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


In The News 

House Republicans push through a $189 billion tax cut measure.

The U.S. turns over peacekeeping duties to the United Nations after six months of keeping the peace in Haiti.

Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin warns Syria to halt attacks by pro-Iranian guerillas in southern Lebanon, calling on Damascus to prove its willingness and ability to honor the agreements it makes.

A federal jury convicts Francisco Martin Duran of attempted assassination of president Clinton after rejecting claims that he had mental illness.

President Boris Yeltsin signs a law requiring AIDS testing of all foreigners living in Russia and orders the deportation of anyone whose results show they have been infected. 

Amtrack announces a series of cutbacks, 24% of its service nationally.

The National Park Service announce new regulations banning the sale of T-shirts on Washington’s federal parkland, including the Washington Monument, the Vietnam Veterans memorial, the Mall and other sites now overrun by vendor’s tables. 

Matsushita electric Industrial agrees to sell 80% of MCA Inc to beverage giant Seagram co. for about $7.1 billion.


Technology news – April 1, 1995

Craig McCaw who sold his cell empire to AT&T last year is at it again. He’s putting over $1 billion in wireless communications carrier Nextel Communications. It’s a huge boost for the struggling company.


Sports news – April 1, 1995

Longest strike so far - Acting baseball commissioner Bud Selig announces that major league owners have accepted the players’ non conditional offer to end the baseball strike that began April 12. Baseball is back again.


Music news – April 1, 1995

Selena Murdered

Grammy-winning Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla (23) dies after being shot at a Days Inn in Corpus Christi, by the former president of her fan club. The suspect was identified as Yolanda Salvidar (32) who until recently, had managed one of Selena’s two clothing boutiques and had run her fan club. But things began unraveling when it was discovered by Selena’s father, that Salvidar was embezzling money. The two women arranged to meet in the days Inn to go over receipts, and Selena was going to fire her, but as Selena approached the hotel room Saldivar shot her in the shoulder and back. Selena staggered to the hotel lobby, and was still conscious when the paramedics arrived, but was later pronounced dead at a nearby medical center. Meanwhile, Salvidar locked herself inside a red pickup truck in the hotel parking lot for more than nine hours, threatening to commit suicide. She surrendered, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. 

Weeping fans called local radio stations and fans gathered outside the Days Inn in a vigil. Selena was renowned as a down-to-earth performer who cared about her fans.

Bruce Springsteen performs on Dave Letterman’s show this week.

Elton John and Bernie Taupin are back together – with a new album “Made in England.”

A memorial service is held for rapper Eric (Easy-E) Wright who died of AIDS at the age of only 31.


Entertainment news – April 1, 1995

Passing – Jack Warner Jr. – son of Warner Bros. Co-founder. He was 79.


Radio news – April 1, 1995

Howard Stern gets into a ton of hot water with the Latino Community after making light of Selena’s murder – including sound effect gunshots. Stern was heard to have made fun of the singer by playing her music accompanied by gunfire sounds. He also made fun of weeping mourners and made disparaging remarks about Mexicans living in America.

Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – April 1, 1995

CBS – The George Wendt Show, Double Rush, Movie-The Lady Killer, Dave Letterman

NBC – The Cosby Mysteries, Dateline NBC, Law & Order, Jay Leno

ABC – Roseanne, Ellen, Grace Under Fire, Coach, Prime Time Live, Nightline

PBS – The New explorers, discovering Women

Fox – Beverly Hills 90210, Sliders


Sliders – The Sliders travel to a planet earth on the verge of being destroyed by a meteor. 


Top movies – April 1, 1995

Tommy Boy


Major Payne

Dolores Claiborne

Forrest Gump

Muriel’s Wedding

Circle of Friends

Pulp Fiction

Man of the House

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