1995 News and Interesting History Tidbits



American Rock Band Grateful Dead

Jerry Garcia the lead guitarist and vocalist of the rock band "The Grateful Dead." is found dead in his room at a rehabilitation clinic ( Serenity Knolls Treatment Center ) he had checked into earlier, the cause of death on the death certificate was "Heart Attack" . He had checked into the center for problems with tobacco, drug addiction, weight problems, and sleep apnea, all of which may have contributed to his heart attack.


The American rock band Grateful Dead announce they are breaking up after 30 years of making music. The news came four months after the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia






Barings Bank Collapse
Barings PLC, Britain's oldest investment banking firm, collapsed after Nick Leeson a securities dealer lost more than $1.4 billion by gambling on Tokyo stock prices over a period of three years . The collapse was caused by his losses but also by the bank's own deficient internal auditing and risk management practices which should have picked up the losses much earlier.







Ethnic Cleansing by Bosnian Serbs
Ethnic Cleansing by Bosnian Serbs in the "SAFE AREA" of Srebrenica with tales of rape, massacres and psychological torture, the 40,000 women, children and elderly people who were under the protection of Dutch peacekeepers have been forced to flee what was set up as a "Safe Haven" because peacekeeping forces did not have the mandate to stop Serb forces taking over the town. It is also believed but not yet confirmed that over 3,000 Muslim men have been shot and murdered during the ethnic cleansing, but Bosnian Serbian forces are refusing entry to journalists and international organizations to confirm reports.


After a number of investigations by the United Nations mass graves were found and the number of men killed was estimated at over 7,000 Muslim men who were shot dead and buried in mass graves. The General in charge General Mladic was later indicted by the War Crimes Tribunal for genocide but is still at large.







Dayton Accord
Leaders of Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia sign the Dayton Accord in Paris to end more than three years of bitter conflict.








No Money to Pay Federal Workers
Hundreds of thousands of federal works were sent home as the budget deadlock between President Clinton and the Republican Congress forced many government offices to close







Heat Wave Wisconsin and Illinois kills 2,000
A heat wave that effects Illinois and Wisconsin starts when a heat advisory is issued in Chicago, Illinois, warning of an impending record-breaking heat wave. By the time the heat wave ends one week later, nearly 2,000 people are dead in Illinois and Wisconsin with temperatures being recorded in Chicago up to 106 degrees Fahrenheit.






Oklahoma Bombing
A truck full of explosives destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, killing 168 people. ( In 1997, Timothy McVeigh was convicted of the bombing and on June 11, 2001, he was executed by lethal injection.)








US Shuttle Docks With Russian Mir
The US shuttle Atlantis delivered a relief crew of two cosmonauts to the Russian Mir space station, creating a new era of space co-operation between the two former Cold War rivals.










Steve Fossett Balloon Record
Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon, taking off from South Korea, and landing in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Fossett was reported missing on September 3, 2007 after the plane he was flying over the Nevada desert failed to return and his wife asked for him to be declared legally dead on November 26, 2007 .









Colin Ferguson Sentenced
Colin Ferguson who had murdered six people and injured nineteen others when he pulled out a gun and fired on other passengers on the Long Island Rail Road in Garden City, New York on December 7, 1993. is sentenced to life in prison.









Major League Baseball Strike Ends
Baseball players agreed to end a 232-day strike which had begun on August 12, 1994, after a judge granted a preliminary injunction against club owners.

The strike led to the cancellation of 938 games overall, including the entire 1994 postseason and 1994 World Series.

Like nearly all strikes the Baseball player strike revolved around money with club owners demanding a salary cap in response to the worsening financial situation in baseball.








Selena Quintanilla Murdered
Grammy award winning Mexican American singer Selena Quintanilla was shot and murdered in a motel room by the woman who founded her fan club








South Korea Gas Explosion
A gas explosion beneath a busy city street in Taegu, South Korea, kills more than 100 people many of them children on their way to school.









Japan Sarin Gas Terrorist Attack
Five two man terrorist teams from the Aum Shinrikyo religious ( doomsday cult ), riding on separate subway trains, converge at the Kasumigaseki station and secretly release lethal sarin gas into the air causing the death of Twelve people, and a further 5,500 treated in hospitals.









Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan goes back to play for the Chicago Bulls after deciding to come out of retirement .









Bombay Changed to Mumbai
City of Bombay in India changed it's name to Mumbai in 1995









Bethlehem Handed Over To Palestinian Control
Bethlehem became one of the areas under the full control of the Palestinian National Authority in conformance with the Oslo Accords.










Gang Violence Schools
As gang violence in schools in inner cities continues to be a problem a head teacher ( Philip Lawrence ) is stabbed to death in an inner city London School while protecting a pupil who was being assaulted









Dow Jones Breaks 5000 Barrier
On November 21, 1995 the Dow Jones closed above 5,000 (5,023.55) for the first time








Fred West
The Serial killer Fred West commits suicide











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