January 4: The 104th Congress of the
United States convenes. For the first time since 1953,
Republicans control both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
January 6: A chemical fire at an apartment complex
in Manilla, Philippines leads police to uncover a mass-terrorist bomb
plot. The trail leads back to mastermind Ramzi Yousef.
January 9: Cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov completes
breaks the space endurance record after completing 366 days living on
board the Mir space station.
January 17: A magnitude 7.3 earthquake strikes Kobe,
Japan. 6434 people are killed.
January 24: At the O.J. Simpson murder trial, the
prosecution delivers its opening statement.
The San Francisco 49ers defeat the San Diego Chargers 49 to 26 in Super
31: President Bill Clinton
extends a $20 billion load to Mexico to prevent its economic collapse.
February 9: Astronaut Bernard Harris becomes the
first African American to walk in space on STS-63.
19: Nascar racing driver Sterling Marlin wins the 1995 Daytona 500.
February 21: Balloonist Steve Fossett complete the
first solo crossing of the Pacific Ocean. He land in
The Dow Jones Industrial average closes at 4303.33. It is the
first time for the Dow to break the 4000 mark.
March 14: NASA astronaut Norm Thagard becomes the
first American to ride on a Russian Rocket into space.
March 22: Cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov returns to
Earth after a record setting 438 days in space.
27: The movie "Forest Gump" wins the oscar for best picture
at the Academy Awards. Actor Tom Hanks takes home the oscar for best
19: A domestic terrorist
bomb rips off the front of the Edward P. Murrah federal building in
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The blast kills 168 people including 19
children. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols are arrested for the
April 24: A Unibomber bomb kills lobbyist Gilbert
Murry in Sacramento, California.
May 27: Actor Christopher Reeve best know for his
portrayal of Superman is paralyzed from the neck down after falling
from a horse.
May 28: Racing
driver Jacques Villeneuve
wins the 79th running of the
June 2: The F-16 of U.S. Air Force Captain Scott
O'Grady is shot down while on patrol of the no fly zone over
June 8: Downed Air Force pilot Captain Scott
O'Grady is rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia-Herzogovina.
June 20: The Houston Rockets defeat
the Orlando Magic in game 4 to claim the 1995 NBA Championship 4
games to none.
June 24: In game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals, the
New Jersey Devils defeat the Detroit Redwings. New Jersey claims
the cup 4 games to 0.
June 29: The space shuttle Atlantis docks with the
Russian space station Mir. It is the first time since 1975 that
spacecraft from the two countries have docked.
The Nasdaq Composite Index closes above 1000 for the first time.
July 21: The adult education group
Fun Ed hosts a lecture and
reception with Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell. For my personal
account of these events, follow the Fun
August 24: The Microsoft corporation releases
October 1: In the World Trade Center bombing trial,
ten people are convicted.
October 3: O.J. Simpson is found not guilty in the
murder trial of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman.
October 28: The Atlanta Braves
defeat the Cleveland Indians in game 6 to win the 1995 World Series 4
games to 2.
November 17: The Dow Jones
Industrial Average closes at 5023.55. It is the first time the
average closes above 5000.
November 28: President Bill
Clinton signs the highway bill that ends the federally mandated 55 MPH
December 4: My friend Tom Celentano
and I met with several astronauts at the Johnson Space Center.
For my account of these meetings follow the Carl Meade link.
December 7: The Galileo probe
enters in Jupiter's atmosphere and returns back valuable scientific