Dateline: Events/Week of February 15, 1995 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
A federal judge rejects a controversial anti-trust settlement between Microsoft Corp. and the Justice Department saying that the pact is not in the public interest and “does not constitute an effective antitrust remedy. The consent decree, signed in July following a five-year investigation by the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department, would have forced Microsoft to change the way it licenses its operating system software, which controls the basic functions of a personal computer.
President Clinton delivers the eulogy for former Arkansas Sen. J. William Fulbright “…a life that changed our country and our world forever and for the better.” Fulbright died of a stroke last week at 89.
Four Army soldiers undergoing ranger training die of exposure after participating in a bridge building exercise in chilly Florida swamp waters.
The Central Bank boosts interest rates in Mexico to almost 50% - driving down the Mexican stock market and confirming fears that a $20 billion bailout the government is about to sign with the U.S. is tied to restrictions that will fuel a recession in Mexico this year.
The NAACP outs William Gibson, the strong-willed chairman who has led the civil rights organization since 1985 and chooses Myrlie Evers-Williams – the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, as his replacement.
Vice President Al Gore tells leaders of the AFL-CIO that the President will sign an executive order banning the use of replacement workers by federal contractors in labor markets.
With the help of unscrupulous truck drivers, clandestine tramp steamers and compliant Iranian customs officials, Iraq has succeeded in selling between 80,000 and 100,000 barrels of oil a day, despite a U.N. economic embargo, Clinton Administration officials say.
Some best selling books – February 15, 1995
The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield
Kiss The Girls – James Patterson
Self Defense – Jonathan Kellerman
I Want To Tell You- O.J. Simpson
In the Kitchen With Rosie – Rosie Daley
Men Are From Mars: Woman Are From Venus – John Gray, Ph.D.
Sports news – February 15, 1995
Oscar De la Hoya in a decision bout, defeats John Molina at the MGM Grand.
Current heavyweight champ George Foreman makes it clear that any fight involving him and Mike Tyson (who’s expected to be released from prison March 25) cannot involve Tyson’s promoter, Don King. Said Foreman – “I spoke to Don King about fighting Mike Tyson back in 1988. Nothing happened, nothing happened. Then I spoke to him in ’90. Nothing happened. Then, in ’91. Nothing happened. Just a note on my door. I’m not going through that again.
Business/Economy – February 15, 1995
Consumer prices jump a higher-than-expected 0.3% in January, suggesting to some that inflation remains a worry even as the economy shows signs of slowing down.
Medical/AIDs Update – February 15, 1995
A study says that three in every 10 Americans have dramatically altered their sexual behavior to lower their risk of contracting AIDS.
Technology news – February 15, 1995
High Tech – Intel unveils its powerful new P6 chip. P6 packs 5.5 billion transistors on a two-chip package. With the debut of the P6 – Intel hopes to close the chapter on the public relations disaster that resulted when the company was accused of covering up a flaw in the Pentium. Intel admitted its mistake and took a $475 million charge during the last quarter to cover the cost of replacing bad Pentiums.
NBC’s “Today” show dies a four-part series on the Internet and computers. See Television news below. Al Gore is featured in Part 1.
Hollywood/Celebrity/Movie news – February 15, 1995
Paul Newman, Danny DeVito and others are listed on top of a petition that Fine Line Features will run in the trades, urging the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to investigate its nomination process for documentary movies. Apparently, a furor was set off last week over the failure of “Hoop Dreams” to get a nomination.
Courtney Love offers a reward for the five-carat diamond and ruby engagement ring given to her by her late husband, Kurt Cobain. Love says the ring was stolen in New York on Valentine’s Day.
Ellen DeGeneres has a leading man for her first starring film role in “Mr. Wrong” – it’s Bill Pullman.
Television news – February 15, 1995
“Days of Our Lives” is the big winner with six honors at the 11th annual Soap Opera Digest awards. Deidre Hall received best lead actress.
Viewing of the O.J. Simpson trial on CNN and Court TV is cutting into the ratings for the nightly newscasts on ABC, CBS and NBC. “NBC Nightly News” with Tom Brokaw is down 18%, “CBS Evening News With Connie Chung” is down 9% and ABC’s “World News Tonight With Peter Jennings” is down 15% compared to the same period a year ago.
New Line Television announces plans for an animated series based on the current Jim Carrey box-office hit “Dumb and Dumber.” The half-hour series, set to premiere Sept. 16 on ABC, marks the second cartoon series inspired by Carrey’s antics.
NBC pulls the plug on “Blossom” after four years.
