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


In The News

Leaders of Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia sign a treaty to end Europe’s bloodiest conflict since World War II. The action sets in motion the deployment of 40,000 NATO led troops plus thousands of American troops to the area.  

The Federal Reserve lowers short-term interest rates by a quarter.

An angered President Clinton rejects critics’ efforts to equate the Whitewater controversy with the Water scandal that destroyed Richard Nixon’s presidency. Clinton said getting his side of the story to the public has been difficult.

The Dow falls 101 points – the largest single day loss in four years. The federal budget stalemate was blamed.

In South Carolina – a judge orders a 2-foot shackled chain for rebellious 15-year-old Tony Kline, who kept getting into trouble with the law. Even in school. 


Technology news – December 15, 1995

The House of Blues launches its American Online site with an online chat with “Blues Brother” Dan Aykroyd.


Sports news – December 15, 1995

In Philadelphia – Mike Tyson puts away Buster Mathis Jr. with two devastating punches in the third round.

At Madison Square Garden – Oscar de La Hoya makes quick work of Jesse James Leija in a second-round knockout.

Jerry Rice hits a career high 289 receiving yards and catches three touchdown passes, leading the San Francisco 49ers to a 37-30 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – December 15, 1995

Dennis Hopper is suing his “Easy Rider” co-star Peter Fonda for a larger cut of the film’s profits. They both wrote the film, which Hopper directed. 

The family of Richard Nixon says Oliver Stone has committed “character assassination” against the former president in the upcoming Stone film “Nixon.” Stone, a former republican and supporter of Nixon says he understood that any effort to examine the life of Nixon might create distress for the family, but his intent was neither “malicious nor defamatory.”


Top TV Shows/Ratings – December 15, 1995

ER – 24.1

Seinfeld 21.2

Friends – 18.8

Caroline in the City – 18.3

Monday Night Football – 17.8

Single Guy – 17.0

The Christmas Box – 16.6

 Home Improvement – 16.1

Tyson-Mathis Bout on Fox – 16.1

NYPD Blue – 14.4

Roseanne – 14.4

Movie-Christmas Vacation – 14.1

The Nanny – 13.2

America’s Funniest Home Videos – 13.1

10/10 – 13.1

60 Minutes – 13.0

Chicago Hoe – 12.8

Grace Under Fire – 12.7

Movie-Mixed Blessings – 12.7

NFL Sunday Postgame Show – 12.3

PrimeTime Live – 12.2

Movie-A Holiday to Remember – 11.9

Murphy Brown – 10.9

Walker, Texas Ranger – 10.9

Dateline NBC (Tue.) – 10.8

Family Matters – 10.8

Fraiser – 10.8

Boy Meets World – 10.7

Touched By An Angel – 10.7

The Naked Truth – 10.6

Almost Perfect (Mon.) – 10.5

Step by Step – 10.4

John Laroquette Show – 10.3

Lois & Clark/Superman – 10.3

Beverly Hills 90210 – 10.2

Cybill – 10.1

Coach – 10.0

NewsRadio – 10.0

Wings – 10.0

X-Files 10.0

Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper – 9.9

Sinatra: 80 Years My Way – 9.9

Ellen – 9.8


Television news – December 15, 1995

Caryl Kristensen and Marilyn Kentz who appeared in the short lived “Mommies” are set to appear in a new ABC daytime talk show “Mommies Talk Show.” It’ll replace “Mike and Maty” and is set to debut this spring.

Microsoft Corp. and NBC-TV unveil a partnership in a 24-hour cable television news channel. Microsoft will pay $220 million for a 50% share in NSNBC Cable, a new service which replaces the existing NBC channel “America’s Talking.”

TV producer Steven Bocho signs a 3-year movie deal with Paramount.

Randy Spelling, brother of Tori and son of Aaron, will star in a new TV series about high school students. Dad will produce “Malibu Shores” set to air on NBC soon.


Music news – December 15, 1995

The Grateful Dead announces they will not continue without leader Jerry Garcia, who died of a heart attack in August.

More music news - Blockbuster Music begins testing the electronic retail business by teaming up with MTV and VH1 to sell music on AOL. You can access the site on AOL through the MTV Online and VH1 Online areas. The store offers detailed track-listing information, album artwork, and audio samples to potential music consumers.

Already? - 4 Non Blondes member Linda Perry decides to cut a solo album after her band’s first album.


