Dateline: Events/Week of April 15, 1995 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
The U.N. Security council votes unanimously to allow Iraq to sell $1 billion worth of oil every 90 days for the humanitarian needs of its people.
Israeli security forces ambush and shoot and kill three Palestinians on the Occupied West Bank. One is a key gunman for the militant group Hamas.
In Sarajevo - Sniper fire kills the second French U.N. soldier in as many days as the Bosnian capital slides closer to renewed all out-war.
A bomb shreds a federal building in Oklahoma City – killing at least 31 with hundreds injured. The blast sent a red-orange fireball into the sky and rocked the ground for 30 miles around. Shards of glass were hurled in every direction around a five-block circle.
The FBI asks the public to help find two men in the bombing of an Oklahoma City federal building. The government is offering a $2 million award.
Criminal investigators determine that several thousand pounds of a low-order, but highly deadly mixture of fertilizer and fuel oil was used in the explosion that blew apart the federal office building. The explosive materials were ferried in the back of a rented truck.
Technology news – April 15, 1995
Walt Disney Co and three Baby Bell phone companies announce plans to invest $500 million over the next five years in a new type of television programming venture – to send programs over high-speed telephone lines.
Entertainment/Celebrity/ Hollywood/Movie news – April 15, 1995
Pamela Anderson on the big screen – The Baywatch gal is going to play comic book heroine Barb Kopetski, also known as “Barb Wire” in a film of the same name.
After the success of the “Brady Bunch” movie – guess what? A deal to put “the Partridge Family” to a movie is made by Warner Brothers and show creator Bernard Slade.
Another TV actor to hit the movies - George Clooney – from NBC-TV’s “ER” will star in “From Dusk Till Dawn” a movie written by Quentin Tarantino.
Cheyenne Brando – troubled onetime model and daughter of actor Marlon Brando, commits suicide in Tahiti. In seclusion for months, she hanged herself at her home on the South Pacific island. She had been troubled by mental problems since her half brother Christian was charged with killing her lover in 1990.
Playing in Las Vegas – April 15, 1995
Eddie Rabbit – Bally’s Celebrity Room
David Cooperfield – Caesars Palace
Debbie Reynolds – Debbie Reynolds hotel
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express – Las Vegas Hilton
Television news – April 15, 1995
Leeza Gibbons and soap stars Deidre Hall and Robert Kilker-Kelly will co-host the 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on May 19.
Michael J. Fox back to series TV? He’s been offered numerous series deals since leaving TV for movies. If it happened, it would have to be produced on the East Coast, where Fox now lives.
Chris Farley is on a movie (roll) with the success of “Tommy Boy.” His “Saturday Night Live” wraps-up in May and Farley wants to do another movie before returning for the last SNL season left on his contract.
The FCC recommends that federal regulators consider ordering Rupert Murdock, to restructure his Fox television network to comply with federal foreign-ownership laws. The proposal recommends that Murdoch’s Australian holding company, News Corp., reduce its current 99% equity interest in the Fox TV network to about 25%, a move that could saddle him with a huge tax liability.
The American Life League, a conservative anti-abortion group is miffed at Rush Limbaugh because his syndicated TV show won’t run their ads. They ran ads against the Walt Disney (Hollywood Pictures) movie “Priest” – a movie that depicts two sexually active priests.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – April 15, 1995
Home Improvement – 21.0
Friends – 18.1
ER – 17.9
Seinfeld – 17.9
Grace Under Fire – 15.6
Coach – 14.2
PrimeTime Live – 13.6
Murphy Brown – 13.5
NYPD Blue – 13.2
Cybil – 13.0
60 Minutes – 13.0
Murder, She Wrote – 12.9
20/20 – 12.7
Movie – Thunder Alley – 12.6
Movie – Doc Hollywood – 12.3
Ellen – 12.1
Perry Mason/Jealous Jokester – 12.1
Dave’s World – 11.7
Movie-A Mother’s Gift – 11.5
Chicago Hope – 11.5
Hope & Gloria – 11.5
Full House – 11.4
Mad About You – 11.2
In the House – 11.1
Roseanne – 11.1
Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – week of April 15, 1995
CBS – George Wendt Show, Behind the scenes of Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, Movie, Late Show
NBC – TV’s Funniest Families, Dateline NBC, Law & Order, Tonight Show
ABC – Ellen, Roseanne, Grace Under Fire, Coach, Prime Time Live, Nightline
Fox – Beverly Hills 90210, Sliders
PBS – The Human Quest, Great Performances
WB – Wayans Brothers, The Parent ‘Hood, Unhappily Ever After, Muscle
CNN – O.J. Simpson Trial Wrap-Up
E! – Talk Soup, E! News Daily, The Gossip Show, F.Y.E.!, Videofashion Weekly
On the Wayans Brothers – The brothers start a cab company.
On Sliders – Landing in the 1960’s Earth, Rembrandt and Wade are mistaken for gods Arturo and Quinn.
On Coach – Christine’s co-host wants her replaced.
On the Late Show w/David Letterman – Sandra Bullock, Romanian humorist Andrei Codrescu
On the Tonight Show w/Jay Leno – Kevin Spacey
Music news – April 15, 1995
R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry says he is ready to get back on the road following his March brain surgery.
This week in MTV Unplugged - Courtney Love and her band, Hole.
Stone Roses drummer and co-founder Alan Wren leaves the band over personal reasons.
Selena Day Proclaimed In Texas
Texas Gov. George W. Bush declares this Sunday (April 16) “Selena Day” in the state in honor of the slain Tejano singer who was shot to death on March 31. “Proclaiming April 16 as ‘Selena Day’ ensures that Selena will remain one of Texas’ brightest jewels and most successful role models.”
Top music albums – April 15, 1995
The Lion King – soundtrack
Me Against The World – 2Pac
Medusa – Annie Lennox
Tuesday Night Music Club - Sheryl Crow
Thank You – Duran Duran
No Need to Argue – Cranberries
Made in England – Elton John
Greatest Hits – Bruce Springsteen
Throwing Copper – Live
Hell Freezes Over – Eagles
Top Rap Music Tracks – April 15, 1995
Safe + Sound – DJ Quik
36 Chambers – Ol’ Dirty Bastard
Me Against the World – 2Pac
In A Major Way – E-40
Ready To Die – Notorious BIG
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – April 15, 1995
This Is How We Do It - Montel Jordan
Keep Their Heads Ringin’ – Dr. Dre
I’d Rather Be Alone – IV Xample
Freak Like me – Adina Howard
Candy Rain – Soul IV Real
Lil’ game We Play – Subway
Red Light Special – TLC
Dear Mama – 2Pac
Baby – Brandy
Ask of You – Raphael Saadiq
Top movie tape/video rentals – April 15, 1995
The River Wild
Angels in the Outfield
Clear and Present danger
Natural Born Killers
It Could Happen To You
Top movies – April 15, 1995
A Goofy Movie
Don Juan de Marco
Circle of Friends
The Pebble and the Penguin
Dumb and Dumber
Man of the House