julia Roberts
Jerry Seinfeld
Tim Robbins
Cameron Diaz
Jennifer Aniston
Will Smith
Neve Campbell
Claire Danes
Tia & Tamera Mowry
John Travolta
Celine Dion
Samuel L. Jackson
Bruce Willis
Cindy Crawford
Helen Hunt
George Clooney
Mariah Carey


1994 Top Athletes:

Michael Jordan
Mia Hamm
Evander Holyfield
Dale Earnhardt
Andre Agassi
Monica Seles
Shaquille O’Neal
Jack Nicklaus
Wayne Gretzky
Patrick Ewing
Jerry Rice


1994 Top Sporting Events:

Super Bowl: Dallas Cowboys win 30-13 against the Buffalo Bills
Daytona 500: Loy Allen, Jr.
The Kentucky Derby: Go for Gin
The Masters: José María Olazábal
NBA Championship: Houston Rockets defeat the New York Knicks 4-3
Wimbledon: Gentlemen’s singles: Pete Sampras / Women’s Singles: Conchita Martínez
FIFA World Cup: Brazil beat Italy 3-2
Women’s World Cup: N/A
World Series: The 1994 World Series was cancelled due to an ongoing strike by the Major League Baseball Players Association.
Olympics: 1994 Winter Olympics Lillehammer, Norway Top three winning countries: Norway won 26 medals, Germany won 24 medals, Russia won 23 medals


1994 Top Songs:

( Hot 100)
The Sign ~ Ace of Base
I Swear ~ All-4-One
I’ll Make Love to You ~ Boyz II Men
The Power of Love ~ Celine Dion
Hero ~ Mariah Carey
Stay (I Missed You) ~ Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
Breathe Again ~ Toni Braxton
All for Love ~ Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, Sting
All that She Wants ~ Ace of Base
Don’t Turn Around ~ Ace of Base


1994 Top Television Shows:

My So-Called Life
Murphy Brown
Home Improvement
The X-Files
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Law & Order
Murder, She Wrote
Mad About You
Northern Exposure


1994 Top Movies:

Forrest Gump
The Lion King
True Lies
The Santa Clause
The Flintstones
Dumb and Dumber
Clear and Present Danger
The Mask
Pulp Fiction
Interview with the Vampire

Other popular movies…
The Client
Star Trek: Generations
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Legends of the Fall
The Specialist
Four Weddings and a Funeral
The Little Rascals


1994 Top Books:

One for the Money ~ Janet Evanovich
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle ~ Haruki Murakami
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story ~ John Berendt
Wizard’s First Rule ~ Terry Goodkind
Snow Falling on Cedars ~ David Guterson
Walk Two Moons ~ Sharon Creech
The Alienist ~ Caleb Carr
Insomnia ~ Stephen King
The Chamber ~ John Grisham
Lord of Chaos ~ Robert Jordan


1994 Top Fashion and Trends:

One-strap overalls
Spandex bike shorts
Crop tops
Vintage dresses
Babydoll dresses
Micro miniskirts
Denim vests
White tees under sundresses
Fluevog shoes
Boyfriend jeans
Silk pajamas
“The Rachel” haircut
Bra top
Mood rings
Neon windbreakers
Combat boots
Unbuttoned shirts over graphic tees
Hush Puppies
Bleached blonde hair
Bucket hats
JanSport backpacks
Cargo pants


1994 World Population:

5,653,315,893 and counting…


1994 World Leaders:

Bill Clinton, President of the United States
Warren Christopher, United States Secretary of State
Jean Chrétien, Prime Minister of Canada
Jiang Zemin, President of China
Akihito, Emperor of Japan
Roman Herzog, President of Germany
Boris Yeltsin, President of Russia
John Major, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Pope John Paul II of Vatican City
François Mitterrand, President of France
Shankar Dayal Sharma, President of India
Ezer Weizman, President of Israel
Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Secretary-General of the United Nations


1994 Major Events and Headlines:

January 6 – In Detroit, Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the right leg by an assailant, under orders from figure skating rival Tonya Harding’s ex-husband.
January 14 – U.S. President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin sign the Kremlin accords, which stop the preprogrammed aiming of nuclear missiles toward each country’s targets, and also provide for the dismantling of the nuclear arsenal in Ukraine.
January 21 – Lorena Bobbitt is found not guilty by reason of insanity on charges of mutilating her husband John.
January 25 – U.S. President Bill Clinton delivers his first State of the Union address, calling for health care reform, a ban on assault weapons, and welfare reform.
February 1 – In Portland, Oregon, Tonya Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly pleads guilty for his role in attacking figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. He accepts a plea bargain, admitting to racketeering charges in exchange for testimony against Harding.
February 12 – Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream” is stolen in Oslo (it is recovered on May 7).
February 12 – The 1994 Winter Olympics begin in Lillehammer.
March 16 – In Portland, Oregon, Tonya Harding pleads guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution for trying to cover-up an attack on figure skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. She is fined $100,000 and banned from the sport.
April 19 – A Los Angeles jury awards $3.8 million to Rodney King for violation of his civil rights.
April 22 – Richard Nixon dies in New York City, nearly 20 years after he resigned in 1974. His funeral is the first funeral of a U.S. President since the death of Lyndon B. Johnson in 1973.
May 10 – Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as South Africa’s first black president.
June 12 – Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman are murdered outside the Simpson home in Los Angeles. O. J. Simpson is later acquitted of the killings, but is held liable in a civil suit.
June 14 – The New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup, in 7 games over the Vancouver Canucks. It was New York’s first Stanley Cup since 1940. Riots erupt in Vancouver in response to the victory causing $1.1 million Canadian dollars in damage.
June 17 – NFL star O. J. Simpson and his friend Al Cowlings flee from police in his white Ford Bronco. The low-speed chase ends at Simpson’s Brentwood, Los Angeles mansion, where he surrenders.
July 17 – Brazil wins the 1994 FIFA World Cup, defeating Italy by 3-2 in penalties (full-time 0–0).
August 12 – The 1994-95 Major League Baseball strike is called, ending the 1994 MLB Season.
September 17 – Heather Whitestone becomes the first hearing impaired contestant to win the Miss America entitlement. Whitestone becomes Miss America 1995.
November 5 – George Foreman wins the WBA and IBF World Heavyweight Championships by KO’ing Michael Moorer becoming the oldest heavyweight champion in history.


1994 Pop Culture:

January – John Lennon, Elton John, Duane Eddy, Grateful Dead, and The Animals are inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
January – Chevy Chase said he was stunned that he was dropped from his Fox talk show after just 5 1/2 weeks.
February 1 – Punk rock band Green Day releases their album Dookie, which will eventually sell over 20 million copies worldwide.
March – Charles Kuralt announces he is leaving CBS after 37 years.
March – Howard Stern announces his plans to run for governor of New York, offering a platform that includes passing the death penalty, getting road crews to work only at night, and staggering highway tolls to prevent traffic jams.
March 1 – Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” wins Record of the Year at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards.
March 15 – “Schindler’s List” wins Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
March 21 – The 66th Academy Awards, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, are held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Steven Spielberg’s Holocaust drama, Schindler’s List, wins 7 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director (Spielberg).
April 8 – Kurt Cobain, songwriter and front man for the band Nirvana, is found dead at his Lake Washington home of an apparent self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.
June 15 – The Lion King, the highest grossing hand-drawn animated feature, is released by Walt Disney Pictures.
August 12 – Woodstock ’94 begins in Saugerties, New York. It is the 25-year anniversary of Woodstock in 1969.
October – “The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” tops all ratings lists for kids’ TV.


1994 Top Science Breakthroughs:

January 8 – Soyuz TM-18: Valeri Polyakov begins his 437.7 day orbit, eventually setting the world record for days spent in orbit.
April 20 – The People’s Republic of China joins the Internet.
May 6 – The Channel Tunnel, which took 15,000 workers over 7 years to complete, opens between England and France, enabling passengers to travel between the two countries in 35 minutes.
May 10 – An annular eclipse of the Sun is visible across much of North America.
September 10 – Wollemia nobilis (the ‘Wollemi Pine’), previously known only from fossils, is discovered living in remote rainforest gorges in the Wollemi National Park of New South Wales by canyoner David Noble, 150 km from Australia’s largest city.




Year 1980 {Baby Book & Journal Filler}

Year 1980 Baby Book and Journal Filler. News Headlines, Trends, World Leaders, and Cost of Living compiled for 1980. For Baby books, Photo Books, and Commemorative Projects. #Baby #Babybook #Babyshower #Photobook #Year1980 #1980 #Printable #Digitaldownload

Welcome to the year 1980!

Below you will find the compiled list of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 1980. I hope this helps you with the baby book, time capsule, or commemorative project you’re working on. The post is long, so if you don’t feel like writing down all the information check out the available printable options.

