Historical Events in 1995

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  • Jan 1 "A Tuna Christmas" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 20 performances
  • 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 61st Orange Bowl: #1 Nebraska beats #3 Miami (FL), 24-17
  • 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 The Draupner wave in the North Sea in Norway is detected, confirming the existence of freak waves.
  • Jan 2 24th Fiesta Bowl: #4 Colorado beats Notre Dame, 41-24
  • Jan 2 61st Sugar Bowl: #7 Florida State beats #5 Florida, 23-17
  • Jan 2 81st Rose Bowl: #2 Penn State beats #12 Oregon, 38-20
  • 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)

Historic Event

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

  • 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
  • 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.

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 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

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 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

Musical Finale

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 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

Hall of Fame

Jan 12 10th 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 12 Major earthquake kills 5,092 in Kobe Japan

Trial of Interest

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

  • Jan 12 Pope John Paul II begins visit to SE Asia
  • 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 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 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 "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

Historic Event

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

  • Jan 17 LA Rams announce that they are moving to St Louis
  • Jan 18 Kumble takes 16-99 in match for Karnataka v Kerala

Papal Visit

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 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
  • Jan 25 Jacques Santer succeeds Jacques Delors as chairman of Euro Committee

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

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 28 Memphis Mad Dogs granted CFL's 13th franchise
  • Jan 29 11th Sundance Film Festival: "The Brothers McMullen" and "The Young Poisoner's Handbook" (tie) win Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

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 Greg Blewett scores century on Test debut vs England, Adelaide

Super Bowl

Jan 29 Super Bowl XXIX, Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, FL: San Francisco 49ers beat San Diego Chargers, 49-26; MVP: Steve Young, SF, QB

  • 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 Norway's Statoil announces a newly formed consortium that will supply Norwegian natural gas to the European continent
  • 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 31 President Bill Clinton authorizes a $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize its economy.
  • Feb 1 Amtrak NY-Tampa run ends
  • Feb 1 Belgium's TV channel VT4 goes on the air

Sports History

Feb 1 Utah Jazz guard John Stockton passes Magic Johnson's all-time NBA assists mark of 9,221, in a 129-98 win over the Denver Nuggets at the Delta Centre in Salt Lake City

  • Feb 1 Zimbabwe batsmen Andy (156) & Grant Flower (201) set world record brotherly stand of 269 to propel Zimbabwe to first ever victory in Test cricket in 1st Test against Pakistan in Harare
  • Feb 2 "Molière Comedies" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • Feb 2 Henry Olonga no-balled for throwing in Zimbabwe-Pakistan Test Cricket
  • Feb 2 US space shuttle Discovery launched
  • Feb 3 STS 63 (Discovery 19), launches into orbit
  • Feb 4 Australian cricketer Dean Jones completes 324* for Victoria v South Australia
  • Feb 4 Sandra Volker swims female European record 50m backstroke (27.77)
  • Feb 4 Zimbabwe's 1st Test Cricket victory, over Pakistan by an inning
  • Feb 5 Japan's Shinshinto Party wins local elections
  • Feb 5 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 41-13; MVP: Marshall Faulk, Indianapolis Colts, RB, HI
  • Feb 5 Philip Glass' Symphony No. 3, for string orchestra, premieres with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, in Künzelsau, Germany
  • Feb 6 Greg Blewett scores his 2nd century in his 2nd Test Cricket

Sports History

Feb 6 MLB outfielder Darryl Strawberry suspended from baseball for 60 days for positive cocaine test

Album Release

Feb 7 Bluegrass and country musician Alison Krauss releases her compilation album "Now that I've Found You"

Cricket History

Feb 7 Last day of Test Cricket cricket for Graham Gooch & Mike Gatting

Album Release

Feb 7 Mercury Nashville Records releases "The Woman in Me", the 2nd studio album by Shania Twain (Billboard Album of the Year, 1996)

  • Feb 8 6.4 earthquake at Trujillo, Colombia (46+ killed)
  • Feb 9 45th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Bait" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 9 Augustus and Ruth Goetz' stage drama "The Heiress" opens at Cort Theater, NYC; runs for 340 performances
  • Feb 9 Irina Privalova runs female world record 50m (5.96 sec)

