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Dateline: Events/Week of January 1, 1995 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News


John Salvi, a hairdresser wanted for shootings at two abortion clinics is captured in Norfolk, minutes after he opened fire at a building containing another clinic. His past attacks left two dead.

Grozny update - Chechen fighters pour into the capital of Chechnya as the Kremlin’s forces get bogged down.

President Boris N. Yeltsin demands that a date for the end of Russian army actions from Chechnya guerrillas and now insists his confirmation to stop the bombing of Grozny be obeyed.

Unemployment drops to 5.4% in December from 5.6% a month before.

Former Vice President Dan Quayle has his appendix removed and is in good spirits.

Marion Barry completes his incredible political comeback and retakes the mayoral office he left in 1991 after being caught on videotape smoking crack in a downtown hotel room. “I know we can do this, because I’ve don it. If Marion Barry can do it, then my city can get off its feet and rise up and believe in itself again” said the Mayor in front of a crowd of supporters.  

Mexico – President Ernesto Zedillo unveils his emergency austerity plan in an effort to overcome the nation’s worst economic crisis in over a decade.

Incoming House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he wants to eliminate government funding for public television, because some of its properties are major money makers. “Big Bird makes money, Barney makes money. These are profit-making centers.”


Entertainment news – January 1, 1995

William Shatner goes on line to talk about “TekWar” – the cable series based on his science-fiction novels. Only available to Prodigy members.

The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers attend a party when Republicans celebrate their first day in control of Congress in 40 years.


Sports news – January 1, 1995

Bowl games 

Orange Bowl – Nebraska 24 Miami 17


Some best-selling books – January 1, 1995

The Lottery Winner – Mary Higgins Clark

The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield

Wings – Danielle Steel

Dark Rivers of the Heart – Dean Koontz

Debt of Honor – Tom Clancy

Couplehood – Paul Reiser

Crossing The Threshold of Hope – John Paul II

Baseball – Geoffrey C. Ward/Ken Burns

Don’t Stand Too Close To The Naked Man – Tim Allen

Men Are From Mars: Women Are From Venus – John Gray, Ph.D


Television news – January 1, 1995

Mark Walberg, former game show host and recently seen as guest host on E!’s “Talk Soup” is getting his own syndicated talk show. Walberg also had his own sports magazine show over ESPN. He’s not the rapper Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg.

“Late Night With Conan O’Brien” has new competition as CBS launches the “Late Late Show With Tom Snyder” this week.

Top TV Shows/Ratings – January 1, 1995

Monday Night Football – 20.4

Orange Bowl – 18.9

Seinfeld – 16.3

60 Minutes – 15.5

Home Improvement – 15.4

Turning Point – 15.3

ER – 15.1

Movie-A Father For Charlie – 14.8

Chicago Hope – 14.1

Orange Bowl Pregame – 14.0

Roseanne – 13.4

20/20 – 12.9

Friends – 12.7

Ellen – 12.5

Mad About You – 12.4

Movie-Once in a Lifetime – 12.2

NYPD Blue – 12.2

Dave’s World – 11.9

Movie-A Dangerous Affair – 11.9

Nanny – 11.5

Movie-Quick Change – 11.5

Frasier – 11.5


Music news – January 1, 1995

Passing – Maureen Cox Tigreet – First wife of Beatle drummer Ringo Starr from complications of a bone marrow transplant. She was 47. She was married to Isaac Tigrett, founder of the Hard Rock Café chain of restaurants. 


Top/Popular Rap Music Albums – January 1, 1995

Creepin On – Bone Thugs –N-Harmony

Bootlegs & B Sides – Ice Cube

Diary – Scarface

Regulate…. Warren G

Very Necessary – Salt-n-Peppa

Nineteen Ninety Quad – 69 Boyz

Dogg Style – Snoop Doggy Dogg

Street Fighter – Soundtrack

Ill Communication – Beastie Boys

Ready to Die - Notorious B.I.G.


Top movie video rentals – January 1, 1995


When A Man Loves A Woman


Blown Away

Guarding Tess

The Client


Top movies  – January 1, 1995

Dumb and Dumber


The Jungle Book

Little Women

Richie Rich

The Santa Clause





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