The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

Quote of the 1990s? ‘If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit,’ 25 years on

Twenty-five years ago today, in his closing argument at the sensational O.J. Simpson double-murder trial in Los Angeles, lead defense lawyer Johnnie L. Cochran stood before the jurors and urged … Continue reading

September 27, 2020

Memorable moment in an exceptional year: The Netscape IPO of 1995

The year 1995 was filled with decisive turns and memorable developments; among them, the “Netscape Moment” of 25 years ago. It was an eye-popping moment in an exceptional year. On … Continue reading

August 7, 2020 · 1 Comment

Recalling Bill Gates’ ‘Internet Tidal Wave’ memo, seminal document of the unfolding digital age

Twenty-five years ago tomorrow, Bill Gates sent a lengthy internal memorandum to senior staff at Microsoft Corporation, declaring the internet “a tidal wave” that “changes the rules.” It was a … Continue reading

May 25, 2020

The enduring 1990s: Vivid context for contemporary life

The 25th anniversary of opening arguments in the O.J Simpson “Trial of the Century” fell last week and Court TV.com marked the occasion by launching a retrospective series about the … Continue reading

January 30, 2020 · 3 Comments

Chuck Todd’s bad impeachment analogy

The impeachment case against President Donald Trump seems ominous in its outsize claims but is still quite thin on evidence. That, of course, hasn’t prevented Trump’s foes from pronouncing him … Continue reading

November 30, 2019 · 1 Comment

Recalling John Doe No. 2, phantom suspect of the 1995 OKC bombing

HLN aired recently a two-installment retrospective about the Oklahoma City terrorist bombing of 1995, as part of the cable outlet’s “How It Really Happened” crime series. The program’s timing was … Continue reading

September 30, 2019 · 3 Comments

On portraits of Clinton and Monica’s blue dress

Five years ago in Vanity Fair, Monica Lewinsky wrote that it was time metaphorically “to burn the beret and bury the blue dress,” those cultural reminders of her dalliance as … Continue reading

August 31, 2019 · 3 Comments

O.J. Simpson, egregious again: 25 years after ex-wife’s vicious killing, he says, ‘Life is fine’

In the run-up to today’s 25th anniversary of the vicious fatal stabbing of his ex-wife, O.J. Simpson declared: “Life is fine.” It was the latest crass and gratuitous remark by … Continue reading

June 12, 2019 · 5 Comments

Fat new Holbrooke biography sheds little fresh insight on 1995 Dayton peace accords

I spent time recently with the fat, new, and acclaimed biography about Richard Holbrooke, principal architect of the 1995 Dayton Peace accords, and was surprised that it offered such scant … Continue reading

May 20, 2019

O.J. case ‘do over’: Why the ’95 trial is alive in popular consciousness

For Marcia Clark, the prosecutor who tried O.J. Simpson for double murder in 1995, and lost, The Fix series on ABC is something of a wishful do-over. More broadly the … Continue reading

March 31, 2019 · 5 Comments

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