Minolllinoio, V.nthorino Shindlo, IC crownedMiss America 1998. For the first time inits 77-year history the pageant allows contestants tn wPM two-piece swimsuits in competition.

Belovedactor Jimmy Stewart dies in July at 89. Stewart's enduringnice-guy popularityis exemplified by It's a WonderfulLife, his 19~6 movie that isnow an Americancultural icon.

Chelsea Clinton begins her freshman year at Stanford

University in Palo Alto, California. Despite security measures, she reportedly will lead as normal a college life as possible.

For the first lime, acomputer beats aworldchess champion when IBM'sDeep Blue beats RussianGarryKasparov ina six-game match in May 1997.

dies September 5at theage of 87. Revered for alifetime of hrlping thP poor .st of thr poor, her many honors include the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize.


SarahFerguson, Duchess of York, appearsinadsasaspokesperson for Weight WatchersInternational. Sheisthe former wife of England's Prince Andrew.

TedTurner, 1~ce chairmanof the Time Warner media empire, pledges S I billion to United Nationsprograms. It isthe largest single gift in philanthropic history.

AmericanJodyWilliamsand the International Campaign to Ban Land Minesare awarded the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize inOctober. The U.S. and China refuse tosignan international treaty that would ban land mines.

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