Year 1995 {Baby Book & Journal Filler}

Year 1995 Baby Book and Journal Filler. What happened in 1995? Here are News Headlines, Trends, World Leaders, and Cost of Living compiled for the year 1995. #Babybook #Scrapbook #Printables #Photobook #1995

Welcome to the year 1995!

Below you will find the list I compiled of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living and popular culture for the year 1995. I hope this helps you with the baby book, time capsule, or commemorative project you’re working on.

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Printables for 1995: (coming soon)

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Research Contributor: Pat Ruppel

1995 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):

Minimum Wage ~ Highest:$5.25 in Hawaii & Lowest:$1.60 in Wyoming (
Gallon of Milk~ $2.48/yr avg (– historical data)
Dozen Eggs (Large, Grade A) ~  $.92/yr avg (– historical data)
Loaf of bread (1-lb white) ~ $.79/yr avg (– historical data)
U.S. Postage Stamp ~ $.32  (Wikipedia)
New Car Price ~ $15,500  (
Regular Unleaded Gallon of Gas ~ $1.15/yr avg (– historical data)
Movie Ticket ~ $4.35 (
Median Sales Price of New House ~ $133,900 (
Median Household Income ~ $34,076 (


1995 World Leaders:

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Bill Clinton, President of the United States
Warren Christopher, United States Secretary of State
Jean Chrétien, Prime Minister of Canada
Jiang Zemin, People’s Republic of China
Akihito, Emperor of Japan (expected to abdicate on 30 April 2019)
Roman Herzog, President of Germany
Boris Yeltsin, President of Russia
John Major, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Pope John Paul II of Vatican City
François Mitterrand, President of France (until May ’95) succeeded by Jacques Chirac
Shankar Dayal Sharma, President of India
Ezer Weizman, President of Israel
Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Secretary-General of the United Nations


1995 Technology:

1995 Top Televisions:

Sony KL-37HW1– a rear projection unit that was launched in 1995 broke the mold of conventional TV’s and saved space thanks to LCD technology.
Fujitsu– introduced the first 42-inch (107 cm) plasma display; it had 852 x 480 resolution and was progressively scanned.

Pioneer DRM-624X Six-Disc Changer– a multi-CD-ROM drive that brought “seamless playback, crisp graphics, and dynamic sound” to your computer.
Sony DCR-VX1000 Video Camera– the first DV camcorder, with a 3CCD system for exceptional image quality.
DVD (Digital Video Disc)– a digital optical disc storage format invented and developed by Philips and Sony in 1995.

1995 Mobile phones:

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Nokia 909– was a basic analog phone for fashion conscious people announced in Nov 1995.
Nokia 880 GSM– announced in April 1995, was one of the smallest and lightest cellular phones in the market, yet designed to endure years and years of rugged use.
Motorola StarTAC– a clamshell mobile phone was first applied for the StarTAC trademark name by Motorola in September 1995.
Motorola MicroTAC DPC Series
Motorola MicroTAC Piper (AMPS)– introduced in 1995

1995 Top Wearable Technology:

Polar Vantage NV Heart Rate Monitor– first wrist-based heart rate monitor featuring R-R recording with relaxation display for athletes with insights into physical condition and ability to measure effects of training load.
Illuminator (Backlight)– an electroluminescent backlight technology was introduced in 1995 by Casio on their module watches.

1995 Computer Desktops, Laptops, Tablets & Readers:

Power Macintosh 9500– a personal computer designed, manufactured and sold by Apple Computer, Inc. from May 1995 to February 1997.
Pentium Pro– a sixth-generation x86 microprocessor developed and manufactured by Intel introduced in November 1, 1995.
HP Pavilion– a line of personal computers produced by Hewlett-Packard and introduced in 1995. The name is applied to both desktops and laptops for the Home and Home Office product range.
Power Macintosh 6200 / 6300– a series of personal computers designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple Computer, Inc. from May 1995 to July 1997.

