General Facts about the year you entered the “real world” in 1997:
Average Cost of new house $124,100.00
Average Income per year $37,006.00
Average Monthly Rent $576.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas $1.22
Loaf of Bread $1.17
Diana Princess of Wales is killed in a car crash in Paris August 31st, and her funeral was watched by 1.5 billion people around the world
Mother Teresa dies in Calcutta
A civil jury panel finds O.J. Simpson Guilty
Hong Kong kills all the chickens within its territory (1.25 million) to stop the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain known as Avian Flu. Bird flu was thought only to infect birds until the first human cases were seen in Hong Kong in 1997
Scientists in Scotland reveal the first successful cloning of an adult mammal a sheep named Dolly
Microsoft becomes the world's most valuable company valued at $261 billion dollars
William & Mary historical events from when you were a student:
1993-The College concluded its Tercentenary celebration at Homecoming with the dedication of two statues-one of Lord Botetourt in the Wren Yard and the other of founder and first President James Blair between Tyler and Blair halls; the unveiling of The College of William and Mary: A History, a two-volume, 1,000-page history of the College written by Thaddeus W. Tate, Ludwell H. Johnson, Susan H. Godson, Richard B. Sherman and Helen C. Walker; and a birthday party at Busch Gardens.
1993-Mark H. McCormack '51, chair of the Campaign for the Fourth Century, presented a symbolic check of $153 million to President Sullivan, marking the successful completion of the four-year fund-raising effort.
1994-Andrew Zawacki was chosen as the College's second Rhodes Scholar.
1995-Former President George H.W. Bush, calling William and Mary "A Place of Possibilities," delivered the commencement address in William and Mary Hall. He was the 17th President of the United States to visit the College.
1996-Gymnast Scott McCall won an NCAA national championship for his excellent performance on the steel rings.
1997-Under the direction of James I. Armstrong, Jr., the William and Mary Choir performed during President Bill Clinton's second inauguration in Washington, D.C.
1997-Archaeologists excavated artifacts near the Sir Christopher Wren Building related to a structure that existed during the Middle Plantation period in the third quarter of the 17th century-before William and Mary was chartered in 1693 and before the City of Williamsburg was founded in 1699.