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


Oklahoma City Bombing News Update

Recovery workers end the search for more bodies in Oklahoma City. The discovery in the last pile of debris brings the death toll to 164. So far, one bombing suspect - Timothy J. McVeigh (27) - an Army veteran has been arrested.

Investigators now believe the deadly bombing in Oklahoma City grew out of a conspiracy lasting more than six months and that Timothy McVeigh was a driving force financed by a series of robberies. The attack was likely motivated by hatred of the U.S. government and that the 1993 assault on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco served as a “flash point.”

Federal authorities file a sealed complaint charging a second man - Terry Nichols with blowing up the federal building in Oklahoma City on April 19. Nichols is an old army buddy of Timothy McVeigh.  

The 50th anniversary of V-E day is celebrated at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The ceremonies were attended by Vice President Gore, French President Francois Mitterrand, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and other international leaders.

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President Clinton announces tough new sanctions against Iran.

The Clinton Administration says it will permit the immigration of most of the 21,000 Cuban refugees still held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

President Clinton denounced volunteer militias as false patriots, declaring, “There is nothing patriotic about hating your government or pretending you can hate your government but love your country.”

Following years of racial controversy and a losing quarter, Flagstar Chairman Jerry Richardson, co-found of the Denny’s and Hardee’s restaurant chains, announces his resignation.

Queen Elizabeth II launches Britain’s official commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe (V-E Day)

OJ Simpson trial - Results of the blood found near the bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman are presented for the first time to the jury and it’s revealed that the DNA matches that of O.J. Simpson. Reviewing one of the blood marks -   Robin Cotton - the director of Cellmark Diagnostics said, “When you review the DNA bands that are visible - in each case, they are consistent with the pattern that is visible in Mr. Simpson’s bands.”

Brian (Kato) Kaelin - the blonde-haired witness in the O.J. trial, is booked for a two-week engagement at Las Vegas Celebrity Room. He’ll be the opening act for comedian Louie Anderson. Kaelin is being billed as “America’s most famous house-guest.” Anderson, who has been rehearsing Kaelin, says he’s “extremely witty and funny.”

Weekly radio address – President Clinton vowed to press for the deportation of up to 100,000 illegal immigrants and to step up enforcement of immigration laws on the border and in courtrooms.

Malcolm X’s widow, Betty Shabazz, put aside 30 years of anger to shake hands with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrikhan and praise him at a fund-raiser. She also thanked him for his words of assurance for her daughter, Qubilah, Shabazz who was accused in January of hiring a hit man to kill Farrakhan.


Medical news – Dow Corning Files Bankruptcy For Silcone Breast Implants

A flood of legal claims, plus the threat of Dow Corning to file for bankruptcy protection may jeopardize the largest medical product liability settlement in history. A federal judge says that because of the number of claims, the proposed $4.23 billion global settlement fund agreed to last year, may be too small to pay the benefits promised to breast implant recipients.


Business/Economy news – May 1, 1995

The U.S. jobless rate was up to 5.8% up from 5.5% in April.

First Chicago Bank says it will charge consumers $3 to do their banking with a teller and some consumer groups are up in arms.

Taco-Bell, in a costly promotion - promotes a free lunch at the company’s 4,500 outlets. The company hopes the promotion and accompanying advertising blitz will boost its Border Lights brand of low-fat tacos and burritos.


Radio news - May 1, 1995 

 Top-40 disc jockey “The Real Don Steele” - best known for his days on 93-KHJ in Los Angeles, gets a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame this week. Also attending - Mike Love of the “Beach Boys,” Micky Dolenz of “The Monkees” and Bobby Sherman. 

The Global Satellite (radio) Network broadcasts the Black Crowes’ benefit concert at the Oklahoma City Music Hall - benefiting victims of the Federal Building bombing. Listeners were asked to donate to the Mayor’s Disaster Fund and the Governor’s Victims and Family Fund.


