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Events of 1995
- January 1 - Austria, Finland and Sweden enter the European Union.
- January 1 - The World Trade Organization is established to replace GATT.
- January 1 - The Draupner wave in the North Sea in Norway is detected, confirming the existence of freak waves.
- January 4 - The 104th Congress convenes, the first controlled by Republicans in both houses since 1953.
- January 6-January 7 - A chemical fire occurs in an apartment complex in Manila, Philippines. Policemen led by watch commander Aida Fariscal and investigators find a bomb factory and a laptop computer and disks that contain plans for Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack. The mastermind, Ramzi Yousef, is arrested one month later.
- January 9 - Valeri Polyakov completes 366 days in space while aboard the Mir space station, breaking a duration record.
- January 16 - An avalanche hits the village Súðavík in Iceland, killing 14 people.
- January 17 - A magnitude 7.3 earthquake called the "Great Hanshin earthquake" occurs near Kobe, Japan, causing great property damage and killing 6,434 people.
- January 25 - The Norwegian rocket incident: A rocket launched from the space exploration centre at Andøya, Norway is briefly interpreted by the Russians as an incoming attack.
- January 25 - Eric Cantona of Manchester United, after being red carded, kicks a Crystal Palace fan in the head and is suspended until October.
- January 29 - The San Francisco 49ers become the first NFL franchise to win five Super Bowls, as they defeat the San Diego Chargers 49-26 in Super Bowl XXIX at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida.
- January 29 - Tatachilla Lutheran College officially opens at McLaren Vale, South Australia.
- January 31 - U.S. President Bill Clinton invokes emergency powers to extend a $20 billion loan to help Mexico avert financial collapse.
- February 1 - Guitarist Richey Edwards of the Welsh indie band Manic Street Preachers goes missing from a London hotel on the eve of their tour of the United States. His car is found two weeks later in a car park at the river Severn.
- February 9 - STS-63: Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr. and Michael Foale become the first African American and Briton, respectively, to walk in space.
- February 13 - A United Nations tribunal on human rights violations in the Balkans charges 21 Bosnian Serb commanders with genocide and crimes against humanity.
- February 15 - Hacker Kevin Mitnick is arrested by the FBI and charged with breaking into some of the United States' most "secure" computer systems.
- February 15 - Taiwan's deadliest fire at a karaoke restaurant in Taichung kills 64.
- February 15 - Dublin - Republic of Ireland vs England football match in Lansdowne Road abandoned due to violence and rioting.
- February 17 - Colin Ferguson is convicted of six counts of murder for the December 1993 Long Island Rail Road shootings and later receives a 200+ year sentence.
- February 21 - Serkadji prison mutiny in Algeria: Four guards and 96 prisoners are killed in a day and a half.
- February 21 - Ibrahim Ali, a 17-year-old Comorian living in France, is murdered by 3 far right National Front activists.
- February 21 - Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada, becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.
- February 23 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average gains 30.28 to close at 4,003.33 -- the Dow's first ever close above 4,000.
- February 26 - The United Kingdom's oldest investment banking firm, Barings Bank, collapses after securities broker Nick Leeson loses $1.4 billion by speculating on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
- February 27 - In Denver, Colorado, Stapleton Airport closes and is replaced by the new Denver International Airport, the largest airport in the United States.
- February 28 - Members of the group Patriot's Council are convicted in Minnesota of manufacturing ricin.
- March 1 - Polish Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak resigns from Parliament and is replaced by ex-communist Jozef Oleksy.
- March 1 - In Moscow, Russian anti-corruption journalist Vladislav Listyev is killed by a gunman.
- March 1 - Yahoo! is founded in Santa Clara, California.
- March 2 - Nick Leeson is arrested for his role in the collapse of Barings Bank.
- March 3 - In Somalia, the United Nations peacekeeping mission ends.
- March 6 - Adrianus Jacobs, chairman of Internationale Nederlanden Groep NV, announces that his company will buy bankrupt Barings PLC Bank for a nominal price.
- March 6 - On an episode of The Jenny Jones Show ("Same-Sex Crushes"), Scott Amedure reveals a crush on his heterosexual friend Jonathan Schmitz. Schmitz kills Amedure several days after the show.
- March 13 - David Daliberti and William Barloon, two Americans working for a military contractor in Kuwait, are arrested after straying into Iraq.
- March 14 - Astronaut Norman Thagard becomes the first American to ride into space aboard a Russian launch vehicle (the Soyuz TM-21),lifting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
- March 16 - Mississippi formally ratifies the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery. The thirteenth amendment was officially ratified in 1865.
- March 18 - Basketball superstar Michael Jordan announces he is returning to basketball with his former team, the Chicago Bulls, and the next day returns to the basketball court facing the Indiana Pacers wearing jersey number 45, rather than his famed number 23.
- March 20 - Members of the Aum Shinrikyo religious cult release sarin gas on five railway trains in Tokyo, killing 12 and injuring 5,510.
- March 22 - Cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov returns after setting a record for 438 days in outer space.
- March 24 - For the first time in 26 years, no British soldiers patrol the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- March 26 - The Schengen Agreement easing cross-border travel goes into effect in several European countries.
- March 27 - The 67th Academy Awards, hosted by David Letterman, are held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, with Forrest Gump winning Best Picture.
- March 30 - A police officer tries to assassinate Takaji Kunimatsu, chief of the National Police Agency of Japan.
- March 31 - In Corpus Christi, Texas, Latin superstar Selena Quintanilla Perez is shot and killed by Yolanda Saldivar, the president of her own fan club.
- April 2 - An explosion in Gaza kills eight, including a Hamas leader.
- April 5 - The U.S. House of Representatives votes 246-188 to cut taxes for individuals and corporations.
- April 7 - House Republicans celebrate passage of most of the Contract with America.
- April 19 - Oklahoma City bombing: 168 people, including 8 Federal Marshals and 19 children, are killed at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Timothy McVeigh and one of his accomplices, Terry Nichols, set off the bomb.
- April 24 - A Unabomber bomb kills lobbyist Gilbert Murray in Sacramento, California.
- April 28 - A gas explosion at the subway construction site kills 101 persons, mostly teenage schoolboys in Daegu, South Korea.
- May 7 - Jacques Chirac is elected president of France.
- May 11 - In New York City, more than 170 countries decide to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions.
- May 13 - Earthquake hit the regions of Kozani and Grevena in Greece, with an intensity of 6.6R.
- May 14 - The Dalai Lama proclaims 6-year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima as the eleventh reincarnation of the Panchen Lama.
- May 16 - Japanese police besiege the headquarters of Aum Shinrikyo near Mount Fuji and arrest cult leader Shoko Asahara.
- May 17 - Shawn Nelson, 35, goes on a tank rampage in San Diego.
- May 20 - Everton FC beats Manchester United 1-0 to win the FA Cup.
- May 21 - Pope John Paul II canonizes John Sarkander during his visit to Olomouc, the Czech Republic.
- May 23 - Oklahoma City bombing: In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the remains of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building are imploded.
- May 23 - Caradog Jones becomes the first Welshman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
- May 24 - AFC Ajax beats AC Milan 1-0 to win the Champions League.
- May 25 - Egan v. Canada: The Supreme Court of Canada rules that sexual orientation is a prohibited grounds of discrimination under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
- May 25 - The Quebec Nordiques are sold and move to Denver, Colorado.
- May 27 - In Culpeper, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition.
- May 28 - Neftegorsk, Russia is hit by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake, killing at least 2000 people.
- June 1 - The busiest hurricane season in 62 years begins.
- June 2 - United States Air Force Captain Scott O'Grady's F-16 is shot down over Bosnia-Herzegovina while patrolling the NATO no-fly zone.
- June 2 - SS Captain Erich Priebke is extradited from Argentina to Italy.
- June 5 - The Bose-Einstein condensate is created
- June 6 - U.S. astronaut Norman Thagard breaks NASA's space endurance record of 14 days, 1 hour and 16 minutes, aboard the Russian space station Mir.
- June 8 - Downed U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O'Grady is rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
- June 13 - French President Jacques Chirac announces the resumption of nuclear tests in French Polynesia.
- June 15 - During his murder trial, O.J. Simpson puts on a pair of gloves that were found soaked with blood at the murder scene. The gloves appear not to fit, prompting defense attorney Johnny Cochran to remark: "If the gloves don't fit, you must acquit."
- June 15 - A powerful earthquake, registering a moment magnitude of 6.2, hits the city of Egion, Greece, resulting in several deaths and significant damage to many buildings.
- June 16 - Salt Lake City is awarded the 2002 Winter Olympics.
- June 20 - Oil multinational Royal Dutch Shell caves in to international pressure and abandons plans to dump the Brent Spar oil rig at sea.
- June 22 - Japanese police rescue 365 hostages from a hijacked All Nippon Airways Flight 857 of Boeing 747-200 super-jumbo at Hakodate airport. The hijacker was armed with a knife and demanded the release of Shoko Asahara.
- June 24 - The New Jersey Devils sweep the heavily favored Detroit Red Wings to win their first Stanley Cup in the lock-out shortened season. South Africa wins the Rugby World Cup
- June 29 - Lisa Clayton completes her 10-month solo circumnavigation from the Northern Hemisphere.
- June 29 - STS-71: Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian Mir space station for the first time.
