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


In The News

O.J. trial update – A set of audiotaped interviews with former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman “explodes” the trial, forcing judge Ito to send the issue to another court. The trial is at risk of disintegrating say some. The tapes include dozens of inflammatory comments by Fuhrman, who derides women and minorities and boasts of beating suspects and manufacturing evidence.

Two of President Clinton’s former business partners and Gov. Tucker, the man who succeeded him as governor of Arkansas, are indicted on multiple fraud and conspiracy charges related to failures of an Arkansas savings and loan and a small federally backed lending agency.

The United States is rushing a brigade of 1,400 troops to Kuwait for military exercises as a reinforced warning to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. 

Three senior U.S. officials including the American diplomat involved in negotiating and end to the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina are killed in an accident as they traveled to the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo with a new peace plan. 

President Clinton celebrates his 49th birthday at Jackson Hole, WY. 

President Clinton hails the life prison sentence given to the first man convicted under the federal government’s “three strikes” law.

Rep. Mel Reynolds testifies at his trial that he had sexually explicit phone conversations with an underage campaign worker, but “not one time ever in my life” did I sex with her. 


Sports news – August 15, 1995

Las Vegas - After 89 seconds in the first round, Mike Tyson knocks Peter McNeeley down for the second time and the fight is over. No one was happy. Tyson will get $25 million. It was his first bout since being released from an Indiana prison.

Tennis… Monica Sales returns to Toronto with a victory over Kimberly Po in the second round of the du Maurier Ltd. Canadian Open.  


Technology news – August 15, 1995

Windows 95 Released

Microsoft releases Windows 95 with much fanfare. It is being touted as an extraordinary development for the industry and promises to enhance the computing experience for professionals and novices. The company is using ads featuring the Rolling Stones and their song, “Start Me Up.” You can see them for the first time on Seinfeld. It effectively ends the group’s ban on selling their song to advertisers. Bill Gates thought the song was perfect, because the new software features an on-screen “start” button to launch programs. Also, Microsoft has produced an infomercial with ER’s Anthony Edwards.

Internet search improves as Yahoo gets a face-lift, boasting some new categories. It now allows searches from the main page. Infoseek is expanding the searches it will perform for free. 


Entertainment news – August 15, 1995

Walt Disney Co. hires super agent Michael Ovitz to the No. 2 post – just under Michael Eisner.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – August 15, 1995

Friends – 16.1

Seinfeld – 14.1

ER – 13.8

Home Improvement – 13.1

Coach – 12.2

Ellen – 11.9

PrimeTime Live – 11.5

Grace Under Fire – 11.4

20/20 – 11.4

Murphy Brown – 11.3

Murder, She Wrote – 11.2

Cybill – 11.1

Dateline NBC (Tue.) – 10.7

Dave’s World – 10.7

 America’s Funniest Home Videos – 10.2

60 Minutes – 10.1

Hope & Gloria – 9.8

The Nanny – 9.8

Roseanne – 9.8

Movie-Joe Versus the Volcano – 9.7

Frasier – 9.7

NYPD Blue – 9.7


Friday night television listings/TV guide – week of August 15, 1995

CBS – Love & War, Women of the House, Movie, Late Show

NBC – Unsolved Mysteries, Dateline NBC, Homicide: Life on the Street, Tonight Show

ABC – Family Matters, Boy Meets World, Step by Step, Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper

Fox - Cops, Cops, Married With Children, Married With Children

PBS – Washington Week, Wall Street Week, Kitaro: An Enchanted Evening

MTV – Best of the 90’s, The Real World


On Unsolved Mysteries – A psychic identifies a victims’ grandson as a murderer.

On Married With Children #2 – Kelly enters a pageant sponsored by a hot dog company. 


Television news – August 15, 1995

Low ratings - WNBC-TV New York drops the Phil Donahue Show. New York is where the show is taped, so it won’t be seen in the area (unless another station picks it up). It’s the second major market to dump the show. Donahue still airs on 185 stations.

Passing – John Cameron Swayze (89) – TV newscasting pioneer. Best-known for his Timex commercials with ads showing the watches being subjected to various kinds of abuse, always intact. 


Music news – August 15, 1995

Bobby Brown is cited for battery at West Hollywood’s Le Montrose Suite Hotel for allegedly kicking a security guard who responded to complaints from other guests about a noisy party in Brown’s room.

With the death of Jerry Garcia last week, videotape sales of the band’s first concert film, 1979’s“The Grateful Dead Movie,” are soaring.

Monsters of Rock in Latin America – Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Faith No More and Megadeth. It all begins August 26 at the amphitheater in Monterrey, Mexico.

Looks like a monster hit – Los Del Mar’s rendition of “Macarena,” a recent No. 1 hit in Canada, is picked up for distribution in the U.S. Los Del Mar are Miami-based studio musicians. KIIS-FM Los Angeles has added the tune, rotating it with the English-language version by the Bayside Boys.


Radio news – August 15, 1995

Passing – J.P. McCarthy – WJR (Detroit) morning man for some 30 years. 

When in New York, check out afternoons at WPLJ/95.5. At 4, it’s the Rocky Allen Showgram. It’s a morning show in afternoon drive.

Modern rock stations say they don’t have the morning ratings because their audience tends to tune in later. Says program director Mike Halloran of XTRA-FM (91X) – ‘We’ve been doing modern rock for 14 years and mornings have always been a major, major problem.” “You name it, we’ve tried it: all-request, music intensive and creating our own (morning) team.”


Top music albums -  August 15, 1995

Cracked Rear View – Hootie & The Blowfish

 E 1999 eternal – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Dreaming of You – Selena

Only Built 4 Cuban Linx – Raekwon Guest Starring Tony Starks

CrazySexyCool – TLC

Barometer – Soup

The Show, The After Party, The Hotel – Jodeci

The Woman In Me – Shania Twain

Pocahontas – Soundtrack

Batman Forever – Soundtrack

Games Rednecks Play – Jeff Foxworthy

Four – Blues Traveler

History, Past, Present and Future Book – Michael Jackson

Tigerlily – Natalie Merchant

John Michael Montgomery – John Michael Montgomery


Top pop hit music singles(top-40)  - August 15, 1995

Seal – Kiss From A Rose

TLC – Waterfalls

One More Chance/Stay With me – Notorious B.I.G.

Boombastic/In the Summertime – Shaggy

Run Around – Blues Traveler

Don’t Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days) – Monica

I Can Love You Like That – All-4-One

Colors Of The Wind – Vanessa Williams

Water Runs Dry – Boyz II Men

He’s Mine – Mokenstef

I Got 5 On it – Luniz

Someone To Love – Jon B. Featuring Babyface

I Wish – Skee-Lo

Player’s Anthem – Junior M.A.F.I.A.

Only Wanna Be With You – Hootie & The Blowfish

Freek ‘N You – Jodeci

Come And Get Your Love – Real McCoy

This Ain’t A Love Song – Bon Jovi


Top hit music singles in Britain – August 15, 1995

Boom Boom Boom – Outhere Brothers

Never Forget – Take That

Kiss From A Rose/I’m Alive – Seal

So Good – Boyzone

I’m Only Sleeping/Off On Holiday – Suggs

Shy Guy – Diana King

Alright/Time – Supergrass

Try me Out – Corona

Waterfalls – TLC

Don’t You Want Me – Felix

Girl From mars – Ash

Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me – U2


Top movies – August 15, 1995

Dangerous Minds

A Walk In The Clouds


Something to Talk About


The Net

Apollo 13


A Kid In King Arthur’s court


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