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Twenty Years Ago Around the World

With PGi celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, we’re finding ourselves in good company with other milestones. In 1991, the world was filled with innovations and change that spread like ripples in a pond and are still being felt today. Below are just a few of the forces at work in technology, politics and pop culture as well as a few statistics to remind us how far we’ve come:

Technology and Science 20 Years Ago

  • Microsoft releases MS DOS 5.0
  • The American Galileo spacecraft makes its closest approach to 951 Gaspra, becoming the first probe to visit an asteroid
  • 911 Emergency number tested in the US northwest
  • First Linux kernel (version 0.01) was released and uploaded to an FTP server by Linus Torvalds in Helsinki
  • A solar eclipse of record totality occurs, seen by 20 million people across the world
  • Ötzi the Iceman is found in the Alps
  • The first website is uploaded and published by Tim Berners-Lee

Pop Culture 20 Years Ago

  • Numerous countries declare their independence from the Soviet Union, causing its dissolution and the official cessation of KGB activities
  • The Huntington Library makes the Dead Sea Scrolls available to the public for the first time
  • Nirvana’s “Nevermind” album released to inspire a new generation of musicians and bring alternative grunge rock into the mainstream. The infant on the LP cover, Spencer Elden, is now 20 years old.
  • Movies that were released in 1991:
    • Silence of the Lambs
    • Beauty and the Beast
    • Thelma & Louise
    • The Addams Family
    • Dances With Wolves wins the Oscar for Best Picture

Businesses That were also Born 20 Years Ago

  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Christian Louboutin, French footwear designer famous for high end women heels with red lacquered soles
  • Blizzard Entertainment, American video game development company famous for World of Warcraft
  • Sega Sonic the Hedgehog game series
  • Lollapalloza annual music festival

Celebrities Who Were Born 20 Years Ago

  • Erik Per Sullivan: Dewey from “Malcolm in the Middle’
  • Craig Roberts: rising independent actor, recently in “Submarine”
  • Kyle Massey: from Atlanta, Georgia and recently placed second in “Dancing with the Stars”

Celebrity Marriages Still Around After 20 Years

  • Steven Spielberg & Kate Capshaw
  • Bruce & Kris Jenner
  • John Travolta & Kelly Preston

How Much the US Spent for Living Life 20 Years Ago

  • Yearly Inflation Rate: 4.25%
  • Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average: 3168
  • Interest Rates Year End Federal Reserve: 6.50%
  • National average cost of a new house $120,000
  • National average income: $29,430 per year
  • National average rent: $495 per month
  • Average cost of gasoline: $1.12 per gallon

Twenty years seems at once both a lifetime ago and just yesterday. Only a privileged few had embraced cell phone technology and the internet had a single page explaining the internet. As PGi has transformed collaboration by helping people and businesses connect in more human, meaningful ways, we’ve also witnessed the transformation of how people connect to each other through technology and what roles technology plays in their lives. We’re proud to be a part of that transformation today and look forward to sharing its future evolution.

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