Internet - The Today show begins a four-part series to help viewers catch up with the technological times with a four-part series on new computer technology. Tuesday’s segment offers a guide through the internet; Wednesday’s features Vice President Al Gore – via computer – leading viewers on a virtual tour of the White House on the World Wide Web.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – February 15, 1995
ER – 23.3
Seinfeld – 21.7
Grace Under Fire – 19.9
Wings (Thurs.) – 19.8
Home Improvement – 19.6
60 Minutes – 17.5
Texas Justice, Par 1 – 17.1
NYPD Blue – 17.0
Murder, She Wrote – 16.4
Friends – 15.9
Mad About You – 15.6
Frasier - 15.3
Murphy Brown – 15.0
A Walton Wedding – 14.7
Roseanne – 14.4
America’s Funniest Home Videos – 14.3
Dave’s World – 14.0
All Star/TV Censored Bloopers – 13.7
Ellen – 13.7
Mad About You (Tues.) – 13.6
Chicago Hope – 13.5
Cybll – 13.5
Top syndicated television shows – February 15, 1995
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune – weekend
National Geographic on Assignment
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Simpsons Combo 1
Journeys of Hercules
Married… With Children
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
World Wrestling Federation
Thursday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of February 15, 1995
CBS – Due South, Walker, Texas Ranger, 48 Hours, Late Show w/David Letterman
NBC – Mad About You, Friends, Seinfeld, Seinfeld ER, Tonight Show w/Jay Leno
ABC – Matlock, The Commish, Day One, Nightline
Fox – Martin, Living Single, New York Undercover
PBS – Around The World in 80 Days, Mystery!, Barbara Hendricks, Charlie Rose
Mad About You – Paul seeks a TV actor to narrate his documentary.
On ER – Carter mistakenly throws a birthday party for Benton.
On Matlock – Ben’s client is accused of assaulting a landlord he is suing.
On David Letterman – Siskel & Ebert, Sheryl Crow
On Tonight Show – Sally Field, Jeffrey Tambor, Mary J. Blige
Top movie video rentals – February 15, 1995
Clear and Present Danger
Interview With the Vampire
The Santa Clause
Top pop music albums – February 15, 1995
Balance – Van Halen
The Hits – Garth Brooks
Hell Freezes Over – Eagles
Dokie – Green Day
II – Boyz II Men
CrazySexyCool – TLC
Vitalogy – Pearl Jam
Cocktails – Too Short
No need To Argue – The Cranberries
Smash – Offspring
Cracked Rear View – Hootie & The Blowfish
My Life – Mary J. Blige
MTV Unplugged In New York – Nirvana
Bedtime Stories – Madonna
Wildflowers – Tom Petty
Tuesday Night Music Club – Sheryl Crow
Throwing Copper – Live
Top Pop Hit Music Singles(top-40) – February 15, 1995
Creep – TLC
Another Night – Real Mccoy
Take A Bow – Madonna
You Gotta Be – Des’ree
Candy Rain – Soul For Real
Sukiyaki – 4PM
Always – Bon Jovi
Hold My Hand – Hootie & The Blowfish
On Bended Knee – Boyz II Men
The Rhythm of the Night – Corona
If You Love Me – Brownstone
I’m The Only One – Melissa Etheridge
Before I Let You Go – Blackstreet
Strong Enough - Sheryl Crow
You Don’t Know How It Feels – Tom Petty
Constantly – Immature
The Sweetest Days – Vanessa Williams
Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – February 15, 1995
Live Forever – Oasis
Love Spreads – Stone Roses
Everything Zen – Bush
Better man – Pearl Jam
Sour Times – Portishead
Lightning Crashes – Live
Gotta Get Away – Offspring
The Man Who Sold The World – Nirvana
Strong enough - Sheryl Crow
Ode To My Family – Cranberries
She’s A River – Simple Minds
Corduroy – Pearl Jam
Top Rap Hit Music Singles – February 15, 1995
Big Poppa/Warning – Notorious B.I.G.
Mad IZM – Channel Live
Get Down – Craig Mack
Tootsee Roll – 69 Boyz
Kitty Kitty – 69 Boyz
Tour – Capleton
Cocktales – Too Short
Bring The Pain – Method Man
Whutcha Want? – Nine
Nika – Vicious
I Never Seen A Man Cry (I Seen A Man Die) – Scarface
Rodeo – 95 South
Top hit/popular music singles in Britain – February 15, 1995
Think Twice – Celine Dion
Set You Free – N-Trance
Cotton Eye Joe – Rednex
Total Eclipse of the Heart – Nici French
Here Comes The Hotstepper – Ini
Run Away – MC Sar & The Real Mccoy
Open Your Heart – M-People
Reach Up (Papas Got A Brand New Pig Bag) – Perfecto
I’ve Got A Little Something For You – MNS
Top Country Hit Music Singles – February 15, 1995
My Kind of Girl – Collin Raye
Old Enough to Know Better – Wade Hayes
This Time – Sawyer Brown
The First Step – Tracy Byrd
Here I Am – Patty Loveless
Tender When I Want To Be – Mary Chapin Carpenter
Bend it Until It Breaks – John Anderson
Little Houses – Doug Stone
This Woman and This Man – Clay Walker
Top movies – February 15, 1995
The Quick and the Dead
Legends of the Fall
Brady Bunch Movie
Boys On the Side
Dumb and Dumber
In The Mouth Of Madness
Murder in the First
The Jerky Boys
The Madness of King George
The Lion King