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1995 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
1995 25 Years Ago | History Snapshot
World Series Champions
|San Fransisco 49ers|
National Basketball Association Champions
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
|New Jersey Devils|
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Pete Sampras/Steffi Graf|
|Pete Sampras/Steffi Graf|
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 1, 1995 - Nebraska over
Rose Bowl: January 2, 1995 - Penn State over Oregon
Sugar Bowl : January 2, 1995 - Florida State over Florida
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
|Heather Whitestone (Birmingham, AL)|
|Chelsi Smith (Texas)/ Shanna Moakler (New York)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Gillian Anderson, Pamela Anderson, Rosanna Arquette, Drew Barrymore, Kim Basinger, Lisa Bonet, Sandra Bullock, Naomi Campbell, Tia Carrere, Julie Christie, Cindy Crawford, Jamie Lee Curtis, Maryam D'Abo, Catherine Deneuve, Cameron Diaz, Linda Evangelista, Angie Everhart, Sherilyn Fenn, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Teri Hatcher, Goldie Hawn, Eva Herzigova, Elizabeth Hurley, Iman, Kathy Ireland, Nastassja Kinski, Elle Macpherson, Valeria Mazza, Kylie Minogue, Demi Moore, Kate Moss, Heather Locklear, Vanessa Paradis, Daniela Pestova, Michelle Pfeiffer, Princess Caroline, Princess Diana, Victoria Principal, Charlotte Rampling, Debbie Rochon, Rebecca Romijn, Winona Ryder, Sade, Laura San Giacomo, Greta Scacchi, Claudia Schiffer, Stephanie Seymour, Alicia Silverstone, Victoria Silvstedt, Sharon Stone, Niki Taylor, Kathleen Turner, Uma Thurman, Kim Wilde, Catherine Zeta-Jones|
|"Houston, we have a problem"
- Tom Hanks, in Apollo 13
(paraphrased from the actual qoute - "Houston, we've had a problem here")
"No Soup For You!"
The Soup Nazi on TV's Seinfeld. The location was based on a real place and character, found at Al Yeganeh's Soup Kitchen in New York.
"If it doesn't fit, you must acquit!"
- Defense Attorney Johnnie Cochran at O.J. Simpsons murder trial
Thomas Grasso's last meal before his execution was 24 mussels, 24 clams, a double cheeseburger, 6 ribs, 2 strawberry milkshakes, half a pumpkin pie, strawberries, and a can of Spaghetti-Os. His final statement was, "I did not get my Spaghetti-Os. I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this."
1995 Pop Culture History
|In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published his autobiography
I Am Not Spock. In 1995, he published a second volume: I
Newsweek published an article scoffing the future of the internet. It laughed at the idea that people would gets news, learn, or buy airline tickets online. It is still available on their website. Ina totally unrelated story, Robert Metcalfe predicted in 1995 that the internet would collapse in 1996, and "eat his words" if it did not. In 1997, he blended a printed copy of that speech with liquid and drank the mixture.
Robert Lucas, upon receiving a Nobel Prize in economic sciences, was only awarded half the prize money. His ex-wife had placed a clause in their divorce settlement in 1988 stating she would receive half the prize money if he won the prize in the following 7 years. He won in 1995.
Robert Metcalfe predicted in 1995 that the internet would collapse in 1996, and "eat his words" if it did not. In 1997, he blended a printed copy of that speech with liquid and drank the mixture.
The Rock and Roll Hall of fame opened in Cleveland, Ohio.
Jewel's debut album Pieces of You was initially a commercial failure. Two years later her first single Who Will Save Your Soul finally received airplay and the album peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200. It was certified 12X platinum and is one of the best selling debut albums of all time.
When looking through the manuscripts of Carl Koller at the Library of Congress, a German historian found a small envelope of cocaine with the note: "Remainder of the first dose with which I made my initial cocaine experiment in 1884".
Windows 95 was the second most installed piece of software on computers in 1995; videogame DOOM was first.
During the 1995 OJ Simpson trial, the ABC, NBC and CBS networks nightly news broadcasts gave more air time to the details of that case than to the Bosnian War and the Oklahoma City bombing combined. So many people (100 million) were watching/listening to the O.J. Simpson verdict that long-distance calls declined by 58%, trading on the New York Stock Exchange decreased by 41%, water usage decreased, and there was an estimated $480 million in lost productivity due to work stopping
Dolly (the clone) the Sheep was born on July 5th, and lived for seven years.
The longest-running legal battle for a domain name is believed to be the fight for PETA.org. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sued People Eating Tasty Animals to obtain the name; the case spanned from 1995 to 2001. Michael Doughney's website was meant to be a parody, but he lost the domain and had to pay PETA the sum of $28,671 in legal costs.
The X Games were first broadcast on ESPN.
The longest pop song ever written is 69 minutes long, by Chris Butler (best known as leader of The Waitresses) named The Devil Glitch.
New Mexico state senator Duncan Scott introduced an amendment that psychologists were required to wear a wizard's hat when they testify in court. The amendment "passed with a unanimous Senate vote" but was removed from its bill before consideration by the state house, so never became law.
There is a windows 95 video guide with Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry.
Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Hammer was purchased for $30,802,500 by Bill Gates, and three years later he released a digital version of the historic diary for all the world to see.
According to the 1995 census, the majority of American Indians preferred the term "Indian" over "Native American" when referring to them.
The pilot episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog was nominated for "Best Animated Short Film" at the 1995 Academy Awards.
AuctionWeb began in San Jose, California, on September 3, 1995, by Pierre Omidyar. The company officially changed the name of its service to eBay in September 1997.
Disney's Pocahontas was originally supposed to feature a talking turkey named Redfeather voiced by John Candy. After Candy's death, Redfeather was dropped from the film and it was decided the animals shouldn't speak.
Casper was the first feature film to have a fully CGI character in a leading role.
A1995 episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine featured a policeman from the 2020s describing the '99 New York Yankees as one of the best teams ever in baseball. The Yankees won the World Series that year.
Todd McFarlane's Spawn action figures made action figures cool again, even for disillusioned comic book geeks.
When he landed back on Earth on March 22, cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov returned with the record for space flight - 437 days.
Lowest PGA score of 63 played by Michael Bradley and Brad Flaxon
Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1995: $1,150,000
These years use the same calendars: 2017, 2006, 1995, 1989, 1978, 1967, 1961, 1950, 1939, 1933, and 1922.
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols killed 168 people in a domestic
terror attack in Oklahoma City, including 19 children.
The 'Marvin Gardens' space in the Monopoly board game is misspelled.
It's based on Marven Gardens in New Jersey. Parker Brothers apologized
to the community in 1995.
A man named Scott Amedure was murdered by an acquaintance, Jonathan
Schmitz, after Scott admitted he had feelings for Jonathan in the
Jenny Jones Show. The show never aired.
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
Sony Playstation, Sega Saturn, Sega Nomad, 32X add-on for the Sega Genesis, Atari Jaguar CD add-on, Nintendo's Virtual Boy, Bandai's Apple Pippin, Barbie as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Barbie as Maria in the Sound of Music, Barbie and Ken Star Trek giftset
Birds & Blooms began publication
Starbuck's Frappuccino was released in 1995.
The George Forman Lean Mean Grilling Machine was released.
People have been meeting online via Match.com since 1995.
|The First X (EXtreme) Games took place in July, 1995
in Rhode Island.
The girl's were all listening to Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill album.
Watching the film Babe, about a happy little pig, with your family
Reading The Rainmaker by John Grisham
United States 1995 Census
|Sony Playstation, Sega Saturn, Sega Nomad, 32X add-on for the Sega Genesis, Atari Jaguar CD add-on, Nintendo's Virtual Boy, Bandai's Apple Pippin, Barbie as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Barbie as Maria in the Sound of Music, Barbie and Ken Star Trek giftset|
1995/96 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
1. E.R. (NBC)
2. Seinfeld (NBC)
3. Friends (NBC)
4. Caroline In The City (NBC)
5. Monday NIght Football (ABC)
6. The Single Guy (NBC)
7. Home Improvement (ABC)
8. Boston Common (FOX)
9. 60 Minutes (CBS)
10. NYPD Blue (ABC)
Popular Music Artists
|The Biggest Pop Artists of 1995 include
Alanis Morissette, Backstreet Boys, Blues Traveler, Boyz II Men, Brandy, Coolio, Dave Matthews Band, Faith Evans, Green Day, Hootie & the Blowfish, Janet Jackson, K-Ci & JoJo, Live, LL Cool J, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Melissa Etheridge, Method Man, Michael Jackson, Monica, Montell Jordan, Notorious B.I.G., Pearl Jam, R. Kelly, Real McCoy, Seal, Shaggy, Shania Twain, Soul For Soul, TLC, 2Pac, Vanessa Williams, Xscape
(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)
Number One Hits of 1995
|December 17, 1994 - January 27, 1995: Ini Kamoze -
Here Comes The Hotstepper
January 28, 1995 - February 24, 1995: TLC - Creep
February 25, 1995 - April 14, 1995: Madonna - Take A Bow
April 15, 1995 - June 2, 1995: Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It
June 3, 1995 - July 7, 1995: Bryan Adams - Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman
July 8, 1995 - August 25, 1995: TLC - Waterfalls
August 26, 1995 - September 1, 1995: Seal - Kiss From A Rose
September 2, 1995 - September 8, 1995: Michael Jackson - You Are Not Alone
September 9, 1995 - September 29, 1995: Coolio featuring L.V. - Gangsta's Paradise
September 30, 1995 - November 24, 1995: Mariah Carey - Fantasy
November 25, 1995 - December 1, 1995: Whitney Houston - Exhale (Shoop Shoop)
December 2, 1995 - March 22, 1996: Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men - One Sweet Day
(according to boxofficemojo)
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Apollo 13, Babe, Bad Boys, Batman Forever, Braveheart, The Bridges of Madison County, Casper, Congo, Crimson Tide, Dangerous Minds, Die Hard: With A Vengeance, Father of the Bride Part II, Get Shorty, Ghost in the Shell, GoldenEye, Grumpier Old Men, Highlander 3: The Final Dimension, Jumanji, Mortal Comabat, Mr. Holland's Opus, Pocahontas, Seven, Toy Story, Waterworld, While You Were Sleeping
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