Dateline: Events/Week of July 15, 1995 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Iraq releases two Americans who were being held for crossing its border.
Bosnian Serbs attack the Muslim area of Zepa and detained Ukrainian U.N. peacekeepers and threatened to kill them if NATO warplanes appear.
Bosnia - Zepa – is known as the safe area, but residents are panicked with besieged U.N. posts and they plead for help.
The House approves legislation to slash spending for the National endowments for the arts and Humanities by 40%.
Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama apologizes to all women who were forced into prostitution to serve Japan’s armed forces during his nation’s warfare decades ago in Asia.
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin cancels a state visit to Norway and all other activities to stay in the hospital and continue recovering from heart trouble.
The Bosnian Serb army pushes ahead in its takeover of a second U.N. designated “safe area” as it marches into the town of Zepa. The town was deserted as Muslim men, woman, children and government soldiers fled in advance of the enemy troops.
A 16-nation conference backs Washington’s plan to take “substantial and decisive action” if Bosnian Serb forces attack the “safe area” of Gorazde in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Secretary of State Warren Christopher says “These will be significant attacks on significant targets - no more pinprick strikes.”
A jury brushes aside contentions of mental illness and finds Susan Smith (23) guilty of first-degree murder in the drowning deaths of her two sons. The jury will now consider whether to sentence Smith to life in prison or death in the electric chair.
The University of California regents takes a historic step, abolishing race-based preferences in student’s admission, hiring and contracting - effectively ending its Affirmative Action program. Jesse Jackson spoke out loudly and clearly about the move saying the action “will have a negative impact across the country” and that “California casts a long shadow or a long sunbeam. This is a long shadow.”
After a six-month study of preference programs for woman and minorities, President Clinton declares that affirmative action has been “good for America” and urged the nation to “mend it, not end it.” He asserted that the 25 year-old systems retains its value in spite of correcting historic wrongs and helping expand an economy that increasingly depends on minorities and woman.
O.J Simpson trial - Defense attorneys elicit testimony from Fredric Rieders - a nationally renowned scientist who said traces of a preservative known as EDTA turned up in blood stains found on a sock in Simpson’s bedroom and on a gate near the scene of the crimes. EDTA is used by the Los Angeles Police Department and the county coroner’s office to keep blood from coagulating after it’s exposed. Simpson’s lawyers have suggested that the evidence was planted.
Best-selling books – July 15, 1995
Rose Madder - Stephen King
Beach Music - Pat Conroy
The Apocalypse Watch - Robert Ludlum
The Rainmakers - John Grisham
The Bridges of Madison County - Robert James Waller
New Passages: Mapping Your Life Across Time - Gail Sheehy
The Seven Spiritual Laws Of Success - Deepak Chopra
How To Argue And Win Every Time - Gerry Spence
To Renew America - Newt Gingrich
Fast Food Restaurants – Most Popular – July 15, 1995
Burger King says that their “Pocahontas” promotion, based on the Walt Disney Co film is its most successful ever, surpassing last summer’s “Lion King” movie tie-in. Analysts say Burger King’s sales have been up 5% since spring, while McDonald’s are up at 2.5%.
The Burger market as it looked by the end of 1994:
McDonalds - 45%
Burger King - 18.5%
Wendy’s - 12%
Hardee’s - 10%
Jack In The Box - 3%
Carl’s Jr. - 1.7%
Other - 9.8%
Business/Media News – Gannett Buys More Newspapers – July 15, 1995
Gannett Co. emerges as the winner in the five-month auction of newspaper and television company Multimedia Inc - offering 1.7 billion in cash. Multimedia owns five network-affiliated TV stations in St Louis, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Knoxville and Macon, GA as well as two radio stations. Gannett also gets into the cable business for the first time. Multimedia has 450 thousand subscribers in Oklahoma, North Carolina and Kansas. Multimedia is well known for its national talk shows - The Phil Donahue Show, Sally Jesse Rapheal, The Rush Limbaugh television show and Jerry Springer. Gannett beat out a group of interested parties including NBC.
In a move to slash its $10 billion debt in wake of last year’s acquisitions of Paramount Communications and Blockbuster Entertainment Corp - Viacom reaches an agreement to spin off its cable operations to Tele-Communications Inc (TCI) in a deal valued at $2.25 billion.
Euro Disney posts its first quarterly profit since it opened 3 years ago - a clear sign of a turnaround. Euro Disney SCA said it earned $35.2 million for the third quarter ended June 30. That’s a contrast with a loss last year of $113 million for the same period.
Technology news – July 15, 1995
800 numbers – ever-so-popular are going fast. Still, about 500,000 are available and soon, technology will recognize the prefix 888 for toll-free numbers. Look for that next April!
With the just-released new version of “Windows” - “Windows-95,” Microsoft says the future for the company looks good. But, at a Washington press conference, the chief executives of America Online, CompuServe and Prodigy release copies of a one-page letter they sent to Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, criticizing Microsoft’s arrangement, which only includes its on-line offering in the Windows 95 operating system. They said they would appeal to Congressional leaders to support a Justice Department investigation of the software giant’s proposed on-line service. Microsoft says it is expecting to sell 30 million copies of “Windows 95” by the end of the year.
