Salute to the Class of 2007

As members of the class of 2007 prepare to head to college, or into the work force, The Herald takes a look back at what was happening in pop culture and around the world when they started kindergarten in August 1994.

• The No. 1 movie in the country was "Forrest Gump," which starred Tom Hanks, left, and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Other hit moves that summer included "The Lion King" and "Speed."

• Major League Baseball players had just gone out strike, which eventually led to the cancellation of the 1994 World Series.

• On TV, "Seinfeld," "Home Improvement" and "Roseanne" were among the hit shows. Meanwhile, "Friends" (cast shown below) and "ER" were about to debut on NBC and go on to become two of the most popular series of all time.

• The June arrest of former football star O.J. Simpson on murder charges in the deaths of his wife and her friend continued to captivate the nation. Simpson's highly publicized yearlong trial would begin about a month later. The trial ended in October 1995 with Simpson's acquittal.

Later that fall ...

• October: The Web browers Netscape 1.0 was released. The number of Web sites at the time was around 3,000.

• November: George W. Bush was elected governor of Texas, an office he would hold until he was elected to the U.S. presidency in 2000.