University of Michigan - Michiganensian Yearbook (Ann Arbor, MI)

 - Class of 1996

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SUPER BOWL The Dallas Cowboysjoined the San Francisco 49ers as the only five-time winner of the Super Bowl when they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17 in Super Bowl XXX. The game was held in Tempe, Ariz, and marked the third time in the last four years that the Cowboys had won the championship. Middle East peace process encounters roadblock The peace ac- cord signed in Sep- tember of 1995 be- tween the Palestine Liberation Organi- zation (PLO) and the state of Israel was intended to end violence in the Middle East and lay the foundation for a new Palestinian state in the West Bank. Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, one of the architects of the plan, was shot to death after a peace rally in Tel Aviv on 198 Retrospect BOMBING TRIAL Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the alleged mas- termind behind the World Trade Center Bomb- ing in 1994, received a life sentence from a federal judge. The other nine codefendants received 25 years to life sentences. The judge said that the plot to destroy several New York City landmarks could have caused " devastation on a scale not seen in this country since the Civil War. " CHECHEN SECESSION Russian President Boris Yeltsin ordered the Russian army, police, and security forces to attack the village of Pervomaiskoye where 300 Chechen rebels held more than 100 civilians hostage. Yeltsin claimed that over 82 people were freed in the operation, but the village was destroyed, and some of the terrorists escaped. DEATH Former French President Francois Mitterand passed away at the age o 79. Mitterand was the longest se ing president in French history. Hi won his first election in 1981 as Socialist and remained in office unti May, when a cancer diagnosis cause him to resign. photo courtesy of The Associated Press The Atlanta Journal-Constitution calculated how much a family of four would pay for a vacation to the 1 996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. Tickets for a week of events would average $ 1 ,500; the family would pay $2,600 to stay six nights at a motel 100 miles from Atlanta; they would then rise before dawn to take a two-hour bus ride to the city where they would pay about $ 1 50 a day for food. The grand total for the trip: about $5,000. Nov. 4. Rabin had just conclude speech about the importan of peace in the West Bank a was about to get into his lim ousine when alleged assassi Yigal Amir shot the Prim Minister in the back and stom ach. Amir was believed to be right-wing extremist wh claimed the peace proce threatened Israel. Rabin ' s assassination w; the first in Israel ' s histor shocking leaders around th world. President Clinton fie to Tel Aviv for the Prim Minister ' s funeral and urg all parties to continue the pea process as a tribute to Rabi life and work. U-M studen held a memorial in the Diag commemorate his efforts. Shimon Peres took over tf position of Prime Minister Israel and continued to wo with Arafat to establish a las ing peace in the Middle Eas

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Questions Surround Train Wreck An Amtrak train erailed while ossing a trestle in remote desert re- ' gion of Arizona, 55 iles southwest of hoenix. The acci- .ent occurred in the iddle of the night hile most of the assengers were .eep. The train, mtrak ' s Sunset imited, was en oute from Miami, la., to Los Ange- es, Calif. The acci- lent sent four cars to a gulch 30 feet elow the trestle. )ne person was tilled, and more Mtrak photo courtesy of The Associated Press U Use College students were not the only ones who stayed up all night. A Gallup Poll reported that half of all American adults had trouble sleeping, a 15 percent increase since 1 99 1 . The increase was derived from the aging popula- tion, as older people were more likely to develop sleep disorders. This fact alarmed researchers since the elderly were the fastest-growing segment of the population. ROE v. WADE By a vote of 54-44, the Senate joined the House in approv- ing a bill that would outlaw a rare type of late-term abor- tion. The vote marked the first time since Roe v. Wade that both houses of Congress had voted to make anything related to abortion illegal. BUDGET WOES For the second time in a month, the Federal Govern- ment was forced into a partial shutdown after budget talks between Congressional Re- publicans and the White House collapsed. Holiday tourists to the national parks and monuments were treated to closed signs during the impasse. SANCTIONS END President Clinton suspended sanctions imposed three years ago against Serbia and Montenegro. He declared that they had done a good job bringing the Bosnian Se rbs to the negotiating table. Clinton also directed an end to the arms embargo against all three parties. photo courtesy of The Associated Press than 70 people were injured. Investigators found that someone had removed a metal bar that held two sections of the rail together, causing the train to careen off the tracks. The culprit also installed a wire, disabling a light that would have warned the train ' s crew about the break. The saboteur ' s apparent knowledge about the warning system led to specula- tion that it might be the work of a disgruntled railroad em- ployee. Found at the scene was a letter that made reference to the federal siege at Waco, Texas, and Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and also mentioned the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. It was signed by the " Sons of the Gestapo. " The letter raised fears that the derailment was the work of antigovernment terrorists; although, experts in the field were unfamiliar with the signature. CHECHYNA Russia recaptured Chechnya ' s second largest city, Gudermes, from secessionist rebels who had moved into the city to disrupt elections for a local president and for the Russian parliament. Moscow ' s 10-day assault on Gudermes left nearly 600 people dead and a third of the buildings destroyed. OLYMPIC TV The richest deal in television sports history was signed when NBC agreed to buy the rights to broadcast the 2004 Summer Olympics, 2006 Winter Olym- pics, and the 2008 Summer Games. The network paid $2.3 billion for the exclusive rights to those events. Retrospect 197

