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Dateline: Events/Week of June 8, 1995 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

The Supreme Court strikes a big blow to affirmative action - ruling that preferential treatment based on race is almost always unconstitutional - even if it’s intended to benefit minority groups who suffered injustices in the past.

President Clinton - vowing to preserve affirmative action programs says the Supreme Court decision “has raised the hurdle, but it is not insurmountable.” 

The U.S. Marines rescue downed pilot Capt Scott O’Grady - after his F-16 is downed by Serbs in Bosnia. The pilot was rescued near Bihac and transported to an aircraft carrier in the Adriatic Sea.

In the trial of O.J. Simpson, coroner Dr Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran said that a single murderer could have killed Ron Goldman in a savage but brief attack of less than a minute.

Food Prices – June 8, 1995:

At the mart - General Mills Golden Grahams Cereal - 2 for $5.00 ... Borden American Cheese - 16 slice/12oz pkg - $1.69 ... Pork Spareribs - $1.39.


Sports news – June 8, 1995

Games one, two and three of the NBA championship go to The Houston Rockets In game 1, they beat the Orlando Magic - 113-110. Hakeem Olajuwon of Houston gets the MVP for the first game.   

Mickey Mantle (63) is given an excellent chance for recovery after receiving a new liver. The 6 1/2 hour operation was conducted at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.


Best-selling books – June 8, 1995

“A Dog’s Life” - Peter Mayle, The Apocalypse Watch’ - Robert Ludium, “Show Of Evil” - William Diehl, The Seven Spiritual Laws Of Success” - Deepak Chopra, “Men Are From Mars, Woman Are From Venus” - John Gray, “Mars And Venus In The Bedroom” - John Gray, “Making Movies” –Sidney Lumet.


Technology news – June 8, 1995

Lotus Development Corp agrees to be acquired by IBM for $3.5 billion.


Entertainment news – June 8, 1995

Disney’s “Pocahontas” has its world premiere in Central Park. 100,000 see the film on Central Park’s Great Lawn.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – June 8, 1995

Friends (15.8), Turning Point (15.4), NBA Finals game 1 (14.7), Seinfield (14.3), ER (14.1), NBA Finals: Game 3 (14.1), PrimeTime Live (14.0), Home Improvement (13.7), 20/20 (13.6), Roseanne (12.8), Coach (12.6), 60 Minutes (12.6), Grace Under Fire (12.4), NBA Finals: Game 2 (12.0), Keeping Secrets (11.4), Murphy Brown (10.7), Cybill (10.5), Ellen (10.2), Under Suspicion (10.10, Mad About You (10.1)


Sunday Night Television listings/TV guide – June 8, 1995

CBS - 60 Minutes, The Wright Verdicts. Special-Under Suspicion ... NBC - NBA Finals - Game 3, Debut - High Sierra Search And Rescue ... ABC - America’s Funniest Home Videos, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman, Movie ... FOX - Spider-Man - The Chameleon, X-Men, The Simpsons, The Critic, Married With Children, My Wildest Dreams.

High Sierra (Debut) - stars Robert Conrad as a volunteer rescue team leader in a small mountain town.

Superman - An international crime group targets Lois and her uncle.

Married With Children - Al must retake his driver’s test with Bud as his instructor.


Television news – June 8, 1995

The USA Network cancels Tek War after 18  episodes. Series starred William Shatner,

The syndicated Jon Stewart show is cancelled. The program was produced by Paramount television group. Stewart had formally been with MTV.

Passing - Hall of Fame sportscaster Lindsey Nelson (76) of cancer. Nelson suffered from Parkinson ’s disease. For 17 years beginning in 1962, Nelson, along with Bob Murphy and Ralph Kiner announced New York Mets games. He was also the voice of Notre Dame Football for 13 years and he did pro-football announcing for CBS in the Midwest.

The Senate approves a plan for the integration of a blocking chip in TV’s that will recognize programs, which are labeled  violent. The approval will go into the new telecommunications bill.


Music news – June 8, 1995

 Luther Campbell of the rap group 2 Live Crew files for bankruptcy in Miami. The rapper cites debts of 1.6 million and assets of less than $50 thousand. 

Last week, the Michael Jackson single debuted at #5 - the highest debut ever for a pop single - surpassing “Let It Be” by the Beatles, which debuted at #6 in 1970.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – June 8, 1995

 “Scream” - Michael Jackson, “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman” - Bryan Adams, “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” - Nick French. “Don’t Take It Personal” - Monica, “This Is How We Do It” - Montell Jordan, “Freak Like Me” - Adina Howard, “I’ll Be There For You” - Method Man, “Waterfalls’ - TLC, “I Got 5 On It” - Luniz.


Top/popular music albums – June 8, 1995

Top Albums - Pocahontas - soundtrack, Cracked Rear View - Hootie & The Blowfish, Friday-soundtrack, Forever Blue - Chris Isaak, II-Boys To Men, Poverty’s Paradise - Naughty By Nature, Mudusa - Annie Lennox, Crazysexycool - TLC, Baka Boys Thumpin’ Quick Mix - various artists.


Top movies – June 8, 1995

Casper - Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty

The Bridges Of Madison County - Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep

Die Hard With Vengeance - Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L. Jackson

Braveheart - Mel Gibson, Sophie Marleau

 Crimson Tide - Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman


Pocahantas - Premiering in Central Park



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