Windows 95– a consumer-oriented operating system, developed by Microsoft, was released on August 24, 1995.
Windows NT 3.51– in May 1995, it was the third release of Microsoft’s Windows NT line of operating systems ahead of the release of Windows 95.
JavaScript– announced Dec 4, 1995 by Netscape Communications and Sun Microsystems, this open, cross-platform object scripting language, as a compliment to Java, for easy online application development.
IBM ThinkPad 701 (butterfly keyboard)– was the top selling laptop of 1995.
<ahref=””>Internet Explorer 1– released in August 1995
Internet Explorer 2– released in November 1995, and officially started the browser war with Netscape.
CD-R(compact disc-recordable) – in September 1995, Hewlett-Packard introduced its model 4020i manufactured by Philips, which, at $995, was the first recorder to cost less than $1000.

1995 Top Online Social Communities:

(– a social networking service, founded on November 17, 1995, sought to help users find class members and colleagues from kindergarten, primary school, high school, college, workplaces, and the U.S. military.– an online dating service went live in early 1995 as a free beta. It was first profiled in Wiredmagazine in 1995.

(Other)– one of the largest and well-known e-commerce sites today opened its website for the first time and officially went onlineJuly 15, 1995.
eBay, Inc.– a multinational e-commerce corporation based in San Jose, California that facilitates consumer-to-consumer and business-to-consumer sales through its website was founded by Pierre Omidyar in 1995.
Craigslist– an American classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, for sale, items wanted, services, etc. began its service in 1995, by Craig Newmark, as an email distribution list to friends, featuring local events in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Starbuck’s Frappuccinowas introduced in 1995.
MSN– (stylized as msn) is a web portal and related collection of Internet services and apps for Windows and mobile devices, provided by Microsoft and launched on August 24, 1995, the same release date as Windows 95.
JanuaryDVD (Digital Video Disc)– a digital optical disc storage format invented and developed by Philips and Sony in 1995. VHS continued to be the favored format for the large number of films released in home video form in 1996, though DVD was announced for a 1996 introduction.
August20th Century Fox Home Entertainmentformed in 1995.

1995 Top Gaming systems:

Virtual Boy– a 32-bit table-top video game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo was released in 1995 and marketed as the first console capable of displaying stereoscopic 3D graphics.
PlayStation– a home video game console developed and marketed by Sony Computer Entertainment was released September 1995 in North America.
Nintendo Ultra 64– the Nintendo 64 design was mostly complete by mid-1995, but its launch was delayed until 1996, when Timenamed it Machine of the Year.
Game Boy “Play It Loud!”– on March 20, 1995, Nintendo released several Game Boy models with colored cases, advertising them in the “Play It Loud!” campaign.
Sega Saturn– a 32-bit fifth-generation home video game console developed by Sega and released on May 11, 1995 in North America.

1995 Top Tech Gadgets:

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Canon EOS DCS 3– was Kodak’s second Canon based Digital SLR camera (a rebranded Kodak EOS-DCS 3) released in July 1995, four months after Kodak EOS-DCS 5.
Kodak DCS 460– introduced in March 1995, this is one of the cameras in a series of Nikon based digital high resolution SLR cameras with sensor and added electronics produced by Eastman Kodak.
Sony DCR-VX1000– a DV tape camcorder was released by Sony in 1995.
Atari Jaguar CD– a CD-ROM peripheral for the Atari Jaguar video game console was released September 21, 1995.
HP-38G Graphic Calculator– a programmable graphing calculator by Hewlett Packard was introduced in 1995.
Motorola Two-Way Pager– in 1995, Motorola introduced the world’s first two-way pager which allowed users to receive text messages and e-mail and reply with a standard response.
USB (Universal Serial Bus)– a device created to connect external devices to PCs, the first integrated circuits supporting a USB were produced by Intel in 1995.

