On This Day

What Happened in January 1995

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 "Glass Menagerie" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 57 performances
  • Jan 1 "Shadow Box" closes at Circle in Square Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • Jan 1 Raman Lamba (312) & Ravi Sehgal (216) put on an Indian 1st-class record opening partnership 464 in Delhi's innings & 310 run win over Himachal Pradesh in a Ranji Trophy cricket match in Delhi
  • Jan 1 "A Tuna Christmas" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 20 performances
  • Jan 1 The Draupner wave in the North Sea in Norway is detected, confirming the existence of freak waves.
  • Jan 1 61st Orange Bowl: #1 Nebraska beats #3 Miami (FL), 24-17
  • 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)
  • Jan 2 81st Rose Bowl: #2 Penn State beats #12 Oregon, 38-20
  • Jan 2 61st Sugar Bowl: #7 Florida State beats #5 Florida, 23-17
  • Jan 2 24th Fiesta Bowl: #4 Colorado beats Notre Dame, 41-24

Historic Event

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

  • Jan 5 Lockheed C-140 Jetstar crashes at Isfahan, Iran, killing 18
  • Jan 5 Bill Fitch becomes the 5th coach in NBA history to register 850 career victories with the LA Clippers' 95-93 home win over Philadelphia 76'ers at the LA Memorial Sports Arena

Sports History

Jan 6 Atlanta Hawks' coach Lenny Wilkens passes the legendary Red Auerbach to become the NBA's all-time winningest coach, with 939 career victories; Hawks beat Washington, 112-90 at the Omni

  • 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.

Theatrical Finale

Jan 7 Limited run of Patrick Stewart's one-man show "A Christmas Carol", based on Charles Dickens' novel, closes at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC, after 18 performances

  • Jan 7 "Passion" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 280 performances

Hopman Cup

Jan 7 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Boris Becker beats Andrei Medvedev of the Ukraine 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 for a 2-0 win, and Germany's second title

  • Jan 7 Larry Brown posts his 500th career NBA coaching victory, following the Indiana Pacers' 88-83 road win at the Houston Rockets
  • Jan 8 Revival of Frank Loesser's musical "Guys & Dolls", starring Nathan Lane, closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 1143 performances, winning 4 Tony and 7 Drama Desk Awards
  • Jan 8 15th United Negro College Fund raises $12,200,000

Hall of Fame

Jan 8 Philadelphia Phillies 12-time All Star third baseman Mike Schmidt is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

  • Jan 9 Ecuador & Peru involved in boundary fight
  • Jan 9 Worker accidentally cuts electrical wires at Newark Airport
  • Jan 10 "Late Late Show" with Tom Snyder premieres on CBS at 12:30 AM; program airs until 1999
  • Jan 11 5th TV network (WB) Warner Brothers begins (WPIX-TV in NYC)
  • Jan 11 Birmingham Barracudas (based in Alabama) granted CFL franchise, experiment only lasts one season
  • Jan 11 DC-9 crashes near Maria La Baya, Colombia: 51 die, 9 yr old girl lives
  • Jan 11 NHLPA & owners agree to end NHL strike
  • Jan 12 Major earthquake kills 5,092 in Kobe Japan

Murder of Interest

Jan 12 Murder trial against O.J. Simpson, begins in LA

Papal Visit

Jan 12 Pope John Paul II begins visit to SE Asia

Hall of Fame

Jan 12 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Allman Brothers Band; Al Green; Janis Joplin; Led Zeppelin; Martha and the Vandellas; Neil Young; Frank Zappa; The Orioles; Paul Ackerman

  • Jan 13 26 HNL teams unanimously ratify agreement to end NHL strike
  • Jan 13 America3 becomes 1st all-female crew to win an America's Cup race
  • 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

Historic Event

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

Sports History

Jan 14 Vinny Pazienza beats Panamanian boxing legend Roberto Durán in a 12-round unanimous decision in a super middleweight bout in Atlantic City; 2nd time in 6 months Pazienza wears down 43-year-old Duran in a high profile pay-pay-view bout

  • Jan 15 Southern Alabama begins using new area code 334
  • Jan 15 Western Washington begins using new area code 360
  • Jan 15 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: San Diego Chargers beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 17-13
  • Jan 15 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: San Francisco 49ers beat Dallas Cowboys, 38-28
  • Jan 16 UPN (Universal-Parmount Network) begins telecasting (WWOR in NYC)
  • Jan 17 "Carousel" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 322 performances
  • Jan 17 7.2 earthquake destroys Kobe, Japan and kills 5,372
  • Jan 17 Australia beat Australia A 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Jan 17 LA Rams announce that they are moving to St Louis

Historic Event

Jan 17 George W. Bush sworn in as Governor of Texas

  • 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 "Love! Valor! Compassion!" opens at Walter Kerr, NYC; runs for 276 performances
  • Jan 20 1994-95 NHL Season begin after a lengthy strike
  • 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
  • Jan 25 Chicago Blackhawks beat Edmonton Oilers, 5-1 in the first NHL game in their new home, the United Center; defenseman Chris Chelios leads scoring with a goal and 2 assists

Film & TV History

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

  • Jan 26 With a record 6,254,427 ballots cast by fans in NBA All-Star Voting, Detroit's Grant Hill becomes the first rookie to lead all NBA players in All-Star votes received, earning #1 on 1,289,585 ballots
  • Jan 27 Eric Cantona of Manchester United fined and banned from playing football after attacking a fan
  • Jan 28 Memphis Mad Dogs granted CFL's 13th franchise

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 28 Australian Open Women's tennis: Mary Pierce of France beats Spain's Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6-3, 6-2 for her 1st career Grand Slam title and her only Australian singles title

  • Jan 29 Greg Blewett scores century on Test debut vs England, Adelaide
  • Jan 29 Super Bowl XXIX, Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, FL: San Francisco 49ers beat San Diego Chargers, 49-26; MVP: Steve Young, SF, QB

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 29 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Andre Agassi wins his 1st of 4 Australian titles; beats fellow American Pete Sampras 4-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-4

  • Jan 29 11th Sundance Film Festival: "The Brothers McMullen" and "The Young Poisoner's Handbook" (tie) win Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 30 22nd American Music Awards: Boyz II Men & Ace of Base win
  • Jan 30 Belgium's TV channel 2 in Flanders goes on the air
  • Jan 30 Car bomb explodes in Algiers, killing 42 and wounding 296
  • Jan 30 Jazz guitarist Kevin Eubanks officially becomes band leader of "The Tonight Show"
  • 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.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Poppy [Moriah Rose Pereira], American pop singer-songwriter ("I Disagree"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 4 María Isabel, Spanish pop singer ("Antes muerta que sencilla" - "I'd rather be dead than understated"), born in Ayamonte, Huelva, Spain.
  • Jan 7 Craig Thompson, Irish-English YouTuber (MiniLadd), born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Jan 12 Laurel McGoff, American singer, born in Medford, Massachusetts
  • Jan 12 Motjeka Madisha, South African soccer defender (13 caps; Mamelodi Sundowns), born in Tembisa, South Africa (d. 2020)
  • Jan 18 Leonard Fournette, American NFL player (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Famous Weddings

Martin Lawrence

Jan 7 Actor-comedian Martin Lawrence (29) weds former Miss Virginia USA Patricia Southall (24) at Norfolk Waterside Marriott in Virginia