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Printables for 1980:

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Research Contributor: Kate Muller

1980 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):

Gallon of Milk~ $2.16 (
Dozen Eggs (Large, Grade A)~ $0.91 (
Loaf of bread~ $0.50 (
U.S. Postage Stamp~ $.15 (
New Car Price~ $21,413 (
Regular Unleaded Gallon of Gas~ $1.25 (
Movie Ticket~ $2.69 (
Median sales price of new house~ $64,450 (


1980 Top Celebrities:

( & Wikipedia)
Jane Fonda
Tanya Roberts
John Travolta
Larry Hagman
Robert Redford
Goldie Hawn
Brooke Shields
Chevy Chase
Sam Shepard
Richard Pryor
Jack Nicholson
Barbra Streisand
Barbara Bach
Bo Derek
Jessica Lange
Gene Hackman
Farrah Fawcett
Ryan O’Neal
Jane Seymour
John Anderson
Stevie Nicks
Loni Anderson
Dolly Parton
Harrison Ford
Shelley Duvall
Mel Gibson
Kurt Russell
Dustin Hoffman
John Belushi
Dan Aykroyd
Bruce Willis
Christopher Reeve
Margot Kidder
Mark Hamill
Carrie Fisher
Billy Dee Williams
Lily Tomlin
Gene Wilder
JoBeth Williams
Leslie Nielsen
Clint Eastwood
Sondra Locke
Armand Assante
Craig T. Nelson
Sissy Spacek
Tommy Lee Jones
Beverly D’Angelo
Burt Reynolds
Dom DeLuise
Sally Field
Christopher Atkins
Robert De Niro
Mary Tyler Moore
Lloyd Bridges
Susan Sarandon
Rodney Dangerfield
Christopher Walken
Marlon Brando
James Garner
Steve McQueen
Elizabeth Taylor
Woody Allen
Teri Garr
Talia Shire
Olivia Newton-John
Laraine Newman
Dudley Moore
Jacqueline Bisset
Paul Newman
Debra Winger
Cathy Moriarty


1980 Top Athletes:

Tug McGraw
Joe Montana
Magic Johnson
Nancy Lopez
Larry Bird
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
George Brett
Robin Yount
Steve Carlton
Billie Jean King
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Muhammad Ali
John Hannah
Walter Payton
Chris Evert


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1980 Top Sporting Events:

Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers won 31-19 over the Los Angeles Rams
Daytona 500: Buddy Baker
The Kentucky Derby: Genuine Risk
The Masters: Seve Ballesteros
NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers won series 4-2 against Philadelphia 76ers
Wimbledon: Gentlemen’s singles: Björn Borg   Ladies’ Singles: Evonne Goolagong Cawley
World Cup: N/A
World Series: Philadelphia Phillies won series 4-2 against Kansas City Royals


1980 Top Songs:

Call Me ~ Blondie
Another Brick In The Wall ~ Pink Floyd
Magic ~ Olivia Newton-John
Rock With You ~ Michael Jackson
Do That To Me One More Time ~ Captain and Tennille
Crazy Little Thing Called Love ~ Queen
Coming Up ~ Paul McCartney
Funkytown ~ Lipps, Inc.
It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me ~ Billy Joel
The Rose ~ Bette Midler
Escape (The Pina Colada Song) ~ Rupert Holmes
Cars ~ Gary Numan


1980 Top Television Shows:

Magnum, P.I.
Three’s Company
The Love Boat
Saturday Night Live
Happy Days
The Jeffersons
The Facts of Life
Bosom Buddies
Diff’rent Strokes
The Dukes of Hazzard
Fantasy Island
Knots Landing
Sesame Street
WKRP in Cincinnati
Barney Miller
Laverne & Shirley
Mork & Mindy
60 Minutes
One Day at a Time
Little House on the Prairie
Archie Bunker’s Place
Too Close for Comfort
Charlie’s Angels
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Hart to Hart
The Rockford Files
The Waltons
General Hospital
Doctor Who
Quincy, M.E.
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
That’s Incredible!
Eight is Enough
It’s a Living
The Price Is Right
The Muppet Show
Trapper John, M.D.
B.J. and the Bear
Galactica 1980
CBS Evening News
Coronation Street


1980 Top Movies:

The Empire Strikes Back
9 to 5
Stir Crazy
Any Which Way You Can
Private Benjamin
Coal Miner’s Daughter
Smokey and the Bandit II
The Blue Lagoon
The Blues Brothers
Ordinary People
Urban Cowboy
The Shining
Seems Like Old Times
Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie
Friday the 13th
Little Darlings
Dressed to Kill
The Jazz Singer
Flash Gordon
Lady and The Tramp
The Elephant Man


1980 Top Books:

The Name of the Rose ~ Umberto Eco
The Bourne Identity ~ Robert Ludlum
Firestarter ~ Stephen King
A Confederacy of Dunces ~ John Kennedy Toole
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe ~ Douglas Adams
The Key to Rebecca ~ Ken Follett
Waiting for the Barbarians ~ J.M. Coetzee
The Covenant ~ James A. Michener
The Clan of the Cave Bear ~ Jean M. Auel
Housekeeping ~ Marilynne Robinson


1980 Top Fashion and Trends:

(Google & Wikipedia)
Fanny packs
Slogan t-shirts
Jordache jeans
Shoulder pads
Animal print
Jean jackets
Rat tails
Penny loafers
Down vests
Striped suits
Sperry topsiders
Jheri curls
Members Only jackets
Leg warmers
Fingerless gloves
Stirrup pants
Doc Martens
Scrunched socks
Babydoll dresses
Knee socks
Mary Janes
Asymmetrical dress
Metallic party dresses
Strapless dresses
Long gloves
Leather belts


1980 World Population:

4,444,496,764 and counting…


1980 World Leaders:

President of the United States: Jimmy Carter
President of China: Chiang Ching-kuo
President of Russia: Leonid I. Brezhnev
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom: Margaret Thatcher
Pope of Vatican City: Pope John Paul II
President of France: Valéry Giscard d’Estaing
United States Secretary of State: Cyrus Vance / Edmund Muskie
Secretary-General of the United Nations: Kurt Waldheim


1980 Major Events:

January 4 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter proclaims a grain embargo against the USSR with the
support of the European Commission.
January 11 – Nigel Short, 14, becomes the youngest chess player to be awarded the degree of
International Master.
January 20 – The Pittsburgh Steelers win their fourth National Football League championship
in six seasons, defeating the stubborn Los Angeles Rams 31-19 in Super Bowl XIV at the Rose
Bowl in Pasadena, California.
January 26 – Israel and Egypt establish diplomatic relations.
January 27 – Canadian Caper: Six United States diplomats, posing as Canadians, manage to
escape from Tehran, Iran as they board a flight to Zürich, Switzerland on Swissair.
February 2–3 – The New Mexico State Penitentiary riot takes place; 33 inmates are killed and
more than 100 inmates injured.
February 13 – The 1980 Winter Olympics open in Lake Placid, New York.
February 22 – The United States Olympic Hockey Team defeats the Soviet Union in the
semifinals of the Winter Olympics, in the Miracle on Ice.
March 19–20 – The MV Mi Amigo, the ship housing pirate radio station Radio Caroline, sinks
off the English coast (the station returns aboard a new ship in 1983).
March 21 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces that the United States will boycott the
1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
March 28 – Talpiot Tomb is found in Jerusalem.
April 1 – The 1980 United States Census begins. There are 226,545,805 United States
residents on this day.
April 7 – The United States severs diplomatic relations with Iran and imposes economic
sanctions, following the taking of American hostages on November 4, 1979.
April 14 – Iron Maiden’s debut self-titled album Iron Maiden is released.
April 21 – Rosie Ruiz wins the Boston Marathon, but is later exposed as a fraud and stripped of her award.
April 24 – Pennsylvania Lottery Scandal: the Pennsylvania Lottery is rigged by 6 men
including the host of the live TV drawing, Nick Perry.
April 30 – Queen Juliana of the Netherlands abdicates, and her daughter Beatrix accedes to the
May 11 – Mobster Henry Hill is arrested for drug possession.
May 16 – Rookie Magic Johnson scores 42 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 123-107
victory over the Philadelphia 76ers to clinch the National Basketball Association championship
for the Lakers, who prevail despite the absence of future Basketball Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
May 17 – A Tampa, Florida court acquits 4 white police officers of killing Arthur McDuffie, a
black insurance executive, provoking 3 days of race riots in Miami.
May 21 – The Empire Strikes Back is released.
May 22 – Pac-Man (the best-selling arcade game of all time) is released in Japan.
May 24 – The New York Islanders win their first Stanley Cup, from a goal by Bobby Nystrom
in game six overtime of the 1980 Stanley Cup Finals over the Philadelphia Flyers.
May 25 – Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins for a third time in car owner Jim Hall’s
revolutionary ground effect Chaparral car; the victory is Hall’s second as an owner.
June 27 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs Proclamation 4771, requiring 18- to 25-year-old
males to register for a peacetime military draft, in response to the Soviet invasion of
July 16 – Former California Governor and actor Ronald Reagan is nominated for U.S.
President, at the 1980 Republican National Convention in Detroit. Influenced by the Religious
Right, the convention also drops its long standing support for the Equal Rights Amendment,
dismaying moderate Republicans.
July 19 – August 3 – The 1980 Summer Olympics are held in Moscow, Soviet Union.
July 25 – The album Back in Black is released by the Australian band AC/DC.
August 14 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter defeats Senator Edward Kennedy to win
renomination, at the 1980 Democratic National Convention in New York City.
August 17 – In Australia, baby Azaria Chamberlain disappears from a campsite at Ayers Rock
(Uluru), reportedly taken by a dingo.
September 29 – The Washington Post publishes Janet Cooke’s story of Jimmy, an 8-year-old
heroin addict (later proven to be fabricated).
October 1 – Associated Newspapers announces that The Evening News will close and merge
with the Evening Standard.
October 10 – British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher delivers her famous “The lady’s not
for turning” speech.
October 21 – In Major League Baseball, The Philadelphia Phillies of the National League
defeat the Kansas City Royals of the American League 4-1 in Game Six of the World Series to
win the championship.
November 4 – United States presidential election, 1980: Republican challenger and former
Governor Ronald Reagan of California defeats incumbent Democratic President Jimmy Carter,
exactly 1 year after the beginning of the Iran hostage crisis.
November 21 – A then-record number of viewers (for an entertainment program) tune into the
U.S. soap opera Dallas to learn who shot lead character J. R. Ewing. The “Who shot J.R.?”
event is an international obsession.
December 4 – Led Zeppelin issue a press release announcing their break-up due to the death of
their drummer John Bonham.
December 8 – John Lennon is shot dead outside his apartment in New York City by Mark
David Chapman.


