What Happened In 1995 Pop Culture

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This Was 1995: A Pop Culture Snapshot

Best Picture was awarded to Braveheart. Mel Gibson directed this Scottish military drama, which won five Academy Awards in 1995, including Best Picture and Best Director. Gibson, who played the real-life liberation warrior William Wallace, was also awarded the Academy Award for Best Director for his work on the film. Having shoulder-length hair and dressing in a kilt has never looked more manly. 1995 was a year of pop culture. Image courtesy of Getty Images The trial of O.J. Simpson caught the nation’s attention.

Simpson, who was convicted of the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, was the catalyst for our current preoccupation with reality television.

The video for TLC’s “Waterfalls” was named Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards.

The “Macarena” became a worldwide sensation.

1995 Trivia, History and Fun Facts

“Houston, we have a problem”- Tom Hanks, inApollo 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 trialThomas 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.” In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published his autobiographyI Am Not Spock. In 1995, he published a second volume:I AM Spock.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 isstill availableon 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 albumPieces of Youwas initially a commercial failure. Two years later her first singleWho Will Save Your Soulfinally received airplay and the album peaked at4 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; videogameDOOMwas 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 stoppingDolly (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) namedThe 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 ofCourage the Cowardly Dogwas 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’sPocahontaswas 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 ofStar Trek: Deep Space Ninefeatured 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.JavaScript was created by Netscape programmer Brendan Eich. It was first released under the name of LiveScript and included with Netscape Navigator 2.0 in September ’95. It was officially renamed JavaScript on December 4.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 FlaxonCost of a Superbowl ad in 1995: $1,150,000These 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.A shirt that featured Margaret from Dennis the Menace saying “Someday a woman will be PRESIDENT!” was pulled from shelves when one Walmart shopper said it offended “family values.” It was restocked 4 months later due to women’s groups threatening to boycott Walmart.Tokyo subway sarin attack took place, in which 12 died and over 4000 were injured (many permanently). The attack was perpetrated by Aum Shinrikyo, a doomsday cult.Iqbal Masih was sold into bondage by his debt-ridden family aged four and escaped when he was 10, after which he went to school and helped 3,000 other Pakistani children escape bonded labor. A symbol of child labor in the developing world, he was shot and killed in 1995, at age 12. 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.Convicted killer Daniel Luther Heiss discovered that the key pictured on his prisoners’ information handbook was the masterkey for the whole prison. Fellow inmate Shane Baker, a trained jeweller, replicated it and both escaped.On June 29, 1995, a department store in Seoul, Korea collapsed, killing 500 people. During construction, the owner insisted on adding an unauthorized 6th floor with a swimming pool. When his engineers protested, they were fired.The Chinese government kidnapped 6-year old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, who was recently named the Panchen Lama, and replaced him with their own “fake Panchen”. At the time Nyima was the youngest political prisoner in the world. He and his extended family have not been heard from since.The 1995 Chicago Heat Wave killed 739 people, more than the great fire of 1871. A man named Scott Amedure was murdered by an acquaintance, Jonathan Schmitz, after Scott admitted he had feelings for Jonathan in theJenny Jones Show. The show never aired.Washington NBA team the “Bullets” changed their name to the “Wizards” because of the notoriously high murder rate in Washington DC at the time It became official with the 1997 season.McArthur Wheeler robbed two Pittsburgh banks with lemon juice on his face. Since lemon juice makes for invisible ink, he thought it would render his face invisible on camera. He was caught that night.From 1995 to 2000, the winner of the McDonald’s Monopoly grand prize was an insider (Jerome Jacobson) and his cohorts. Jerome helped produce the game pieces.Drew Barrymore table danced for David Letterman on his talk show, and, with her back to the audience, flashed David by lifting up her shirt.Patrick Combs deposited one of those fake “winning lottery checks” for $95,093.35. His bank took the deposit, and after several weeks, he took out the cash.The whole story can be found at his website.Marlon Brando, as a guest on Larry King Live, kissed a surprized Larry on the mouth.The Yakuza, Japan’s largest organized crime syndicate, reputedly provided food, water, blankets, diapers, etc. during both the 1995 and 2011 Japanese Earthquakes and at a much faster response time than even the Japanese Government.In 2013 1200 women died in the US due to complications from pregnancy or birth. In 1995 that number was 460.The closest the world came to full-scale nuclear war was not during Cuban Missile Crisis or even the during Cold War, but instead it was when a scientific rocket in Norway was mistaken as an American ICBM in 1995.Cindy Crawford and husband Richard Gere took out an full page ad in the London Times to proclaim their heterosexuality. The 1994 marraige ended in 1995, still straight, they say.Mississippi didn’t ratify the 13th Amendment (abolishing slavery) until March 16, 1995.Celebrity Paralyzed By a Horse: Christopher Reeve. Christopher starred in the filmAbove Suspicion, in which he played a quadriplegic character. It premiered 6 days before his horse riding accident.Rock Musician Heart FailureDeath: Jerry GarciaQueen of Tejano Pop Star Murder: Selena, killed by the ex-president of her fan club.Mysterious Olympian Skater Death: Sergi Grinkov, 2-time Gold Medalist, died while practicing with his partner (and wife) Ekaterina Gordeeva

