Dateline: Events/Week of September 29, 1995 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Lawyers on both sides of the O.J. Simpson murder trial relinquish their case to the jury. Superior Court Judge Lance Ito delivered a final batch of instructions and asked them to buzz his courtroom three times when the group had selected a foreman or forewoman.
Less than a day after beginning deliberations - a stunning announcement that the jury has reached a verdict in the O.J. Simpson murder trial echoes through the media. The verdicts are sealed and will be read the following morning.
The verdicts are read and after 474 days, O.J. Simpson is acquitted of two counts of murder. Simpson returns to his Brentwood estate where friends and family celebrate. In a statement read by his eldest son, Simpson said - “I am relieved that his part of the incredible nightmare that occurred on June 12, 1994 is over with. My first obligation is to my young children who will be raised in the way that Nicole and I had always planned.” “I only hope someday that - despite every prejudicial thing that has been said about me publicly, both in and out of the courtroom - people will come to understand and believe that I would not, could not and did not kill anyone.”
O.J. Simpson makes a brief call to Larry King on his CNN talkshow, telling listeners that it was he who was the “shadowy figure” that limo driver Allan Park saw outside his home the night of the double murders. He also criticized prosecutors, commentators and legal analysts for promoting “misconceptions” about the trial testimony.
Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman (who is blind) and nine others are found guilty as the largest terrorism trial in the nation’s history comes to an end. Prosecutors charged that the sheik led an organization aimed at waging a holy war against the U.S. because he considered it an enemy of Islam and wanted to change the policies in the mideast. Targeted by the sheik for bombings were the U.N headquarters, the FBI field office in Manhattan and the Holland and Lincoln tunnels which link Manhattan with New Jersey. Sheid Rahman faces life in prison without parole for plotting to assassinate Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
President Clinton announces that the parties in the Bosnian civil war agree to a cease-fire and would meet in the United States in three weeks to seek a permanent armistice.
Pope John Paul II speaks before a crowd of 83,000 at Giant Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. He urged America not to shut its gates to immigrants, but welcome “the stranger.”
Hurricane Opal - the second costliest hurricane in Florida history (so far) - blows itself out, leaving 15 dead in four states, at least 1,100 homes flattened and 2 million without power.
Even with the proliferation of Espresso bars - coffee consumption falls to its lowest level in a generation. Americans drank an average of 1.7 cups per day last winter, compared to 1.9 cups two years ago - according to the National Coffee Assn. Market watchers think there is a trend towards sweeter beverages. Also, the higher price for specialty coffees could be a factor.
Passing - Edward Lowe (75) - invented kitty litter and the Tidy Cat brand in 1947.
Technology news – September 29, 1995
Disk-drive makers Seagate Technology Inc and Conner Peripherals agree to merge in a stock swap valued at nearly $1 billion. The merged companies will create the world’s largest independent maker of disk drives with revenue of $7 billion and a third of the market.
Sports news – September 29, 1995
Albert Belle of the Cleveland Indians becomes the 12th player in major league history to hit 50 home runs in a season.
Radio news – September 29, 1995
Howard Stern’s syndicated morning show is dumped again in Chicago - this time by WCKG-Fm (105.9) The station said it had become “philosophically uncomfortable with some of Howard’s on-air content.” The show had been airing since March. The Stern show was moving up in the ratings, but still wasn’t beating his largest competitor in Chicago - Mancow Miller.
More Howard Stern News - The Dick Clark Film Group announces plans to produce a feature movie based on Howard Stern sidekick Robin Quivers’ book “Quivers, A Life.” The book is about Quivers pairing as a “big sister” to a disadvantaged girl who is white.
Entertainment news – September 29, 1995
Comedian Phil Hartman receives the Harvard Lampoon’s Elmer Award for lifetime comedic achievement. Hartman is best known for his work on “Saturday Night Live” and “Newsradio.”