1980 Pop Culture:

( &
-.‐ John Lennon is shot and killed by a “fan” – Mark David Chapman – on December 8.
-.‐ CNN began broadcasting from Atlanta, Georgia
-.‐ Movie star Steve McQueen passes away at the age of 50 from malignant mesothelioma.
-.‐ Ronald Reagan is elected the nation’s 40th President by a landslide.
-.‐ Elvis Presley’s physician is found guilty of over prescribing addictive drugs to the late
-.‐ Beatle Paul McCartney is arrested in Tokyo for allegedly smuggling a half-pound of
marijuana through customs as he arrived at Tokyo International Airport for a Japanese
concert tour.
-.‐ Bert Parks is fired from his job as host of the Miss America pageant.
-.‐ ABC News’ “Nightline” airs on ABC-TV.
-.‐ The Pretenders finally have a hit with “Brass in Pocket.”
-.‐ Comedian Richard Pryor is found unconscious about a block from his home, suffering first –
second and third- degree burns over his body.
-.‐ David Letterman finally gets his own show. “The David Letterman Show” will be seen
Mon-Fri from 9:00-10:30am. Letterman is calling it a talk show with comedy.
-.‐ Dorothy Stratten, Playboy Magazine’s 1980 “Playmate of the Year,” is shot to death in an
apparent murder-suicide by her estranged husband in West Los Angeles.
-.‐ Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal announce that they’ll soon be married.
-.‐ John Bonham, drummer of Led Zeppelin is found dead at the home of the group’s lead
guitarist, Jimmy Page, near Windsor Castle.
-.‐ Who Shot J.R. Ewing? The answer came 53 minutes into “Dallas” when J.R. Ewing’s wife,
Sue Ellen, named her sister as the trigger person of the year. The “Who Shot J.R.” episode
of Dallas wins the highest rating of any program in television history, drawing viewers in
53.3% of the nation’s TV homes and 76% of the audience that was watching television in
that time period.


1980 Technology and Science:


Cell phones: None yet
Tablets & Readers: None yet
Online Social Communities: None yet

-.‐ Electronic Games hosts the first Arcade Awards, the first video game awards ceremony. It
awards games released during 1978-1979, with Space Invaders winning the overall Game of
the Year award.
-.‐ The arcade game market in the US generates $2.81 billion in revenue (equivalent to
$8.07 billion in 2016).
-.‐ May 22, Namco releases Pac-Man (originally known as Puckman in Japan). It becomes the
highest-grossing game of all time. It has the first gaming mascot character, established the
maze chase genre, opened gaming to female audiences, introduced power-ups, and featured
-.‐ Mattel releases the Intellivision video game console.

Popular Game Consoles:
Apple II
Game & Watch handheld electronic games
DECO Cassette System
Tandy Color Computer
Major Science & Technology Events:

January 21 – MS Athina B is beached at Brighton, becoming a temporary tourist attraction.
February 16 – A total solar eclipse is seen in North Africa and West Asia.
March 1 – The Voyager 1 probe confirms the existence of Janus, a moon of Saturn.
May 8 – Global eradication of smallpox endorsed by the World Health Assembly
May 18 – The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens kills 57 and causes US$3 billion in damage.
June 1 – The first 24-hour news channel Cable News Network (CNN) is launched.
June 3 – A series of deadly tornadoes strikes Grand Island, Nebraska, causing over $300m in
damage, killing 5 people and injuring over 250.
June 23 – September 6 – The 1980 United States heat wave claims 1,700 lives.
June 23 – Tim Berners-Lee begins work on ENQUIRE,[5] the system that will eventually lead
to the creation of the World Wide Web in fall of 1990.
July 15 – A severe and destructive thunderstorm strikes 4 counties in western Wisconsin,
including the city of Eau Claire. It causes over $250m in damage, and 1 person is killed.
August 10 – Hurricane Allen (category 3) pounds southeastern Texas.
September 30 – Digital Equipment Corporation, Intel and Xerox introduce the DIX standard
for Ethernet, which is the first implementation outside of Xerox, and the first to support 10
Mbit/s speeds.
October 3 – The main-belt asteroid 2404 Antarctica is discovered by Antonín Mrkos at Kleť,
South Bohemian Region, Czechoslovakia.
October 10 – The 7.1 Mw El Asnam earthquake shakes northern Algeria with a maximum
Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme), killing 2,633–5,000, and injuring 8,369–9,000.
November 10 – November 12 – Voyager program: The NASA space probe Voyager I makes its
closest approach to Saturn, when it flies within 77,000 miles of the planet’s cloud-tops and
sends the first high resolution images of the world back to scientists on Earth.
November 23 – The 6.9 Mw Irpinia earthquake shakes southern Italy with a maximum
Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme), killing 2,483–4,900, and injuring 7,700–8,934.




Year 2000 {Baby Book & Journal Filler}

The Year 2000 Baby Book and Journal Filler. 2000 News Headlines, Trends, World Leaders, and Cost of Living compiled for Baby Books, Photo Books, and Commemorative Projects. #Baby #Babybook #Babyshower #Babycare #Photobook #Scrapbook #Year2000 #2000 #WorldAroundMe #Babybookhelp #Commemorative

Welcome to the year 2000!

Below you will find the list I compiled of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 2000. I hope this helps you with the baby book, time capsule, or commemorative project you’re working on. The blog post is fairly long, so if you don’t feel like writing down all the information check out the printable options.

Affiliate links have been incorporated into this post to provide you with further information about trends and popular items during this period of time. 

Printables for 2000:

World Around Me  / 1 Page  / Full Post


Research Contributor: Kate Muller

2000 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):

Gallon of Milk~ $2.78 (Bureau of Labor Statistics
Dozen Eggs (Large, Grade A)~ $0.91 (Bureau of Labor Statistics
Loaf of bread~ $0.93 (Bureau of Labor Statistics
U.S. Postage Stamp~ $.33 (
New Car Price~ $28,465 (
Regular Unleaded Gallon of Gas~ $1.51 (Bureau of Labor Statistics
Movie Ticket~ $5.39 (
Median sales price of new house~ $166,542 (


2000 Top Celebrities:

( &
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Michael Douglas
Faith Hill
Jennifer Aniston
Brad Pitt
Meg Ryan
George Clooney
Matt Damon
Freddie Prinze Jr.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Celine Dion
Ashley Judd
Nicole Kidman
Tom Cruise
Britney Spears
Gwyneth Paltrow
Kevin Spacey
Angelina Jolie
Elizabeth Hurley
Ben Affleck
Cameron Diaz
Hillary Swank
Denzel Washington
Kate Winslet
Drew Barrymore
Sarah Jessica Parker
Sandra Bullock
Mel Gibson
Justin Timberlake
Julia Roberts
Tom Hanks
Harrison Ford
Jude Law
Kirsten Dunst
Mark Wahlberg
Adam Sandler
Heath Ledger
Alec Baldwin
Bruce Willis
Russell Crowe
Jim Carrey
Samuel L. Jackson
Renée Zellweger
Clive Owen
Robert De Niro
Shawn Wayans
Marlon Wayans
Anna Faris
Ben Stiller
Nicolas Cage
Billy Crudup
Vivica A. Fox
Billy Bob Thornton
Vanessa Williams
Halle Berry
Demi Moore
Johnny Depp
Rosie O’Donnell
Sean “P. Diddy” Combs
Leonardo DiCaprio
Josh Hartnett
Mandy Moore


2000 Top Athletes:

Tim Duncan
Venus Williams
Serena Williams
Derek Jeter
Tom Brady
Tiger Woods
Curt Schilling
Lance Armstrong
Kobe Bryant
Andy Roddick
Shaquille O’Neal
Peyton Manning
Michael Schumacher
Mariano Rivera
Pete Sampras


2000 Top Sporting Events:

Super Bowl: St. Louis Rams won 23-16 over the Tennessee Titans
Daytona 500: Dale Jarrett
The Kentucky Derby: Fusaichi Pegasus
The Masters: Vijay Singh
NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers won series 4-2 against Indiana Pacers
Wimbledon: Gentlemen’s singles: Pete Sampras Ladies’ Singles: Venus Williams
World Cup: N/A
World Series: New York Yankees won series 4-1 against New York Mets


