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1995 The Year That Was

Time Line

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Jan 5 ‘She’s A Bitch’ After assuring Kathleen Gingrich that her whispered comment would remain between the two of them, Connie Chung airs son Newt’s opinion of Hillary Clinton.

Jan 9 Oleomarginal Romance hunk Fabio appears in an advertising campaign for I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

Jan 12 Slings and Arrows Keanu Reeves stars in Hamlet at the Manitoba Theatre Centre. One critic compares his speech to a novice driver ”falling on the accelerator.”

Jan 13 ZZZZzzzz Ending months of suspense, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen announce the name of their company: DreamWorks SKG.

Jan 18 Watch Your Speed Jerry Garcia crashes a rented BMW into a guardrail near Mill Valley, Calif., and emerges unscathed.

Jan 25 No Respect One day into O.J. Simpson’s double-murder trial, as lawyers persist in arguing during opening statements, Judge Lance Ito says, ”I’m beginning to feel like the Rodney Dangerfield of judges.”

Jan 26 ‘Life’ Goes Off The critically lauded (but 115th-ranked) My So-Called Life airs its final new episode on ABC. In May, MTV buys two-year rights to the 19 existing shows.

Jan 28 No.1 Son Entertainment Tonight production assistant Edward Burns, 27, scores the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for his homemade The Brothers McMullen. He soon quits his job.

Feb 12 ‘I Want to Tell You’ Despite scattered protests around the country, O.J.’s pass at jailhouse journalism debuts at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list.

Fed 14 Bodices for Beiing What’s the brush stroke for throbbing loins? Harlequin romances begin testing in China, where books will be edited to conform with local sensibilities.

Feb 15 ‘Dreams’ Deferred One day after Hoop Dreams fails to get an Oscar nomination, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces it’ll reexamine its documentary-selection process.

Feb 19 Wet & Wed Baywatch’s Pamela Anderson marries Heather Locklear’s ex, tattooed Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, on a Cancun beach. The bride wears white—a bikini.

Fed 21 Glory Day For the first time in seven years, Bruce Springsteen performs live with the E Street Band. An invited New York City nightclub crowd sees Jonathan Demme film the video for ”Murder Incorporated.”

Fed 22 Royale With Cheese Oscar contender Quentin Tarantino sullies his resume with an acting cameo on his friend Margaret Cho’s doomed ABC sitcom, All-American Girl.

Fed 27 Loved His Work Daniel Baldwin proposes to his Homicide costar Isabella Hofmann during Late Night With Conan O’Brien. She accepts. By June, he’s left the NBC drama.

March 1 Everybody Hurts, 1 Bill Berry collapses in Lausanne, Switzerland, the first medical mishap of R.E.M.’s world tour.

March 2 Not the Toadies Pearl Jam deny lending their name to a campaign to end frog dissections in school labs. PETA had earlier announced the rockers’ endorsement.