Hewlett Packard 6100 Computer System - $1,699.97
540MB hard drive
Dual speed CD-ROM drive
1MB video Ram
14” (13.1” viewable) .39dp monitor
14,400 bps fax/modem
256KB secondary cache memory
16 bit sound card
Amplified stereo speakers
Entertainment /Celebrity news – July 15 1995
Courtney Love - lead singer of the band “Hole,” is ordered to appear in court in Ephrata, Washington state to face allegations that she punched Kathleen Hanna - a group member of the band Bikini Kill in the face. The allegation was said to have taken place at the inaugural Lollapolooza ‘95 concert.
Tom Hanks says his next movie project is something he wrote, would star in and direct. The working titles are “Untitled 1964” or “That Thing You Do.” The movie’s plot line is being withheld, but it’s about a rock band in the 1960’s.
In a videotaped testimony - actor Charlie Sheen said he had ordered call girls from Heidi Fleiss (The Hollywood Madam) at least 27 times. He said the money, totaling more than $50 thousand was for sexual services, “heterosexual” services. Fleiss, who was convicted late last year in California state court on charges of felony pandering, is now being tried in U.S. District Court on federal charges of tax evasion and money laundering.
Top pop music hit singles(top-40) – July 15, 1995
I got 5 On it –Luntz
One More Chance – Notorious B.I.G.
Waterfalls – TLC
Don’t take It Personal – Monica
Every Little Thing I Do – Soul IV Real
Freek ‘N You - Jodeci
Scream – Michael Jackson
Total Eclipse – Nick French
Someone To Love – Jon. B.
He’s Mine - Mokenstef
Music news – July 15, 1995
Sinead O’Connor drops off the Lollapalooza ’95 tour because she is pregnant.
Cindy Wilson is back with the B-52’s.
Female rap trio TLC files for bankruptcy protection – the first time we’ve heard a group has filed for BK protection.
Two men are arrested I New York after taking Queen Latifah’s MBW after shooting and wounding her bodyguard. The Queen and a friend, also in the car, were not hurt.
MTV is launching some on-line shows. Look for “MTV Prime Time On-Line” each night. They’ll be hosted by MTV veejay Kennedy.
Rock and Roll - The rights to Jimi Hendrix songs are returned to his father - James Al Hendrix (76) and sole heir to his estate. Mr. Hendrix agrees to drop a 2-year old fraud lawsuit against Leo Branton Jr. - a prominent Los Angeles civil rights attorney whom the father had accused of selling the rights to the late star’s catalogue without his consent. Worldwide sales of Jimi Hendrix albums generate in excess of $3 million a year in royalties. Add merchandising and other paraphernalia and that’s another $1 million. The elder Hendrix has been paid less than $2 million in the past 20 years.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – July 15, 1995
Friends – 15.8
Seinfeld – 14.3
All-Star Baseball game – 13.9
ER – 13.7
PrimeTime Live – 12.6
Home Improvement – 12.0
Grace Under fire – 11.9
Movie-regarding Henry – 11.9
War of the Roses – 11.8
Roseanne – 11.5
60 Minutes – 11.5
Ellen – 11.4
Dateline NBC (Tue.) – 10.9
Frasier – 10.4
America’s funniest Videos – 10.1
John Larroquette Show 10.
Murder, She Wrote – 10.0
Television news – July 15, 1995
Kelly Martin signs an exclusive agreement with NBC for series and movies.
Jay Leno earns its first weekly win over David Letterman – 5.5 compared to a 4.7 for Letterman.
Actor Larry Hagman (63) who became a TV legend for his portrayal as “J.R. Ewing” on “Dallas” and Tony Nelson on “I Dream of Jeannie” has a cancerous tumor on his liver and will need a transplant. He has been put on a national waiting list for a donor liver.
“Northern Exposure” has its last original broadcast on CBS this week. The ratings have gone down considerably since the anticlimactic departure of Dr Joel Fleishman in February.
The CNBC talk talent now includes this lineup: criminal defense attorney Gerry Spense, former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, Gerald Rivera with a series targeting the O.J. Simpson trial, Tim Russert of “Meet the Press”; conservative Cal Thomas, sex-talk specialist Bob Berkowitz, veteran talk-meister and humorist Dick Cavett, actor Charles Grodin and Mary Matalin - deputy campaign manager for former President George Bush.
Passing – Actor Harry Guardino (69).
Top movies – July 15, 1995
Apollo 13 - Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, Kathleen Quinlan
Clueless - - Alicia Silverstone
Nine Months - Hugh Grant, Julianne Moore, Tom Arnold, Joan Cusack, Jeff Goldblum, Robin Williams
Under Siege 2 - Steven Seagal, Eric Bogosian, Katherine Heigl, Morris Chestnut
Species - Ben Kingley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker
Free Willy 2 - August Schellenberg, Jayne Atkinson, Jon Tenny, Elizabeth Pena, Michael Madsen
The Indian in the Cupboard - Hal Scardino, Litefoot, Lindsay Crouse
First Knight - Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Julia Ormond
Batman Forever - Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones