Information for the Year 1995

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  • US rescues Mexico's economy with $20-billion aid program (Feb. 21).
  • Russian space station Mir greets first Americans (March 14). US shuttle docks with station (June 27).
  • Nerve gas attack in Tokyo subway kills eight and injures thousands. The Aum Shinrikyo ("Supreme Truth") cult is to blame (March 20).
  • Fighting escalates in Bosnia and Croatia (May 1). Warring parties agree on cease-fire (Oct. 5); sign peace treaty (Dec. 14).
  • France explodes nuclear device in Pacific; wide protests ensue (Sept. 5).
  • Israelis and Palestinians agree on transferring West Bank to Arabs (Sept. 24). Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin slain by Jewish extremist at peace rally (Nov. 4).
  • Population:  5.682 billion
  • Nobel Peace Prize:  Joseph Rotblat and Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs (UK)
  • Criminal trial of O. J. Simpson opens in California (Jan. 24).
  • Scores killed as terrorist's car bomb blows up block-long Oklahoma City federal building (April 19); Timothy McVeigh, 27, arrested as suspect (April 21); authorities seek second suspect, link right-wing paramilitary groups to bombing (April 22).
  • Los Angeles jury finds O. J. Simpson not guilty of murder charges (Oct. 3).
  • Pope John Paul II visits US on whirlwind tour (Oct. 4-8).
  • President:  William J. Clinton
  • Vice President:  Albert Gore, Jr
  • Population:  262,764,948
  • Life expectancy:  75.8 years
  • US GDP (1998 dollars):   $7,269.60 billion
  • Federal spending:  $1519.13 billion
  • Federal debt:   $4921.0 billion
  • Median Household Income(current dollars):$34,076
  • Consumer Price Index:   152.4
  • Unemployment:  5.6%
  • Cost of a first-class stamp:  $0.32 (as of 1/1/95)
  • Super Bowl  San Francisco 49er's defeated San Diego Chargers (SCORE 49-26)
  • World Series of Baseball  Atlanta Braves defeated Cleveland
  • National Basketball Association Championship  Houston defeated. Orlando
  • National Hockey League Stanley Cup  New Jersey Devils defeated Detroit Red Wings
  • Women Wimbledon Tennis  Steffi Graf defeated A.S. Vicario (4-6 6-1 7-5)
  • Men Wimbledon Tennis   Pete Sampras dfeated Boris Becker (6-7 6-2 6-4 6-2)
  • Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion   Thunder Gulch
  • National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship  UCLA defeated Arkansas (SCORE 89-78)
  • National College Athletic Association Football Champions  Nebraska (RECORD 12-0-0)
  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum opens in Cleveland. Renowned architect I. M. Pei designed the ultra-modern, 150,000 square-foot building.
  • An estimated 150 million people watch as the not guilty verdict is read in the O. J. Simpson verdict.
  • The Metropolitan Opera installs screens on audience seats that display captions, to attract a wider audience.
  • Academy Award, Best Picture:  Forrest Gump
  • Grammy Award - Record of the Year   All I Wanna Do by Sheryl Crow
  • Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy   Frasier - NBC
  • Miss America:  Heather Whitestone (Alabama)
  • First solo transpacific balloon flight. Steve Fossett made a flight of more than 5,430 mi. from Seoul, South Korea, to Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada, in a helium-filled balloon. Also set record for distance (Feb. 1821, 1995).
  • Drs. Ian Wilmut and Keith Campbell (UK) create the world's first cloned sheep, Megan and Morag, from embryo cells

 

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