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2000 Top Songs:

Breathe ~ Faith Hill
Smooth ~ Santana feat. Rob Thomas
Maria Maria ~ Santana feat. The Product G&B
I Wanna Know ~ Joe
Everything You Want ~ Vertical Horizon
Say My Name ~ Destiny’s Child
I Knew I Loved You ~ Savage Garden
Amazed ~ Lonestar
Bent ~ Matchbox Twenty
He Wasn’t Man Enough ~ Toni Braxton
Higher ~ Creed
Try Again ~ Aaliyah


2000 Top Television Shows:

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
The Sopranos
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Simpsons
The West Wing
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Family Guy
Freaks and Geeks
The Daily Show
The X-Files
South Park
Malcolm in the Middle
Law & Order
Saturday Night Live
Curb Your Enthusiasm
60 Minutes
Sex and the City
Coronation Street
Gilmore Girls
Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Everybody Loves Raymond
Sesame Street
Will & Grace
Boy Meets World
Doctor Who
SpongeBob SquarePants
Big Brother
Ally McBeal
3rd Rock from the Sun
Power Rangers
Beverly Hills, 90210
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Dawson’s Creek
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
The Brak Show
The Geena Davis Show
The Drew Carey Show
The Bold and the Beautiful
Making the Band
That ‘70s Show
7th Heaven
Stargate SG-1
Scariest Places on Earth
Dark Angel


2000 Top Movies:

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Cast Away
Mission: Impossible II
What Women Want
The Perfect Storm
Meet the Parents
Scary Movie
What Lies Beneath
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Erin Brockovich
Charlie’s Angels
The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
Big Momma’s House
Remember the Titans
The Patriot
Chicken Run
Miss Congeniality
Gone in 60 Seconds
Me, Myself and Irene

2000 Top Books:

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire ~ J.K. Rowling
The Brethren ~ John Grisham
The Beatles Anthology ~ The Beatles
Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money–That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! ~ Robert T. Kiyosaki
Eating Well for Optimum Health: The Essential Guide to Food, Diet, and Nutrition ~ Andrew Weil M.D.
The Bear and the Dragon ~ Tom Clancy
The O’Reilly Factor: The Good, the Bad, and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life ~ Bill O’Reilly
Talking Dirty With The Queen Of Clean ~ Linda Cobb
Flags of Our Fathers ~ James Bradley
The Indwelling: The Beast Takes Possession (Left Behind #7) ~ Jerry B. Jenkins



2000 Top Fashion and Trends:

(Google & Wikipedia)
Streaky Hair Highlights
Tall tees
Trucker hats
Popped collar polos
V-neck t-shirts
Bootcut jeans
Messenger bags
Cargo trousers
Frosted lip gloss
Sequined pants
Popcorn shirts
Choker necklaces
Oversized hoop earrings
Long scarves
Gaucho pants
Studded belts
Butterfly clips
Denim blazers
Velour tracksuits
Preppy sweaters
Low-rise jeans
Mesh tops
Box-pleated skirts
Handkerchief tops
Oversized sunglasses
Lace-up jeans
Wedge flip-flops
Hot pants
Chunky sweaters
Pashmina scarves
Belly shirts
Tube tops


2000 World Population:

6,088,571,383 and counting…


2000 World Leaders:

President of the United States: Bill Clinton
President of China: Jiang Zemin
President of Russia: Vladimir Putin
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom: Tony Blair
Pope of Vatican City: Pope John Paul II
President of France: Jacques Chirac
United States Secretary of State: Madeleine Albright
Secretary-General of the United Nations: Kofi Annan


2000 Major Events:

January 5-8 – The 2000 al-Qaeda Summit of several high-level al-Qaeda members (including 2 9/11 American Airlines hijackers) is held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
January 10 – America Online announces an agreement to purchase Time Warner for $162 billion (the largest-ever corporate merger).
January 14 – A United Nations tribunal sentences 5 Bosnian Croats to up to 25 years in prison for the 1993 killing of over 100 Bosnian Muslims in a Bosnian village.
January 24 – God’s Army, a Karen militia group led by twins Johnny and Luther Htoo, takes 700 hostages at a Thai hospital near the Burmese border.
January 30 – Kenya Airways Flight 431 crashes off the coast of Ivory Coast into the Atlantic Ocean, killing 169.
January 31 – Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crashes off the California coast into the Pacific Ocean, killing 88.
January 31 – Dr. Harold Shipman is found guilty of murdering 15 patients between 1998 at Hyde, Greater Manchester, and sentenced to life imprisonment.
February 6 – Tarja Halonen is elected the first female president of Finland.
February 7 – Stipe Mesić is elected president of Croatia.
February 13 – The final original Peanuts comic strip is published, following the death of its creator, Charles M. Schulz.
February 29 – a rare century leap year date occurs. Usually, 00 years are not leap years due to not being exactly divisible by 400. 2000 is the first such year to have a February 29 since the year 1600, making it only the second such occasion since leap years were introduced in the late 16th century. The next such leap year will not occur until 2400.
March 4 – The PlayStation 2 is released in Japan. Several months later, it becomes the best-selling game console of all time.
March 10 – The NASDAQ Composite Index reaches an all-time high of 5,048. Two weeks later, the NASDAQ-100, S&P 500, and Wilshire 5000 reach their peaks prior to the Dot-com bubble, ending a bull market run that lasted over 17 years.
March 12 – Pope John Paul II apologizes for the wrongdoings by members of the Roman Catholic Church throughout the ages.
March 13 – The United States dollar becomes the official currency of Ecuador, replacing the Ecuadorian Sucre.
March 21 – Pope John Paul II begins the first official visit by a Roman Catholic pontiff to Israel Just Like a 1994.
March 21 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules the FDA lacks authority to regulate tobacco as an addictive drug, throwing out the Clinton Administration’s main anti-smoking initiative.
March 26 – Vladimir Putin is elected President of Russia.
March 27 – The Phillips explosion of 2000 kills 1 and injures 71 in Pasadena, Texas.
March 28 – A tornado hits Fort Worth, Texas, damaging the downtown area.
April 1 – The 2000 United States Census begins. 281,421,906 residents are living in the United States.
April 3 – United States v. Microsoft Corp.: Microsoft is ruled to have violated United States antitrust laws by keeping “an oppressive thumb” on its competitors.
April 22 – In a predawn raid, federal agents seize 6-year-old Elián González from his relatives’ home in Miami and fly him to his Cuban father in Washington, D.C., ending one of the most publicized custody battles in U.S. history.
May – Sierra Leone Civil War: The British Armed Forces launch Operation Palliser to support the Sierra Leone government to counter the Revolutionary United Front.
May 3 – In San Antonio, Texas, computer pioneer Datapoint files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
May 11 – The billionth living person in India is born.
May 12 – The Tate Modern Gallery opens in London.
May 13 – Millennium Force opens at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio as the world’s tallest and fastest roller coaster.
June 5 – 405 The Movie, the first short film widely distributed on the Internet, is released.
June 28 – Elián González returns to Cuba with his father, Juan Miguel González, ending a protracted custody battle.
June 30 – At the Roskilde Festival near Copenhagen, Denmark, 9 die and 26 are injured on a set while the rock group Pearl Jam performs.
July 2 – France defeats Italy 2-1 after extra time in the final of the European Championships, becoming the first team to win the World Cup and European Championships consecutively.
July 10 – In southern Nigeria, a leaking petroleum pipeline explodes, killing about 250 villagers who were scavenging gasoline.
July 21-23 – G-8 Nations hold their 26th Annual Summit; issues include AIDS, the ‘digital divide’, and halving world poverty by 2015.
July 25 – Air France Flight 4590, a Concorde aircraft, crashes into a hotel in Gonesse just after takeoff from Paris, killing all 109 aboard and 4 in the hotel.
July 30 – Venezuela’s president Hugo Chávez is reelected with 59% of the vote.
July 31-August 3 – The Republican National Convention in Philadelphia nominates Governor of Texas George W. Bush for President of the United States and Dick Cheney for Vice President.
August 7 – DeviantART is launched.
August 12 – The Russian submarine Kursk sinks in the Barents Sea during one of the largest Russian naval exercises since the 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union, resulting in the deaths of all 118 men on board.
August 14 – Tsar Nicholas II and his family are canonized by the synod of the Russian Orthodox Church.
August 14-17 – The Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles nominates U.S. Vice President Al Gore for President and Senator Joe Lieberman for Vice President.
August 24 – The Nintendo GameCube is revealed.
September 8 – Albania officially joins the World Trade Organization.
September 13 – Steve Jobs introduces the public beta of Mac OS X for US$29.95.
September 15 – October 1 – The 2000 Summer Olympics are held in Sydney, Australia.
September 26 – The Greek ferry Express Samina sinks off the coast of the island of Paros; 80 out of a total of over 500 passengers perish in one of Greece’s worst sea disasters.
October 23 – Madeleine Albright holds talks with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il.
October 31 – Singapore Airlines Flight 006 collides with construction equipment in the Chiang Kai Shek International Airport, resulting in 83 deaths.
November 1 – Serbia is admitted to the United Nations as the 190th member.
November 7 – Hillary Rodham Clinton is elected to the United States Senate, becoming the first First Lady of the United States to win public office.
November 7 – United States presidential election, 2000: Republican Governor of Texas George W. Bush defeats Democratic Vice President Al Gore in the U.S. presidential election but there is a miscount in Florida resulting in a recount of the votes.
November 16 – Bill Clinton becomes the first sitting U.S. President to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.
December 12 – Bush v. Gore: The U.S. Supreme Court stops the Florida presidential recount, effectively giving the state, and the Presidency, to George W. Bush.