- June 29 - The Sampoong Department Store collapses in the Seocho-gu district of Seoul, South Korea, killing 501 and injuring 937.
- June 29 - Summer - Iraq disarmament crisis: According to UNSCOM, the unity of the UN Security Council begins to fray, as a few countries, particularly France and Russia, are starting to become increasingly more interested in making financial deals with Iraq than in disarming the country.
- July 1 - Iraq disarmament crisis: In response to UNSCOM's evidence, Iraq admits for first time the existence of an offensive biological weapons program, but denies weaponization.
- July 4 - UK Prime Minister John Major wins his battle to remain leader of the Conservative Party.
- July 5 - The U.S. Congress passes the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act, requiring that producers of pornography keep records of all models who are filmed or photographed, and that all models be at least 18 years of age.
- July 8 - A volcanic eruption begins on the island of Montserrat.
- July 10 - Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi is freed from house arrest.
- July 11 - Bosnian Serbs march into Srebrenica while UN Dutch peacekeepers leave. Large numbers of Bosniak men and boys are killed in the Srebrenica massacre.
- July 13 - Dozens of cities, most notably Chicago and Milwaukee, set all-time record high temperatures. Hundreds in these and other cities die as the Chicago Heat Wave of 1995 reaches its peak.
- July 17 - The Nasdaq Composite index closes above the 1,000 mark for the first time.
- July 21-July 26 - Third Taiwan Strait Crisis: The People's Liberation Army fires missiles into the waters north of Taiwan.
- July 23 - David Daliberti and William Barloon, two Americans held as spies by Iraq, are released by Saddam Hussein after negotiations with US Congressman Bill Richardson.
- July 27 - In Washington, DC, the Korean War Veterans Memorial is dedicated.
- August 4 - Croatian forces launch Operation Storm against Serbian forces in Krajina, with the cooperation of the ARBiH, and force them to withdraw to central Bosnia-Herzegovina.
- August 5 - Croatian forces take Knin and continue to advance.
- August 6 - Hundreds in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Washington, D.C., and Tokyo mark the 50th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb.
- August 7 - Operation Storm ends with a UN-brokered ceasefire; remaining Serbian forces start surrendering.
- August 9 - Jerry Garcia, famed guitarist of The Grateful Dead dies from heart failure brought on by sleep apnea and years of poor eating, heavy smoking and drug abuse while in rehab at the Serenity Knolls facility in Northern California.
- August 11 - Russell Hill subway accident in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- August 14 - An avalanche buries Alison Hargreaves, the first woman to climb Mt. Everest without oxygen; she is reported dead.
- August 24 - Microsoft releases Windows 95.
- August 28 - A Serbian mortar bomb near a Sarajevo market square kills 37 civilians.
- August 30 - The NATO bombing campaign against Serb artillery positions begins in Bosnia and Herzegovina, continuing into October. At the same time, ARBiH forces begin an offensive against the Serb Army around Sarajevo, central Bosnia, and Bosnian Krajina.
- September - DVD, an optical disc computer storage media format, is announced.
- September 4 - eBay is founded.
- September 4 - The Fourth World Conference on Women opens in Beijing with over 4,750 delegates from 181 countries in attendance.
- September 6 - With the jury absent, Los Angeles Police Department detective Mark Fuhrman invokes his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in the murder trial of O.J. Simpson.
- September 6 - NATO air strikes continue, after repeated attempts at a solution with the Serbs fail.
- September 6 - Cal Ripken Jr of the Baltimore Orioles breaks the all time consecutive games played record in MLB.
- September 14 - Clare win the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship for the third time.
- September 19 - The Washington Post and The New York Times publish the Unabomber's manifesto.
- September 22 - American millionaire Steve Forbes announces his candidacy for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination.
- September 23 - Argentine national Guillermo "Bill" Gaede is arrested in Phoenix, Arizona on charges of industrial espionage. His sales to Cuba, China, North Korea and Iran are believed to have involved Intel and AMD trade secrets worth USD$10-20 million.
- September 26 - The trial against former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, accused of Mafia connections, begins.
- September 27-September 28 - Bob Denard's mercenaries capture President Said Mohammed Djohor of the Comoros; the local army does not resist.
- October 1 - Ten people are convicted of bombing the World Trade Center in 1993.
- October 3 - O.J. Simpson is found not guilty of double murder for the deaths of former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. (He will be found liable in a civil trial in 1997).
- October 4 - France launches a counter-coup in the Comoros with 600 soldiers. They arrest Bob Denard and his mercenaries and take Denard to France; Caabi el-Yachroutu becomes the interim president. Hurricane Opal makes landfall at Pensacola Beach, FL as a Category 3 hurricane with 115 mph winds.
- October 6 - Michael Mayor and Didier Queloz announce the discovery of 51 Pegasi b, the first confirmed Extrasolar planet.
