Dateline: Events/Week of July 22, 1995 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
The Senate votes to lift an embargo on sales of arms to participants in the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
A Croatian army force seizes key crossroads towns from rebel Serbia in cross-border fighting that the United States and NATO experts warn could ignite a wider war in the Balkans.
O.J. Simpson trial - Completing an about-face with their own witness, attorneys for O.J. Simpson accuse an FBI agent of bias toward the prosecution, while government lawyers stood up for the agent’s credibility and used him in an attempt to undermine another defense witness.
Susan Smith, who drowned her two sons last fall, and for a time, persuaded the nation they were kidnapped, is sentenced to life in prison.
Disney announces it is buying Capital Cities/ABC for $19 billion, creating the largest entertainment company in the world. The deal is subject to shareholder approval and federal antitrust review. Disney’s chairman, Michael E. Eisner will remain chairman and chief executive.
Next day - Westinghouse offers to acquire CBS for $5.4 billion. CBS agrees. The combined company will be called Westinghouse/CBS.
On the 10th day of Waco congressional hearings - Atty Gen Janet Reno vigorously defends her decision in 1993 to approve a tear-gas assault on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Tex, but conceded that, in hindsight, she would have delayed the action that ended in fiery tragedy.
Fascinating Facts – Pocahontas Movie Good For Burger King – July 27, 1995:
Burger King says its special Pocahontas kids club meals are a smash. They’re selling 8 million a week, making it Burger King’s best promotion ever (to date). McDonalds recently did a promotion related to the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” It did well, but not as well as Burger King.
Sports news – July 27, 1995 -
Doctors reveal that Mickey Mantle’s liver cancer has spread to his lungs and his prognosis looks grim.
Some Bestselling Books -
Memnoch The Devil: The Vampire Chronicles - Anne Rice
Beach Music - Pat Conroy
Rose Madder - Stephen King
Smithereens - Susan Taylor Chehak
The Rainmaker - John Grisham
The Bridges of Madison County
The Witness - Sandra Brown
New Passages: Mapping Your Life
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success - Deepac Chopra
How To Argue And Win Every Time - Gerry Spence
To Renew America - Newt Gingrich
Mars and Venus in the Bedroom - John Gray, PhD
Top video rentals- July 22, 1995
Dumb and Dumber
Interview With the Vampire
Murder in the First
Legends of the Fall
The Shawshank Redemption
Technology news - July 27, 1995
Education software - Broderbund Software Inc and Learning Co agree to merge in a deal valued at $440 million. Broderbund has long dominated the consumer educational software market with “edutainment’ products such as its living books and Carmen Sandiego series. Learning Co is best known for its more nuts-and-bolts educational products such as Reader Rabbit, Student Writing Center ad Learn to Speak foreign language titles.
AT&T says that it will offer cellular and paging services to its long-distance customers in its first major wireless expansion since it acquired McCaw Cellular Communications last September.
Radio news – July 27, 1995
Westwood One, a national syndicator, says it is introducing the MTV Radio Network, set to debut in September. The network will offer simulcasts of concert tapings including “MTV Unplugged,” special programming around events such as the “MTV Video Music Awards, daily MTV news feeds and more.
More radio news - Kato Kaelin - O.J. Simpson’s caretaker gets a shot as a talk-show host. This week, he begins a shift on KLSX-FM (97.1) in Los Angeles, as the station shifts from classic rock to all talk. It’s only FM talk station in Los Angeles. Susan Olson (Cindy of the “Brady Bunch”) also joins the lineup as a talk host. Kaelin is known as America’s most famous house guest.
Television news – July 27, 1995
The FCC gets rid of the prime-time access rule. Under the rule, network-owned stations could not show reruns of any network-owned show such as “Seinfeld” or “Roseanne. It was the time between 7p and 8p.
Sunday public affairs programming on television:
Sen. Alfonse D’Amato (R-NY) discusses the Whitewater hearings on “Evans & Novak” (CNN) ... The McLaughlin Group” discusses the issue of the Bozinian arms embargo.
Jay Leno on the movie “Waterworld” - “It takes place in the future, where 90% of the planet is covered by water, and the other 10% is covered by Starbucks.”
Trends - Power Rangers are sliding in sales. Once considered the hottest licensed property, distributors and suppliers say they’re selling 50% less “Power Ranger” product. Another video just came out - “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Forever Friends.”
TNN (The Nashville Network) says its flagship prime-time program “Music City Tonight” will get a total face-lift including a new name and host. Also, the channel says it is cutting back on music videos. Instead, you’ll see sports and outdoor-themed shows.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – July 27, 1995
Friends - 17.1
Seinfeld - 14.0
ER - 13.8
Home Improvement - 13.1
PrimeTime Live - 13.0
Dateline NBC (Tues) - 11.7
Murphy Brown - 11.7
Movie - There Was a Little Boy - 11.6
Cybill - 11.4
Roseanne - 11.4
Grace Under Fire - 112
Coach - 11.1
60 Minutes - 10.6
Dave’s World - 10.5
Movie - Leave of Absence - 10.5
The Nanny - 10.2
Frasier - 9.9
John Laroquette Show - 9.5
Hope & Gloria - 9.4
NYPD Blue - 9.2
America’s Funniest Home Videos - 9.1
Chicago Hope - 9.1
Monday Night Television listings/TV guide – July 27, 1995
CBS - The Nanny, Dave’s World, Murphy Brown, Cybill, Chicago Hope, Late Night With David Letterman
NBC - Fresh Prince of Bel Air, In The House, Movie, Tonight Show With Jay Leno
ABC - Off Camera With Dean Cain, Movie
Fox - Encounters, The Hidden Truth, The Great Defender
PBS - Clive James’ Postcards, Battlefield, Charlie Rose
A&E - Lovejoy, Law & Order, Biography-Marilyn Monroe, Sherlock Holmes,
CNBS - Real Personal, O.J. Simpson, Rivera Live, Charles Grodin
Nick at Nite - The Munsters (all prime time)
TNN (The Nashville Network) - Country News, Club Dance with Shelley Mangrum, At The Ryman-Pam Tillis, Music City Tonight.
