Tens of thousands of Chinese students take over Beijing's Tiananmen Square in rally for democracy (April 19 et seq.). More than one million in Beijing demonstrate for democracy; chaos spreads across nation (mid-May et seq.). Thousands killed in Tiananmen Square as Chinese leaders take hard line toward demonstrators (June 4 et seq.).
Army Gen. Colin R. Powell is first black Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff (Aug. 9).
US GDP (1998 dollars):$5,438.70 billion Federal spending: $1143.17 billion Federal debt $2868.0 billion Median Household Income(current dollars):$28,906 billion Consumer Price Index: $124 Unemployment: 5.3% Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.25
Super Bowl San Francisco d. Cincinnati World Series Oakland A's d. SF Giants NBA Championship Detroit Pistons d. LA Lakers Stanley Cup Calgary d. Montreal Wimbledon Women:Steffi Graf d. M. Navratilova (6-2 6-7 6-1) Men:Boris Becker d. S. Edberg (6-0 7-6 6-4) Kentucky Derby Champion Sunday Silence NCAA Basketball Championship Michigan d. Seton Hall NCAA Football Champions Miami-FL (11-1-0)
Salman Rushdie's novel Satanic Verses is published and sparks immediate controversy. Islamic militants put a price on his head.
Entertainment AwardsPulitzer Prizes Fiction:Breathing Lessons, Anne Tyler Music:Whispers Out of Time, Roger Reynolds Drama:The Heidi Chronicles, Wendy Wasserstein Academy Award, Best Picture:Rain Man, Mark Johnson, producer (United Artists) Nobel Prize for Literature:Camilo José Cela (Spain) Album of the Year:Faith, George Michael (Columbia/CBS) Song of the Year:"Don't Worry Be Happy," Bobby McFerrin Song of the Year:"Don't Worry Be Happy," Bobby McFerrin, songwriter Miss America:Gretchen Elizabeth Carlson (MN)
First World Wide Web server and browser developed by Tim Berners-Lee (England) while working at CERN.
Peter Deutsch of McGill University who devlops Archie, an archive of FTP sites, the first effort to index the Internet. Another indexing system, WAIS (Wide Area Information Server), is developed by Brewster Kahle of Thinking Machines Corp. Background: Computers and Internet