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 giftsetBirdsBloomsbegan publicationGeorge Magazine(1995-2001)This Old Housebegan publicationFast Companybegan publicationStarbuck’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’sJagged Little Pillalbum.Watching the filmBabe, about a happy little pig, with your familyReadingThe Rainmakerby John Grisham

United States 1995 Census

(according toboxofficemojo)1. Toy Story2. Batman Forever3. Apollo 134. Pocahontas5. Ace Venturs: When Nature Calls6. GoldenEye7. Jumanji8. Casper9. Seven10. Die Hard: With A VengeanceAce 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

More Pop Culture History Resources

In the sweltering summer of 1995, Braveheart, Singled Out, and Bryan Adams were all really good movies. What do you recall about summer 20 years ago? What did you do? Is there a song, a movie, or a particular occasion that comes to mind when you think about it? Just in case you’ve forgotten which earworm was on repeat in your head or which television series were a must-see, we’ve put together a small nostalgia feast for you. From the summer of 1995, here are 20 of the most significant pop cultural landmarks.

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MOVIES:

1.Braveheart, a devastating three-hour homage to a Scottish hero directed by Mel Gibson, kicked off the summer movie season on May 24 and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. 2.Batman Forever, which premiered in theaters on June 16, exposed the world to a Day-Glo depiction of Gotham City — as well as a Batsuit with nipples and a codpiece, among other things. This third Batmanfilm grossed a total of $336.5 million worldwide. Three, Disney’sPocahontasdebuted on June 23rd, claiming historical authenticity and enraging anybody who had ever read a history book.

  • 4.Cluelessopened in cinemas on July 21, establishing Alicia Silverstone as a mid-’90s “It” girl and boosting the use of the phrase “whatever” throughout the country.
  • It was the fulfillment of a childhood dream 5.
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  • It made a record $250 million profit and was even nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.
  • The Usual Suspects, which premiered on August 16th, taught us to be afraid of Kevin Spacey– and presumably provided many more individuals an excuse to lecture their friends about spoiler warnings.

9. However, not all of the happenings involving movie stars took place on the big screen. After being detained by Vice Cops from the Los Angeles Police Department for picking up a prostitute on June 27, Hugh Grant became the target of more than a few witty jokes.

TELEVISION:

The premiere of Singled Out on June 5th introduced the world to Jennifer McCarthy, Chris Hardwick, and aDating Game version that was updated for MTV-addled brains. 11. On July 26, 1995, the last episode of Northern Exposure aired on CBS after six seasons on the network. Seeing how those Generation Xers needed to get out of the home, MTV spun off Road Rules from The Real World in 2006. It first broadcast on July 19, 1997, and ran for a total of 12 years. When the cult classicAeon Fluxdebuted on MTV on August 8, spectators alternated between exclaiming “Whaaa?” and “Whoo.” In the last days of summer, a tiny program named Xena: Warrior Princessdebuted, which introduced the world to what a chakram was.

MUSIC:

The premiere of Singled Out on June 5th introduced the world to Jennifer McCarthy, Chris Hardwick, and aDating Game version that had been updated for MTV-addled brains. 11 – On July 26, 1995, the final episode of the CBS television series Northern Exposure aired. Seeing that those Generation Xers needed to get out of the home, MTV spun off Road Rules from The Real World in 2006. 13. There were 12 years between the beginning of the show on July 19, 2005, and its final episode in 2011. When the cult classicAeon Fluxdebuted on MTV on August 8, spectators alternated between exclaiming “Whaaa?” and “Whoo.” 14.

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Pop Culture In Review for the Year 1995

Many people believe that 1995 was the most significant year in the history of pop culture. However, while this is a debatable issue, there’s no doubting that some of the most memorable events in pop culture occurred smack in the center of the 1990s decade. We can have a better understanding of this by taking a look at the entire year:

