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"

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Dec 2 After being left in the game to allow nine goals, Patrick Roy declares "It's my last game in Montreal", and is traded four days later

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • Dec 2 4th SEC Championship Game: #2 Florida beats #23 Arkansas, 34-3
  • Dec 3 "Company" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 68 performances
  • Dec 3 "Holiday" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • Dec 3 84th Davis Cup: USA beats Russia in Moscow (3-2)
  • Dec 3 Beth Daniels and Davis Love III wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • Dec 3 Jack Russell takes 11 catches in Test Cricket v South Africa, a record
  • Dec 3 Naeem Akhtar takes 10-28 for Rawalpindi B against Peshawar
  • Dec 3 Northwestern South Carolina begins using new area code 864
  • 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

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Dec 6 Michael Jackson collapses while rehearsing for an HBO special

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

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

  • Dec 7 American rock band The Grateful Dead break up
  • Dec 9 61st Heisman Trophy Award: Eddie George, Ohio State (RB)
  • Dec 10 1st meeting of NBA expansion teams, Raptors beat Grizzlies 93-81
  • Dec 10 Kelly Robbins & Tammie Green wins LPGA Diner's Club Golf Matches
  • Dec 10 Michael Slater scores 219 v Sri Lanka at the WACA
  • 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

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

Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres
  • 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)

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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 "Les Miserables" opens at Cable Hall, Helsinki
  • Dec 14 AIDS patient Jeff Getty receives baboon bone marrow transplant
  • Dec 14 Yugoslav Wars: The Dayton Agreement is signed in Paris by leaders of various governments ending the conflict in former Yugoslavia
  • 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
  • Dec 20 "Paul Roebson" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • Dec 20 American Flight 965 crashes in Columbia, 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 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
  • Dec 27 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

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Dec 31 "Danny Gans on Broadway" closes at Neil Simon NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 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
  • 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 6 Joy Gruttmann, German singer
  • Dec 14 Princess Olimpia Preslavska of Bulgaria
  • Dec 26 Zach Mills, American actor

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 19 Queen Elizabeth askes Prince Charles & Diana to divorce

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Francis Joseph Quinn, academic, dies at 90
  • Dec 2 Roxie Roker, actress (Helen Willis-Jeffersons), dies at 66
  • Dec 2 Stanley Devon, photographer, dies at 88
  • Dec 2 Robertson Davies, Canadian novelist essayist/dramatist, dies at 82
  • Dec 3 Jimmy Jewel, comedian, 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, businessman, dies on 76th birthday
  • Dec 5 Gwen Harwood, Australian poet (b. 1920)
  • Dec 5 Lisa McPherson, former Scientologist (b. 1959)
  • Dec 5 Stanley K Runcorn, British Geophysicist (reversals of earth's magnetic field), dies at 73
  • Dec 6 Dmitri Antonovitch Volkogonov, soldier/historian, dies at 67
  • Dec 6 James "Scotty" Barrett Reston, journalist, dies at 86
  • Dec 6 John Trevor Key, photographer, dies at 48
  • Dec 6 Kathleen Harrison, actress (Fast Lady, Big Money), dies at 103
  • Dec 6 Leslie Wilkinson, journalist, dies at 97
  • Dec 6 [Schaff] Claire Polin, 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 Ernest LeRoy Boyer, educator, dies at 67
  • Dec 8 John Gillett, film researcher, dies at 70
  • Dec 8 Mikki Doyle, journalist, dies at 79
  • Dec 8 George J Lewis, Mexican-born actor (Don-Zorro), dies at 91
  • Dec 9 Benny Lee, entertainer, dies at 84
  • Dec 9 Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan (aviator), dies
  • Dec 9 Hugh Armstrong Clegg, 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, actress (Guys & Dolls), dies of heart failure at 74
  • Dec 10 Darren Robinson, singer, dies 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, actor singer/choreographer (Pleasure Garden), dies at 75
  • Dec 11 Robert Shelton (Shapiro), journalist, 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
  • 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, hostess, dies at 81
  • Dec 13 Nancy LaMott, American singer, dies of cancer at 43
  • Dec 14 Don Anthony, bandleader/songwriter, dies at 85
  • Dec 14 Rob Harris, sky surfer, dies while skydiving at 28
  • Dec 15 James Geoffrey Cutcliffe Hepburn, tap-dancer/socialist, dies at 88
  • Dec 15 Manuel Gutierrez Mellado, PM of Defense of Spain (1977-81), dies at 83
  • 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 (b. 1926)
  • Dec 19 Dame Ruth Nita Barrow, governor-general of Barbados, 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, co-operative retailer, dies at 90
  • Dec 20 Madge Sinclair, actress (Star Trek IV, Conrack, Convoy), dies at 55
  • Dec 21 Robert Francis Vere Heuston, professor of law, dies at 72
  • Dec 21 Trenchard Cox, British museum director, dies at 90
  • Dec 22 Butterfly McQueen, actress (Gone With the Wind), dies in a fire at 84
  • Dec 22 James Meade, English economist, Bank of Sweden Prize winner (b. 1907)
  • Dec 23 David Land, impressario, dies at 77
  • Dec 23 Gabrielle Keiller, collector and golfer, dies at 87
  • Dec 23 Patric Reginald Lawrence Knowles, actor (Chisum, Mutiny), dies at 84
  • Dec 24 Geoffrey Pinnington, journalist, dies at 76
  • Dec 24 Harry McLevy, trade unionist, dies at 59
  • Dec 25 Dean Martin [Dino Paul Crocetti], American singer and actor (Martin and Lewis, The Dean Martin Show), dies at 78
  • Dec 25 Emmanuel Levinas, philosopher, dies at 89
  • Dec 25 Jimmy Boucher, cricketer (great Irish all-rounder 1929-54), dies
  • Dec 25 Nikolai [Nicolas Leonidovich] Slonimsky, musicologist, dies at 101
  • 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, pianist, dies at 86
  • Dec 28 Harold Collison, British trade unionist (agriculture workers), dies at 86
  • Dec 29 Hope Clara Chenhalls, food inspector, dies at 85

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

Actress Lita Grey
Actress
Lita Grey
  • Dec 29 Madeleine Barot, resistance heroine, dies at 86
  • Dec 29 Nello Celio, President of Switzerland (1972), dies at 81
  • Dec 30 Heiner Muller, dramatist, dies at 66
  • Dec 30 Roger W Suddards, solicitor, dies at 65
  • Dec 31 Calvin/Hobbes, (comic strip), dies
  • Dec 31 John Powell, campaigner, dies at 75