Best-selling books – May 1, 1995

 “Ladder of Years” - Anne Tyler, “The Rainmaker” - John Grisham, “A Dog’s Life” - Peter Mayle, “Moo” - Jane Smiley, “Border Music” - Robert James Waller, “In Retrospect - The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam” - Robert McNamara, “The Hot Zone” - Robert Preston, “The Death Of Common Sense” - Philip K. Howard, “Men Are From Mars: Woman Are From Venus” - John Gray - Ph.D., “Quivers” - Robin Quivers, “Politically Correct Bedtime Stories” - James Finn Garner.


Technology news – May 1, 1995

MCI says it will invest as much as $2 billion in Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. The agreement calls for the establishment of a 50-50 joint venture company that will distribute News Corp’s television shows and movies by way of MCI’s network.


Media news – May 1, 1995

The FCC votes to allow Rupert Murdoch to avert a costly restructuring of his television empire if he can show that the current ownership of Fox TV stations is in the public interest. 


Sports news – May 1, 1995

Second round KO - Oscar de la Hoya defeats Rafael Ruelas at Caesar’s Palace.


Entertainment/Movie news – May 1, 1995

Actor Gary Busey is hospitalized and in serious condition following an apparent overdose of cocaine. His fiancée found him unconscious in his Malibu home.


Music news – May 1, 1995

Drummer Tony McCarroll leaves Oasis. 

Singer Olivia Newton John and her husband Matt Lattanzi separate. She’s 46 and he’s 35.

TLC is on “Saturday Night Live” this week. They’re also the opening act for Boyz II Men on their concert tour beginning in July.


Top/Popular Music Albums – May 1, 1995

Soundtrack - Friday

Live - Throwing Copper

Soundtrack - The Lion King

Me Against The World - 2 Pac

John Michael Montgomery - John Michael Montgomery

Hell Freezes Over - The Eagles

Cracked Rear View - Hootie & The Blowfish

Dookie - Green Day

Astro Creep: 2000-Songs of Love, Destruction  And Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head - White Zombie

Greatest Hits - Bruce Springsteen

No Need To Argue - The Cranberries

II - Boys II Men

Tuesday Night - Sheryl Crow

CrazySexyCool - TLC

Medusa - Annie Lennox


Television news – May 1, 1995

Ralph Emery comes out of retirement for “The Ralph Emery Show” – starting July 10 on TNN.

Dee Dee Myers and Mary Matalin will co-host CNBC’ “Equal Time.”

MTV launches its seventh international network – MTV Asia.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – May 1, 1995

ER – 23.3

Friends – 19.2

Movie-Buffalo Girls – Part 1 – 18.7

Home Improvement – 17.4

60 Minutes- 16.7

Ellen (Tues.) – 15.9

Murder, She wrote – 15.4

Seduced/Betrayed -  14.8

20/20 – 14.6

Grace Under Fire – 13.8

Prime Time Live (Tues.) – 13.7

Hope and Gloria – 13.4

Movie-The Return of Hunter – 13.1

Barbara Walters Special 12.9

Mad About You – 12.8


Sunday Night television listings/TV guide – May 1, 1995

CBS - 60 Minutes, Murder, She Wrote, Movie- (Ghost) ... NBC - Earth 2, Movie- (Jurassic Park) ... ABC - America’s Funniest Home Videos, Will You Marry Me? Movie-(Matlock The Scam) ... FOX - World’s Funniest Outakes, The Simpsons, The Critic, Married ... With Children, Married With Children ... Discovery Channel - Fangs!, Wildlife Chronicles, In Care of Nature, Dawn of the Dragons... PBS - Nature, Movie (Much Ado About Nothing).

On Earth 2 - Heller is ordered to perform surgery on Ulysses to discover his connection to the Terrians. Morgan’s marriage to Bess could be destroyed.

On The Simpsons - Marge joins the police academy after successfully capturing a man she witnessed committing a crime.


Top movies – May 1, 1995

While You Were Sleeping


Bad Boys

Rob Roy

Village of the Damned

A Goofy Movie

Kiss of Death

Top Dog

Don Juan de Marco

Jury Duty

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