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


In The News

About 800,000 government workers go home due to a federal budget impasse.

Despite a shutdown, President Clinton vows to veto a House temporary budget spending measure.

President Clinton orders thousands of furloughed government employees back to work to limit the disruption caused by a partial federal shutdown.

President Clinton and Republican congressional leaders end the budge deadlock that forced a partial government shutdown for six days and inconvenienced Americans nationwide.

In California – a judge throws-out major portions of controversial proposition 187, which would have barred federally funded services to those in the country illegally.

Florida GOP straw poll – Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole gets a narrow victory as Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas scores a strong second-place finish. 

Princess Diana tells her tail - After 15 years of an unhappy marriage, Princess Diana acknowledged that fact for the first time, and also said in a TV interview that she had an affair with a British army officer. More than 200 million in more than 100 countries watched the hour-long interview in which she spoke of her husband’s longstanding affair with a married women. She told of a married life with such misery that it led her to self-mutilation and bulimia.


Sports news – November 15, 1995

Russian championship figure skater Sergei Grinkov (28) collapses and dies. With his wife, they won two Olympic gold medals and became the most graceful and beloved pair of the past decade.

Major news as Nashville signs an agreement to bring the Houston Oilers football team to the city. The movie still requires the approval of the rest of the NFL.

Boston Red Sox first baseman Mo Vaughn gets the American League MVP. Vaughn batted. .300 and hit 39 homers the past season.


Radio news – November 15, 1995

Frankie Crocker returns to programming WBLS-FM. It’s his fourth time back!


Entertainment/Movie/Celebrity news – November 15, 1995

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s first feature film, “It Takes Two” debuts this week. And it’s all on video tape.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – November 15, 1995

ER – 27.8

Seinfeld – 22.3

Caroline in the City – 22.0

Friends – 19.6

Monday Night Football – 18.7

The Single Guy – 18.3

Home Improvement – 16.0

60 Minutes – 15.8

Movie-Streets of Laredo Pt. 1 – 14.9

Coach – 14.8

NYPD Blue – 14.8

America’s Funniest Home Videos – 14.4

Grace Under Fire – 14.3

Frasier – 14.0

Walker, Texas Ranger – 13.2

The Nanny – 13.1

Movie-She Fought Alone – 13.1

20/20 – 12.0

Beverly Hills 90210 – 12.9

Movie – Her Hidden Truth – 12.9


Television news – November 15, 1995

This week - President Clinton appears at the conclusion of NBC-TV’s “Saved By The Bell: The New Class” in an anti-smoking commercial.  

Rosie O’Donnell signs to host an hour-long daytime talk show. She promises there will no fistfights.

Richard Pryor makes a rare TV episode appearance – you can see him this week on “Chicago Hope.” Pryor plays a multiple sclerosis patient. Pryor himself has MS. 

Kathie Lee Gifford tells CNBC’s Charles Grodin that she’s ready to quit as co-host of her popular morning show with Regis Philbin. She says she wants to call more of the shots.

ABC-TV presents a six-hour documentary “The Beatles Anthology” on Sunday and Wednesday of this week.  Includes one brand new song! Footage you’ve never seen!

Biggest ratings for PBS? – After showing the basketball documentary “Hoop Dreams” this week – PBS scored a 6 share or 13 million people. That’s over 80% of their average viewership for prime time.  


Music news – November 15, 1995

 Video music channel “The Box” announces that it will join the DirectTV lineup, giving it access to 800,000 more homes.

 A host of music stars and others join Frank Sinatra for his 80th birthday bash. The event, at LA’s Shrine Auditorium featured Tony Bennett, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and on tape – U2’s  Bono.

What “MTV Unplugged” was to that channel, VH1 is hoping “Duets” will be to it. The first show (this week) features Melissa Etheridge in duets with Jewel, Joan Osborne, Sophie B. Hawkins and Paula Cole.

Bruce Springsteen appears on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. He’s launching a nationwide solo acoustic tour at Hollywood’s Wiltern Theater. 

Lots of anticipation for the CD set “Beatles Anthology” featuring two new “reunion” songs (also featured in the TV special) – “Real Love” and “Free as a Bird.” Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr added their voices to tracks written and recorded by John Lennon before his December 1980 murder.  

After a decade of touring, recording – The Goo Goo Dolls are finally breaking through. “A Boy Named Goo” just hit sales of 500,000 – their biggest seller to date. 

Top pop hit music singles in Britain – November 15, 1995

I Believe/Up On the Roof – Robson & Herome

Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio Featuring L.V.

Wonderwall – Oasis

Thunder – East 17

Missing – Everything But The Girl

I’d Lie For You (And…) – Meat Loaf

Heaven For Everyone – Queen

When Love & Hate Collide – Def Leppard

Fairground – Simply Red


Top music albums  - November 15, 1995

Dogg Food - Tha Dogg Pound 

Cyprss Hill III - Cypress Hill

Daydream – Mariah Carey

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness – Smashing Pumpkins

Cracked Rear View – Hootie and the Blowfish

On Top of the World – Eightball & MJG

Greatest Hits Collection – Alan Jackson

J  agged Little Pill – Alanis Morissette

Design of a Decade – 1986-1996 – Janet Jackson

Ozzmosis – Ozzy Osbourne

CrazySexyCool – TLC

Greatest Hits – 1985-1995 – Michael Bolton

The Woman In Me – Shania Twain

All I Want – Tim McGraw

Insomniac – Green Day

Tigerlily – Natalie Merchant

E. 1999 Eternal – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Greatest Hits 1980-1995 – Def Leppard

Starting Over – Reba McEntire

Christmas in the Aire – Mannheim Steamroller

Dead Presidents – Soundtrack

One Hot Minute – Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Dreaming of You – Selena

Four – Blues Traveler

Sixteen Stone – Bush

Pulp Fiction - Soundtrack


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

Fantasy – Mariah Carey

Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio Featuring L.V.

Runaway – Janet Jackson

Back For Good – Take That

Kiss From A Rose – Seal

Tell Me – Groove theory

You Remind Me Of Something – R. Kelly

As I Lay Me Down – Sophie B. Hawkins

Name – Goo Goo Dolls

Diggin’ On You – TLC

Only Wanna Be With You – Hootie & The Blowfish

I’d Lie For You – Meat Loaf

Carnival – Natalie Merchant

Roll To Me – Del Amitri

Breakfast At Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something

Brokenhearted – Brandy

I Can Love You Like That – All-4-One


Top Country Hit Music Singles – November 15, 1995

Check Yes Or No – George Straight

Who Needs You Baby – Clay Walker

I Let Her Lie – Daryle Singletary

Tall, Tall Trees – Alan Jackson

Dust On The Bottle – David Lee Murphy

Tall, Tall Trees – Alan Jackson

Whiskey Under The Bridge – Brooks & Dunn

Safe In The Arms of Love – Martina McBride

No Man’s Land – John Michael Montgomery

Sometimes She Forgets – Travis Tritt


Top movies – November 15, 1995


Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls  

American President

It Takes Two

Get Shorty



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