Film

  • Adaptation and giving ancient novels, movies, and characters a fresh lease of life were popular themes in 1995. The movie ‘Casper’ was released, but the friendly ghost was also depicted in his real-world counterpart. A Goofy Movie’ took Mickey Mouse’s sidekick and gave him his own family, complete with a loving plot, which sparked significant interest among the adolescent and preteen market. The film ‘Jumanji’ was released, bringing the events of the novel to life, albeit with significant adjustments
  • A remake of ‘Sabrina: the Teenage Witch’ was published
  • And a remake of ‘Sabrina: the Teenage Witch’ was released. This was also a year of blockbusters, with films like ‘Apollo 13’, ‘Braveheart’, and ‘Ro Roy’ among those that marked the anniversary of the James Bond and Batman franchises. The selection of Pierce Brosnan as the new James Bond may have contributed to the resurgence of a brand that had been on the decline
  • Films like as ‘Clueless’ and ‘Sense and Sensibility’ have given current viewers a fresh perspective on Jane Austen’s work. In response, many individuals revived their interest in the author’s brands of independent and lovely women
  • ‘Toy Story,’ the world’s first fully computer-animated feature film, premiered in theaters. Pixar’s first feature-length picture, Toy Story, was released in 2001. The film followed the adventures of a little boy’s toys, and it has now generated a full series based on the characters. Brad Pitt’s legacy includes four films and a flood of goods, and he was named the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by People Magazine for the first time in 2007. Also that summer, he appeared on his first magazine cover, sporting his long hair from the film ‘Legends of the Fall’
  • Braveheart was one of the first films to be released, with Mel Gibson’s efforts helping it to win the Best Picture Award
  • And Batman Forever introduced audiences to a bizarre version of Gotham City and Batman himself. Despite this, the film managed to make more than $336 million worldwide. In addition, Disney produced the legendary animated film ‘Pocahontas.’ The assertions of historical accuracy, however, were proved to be baseless. The film itself was still a huge success, and the song performed by Vanessa Williams went on to become a number one smash single. The overall revenues for the film were around $346 million
  • The film was released in July and propelled Alicia Silverstone to the status of ‘It’ girl in the process. The movie increased the frequency with which the word ‘Whatever’ was used in everyday conversation across the country
  • ‘Babe’ opened in theaters on August 4th, making a profit of $250 million and earning a nomination for a Best Picture Award
  • And “Dangerous Minds,” which premiered on August 11th and starred a tough Michelle Pfeiffer. ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ was the inspiration for Coolio’s popular song of the same name.

Music

  • On August 18, Neil Young joined Pearl Jam for a concert in Los Angeles. Salzburg, Austria, served as the setting for this event. It drew 15,000 people to the open-air concert, which coincided with the popularity of several iconic songs of the time, such as Bryan Adams’ “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?” On the Billboard Hot 100, this song lasted around four weeks at the top of the chart
  • On the music charts, the song “Waterfalls” by TLC stayed at the top for almost seven weeks. Another song by Seal that reached the top of the charts was ‘Kiss From a Rose.’ This song was also accompanied by a music video in the vintage style, which followed a cautionary narrative about AIDS and gang violence. After winning the then-coveted Moonman Video of the Year award, it became widely known that Coolio had written a song called ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’. In the summer of 1995, Alanis Morissette released her first album under her new name, Alanis Morissette
  • Michael Jackson’s first double album, ‘History,’ was released on June 20th
  • And Jerry Garcia, the guitarist for the ‘Grateful Dead,’ passed away in early August. With the release of the popular track “The Macarena” in mid-August, 1005, the end of several decades of re-enacting 1960s spirit was officially brought to a close. Today, most people are undoubtedly familiar with this particular dancing track. The ‘Macarena’ became popular after it went viral on the internet, encouraging partygoers with its simple dance movements. These procedures quickly became standard practice at most gatherings.

Television

  • The most popular television series were ER, Seinfeld, and Friends
  • The two most-watched shows of the year were Seinfeld (seventh season) and Friends (fifth season) (second season). The superhit medical drama ‘ER’, on the other hand, turned out to be the highest-rated show of the year
  • And a celebrity match was played at the US Open. The Arthur Ashe AIDS Challenge was the beneficiary of the monies raised during the event. Participants included celebrities such as Monica Seles and Bill Cosby
  • The television series ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ launched at the end of the summer
  • And the O. J. Simpson trial was sensationalized and followed avidly by millions of people. It’s possible that it sparked a national infatuation with reality television. The trial lasted around eight months, and the final judgement was broadcast live to an audience of more than 150 million people. Eventually, O. J. Simpson was found not guilty
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Fashion

  • In 1995, the majority of people did not mindlessly follow the trends set by fashion designers. While flashy and lavish clothing may be worn on rare occasions such as weddings or large celebrations, the norm was for people to dress in casual, comfortable clothing. The simple yet timeless T-shirt could be seen everywhere, with the exception of formal situations (and even then, not always). The hemline didn’t have a rigid set of rules. Various lengths of skirts, miniskirts, and anything in between were worn by the ladies. There was little interest in provocative apparel
  • Sheer and fitting patterns were exchanged for liberating, comfortable textile goods. High heels were likewise becoming out of fashion, at least when it came to casual dress and business attire. Even formal or semi-formal occasions would not necessitate the wearing of high heels as a matter of course. Some ladies, on the other hand, want to draw attention to their curves and employed the push-up bra to do this. High fashion had lost its appeal to the general public, with the exception of a small segment of the population
  • A significant amount of money was still being spent by fashion designers on their runway displays and supermodels. Their clothes, on the other hand, were growing increasingly out of reach for the common citizen, both monetarily and artistically. Fashion shows were quickly becoming more of a curiosity and entertainment experience than than a method of selecting one’s outfit. Premium designer labels were kept for the wealthy, with mass market brands such as ‘The Gap’ filling in the gaps between the two. If you wanted to save even more money on apparel, you could shop at stores like Caldor, K-Mart, and even Wal-Mart
  • ‘cross-shopping’ was a terrific way to add to your wardrobe while still saving a little money. Individuals would purchase a handful of products from an upmarket store and then combine them with more affordable alternatives
  • Designers would also provide some lower-priced items and make a tidy profit as result of this activity. One such designer is Geoffrey Beene, who created reasonably priced outfits for both genres and made them available in around 135 shopping centers. Dressing for success, sometimes known as “power dressing,” was losing its luster. Many businesses began instituting “casual Fridays,” during which employees might come to work in jeans or other comfortable clothes. A favorable impact on workplace morale, motivation, and productivity levels has been demonstrated by this practice
  • Designers such as Donna Karen, Ralph Lauren, and Calvin Klein were still attempting to put their distinctive spin on traditional favorites such as sportswear and casual clothing