2000 Pop Culture:

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-Christina Aguilera won the Grammy for Best New Artist.
-Britney Spears’ second album Oops!…I Did It Again debuted at the top of the US Billboard 200, selling 1.3 million copies in its first week.
-Eminem’s album The Marshall Mathers LP sold 1.7 million copies in the first week making it the third fastest selling album in history.
-Jennifer Lopez wore her infamous Grammys dress.
-American Beauty Won Best Picture at the Oscars.
-Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton get married May 5.
-Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston get married July 29.
-Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is released and sells a record 3.8 million copies.
-Disney’s television series Boy Meets World ends.
-Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid divorce.
-Kathy Lee Gifford departs Regis Morning Show.
-Survivor premieres on May 31.
-New series Curb Your Enthusiasm premieres on HBO.
-After 33 years as host of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, Fred Rogers tapes his last episode.


2000 Technology and Science:

  Cell phones:
Nokia 3310
Nokia 6210
  Tablets & Readers:
None yet
  Online Social Communities:
English, baby!
Friends Reunited
-Sony’s PlayStation 2 (PS2) launches in Japan with 10 launch titles.
-Nintendo sells its 100 millionth Game Boy handheld console.
-Mario Tennis is released for the Nintendo 64 introducing Waluigi to the Mario series. launches SegaNet, their online console gaming network.
  Popular Game Consoles:
Game Boy Color
Nintendo 64
PlayStation 2
Microsoft Windows

2000 Major Science & Technology Events:

January 6 – The last natural Pyrenean ibex is found dead, apparently killed by a falling tree.
January 18 – The Tagish Lake meteorite impacts the Earth.
February 9 – Torrential rains in Africa lead to the worst flooding in Mozambique in 50 years, which lasts until March and kills 800 people.
March 12 – A Zenit-3SL launch fails due to a software bug.
May 1 – A new class of composite material is fabricated, which has a combination of physical properties never before seen in a natural or man-made material.
May 4 – After originating in the Philippines, the ILOVEYOU computer virus spreads quickly throughout the world.
May 4 – An earthquake hits Banggai, Indonesia, leaving 54 dead.
May 5 – A rare conjunction of 7 celestial bodies (Sun, Moon, planets Mercury–Saturn) occurs during the new moon.
June 4 – The 7.9 Mw Enggano earthquake shakes southwestern Sumatra with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VI (Strong). One-hundred and three people were killed and 2,174–2,585 were injured.
June 17 – A centennial earthquake (6.5 on the Richter scale) hits Iceland on its national day.
June 26 – A preliminary draft of genomes, as part of the Human Genome Project, is finished. It is announced at the White House by President Clinton.
July 14 – A powerful solar flare, later named the Bastille Day event, causes a geomagnetic storm on Earth.
August 8 – The Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor.
October 11 – 250 million US gallons (950,000 m3) of coal sludge spill in Martin County, Kentucky (considered a greater environmental disaster than the Exxon Valdez oil spill).
October 30 – This is the final date during which there is no human presence in space; on October 31, Soyuz TM-31 launches, carrying the first resident crew to the International Space Station. The ISS has been continuously crewed since.
November 2 – The first resident crew enters the International Space Station.
November 17 – A catastrophic landslide in Log pod Mangartom, Slovenia, kills 7, and causes millions of SIT of damage. It is one of the worst catastrophes in Slovenia in the past 100 years.
December 15 – The third and final reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is shut down and the station is shut down completely.

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Year 2016 {Baby Book & Journal Filler}

2016 News, trends, world leaders, cost of living

Welcome to the year 2016!

Below you will find the list I compiled of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 2016. I hope this helps you with the baby book, time capsule, or commemorative project you’re working on. If you don’t want to write down all this information, take a look at the printable versions.

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2016 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):

Gallon of Milk~ $3.19 (
Dozen Eggs(Large, Grade A)~  $2.08 (
Loaf of bread (1lb)~ $1.42 (
U.S. Postage Stamp~ 47 cents
New Car Price (light vehicles)~ $34,300  (Kelley Blue Book
Regular Unleaded Gallon of Gas~ $1.95 (
Movie Ticket~ $8.66 (
Median sales price of new house~ $288,000 (
Median Household Income~ $57,617 (
Minimum Wage~  Highest: $11.00 in Washington D.C.  &  Lowest: $5.15 in GA and WY.
Living wage for a family of 4 (wage needed to support 2 working adults & 2 children)~ $15.84


2016 World Leaders:

Barack Obama, President of the United States
John Kerry, United States Secretary of State
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Xi Jinping, President of China
Akihito, Emporer of Japan
Joachim Gauck, President of Germany
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Pope Francis of Vatican City
Francois Hollande, President of France
Pranab Mukherjee, President of India
Reuven Rivlin, President of Isreal
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations



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2016 Top Technology:

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Flat Screen, 4K, 3D, LED Smart TV’s with high resolution
Hisense 40H4C Roku TV
Vizio M Series M65
LG Flat OLED 4K 65EF9500
~Smart phones~
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus
OnePlus 3
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (Note 7 has massive recall because the battery overheats and explodes. Stopped production on it.)
Google Pixel and Nexus 6P 
~Wearable Technology~
Apple Watch
~Tablets & Readers~
Apple iPad Pro 9.7Mini 4
Google Pixel C
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
~Online Social Communities~
Google +
~Game systems~
Xbox One S 2TBSOne
Xbox 360
Playstation 4 Pro43, and 2
Nintendo Wii and Wii U
3D Printers
Self Lacing Shoes
Electric, hybrid, and self driving cars


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2016 Top Celebrities:

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Robert Downey Jr.
Donald Trump
Chris Evans
Ronda Rousey
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
Selena Gomez
Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani
Charlize Theron
Leonardo DiCaprio
Beyonce’ and JayZ
Brie Larson
Alicia Vikander
Adam Levine
Christina Aguilera
John Cena
Kendall & Kylie Jenner
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Caitlyn Jenner
Taylor Swift
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Ben Affleck
Amy Adams
Amy Schumer
Taylor Swift
Jimmy Fallon
Jennifer Lopez



2016 Top Athletes:

Von Miller
Payton Manning
Denny Hamlin
Danny Willett
Jordan Spieth
Kobe Bryant
Lebron James
Michael Phelps
Simone Biles
Katie Ledecky
Ben Zobrist

2016 Top Sporting Events:

Super Bowl 50: The Denver Broncos win 24-10 against the Carolina Panthers
Daytona 500: Denny Hamlin
The Kentucky Derby 142 : Nyquist
The Masters: Danny Willett
NBA Championship: The Cleveland Cavaliers won their first championship by defeating the Golden State Warriors 4-3
Wimbledon: Gentlemen’s singles: Andy Murray
Women’s singles: Serena Williams
FIFA World Cup: In 2018
Women’s World Cup: in 2019
World Series: Chicago Cubs defeat the Cleveland Indians 4 games to 3 to win their first World Series in 108 years
Olympics. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Top three winning countries: USA won 121 medals, Great Britain won 67 medals, China won 70 medals


2016 Top Songs:

( Hot 100)
Hello~ Adele   —number 1 in January
Pillowtalk~ Zayn   —number 1 in February
Work~ Rihanna feat. Drake   —number 1 in March and April
Panda~ Desiigner    —number 1 in May
One Dance~ Drake feat. Wizkid & Kyla   —number 1 in June and July
Cheap Thrills~ Sia feat. Sean Paul    —number 1 in August
Closer~ Chainsmokers feat. Halsey   —number 1 in September and October
Black Beatles ~ Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane   —number 1 in November and December
Other Popular Songs in 2016:
24K Magic ~ Bruno Mars
Don’t Let Me Down ~ Chainsmokers feat Daya
Starboy ~ The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk
Love Yourself ~ Justin Bieber
H.O.L.Y. ~ Florida Georgia Line
Can’t Stop The Feeling ~ Justin Timberlake
Don’t’ Wanna Know ~ Maroon 5 feat. Kendrick Lamar
Blue Ain’t Your Color ~ Keith Urban
Stressed Out ~ twenty one pilots
Fake Love ~ Drake
Die A Happy Man ~ Thomas Rhett


2016 Top Television Shows:

This Is Us
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Game of Thrones
The Night Manager: Miniseries
The Path
Gilmore Girls Revival
Orphan Black
The Americans
The Walking Dead
Stranger Things
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
The Big Bang Theory
The Good Wife
American Idol: Final Season
The Voice
Chicago Fire
Shark Tank



