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Rear View Mirror: Not much new in 2002

The world NASA’s Mars Odyssey space probe (figure 1) begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system… outta this world! A near-Earth asteroid (estimated at a measly 30 feet in diameter) explodes in our atmosphere over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. Estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, more powerful than the ...

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Rear View Mirror: (200)1 was the funkiest number

The world • Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia, is launched by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger. Ah…[edit]…anyone? • First draft of the complete human genome is published in the journal Nature. We have blamed all our problems on our DNA ever since. • Michael Brunet discovers the skull of Sahelanthropus Tchadensis (figure 1) in the Djurab Desert, Chad. One of ...

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Rear View Mirror: Millennium Fool-Cons

The world • Gisbourne, New Zealand, population 32,754 is the first city in the world to experience the new millennium and apparently all three of their computers kept working. Surprised the hell outta all the Y2K doomsayers! (The other surprise… computers tell us that the new century didn’t really begin until 2001.) • A rare century leap-year date occurs. Usually, ...

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Rear View Mirror: Mighty fine in 1999

The world • The world’s population exceeds six billion… get off my foot. • The Euro is introduced as common currency in the European Union… make you yen for a buck? • Boris Yeltsin is replaced by Vladimir Putin… and they said it couldn’t last. • Millennium celebrations begin… never mind that the Millennium begins in 2001. Might as well ...

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Rear View Mirror: 1998—A very important date

1998 Road King Classic

The world • Europe agrees on a common currency—the Euro. Got change for a farthing, franc, or pfennig? • Google was founded… go ahead; Google it! • The largest airport in the world opens…on the little island of Hong Kong. Can you say “made in China?” • Microsoft becomes the biggest company in the world, a la Windows 98 The ...

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Rear View Mirror: Slick tricks in ’96

The world • Britain is beset by Mad Cow Disease… good steaks are still available in the U.S. • Prince Charles and Lady Diana are divorced… the guy won’t ever be king.   • France halts nuclear testing in the Pacific… no one thinks to notify Godzilla. • Minimum wage is raised to $5.15… average cost of a new car ...

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Rear View Mirror: Alive and thrivin’ in ’95

The world • In southern France, a network of caves is discovered containing paintings and carvings between 17,000 and 20,000 years old, proving graffiti has been with us a long, long time. • The optical disc storage media format (DVD) is announced… video rental stores rejoice… no rewinding. • Microsoft comes up with Windows 95 as an operating system… nerds ...

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Rear View Mirror: What was in store for 1994

The World • The first satellite digital TV service is launched. Cable companies laugh… but the last one is on them. • The 31-mile channel tunnel or “Chunnel” connecting France to the island of England is opened. It took 15,000 workers and seven years, enabling people to drive a distance that no potential invading nation had been able to sail ...

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Rear View Mirror: What we’d see in 1993

The World: ● Nelson Mandela wins Nobel Peace Prize—South Africa votes for “Majority Rule” constitution. ● Intel builds the Pentium processor. ● The World Wide Web is born. The Nation: ● The World Trade Center is bombed. ● Rodney King is beaten. ● Beanie Babies are born… Bah! ● First humans are cloned… Ah! ● Jurassic Park is the big ...

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Rear View Mirror: What was news in ’92

The World: Roman Catholic Church reinstates Galileo Galilei… after 359 years. McDonald’s opens its first restaurant in China. The Nation: President Bush apologizes for raising taxes after promising not to. Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster win Oscars for Silence of the Lambs. Johnny Carson makes his final appearance as host of The Tonight Show. A free newspaper called THUNDER PRESS ...

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