On This Day

What Happened in December 1995

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 17th ACE Cable Awards: TLC wins the Golden CableACE for "KnowTV: Changing What, Why and How You Watch"

Sports History

Dec 2 Montreal Canadiens coach Mario Tremblay leaves goaltender Patrick Roy in the game too long, allowing an embarrassing 9 goals in 11-1 rout by Detroit Red Wings; Roy demands trade; moves to Colorado Avalanche and wins Stanley Cup that season

  • Dec 2 4th SEC Championship Game: #2 Florida beats #23 Arkansas, 34-3

Musical Finale

Dec 3 Revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical "Company" closes at Criterion Theater, NYC, after 68 performances

  • Dec 3 "Holiday" opens at Circle in Square Theater, NYC; runs for 49 performances
  • Dec 3 England cricket wicket-keeper Jack Russell dismisses Clive Eksteen with his record 11th catch in 2nd Test v South Africa in Johannesburg
  • Dec 3 Naeem Akhtar takes 10-28 for Rawalpindi B against Peshawar
  • Dec 3 Northwestern South Carolina begins using new area code 864

Davis Cup

Dec 3 Davis Cup Tennis, Moscow: Pete Sampras beats Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 to give US a winning 3-1 lead (ends 3-2); record 31st US title

  • Dec 4 Atherton (185*) bats for 643 minutes to save Johannesburg Test
  • Dec 5 The Sri Lankan government announces the conquest of Tamil stronghold of Jaffna.
  • Dec 6 6th Billboard Music Awards: TLC & Hootie & The Blowfish win

Music History

Dec 6 Michael Jackson collapses while rehearsing for an HBO special

  • Dec 7 NBA settles strike of referees, refs to return on Dec 12
  • Dec 7 US space probe Galileo begins orbiting Jupiter

Historic Event

Dec 7 Irish poet Seamus Heaney receives the Novel Prize for Literature at a ceremony in Stockholm [1] [2]

Music History

Dec 7 American rock band The Grateful Dead break up after the death of Jerry Garcia

  • Dec 8 Krzysztof Penderecki conducts the Munich Philharmonic for the premiere of his Symphony No. 3
  • Dec 9 61st Heisman Trophy Award: Eddie George, Ohio State (RB)
  • Dec 9 The Messel Pit in Germany inscribed on UNECO's World Heritage List as the world richest fossil site for Eocene period (57-36 million years ago) [1]
  • Dec 10 1st meeting of NBA expansion teams, Raptors beat Grizzlies 93-81
  • Dec 10 Australian cricket opening batsman Michael Slater scores career high 219 (15 x 4, 5 x 6) in innings and 36 run, 1st Test win v Sri Lanka in Perth
  • Dec 10 Muralitharan takes 2-224 in Australian innings of 5-617
  • Dec 10 Ricky Ponting makes 96 on Test Cricket debut (Aust v Sri Lanka, WACA)
  • Dec 10 Worst snowstorm in Buffalo history, 37.9" in 24 hours (Starting Dec 9 at 7 PM, breaks previous record of 25.3" in 1982
  • Dec 11 Thomas O Hicks buys NHL Dallas Stars for $84 million
  • Dec 12 CBC announces Radio Canada International service to end on March 31

Historic Event

Dec 12 Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres addresses both houses of the US Congress

  • Dec 12 NBA referees return to work after striking
  • Dec 12 Amendment to make it illegal to physically desecrate the flag turned down by senate 63-36 (need 2/3 vote)

Film & TV History

Dec 13 Christopher Reeve released from physical rehab center after his fall from his horse in a riding competition

  • Dec 13 US Federal Court votes that Cable companies must carry local stations
  • Dec 14 Musical "Les Miserables" opens at Cable Hall, Helsinki
  • Dec 14 AIDS patient Jeff Getty receives baboon bone marrow transplant

Dayton Agreement

Dec 14 The Dayton Agreement is signed in Paris by leaders of various governments ending the conflict in the former Yugoslavia including Slobodan Milošević, Alija Izetbegović, Franjo Tuđman and Bill Clinton

  • Dec 15 Playboy goes back on sale after 36 year ban in Ireland
  • Dec 15 The European Communities Court of Justice hands down the "Bosman ruling", giving EU footballers the right to a free transfer at the end of their contracts, with the provision that they are transferring from one UEFA Federation to another.
  • Dec 16 The official adoption of the name "Euro"
  • Dec 17 "School after Scandal" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 23 performances