2016 Top Movies:

Kung Fu Panda 3   –number 1 in January
Deadpool   –number 1 in February
Zootopia   –number 1 in March
The Jungle Book    –number 1 in April
Captain America: Civil War    –number 1 in May
Finding Dory     –number 1 in June
Secret Life of Pets    –number 1 in July
Suicide Squad    –number 1 in August
Sully  –number 1 in September
The Girl on the Train –number 1 in October
The Accountant  —number 1 in October
Moana number 1 in November
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story  —number 1 in December

Other popular movies…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Revenant
Ride Along 2
X-Men: Apocalypse
Angry Birds
Batman vs. Superman
The Boss
The Girl on the Train (2016)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hidden Figures
La La Land

2016 Top Books:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ~ Play by Jack Thorne
StrengthsFinder 2.0 ~ Tom Rath
Diary of A Wimpy Kid #11: Double Down ~ Jeff Kinney
Giraffes Can’t Dance ~ Giles Andreae
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success ~ Carol Dweck
First 100 Words ~ Roger Priddy
The Magnolia Story ~ Chip and Joanna Gaines
Oh the Places You’ll Go! ~ Dr. Suess
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts ~ Gary Chapman
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Are of Decluttering and Organizing ~ Marie Kondo
The Last Mile ~David Baldacci
The Obsession ~Nora Roberts
Stuck-Up Suit ~ Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Bounty ~Kristen Ashley
The Girl On The Train ~Paula Hawkins
The Rainbow Comes and Goes ~ Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
The Sleep Revolution ~Arianna Huffington
When Breath Becomes Air ~ Paul Kalanithi
Thomas Jefferson and the Trapoli Pirates ~ Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
Alexander Hamilton ~Ron Chernow


2016 Top Fashion and Trends:

Ray Bans
Beachy long hair on women
Shoulder-length bob hair on women
Pastel-colored hair and highlights
Hair extensions
Skinny jeans and pants with heels
Acid washed or Splashed pattern pants and jeans
Boyfriend jeans
Cool-girl Gingham
Boho skirts and dresses
Mid-drift baring tops
Messy buns
Yoga Pants, leggings, and patterned running tights
The Romper
High-waisted pants and shorts for women
Fitted and skinny jeans on men paired with converse or dress shoes
Lumberjack look for men
Bow ties

2016 World Population:

7,321,500,000 and counting…


2016 Major Events and Headlines:

2016 is a Leap Year
January 8 – Joaquín Guzmán, widely regarded as the world’s most powerful drug trafficker, is recaptured following his escape from a maximum security prison.
January 16 – The International Atomic Energy Agency announces that Iran has adequately dismantled its nuclear weapons program, allowing the United Nations to lift sanctions immediately.
January 28 – The World Health Organization announces an outbreak of the Zika virus.
February 7 – North Korea launches a long-range rocket into space, violating multiple UN treaties and prompting condemnation from around the world.
March 1– Super Tuesday in Presidential election. Many states in the US hold caucuses.
March 3– Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto compares Donald Trump to a couple historic dictators, Hitler being one of them.
March 20– President Barack Obama visits Cuba to “…bury the last remnant of The Cold War in the Americas.”
March 22 – Three coordinated bombings in Brussels, Belgium kill at least 32 and injure at least 250. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility for the attacks.
March 24 – Ex-Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić is sentenced to 40 years in prison after being found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity committed during the Bosnian War.
April 3 – The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung publishes a set of 11.5 million confidential documents from the Panamanian corporate Mossack Fonseca that provides detailed information on more than 214,000 offshore companies, including the identities of shareholders and directors including noted personalities and heads of state.
May 19 – EgyptAir Flight 804 crashes with 66 people on board over the Mediterranean en route from Paris to Cairo.
June 23 – The United Kingdom votes in a referendum to leave the European Union.
August– A creepy clown hoax starts in South Carolina. People in clown costumes scare and try to lure children into the forest. By October, ‘scary clown sightings’ are reported all over the U.S. resulting in a few arrests.
August 11 – Protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline start to get tense and arrests are made as more people arrive to support the Native American Sioux tribe to defend the conservation of it’s water and land against the oil company set to build a crude oil pipeline through it.
August 5–21 – The 2016 Summer Olympics are held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
August 24 – Syrian Civil War: Turkish Armed Forces and Syrian rebels cross over the Syrian border and take Jarabulus from ISIS.
August 31 – The Brazilian Senate votes (61–20) to impeach the President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff. The Vice President of Brazil, Michel Temer, who had assumed the presidential powers and duties as Acting President of Brazil during Rousseff’s suspension, takes office for the remainder of her term.
September 3 – The US and China, together responsible for 40% of the world’s carbon emissions, both ratify the Paris global climate agreement.
September 9 – The government of North Korea conducts its fifth and reportedly biggest nuclear test. World leaders condemn the act, with the South calling it “maniacal recklessness”.
September 21 – Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan (Company that produces the EpiPen, a live-saving device for severe allergic reactions), comes under fire from the government due to recent hike in price of EpiPens. The public and lawmakers described the price increase from $100 to $600 as ‘sickening’ and ‘greedy’.
September 21 – Black Lives Matter protests come to a head and turn violent in Charlotte, NC, after a recent string of police-officer-involved shootings of alleged unarmed black citizens all over the United States.
October 8 – A video is released of presidential candidate Donald Trump having a private conversation in 2005 on the Days of Our Lives set with Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush. Trump is caught on a hot microphone bragging in vulgar terms about how he can essentially sexually impose himself on any female because, “when you’re a star, they let you do it”. Billy Bush is suspended from Access Hollywood, Trump issues an apology and then continues his campaign for president.
October 28 – FBI Director James Comey notified Congress that his agency found new emails related to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Her polls dropped after the emails were revealed. The FBI found them during a probe of Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of one of Clinton’s top aide’s, Huma Abedin. Weiner was being investigated for sending explicit messages to an underage girl.
November 8 – Republican Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election in a surprise upset against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
December 19 – Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, was assassinated. Also on that day, a truck drove into a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany, killing at least a dozen people and leaving many more injured.


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2016 Pop Culture:

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January 10– Two days after his 69th birthday and the release of the album Blackstar, American music legend and actor, David Bowie, died from liver cancer in his New York City apartment.
January 14– Legendary English actor and director Alan Rickman died from pancreatic cancer. He was best known for his character Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series.
January 14– Celine Dion’s husband Rene Angelil died at the age of 73.
January 16– Jada Pinkett Smith tweets about boycotting the Oscars this year because of the lack of diversity in nominations. More celebrities join the boycott.
January 18– Glen Frey, an American music icon and founding member of the legendary Eagles rock band, died at the age of 67 from complications from pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis, and ulcerative colitis.
January 21– American music mogul Mariah Carey and Australian billionaire James Packer announce their engagement.
January 21– One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth welcome son Freddie Reign.
January 27– Tyra Banks and her boyfriend, Norwegian photographer Erik Asla, welcomed son York Banks Asla via surrogate.
February 2– Controversial show, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, begins airing on FX.
February 11– Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and wife, Cassie Kelley, welcomed their first child, son Ward Charles Kelley.
February 28– Chris Rock hosts the 88th Academy Awards where Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins his first Oscar for Best Actor for his role in The Revenant.
March 4– Country music singer Joey Feek, part of the Joey + Rory music group, died from a long battle with cervical cancer at the age of 40. The public followed her battle with cancer through her husband Rory’s blog updates.
March 6– First Lady of the United States, Nancy Reagan, died at the age of 94. She was married to the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan who died in 2004 at the age of 93.
March 24– Comedian and actor Gary Shandling died at the age of 66 after collapsing in his home.
March 24– Actress Anne Hathaway and husband Adam Shulman welcome first child. They named their son, Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman.
March 29– American actress, Patty Duke, died at the age of 69. She won the Academy Award at the age of 16 for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Helen Keller in a 1962 film The Miracle Worker.
April 1 – Broadway musical sensation Hamilton opens. It receives rave reviews and several awards. Tickets sell out into the next year.
April 4– Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna get engaged after 3 months of dating.
April 6– Country music icon, Merle Haggard, died on his 79th birthday after suffering from pneumonia.
April 12– Singer Kelly Clarkson and husband Brandon Blackstock welcome son Remington Alexander Blackstock.
April 14– American musician John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen welcome their first child. They named their baby girl Luna Simone Stephens.
April 20 – Kelly Ripa is angry after being notified on-air of her cohost Michael Strahan’s departure from the show.
April 20– Professional American wrestler Joan Marie Laurer, also known as Chyna, died at the age of 46.
April 21– Another music legend gone. Prince Rogers Nelson died at the age of 57 inside his Minnesota home.
April 23– The public goes wild over American singer Beyonce’s 6th album titled Lemonade, after visual album aired on HBO. The album heavily hints at her husband JayZ’s infidelity.
April 29– Prince William and Duchess Kate celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary.
May 23 – Amber Heard files for divorce from Johnny Depp after 15 months of marriage, and accuses him of abuse.
June 3– American boxer, activist, and icon, Muhammed Ali, dies at the age of 74 .
August 26 – After a recent string of police shootings of alleged unarmed black citizens, San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick sits during national anthem in protest of a flag that represents a country that oppresses black people and people of color. He receives a lot of criticism and support from the media, fans, and the general public.
August 29 – Beloved American actor Gene Wilder dies at age 83.
September 10 – Iconic American professional golfer, Arnold Palmer, dies at the age of 87.
September 16 – Nick Gordon is found legally responsible for Bobbi Kristina Brown’s July 2015 death.
September 19– Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt. Pitt’s parenting is at the center of the split.
October 3– Kim Kardashian-West was tied-up and robbed in while staying in Paris. Millions of dollars worth of jewelry and personal items were taken.
November 8 – Kensignton Palace confirms relationship between Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle.
November 10 – Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian welcome daughter, Dream Renee.
November 23 – Kanye West is hospitalized for sleep deprivation and exhaustion causing him to cancel the remainder of his tour.
November 25 – Gilmore Girls revival releases 4 episodes on Netflix.
November 25 – Fidel Castro dies at the age of 90. He was a controversial leader and 17th President of Cuba.
December 8 – John Glenn, an American astronaut, pilot, engineer, and politician, dies at the age of 95. He was the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962.
December 13 – Beloved American actor Alan Thicke dies at the age of 69. He was best known for his role as the father, Jason Seaver, on 1980’s hit television series Growing Pains.
December 25 – Iconic English singer-songwriter George Michael dies at the age of 53.
December 27 –  Carrie Fisher, an American actress best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movie series, dies at the age of 60.
December 28 – Debbie Reynolds dies at the age 84, one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died. Reynolds was also a well-known American actress.