Automobiles(Regular and also Electric, Hybrid, and Self-driving cars)
Note: It wasn’t until 1997 when the first Ford Priuswas commercially mass-produced and marketed as a full hybrid electric vehicle in Japan and became available in other countries.
Acura SLX– was a lightly upgraded and re-badged Isuzu Trooper sold by the Acura division of Honda from 1995 to 1999, as 1996 to 1999 year models.
Chrysler Cirrusand its middle-priced variant Dodge Stratus are mid-sized 4-door notchback sedans introduced for the 1995 model year.
Honda Civic (sixth generation)– was introduced in 1995 with 3-door hatchback, 4-door sedan and 2-door coupe body-styles, replicating its predecessor’s line-up.
Lexus LX(Toyota Land Cruiser) – a full-size luxury SUV sold by Lexus, a luxury division of Toyota since January 1996 having entered manufacture in November 1995.
Mazda RX-7– third generation (1992-2002) (1993-1995 in the United States) was offered as a 2+2 hatchback and was noted for its engine’s sequential twin-turbochargers. It madeCar and Drivermagazine’s Ten Best list five times and more than 800,000 were manufactured over its lifetime.
Nissan Almera– was a small family car produced by the Japanese manufacturer Nissan from 1995 to 2006.



1995 Top Celebrities:

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Tom Hanks – Oscar in leading role for best picture Forrest Gump
Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary – Oscar for Original Screenplay for Pulp Fiction.
Brad Pitt – named People’s Sexiest Man Alive
Sheryl Crow – Grammy winner for Record of the Year – All I Wanna Do


1995 Ten Highest Paid Movie Stars . . .
Tom Hanks
Jim Carey
Brad Pitt
Harrison Ford
Robin Williams
Sandra Bullock
Mel Gibson
Demi Moore
John Travolta
Kevin Costner/Michael Douglas (tie)


1995 Top Athletes:

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Highest Paid
Michael Jordan– Basketball USA
Mike Tyson– Boxing
Deion Sanders– American Football/Baseball
Riddick Bowe– Boxing
Shaquille O’Neal– Basketball
George Foreman– Boxing
Andre Agassi– Tennis
Sugar Ray Leonard– Boxing Legend and Golf
Michael Schumacker– Auto racing
Wayne Gretzky– Ice hockey


1995 Top Sporting Events:

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Super Bowl: The San Francisco 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers, 49-26.
Daytona 500: Sterling Marlin won the race for the second straight year, his second Daytona 500 win.
The Kentucky Derby: in the 121st running, the winning horse was Thunder Gulch – the first in Kentucky Derby history to win after starting in the number 16 post.
The Masters: Ben Crenshaw won his second Masters championship, one stroke ahead of runner-up Davis Love III. It was an emotional victory for Crenshaw as it came just days after the death of his mentor, Harvey Penick.
Stanley Cup: New Jersey Devils defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-0
NBA Championship: Houston Rockets over the Orlando Magic 4 games to 0
Wimbledon: Men’s singles: Pete Sampras defeated Boris Becker
Wimbledon: Women’s singles: Steffi Graf defeated Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Men’s FIFA World Cup: no competition in 1995 (men play every 4 years). Next World Cup to be hosted in France in 1998.
Women’s FIFA World Cup: Norway won over Germany 2-0
World Series: Atlanta Braves over Cleveland Indians 4 games to 2
Olympics: Summer gameshosted in Atlanta, GA in 1996 and Winter gameshosted in Nagano, Japan 1998.


