January 1995 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Austria, Finland & Sweden act to join European Union
  • Jan 1 Centennial of Canadian Mounties presence in Canada's Yukon Territory
  • Jan 1 Fernando Henrique Cardoso installed as president of Brazil
  • Jan 1 International Year of Tolerance

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Jan 1 Last "Far Side" by cartoonist Gary Larson (started 1980)

Cartoonist Gary Larson
Cartoonist
Gary Larson
  • Jan 1 The Draupner wave in the North Sea in Norway is detected, confirming the existence of freak waves.
  • Jan 2 Bus crashes in Luzon Philippines, 29 killed
  • Jan 2 Carquest Bowl 5: South Carolina beats West Virginia, 24-21
  • Jan 2 Most distant galaxy yet discovered found by scientists using Keck telescope in Hawaii (est 15 billion light years away)

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Jan 4 Newt Gingrich (R) becomes speaker of the US House of Representatives

US Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich
US Speaker of the House
Newt Gingrich
  • Jan 5 Lockheed C-140 Jetstar crashes at Isfahan, Iran, killing 18
  • Jan 6 A chemical fire in an apartment complex in Manila, Philippines, leads to the discovery of plans for Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack.
  • Jan 8 15th United Negro College Fund raises $12,200,000
  • Jan 9 Ecuador & Peru involved in boundary fight
  • Jan 9 Worker accidentally cuts electrial wires at Newark Airport
  • Jan 11 5th TV network (WB) Warner Brothers begins (WPIX-TV in NYC)
  • Jan 11 DC-9 crashes near Maria La Baya, Colombia: 51 die, 9 yr old girl lives
  • Jan 12 Major earthquake kills 5,092 in Kobe Japan

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Jan 12 Pope John Paul II begins visit to SE Asia

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Jan 14 10,000 South Africans attend state funeral of Joe Slovo
  • Jan 14 16th ACE Cable Awards: John Malone wins the Golden CableACE for outstanding achievements in advancing the development of cable programming

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Jan 14 Mexico pledges profits from state-owned Pemex's $7-billion-per-year oil revenues in an effort to secure US congressional approval of loan guarantees; President Clinton approves a $20-billion U.S. aid package for Mexico

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Jan 15 Southern Alabama begins using new area code 334
  • Jan 15 Western Washington begins using new area code 360
  • Jan 16 UPN (Universal-Parmount Network) begins telecasting (WWOR in NYC)
  • Jan 17 7.2 earthquake destroys Kobe, Japan and kills 5,372
  • Jan 18 Kumble takes 16-99 in match for Karnataka v Kerala
  • Jan 18 Pope John Paul II begins visit to Australia
  • Jan 19 Jean-Claude Juncker (28) sworn in as premier of Luxembourg
  • Jan 20 Russian ruble drops to 3,947 per dollar (record)
  • Jan 22 Palestinian bomb attack in Beit Lid Israel, 21-22 killed
  • Jan 25 Jacques Santer succeeds Jacques Delors as chairman of Euro Committee

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Jan 26 NJ Governor Christine Whitman, dedicates a rest stop to Howard Stern

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • Jan 29 Greg Blewett scores century on Test debut vs England, Adelaide
  • Jan 30 Car bomb explodes in Algiers, 42 killed/296 injured
  • Jan 30 Workers from the National Institutes of Health announce the success of clinical trials testing the first preventive treatment for sickle-cell disease.
  • Jan 30 Norway's Statoil announces a newly formed consortium that will supply Norwegian natural gas to the European continent
  • Jan 31 President Bill Clinton authorizes a $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize its economy.

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 4 Harry Skinner, English skiier