Music news – July 27, 1995
Michael Jackson video “You Are Not Alone” premieres simultaneously on ABC, MTV and BET. A revealing shot of Jackson floating naked in the water when producer’s discovered his anatomy was visible in the water - they quickly had to change things.
“The Box” - the first and only interactive all-video music network, celebrates 10 years. The channel actually began in Miami and did a national rollout some 5 years ago. Today, it can be seen in some 20 million households in 50 markets in the U.S, U.K. and Puerto Rico. Music clip requests cost between 99 cents and $3.
Controversial singer Courtney Love ends her set midway through her Lollapalooza show in Pittsburgh. The reason? A fan threw a shotgun casing onto the stage. Love’s husband Kurt Cobain used a shotgun to killing himself last year.
Diana Ross will begin her first nationwide concert tour in more than four years.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – July 27, 1995
Kiss From A Rose (From Batman Forever) - Seal
Bombastic/In The Summertime - Shaggy
Waterfalls - TLC
One More Chance/The What - The Notorious B.I.G.
Run Around - Blues Traveler
Water Runs Dry - Boyz II Men
I Can Love You Like That - All-4-One
Have Your Ever Really Loved A Woman? - Bryan Adams
Colors of the Wind (From Pocahontas) - Vanessa Williams
Scream Childhood (From Free Willy) - Michael & Janet Jackson
Let Her Cry - Hootie & The Blowfish
Freek ‘N You - Jodeci
Someone To Love - Jon B with Babyface
Every Little Thing I Do - Soul For Real
I’ll Be There For You - The Rembrandts
I Know - Dione Farris
I Believe - Blessid Union Of Souls
In The House of Stone and Light - Martin Page
Believe - Elton John
Hold On - Jamie Walters
Made In England - Elton John
Top music abums – July 27, 1995
CrazySexyCool - TLC
Cracked Rear View - Hootie & The Blowfish
Batman Forever - soundtrack
History, Past, Present and Future Book 1 - Michael Jackson
Pocahontas - soundtrack
Throwing Copper - Live A
The Woman In Me - Shania Twain
John Michael Montgomery
The Hits - Garth Brooks
Astro Creep: 200 Songs of Live, Destruction - White Zombie
Mirror Ball - Neil Young
More top/popular music albums – July 27, 1995
II - Boyz II Men
Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morrissette
These Days - Bon Jovi
Friday - soundtrack
Pulse - Pink Floyd
Under The Table and Dreaming - Dave Mathews Band
Tigerlily - Natalie Merchant
Let Your Dim Light Shine - Sour Asylum
This Is How We Do It - Montell Jordan
Tales From The Punch Bowl - Primus
And The Music Speaks - All-4-One
Me Against The World - 2Pac
Operation Stackola - Luniz
Poverty’s Paradise -Naughty By Nature
Hell Freezes Over - The Eagles
Candy Rain - Soul For Real
Medusa - Annie Lennox
No Need To Argue - The Cranberries
Dookie - Green Day
Forever Blue - Chris Isaak
Another Night - Real McCoy
Head Over Heels - Paula Abdul
Boombastic - Shaggy
Hot MTV Video Rotation – July 27, 1995
Waterfalls - T.L.C.
Feel Me Flow - Naughty By Nature
More Human Than Human - White Zombie
Leaver Virginia Alone - Rod Stewart
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me - U2
I Wish - Shee-Le
You Aughta Know - Alanis Morissette
Only Wanna Be With You - Hootie & The Blowfish
Run Around - Blues Traveler
Top Jazz albums – July 27, 1995
Incognito - 100 Degrees & Rising
Sax On The Beach - John Tesh Project
Power Forward - Wayman Tisdale
We Live Here - Pat Metheny Group
Pure Pleasure - Phil Perry
Larry & Lee - Lee Ritenour & Larry Carlton
Power Forward - Wayman Tisdale
Tales - Marcus Miller
Love & Other Obsessions - Spyro Gyra
Top country hit singles – July 27, 1995
And Still - Reba Mcentire
You Better Think Twice - Vince Gill
Any Man of Mine - Shania Twain
Party Crowd - Dave Lee Murphy
Sold - John Michael Montgomery
A Little Bit of You - Lee Roy Parnell
Bobbie Ann Manson - Rick Trevino
You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone - Brooks & Dunn
I Didn’t Know My Own Strength - Lorrie Morgan
They’re Playin’ Our Song - Neal Mccoy
Top movies – July 27, 1995
Waterworld - Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Tina Majorino, Michael Jeter
The Net - Sandra Bullock, Dennis Miller, Jeremy Northam
Apollo 13 - Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon
Clueless - Alicia Silverstone
Nine Months - Hugh Grant, Julianne Moore
Operation Dumbo Drop - Danny Glover, Ray Liotta, Denis Leary, Doug E. Doug. Corin Nemec
Under Siege 2
Free Willy 2
Species - Ben Kinglsey, Michael Madsen
First Knight - Sean Connery, Richard Gere