Top Money-Making Music Tours In 1995

The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge tour grossed $121.2 million – the top touring act of 1995. Others in the top-10:

Eagles - $63.3 million

Boyz II Men - $43.2

R.E.M. - $38.7

Grateful Dead - $33.5

Jimmy Page/Robert Plant - $33.4

Van Halen - $32.7

Tom Petty - $27.5

Reba McEntire - $27.4

Elton Jon - $22.5

Billy Joel - $22.0


Billboard’s Top Music Pop Artists for 1995:


Boyz II Men

Hootie & The Blowfish

Real McCoy

Sherly Crow



Bon Jovi

Notorious B.I.G.

Melissa Etheridge

Blues Trveler

Garth Boolks



 Green Day

Montell Jordan

Soul for Real

The Cranberries

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony



Tim McGraw

Mary J. Blige


Top New Pop Music Artists  For 1995

Real McCoy


Notorious B.I.G.

Montell Jordan

Soul For Real


Dave Matthews Band


Adina Howard



Top Pop Hit Music Singles(top-40) – December 15, 1995

Exhale (Shoop Shoop) – Whtney Houston

One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men

You’ll See – Madonna

Gangsta’s paradise – Coolio Featuring L.V.

Fantasy – Mariah Carey

You Remind Me Of Something – R. Kelly

Runaway – Janet Jackson

Name – Goo Goo Dolls

Breakfast At Tiffany’s  - Deep Blue Something

Hey Lover – L.L. Cool J

Back For Good – Take That

Tell Me – Groove Theory

Beautiful Life – Ace of Base

Diggin’ On You – TLC

One of Us – Joan Osborne

Only Wanna Be With You – Hootie & The Blowfish

I’d Lie For You (And That’s The Truth) – Meat Loaf


Top Modern Rock Tracks – December 15, 1995

Bullet With Butterfly Wings – Smashing Pumpkins

Glycerine – Bush

Natural One – Folk Implosion

My Friends – Red Hot Chili Peppers

1979 – Smashing Pumpkins

Possum Kingdom – Toadies

One of Us – Joan Osborne

The World I Knew – Collective Soul

Cumbersome – Seven Mary Three

Name – Goo Goo Dolls

Santa Monica (Watch The World Die) - Everclear


Top hit music singles in Britain – December 15, 1995

Earth Song – Michael Jackson

Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio Featuring L.V.

I Believe/Up On The Roof – Robson & Jerome

One Sweet day – Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men

Missing – Everything But The Girl

Disco 2000 – Pulp

Wonderwall – Oasis

It’s Oh So Quiet – Bjork

Father and Son – Boyzone

I Am Blessed – Eternal

You’ll See – Madonna

Miss Sarajevo – Passengers

Anywhere Is – Enya

Gold – Prince


Hot Jazz Albums – December 15, 1995

Here’s To The Ladies – Tony Bennett

Christmas – Oscar Peterson

Joe Cool’s Blues – Wynton Marsalis & Ellis Marsalis

At The Blue Note: Saturday June 4th 1994 – Keith Jarrett

Pearls – David Sanborn

Swing Into Christmas – Various Artists

Giving Myself To You – Gerald Albright

Bridges of Madison County – Soundtrack


Top Country Hit Music Singles – December 15, 1995

Tall Tall Trees – Alan Jackson

Life Gets Away – Clint Black

That’s As Close As I’ll Get To Loving You – Aaron Tippin

Check Yes or No – George Strait

In Pictures – Alabama

The Car – Jeff Carson

Tequila Talkin’ – Lonestar

Deep Down – Pam Tillis

Life Gets Away – Clint Black

Who Needs You Baby – Clay Walker


Top music albums – December 15, 1995

Anthology 1 – Beatles

Christmas in the Aire – Mannheim Steamroller

Daydream – Mariah Carey

R. Kelly – R. Kelly

Waiting To Exhale – Soundtrack

Fresh Horses – Garth Brooks

Greatest Hits – Alan Jackson

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness – Smashing Pumkins

Souvenirs – Vince Gill

Cracked Rear View – Hootie & The Blowfish

The Woman In Me – Shania Twain

Something to Remember – Madonna

CrazySexyCool – TLC

Starting Over – Reba McEntire

Design of a Decade 1986/1996 – Janet Jackson

The Dogg Pound – Dogg Food

Remix Collection – Boyz II Men

Sixteen Stone – Bush

Dangerous Minds – Soundtrack

Insomniac – Green day

Alice in Chains – Alice in Chains

The Ghost of Tom Joad – Bruce Springsteen


Top movies – December 15, 1995


Toy Story


Father of the Bride Part Ii



American President


Ace Venture:/Nature Calls

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