A List Of Television Talk Shows – September 29, 1995
Sally Jessy Raphael
Top TV shows/ratings – September 29, 1995
ER - 23.4
Seinfeld - 22.7
20/20 - 19.6
Friends - 19.3
Home Improvement - 19.3
Monday Night Football - 19.1
Caroline in the City - 18.4
Coach - 17.7
Single Guy - 17.5
Grace Under Fire - 15.6
PrimeTime Live - 14.7
Murphy Brown - 14.6
Frasier - 14.2
60 Minutes - 14.1
Movie - Beauty’s Revenge - 14.0
Hudson Street - 13.6
Murder One - 13.6
Roseanne - 13.0
Chicago Hope - 12.8
Movie - In The Line of Duty - 12.8
The Nanny - 12.7
Walker, Texas Ranger - 12.3
Naked Truth - 12.1
Can’t Hurry Love - 12.0
Ellen - 11.9
Mad About You - 11.9
America’s Funniest Home Videos - 11.7
Lois & Clark (Superman) - 11.6
Wings - 11.4
Hope & Gloria - 11.3
Friday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of September 29, 1995
CBS - Dweebs, The Bonnie Hunt Show, Picket Fences, Roseanne, American Gothic
NBC - Movie-Prince For A Day, Dateline NBC
ABC - Football
Fox - Strange Luck, The X-Files
PBS - Washington Week in Review, Wall Street Week w/Louis Rukeyser, Special-The Flying Vet, Question of Equality
A&E - Law and Order, Biography, Investigative Reports
E! - Late Night With David Letterman (reruns from his NBC show), Howard Stern, Talk Soup Weekend, The Gossip Show, WKRP In Cincinnati
On Picket Fences - A talk-show host/physician tries to take over Jill’s practice; Kenny uses a dating service.
On the X-Files - After deaths are attributed to lightning. Mulder and Scully determine a teen that survived a lightening strike may be the murderer.
On the Late Show with David Letterman - Helen Hunt, Blues Traveler, Father Guido Sarducci.
Best-selling books – September 29, 1995
Morning Noon and Night - Sidney Sheldon
The Horse Whisperer - Nicholas Evans
The Lost World - Michael Crichton
“L” Is For Lawless - Sue Grafton
Coming Home - Rosamunde Pilcher
My American Journey - Collin Powell/Joseph E. Persico
Buffet: The Making of an American Capitalist
A Good Walk Spoiled - John Feinstein
Men are From Mars: Woman Are From Venus - John Gray, Ph.D
A Civil Action - Jonathan Harr
Top pop music singles(top-40) – September 29, 1995
Fantasy- Mariah Carey
Gangsta's Paradise- Coolio
Runaway- Janet Jackson
I Can Love You Like That- All-4-One
You Are Not Alone- Michael Jackson
Kiss From A Rose- Seal
I Only Wanna Be With You- Hootie & Blowfish
As I Lay Me Down- Sophie B. Hawkins
I Got 5 On It- Luniz
I Hate U- The Artist Formerly Known As Prince
He's Mine- Mokenstef
Colors Of The Wind- Vanessa Williams.
Run-Around- Blues Traveler
Gagsta’s Paradise - Coolio
Brokenhearted - Brandy
Tell Me - Groove Theory
Summertime in LBC - Dave Shack
Top /popular music albums – September 29, 1995
One Hot Minute - Red Hot Chlli Peppers
Dangerous Minds - soundtrack
Cracked Rear View - Hootie & The Blowfish
Dreaming of You - Selena
Tigerlilly - Natalie Merchant
E. 1999 Eternal - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette
The Woman In Me - Shania Twain
Frogstomp - Silverchair
Circus - Lenny Kravitz
The Show - soundtrack
CrazySexyCool - TLC
Games Rednecks Play - Jeff Foxworthy
Mortal Kombat - soundtrack
More music albums - October 1, 1995
Lucy - Candlebox
Starting Over - Reba McEntire
No Joke - The Meat Puppets
Tails - Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories
Daydream - Mariah Carey
Greatest Hits - Michael Bolton
Ballbreaker - AC/DC
The Gold Experience - Prince
Outside - David Bowie
Top movies – September 29, 1995
Seven - Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, John C. McGinley
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers - Paul Stephen Rudd, Marianne Hagan
Devil in a Blue Dress - Denzel Washington
The Big Green - Steven Guttenberg, Olivia d’Abo, Jay O. Sanders
Showgirls - Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon
To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything Julie Newmar - Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, John Lequizamo, Stockard Channing
Dangerous Minds - Michelle Pfeiffer, George Dzundza
Steal Big, Steal Little - Andy Garcia, Alan Arkin
Unstrung Heroes - Andie MacDowell, John Turturro
The Usual Suspects - Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne
Clockers - Harvey Keitel, John Turturro
Angus - Charlie Talbert, Kathy Bates
Mortal Kombat - Christopher Lambert, Robin Shou, Linden Ashby