Sports

  • Michael Jordan returned to the National Basketball Association for the first time in almost a decade. His early retirement was brought to an end as a result of this. He returned to the Chicago Bulls, where he previously played. Following the restart of his professional career, he contributed to the team’s three NBA Finals appearances in 1998, 1997, and 1996. Jordan retired once more in 2003, while Tiger Woods, at 19 years old, won the U.S. Amateur Championship competition in 1995. The Newport Country Club hosted this tournament, which took place in Newport, Rhode Island.

Technology

  • The Space Shuttle Atlantis docked with the Russian Mir Space Station during a mission to the International Space Station. Throughout the history of space flight, this was a watershed moment. A symbolic acknowledgement of collaboration between the United States and Russia
  • The Atlantis mission returned Norm Thagard, an American astronaut, to Earth at the conclusion of his record-setting four-month stay on the Mir space station
  • The online buying and auction website EBay was established. People were able to purchase and sell their goods and services all over the world as a result of this. Originally known as AuctionWeb, the site’s founder, Pierre Omidyar (a computer programmer), sold a broken laser pointer as the first item ever sold on the site
  • The DVD optical disc storage media format was also announced
  • And Michael Jackson used technology to communicate with his fans all over the world. His first online discussion took place on August 17, 1995, at the Museum of Television and Radio in New York City. The musician responded to queries sent through three different sorts of internet sites
  • The Space Shuttle Endeavour was scrubbed from its August 31 launch. This was necessary since one of the auxiliary power units appeared to have failed during the testing phase, prompting the request for this. The launch had already been delayed by three weeks due to the need to refurbish the solid rocket motors used in the rocket. Finally, on September 7th, the space shuttle was launched into orbit
  • On the same day, Microsoft debuted their Windows ’95 software, with the first retailer selling the packages at exactly midnight on August 24th. The first year following its introduction, around 40 million copies of this software were sold
  • This new version of Bill Gates’ operating system provided various new capabilities to personal computer users, bringing the total number of copies sold to over 100 million. It was the first version to have lengthy file names, the recycle bin, and task vars, all of which were revolutionary at the time. The instructional video featured none other than Matthew Perry and Jennifer Aniston as the main characters. For the first time, JavaScript was observed and used in a practical setting. This was a watershed event in the history of the internet and the creation of websites
  • The Galileo spacecraft, launched by NASA in December 1995, made its historic landing on Jupiter. This was a spaceship that was not manned.

News

  • During a docking mission to the Russian Mir Space Station, the Space Shuttle Atlantis was destroyed. During the history of space exploration, this was a watershed moment. A symbolic acknowledgement of collaboration between the United States and Russia
  • The Atlantis mission returned Norm Thagard, an American astronaut, to Earth at the conclusion of his record-setting four-month stay on the Mir space station
  • The online buying and auction website EBay was established
  • The ability to acquire and sell products and services on a global scale was made possible as a result. Originally known as AuctionWeb, the site’s founder, Pierre Omidyar (a computer programmer), sold his first item on the site, a broken laser pointer
  • The optical disc storage media format known as the DVD was also announced
  • And Michael Jackson was utilizing technology to communicate with his fans all over the world. During a chat session at the Museum of Television and Radio on August 17, 1995, he received his first online message. It was announced on August 31 that the Space Shuttle Endeavour will not be launched as planned. The singer responded to queries via three different forms of web services
  • Auxiliary power units appeared to have failed during the testing phase, which prompted the demand for this. As a result of repairs to the solid rocket engines, there had already been a three-week delay in the launch. Last but not least, September 7th saw the official launch of the Space Shuttle
  • On the same day, Microsoft debuted its Windows ’95 software, with the first retailer selling the packages at exactly midnight on August 24th. The first year following its introduction, around 40 million copies of this software were sold
  • This new version of Bill Gates’ operating system provided various new capabilities to personal computer users, bringing the total number of copies sold to approximately 100 million. In addition to extended file names, the recycle bin and task vars were all introduced in this version. No one other than Matthew Perry and Jennifer Aniston appeared in the training video. For the first time, JavaScript was observed and used in action. When the Galileo spacecraft, launched by NASA, arrived at Jupiter in December 1995, it became an iconic milestone in the history of the internet and website creation. A unmanned spacecraft was involved in this mission

Unusual Occurrences

  • The judgment in the O. J Simpson trial caused many people to take a break from their jobs for a short period of time. This hiatus resulted in a significant loss for various American enterprises, estimated to be in the neighborhood of $480 million. While the pumpkin spice latte wasn’t available yet, Starbucks did introduce the frozen Frappuccino. In the following years, this would become the drink of choice for everyone in search of a caffeine hit
  • The Pogs obsession was spreading across the country. Despite the fact that they didn’t appear to be very bright, the little collection discs were quite popular among young children and preteens. It was such a distraction that it was finally prohibited from many schools
  • Amazon sold its first book this year, marking the company’s first year in business. This was the modest beginning of a massive organization of epic proportions. Douglas Hofstadter’s book, ‘Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought,’ was the source of the inspiration.