1995 Top Songs:

Gangsta’s Paradise– Coolio featuring L.V.
Waterfalls– TLC
Creep– TLC
Kiss from a Rose– Seal
On Bended Knee– Boyz II Men
Another Night– Real McCoy
Fantasy– Mariah Carey
Take a Bow– Madonna
Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)– Monica
This is How We Do It– Montell Jordan
I Know– Dionne Farris
Water Runs Dry– Boyz II Men


1995 Play list of top songs. #1995 #1995Music



Other Popular Songs in 1995:
Freak Like Me– Adina Howard
Run-Around– Blues Traveler
I Can Love You Like That– All-4-One
Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?– Bryan Adams
Always– Bon Jovi
Boombastic– Shaggy
Total Eclipse of the Heart– Nicki French
You Gotta Be– Des’ree
You Are Not Alone– Michael Jackson
Hold My Hand– Hootie & the Blowfish
One More Chance– The Notorious B.I.G
Here Comes the Hotstepper– Ini Kamoze
Candy Rain– Soul for Real
Let Her Cry– Hootie & the Blowfish
I Believe– Blessid Union of Souls


1995 Top Television Shows:

1995-96 Season
ER – 22.0 rating
Seinfeld – 21.2
Friends – 18.7
Caroline in the City – 18.0
Monday Night Football – 17.1
The Single Guy – 16.7
Home Improvement – 16.1
Boston Common – 15.6
60 Minutes 14.2
NYPD Blue – 14.1


1995 Top Movies:

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Toy Story– starring Tom Hanks – Tim Allen
Die Hard with a Vengeance– Bruce Willis – Jeremy Irons
Apollo 13– Tom Hanks – Kevin Bacon
GoldenEye– Pierce Brosnan – Sean Bean
Pocahontas– Irene Bedard – Mel Gibson
Batman Forever– Val Kilmer – Tommy Lee Jones
Seven– Brad Pitt – Morgan Freeman
Casper– Malachi Pearson – Christina Ricci
Waterworld– Kevin Costner and Dennis Hopper
Jumanji– Robin Williams – Kirsten Dunst

Other popular movies
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls– Jim Carrey – Ian McNeice
Braveheart– Mel Gibson – Sophie Marceau


1995 Top Books:

(NY Times Fiction Best Seller –
Politically Correct Bedtime Stories– James Finn Garner
The Celestine Prophecy– James Redfield
The Rainmaker– John Grisham
The Bridges of Madison County– Robert James Waller
Beach Music– Pat Conroy
Memnoch the Devil– Anne Rice
From Potter’s Field– Patricia Cornwell
“L” is for Lawless– Sue Grafton
The Horse Whisperer– Nicholas Evans
The Lost World– Michael Crichton
Five Days in Paris– Danielle Steel
The Christmas Box– Richard Paul Evans

Other Most Popular Books
The Golden Compass– Philip Pullman
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West– Gregory Maguire
A Child Called “It”– Dave Pelzer
Kiss the Girls– James Patterson
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance– Barack Obama
Assassin’s Apprentice– Robin Hobb
Blindness– José Saramago
Where the Heart Is– Billie Lett
Sabriel– Garth Nix
Left Behind– Tim LaHaye


1995 Top Children’s Books:

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Bad Day at Riverbend– Chris Van Allsburg
The Parsley Parcel– Elizabeth Arnold
Ghostlight– Marion Zimmer Bradley (with Rosemary Edghill and Mark Hess)
The Pageant– Donald Hall (with Barry Moser)
Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales– Virginia Hamilton
Tarzan: The Lost Adventure– Joe R. Lansdale
The Great Fire– Jim Murphy
The Sherwood Hero– Alison Prince
Northern Lights (in US as The Golden Compass)– Philip Pullman
I Wanted a Pony– Diana Pullein-Thompson
Six Ponies– Josephine Pullein-Thompson
Double Act– Jacqueline Wilson
Hitos y Mitos Literarios (The Milestones and the Stories of Greatest Literary Works)– Mario Vargas Llosa


1995 Top Fashion and Trends:


Popular look for young women/girls was the “sexy school girl” look like:
-short slip dresses
-tartan mini-kilts
-undersized sweaters
-baby-doll tees
-knee highs/thigh highs
-miniature backpacks
-chunky shoes
-capri pants for more casual look among women over 30
-polka dot blouses
-belted trench coats
-1940’s style sandals
-white canvas shoes
-leather jackets

Popular shoes and accessories included:
Mary Janes
suede sneakers
knee high boots/go-go boots
jelly shoes
black court shoes
silver jewelry, dainty earrings and necklaces, conch shell necklaces
berets, straw hats, floppy hats
gold jewelry
hipster belts

*Navel piercings had started to gain popularity around this time.

