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1995 Timeline

 
     

With the decade half over, 1995 did not leave us "High and Dry." It came to bat and has us all Waiting to Exhale.

Technology was again at the forefront as Internet giants Yahoo! and eBay came into existence. Not only could you search the Web and find virtually anything, now you could also sell all your old crap while you bid on other's discarded treasures.

TV had us all going MAD ("He looka like a man!") while we watched oddball characters like Ren & Stimpy. Blossom taught us how to wear floppy (and in retrospect, ugly) hats with big flowers on them while Cher and Dionne schooled us on how to wear plaid skirts in Clueless.

The movies took us to the moon with Apollo 13 and into the secret world of toys

 

with Disney's animated hit Toy Story. They also gave us a peak into the lives of Hackers and the mind of a sadistic killer in Se7en. (Do you know what is in the box?)

Don't dismiss this middle year or give it the "Run-Around," 'cuz it wasn't just "Good," it was "Boombastic!"

HISTORY & POLITICS

• The World Trade Organization comes into being, an event that would lead to protests and

controversy around the world on the part of citizens concerned about the economic ramifications of streamlined global trade.

• Kevin Mitnick, a notorious computer hacker, is finally captured by the FBI.

• Close to 6,500 people are killed when an earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale

strikes the city of Kobe in Japan.

• Steve Fosset flies across the Pacific Ocean in a hot air balloon, taking off in South Korea

and landing in Saskatchewan, Canada.

• Barings Bank, the oldest investment bank based in the United Kingdom is brought down

through the actions of a single broker in the Tokyo Stock Exchange that incur over 1 billion dollars in losses.

• Yahoo!, the popular search engine, web directory and email service is founded by Jerry

Wang and David Filo.

• 168 people are murdered by domestic terrorists in Oklahoma City when a bomb destroys

a significant portion of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

• 11.5 billion dollars in damage occur and 100 lives are lost as 11 hurricanes pound the

Atlantic coast in one of the busiest storm seasons on record.

• eBay, another giant of internet commerce comes into being as an online auction house.

• The Million Man March reaches the Capitol Buildings in Washington, D.C. The March

consisted of black men and was organized in order to address the concerns regarding national social problems and voter apathy.

• Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel, is assassinated. Rabin had won the Nobel Peace

Prize for his efforts in reducing the violence in the Middle East the year before.

 

Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building is destroyed and 168 people lose their life during the Oklahoma City bombing

Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building is destroyed & 165 lose their life in the Oklahoma City bombing.

Yahoo! and eBay, two Internet giants, are founded

Yahoo! and eBay, two Internet giants, are founded.

Steve Fosset flies across the Pacific Ocean in a hot air balloon

Steve Fosset flies across the Pacific Ocean in a hot air balloon

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MUSIC

Gangsta's Paradise – Coolio
You Are Not Alone – Michael Jackson
Boombastic – Shaggy
Buddy Holly – Weezer
Lightning Crashes – Live
Connection – Elastica
Creep – TLC
You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette
This Is A Call – Foo Fighters
This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan
Kiss From A Rose – Seal
Macarena – Los del Rio
Good – Better Than Ezra
Missing – Everything But The Girl
Run-Around – Blues Traveler
Wonderwall – Oasis
When I Come Around – Green Day
Fantasy – Mariah Carey
Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?– Bryan Adams
Any Man Of Mine – Shania Twain
One Of Us – Joan Osborne 
High And Dry – Radiohead
Shook Ones Pt. II – Mobb Deep
Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing – Chris Isaak
It's Oh So Quiet – Björk
Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage
Bullet with Butterfly Wings – Smashing Pumpkins

Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill

 

Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

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TELEVISION

NewsRadio

NewsRadio
With Phil Hartman, Andy Dick and Dave Foley in the cast, this sitcom about the daily operations of a radio station kept audiences in stitches.

   
JAG 

JAG
An unlikely drama concerning the legal proceedings of the U.S. Navy, JAG proved to have ten years of staying power in prime time.

   
The Drew Carey Show 

The Drew Carey Show
The geeky comedian's own half hour of musings of the average guy trapped in an average job.

   
MADtv 

MADtv
Although it was critically savaged, FOX's answer to Saturday Night Live is still going strong today more than a decade after it hit late night television with its unique brand of sketch comedy.

   
Star Trek: Voyager

Star Trek: Voyager
With a female captain and a ship trapped far from home, this iteration of the Star Trek franchise captured a new flock of viewers in the wake of the cancellation of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

   
Blossom 

Blossom
A show about a teenage girl dealing with an overdose of testosterone in the form of two brothers and a single father that also introduced Joey Lawrence as a hunky bad boy.

   
Ricki Lake

Ricki Lake
Daytime talk got a little bit trashier as this would-be competitor to Oprah did its best to book the most scandalous and ridiculous guests possible.

   
Ren & Stimpy

Ren & Stimpy
Oddball animation and a sense for the absurd highlighted this cartoon favorite that certainly wasn't directed at kids.

