In The News
An Amtrak Sunset Limited train derails at a bridge over a dry wash in the Arizona desert. The tracks were apparently sabotaged by a group calling themselves “Sons of Gestapo.” At least 100 were hurt.
Suspected Bosnian Serb gunners launch bomb attacks that killed or wounded dozens of civilians at a refugee camp in Bosnia.
A 7.6 earthquake hits the Pacific coast side of Mexico with dozens dead.
Pope John Paul II in NY – salutes the nation’s power and wealth and challenges America to look beyond its extravagant wealth to meet the challenge of its poor citizens and the mend the unraveling fabric of families. While in New York the Pope conducted an open-air mass in Central Park. The Pope now heads to Baltimore.
Libya expels about 800 Palestinians including women and children from Tripoli to a barren strip along the border with Egypt.
An ambush by Hezbollah guerrillas kills three Israeli soldiers in southern Lebanon.
A computer failed late in the countdown and grounded NASA’s oldest space shuttle – as the countdown is halted for the fourth time.
Anti-nuclear scientist Joseph Rotblat and his associates win the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize
House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) tells fellow Republicans he is worried that a presidential candidacy by retired Gen. Colin L. Powell could frustrate the goals of the party’s 1994 electoral victory and asked them whether he should become a candidate himself.
O.J. Simpson Update – October 8, 1995:
“Dateline NBC” will feature an interview with O.J. Simpson – his first TV interview. Apparently – O.J. has a pay-per-view event coming up – and this could be a chance to promote that. Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric will interview. But wait – O.J. pulls out of the interview, fearing it would be a confrontation rather than a conversation.
Business/Economy news – October 8, 1995
Forbes says Bill Gates is the richest again – worth an estimated $14.8 billion. Warren Buffet comes in second – at $11.8 billion with John Kluge third at $6.7 billion. Next is Paul Allen at $6.1 billion then Sumner Redstone at $4.8 billion.
HeathSouth says it has agreed to buy Surgical Care Affiliates Inc. in a $1.2 billion deal that would make it the nation’s largest operator of outpatient surgery centers.
Federated Department Stores says that all 21 west-coast Bullock’s stores will be converted to Macy’s.
Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – October 8, 1995
Wow – some of the original Mouseketeers such as Annette Funicello and Tim Considine reunite at Disneyland to celebrate that show’s 40th anniversary.
Japanese police arrest cult figure Fumihiro Joyu in a deadly terrorist attack on Tokyo subways.
Actor Robert DiNero bloodies a video cameraman’s nose outside a NY club and is charged with misdemeanor assault – is booked and fingerprinted by police. Later, charges are dropped.
Music news – October 8, 1995
Rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur is released from Riker’s Island prison in NY after Death Row Records put up $1.4 million bail. The rapper was sentenced in February to between 1-1/2 and 4-1/2 years in prison for a 1993 sexual assault on a woman in a Manhattan hotel room. He is free pending an appeal.
Rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg will remain free on $1 million bail while he awaits his murder trial but the Dogg will be monitored electronically.
The late Selena’s “Dreaming of You” is in the national top-10. And outside the San Antonio Hard Rock Café – an unveiling of Selena memorabilia. She had performed at the restaurant’s grand opening in January.
Television news – October 8, 1995
On “Saturday Night Live” – Host Chevy Chase with musical guest Lisa Loeb.
Arsenio Hall – making his first TV appearance since the cancellation of his show – will host the “Soul Train 25th Anniversary” on CBS in November.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – October 8, 1995
ER – 24.5
Seinfeld – 22.5
Friends – 19.8
Caroline in the City – 18.4
Single Guy – 18.0
Home Improvement – 16.5
Monday Night Football – 15.6
60 Minutes – 15.4
Hudson Street – 14.6
ABC O.J. Simpson Special – 14.5
PrimeTime Live – 13.9
Movie-Fight for Justice – 13.7
Grace Under Fire – 13.4
Movie-Captain Ron – 13.3
Country Music Assn Awards – 13.0
Monday night television listings/TV guide – week of October 8, 1995
CBS – The Nanny, Can’t Hurry Love, Murphy Brown, If Not for You, Chicago Hope, Dave Letterman
NBC – Fresh Prince of Bel Air, In the House, Movie, Jay Leno
ABC – The Marshal, Monday Night Football, Nightline
PBS – Masterpiece Theater, Charlie Rose
MTV – Prime Time, Unplugged, Road Rules
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – October 8, 1995
Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio
You Are Not Alone – Michael Jackson
I Hate U – Prince
Brokenhearted – Brandy
Colors of Wind – Vanessa Williams
I Got 5 On it – Luniz
Runaway – Janet Jackson
Tell Me – Groove Theory
Summertime in LBC – Dove Shack
Fantasy – Mariah Carey
Television news - October 8, 1995
“Mad TV” debuts on Fox-TV Saturday night. It’s described as a sketch comedy show.
Top movies – October 8, 1995
To Die For
How To Make an American Quilt
The Big Green
Devil in a Blue Dress
Halloween:: The Curse
To Wong Foo