2016 Top Science Breakthroughs:

February 10– Scientists successfully connect individual neurons using lasers.
March 1– U.S. Army could begin using laser weapons by 2023.
March 14 – The ESA and Roscosmos launch the joint ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter on a mission to Mars.
March 17– Nike Will Release Self-Lacing Shoes By The End Of This Year.
April 7– Several platoons of self-driving trucks just made their way across Europe.
April 22– A researcher just accidentally developed a battery that could last a lifetime
April 25– The recent announcement that a young paralyzed man in Ohio in the US named Ian Burkhart managed to regain the use of his fingers after having a chip implanted in his brain is an exciting step forward for science and healthcare.
April 25– Mechanical sea snakes could be the future of underwater exploration.
April 29– Near the deepest spot in the world’s oceans, scientists have discovered a jellyfish that looks more alien spaceship than deep-sea cnidarian.
July 4 – NASA’s Juno spacecraft enters orbit around Jupiter and begins a 20-month survey of the planet.
July 22 – The final videocassette recorder is manufactured by the Japanese company Funai.
July 26 – Solar Impulse 2 becomes the first solar-powered aircraft to circumnavigate the Earth.
August 24 – Scientists confirm existence of a habitable planet Proxima b orbiting Proxima Centauri star.
September 7 –  Apple releases iPhone 7 and  iPhone 7 Plus. New features are wireless earbuds with no headphone jack, water resistant body, dual camera, and more.
September 21 – Scientists report that, based on human DNA genetic studies, all non-African humans in the world today can be traced to a single population that exited Africa between 50,000 and 80,000 years ago.
October 11 – President Obama renews a vision for US government involvement in a human mission to the planet Mars by the mid-2030s.
November 8 – New data released by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) shows that the five years from 2011 to 2015 were the warmest on record, largely due to human activities, with 2016 likely to be even hotter.
December 5 – Researchers at Harvard discover a causal link between RNA splicing and aging.
December 8 – The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announces that giraffe populations declined from 155,000 in 1985 to 97,000 in 2015. Their conservation status is moved from “least concern” to “vulnerable”.
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Hybrid Homeschooling Pros and Cons

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{Updated March 27, 2018}

Hybrid homeschooling (blended learning) has been an amazing alternative for my son and has made all the difference in his educational growth and experience. As we get near the end of our first year of this type of homeschooling (2016), I wanted to share what we have learned. I’ll share a bit of the struggle that got us to this point, give the pros and cons, and tell you how we blend homeschool and our work schedules . Hopefully our experience will give you some insight into this schooling option and help you decide what is best for your family!


Public School Start

Homeschooling started to appeal to me a couple of years ago when my oldest son, Declan, was in second grade at a public school. I saw his natural curiosity and love of learning change into resistance, stress, anger, and tears. He started to fight me everyday before school, and after school he had serious meltdowns. Determined not to create a special ‘snowflake’ mentality in him I chalked it up to normal kid stuff, or maybe even bullying at school. His teacher said he got along well with others and had many friends in class. Declan confirmed that he was not being bullied. So I volunteered in his classroom thinking it would give me better insight, but it didn’t. I was frustrated.

As our daily struggle continued I started to question our path with traditional education. The one-size-fits-all way of teaching may work for some, or many, but it wasn’t working for Declan. School-option posts that crossed my Facebook and Pinterest news feeds now gained my attention. The information in those posts inspired me! They also intimidated me. Homeschooling felt too huge of a responsibility and I didn’t know how I would still be able to have a career, so I pushed the idea aside.


The Decision to Homeschool

During his third grade year, Declan went from testing ‘well above average’ to ‘below average’ in subjects I knew he excels at. His meltdowns and overall demeanor were getting worse too. When I could almost label him as being depressed I knew something had to change. He had been a generally happy kid and still was during school breaks. Was he getting bored in school because he was advanced? Was he not understanding how they are teaching? Is he just being lazy? Does he have a learning disability? Kids at this age don’t really get depressed, do they? Moody maybe, but depressed? I was searching for answers.

With conversations with his teacher and school staff, my own research, and Declan finally opening up about his struggles at school, it was concluded that he was getting bored in subjects he excelled at and stressed when they moved too quickly through lessons he needed more time on. He was in a perpetual cycle of boredom and stress at school. Depression was a side effect of the stress interfering with sleep quality, eating habits, and his overall outlook on learning and life.

After much debate and hesitation, my husband and I started to research and pursue local homeschool options for the next school year. I was definitely intimidated. I doubted my teaching ability and patience level to homeschool my own child. With my introverted nature I often admired a teacher’s ability to instruct a bunch of kids all day and the continuous effort it takes to keep them on task. Honestly, to me being a teacher seems utterly exhausting. But, the fear of my child slipping through public-school cracks and ending up desolate later in life kept flashing before my eyes. A little dramatic? Probably. But, I felt like I had little choice other than to think outside the box with his education experience. We figured we could try homeschooling for a year and see how it goes. If we failed miserably we would put him back in the traditional classroom setting with hopefully little damage done.



Homeschooling for Working Parents. Can you homeschool your child if you work? Homeschool options that allow you to blend homeschool and work schedules. What inspired our decision to homeschool. Homeschooling pros and cons. Homeschool programs and resources.



Homeschool Options

We are in Northern Colorado, and our school system has a few options for parents who are looking to customize their child’s learning curriculum. You will have to look and see what your school district, or nearby districts, offer homeschool families. Through my own research I noticed that some state’s school systems are starting to offer more resources and options to families, while other states seem to keep homeschool completely separate from the public system. Some prefer it that way! I am happy with the integration we have here. The options emerging are starting to make homeschooling available to everyone, including working parents.

Our school district offers traditional public schools, charter and private schools, co-ops, montessori, waldorf, a hybrid school(blended learning), and homeschool ‘options’ classes. Homeschoolers can participate in ‘options’ classes, in an on-campus classroom setting, various days of the week. The hybrid school appealed to me the most. This ‘hybrid’ school is a combination of public-school online classes done at home on MWF and on-campus classes TTh. I liked this option because I would have teacher guidance with the curriculum, peer interaction for Declan, parent support from the get-go, and it felt like it would ease us into homeschooling. Plus, his hybrid schedule allows me to still work on days he is in the classroom and intermittently on his days at home. The hybrid school in our district is still part of the public school system and receives state funding, so there is no tuition and the curriculum is free. The online curriculum is through which our school district pays for. Disclosure: I am not affiliated with


Our First Year Of Hybrid Homeschooling

Before school started, other parents from Declan’s school were already reaching out to us! I was very grateful to have support already in place before school started. This parent support helped ease my fears and gain confidence in my ability to do this new way of schooling. They told me the first couple weeks would be overwhelming but that it gets easier the more we get the hang of‘s software and scheduling.


Homeschool first day. What to expect.
Our first day of hybrid homeschool.


They were right! Our first day started good, but by the end of the day it was a disaster. We were both in tears. Even though‘s website is fairly intuitive and easy to navigate, we just weren’t familiar with it yet. Fear of getting it wrong ruled our first week, but with guidance and after a month of getting comfortable with the online curriculum and on-campus classes, we began to relax a bit. We have learned a lot this year! Here are some of the awesome, and not-so-awesome, things about hybrid homeschooling.


Hybrid Homeschooling Pros and Cons

Homeschooling Pros:

Growth!-  Not only has Declan grown this past year, but so have I. We have both developed confidence by navigating teaching and learning together. He learns best when topics turn into conversations and he can see how the lesson relates to real life. We aren’t perfect, there are still bad days, but when I can peak his curiosity about the subject at hand, it is magic! I love to see his eyes light up when it clicks. Even though I don’t require Declan to be a straight-A student, I am proud to say that he has been for most of this year!

Individual Attention- At home, Declan gets one-on-one help from me but he also receives a lot of individual attention on campus. The 4th and 5th graders are in one classroom with their teacher and an assistant. The are 19 kids total in the classroom. The 4th graders can work with the 5th graders if they reach their level. The 5th graders also help the younger ones when they need extra help. They learn about collaboration and healthy competition.


