This is a list of important events the occured during 1995. Exact dates
are listed when known.
- The Oklahoma City Bombing
April 19, 1995: 168 people, including 8 Federal Marshals, were killed in the bombing of a federal building in Oaklahoma City. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were charged and convicted in this case. For their roles in the bombing Terry Nichols received a life sentence and Timothy McVey was sentenced to death.
- Large earthquake in Japan strikes
- Conviction of Sheik and 9 followers over bombing
The men responsible for bombing the World Trade Center a year earlier were found guilty.
- OJ Simpsons found inocent, October 4
He was later found liable in a second trial.
- The Monster Tour Postponed.
Spring/Summer 1995: R.E.M. was forced to postpone their "Monster" Tour on nummerous occaisions after 3 of its members, Bill Berry, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe fell prey to illnesses that requried them to have surgery. While on the European leg of the tour Bill Berry suffered an anyneurism which required imediate surgery. Michael Stipe suffered a hyatal hernia on the North American leg of the tour and Mike Mills underwent an apendectmy which further postponed dates on the North American leg of the tour. The only member of R.E.M. who didn't fall ill was Peter Buck. R.E.M. jokingly referes to the "Monster" Tour as the "Surgery" Tour!
- The First Tibetan Freedom Concert.
August 1995: Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys organized the first Tebetan Freedom Concert in Los Angeles. The proceeds from the ticket sales went to the Millareppa Foundation which exposed human rights violations in Tibet by the Chinese government. Artists that appeared at the TFC were: The Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers and A Tribe Called Quest.
- Quebec defeats referendum on independence
Quebec, a province in Canada with majority French speaking citizens, defeats a referendum on Quebec independence by less than 1 %
- Ebola Virus Hits!
The Ebola virus kills 244 Africans in Kikwit, Zaire in Central Africa.
- African-american Walks in Space.
Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr. makes history as the first black American astronaut to walk in space (Discovery).
- White House Memo on Affirmative Action
U.S. President William J. Clinton in a White House memorandum calls for the elimination of any program that "(a) creates a quota; (b) creates preferences for unqualified individuals; (c) creates reverse discrimination; or (d) continues even after its equal opportunity purposes have been achieved."
- Capt.Scott O'Grady Shotdown
Captain Scott O'Grady of the Air Force was shotdown on June 2,1995 while flying a routine sortie over war-torn Bosnia.He was rescued 5 1/2 days later on June 8,1995.
- The passing away of Jerry Garcia
In August of 1995 an American icon passed away. Though some feel as if this event wasnt so tragic, the world would never be the same.
- First planet outside our solar system found
For the first time in history a gas giant outside our solar system has been found. Scientists looked at the star Pegasi-51 using giant telescopes on the ground and discovered the star wobbled, meaning it has planets. The question wether we're alone in the universe has brought us one step closer. This planet is larger than jupiter has been found orbiting the star Pegasi-51, a star that is 15 lightyears away from our sun. Scientists were stunned to discover that gas giants could orbit stars at such a close range (closer than mercury). They always thought that if they would find a gas giant it would be just as far away as ours. No pictures can be taken of the planet itself, untill hopefully, 2005.
- The Tex-Mex Queen, Selena was murdered
March 31, 1995. The singer Selena Quintanilla Perez was murdered in Corpus Christi, Texas by her Fan Club President Yolanda Saldivar.
- Rabin assassinated
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated at a Tel-Aviv peace rally, two years after shaking hands with PLO leader Yasser Arafat in Washington DC.
- Rabin assasination
Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin is assasinated on Nov. 4, 1995 by right-wing Israeli Yigal Amir at a peace rally in Israel. The Israeli peace process is shattered.
- Nerve gas attack in Tokyo subway
the Aum Shinrikyo cult is responsible for the deaths of 8 people and injury of thousands
- Netscape debuts!
Marc Andreessen's Netscape debuts and the dotcom boom begins
- Dayton Peace Accord
In Dayton, Ohio, a peace treaty was signed between Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia & Montenegro; the wars of the Yugoslavian sucession ended formally.
- Aum Shinrikyo gasses subway in Tokyo
On March 20, 1995, Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo released sarin gas into the Tokyo subway system, killing 12, injuring 1000s. First instance of sarin use in terrorist attack. First use of chemical weapons by terrorist group.
- Balanced Budget Amendment Fails
In one of their first acts as a majority in both houses of the U.S. Congress, republicans craft a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would end the practice of deficit spending. The House passes it 300-132. House democrats vote against it 72-129, but House republicans overwhelmingly vote for it 228-2. It fails in the Senate by one vote, 66-34, as a 2/3 majority is needed for passage. All Senate republicans vote for it 55-0. Only 11 democrats vote for it. Senator John Kerry votes against it.
- Train-School Bus accident
A commuter train hit a school bus on October 25, 1995, killing 7 children. It occurred in Fox River Grove, IL, northwest of Chicago.
- Windows 95 released
August 24 Microsoft released its much anticipated Windows 95. Millions of dollars were spent on ad compains by Microsoft and retail stores. This release sealed the deal in America becoming digitized.
- James Bond Returns To Cinemas
After a six year hiatus James Bond returns to packed cinema houses. Pierce Brosnan debuts as agent 007 in "Goldeneye". The film becomes the highest grossing Bond picture, earning $353 million worldwide. It's the 4th highest grossing film of 1995.
- Dallas Wins Superbowl
The dallas cowboys become the first team to win 3 superbowls in 4 years. They would now have 5 superbowl titles, which would tie them them for the most of all time. Only the forty niners would have the same amount.
- President Bill Clinton Confirms Area 51 Exists
President Clinton may have revealed more than he wanted to when he signed executive order 95-45 in which he exempts Groom Lake Air Force Base (Area 51) from revealing its environmental records to the public.
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