Election of Interest

Dec 17 René Préval wins the Haiti presidential elections for the Fanmi Lavalas party

  • Dec 20 Revival of Phillip Hayes Dean's drama "Paul Robeson" opens at Longacre Theater, NYC; runs for 14 performances
  • Dec 20 American Flight 965 crashes into a mountain in Buga, Colombia, 159 die, 5 survive
  • Dec 20 NATO begins peacekeeping in Bosnia
  • Dec 21 Martina Ertl of Germany wins her 3rd giant slalom world cup
  • Dec 21 SF Giants announce plans to build a new stadium to open in 2000
  • Dec 21 The city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control.
  • Dec 22 David Cone signs $19.5 million 3 year contract with NY Yankees
  • Dec 24 Ballon d'Or: PSG/Milan's Liberian striker George Weah is named Europe's best football player; first edition where players born outside Europe permitted to receive votes

NFL Record

Dec 25 Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith scores NFL record 25th touchdown of the season in 37-13 win against Arizona Cardinals at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe AZ

  • Dec 26 Muttiah Muralitharan no-balled for throwing (SL v Aust, MCG)
  • Dec 26 Paul Adams becomes South Africa's youngest Test Cricket player at 18 yrs 340 days

Sports History

Dec 27 Australian cricketer David Boon completes his 21st Test Cricket century (110 v SL, MCG)

  • Dec 30 Carquest Bowl 6: North Carolina beats Arkansas, 20-10
  • Dec 30 Lowest ever UK temperature recorded of -27.2°C iat Altnaharra in the Scottish Highlands, equaling the record set at Braemar, Aberdeenshire on February 11, 1895 and January 10, 1982
  • Dec 31 "Danny Gans on Broadway" closes at Neil Simon NYC
  • Dec 31 "Having Our Say" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • Dec 31 "Heiress" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 340 performances
  • Dec 31 "Paul Roebson" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • Dec 31 "Racing Demon" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Dec 31 "Tempest" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 71 performances
  • Dec 31 Cartoonist Bill Watterson ends his "Calvin & Hobbes" comic strip after 10 years, believing he had achieved all he could in the medium
  • Dec 31 Matthew Elliott scores separate cricket century same day for Victoria
  • Dec 31 62nd Sugar Bowl: #13 Virginia Tech beats #9 Texas, 28-10

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 3 Angèle [Van Laeken], Belgian singer-songwriter (Brol), born in Uccle, Belgium
  • Dec 6 Joy Gruttmann, German child singer, born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • Dec 6 A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie [Julius Dubose], American rapper (Hoodie SZN), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Dec 13 Emma Corrin, English actress (Princess Diana in The Crown), born in Royal Tunbridge Wells, England
  • Dec 14 Princess Olimpia Preslavska of Bulgaria, born in London
  • Dec 18 Barbora Krejčíková, Czech tennis player (French Open singles 2021; French Open, Wimbledon doubles 2018; 3 x Australian Open mixed doubles), born in Brno, Czech Republic
  • Dec 24 Anett Kontaveit, Estonian tennis player (world #8 2021; WTA finals 2021 runner-up), born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • Dec 26 Zach Mills, American actor, born in Lakewood, Ohio
  • Dec 27 Timothée Chalamet, French American actor (Call Me By Your Name), born in New York City
  • Dec 30 V [Kim Tae-hyung] South Korean singer-songwriter (BTS), born in Daegu, South Korea
  • Dec 30 Dominic Fike, American rock singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist ("3 Nights"), born in Naples, Florida
  • Dec 31 Gabby Douglas, American gymnast (2012 Olympic champion), born in Newport News, Virginia

Famous Divorces

Divorce of Interest

Dec 19 Queen Elizabeth asks Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, to divorce

