The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

Timeless lessons of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing

The attack came without warning, at a little after 9 a.m. local time, on April 19, 1995. A 7,000 pound bomb, made of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil and packed … Continue reading

April 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

The mixed lessons of the Dayton accords, 21 years on

Twenty-one years have passed since U.S.-backed negotiations at Dayton, Ohio, produced an agreement ending the brutal war in Bosnia, Europe’s deadliest conflict since the time of the Nazis. The agreement … Continue reading

November 20, 2016

When the U.S. stood still: Awaiting the O.J. verdicts in 1995

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 2, 2016 · 8 Comments

The ‘Netscape Moment,’ 21 years on

Today marks the 21st anniversary of the “Netscape Moment” of 1995, the day when a Silicon Valley startup’s eye-popping market debut illuminated the World Wide Web for millions of people … Continue reading

August 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

The crowded closing day of a watershed year

It is fitting that the watershed year of 1995 closed on such a crowded day. December 31, 1995, was a Sunday, and the publication date of the last original strip … Continue reading

December 31, 2015 · 1 Comment

Looking back at a watershed year: 1995 in blog posts

The year 1995 was a watershed in digital media, domestic terrorism, political scandal, crime and justice, and international diplomacy. Over the past 12 months, The 1995 Blog revisited the watershed … Continue reading

December 27, 2015 · 21 Comments

Christmas and cyberspace, 1995: Toe-dipping online

The Internet and World Wide Web entered mainstream consciousness in 1995 — more tentatively than in a rush. News reports at Christmas that year suggested as much: It was a … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

Remembering Alta Vista — ‘high-speed’ search for the early Web

It was the go-to search engine of the early Web, and it was launched 20 years ago today. The pioneer was Alta Vista, and its technology of using spiders to … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · 5 Comments

Prediction of the year, 1995: Internet ‘will soon go spectacularly supernova’

The Internet’s emergence into mainstream consciousness in 1995 was met no small amount of skepticism and eye-rolling. It was all overhyped, critics said. A distraction. Notable among the skeptics was … Continue reading

December 3, 2015 · 9 Comments

Bosnian war ended at Dayton 20 years ago; U.S. ‘hubris bubble’ swelled soon after

Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the successful conclusion of U.S.-brokered peace talks near Dayton, Ohio — a remarkable negotiation that was salvaged at almost the last possible moment and … Continue reading

November 19, 2015 · 3 Comments

Closing government sows scandal: When Clinton met Monica

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of a partial shutdown of the U.S. government, the upshot of an impasse over spending cuts that pitted the Republican-controlled Congress and the administration of … Continue reading

November 13, 2015 · 11 Comments

Downer doc: Richard Holbrooke recalled on HBO

The conventional interpretation of Richard C. Holbrooke, principal architect of the 1995 Dayton peace accords that ended the vicious war in Bosnia, is that he was a shrewd and colorful … Continue reading

November 5, 2015 · 7 Comments

Amid suspicion and disdain, Dayton peace talks on Bosnia opened 20 years ago

Elegance was absent and awkwardness prevailed as the U.S.-brokered peace talks on Bosnia opened 20 years ago today at an improbable venue halfway round the world from the theater of … Continue reading

November 1, 2015 · 5 Comments

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 · 10 Comments