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1995 Trivia, Fun Facts and History

  • Terrorism originating in the United States: the Oklahoma City bombing, in which a truck bomb exploded at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 people and injuring almost 700 more
  • Mariah Carey’s song One Sweet Day was the most played song on the radio. Boyz II Men are a hip-hop group from New York City. Songs that have had an impact on me include: I Wish by Skee-Lo, I Like It, I Love Itby Tim McGraw, This Is How We Do Itby Montell Jordan, and You Oughta Knowby Alanis Morissette are some of the songs that have been released recently. Toy Story, Apollo 13, 12 Monkeys, Babe, Jumanji, Braveheart, and Mr. Holland’s Opus are some of the movies to watch this year. The Java programming language was also established this year. Brad Pitt is the Sexiest Man Alive, according to People Magazine. Among the best-selling novels are The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans and The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. Ballpark Hot Dogs, 16 oz., are available for $1.49. In 1995, the price of an IBM Aptiva 486DX2-66 computer, including the monitor, was $1799.00. According to Forbes Magazine, Bill Gates is the world’s richest man, with a net worth of $12.9 billion dollars
  • The value of one ounce of gold is $387.00
  • And the value of one ounce of diamonds is $387.00. Jay Leno is a late-night host who is known for his witty remarks. Tom Snyder is the host of the late-night comedy show Late Late Night. In this conversation, we discuss whether O.J. Simpson murdered his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. When Jim Carrey approached Tommy Lee Jones to say hello during the production of Batman Forever, it was considered a private conversation. Jones responded with, “I despise you. I genuinely don’t care about you. “I’m sorry, but I can’t support your nonsense.”
Top Ten Baby Names of 1995: Jessica, Ashley, Emily, Samantha, Sarah, Michael, Matthew, Chris, Topher, Jacob, Joshua
The Hotties and Fashion Icons: Claudia Schiffer, Elle Macpherson
Hollywood Hunks and Leading Men: George Clooney, Antonio Sabàto, Jr., Colin Firth, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt
“The Quotes” “Houston, we have a problem”– Tom Hanks, in ‘Apollo 13’(paraphrased from the actual quote – “Houston, we’ve had a problem here”)Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s first words to US President Clinton upon meeting him in 1995 were, “Do you think O.J. did it?”On October 3, 1995, when OJ Simpson was acquitted of murder on both counts, so much work stopped to pay attention to the verdict that it cost American companies an estimated $480 million in lost productivity.“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
Time Magazine’s Man of the Year: Newt Gingrich
Miss America: Heather Whitestone (Birmingham, AL)
Miss USA: Chelsi Smith (Texas)/ Shanna Moakler (New York)
The Tragedy: Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols killed 168 people in Oklahoma City, including 19 children.
The Scandals: Drew Barrymore table danced for David Letterman on his talk show, and, with her back to the audience, flashed David by lifting up her shirt.Patrick Combs deposited one of those fake “winning lottery checks” for $95,093.35. His bank took the deposit, and after several weeks, he took out the cash. The whole story can be found on hiswebsite.Marlon Brando, as a guest on Larry King Live, kissed a surprised Larry on the mouth. We know you don’t really need to see it, but we included a picture.Cindy Crawford and husband Richard Gere took out a full-page ad in the London Times to proclaim their heterosexuality. The 1994 marriage ended in 1995.
Celebrity Paralyzed By a Horse: Christopher Reeve
Mysterious Olympian Skater Death: Sergi Grinkov, 2-time Gold Medalist, died while practicing with his partner (and wife) Ekaterina Gordeeva
Pop Culture News:The Rock and Roll Hall of fame opened in Cleveland, Ohio.The 1995 Whitney Houston singleExhaleholds the record for longest streak at2 on the Hot 100, having been there for 11 straight weeks. All 11 of those weeks, it was runner-up to the same song,One Sweet Dayby Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men.Newsweek published an articlescoffing the future of the internet. It laughed at the idea that people would get news, learn, or buy airline tickets online.Oasis was so popular in the UK in 1995 that a single was released in November of that year of just audio of both Noel and Liam Gallagher arguing during an interview entitledWibbling Rivalryand it charted, peaking at 52.Blue M Ms didn’t exist until 1995 when a poll was held to replace the tan shade of M M that was deemed redundant in addition to the brown M M. The color choice was pink, blue or purple… blue won.Dolly (the clone) the Sheep was born on July 5th and lived for seven years.La Chupacabra, the legendary goat sucking beast was first named by Silverio Pérez, a Puerto Rican comedian, in March of 1995.Convict Daniel Luther Heiss discovered that the key pictured on his prisoners’ information handbook was the master key for the entire Berrimah jail in Darwin, Australia. Another inmate, Shane Baker, was a trained jeweler, replicated it and both escaped.The X Games were the first broadcast on ESPN.Jim Carrey was nominated for Worst New Star in the 1995 Golden Raspberry Awards for his roles inDumbDumber,Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, andThe Mask.Starbuck’s Frappuccino was released in 1995.Actor James Cromwell had such a significant personal experience playing farmer Hoggett in the 1995 filmBabethat he became an ethical vegan.A coffee company in Syracuse, NY, renamed itself Federal Espresso in 1995, using branding that Federal Express(FedEx) claimed belonged to them. Federal Express sued and won. The company has gone by the name Freedom of Espresso ever since.People have been meeting online via Match.com since 1995.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.The first professional sports game streamed online was the Mariners vs the Yankees in September 1995. The Seattle Mariners beat the New York Yankees 6-5.CNET launched(nowdownloads.digitaltrends.com /)Tom Kenny (the voice of Spongebob) and Jill Talley (the voice of Karen, Plankton’s computer wife) have been married since 1995.The automobile ‘Blind Spot’ problem was solved in 1995 when engineer George Platzer published a 16 pages paper detailing the correct setup procedure of side-view mirrors.The George Foreman Lean Mean Grilling Machine was released.Windows 95 was the second most installed piece of software on computers in 1995. Video game DOOM was first.Todd McFarlane’s Spawn action figures made action figures cool again, even for comic book geeks.Salmon sushi wasn’t introduced in Japan until 1995 when Norwegian businessmen convinced Japanese businessmen that Atlantic Salmon was safe to eat raw.In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published his autobiographyI Am Not Spock. In 1995, he published a second volume:I Am Spock.JavaScript was created by Netscape programmer Brendan Eich. It was first released under the name of LiveScript and included with Netscape Navigator 2.0 in September ’95. It was officially renamed JavaScript on December 4.When he landed back on Earth on March 22, cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov returned with the record for space flight – 437 days.