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MOVIES

GoldenEye 

GoldenEye
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Famke Janssen
The first Bond film with Brosnan in the title role and the first female M marks the series' return to chronicling the world's most famous British Secret Service agent.

   
Batman Forever 

Batman Forever
Starring Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carrey
The Dark Knight returns to face two new villains and gains a sidekick in the character of Robin to help him in his eternal fight against crime.

   
Apollo 13

Apollo 13
Starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton
Historical drama that tells the tale of American astronauts in the late 60's who find their journey to the moon interrupted by technical failure. Only their ingenuity and resourcefulness allow them to safely return home again.

   
Jumanji 

Jumanji
Starring Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst and Bonnie Hunt
A board game becomes a portal into a land of fantasy in this family film with a twisting, turning plot and a strong moral message.

   
Pocahontas 

Pocahontas
Starring Mel Gibson, Irene Devard and John Kassir
An animated take on the life and times of Native American princess Pocahontas, as produced by Disney.

   
Casper 

Casper
Starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman and Eric Idle
Combining computer graphics and live action, the story of everyone's favorite friendly ghost is brought to life in a modern setting.

   
Toy Story 

Toy Story
Starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Don Rickles
Once again computer animation would rule the day, this time in story from Pixar about the secret life of toys that would stun audiences with its incredibly sophisticated technical wizardry.

   
Se7en 

Se7en
Starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey
A dark thriller in which two detectives race against time to discover who is murdering seemingly random victims using methods based on the seven deadly sins.

   
Before Sunrise 

Before Sunrise
Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy
An independent film that covers a 24 period in which two twenty-somethings discover each other and themselves in Vienna before going their separate ways forever.

   
Dangerous Minds 

Dangerous Minds
Starring Michelle Pfeiffer, George Dzundza and Robin Bartlett
A former Marine becomes a teacher in a tough school and must win her way into the hearts of her students before they become prey to their own lifestyles.

   
Clueless

Clueless
Starring Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy and Paul Rudd
A modern day, super-rich, Valley-Girl-esque take on Jane Austin's Emma that paved the way for 90s fashion trends like short skirts and chunky-heeled shoes.

   
Desperado

Desperado
Starring Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Steve Buscemi
Action film from director Robert Rodriguez that would help establish him as one of the hottest young names in Hollywood.

   
Don Juan DeMarco

Don Juan DeMarco
Starring Marlon Brando, Johnny Depp and Faye Dunaway
Depp steps into his role as a modern-day Don Juan with remarkable poise, leading audiences on a quest for true love and self-discovery.

   
Hackers

Hackers
Starring Angelina Jolie, Jonny Lee Miller and Matthew Lillard
Highly stylized depiction of young internet junkies who stumble upon a high-tech plot to destroy the world's oceans unless an exorbitant ransom is paid.

   
Leaving Las Vegas

Leaving Las Vegas
Starring Nicolas Cage, Elizabeth Shue and Julian Sands
Wrenching story of one man's decision to drink himself to death and the hooker with a heart of gold determined to stop him.

   
Strange Days

Strange Days
Starring Ralph Fiennes, Angela Basset and Juliette Lewis
Set on New Year's Eve, 1999, Fiennes must discover who is killing off the people in his circle of friends before they get to their final intended target – his former lover.

   
12 Monkeys

Twelve Monkeys
Starring Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis and Madeleine Stowe
A convoluted sci-fi thriller involving time travel, a terrible plague and the end of the world.

   
Waiting To Exhale

Waiting to Exhale
Starring Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine
A group of female friends help each other through the ups and downs of their complicated love lives.

   
Dead Man Walking

Dead Man Walking
Starring Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn and Robert Prosky
An indictment of the death penalty that examines the depths of the human soul.

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SPORTS

• Jeff Gordon wins his first NASCAR Winston Cup Championship, while Sterling Marlin wins

his second Daytona 500 in a row.

• The New Jersey Devils sweep the Detroit Red Wings 4 games to none and win the

Stanley Cup.

• The Atlanta Braves win the World Series of Baseball, defeating the Cleveland Indians.

• Super Bowl XXIX is taken by the San Francisco 49ers, who make history by defeating

San Diego to become the first team to have ever won 5 NFL titles.

• Greg Norman once again leads the PGA Tour in overall winnings, but Ben Crenshaw wins

the Master Tournament and dons the fabled Green Jacket.

• Michael Schumacher repeats as Formula 1 driver's championship.

• The Houston Rockets sweep Shaq and the Orlando Magic to win the NBA title two years

running.

• Thunder Gulch wins both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes.

• Steffi Graf has a strong year in tennis, winning at Wimbledon, the US Open and the

French. Pete Sampras takes his third Wimbledon title in the Men's division.

• Jacques Villeneuve catches the eye of international racing fans by winning the

Indianapolis 500.

• Elvis Stojko emerges triumphant with the Men's figure skating World Championship.

 

Jeff Gordon wins his first NASCAR Winston Cup Championship

Jeff Gordon wins his first NASCAR Winston Cup Championship

Elvis Stojko of Canada takes the figure skating world by storm

Elvis Stojko of Canada takes the figure skating world by storm

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