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Koos Schuur, Dutch writer, poet (Novemberland), translator, and editor (Het Woord), dies at 79
  • Dec 2 Francis Joseph Quinn, academic, dies at 90
  • Dec 2 Stanley Devon, British photographer (British press photographer of the year 1948, 50), dies at 88
  • Dec 2 Robertson Davies, Canadian novelist essayist/dramatist, dies at 82
  • Dec 2 Roxie Roker, Bahamian-American actress (The Jeffersons- Helen Willis), dies of breast cancer at 66
  • Dec 3 Jimmy Jewel [James Jewel Marsh], British comedic actor (The Avengers, Thicker Than Water), dies at 82
  • Dec 4 Adrianne Jones, killed by David Graham & Diane Zamora, at 16
  • Dec 5 Robert Charles Evans, mountaineer/doctor, dies at 77
  • Dec 5 Robert Parrish, film director editor/actor (Casino Royale), dies at 79
  • Dec 5 Victor Collin Matthews, British businessman, dies on 76th birthday
  • Dec 5 Gwen Harwood, Australian poet (The Lion's Bride), dies at 75
  • Dec 5 Lisa McPherson, former Scientologist (b. 1959)
  • Dec 5 Stanley Keith Runcorn, British geophysicist (reversals of earth's magnetic field), dies at 73
  • Dec 5 Bill Bruton, American baseball outfielder (NL stolen bases leader 1953-55 Milwaukee Braves), dies of heart attack at 70
  • Dec 5 Reiner Bredemeyer, German composer, dies at 66
  • Dec 6 Dmitri Volkogonov, Russian historian (biographies of Stalin and Lenin) and colonel general, dies at 67
  • Dec 6 James Reston, American journalist (New York Times), dies at 86
  • Dec 6 John Trevor Key, British photographer, dies of a brain tumor at 48
  • Dec 6 Kathleen Harrison, English actress (Fast Lady, Big Money), dies at 103
  • Dec 6 Leslie Wilkinson, journalist, dies at 97
  • Dec 6 Claire Polin, American composer, dies at 69
  • Dec 7 Larry Bartlett, photographer, dies at 42
  • Dec 7 Tom Burns, British-Chilean publisher and editor, dies at 89
  • Dec 8 Carl Marsden, bodyguard, dies at 36
  • Dec 8 John Gillett, British film critic and researcher, dies at 70
  • Dec 8 Mikki Doyle, journalist, dies at 79
  • Dec 8 George J. Lewis, Mexican actor (Don-Zorro), dies at 91
  • Dec 8 Ernest L. Boyer, American educator and chancellor (NY's State Universities-SUNY), dies at 67
  • Dec 9 Benny Lee, entertainer, dies at 84
  • Dec 9 Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan, American aviator, dies at 88
  • Dec 9 Hugh Armstrong Clegg, English industrial relations academic, dies at 75
  • Dec 9 Toni Cade Bambara, filmmaker, dies at 56
  • Dec 9 Vitali Viktorovich Savitsky, biologist/politician, dies at 40
  • Dec 9 Vivian Blaine, American actress (Guys & Dolls, Skirts Ahoy), dies of heart failure at 74
  • Dec 10 Darren Robinson [Human Beatbox], American rapper and actor (Fat Boys-Jail House Rock), dies of a heart attack at 28
  • Dec 10 Gillian Rose, philosopher/writer, dies at 48
  • Dec 10 John Francis Boyd, journalist, dies at 85
  • Dec 10 Mary Madge Lascelles, literary critic/poet, dies at 95
  • Dec 10 Phillip Piratin, communist, dies at 88
  • Dec 11 Arthur Mullard, English actor, comedian and singer (Romany Jones), dies at 82
  • Dec 11 John Heawood, Canadian actor, singer and choreographer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), dies at 75
  • Dec 11 Robert Shelton [Shapiro], American born music and film critic, dies at 69
  • Dec 12 Andrew Olle, broadcaster, dies at 48
  • Dec 12 David Lincoln Lightbown, politician, dies at 63
  • Dec 12 David Saul Marshall, diplomat lawyer/politician, dies at 97
  • Dec 12 James Altgens, JFK assassination photographer, dies at 76
  • Dec 12 Lindsay Oliver John Boynton, furniture historian, dies at 61
  • Dec 12 Mary Bruce, American tap dance teacher, dies at 95
  • Dec 12 Mohyedin Alempour, tajik artist/journalist, dies at 50
  • Dec 13 Evangeline Bruce, American society hostess and writer, dies at 81
  • Dec 13 Nancy LaMott, American singer, dies of cancer at 43
  • Dec 14 Rob Harris, American sky surfer, dies skydiving at 28
  • Dec 15 Jim [James Geoffrey Cutcliffe] Hepburn, English tap-dancer and socialist, dies at 88
  • Dec 15 Manuel Gutiérrez Mellado, Deputy Prime Minister of Spain (1976-81) and Minister of Defense (1977-79), dies at 83
  • Dec 15 Johnny Lytle, American jazz drummer and vibraphonist, known as "Fast Hands", dies of kidney failure at 63
  • Dec 15 Charles Fletcher, British pioneering physician and TV presenter (wrote the 1st report into the dangers of smoking), dies at 84
  • Dec 16 Nina Verchinina, dancer choreographer/teacher, dies at 85
  • Dec 16 Johnny Moss, American poker player (b. 1907)
  • Dec 17 Lila Clark Knapp, publisher, dies at 63
  • Dec 18 Chaim Pearl, rabbi, dies at 76
  • Dec 18 Georgio Fini, restaurateur, dies at 70
  • Dec 18 Ross Thomas, author, dies at 69
  • Dec 18 Konrad Zuse, German engineer and computing pioneer (b. 1910)
  • Dec 18 Brian Brockless, English organist and composer, dies at 69
  • Dec 19 Ruth Nita Barrow, 1st female Governor-General of Barbados (1990-95), dies at 79
  • Dec 19 Harold Watkinson, British politician/businessman, dies at 85
  • Dec 19 Janet Wilder, stuntwoman, dies at 29
  • Dec 20 John Henry Jacques, British co-operative retailer, and politician, dies at 90
  • Dec 20 Madge Sinclair (née Walters), Jamaican-American actress (Conrack; Roots - "Bell"; Trapper John, M.D. - "Ernestine"; The Lion King), dies of leukemia at 55
  • Dec 20 Adone Zecchi, Italian composer and conductor (Corale Euridice; Orchestra Bolognese de Camera), dies at 91
  • Dec 21 Robert Francis Vere Heuston, professor of law, dies at 72
  • Dec 21 Trenchard Cox, British museum director, dies at 90
  • Dec 22 (Thelma) "Butterfly" McQueen, American actress (Gone With the Wind; Flame of Barbary Coast), dies in a fire at 84
  • Dec 22 James Meade, English economist, Bank of Sweden Prize winner (b. 1907)
  • Dec 23 David Land, impresario and theatre producer, dies at 77
  • Dec 23 Gabrielle Keiller, Scottish art collector, golfer, archaeological photographer, dies at 87
  • Dec 23 Patric Knowles [Reginald Lawrence Knowles], British actor (Chisum, Arnold, Mutiny), dies from a brain hemorrhage at 84
  • Dec 24 Geoffrey Pinnington, journalist, dies at 76
  • Dec 24 Harry McLevy, Scottish trade unionist, dies at 59

