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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

Entertainment Tonight

Oprah Winfrey

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine



Inside Edition

Simpsons Combo 1

Journeys of Hercules

Family matters

Hard Copy

Married… With Children

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air



World Wrestling Federation

Ricki Lake


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

True Lies

The Mask

The Client


Blown Away

Clear and Present Danger

Interview With the Vampire

Hoop Dreams


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

Billy Madison

Legends of the Fall

Brady Bunch Movie

Boys On the Side

Nobody’s Fool

Dumb and Dumber

In The Mouth Of Madness

Murder in the First

Pulp Fiction

Highlander III

The Jerky Boys

Higher Learning

Little women

Miami Rhapsody

The Madness of King George 



Before Sunrise

The Lion King

Immortal Beloved

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