“Cheese-eating surrender monkeys” is an insult used to refer to French people. It first appeared in the Simpsons (1995) when Willy says “Bonjoooouuurrr, ya cheese-eatin’ surrender monkeys” to a French class. The term has since entered two Oxford Quotation Dictionaries.The lowest PGA score of 63 was played by Michael Bradley and Brad Faxon.George Samuel Hurst invented the first resistive touchscreen who received US Patent ( 3,911,215) on October 7, 1975. and produced the first version in 1982.Rock Musician Heart Failure Death: Jerry GarciaQueen of Tejano Pop Star Murder: Selena, killed by the ex-president of her fan club.Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1995: $1,150,000
Mysteries: After the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, there was a mysterious detached leg found in the rubble of the destroyed building. Since all 168 victims’ legs have been accounted for, the left leg has perplexed investigators and has yet to be traced back to an owner.The government of China kidnapped a 6-year-old Tibetan boy, the Panchen Lama, and replaced him with a puppet of their own choosing. The real Panchen Lama was the youngest political prisoner in the world at the time of his arrest and has never been heard from since.
Doomsday Clock: 14 minutes to midnight, according to theBulletin of Atomic Scientists.1995: Hopes for a large post-Cold War peace dividend and a renouncing of nuclear weapons fade. Particularly in the United States, hard-liners seem reluctant to soften their rhetoric or actions, as they claim that a resurgent Russia could provide as much of a threat as the Soviet Union. Such talk slows the rollback in global nuclear forces; more than 40,000 nuclear weapons remain worldwide. There is also concern that terrorists could exploit poorly secured nuclear facilities in the former Soviet Union.
Nobel Prize Winners: Physics – Martin L. Perl, Frederick ReinesChemistry – Paul J. Crutzen, Mario J. Molina, F. Sherwood RowlandMedicine – Edward B. Lewis, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Eric F. WieschausLiterature – Seamus HeaneyBank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel – Robert Lucas, Jr.*Peace – Joseph Rotblat and the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs*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.
The Habits: The First X (EXtreme) Games took place in July 1995 in Rhode Island.The college girls (and their older/younger sisters) were all listening to Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill album.Watching the film Babe, about a happy little pig, with your family
1st appearances1995’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents: Barbie as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Barbie as Maria in the Sound of Music, Barbie and Ken Star Trek giftset
Popular and Notable Books From 1995:Beach Musicby Pat ConroyThe Bridges of Madison Countyby Robert James WallerThe Celestine Prophecyby James RedfieldThe Christmas Boxby Richard Paul EvansEmotional Intelligenceby Daniel GolemanFive Days in Parisby Danielle SteelFrom Potter’s Fieldby Patricia CornwellThe Golden Compassby Philip PullmanGuess How Much I Love Youby Sam McBratney and Anita JeramThe Horse Whispererby Nicholas Evans“L” Is for Lawlessby Sue GraftonLightningby Danielle SteelThe Lost Worldby Michael CrichtonMemnoch the Devilby Anne RicePolitically Correct Holiday Storiesby James Finn GarnerThe Rainmakerby John GrishamThe Rings of Saturnby W.G. SebaldRose Madderby Stephen KingSabbath’s Theate r by Philip Roth
Broadway Show:Smokey Joe’s Cafe(Review) Opened on March 2, 1995, and Closed: January 16,2000
Best Film Oscar Winner: Forrest Gump (presented in 1995)
1995 Entries to The National Film Registry:The Adventures of Robin Hood(released in 1938)All That Heaven Allows(released in1955)American Graffiti(released in1973)The Band Wagon(released in1953)Blacksmith Scene(released in 1893)Cabaret(released in1972)Chan Is Missing(released in1982)The Conversation(released in1974)The Day the Earth Stood Still(released in1951)El Norte(released in1983)Fatty’s Tintype Tangle(released in1915)The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse(released in1921)Fury(released in1936)Gerald McBoing-Boing(released in 1951)The Hospital(released in1971)Jammin’ the Blues(released in1944)The Last of the Mohicans(released in1920)Manhattan(released in 1921)North By Northwest(released in1959)The Philadelphia Story(released in 1940)Rip Van Winkle(released in 1896)Seventh Heaven(released in1927)Stagecoach(released in 1939)To Fly!(released in1976)To Kill a Mockingbird(released in1962)
The Big Movies: (according toboxofficemojo) 1.Toy Story 2.Batman Forever 3.Apollo 13 4.Pocahontas 5.Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls 6.GoldenEye 7.Jumanji 8.Casper 9.Seven 10.Die Hard: With A Vengeance
1995 Most Popular TV shows: 1.E.R.(NBC)2.Seinfeld(NBC)3.Friends(NBC)4.Caroline In The City(NBC)5.The Single Guy(NBC)6.Home Improvement(ABC)7.Boston Common(FOX)8.60 Minutes(CBS)9.NYPD Blue(ABC)10.Frasier(NBC)
1995 Billboard Number One Songs:December 3,1994– January 13, 1995:On Bended Knee– Boyz II MenJanuary 14 – January 27:Here Comes the Hotstepper– Ini KamozeJanuary 28 – February 24:Creep– TLCFebruary 25 – April 14:Take A Bow–MadonnaApril 15 – June 2:This Is How We Do It– Montell JordanJune 3 – July 7:Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman– Bryan AdamsJuly 8 – August 25:Waterfalls– TLCAugust 26 – September 1:Kiss From A Rose– SealSeptember 2 – September 8:You Are Not Alone– Michael JacksonSeptember 9 – September 29:Gangsta’s Paradise– CoolioSeptember 30 – November 24:Fantasy– Mariah CareyNovember 25 – December 1:Exhale (Shoop Shoop)– Whitney HoustonDecember 2, 1995 – March 22,1996:One Sweet Day– Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men
Sports: World Series Champions: Atlanta BravesSuperbowl XXIX Champions: San Francisco 49ersNBA Champions: Houston RocketsStanley Cup Champs: New Jersey DevilsU.S. Open Golf Corey PavinU.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Pete Sampras/Steffi GrafWimbledon (Men/Women): Pete Sampras/Steffi GrafNCAA Football Champions: NebraskaNCAA Basketball Champions: UCLAKentucky Derby: Thunder Gulch