Dean Martin

Dec 25 Dean Martin [Dino Paul Crocetti], American singer ("That's Amore"; "Everybody Loves Somebody"; "Sway"), comedian and actor (Martin and Lewis, The Dean Martin Show), dies of throat cancer at 78

  • Dec 25 Emmanuel Levinas, Lithuanian-French philosopher, dies at 89
  • Dec 25 Jimmy Boucher, Irish cricket all-rounder (28 first-class matches for Ireland; secretary Irish Cricket Union 1954-73), dies at 85
  • Dec 25 Nicolas Slonimsky, Russian-American pianist, conductor, musicologist (Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns; Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians), and composer, dies at 101
  • Dec 25 Marijan Lipovsek, Slovenian pianist, composer, and teacher, dies at 85
  • Dec 27 Jeremy John Beadle, British critic, writer and broadcaster, dies of AIDS at 39
  • Dec 27 Peter Refn, Danish journalist/director (Violets are Blue), dies at 54
  • Dec 27 Shura Cherkassky, American classical pianist, dies at 86
  • Dec 27 Al Barlick, American Baseball Hall of Fame umpire (7 x World Series; 7 x MLB All Star games), dies at 80
  • Dec 28 Harold Collison, British trade unionist (agriculture workers), dies at 86
  • Dec 28 Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis [Charles Thompson], American blues musician (Cold Hands), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Dec 29 Hope Clara Chenhalls, food inspector, dies at 85

Lita Grey

Dec 29 Lita Grey, second wife of Charlie Chaplin, dies of cancer at 87

  • Dec 29 Madeleine Barot, French activist and theologian, dies at 86
  • Dec 29 Nello Celio, President of Switzerland (1972), dies at 81
  • Dec 29 Philip Idenburg, Dutch statistician, dies at 94
  • Dec 29 Schlomo Joffe, Polish-Israeli folk and classical musician and composer, dies at 86
  • Dec 30 Heiner Muller, dramatist, dies at 66
  • Dec 30 Roger W Suddards, solicitor, dies at 65
  • Dec 30 Doris Grau, American script supervisor, actress and voice artist (Point Blank, King Kong), dies from respiratory failure at 71
  • Dec 30 Clarence Satchell, American funk saxophonist (Ohio Players - "Fire";"Love Rollercoaster"), dies of a brain aneurysm at 55