Dateline: Events/Week of March 8, 1995 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Driving to work - Two American diplomats are slain in Karachi, Pakistan as gunmen opened fire on their van.
The House approves landmark legal reform that sets national rules for personal injury cases – a move which will finally help businesses with costly litigation.
House republican leaders unveil a package of tax cuts that includes a 50% reduction in the capital gains tax rate.
First Lady Hillary arrives at the U.N. World Summit for Social Development in Copenhagen. She’ll make a speech announcing a new U.S. initiative to fight world female illiteracy.
O.J. Simpson double murder trial – Detective Mark Fuhrman takes the stand and describes his actions during the investigation. He denied being a racist who may have planted evidence.
The U.S. dollar halts a four-day freefall. Alan Greenspan told Congress that defeat of a balanced-budget amendment sent a bad signal to global markets.
Syria and Israel agree to resume face-to-face- peace talks after an interruption of three months.
House Republicans approve $17.1 billion in cuts of current domestic spending and recommend another $100 billion be slashed over the next five years.
O.J. Simpson trial Update – Detective Mark Fuhrman denies he ever met a woman who says he made racist comments and dismissed the suggestion that he tampered with evidence in the murder investigation. Also, Los Angeles Police detective Philip Vannater is questioned about the trail of blood in the Simpson home.
After more than a century, Scott Paper is leaving Philadelphia and moving south to Boca Raton. Scott’s 55-acre complex in Tinicum Township near the Philly airport is being sold to Koll Co, a real estate company. Scott will have regional centers in Hong Kong and Paris.
Technology news – March 8, 1995
NASA launches a home page on the World Wide Web – and computer users can take a virtual reality tour of the space shuttle Endeavour or see what celestial target the astronauts are observing at any given moment.
USA Networks takes a stake in c/net – a startup programming service for computer and videogame users. The stake is 10%.
Entertainment/Celebrity news – March 8, 1995
Michael Richards “Kramer” on Seinfeld, lands another movie roll in “My Blockbuster.” He recently completed a role as a schizophrenic uncle in “Unstrung Heroes.”
Music news – March 8, 1995
Neil Young is back to Reprise Records – signing a five-record deal.
Rapper Luther Campbell is in court again. He allegedly secretly recorded his telephone sex conversations with a girlfriend and used some of the graphic comments in a new album. The former girlfriend – Nelda Parinas – wants a cut from the album – “I’ve got SumThin on My Mind” which sold 4 million copies.
Gangsta rap artist Easy-E announces he has AIDS. Eric “Easy-E” Wright (31) says he found out about 3 weeks ago. “I’m not religious, but wrong or right, that’s me. I’m not saying this because I’m looking for a soft cushion wherever I’m heading. I just feel I’ve got thousands and thousands of young fans that have to learn about what’s real when it comes to AIDS.” Wright was recently married to Tomika Wood and they have a one-year-old son. Wright co-founded N.W.A. with Andre Young (Dr. Dre), O’Shea Jackson (Ice Cube), Lorenzo Patterson (M.C. Ren) and Antione Carraby (DJ Yella).
Vanessa Williams gets the nod to sing the romantic ballad from Disney’s upcoming animated feature “Pocahontas” for an upcoming album. Ms. Williams is just ending a Broadway run as the lead in “The Kiss of the Spiderwoman.”
Paul McCartney confirms that the Beatles surviving members will release two new songs at the end of the year in conjunction with their 10-hour TV documentary, “The Beatles Anthology.”
VH1 premiere’s “Murder Incorporated” which reunites Bruce Springsteen with the E Street Band. The video aired as part of “Bruce Springsteen Greatest Hits: The Videos” a two-hour special.
Madonna records Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” for “Inner City Blues” – a Gaye tribute album.
Trent Reznor is taking a break from Nine Inch Nails after a grueling tour.
Top music albums – March 8, 1995
Safe + Sound – DJ Quick
Greatest Hits – Bruce Springsteen
II – Boyz Ii Men
Dookie – Green day
Crazysexycool – TLC
Throwing Copper – Live
My Life – Mary J. Blige
Hell Freezes Over – Eagles
No Need to Argue – Cranberries
Tuesday Night Music Club – Sheryl Crow
Top Pop Hit Music Singles(top-40) – Marc 8, 1995
Take A Bow – Madonna
Candy Rain – Soul For Real
Big Poppa – Notorious B.I.G.
Red Light Special – TLC
Foe the Love of $ - Bone Thugs
Dream About You/Funky Melody – Stevie B.
If You Think You’re Lonely Now – K-Ci Hailey
Baby – Brandy
This is How – Montell Jordan
Creep - TLC
Television news – March 8, 1995
Seen on PBS – “John Tesh Live at Red Rocks With the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.”
Court-TV says it will release – four one-hour “most newsworthy” tapes containing coverage of the O.J. Simpson double murder trial.
TBS Bond Weekends! James Bond. Friday, Saturday and Sunday! “Your James Bond Destination Station.”
Talk shows, at least the one’s produced in New York are a little subdued after a killing incident last week which stemmed from an encounter on the Jenny Jones show. A Michigan man is accused of shooting a gay man who a few days earlier, had surprised him on the show, saying he had a thing for him.
Passing – Frank Blair – anchorman on NBC’s “Today” show for 22 years. He was 79.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – March 8, 1995
Seinfeld – 21.4
Home Improvement – 21.0
Grace Under Fire – 20.5
Friends – 20.4
ER – 20.3
60 Minutes – 18.1
Wings – 17.5
NYPD Blue – 16.4
Movie – Op Center – 15.8
Ellen – 15.4
Mad About You – 15.4
Frasier – 14.9
Murphy Brown – 14.9
Movie-Children of the dust part 2 – 14.7
Chicago Hope – 14.7
Murder, She Wrote – 14.0
Roseanne – 14.0
America’s Funniest Home Videos – 13.8
20.20 – 13.6
Saturday night television listings – week of March 8, 1995
CBS – Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, The Office, The Five Mrs Buchanans, Walker, Texas Ranger,
NBC – Figure Skating from Birmingham England, Saturday Night Live
ABC – Movie, The Marshal
Fox – Cops, America’s Most Wanted
MTV – Live at the Joint
Showtime – Mommies
Live at the Joint – Members of Guns ‘N” Roses. David Spade hosts.
Saturday Night Live – A repeat with John Travolta as host and musical guest – Seal.
Monday night television listings/TV guide – Week of March 8, 1995
CBS – The Nanny, Dave’s World, Murphy Brown, Cybill, Chicago Hope, Late Show
NBC – Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Blossom, Movie, Tonight Show
ABC – Coach, A Whole New World, Movie, Nightline
PBS – Garth Brooks and Tina Turner pledge drive specials
Fox – Melrose Place, (pilot)-Medicine Ball
On Blossom – Blossom is cast in the lead in a new film, but the part requires some nudity.
TV Pilot – Medicine Ball – Series about first year resident interns at a Seattle hospital.
On Cybill – Our star feels abandoned when Maryann spends all her time with a new boyfriend.
On the Late Show w/David Letterman – Gloria Estefan.
On the Tonight Show w/Jay Leno – Jeff Cesario.