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ln Apri11997, floods ravage the entire Red River Valley between Minnesota and the Dakotas. Ninety percent of downtown Grand Forks, North Dakota, isunder water.

Once-mightyApple Computer is close to failure when arch-rival Bill Gates of Microsoft "rescues" it with aS150 million bail-ott in August. The event opens anew era of cooperation betweer. formerly fierce competitors.

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First Lt. Kelly Flinn accepts ageneral discharge from the Air Force, avoiding court-martial for lyingabout an affair and disobe~ng orders. Flinn had been the first and onlyfemale B-52 pilot in the service.

Timothy McVeigh is convicted of murder and conspiracy in June for the Apri11995 bombing of theAlfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. McVeigh is later sentenced to death.

British nanny Louise Woodward, 19, isconvicted in Massachusetts of murdering achild in her care. Thejudge later reduces the charge to involuntarymanslaughter and releases her.

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