Dateline: Events/Week of May 15, 1995 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin announces that his government will seize no more Arab-owned land in Jerusalem to build Jewish neighborhoods – after one last seizure. 131 acres is being taken in the south part of the city.
Looking for a breast implant settlement? It may be harder as Dow Corning, the main manufacturer of the silicon, files for bankruptcy protection as the $4.23 billion settlement may be in jeopardy.
Angry trade dispute – The White House says it will impose a 100% tax on 13 Japanese luxury car models - a move that will price them out of the American car market.
In Asheville NC - A man described as “a classic loner” fired from a machine-tool company for fighting with co-workers, walks back in and shoots three dead, injuring four. James Floyd Davis then threw his two guns outside the building, emptied his pockets and surrendered.
In San Diego, a man driving a stolen tank goes on a wild ride in San Diego streets, knocking down power lines, hydrants and flattening dozens of cars before he crashed into a highway divider and was fatally shot by police.
A graduate student with psychological problems is charged with federal assault and weapons violations after he was shot and wounded after scaling a fence and darted across the White House lawn. He’s identified as Leland William Modjeski.
The Supreme Court rules that states many not by law, restrict how long members of Congress serve on Capitol Hill.
Oklahoma City - A demolition crew reduces the remains of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building to a heap of remains. The building came to represent horror and agony in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Passing – Harold Wilson – The most successful labor party prime minister in British history. He was 79.
Escalation of action as NATO warplanes bomb a Serb weapons depot.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich said it is not necessary to try to protect every plant and animal that faces extinction as he reviewed the 1973 endangered species Act. Gingrich questioned that law’s “species-by-species approach” suggesting that it instead be reshaped to address overall biological diversity.
President Clinton called on Congress to tighten enforcement of child-support laws by requiring states to revoke the driver’s license and professional licenses of absent parents.
Japan - Poison fumes in the Tokyo subway kill six and injure 900. Police believe the poison was sarin, a nerve gas. Later, police in Japan raid a rural location of a religious group and about 50 people are found unconscious – with many malnutrition.
Four are dead during a post office holdup in Montclair, NJ and no suspects have been arrested.
Sports news – May 15, 1995
Michael Jordan returns to the Bulls and basketball – “I’m back.”
Dennis Rodman separates his shoulder in a motorcycle accident in San Antonio and could be out for the season.
Technology news – May 15, 1995
NBC and Microsoft are developing CD-ROM’s and other multi-media projects. NBC says it is producing a documentary on Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.
Microsoft executive v/p Michael Maples says he’s retiring.
Radio news – May 15, 1995
KMHX-FM in Houston now has a web site and says it’s a valuable tool for listener feedback. Says program director Pat Paxton – “It will give listeners a new way to directly access our radio station and tell us what they want to hear.” The station uses on-line music surveys for input and music research. Over 150 radio stations now have a web site with more to come.
Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – May 15, 1995
Hollywood call girl queen Heidi Fleiss gets three years is sentenced to three in years in prison on charges of pandering
Paul Allen says he has committed $500 million to DreamWorks SKG, the studio formed by Spielberg, Katezenberg and Geffen – and its single biggest investment.
Actor Christian Slater is sentenced in NY to work with the Children’s Health Project. He was arrested in December at Kennedy International for carrying a pistol in his luggage.
Passing – Famed movie director Arthur Lubin (96).
Top TV Shows/Ratings – May 15, 1995
ER – 22.9
Friends – 19.7
Seinfeld – 18.4
The Langoliers, Part 1 – 18.3
Home Improvement – 17.5
Movie-Love Can Build – 16.5
MYPD Blue – 15.9
Ellen (Tue.) – 15.4
Robin Cook’s “Virus” – 15.4
Grace Under Fire – 13.9
Home Improvement #2 – 13.6
Murder, She Wrote – 13.4
Frasier – 12.7
PrimeTime Live – 12.6
Murphy Brown – 12.5
Columbo: Strange Bedfellows – 12.4
60 Minutes – 12.4
Ellen – 12.3
Mad About You (Thu.) – 12.3
Thunder Alley – 12.3
Roseanne – 12.0
Hope & Gloria – 11.9
30th Country Music Awards – 11.6
20/20 – 11.6
Dateline NBC – 11.5
John Larroquette Show – 11.5
Walker, Texas Ranger – 11.5
Cybill – 11.3
Chicago Hope – 11.2
Movie-Rockford Files – 11.0
Television news – May 15, 1995
ABC says it’s going after NBC leader “ER” with a show called “Murder One” from producer Steven Bocho. ABC says the show will follow a high-profile murder case for the entire season – given the public’s fascination of these kinds of stories.
Geraldo Rivera’s nose is broken once again. On a show about domestic violence, three men were fighting and Rivera got clobbered by one of them. Rivera first broke his nose in a much-publicized event in 1988 – by a flying chair.
NBC – (NBA Game) - Michael Jordan’s return to basketball after more than a year’s retirement – scored big ratings for NBC and the Bulls lost to the Pacers.
