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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



Drop Zone

Little Women

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

20/20 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

Collective Soul

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

Foo Fighters

Tales From The Punch Bowl - Primus

And The Music Speaks - All-4-One

The Rebrandts


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

Urban knights

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

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