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Eugene Wigner, Hungarian-American physicist (Nobel prize for physics-1963), dies at 92
  • Jan 1 Frederick "Fred" West, British contractor & serial killer (12 charges of murder), commits suicide in his prison cell at 53
  • Jan 1 Jess Stacy, American jazz pianist (Great Gatsby), dies at 90
  • Jan 1 Ted Hawkins, American singer & guitarist (The Next Hundred Years), dies of a stroke at 58
  • Jan 2 Graham Sharp, British figure skater (World C'ship, European C'ship 1939), dies at 77
  • Jan 2 Manuel Rivera, Spanish painter & co-founder (El Paso), dies at 67
  • Jan 2 Nancy Kelly, American child actress & model (The Bad Seed, Double Exposure, Jesse James), dies at 73
  • Jan 2 Siad Barre, Somalia politician (President, 1969-91), dies at 84
  • Jan 3 Al Duncan, American blues drummer, dies at 68
  • Jan 3 Byron MacGregor, newscaster, dies at 56
  • Jan 3 Gerard W Taylor, South African/British surgeon, dies at 74
  • Jan 3 Robert Nesbitt, impresario, dies at 88
  • Jan 4 Dorothy Granger, American actress (Hog Wild, Dentist), dies at about 80
  • Jan 4 Eduardo Mata, Mexican conductor (Improvisaciones), dies in air crash at 52
  • Jan 4 Leonard Hirsch, British violinist and conductor (BBC Empire Orchestra), dies at 92
  • Jan 4 Robert Clifford Latham, pepys Scholar, dies at 82
  • Jan 4 Sol Tax, American anthropologist (founded the journal Current Anthropology), dies at 87
  • Jan 4 Brooks Stevens, American automotive designer (1949 Hydra-Glide Harley; 1963 Jeep Wagoneer), dies at 84
  • Jan 5 Francis Lopez, Basque-French chausson and operetta composer (La Belle de Cadiz; Andalousie; The Three Musketeers), dies at 78
  • Jan 5 Mansour Sattari, Iranian Brigadier General and commandant (Iran Air Force), dies at 46
  • Jan 5 Somerset de Chair, British writer, politician and poet, dies at 83
  • Jan 6 Edward Sutcliffe, British judge (British Central Criminal Court), dies at 77
  • Jan 6 James Clay, American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 59
  • Jan 6 Joe Slovo, Latvian/South African attorney/sect-gen (SACR), dies at 68
  • Jan 6 Karl Guttmann, Austrian-Dutch playwright and director (Pinter), dies at 81
  • Jan 7 Arthur Leavins, British violinist, dies at 77
  • Jan 7 Harry Golombek, British chess grandmaster, author (3-time British champion), dies at 83
  • Jan 7 Viktor Vorobyov, Russian general-major, dies in battle during war in Chechnya
  • Jan 7 Larry Grayson, British comedian (Generation Game), dies at 71
  • Jan 7 Murray Rothbard, American economist (b. 1926)
  • Jan 8 Carlos Monzón, Argentine boxer (Undisputed world middleweight champion 1970-74, 76-77), dies in a car accident at 52
  • Jan 8 Joyce McCartan, Irish peace campaigner, dies at 68
  • Jan 9 Peter Cook, English comic/actor (Peter n' Dud, Bedazzled), dies at 57
  • Jan 9 Souphanouvong, 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 Fred Böhler, Swiss jazz bandleader, pianist, and early proponent of the Hammond organ, dies at 82
  • 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 11 Josef Gingold, Russian-American violinist (b. 1909)
  • 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, Anglican bishop (Southwark England), dies at 81
  • Jan 13 Maxwell Henley Harris, Australian poet and publisher (Critics), dies at 73
  • Jan 14 Ruby Starr [Constance Henrietta Mierzwiak], American rock singer (Black Oak Arkansas), dies of a brain tumor at 44
  • Jan 14 Alexander Gibson, British conductor and founder of the Scottish Opera, dies at 68
  • Jan 14 Mark Finch, film festival organizer, dies at 33
  • Jan 14 Stafford WIlliam Somerfield, newspaper editor, dies at 84
  • Jan 15 Sollie McElroy, R&B singer (Flamingos - "Golden Teardrops"), dies at 61
  • Jan 16 William Dillard, American jazz trumpeter and Broadway singer dies from complications of Lupus, at 83 [1]
  • Jan 17 Isador Caplan, British lawyer and Aldeburgh Festival pioneer, dies at 82
  • Jan 17 Urias Nooteboom, Dutch journalist/critic (The Time), dies at 54
  • Jan 18 Adolf Butenandt, German biochemist (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1939 for sex hormones work), dies at 91
  • Jan 18 Charles Baskerville, American pop vocalist (Shep and the Limelites - "Daddy's Home"), dies at 54
  • Jan 18 Joseph Kagan, Lithuanian-British businessman, and inventor (Gannex raincoats), dies at 79
  • Jan 18 Ron Luciano, American baseball umpire in the American League (1969-79), dies at 57
  • Jan 19 Eugene Fuller, polymath/linguist, dies at 80
  • Jan 19 Gene MacLellan, Canadian singer-songwriter ("Snowbird"; "Put Your Hand in the Hand"), takes his own life at 56
  • Jan 20 Mehdi Bazargan, director Iranian oil corp/premier (1979), dies at 86
  • 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 21 Philippe Casado, Moroccan/French cyclist, dies at 30
  • Jan 22 Ronald Harris, British 1st Church Estates Commissioner, dies at 81
  • Jan 22 Christopher Francis Palmer, British composer, orchestrator, and musicologist, dies of AIDS complications 48
  • 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, Dutch AIDS activist, founder of Rotterdam Junkiebond, dies of AIDS at 37
  • Jan 22 Jerry Blackwell, American professional wrestler, dies at 45
  • Jan 23 Harold Collett Dent, British journalist and educationist, dies at 100
  • Jan 23 Ken Hill, English playwright and director, dies at 57
  • Jan 23 Michael Whalley Wickham, English artist, dies at 91
  • Jan 23 Peter Luke, British playwright, dies at 75
  • Jan 23 Bill Horton, American doo-wop singer (The Silhouettes - "Get A Job"), dies at 65
  • Jan 24 Ian Prestt, English ornithologist, dies at 65
  • Jan 24 Victor Reinganum, English artist and illustrator, dies at 87
  • Jan 24 Wim H Sinnige, Amsterdam PvdA alderman of Finance, dies at 60
  • Jan 25 John Smith, American actor (Cimarron City, Laramie, 7 Angry Men), dies at 63
  • Jan 25 Peter Black, English TV critic, dies at 82
  • Jan 25 Tom Brugman, Dutch puppeteer (Brave Dodo), dies at 62
  • Jan 25 William Sylvester, American actor (2001: A Space Odyssey, Gemini Man), dies at 72
  • 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 26 Vic Buckingham, English soccer player/trainer (Ajax), dies at 79
  • Jan 27 Geoffrey Parsons, Australian/British pianist, 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 27 Raphael M. Robinson, American mathematician, dies at 83
  • Jan 28 Barrie Wilson, British religious scholar (How Jesus Became Christian), dies at 59
  • Jan 28 George Woodcock, Canadian writer of political biography and history (Anarchism: A History of Libertarian Ideas and Movements), dies at 82
  • Jan 28 James P Grant, American 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 Kuldar Sink, Estonian composer, dies at 52
  • Jan 29 Guy Clutton-Brock, English social worker (declared a national hero in Zimbabwe), dies at 88
  • Jan 29 Chris de Marigny, British dance administrator, dies at 52