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Dateline: Events/Week of June 15, 1995 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Bosnia officials are talking openly and enthusiastically about high-risk plans to break the 38-month siege of devastated Sarajevo.

Russian troops storm a hospital where Chechen rebels had taken 2,000 captive and freeing some.

Bosnia-Herzegovina – Bosnian Serb rebels release the last of their U.N. captives.

Prime Minister Viktor S. Chernomyrdin and the Chechen separatist commander whose rebels are holding hundreds of men, women and children hostage in a hospital – agree to release the captives and Russia will halt its military activity in Chechnya.

The House approves a Republican-crafted defense bill of $267.3 billion that boosts pentagon spending by a hefty $9.5 billion next year of what President Clinton has requested.

The Justice department erases “John Doe No. 2” as a suspect in the Oklahoma City bombing.

O.J. Simpson trial – as prosecutors ask him to put on the frayed, bloodied leather gloves that prosecutors say he wore to murder Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman. But the defense was all smiles – when it seemed, the gloves were a little small as Simpson wrestled with putting them on.


Sports news – June 15, 1995

The Orlando Magic defeat Houston to become repeat NBA champs. Hakeem Olajuwon is named MVP.


Technology news – June 15, 1995

IBM shows of its first personal computers to be based on the Power PC chip and said the next versions, due next year, will be able to run the operating software of Apple Computer’s Macintosh.

The Senate approves a measure that would curb transmission of indecent material over the Internet and restrict children’s access to on-line computer services.

Look out – The video laser disc – a 12-inch disc that offers great resolution and sound – may have its days numbered. Lurking is the new DVD – a format that is due to debut next year. The disc is about the size of an audio CD. The laser-disc format is in nearly 2 million U.S. homes, but has never caught on from a mass-media perspective. 


Entertainment /Celebrity/Movie news – June 15, 1995

Basketball great Michael Jordan will make his big screen debut. He’ll co-star with Bugs Bunny in a live-action/animation movie to be released next year.

Paramount announces it has closed a deal with “Forrest Gump” author Winston Groom for the movie rights to his new novel, “Gump & Co.” which spans the years from 1980 to the present.


Music News – June 15, 1995

Michael Jackson Event/News Update

Jewish leaders condemn Michael Jackson’s use of anti-Semitic terms in a new song “They Don’t Care About Us.” In the song – he uses the terms Jew me and kike. The song appears on the new album “HIStory.”

Michael Jackson and his wife, Lisa Marie Presley-Jackson appear on “PrimeTime Live and are interviewed by Diane Sawyer. Jackson talked about the controversial song and expressed shock that he could be perceived as anti-Semitic.

Michael Jackson’s History Album - Music fans lined up at record stores to get a copy of Michael Jackson’s “HIStory” album – released this week.  The albums features 30 songs “150 minutes of music” – 15 greatest hits digitally remastered plus – 15 brand new songs!

Michael mania on MTV this week – The channel is showing concerts and videos featuring Jackson each night in prime time. Also, MTV airs Jackson’s new video, “Scream.” 

Pearl Jam is back to using Tickemaster Update– June 15, 1995:

Following 14 months in their crusade against Ticketmaster, rockers Pearl Jam throw in the towel, and the ticket agency will be involved with two concerts in San Diego.

Rap singer Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace) is arrested in New Jersey after he performed in a Concord Township nightclub He is wanted by police in Camden on robbery and aggravated assault charges. His “One More Chance” is in the top 5 this week.

Rapper Warren G. has a new line of clothing – G Funk Clothing. It’s a line of sportswear due in department store this fall. 

Natalie Mercant from 10,000 Maniacs has here first solo album out “Tigerlily,”

It’s so catchy – the Rembrandts “I’ll Be there for You” – the theme to NBC’s successful “Friends.”

Despite all the hype with Michael Jackson, his single and his new album – his new single, “Scream” hits #3 in its debut. It’s outdone by Notorious B.I.G. and “One More Time.” Jackson’s “HIStory” album is in the top 10.

Some top-40 stations are playing “I Could Fall In Love” by the late Selena. An album, “Dreaming Of You” will be released July 18. It’s the first time Selena has had this much top-40 airplay.

Country singer Ty Herndon is arrested, allegedly after exposing himself to a police officer. He was charged with indecent exposure and possession of methamphetamines in Ft. Worth. 

Rapper Tupac Shakur is confined to his cell in Dannemora, NY for 23 hours a day after a prison guard caught a whiff of marijuana near the cell. He’s serving 1 ½ to 4 ½ years behind bars for sexually abusing a woman in a New York, City hotel room.

Four of Michael Jackson’s ex-guards are in court and the claim they were fired because then new about his alleged trysts – his comings and goings along with young boys over a period of years.


Television news – June 15, 1995

TV Guide reports that Oprah Winfrey has signed a deal with ABC to produce six TV movies – under the umbrella of “Oprah Winfrey Presents.”

“Friends” – the popular NBC sitcom is spawning movie stars? David Schwimmer is working on the movie “The pallbearer” and Matt LeBlanc is filming the movie “Ed.”


Top TV Shows/Ratings – June 15, 1995

PrimeTime Live – 25.9

NBA Finals – Game 4 (NBC) – 14.9

Friends – 14.2

Roseanne – 13.9

ER – 13.4

Seinfeld – 13.4

Grace Under Fire – 12.3

Home Improvement – 12.2

20/20 – 11.5

Coach – 11.4

Dateline NBC – 10.7

60 Minutes – 10.4

Murder, She Wrote – 10.2

Cybill – 9.9

Murphy Brown – 9.9


Top movies – June 15, 1995

 “Batman Forever” does $52.8 million its first week. Other top movies this week:



Bridges of Madison County

Die Hard with a Vengeance


Crimson Tide


Forget Paris

While You Were Sleeping

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