What homeschool really looks like.
What homeschool really looks like.


Curriculum Flexibility Declan is now able to work at his own pace and it has made a big difference! He works fast through subjects he excels at, and areas he struggles with he spends more time on and I can give the help he needs, most of the time. If I am stumped, we look up resources online to help us out.

At the beginning of the year, we went through a lot of the lessons together but now he knows what to expect so he does a lot of his lessons independently. It is common for kids in his class to advance to the next grade level depending on subject and be at various grade levels. Example: Declan may be at his own grade level in math but can advance to the next grade level in reading. There are kids that have advanced more than one grade level in certain subjects. Many of the high school students are graduating with college credits or associates degrees. They can also complete their classes ahead of schedule for an early summer break!


Homeschool curriculum progress. Staying on track.
Hybrid homeschool progress on


Time Flexibility We set our homeschool days in block format because he seems to do better with focusing on one subject for longer periods instead of jumping all around. allows you to set up your own schedule and shows you what pace you need to work at to complete the curriculum by the end of the year. Mondays he works through a week’s worth of History lessons. Wednesdays it’s Literature and Vocabulary. Fridays are Math. On-campus days they do Science, Math, Language Arts, Art, Music, and P.E. Declan is currently on track to complete this year’s curriculum a little early. We have taken advantage of this flexibility and done extra-curricular activities with the kids on some school days. Flexibility also makes it less stressful when one of the kids is sick and it allows me to work too.


Homeschool weekly schedule. Block Schedule on
Hybrid homeschool weekly schedule. We set up a block schedule. TTh are on campus. 4th grade online curriculum.


Free Evenings and Weekends Evenings and weekends are now more about free time instead of homework. Occasionally, when a lesson that takes him longer his other work will be pushed into the evenings or weekends but for the most part all school work is completed during the weekdays.

Socialization and Peer Interaction Being in the classroom on Tuesdays and Thursdays with other kids offers Declan a setting where he can build friendships and collaborate with others in a group setting. Him and a friend have started to work toward broadcasting a YouTube gaming channel. It is fun to watch their problem solving skills take form throughout the process.

Life skills- We incorporate life skills into Declan’s weekly routine. Mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health are important for a well-balanced life. We incorporate meditation as a tool to help deal with thoughts, emotions, and foster introspection. I mix in books and shows that will spark conversations about life and the deeper stuff. Getting outside, sports, adventure, and free play are also something we encourage daily. Cooking, cleaning, taking care of the dog and his little brother, for short periods of time, develop a sense of responsibility and contribution. We show him how to earn his wants and budget his money. Our goal is for him to have the tools to create a meaningful life.


Homeschool physical education
Homeschool physical education. We headed to the slopes when Declan got ahead on his curriculum.


Guidance and Support Being new to homeschooling this year I am very thankful I chose the hybrid option. I think if I tried to do it all on my own I would have failed miserably. The guidance, support, and insight from school staff and other hybrid homeschool parents was necessary for me to gain the confidence I needed to teach my child. Many of the parent’s had also been full-time, independent homeschoolers and gave me insight to that option as well.

My Work Time Tuesdays and Thursdays are for working, or adult time. My youngest, Cash, goes to preschool on the days Declan is on campus. These are my scheduled work days to blog or build my wood chests. Occasionally, I get the chance to have lunch with a friend or treat myself to a pedicure! Many careers now offer flexible schedules to parents and the ability to work from home on certain days. This, along with the hybrid homeschool schedule, is making homeschooling a real option for more families.


Homeschooling Cons:

Curriculum Content– I am generally happy with but, some of the activities within the lessons seem like busy work. It is a common complaint with the parents at our school, but we do have the option to skip some of those activities if the lesson objectives were met. If Declan got the point of the lesson without having to do the activity then we mark it complete. I can decide if the activity is beneficial. At times, I have to look to outside resources to gain his interest with a lesson subject. History lessons in k12 are mostly text and pictures, some video. Pretty dry really. So we get creative and look for videos, story books, and conversation to bring it alive.

Government Standards I understand, now, that whatever homeschool option you choose you will still have to operate within state regulations. Many of the curriculum options out there have to meet regulatory requirements. Homeschoolers have to log a certain amount of hours per subject, per week. Curriculum objectives have to be met. Attendance and progress has to be kept track of. Our hybrid homeschool program even does state testing. I’m not sure if all homeschoolers are required to do state testing. You will have to check your state regulations.

Little Ones One of my biggest challenges is keeping my preschooler busy and not bothering Declan while he is working through school lessons. Especially when I am helping with a lesson. Legos, puzzles, books, the iPad have helped temporarily. It remains my biggest struggle.


Homeschooling with little ones
Tupperware fun while Declan and I work through school lessons.


Focus- Another struggle is keeping Declan focused. Some days he does great! Other days it feels like pulling teeth! A rewards system helps. We incorporate meditation and frequent breaks too.

Energy Drain- I need time by myself to recharge and be my best. It’s just how I am made. With my boys only at school two days a week, finding time to recharge is a luxury. I do my best during their in-school days and also at night after everyone’s in bed. We also hire a babysitter at least once a month!

Special Snowflake Syndrome- Even though we have worked to customize Declan’s learning experience I have tried to make a point not to create the ‘special snowflake syndrome’ in him. Life and people will not cater to him and I will not protect him from challenges. That is reality, and he has to be able to thrive within the larger system and contribute to society. He is required to help around the house.

Labels and Judgement As a hybrid homeschooler we may not fit into the typical homeschool definition and we don’t fit the public school box either. I have heard judgements from all sides. My answer is: We are all just doing our best with is working for us! This currently works for us, and I support whatever works for you!


Homeschooling Update {March 27, 2018}

Summer of 2016 we moved to the east coast for my husband’s work. Declan went back into public school because there weren’t any hybrid homeschooling options where we moved. We were really proud of how he readjusted back into the everyday classroom setting, though he wasn’t thrilled with having to get up really early again. He tested at, or above, grade level during state assessments so my being worried about him falling behind when we were homeschooling was put to rest. He has been back in the normal public school setting for two years now, but he asks me all the time if we can homeschool again. We are definitely looking into doing it again for the following reasons.

Public School Shootings

With public school shootings on the rise, homeschooling seems like the safer school option now.  Over the last couple years I see more and more parents looking to homeschool for good reason! I also see more and more online schooling/homeschooling options popping up! We are in Georgia now and I see that this state, along with many other states, have virtual academies that work with state certified teachers to help guide your student through their at-home curriculum. The virtual students can still participate in nearby school clubs, teams, and social events. We are seriously thinking of going this route.

Decline in Public School Atmosphere

This is Declan’s first year in middle school, and the things he tells me happen at school are just crazy! The foul language and mean behavior of his fellow students, and teachers too! I’m no prude, and I definitely love a perfectly-timed swear word here and there, but the mean and vulgar culture being bred in our public school system is OVER. THE. TOP! I went to public school, so I expect some ‘savage’ behavior as being part of it. But, it is to the point of really wondering if it is worth subjecting my kid to it for an education and social interaction, or if really is counterproductive.

What Now?

We are currently looking at local homeschooling options again. Declan prefers it for sure. He can get the sleep he needs, work at his own pace through each subject, have flexibility in his schedule, avoid school ‘active shooter’ drills, and he doesn’t have to deal with the underlying fear of a school shooting or the mean culture public-school kids are now subjected to daily.

Like most families, we have to consider how we will balance his homeschool schedule with our work schedules. Homeschooling is much easier when your children are in 3rd grade and above. They are likely able to work independently most of the time, with some guidance here and there. This is why we will keep our youngest in a public elementary school until his 3rd grade year. My husband’s work schedule doesn’t allow him to be home very much, but mine is more flexible and I can work from home most of the time.

With a lot of careers now allowing remote work, homeschooling is becoming a real option for families. The school system in the United States is changing and it is long overdue! We will see where it goes from here!


These Videos Inspired Our Decision to Homeschool!
Hackschooling Makes Me Happy | Logan LaPlante
RSA Animate: Changing Education Paradigms
Do Schools Kill Creativity | Sir Ken Robinson
I Just Sued The School System | Prince Ea

What We Use Every Week:  – This is the curriculum we follow and use to log hours and attendance.
Amazon & YouTube– My son is a visual learner so video content through these channels helps to bring subjects alive for him! We use these mostly for history and social studies related learning, but also for instructional videos.
Creative Live – A popular online classroom for music, photography, and other free and paid creative classes.
Learn & Master – Guitar lessons and more. Helpful when Declan wanted to learn to play his electric guitar.
Khan Academy – Free online courses in many subjects.  Also good for visual learners. It helped Declan with Math and being able to visualize it.

Books Declan Can’t Put Down:
Rules for A Knight – Ethan Hawke   (Teaches kids about life, perseverance, and character.)
I Survived Series – Lauren Tarchis  (Historical events told as a story through the eyes of kids.)
Percy Jackson – Rick Riordan  (Greek mythology and adventure)

Note: I will be adding to this list occasionally as we come across other great resources!

Feel free to add your story or input in the comments below!