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Dateline: Events/Week of March 22, 1995 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Four people are slain by gunfire during a holdup at a Montclair, NJ post office. Police later arrest Christopher Green, a former employee of the Postal Service. Green was facing a “mountain of debt” and needed the money because he owed back rent on his apartment. 

House speaker Newt Gingrich calls for an unprecedented congressional investigation of the managed-care industry. The action drew cheers from doctors and stunned the health insurance industry.

O.J. Simpson trial update - LAPD Detective Philip Vannatter details why there was no cut on the glove at the murder scene and no blood leading to a glove a Simpson’s estate... Groundskeeper Kato Kalin takes to the stand for the first time during the regular trial. Kaelin described his evening with O.J. in the hours before the murders.

An outside wall of a Harlem apartment building gives way and falls to the street, killing three and injuring eight. The disappearing wall, exposed apartments and tilted their floors down around 30 degrees, throwing occupants into the street.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson visits O.J. Simpson in jail and prays with him for almost 90 minutes. O.J. told Jackson he misses his ex-wife Nicole.


Technology news/Hollywood – March 22, 1995

Microsoft and Dreamworks SKG team up to create a venture to create a new generation of Hollywood-inspired interactive software. Each will contribute half of the estimated $30 million start-up costs.


Radio news – March 22, 1995

USA Radio Networks - a news and talk network, gets hit with a $15 million suit by Rush Limbaugh producer PAM media and syndicator - EFM media. USA produces and distributes a talk show they want to call “After The Rush.” USA describes it as a humor parody of Rush’s show, but the plaintiffs claim Limbaugh’s “fame and success” is being violated and the title violates trademark law. 


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie/Hollywood news – March 22, 1995

Passing - Comedian Jerry Lester (85) from complications of Alzheimer’s. Lester was the first to host a late evening talk-entertainment show on television. His “Broadway Open House” debuted on NBC in 1950 and ran on the limited number of NBC stations on the air at that time. Best known with Lester on that show was featured performer (lady) “Dagmar” - a tall buxom blonde who played a sort of “straight-man” to Lester’s jokes. 

Slain in Italy - Maurizio Gucci, former chairman of the Gucci luxury leather goods and fashion dynasty. Police say a well-dressed man fired two shots from a .45 into Gucci’s shoulder and buttocks. When he turned around, the gunman shot him twice in the face.

Engagement - Glenn Close to Steve Beers. He’s a stage carpenter. The two met on Close’s Broadway show “Sunset Blvd.”

Top Oscar winners held this week:

Best Picture - Forrest Gump

Best Actor - Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump

Best Actress - Jessica Lange - Blue Sky

Best Director - Robert Zemeckis - Forrest Gump

Best Supporting Actor - Martin Landau - Ed Wood

Best Supporting Actress - Dianne Wiest - Bullets Over Broadway

Best Original Screenplay - Quentin Tarantino & Roger Avary - Pulp Fiction

Disney announces that it’s 1961 cartoon movie “101 Dalmatians” will be made into a live-action movie, scheduled for release Thanksgiving of next year. A spokesman said the new film will involve hundreds of animals and will embrace physical comedy.


Best-selling books – March 22, 1995

 “The Celestine Prophecy” - James Redfield, “Border Music” - Robert James Waller, “Men Are From Mars” - John Gray, Ph.D, The Beardstown Ladies Investment Guide” - The Beardstown Ladies Investment Club, “I Want To Tell You” - O.J. Simpson.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – March 22, 1995

 Sienfeld (21.4), Home Improvement (20.6), Friends (19.8), ER (19.8), Grace Under fire 919.6), NYPD Blue (16.9), 60 Minutes (16.9), Mad About You 915.3), Hope & Gloria (14.9), Murphy Brown (14.8), 20/20 (14.3), Murder, She Wrote (14.30, Special-Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct (13.8), Chicago Hope (13.7), Ellen (13.5), Dave’s World (13.4), Movie-Awake To Danger (13.4), Roseanne (13.3), Movie-Betrayed: Story Of Three Woman (13.2)


Wednesday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of March 22, 1995

CBS - The George Wendt Show, Double Rush, Movie ... NBC - The Cosby Mysteries, Dateline NBC, Law & Order ... ABC - Sister, Sister, All-American Girl, Rosanna, Ellen, Prime Time Live ... Fox - The Simpsons, Sliders (Premiere) ... WB - The Wayans Brothers, The Parent Hood, Muscle.

Sliders - (Premiere) - Four adventerers discover a passageway through parallel universes.

CBS Movie - “Single White Female” (1992) Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh.


Music news – March 22, 1995

Passing - Gangsta Rapper Easy-E (Eric Wright) - (31) of AIDS. 

Top music albums – March 22, 1995

 “Me Against The World” - 2Pac, “Greatest Hits’ - Bruce Springsteen, “Medusa” - Annie Lennox, “The Lion King” - Soundtrack, “II” - Boyz II Men, “Tuesday Night Music Club” - Sheryl Crow, “Throwing Copper” - Live, “Dookie” - green day, “Cracked Rear View” - Hootie & The Blowfish, “The Hits” - Garth Brooks.


Top Pop Hit Music Singles(top-40) – March 22, 1995

 “Take A Bow” - Madonna, “Creep” - TLC, “Baby” - Brandy, “Big Poppa” - Notorious B.I.G., “If You Think” - K-CI Halleu, “Red Light Special” - TLC, “Candy Rain” - Soul For Real, “Run Away” - Real McCoy, “Lil’ Game We Play” - Subway, “Keep Their Heads Ringin’” - Dr Dre.


Top movies – March 22, 1995

Outbreak - Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman

Major Payne - Damon Wayons, Karyn Parsons

Dolores Claiborne - Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Man Of The House - Chevy Chase, Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Tall Tale

Candyman: Farewell To The Flesh - Tony Todd, Kelly Rowan

Bye Bye Love - “Matthew Modine, Randy Quaid, Paul Reiser 

Pulp Fiction - John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman.

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