-modclothing (London subculture) became popular with longer hair due to success of Britpop
-Aloha shirts
-brown leather jackets
-throwback pullover baseball jerseys
-baseball caps (sometimes worn backwards)
-graphic-print T-shirts (often featuring dragons, athletic logos or numbers)
-Preppy clothing was popular in the US where wealthy young men wore:
-khaki slacks
-canvas boat shoes
-navy blue blazers with breast-pocket monogram or gold buttons bearing a family crest
-In hip-hop fashion men wore:
-straight leg jeans
-flat-front chinos
-camouflage pants worn ironically by anti-war protesters

Accessories included:
-desert boots/chelsea boots
-boat shoes
-chunky digital watches
-shoulder bags
-black/neon colored high-top sneakers replaced combat boots


Teenage boys and girls bought and wore very simple clothes like:
-flannel shirts
-grey knitted sweaters

Younger children wore:
-t-shirts and sweaters bearing Disney film characters
-tartan trousers
-striped shirts
-long sleeved polo shirts,
-crew neck sweatshirts worn over a turtleneck
-colored jeans rolled up
-athletic shorts/soccer shorts
-blue denim and railroad stripe overalls/shortalls popular for young girls


1995 World Population:

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1995 Top News and Major Events:

Jan 1– Austria, Finland and Sweden joined the European Union.
Jan 17– A 6.9 Mw Great Hanshin earthquake struck the southern Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, with a maximum Shindo of VII, leaving 5,502–6,434 people dead, and 251,301–310,000 displaced.
Feb 21 Steve Fossett landed in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada, and became the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.
Feb 26 The United Kingdom’s oldest investment banking firm, Barings Bank, collapsed after securities broker Nick Leeson lost $1.4 billion by speculating on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Mar 14 Astronaut Norman Thagard became the first American to ride into space aboard a Russian launch vehicle (the Soyuz TM-21), and lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
March 26 The Schengen Agreement eased cross-border travel and went into effect in several European countries.
Apr 19– Oklahoma City bombing: 168 people, including 8 Federal Marshals and 19 children, were killed at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and 680 wounded by a bomb set off by Timothy McVeigh and one of his accomplices, Terry Nichols.
Apr 30– The United States government stopped funding the NSFNET, making the Internet a wholly privatized system.
May 11– More than 170 countries agreed to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely without conditions.
May 14– The Dalai Lama proclaimed 6-year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyimaas the 11th reincarnation of the Panchen Lama.
Jun 2– Mrkonjić Grad incident: A United States Air Force F-16 piloted by Captain Scott O’Grady was shot down over Bosnia and Herzegovina while patrolling the NATO no-fly zone. O’Grady was rescued by U.S. Marines six days later.
Jun 29– STS-71: Space Shuttle Atlantis docked with the Russian Mir space station. This was the first time that a space shuttle attempted to dock with the Mir space Station and it marked an important accomplishment and moment in space travel.
Jul 1– Iraq disarmament crisis: In response to UNSCOM’s evidence, Iraq admitted for first time the existence of an offensive biological weapons program, but denied weaponization.
Jul 11– President Clinton announced the restoration of United States–Vietnam relations twenty years after the Vietnam War.
Aug 24– Microsoft released Windows 95.
Aug 30– The NATO bombing campaign against Bosnian Serb artillery positions began in Bosnia and Herzegovina, while at the same time, ARBiH forces began an offensive against the Bosnian Serb Army around Sarajevo, central Bosnia, and Bosnian Krajina.
Sep 4-15– The Fourth World Conference on Women convened in Beijing with over 4,750 delegates from 181 countries in attendance.
Sep 19– The Washington Postand The New York Timespublished the Unabomber’s 35,000-word manifesto.
Oct 3– at the end of a sensational trial, former football star O.J. Simpson was acquitted and found innocent of the brutal 1994 double murder of his estranged wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
Oct 17– French woman Jeanne Calment reached the confirmed age of 120 years and 238 days, making her the oldest person ever recorded.
Nov 21– The Dayton Agreement to end the Bosnian War was reached at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio (signed December 14).
Nov 22– The first-ever full-length computer-animated feature film, Toy Story, was released by Pixar and Walt Disney Pictures.
Dec 8– 5-year-old Gyaincain Norbu was enthroned as the 11th reincarnation of the Panchen Lama at Tashilhunpo Monastery.
Dec 16– Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraqi scuba divers, under the direction of the United Nations Special Commission, dredged the Tigris near Baghdad. The divers found over 200 prohibited Russian-made missile instruments and components.