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I merican Troops eep ' eace in losnia The first Ameri- n troops arrived in osnia on Christ- as Eve in order to ntain a tenuous :ace in the war- Balkan region. e First Armored .vision, consisting f Apache and lackhawk helicop- ;rs, arrived at the .S. headquarters in ' uzla from Ger- lany. These troops ere part of a ATO peacekeep- ig effort to restore der to an area wn into anarchy warfare over the photo courtesy of The Associated Press U Use Smokers and balding men received good news in 1996. The Food and Drug Administration ruled that Nicorette gum and Rogaine could both be sold without a doctor ' s prescription. Rogaine, a medicine proven to stimulate hair growth in some men, saw its price cut in half after the ruling; although, no price drop for Nicorette, the gum that released small doses of nicotine in the body ' s system to help fight Cigarette addiction. Source: U.S. News and World Report BLIZZARD ' 96 People along the East Coast received record snowfalls when the blizzard of ' 96 moved up the Atlantic coast. Major cit- ies were paralyzed by the huge storm. Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Philadel- phia, and Baltimore were among the cities hit the hard- est. Over 100 deaths were attributed to the weather. PLANE CRASH A Russian-built cargo plane crashed into an open-air mar- ket in Zaire ' s capital, Kinshasa, killing at least 350 people and injuring more than 500. Most of the casualties were women and children. The disaster set a record for the greatest num- ber of fatalities on the ground in an aviation accident. LAWSUIT A federal appeals court ruled that Paula Jones could bring a sexual harassment case against President Clinton while he was still in the White House. The verdict came despite Clinton ' s argument that the chief executive should not be distracted by personal lawsuits while in office. Greg Kessler past five years. In addition to the arrival of the Americans, French troops consolidated their advances and ended a reign of terror that had existed in the city of Sarajevo. The troops took over check- points and temporarily ended the curfew that was in place over the city. Also, Bosnian Serbs were pressured into re- leasing 16 Bosnian civilians that had been taken hostage from Sarajevo suburbs. The abduc- tions had been a serious chal- lenge to the peace talks in Day- ton, Ohio. The Serbs and the Muslim- led government also reached an agreement to withdraw both troops from their frontline po- sitions. NATO troops would then be able to take over the large resort town of Ilidza from the Serbs. Ilidza, which was located to the west of Bosnia ' s capital Sarajevo would serve as the headquarters for the NATO peacekeeping force. O.J. LIVE OJ. Simpson conducted his first major live TV interview since his acquittal when he appeared on Black Entertainment Television. He refused to release any details or answer any questions about the murder case, however. In- stead he told audiences to wait and buy his version of the story that would be sold on video for $29.95. WHITEWATER The Senate Whitewater Com- mittee was the first committee to subpoena a standing first lady. Hillary Rodham Clinton was called in to testify about her role in the case. Mrs. Clinton said that she would do all that she could to help and had nothing to hide in the affair. Retrospect 199

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