Music History

Feb 9 Irish music and dance show "Riverdance" first opens in Dublin, Ireland with lead dancer Michael Flatley

  • Feb 9 STS-63 - 2nd mission of US/Russian Shuttle-Mir Program goes into space
  • Feb 10 Chelsi Smith, 21, (Texas), crowned 44th Miss USA
  • Feb 10 Sun Cayun pole vaults female indoor world record (4.12m)
  • Feb 10 US female Figure Skating championship won by Nicole Bobek
  • Feb 11 Danyon Loader swims world record 400m freestyle (340.46)
  • Feb 11 Mark Foster swims world record 50m butterfly (23.55 sec)
  • Feb 11 Sandra Volker swims European record 50m backstroke (27.67 sec)
  • Feb 11 Space shuttle STS-63 (Discovery 19), lands
  • Feb 11 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
  • Feb 11 West Indies score 5-660 against NZ
  • Feb 12 45th NBA All-Star Game, America West Arena, Phoenix, AZ: West beats East, 139-112; MVP: Mitch Richmond, Sacramento Kings, SG
  • Feb 12 Angela Kennedy swims woman's world record 50m butterfly

World Record

Feb 12 Bonnie Blair skates female world record 500m (38.69 sec)

  • Feb 12 Dieter Baumann runs European record 3k indoor (7:37.51)
  • Feb 12 Jeff Rouse swims world record 50m backstroke (24.37 sec)
  • Feb 12 PRI loses and PAN wins Mexican regional elections
  • Feb 12 Sun Cayun pole vaults indoor female world record (4.13m)
  • Feb 12 Susan Auch skates female world record 500m (38.94 sec)
  • Feb 13 3rd ESPY Awards: Steve Young, Bonnie Blair win
  • Feb 13 Howard Stern radio show premieres in San Diego CA on XTRA-FM

Sports History

Feb 13 West Indies beat NZ by innings & 332, Courtney Walsh 13-55

NBA Finals

Feb 14 The Portland Trail Blazers trade Clyde Drexler to the Houston Rockets, who end up winning the 1995 NBA Championship

  • Feb 14 Wellington 2-498d & 4-475 beat Canterbury 496 & 2-476d
  • Feb 15 Burundi premier Anatole Kanyenkiko resigns
  • Feb 15 Dow-Jones closes at record 3986.17
  • Feb 15 Population of People's Republic of China hits 1.2 billion
  • Feb 17 11th US Soap Opera Digest Awards - "Days of Our Lives" wins
  • Feb 17 Colin Fergusson found guilty of killing 6 people on the Long Island Rail Road in NY
  • Feb 17 Federal judge allows lawsuit claiming US tobacco makers knew nicotine was addictive & manipulated its levels to keep customers hooked

Sports History

Feb 17 Tiger Manager Sparky Anderson takes unpaid leave due to baseball strike

  • Feb 19 1st broadcast of "Woman of Independent Means" on NBC-TV

Daytona 500

Feb 19 37th Daytona 500: Sterling Marlin wins for 2nd straight year; 3rd driver to achieve back-to-back titles (Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough)

  • Feb 19 British composer Michael Tippett's last major work "Rose Lake," premieres at Barbican Hall in London, with the London Symphony led by Colin Davis
  • Feb 19 Irina Privalova runs indoor woman's European record 200m (22.10 sec)
  • Feb 19 Kenneth Koch wins Bollingen Prize
  • Feb 19 Linford Christie runs world record 200m indoor (20.25 sec) and European record 60m indoor (6.47 sec)
  • Feb 21 CFL's Sacramento Gold Miners become San Antonio Texans
  • Feb 21 RAF-pilot Jo Salter is 1st woman to fly in a tornado
  • Feb 22 Algiers police kill at least 99 prison rioters
  • Feb 22 Steve Fossett completes 1st air balloon over Pacific Ocean (9600 km)
  • Feb 23 "Uncle Vanya" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 29 performances
  • Feb 23 Antoine Nduwayo appointed Premier of Burundi
  • Feb 23 Dow Jones closes above 4,000 for 1st time (4,003.33)
  • Feb 24 The Corona reconnaissance satellite program, in existence from 1959 to 1972, is declassified.
  • Feb 25 Bomb attack on train in Assam India (27 soldiers killed)
  • Feb 25 British super middleweight Nigel Benn puts opponent Gerard McClellan in hospital
  • Feb 25 Muslim fundamentalists shoot 20 Shiite mosque goers dead
  • Feb 25 PBA National Championship Won by Scott Alexander

