News when the Class of 2017 was being born
Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 00:09
Walking on campus you’ve probably noticed how young this year’s freshmen look. It may come as a surprise, but most of them are 18 years old and some might have even turned 19 already. Since age is just a number, here’s a little context of what was happening around the world while the class of 2017 was busy being born.
Sept. 12, 1994 “The Magic School Bus” debuts, beginning a 52 episode run on PBS which showed kids that education can be fun provided you have a vehicle that’s not constrained by the laws of time and physics.
Sept 13, 1994 Rapper Notorious B.I.G. releases debut album, “Ready to Die,” featuring the hit single “Big Poppa” and the lesser known track, “Fuck Me (interlude)”
Sept. 22, 1994 The TV sitcom “Friends” debuts on NBC. Chandler, Ross, Phoebe, Rachel, Monica and that other guy deliver laughter to American homes for the next decade.
Sept. 27, 1994 The Dave Matthews Band releases their debut album “Under the Table and Dreaming” which is coincidentally also Matthews’ preferred method of love-making.
Oct. 14, 1994 “Pulp Fiction” & “Shawshank Redemption” released to wide audiences. For comparison, this past weekend saw the premieres of “One Direction: This Is Us” and “Getaway” starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez. What’s happened to this country?
Nov 7, 1994 First ever internet radio broadcast by WXYC, the official student radio station of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. It would be another 15 years before the creation of the first ever internet radio audience.
Nov 8, 1994 George W. Bush elected governor of Texas, defeating incumbent Ann Richards. Bush would later go on to open a library/museum on the Southern Methodist University campus.
Dec. 3, 1994 Sony introduces PlayStation in Japan, less than a year later it would be available at US retailers. Just in time for Christmas 1995, right Dad?
Dec 15, 1994 The first version of Netscape Navigator web browser is released. Netscape was so awful people actually considered Internet Explorer, which came out six months later, an upgrade.
Jan 1, 1995 The History Channel launched. Somehow stays afloat solely via WWII conspiracy theory programming for 14 years before the introduction of Pawn Stars.
Jan 24, 1995 OJ Simpson trial begins, splintering America along ethnic lines. Because of billowing resentment throughout the ordeal, the nation came together after the verdict and vowed never to racialize a murder case again.
Feb 19, 1995 Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee marries Baywatch starlet and America’s sweetheart, Pamela Anderson. The couple divorced three years later, causing the world to question whether or not love exists.
March 1, 1995 Yahoo, the internet’s first search engine, is released. Prior to Yahoo, people had to have hard copies of any pornography they wanted to enjoy. Think about those logistics for a second.
March 31, 1995 Selena murdered. No, not Gomez, the other one who Jennifer Lopez played in a movie.
April 15, 1995 Mortal Kombat 3 released in arcades. The country’s Serious Adults had a collective meltdown because of the violence throughout the game and the industry responded by ratcheting up violence in video games to the near-satirical levels of today.