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


In The News

The Croatian government declares victory to a 3 day offensive against secessionist Krajina Serbs.

House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) warned that the Republicans may be going too far in trying to end affirmative action programs and that they should spend more time reaching out to black voters who may believe it’s a signal for the return policies of segregation.

President Clinton says the U.S. will seek a worldwide ban on nuclear tests, but Russia and China still want the right to experiment.

A Federal Grand Jury indicts three on the Oklahoma City bombing. Timothy J. McVeigh and Terry L. Nichols, the principal conspirators – may get the death penalty. The third – Michael Fortier, plead guilty to four limited counts in another court. 

President Boris N. Yeltsin is back at work – after suffering a heart attack a month ago. He called to Serbs and Croats to hold peace talks in Moscow. 

President Clinton wants to place smoking limits on teenagers – but Congress and the tobacco industry don’t like it.

Lt. Gen. Hussein Kamel Majid, the architect of Iraq’s war machine – who defected to Jordan – calls for the ouster of Saddam Hussein. He said he fled because he couldn’t reverse Iraq’s decline.

FBI Director Louis Freeh suspends former Deputy Director Larry Potts and three other FBI managers after learning that they are suspected of perjury and making false statements about a 1992 siege in which a white separatist’ wife was killed by an FBI sharpshooter in Idaho.

The new commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Charles Krulak, says women are important to the success of his force, but have no place in ground combat.

In NY - Dr. David Benjamin, whose botched abortion caused a patient to bleed to death, was convicted of murder.

Marlboro Lights begin warning ads on its cigarettes – to underage smoking.

General Motors say it will spin off Electronic data Systems – its computer service subsidiary.

Balkan conflict - BBC journalist John Schofield – dies from a single bullet to the neck when Croatian forces opened fire.

May Department Stores Inc. emerge as the winner in their bid at Bankruptcy Court for the Woodward & Lothrop and John Wanamaker chains – two of the oldest names in retailing. 


Sports news – August 8, 1995

Passing – All-time baseball great Mickey Mantle dies of cancer at the age of 63.

The Basketball season is on – as the NBA and the Players Union strike a deal. But, the players still need to ratify. 


Technology news – August 8, 1995

Another hot public offering – Netscape this week! Interest is so high that the underwriters nearly doubled the asking price on the issue to $24 a share, then raised it to $28 that compares to a target price of $12 to $14 a share.  Netscape – an Internet browser – has had only two quarters of operating revenues.

Apple unveils three Power Macs that are lower in price. The Power Macintosh 7200, 7500 and 8500 will sell in the range of $1,700 to $4.700.

Netscape’s $28 IPO offering turns into $74 – then retreats to $58.25 during its first day of trading.  

The Internet Multicasting Service in Washington – a non-profit group – will end its experiment that offered free Internet access t valuable corporate records. The project distributed corporate filings to the SEC and the patent and Trademark Office.


Radio news – August 8, 1995

Radio station KXEZ Los Angeles, pulls a TV spot featuring prostitute Divine Brown saying how “Easy 100.3 is the perfect radio station to listen to – while you work.”  She contended that was that station she and actor Hugh Grant were listening to – in the car – before they got busted.


Music news – August 8, 1995

Jerry Garcia Dead

Grateful Dead founder Jerry Garcia is dead – just a week after his 53rd birthday. He died of a heart attack while under treatment at a drug rehabilitation facility in Novato (Ca.) where he was attempting to end his heroin habit.

Private funeral for Gerry Garcia – His casket was open and he was in his signature black T and black sweats. In Washington, President Clinton expressed hope Garcia’s death would help steer young people away from “self-destructive behavior” like drug abuse.

Peter Criss, former drummer of KISS, is arrested after a handgun is found in his luggage at Kennedy International.


Top music albums – August 8, 1995

Hot albums this week –

E. 1999 Eternal  - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Dreaming of You – Selena

Cracked Rear View – Hootie & The Blowfish

Barometer Soup – Jimmy Buffett

HIStory – Michael Jackson

Crazysexycool – TLC

Seal (94) – Seal

Pocahontas – soundtrack

Woman in Me – Shania Twain

Dangerous Minds – Soundtrack


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – August 8, 1995

Divine Brown is now in a lingerie commercial that will air in Brazil. She was the prostitute arrested with actor Hugh Grant in Hollywood.

Actress and comedian Roseanne Barr gives birth to a boy. She’s married to former bodyguard Ben Thomas. She has four other children. 

Alicia Silverstone – only 18 – signs a $10 million/three picture deal with Columbia Pictures. 

Shaun Cassidy will be producing a new show for CBS – “American Gothic” starring Gary Cole as Sheriff Lucas Buck.

 B-Movie director Al Adamson is found murdered and buried at his home near Palm Springs. Police arrested an independent contractor who had been living in the house while remodeling it.


Television news – August 8, 1995

New show on MTV – “Aeon Flux” – a pullout from the channel’s “Liquid Television” animated series. The cartoon is set in the future. The cartoon star “Aeon Flux” – battles evil and her close friend is Trevor.

“Saturday Night Live” will add Nancy Walls and David Koechner from Chicago’s “Second City” troupe.

 John F. Kennedy Jr. will appear on an episode of “Murphy Brown” on Sept. 18. Kennedy launches his “George” magazine on Sept 26. He plays himself on assignment for George (plug, plug).

Don’t miss “20 Years of Comedy” on HBO this weekend with Robin Williams, Robert Klein, George Carlin, Bret Butler, Jim Carrey and Damon Wayans.

It’s the 8th annual “Shark Week” on The Discovery Channel.

NBC will pay $1.25 billion for the U.S. TV rights to the 2000 Summer Olympics at Sydney and the 2002 Winter Olympics at Salt Lake City.


Top movies – August 8, 1995

Something to Talk About



The Net

Apollo 13


Nine Months

Operation Dumbo Drop


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