The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

Spoofing her majesty in the ‘Great Royal Phone Embarrassment’ of 1995

No prank or hoax in 1995 was more inspired or amusing than that of Pierre Brassard, a 29-year-old radio show host in Montreal. Brassard impersonated the Canadian prime minister, got … Continue reading

October 25, 2015 · 9 Comments

The UN at 50: Palaver, pomposity, and the newspaper ‘lead’ of the year, 1995

Twenty years ago this week, world leaders gathered in New York City to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations in a three-day commemorative meeting of … Continue reading

October 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Million Man March: Controversial rally in a watershed year

It is tempting to look back 20 years and think of the mid-1990s as a time of gathering prosperity at home and relative tranquility abroad. Such a characterization, of course, … Continue reading

October 15, 2015

Exoplanet discovery a memorable first in 1995

That 1995 was a watershed year is quite clear. It was the year the Internet and World Wide Web began entering the mainstream. It was the year of the Oklahoma … Continue reading

October 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

DNA: The enduring legacy of the 1995 O.J. trial

Twenty years after O.J. Simpson’s acquittal in an extraordinary murder trial that stretched for months across the watershed year 1995, the legacies of the case are still contested. The vivid … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · 18 Comments

When America stood still: The O.J. verdicts, 20 years after

The watershed year 1995 produced two flashbulb events in America — moments so powerful and memorable that for years afterward people remembered where they were, and what they were doing, … Continue reading

October 1, 2015 · 16 Comments