Class of 2000, This Is Your Life ... Can't Remember What You've Been Doing for the Past 18 Years? Well, We Can. These Were the Highlights:
- Headlines: Seven die from poisoned capsules of Tylenol in the Chicago suburbs. The Wall, America's memorial to Vietnam veterans, is dedicated.
- Music: Michael Jackson's "Thriller" becomes one of the best- selling records of all time.
- New this year: Sony Watchman, USA Today
- Headlines: 10-year-old Jeanine Nicarico of Naperville is murdered. U.S. troops invade the Caribbean island of Grenada.
- Fads: Cabbage Patch dolls become a national obsession.
- New this year: Compact discs; Apple introduces the computer mouse
- Headlines: Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America, surrenders her crown after Penthouse magazine publishes nude pictures of her.
- Music: The commercial success of Run-D.M.C. brings rap from the inner city to the rest of America.
- Milestones: United States bans leaded gasoline.
- Fads: The Coca-Cola Co. introduces a new formula for its signature beverage.
- New this year: Nintendo
- Headlines: Challenger space shuttle explodes. The Soviet Union's Chernobyl nuclear power plant suffers a full-scale meltdown.
- Milestones: AZT, a treatment for AIDS, earns FDA approval.
- TV: Oprah Winfrey becomes the undisputed ratings champion of daytime TV just months after her Chicago-based show went into syndication.
- Headlines: On Oct. 19, "Black Monday" devastates Wall Street and the Dow Jones industrial average plunges 508.32 points.
- Milestones: The U.S. budget deficit hits $1 trillion.
- Headlines: Terrorists bomb Pan Am Flight 103 near Lockerbie, Scotland.
- Milestones: Lights are installed at Wrigley Field.
- New this year: Prozac
- Politics: George Bush elected president.
- Headlines: The Exxon Valdez spills oil in Alaska. Chinese students protesting the government are massacred in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. The Berlin Wall falls.
- Sports: American cyclist Greg LeMond wins his second Tour de France. Pete Rose is banned from baseball for betting on games.
- Movies: "The Little Mermaid" is released and includes "Under the Sea," winner of the Oscar for best song.
- Headlines: Tornado rips through Plainfield, killing 29 people and destroying a high school.
- TV: "The Simpsons" debuts.
- Headlines: President Bush launches Operation Desert Storm after Iraq invades Kuwait. Anita Hill becomes a household name during the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
- Music: Nirvana releases the album "Nevermind" and introduces the nation to grunge music.
- Headlines: The acquittal of four white Los Angeles police officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King triggers riots. Sixteen-year-old Amy Fisher pleads guilty to shooting Mary Jo Buttafuoco, the wife of her former lover, 32-year-old Joey Buttafuoco. …