25 Things That Happened In 1995 – Events, Famous Birthdays & More!

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1.MJ Returned To The NBA

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons It was in March 1995 that basketball legend Michael Jordan made his much-anticipated return to the NBA, officially proclaiming the end of his retirement (and brief baseball career) by walking back onto the pro basketball court after an 18-month absence.

2.DVDs Were Invented

It took years for DVDs to be designed and developed before they were finally made available for purchase in 1997. It is true that this one makes us feel really, really elderly.

3.Toy StoryPremiered In New York

It took years for DVDs to be designed and perfected before they were finally made available for purchase.

The fact that we are feeling a little elderly with this one is undeniable.

4.Bill Clinton Was Still President

Jean Chrétien was in the driver’s seat in Canada, while John Major was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Boris Yeltsin was the President of Russia.

5.Playboy Became Legal Again

After being out of print for 34 years, the ‘Playboy’ magazine has been re-released on the shelves of the Republic of Ireland. We’d crack a joke, but we’re way too refined for that. Image courtesy of Amazon

6.PlayStation Hit The US

Sony debuted the first PlayStation video game console in the United States in September of this year. Those of you who have played the original Tekken should raise your hands. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

7.The Internet Took Off

After the United States government’s financing for the Nation Science Foundation Network (NSFNET) came to an end, the internet was privatized. It’s a brand new age.

8.O.J. Got Set Free

In 1994, O.J. Simpson was declared not guilty after a lengthy and contentious criminal prosecution, known as the “trial of the century,” in which he was charged with the double murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman.

9.The MLB Strike Ended

An MLB players’ strike that spanned seven months and three weeks over a proposed pay cap was brought to a conclusion by the players’ union on Monday. Image courtesy of LeslyJuarez/Unsplash

10.The Average Cost Of A New House Was$113,150

You may need around three times that much now in the US, or perhaps up to five times that amount in Canada.

11.The Average Person’s Income Per Year Was$35,900

The average household income in the United States is currently $87,864.

12.Rent Was Also Way Cheaper

In addition, what is the average monthly rental price? $550. Wow.