Music History

Feb 25 Singer Frank Sinatra performs for final time before a live audience of 1200 select guests at the Palm Desert Marriott Ballroom, in Palm Desert, California, on the closing night of his charity golf tournament

  • Feb 26 London finance house Barings collapses after huge losses in Singapore by rogue trader Nick Leeson
  • Feb 27 Car bomb explodes in Zakho, North-Iraq (54-80 killed)
  • Feb 28 Denver International Airport opens
  • Feb 28 The US Pentagon announces that it monitored Iranian installation of surface-to-air Hawk missiles in the Strait of Hormuz

Grammy Awards

Mar 1 37th Grammy Awards: "All I Want to Do" by Sheryl Crow; "Streets of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen win

  • Mar 1 Belgium ends military conscription
  • Mar 1 Jozef Oleksy succeeds Waldemar Pawlak on as premier of Poland
  • Mar 1 Julio Maria Sanguinetti sworn in as president of Uruguay
  • Mar 1 Part of Houston begins using new area code 281
  • Mar 1 Ukraine premier Vitaly Massol resigns
  • Mar 2 "Smokey Joe's Cafe" opens at Virginia Theater NYC
  • Mar 2 British trader Nick Leeson arrested for collapse of Barings Bank PLC
  • Mar 2 Ferry boat sinks off Sumbe Angola, 42+ killed
  • Mar 2 Joe Mullen becomes 2nd NHL player to appear in 300 NHL games with 3 different teams when he plays for the Penguins in a 6-3 loss in Buffalo; Pittsburgh 379, St. Louis 301, Calgary 345
  • Mar 2 Space shuttle STS-67 (Endeavour 8), launches
  • Mar 4 1st NYC Mayor Trophy's High school track meet in 19 years
  • Mar 4 Blind teenage boy receives a 'Bionic Eye' at a Washington Hospital

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 4 George Foreman loses WBA boxing title, refusing to fight Tony Tucker

  • Mar 4 Michael Johnson runs world record 400m indoor (44.63 sec)
  • Mar 4 Replacement NY Yankees beat NY Mets 2-1
  • Mar 5 Estonia Centrumlinkse Coalition party wins parliamentary election

Historic Event

Mar 5 Graves of Tsar Nicholas II and family found in St Petersburg

  • Mar 5 Marc Velzeboer skates world record 3 km short track (5:00.26)

Film & TV History

Mar 6 9th American Comedy Award: Rodney Dangerfield

  • Mar 6 American Express Travel begins charging for domestic air tickets
  • Mar 6 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Phoenix AZ on KEDJ 106.3/100.3 FM
  • Mar 7 NY becomes 38th state to have the death penalty
  • Mar 7 US dollar worth record 1.5330 Dutch guilders
  • Mar 8 -26°F (-32.2°C) in Bismarck, North Dakota
  • Mar 8 -44°F (-42.2°C) in Chosedacharad, Komi-district, on 67°N
  • Mar 8 Dutch Liberal Party wins Provincial-National elections
  • Mar 9 Baseball awards a franchise to Tampa Bay Devil Rays
  • Mar 9 Mexican peso worth 7.55 pesos to a dollar (record)
  • Mar 9 President Konstantine Karamanlis (88) of Greece, resigns
  • Mar 10 Car bomb explodes in Karachi at shiite mosque, 17+ killed
  • Mar 10 Chiel Meijering's "St Louis Blues" premieres in Arnhem
  • Mar 11 -36.8°F (-38.2°C) in Chosedachar, Komi-district, on 67°N
  • Mar 11 President Nazarbajev disbands Kazakhstan parliament

Historic Event

Mar 11 Sinn Féin party leader Gerry Adams arrives in the US

  • Mar 11 Yolanda Chen hop-skip-jumps world indoor record 15.03m
  • Mar 12 16th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Villanova beats Connecticut, 94-78
  • Mar 12 36th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Arkansas, 95-93 (OT)
  • Mar 12 42nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #7 Wake Forest beats #4 North Carolina, 82-80 (OT)
  • Mar 12 Congress party loses India national election