- October 9 - 1995 Palo Verde derailment: An Amtrak Sunset Limited train is derailed by saboteurs near Palo Verde, Arizona.
- October 15 - The Carolina Panthers win their first-ever regular season game by defeating the New York Jets at Clemson Memorial Stadium in South Carolina.
- October 16 - The Million Man March is held in Washington, D.C.. The event was conceived by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
- October 17- French-woman Jeanne Calment reaches the confirmed age of 120 years and 238 days making her the oldest person ever recorded.
- October 23 - In Houston, Texas, Yolanda Saldivar is convicted of first degree murder in the shooting death of Selena Quintanilla Perez and three days later would be sentenced to life in prison.
- October 24 - A total solar eclipse is visible from Iran, India, Thailand, and Southeast Asia.
- October 25 - A Metra commuter train slams into a school bus in Fox River Grove, Illinois, killing seven students.
- October 26 - An avalanche hits the village Flateyri in Iceland, killing 20 people.
- October 28 - The Atlanta Braves win the World Series.
- October 28 - Fire breaks on a crowded metro train in Baku, Azerbaijan killing more than 300 passengers--world's worst metro disaster.
- October 30 - Quebec separatists narrowly lose a referendum for a mandate to negotiate independence from Canada.
- November 1 - Participants in the Yugoslav War begin negotiations at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
- November 1 - The U.S. House of Representatives votes to ban partial birth abortions by a vote of 288-139.
- November 2 - The Supreme Court of Argentina orders the extradition of Erich Priebke, ex-S.S. captain.
- November 3 - At Arlington National Cemetery, U.S. President Bill Clinton dedicates a memorial to the victims of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing.
- November 4 -Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated at a peace rally in Tel Aviv.
- November 10 - Iraq disarmament crisis: With help from Israel and Jordan, UN inspector Ritter intercepts 240 Russian gyroscopes and accelerometers on their way to Iraq from Russia.
- November 10 - In Nigeria, playwright and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, along with eight others from the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, are hanged by government forces.
- November 12 - Agreement and announcement of the Millbrook Commonwealth Action Programme, a programme to on the implementation of the Harare Declaration, by Commonwealth Heads of Government.
- November 14 - A budget standoff between Democrats and Republicans in the Congress of the United States, forces the federal government to temporarily close national parks and museums, and run most government offices with skeleton staff.
- November 16 - A United Nations tribunal charges Radovan Karadžić and Ratko Mladic with genocide during the Bosnian War.
- November 21 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average gains 40.46 to close at 5,023.55, its first close above 5,000. This makes 1995 the first year where the Dow surpasses 2 millennium marks in a single year.
- November 21 - A peace agreement for Bosnia is reached.
- November 22 - Colin McRae becomes the first ever Scottish world rally champion.
- November 22 - Rosemary West is sentenced to life for killing 10 women and girls, including her daughter and stepdaughter, after the jury returns a guilty verdict at Winchester Crown Court. The trial judge recommends that she should never be released from prison, making her only the second woman in British legal history to be subjected to a whole life tariff (the other is Myra Hindley).
- November 22 - Six year old Elisa Izquierdo's child abuse related death at the hands of her mother makes headlines, and instigates major reform in New York City's child welfare system.
- November 22 - Egypt, Eilat, Israel, and much of the North African Mediterranean is struck by the strongest earthquake in Israel's history - 7.2 mW. Curiously, within a week there is attempted historical revisionism downwards to 6.2 with Gulf of Aqaba architects and engineers holding the bag for alleged 'shoddy construction'. A 6.2 mW earthquake is only 1/32nd the magnitude of a 7.2 quake.
- November 28 - The Barcelona Treaty is signed by 27 attending nations.
- November 28 - U.S. President Bill Clinton signs the National Highway Designation Act, which ends the federal 55 mph speed limit.
- November 30 - Javier Solana becomes the new NATO General Secretary; official end of Operation Desert Storm.
- December 7 - NASA's Galileo probe reenters over Jupiter.
- December 14 - The Dayton Peace Agreement is signed in Paris.
- December 15 - The European Court of Justice rules that all EU football players have the right to a free transfer among member states at the end of their contracts.
- December 15 - Because of the "quadruple-witching" option expiration, volume on the New York Stock Exchange hits 638 million shares, the highest single-day volume since October 20, 1987 when the Dow staged a stunning recovery a day after Black Monday.
- December 16 - Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraqi scuba divers, under the direction of UNSCOM, dredge the Tigris River near Baghdad. The divers find over 200 prohibited Russian made missile instruments and components.
- December 30
- January 6 - Joe Slovo, South African communist politician (b. 1926)
- November 4 - Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli prime minister; recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1922)
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