13.People Were Loving Mariah Carey

People were listening to Mariah Carey’s single ‘Fantasy,’ the chart-topping main tune from her fifth studio album, ‘Daydream,’ which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Let’s review what you could have forgotten:

14.GoosebumpsWas One Of The Most-Watched TV Shows

I’m getting the goosebumps just by viewing this:

15.The ‘dot-com’ Era Truly Began

We witnessed the introduction of game-changing websites such as eBay, Craigslist, Match.com, and a slew of others.

16.Windows 95 Hit Our Screens

Microsoft, the world’s largest provider of computer software, released the operating system ‘Windows 95’ in August. Here’s a throwback to the good old days:

17.Steve Fossett Set A New Record

The operating system ‘Windows 95’ was released by computer software behemoth Microsoft in August. And now, for something completely different:

18.Forbes Magazine Named Bill Gates As The Richest Man In The World

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons His net worth was roughly $12.9 billion at the time of his death, compared to his estimated $114.7 billion net worth now. Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, has risen to the top of the list.

19.Model Kendall Jenner And Quarterback Patrick Mahomes Were Born

I’m glad you found out? They weren’t the only ones, after all.

20.132,063,047 Babies Were Born

Thank goodness you do. In any case, they weren’t alone.

21.Jessica and Michael Were The Most Popular Baby Names

Jessica and Michael were two of the most often used baby names in the United States, with over 27,935 occurrences and 41,402 occurrences, respectively. Hey, we all know someone who does. And there were four big events in 1995 that we thought we couldn’t leave out of our list, which are as follows:

22. The City OfMumbai, India, Had Its Name Officially Restored

The regional ruling party sought to reclaim the name Bombay, which had been used by British colonial authorities since the 1800s.

23. TheBosnian Civil WarEnded

On December 14, 1995, the conflict was declared formally over.

Over the course of the almost four-year struggle, it is estimated that over 101,000 people died.

24. Yitzhak Rabin, The Fifth Prime Minister Of Israel, WasAssassinated

An extremist who opposed the Oslo Accords, which were accords between Israel and Palestine, was found guilty of his murder and sentenced to life in prison.

25. TheOklahoma City BombingTook Place On April 19, 1995.

One of the extremists who opposed the Oslo Accords, which were accords between Israel and Palestine, was found guilty of his murder and sentenced to death.

Why 1995 was the most important year in pop culture

In 1995, I was ten years old, which meant that I had finally reached the age when I could comprehend the significance of popular culture (like, sort of). With the release of Toy Story 3 in December of that year, I’d begun collecting Babe toys from McDonald’s that summer; school was defined by bets (and losses) on my collection of Pocahontas and Casper Pogs;and Now and Then, which forever altered my perspective on female companionship. Cher Horowitz provided a role model for anyone with a predisposition for being picky, and Empire Records, well, it made working in a record store appear rather great, to put it mildly.

And the fact that we are still obsessed with honoring it (and everything it represented) 20 years after the event is a testament to this.

We can all agree that 1995 was a watershed year in terms of how we consume culture (obsessively), as well as our diverse tastes (the popularity of Billy Madison versus the likes of Sense and Sensibility), our cult-like allegiance (Showgirl) and our general fondness for nostalgia, to name a few things (The Brady Bunch Movie).

The year highlighted franchises, reboots, and “Remember this?” set-ups, in addition to blockbusters like Braveheart, Apollo 13, and Rob Roy—all of which were set in the past—and other time-traveling films.

It was the year 1995 that taught us to look at the past and then attempt to make it better — which is exactly what we’re doing right now.

As I mentioned earlier, the movie Casper could have easily stayed in the cartoon realm and been a perfectly wonderful children’s picture, but when Casper transitioned into Devon Sawa at the end, we realized that he was real (and that he was a huge hottie) and that we had a reason to see it as pre-teens.

The fact that James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) could bring a stale franchise back to life (which he did) and that Jumanji was more than a children’s book, it was a helluva adventure were both proven.

Now It therefore possibly established the stereotype that was later followed four years later (“the athletic one,” “the mysterious one,” and so on), and Clueless and Sense and Sensibility brought Jane Austen and her autonomous and fascinating brand of lead heroines back into the public eye.

And, instead of seeing women competing against one another, Clueless allowed us to witness Cher, Dionne, and Tai work together to become the greatest versions of themselves with no shade thrown at any point in the film.

Empire Records had the same effect as the previous record label.

Despite the fact that it bombed at the box office, it, like its similarly poorly received predecessor Showgirls, gained a cult following for its depiction of distinctive individuals who wouldn’t have gotten along so well with Bronson Alcott’s shining cheerful, folks.

(Take, for example, bands such as Bush, Radiohead, and NIN.) In reality, the year provided a platform for a diverse range of fictional characters, all of whom contributed to the production of game-changing films such as Se7en, The Usual Suspects, and The Basketball Diaries, all of which blurred the borders between right and wrong, as well as between good and bad.

Of course, following the release of these films, I had a mushroom cut and spent the most of my nights thinking that my bed was a canoe while lip-syncing to “Just Around the Riverbed.” But, thinking back, I can see why 1995 has been such a cherished and significant year for so many people (Pocahontas soundtrack aside).

So let’s hope that 1996 did similarly — especially today, when we’re in the throes of retro culture.

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