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Eugene Wigner, physicist (Nobel prize for physics-1963), dies at 92
  • Jan 1 Frederick "Fred" West, British contractor and serial killer (12 charges of murder), commits suicide in his prison cell at 53
  • Jan 2 Manuel Rivera, Spanish painter/co-founder (El Paso), dies at 67
  • Jan 2 Siad Barre, general/president of Somalia (1969-91), dies at 84
  • Jan 3 Gerard W Taylor, South African/British surgeon, dies at 74
  • Jan 3 Robert Nesbitt, impresario, dies at 88
  • Jan 4 Jonathan Zeitlyn, artist, dies at 43
  • Jan 4 Robert Clifford Latham, pepys Scholar, dies at 82
  • Jan 4 Sol Tax, American anthropologist (b. 1907)
  • Jan 5 Mansour Sattari, Iranian Brigadier General and commandant (Iran Air Force), dies at 46
  • Jan 5 Yahya Ayyash, PLO bomb maker, booby trapped cellular phone at 28
  • Jan 5 Somerset de Chair, British writer, politician and poet, dies at 83
  • Jan 6 Edward Sutcliffe, judge (British Central Criminal Court), dies at 77
  • Jan 6 Joe Slovo, Latvian/South African attorney/sect-gen (SACR), dies at 68
  • Jan 7 Harry Golombek, chess Grandmaster, dies at 83
  • Jan 7 Larry Grayson, British entertainer (Generation Game), dies at 65 or 71
  • Jan 7 Viktor Vorobyov, Russian general-major, dies in battle
  • Jan 7 Murray Rothbard, American economist (b. 1926)
  • Jan 8 Joyce McCartan, peace campaigner, dies at 68
  • Jan 9 Souphanouvong, [Red Prince], president of Laos (1975-87), dies at 85
  • Jan 10 Elaine Greene, literary Agent, dies at 74
  • Jan 10 Halton Kathleen Tynan, writer, dies at 57
  • Jan 10 Souphanouvong, leader of Pathet Lao (1957), dies
  • Jan 11 John AG Gere, English art historian (Raphael & his Circle), dies at 73
  • Jan 11 Onat Kutlar, Turkish screenplay/producer (Hazal), murdered at 59
  • Jan 12 George Price, cartoonist (New Yorker), dies at 93
  • Jan 12 Marion Herbst, German/Dutch jewelry designer, dies at 50
  • Jan 13 Arnold Smith, painter (Vigelius Prize 1935), dies at 89
  • Jan 13 Arthur Mervyn Stockwood, bishop, dies at 81
  • Jan 14 Mark Finch, film festival organizer, dies at 33
  • Jan 14 Stafford WIlliam Somerfield, newspaper editor, dies at 84
  • Jan 17 Isador Caplan, lawyer/Aldeburgh Festival pioneer, dies at 82
  • Jan 17 Urias Nooteboom, Dutch journalist/critic (The Time), dies at 54
  • Jan 18 Adolph F J Butenandt, German bio-chemist (Nobel 1939), dies at 91
  • Jan 18 Joseph Kagan, Lithuanian-British businessman (Gannex raincoats), dies at 79
  • Jan 19 Eugene Fuller, polymath/linguist, dies at 80
  • Jan 20 Mehdi Bazargan, director Iranian oil corp/premier (1979), dies at 86
  • Jan 20 Robert Shaw, town Planner, dies at 81
  • Jan 21 Flavio "Negao" Pires da Conceicao, drug Trafficker, dies at 25
  • Jan 21 John Halas, Hungarian-American cartoonist and animator (Animal Farm), dies at 82
  • Jan 22 Mahmoud Sayed Selim, Egyptian moslim leader, shot to death at 29
  • Jan 22 Margaret Barbara Lambert, British historian (Saar), dies at 88
  • Jan 22 Nico Adriaans, founder of Rotterdam Junkiebond, dies of AIDS at 37

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Jan 22 Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, mother of pres JFK, RFK, & Ted, dies at 104

Kennedy Family Matriarch Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
Kennedy Family Matriarch
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Jan 23 Harold Collett Dent, journalist/educationist, dies at 100
  • Jan 23 Michael Whalley Wickham, artist, dies at 91
  • Jan 23 Peter Ambrose Cyprian Luke, playwright, dies at 75
  • Jan 24 Ian Prestt, English ornithologist, dies at 65
  • Jan 24 Victor Reinganum, artist, dies at 87
  • Jan 24 Wim H Sinnige, Amsterdam PvdA alderman of Finance, dies at 60
  • Jan 25 Tom Brugman, Dutch puppeteer (Brave Dodo), dies at 62
  • Jan 26 Bernardo Leighton, Chilian politician (1964-70), dies
  • Jan 26 Geoffrey Penwill Parsons, piano accompnaist, dies at 65
  • Jan 26 Louis Heren, journalist, dies at 65
  • Jan 27 Halsey S Colchester, British SAS/MI6-spy/priest, dies at 76
  • Jan 27 Jean Tardieu, French dramatist, dies at 91
  • Jan 27 Willem R "Wim" van der Zee, gen-sec Council of Churches, dies at 64
  • Jan 28 Barrie Wilson, religious scholar (How Jesus Became Christian), dies at 59
  • Jan 28 George Woodcock, author, dies at 82
  • Jan 28 James P Grant, US director of UNICEF (1980-95), dies at 72
  • Jan 28 Jim Gilbert, British artist and criminal, dies at 61
  • Jan 28 Philip Burton, Welsh producer and Richard Burton's teacher, dies at 80
  • Jan 28 Walter Ernest Allen, writer/critic, dies at 83
  • Jan 29 Arthur Guy Clutton-Brock, English agronomist (Rhodesia), dies at 88
  • Jan 29 Chris de Marigny, painter/designer, dies at 52
  • Jan 29 Raymond Joseph Cecil, British architect, dies at 69
  • Jan 29 Richard Desborough Burnell, oarsman, dies at 77
  • Jan 30 Gerald M Durrell, British zoologist/author (Mockery Bird), dies at 70
  • Jan 31 James Johnson, English MP (Labour, 1950..83), dies at 86