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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

Coach- 13.0

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

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

Barney Safety

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

Crimson Tide

French Kiss

While You Were Sleeping

The Englishman Who…


Bad Boys

My Family


A Goofy Movie

Rob Roy

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