Historical Events in December 1995

  • Dec 2 17th ACE Cable Awards: TLC wins the Golden CableACE for "KnowTV: Changing What, Why and How You Watch"
  • Dec 2 4th SEC Championship Game: #2 Florida beats #23 Arkansas, 34-3

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 3 "Holiday" opens at Circle in Square Theater, NYC; runs for 49 performances

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 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

Musical Finale

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

  • 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

Music History

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

Historic Event

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

  • Dec 7 NBA settles strike of referees, refs to return on Dec 12
  • Dec 7 US space probe Galileo begins orbiting Jupiter
  • 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 Amendment to make it illegal to physically desecrate the flag turned down by senate 63-36 (need 2/3 vote)
  • 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

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 AIDS patient Jeff Getty receives baboon bone marrow transplant
  • Dec 14 Musical "Les Miserables" opens at Cable Hall, Helsinki

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 American Flight 965 crashes into a mountain in Buga, Colombia, 159 die, 5 survive
  • Dec 20 NATO begins peacekeeping in Bosnia
  • Dec 20 Revival of Phillip Hayes Dean's drama "Paul Robeson" opens at Longacre Theater, NYC; runs for 14 performances
  • 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 62nd Sugar Bowl: #13 Virginia Tech beats #9 Texas, 28-10
  • 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