Events in Film & Television in 1995

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

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 10 "Late Late Show" with Tom Snyder premieres on CBS at 12:30 AM; program airs until 1999

Film & TV History

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

  • Jan 29 11th Sundance Film Festival: "The Brothers McMullen" and "The Young Poisoner's Handbook" (tie) win Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 30 Belgium's TV channel 2 in Flanders goes on the air
  • Feb 1 Belgium's TV channel VT4 goes on the air
  • Feb 9 45th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Bait" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 10 Chelsi Smith, 21, (Texas), crowned 44th Miss USA
  • Feb 17 11th US Soap Opera Digest Awards - "Days of Our Lives" wins
  • Feb 19 1st broadcast of "Woman of Independent Means" on NBC-TV

Film and TV Awards

Mar 5 21st People's Choice Awards: Tom Hanks & Jodie Foster win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Roseanne Barr win (TV)

Film & TV History

Mar 6 9th American Comedy Award: Rodney Dangerfield

  • Mar 21 New Jersey officially dedicates the Howard Stern Rest Area along Route 295
  • Mar 26 15th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Color of Night" wins
  • Mar 27 67th Academy Awards: "Forrest Gump", Jessica Lange & Tom Hanks win

WrestleMania

Apr 2 WrestleMania XI, Hartford Civic Centre, CT: NFL linebacker Lawrence Taylor defeats Bam Bam Bigelow

Music Concert

Apr 12 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Jessye Norman, and Geoffrey Oryema

  • Apr 19 Chopper 4 1st used on WNBC TV (NYC) news
  • Apr 21 British sitcom "Father Ted" written by Arthur Mathews & Graham Linehan, starring Dermot Morgan premieres on Channel 4
  • Apr 29 Final TV broadcast of "Empty Nest" on NBC TV
  • May 6 Classic Sports Network begins on cable TV
  • May 13 Chelsi Smith, 21, of USA, crowned 44th Miss Universe Shanna Lynn Moakler, (19-NY), replaces Chelsi Smith as Miss USA

Film Premiere

May 18 "Braveheart" directed by Mel Gibson and starring Mel Gibson and Sophie Marceau premieres at the Seattle Film Festival (Best Picture 1996)

Daytime Emmy Awards

May 19 Emmy 22nd Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 15th time

  • May 20 CBS News fires co-anchor Connie Chung

Film & TV History

May 22 TV sitcom Laverne & Shirley 20th anniversary reunion special, televised

Film & TV History

May 27 Actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition in Culpeper, Virginia

  • May 28 48th Cannes Film Festival: "Underground" directed by Emir Kusturica wins the Palme d'Or
  • Jun 3 1st Blockbuster Entertainment Awards held at Pantages Theatre, Hollywood

Theatrical Finale

Jun 4 "Jackie Mason: Politically Incorrect" closes at Golden Theater, NYC, after 347 performances

  • Jun 9 Wigstock The Movie (1994) premieres in USA

Film Release

Jun 16 "Batman Forever" opens with a record $528 million weekend starring Val Kilmer, Chris O'Donnell, Tommy Lee Jones and Nicole Kidman

Film & TV History

Jun 18 Memorial service for Elizabeth Montgomery is held at the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills

  • Jun 27 Mason City Iowa's TV news personality Jodi Huisentruit disappears

Music Concert

Jul 2 Ringo Starr's third All-Starr Band debuts in concert; members include: Randy Bachman, Mark Farner, Billy Preston, Felix Cavaliere, John Entwistle, Zak Starkey, and Mark Rivera

  • Jul 27 28th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 31 Walt Disney announces the acquisition of Capital Cities/ABC for $19 billion; network of properties now consists of Disney, ABC Sports, ESPN and ESPN2
  • Aug 1 Westinghouse purchases CBS-TV network
  • Aug 3 CNN en Espanol premieres

Musical Finale

Aug 6 Revival of Richard Adler and Jerry Ross' musical comedy '"Damn Yankees", starring Jerry Lewis and Bebe Neuwirth, closes at Marquis Theater, NYC, after 510 performances

  • Aug 15 Keylee Sue Sanders, 18, of Kansas, crowned 13th Miss Teen USA

Film & TV History

Aug 23 Actor Larry Hagman receives a liver transplant

Theatrical Finale

Aug 27 Tom Stoppard's comedic play "Arcadia" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater, NYC, after 204 performances

  • Aug 30 52nd Venice Film Festival: "Cyclo" directed by Anh Hung Tran wins Golden Lion

Television Debut

Sep 4 Cult TV series "Xena: Warrior Princess" starring Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor debuts in the US

  • Sep 4 Jerry Lewis' 30th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $47,800,000
  • Sep 10 47th Emmy Awards: NYPD Blue, ER, Frasier and Candice Bergen win
  • Sep 16 20th Toronto International Film Festival: "Antonia's Line" directed by Marleen Gorris wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 16 Shawntel Smith (Okla), 24, crowned 69th Miss America 1996

Television Debut

Sep 24 TV adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice", starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth debuts on BBC One

  • Sep 28 "Batman Forever" released in Czech Republic

Film & TV History

Sep 28 Mary Tyler Moore returns to series TV in "NY News" on CBS

Sports History

Sep 29 Trial for former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson sent to the jury

  • Oct 3 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson found not guilty of the murder of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman in Los Angeles, California

Film & TV History

Oct 13 Pamela Anderson Lee rushed to hospital with flu like symptoms

Music Premiere

Oct 25 Henry Mancini, Leslie Bricusse, and Blake Edwards' musical adaptation of the film "Victor/Victoria", starring Julie Andrews, opens at Marquis Theater, NYC, runs for 738 performances; Andrews declined Tony Award nomination because she felt other cast and crew should have been recognized

Film Premiere

Oct 27 Dramatic film "Leaving Las Vegas" directed by Mike Figgis and starring Nicolas Cage (Oscar for Best Actor) and Elisabeth Shue premieres

  • Nov 1 Revival of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest", starring Patrick Stewart, opens at Broadhurst Theater, NYC; runs for 71 performances
  • Nov 7 Howard Stern's second book "Miss America" released (fastest selling ever)

Film Release

Nov 13 "GoldenEye", 17th James Bond film, starring Pierce Brosnan for the first time and Judi Dench as M, released

  • Nov 18 Jacqueline Aguilera Marcano (19), of Venezuela, crowned 45th Miss World
  • Nov 19 "Beatle Anthology" premieres on ABC-TV
  • Nov 22 "Toy Story", the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery, directed by John Lasseter and starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, is released
  • Nov 29 CNNfn, a financial network by Turner Enterprises is launched

Music History

Dec 6 Michael Jackson collapses while rehearsing for an HBO special

  • Dec 12 CBC announces Radio Canada International service to end on March 31
  • Dec 13 Christopher Reeve released from physical rehab center after his fall from his horse in a riding competition