Other 1995 notable events
– The (WTO) World Trade Organization started as a replacement for GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade).
– NASA’s Galileo spacecraft arrived at Jupiter during December. Upon its arrival, it released a probe into Jupiter’s atmosphere which was able to transmit about an hour of data before it stopped functioning.
– US pulled out of Somalia.
– Record-breaking basketball player Michael Jordan announced that he was coming out of retirement in March of 1995.
– In a Referendum in Quebec the vote to become independent from Canada was narrowly defeated.
– An unprecedented heat wave struck the Midwestern United States. Temperatures exceeded 104°F in the afternoon for 5 straight days. At least 3000 people died, 750 in Chicago, Illinois alone.
– The Ebola virus killed 244 Africans in Kikwit, Zaire in Central Africa.
– Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, was mortally wounded by a right-wing Israeli gunman.
– The 55 MPH limit imposed during the Middle East Crisis in 1973/1974 ended.


1995 Pop Culture:
(Pop Culture)

  • US Life Expectancy: Males: 72.5 years, Females: 78.9 years
  • The Macarena, a Spanish dance song by Los del Río, was a genuine hit through 1997 – probably second only to Chubby Checker’s, The Twist, when it comes to dance hits.
  • Mississippi didn’t ratify the 13th Amendment (abolishing slavery) until March 16, 1995.
  • Christopher Reeve starred in the film, Above Suspicion, in which he played a quadriplegic character. It premiered 6 days before his horse riding accident on May 27, 1995.
  • Rock Musician, Jerry Garcia, died August 9, 1995 of heart failure.
  • Selena (age 23), Queen of Tejano Pop Star, was killed March 31, 1995 by the ex-president of her fan club.
  • The Rock and Roll Hall of fame opened in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Dolly (the cloned sheep) was born on July 5th, and lived for seven years.
  • According to the 1995 census, the majority of American Indians preferred the term “Indian” over “Native American” when referring to them.
  • Disney’s Pocahontas was originally supposed to feature a talking turkey named Redfeather voiced by John Candy. After Candy’s death, Redfeather was dropped from the film and it was decided the animals shouldn’t speak.
  • Miss America: Heather Whitestone (Birmingham, AL)
  • Miss USA: Chelsi Smith (Texas)/ Shanna Moakler (New York)Whitestone (Birmingham, AL)
  • Lowest PGA score of 63 played by Michael Bradley and Brad Flaxon.
  • The closest the world came to full-scale nuclear war was not during Cuban Missile Crisis or even the during Cold War, but instead it was when a scientific rocket in Norway was mistaken as an American ICBM in 1995.
  • In 2013, 1200 women died in the US due to complications from pregnancy or birth. In 1995 that number was 460.