Music news – May 15, 1995
R.E.M. begins their first U.S. tour in five years.
Lead singer Scott Welland of the Stone Temple Pilots is arrested in Pasadena (CA) for investigation of drug possession.
Perry Farrell, co-founder of Lollapalooza answers questions about “Lollapalooza ‘95” on the Internet. Go to http://lollapalooza.com
Rapper Eric Eazy-E Wright – who was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Hollywood in February for a respiratory ailment – now has AIDS – according to his record company.
In TV syndication – The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll – hosted by Gary Busey. The conclusion airs this week with Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, REM, Prince and others.
Bill Berry – the drummer for R.E.M. is out of the hospital after undergoing brain surgery. The group was in the midst of a European tour when he was stricken and hopes to resume touring soon.
Selena’s English album – the one she was working on before she died, will be released July 18.
Top popular music albums – May 15, 1995
Cracked Rear View – Hootie & The Blowfish
Forrest Gump – Soundtrack
Throwing Copper – Live
Hell Freezes Over – Eagles
Me Against The World – 2Pac
II – Boyz II Men
The Lion King – Soundtrack
Astro Creep: 2000 Songs of Love, Destruction – White Zombie
John Michael Montgomery – John Michael Montgomery
CrazySexyCool – TLC
Under The Table and Dreaming – Dave Matthews Band
Dookie – Green Day
Tuesday Night Music Club – Sheryl Crow
No Need To Argue – Cranberries
Greatest Hits – Bruce Springsteen
This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan
Another Night – Real McCoy
The Infamous – Mobb Deep
Balance – Van Halen
Medusa – Annie Lennox
MTV Unplugged – Bob Dylan
Candy Rain – Soul For Real
Made In England – Elton John
Now That I’ve Found You: A Collection – Alison Drauss
Sixteen Stone – Bush
Smash – Offspring
No Ordinary man – Tracy Byrd
Encomium: A Tribute To Led Zepplin – Various Artists (Atlantic)
Amor Prohibido – Selena
Wildflowers – Tom Petty
Yes I Am – Melissa Etheridge
Panther – Soundtrack
New Jersey Drive Vol. 1 – Soundtrack
Vitalogy – Pearl Jam
My Life – Mary J. Blige
Greatest Hits – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Do You Wana Ride? – Adina Howard
Return To The 36 Chambers – Ol’ Dirty Bastard
Top pop hit music in Britain – May 15, 1995
Dreamer – Livin’ Joy
Guaglione – Perez “Prez” Prado & His Orchestra
Some Might Say – Oasis
Scatman – Scatman
Key To My Life – BoyZone
Back For Good – Take That
Two Can Play That Game – Bobby Brown
Don’t Stop (Wiggle Wiggle) – Outhere Brothers
Lenny – Supergrass
Chains – Tina Arena
Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – May 15, 1995
Lightning Crashes – Live
Good – Better Than Ezra
Connection – Elastica
She – Green Day
Sick Of Myself – Matthew Sweet
December – Collective Soul
Hurt – Nine Inch Nails
River of Deceit – Mad Season
Wonderful – Adam Ant
Universal Heart Beat – Juliana Hatfield
Little Things – Bush
Mockingbird Girl – The Magnificent Bastards
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – May 15, 1995
Have You Ever really Loved A Woman? – Bryan Adams
This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan
Freak Like Me – Adina Howard
I Know – Dionne Farris
Red Light Special – TLC
I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need To Get By – Method Man/M.J. Blige
I Believe – Blessid Union of Souls
Total Eclipse of the Heart – Nicki French
Dear Mama – 2Pac
Un Away – Real McCoy
Strong Enough – Sheryl Crow
Believe – Elton John
Candy Rain – Soul For Real
Keep Their Heads Ringin’ – Dr. Dre
Let Her Cry – Hootie & The Blowfish
Can’t You See – Total Featuring Notorious B.I.G.
Hold Hon – Jamie Walters
Ask Of You – Raphael Saadio
In The House of Stone and Light – Martin Page
Take A Bow – Madonna
Big Poppa/Warning – Notorious B.I.G.
Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days) – Monica
Give It 2 You – Da Brat
Hold My Hand – Hootie & The Blowfish
No More “I Love You’s” – Annie Lennox
Baby – Brandy
You Gotta Be – Des’Ree
If You Love Me – Brownstone
I Live My Life For You – Firehouse
Top children’s video – May 15, 1995
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Lion King
Disney’s Sing Along Songs: Circle of Life
Jasmine: Jasmine’s Wish
Beavis & Butt-Head: There Goes The Neighborhood
Jasmine: Jasmine’s Wish
Beavis & Butt-Head: Works Sucks!
Mary-Kate & Ashley, Mystery Cruise
Mary-Kate & Ashley, Sea World
Top movies – May 15, 1995
While You Were Sleeping
The Englishman Who…
A Goofy Movie