More Pop Culture news in 1995
(Pop Culture Madness)
– Price of Ballpark Hot Dogs, 16 oz: $1.49
– Price of IBM Aptiva 486DX2-66 Computer in 1995, with monitor: $1799.00.
– Forbes Magazine announced that Bill Gates was the richest man in world with a net worth of $12.9 billion dollars.
– 1 ounce of gold value: $387.00
– The Funny Late Night Host: Jay Leno
– The Funny Late Late Night Host: Tom Snyder
– The Conversation: The biggest Pop Culture Event was the “O.J. Simpson White Bronco Car Chase” televised live on nearly every network.
– The Private Conversation: During the filming of Batman Forever, Jim Carrey approached Tommy Lee Jones to say hello. Jones replied, “I hate you. I really don’t like you… I cannot sanction your buffoonery.”
– Top ten baby names for 1995: Jessica, Ashley, Emily, Samantha, Sarah, Michael, Matthew,
Chris, Topher, Jacob, Joshua.
– Hotties and Fashion Icons: Claudia Schiffer, Elle Macpherson
– Hollywood Hunks and Leading Men: George Clooney, Antonio Sabàto, Jr., Colin Firth, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt.
TimeMagazine’s Man of the Year: Newt Gingrich
– Sergi Grinkov, 2-time Gold Medalist Olympian skater, mysteriously died while practicing with his partner (and wife) Ekaterina Gordeeva.
– The X Games were first broadcast on ESPN.
– AuctionWeb began in San Jose, California, on September 3, 1995, by Pierre Omidyar. The company officially changed the name of its service to ‘eBay’ in September 1997.
– The George Forman Lean Mean Grilling Machine was released.
– When he landed back on Earth on March 22, cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov returned with the record for space flight – 437 days.
– Cost of a Super Bowl ad in 1995: $1,150,000.
– Broadway Show: Smokey Joe’s Cafe(Review) Opened on March 2, 1995 and Closed: January 16, 2000.


1995 Science:

Jan 27 Prodigy(an online service for news, weather, shopping, bulletin boards, games, polls, expert columns, banking, stocks, travel, and other features) offered access to the World Wide Web.
Jan 30 – Workers from the National Institutes of Health announced the success of clinical trials testing the first preventative treatment for sickle cell anemia.
Feb 8– Asteroid 6349 Acapulco was discovered by Masahiro Koishikawa.
Mar 1– The first Yahoo! Search interface was founded.
Mar 25– Ward Cunningham loaded the first wiki software, WikiWikiWeb, in Oregon.
Jun 8– Danish/Greenlandic/Canadian programmer, Rasmus Lerdorf, released the first version of the scripting language PHP, which in 15 years would be used as the server-side language on 75% of all Web servers.
Jul 16–, incorporated a year earlier by Jeff Bezos in Washington (state) as an online bookstore, sold its first book: Douglas Hofstadter’s Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought.
Jul 23– Comet Hale–Bopp was discovered by Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp independently.
Oct 6– 51 Pegasi b: Didier Queloz and Michel Mayor of the University of Geneva at the Observatoire de Haute-Provence announced the first definitive detection of an extrasolar planet orbiting an ordinary main sequence star (51 Pegasi) and the first “hot Jupiter”.

(Other Science notables in 1995)
– The genome of Haemophilus influenza was the first genome of a free living organism to be sequenced.
– Bruce Luyendyk first proposed the name Zealandia for a southern continent.
– Andy Harter and colleagues devised Virtual Network Computing.
– M-theory (atheory in physics that unifies all consistent versions of superstring theory) was conjectured by Edward Witten.
– The “Big Ear” at the Ohio State University Radio Observatory ended its full-time search for extraterrestrial intelligence radio survey, having run continuously for 22 years, beginning in 1973.
– Richard P. Binzel devised the original of what would become the Torino Scale for categorizing the impact hazard associated with near-Earth objects.

Nobel Prizes:
Physics – Martin L. Perl, Frederick Reines
Chemistry – Paul J. Crutzen, Mario J. Molina, F. Sherwood Rowland
Medicine – Edward B. Lewis, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Eric Wieschaus
Peace – Joseph Rotblat


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