The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

‘Too tight’: The botched glove demonstration at O.J. ‘Trial of the Century’ in 1995

O.J. Simpson never testified at his months-long double-murder trial in 1995. But a consistent feature of the absorbing yet often-repellent case was that Simpson was never far from center stage … Continue reading

June 12, 2020

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

25 years on: Remembering the OKC bombing — and how the media erred

Twenty-five years on, powerful images of the Oklahoma City bombing — the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in American history — have proved to be timeless. There’s the jagged, ruined … Continue reading

April 17, 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 · 2 Comments

With us still: 1995, 25 years on

Twenty-five years have passed since the dawning of 1995 and the year’s enduring significance is more apparent than ever. Nineteen-ninety-five was a decisive time defined by watershed moments in new … Continue reading

December 31, 2019 · 3 Comments

Nobel Prize: Recognizing the 1995 discovery of the first exoplanet

Twenty-four years ago, an unassuming Swiss astrophysicist named Michel Mayor took the floor at a conference in Florence, Italy, to announce the discovery of an exoplanet — a planet orbiting … Continue reading

October 20, 2019

The 1995 Blog turns five: A look back at five top posts

The 1995 Blog was launched five years ago today, in the run-up to publication of my book, 1995: The Year the Future Began. The blog has served to promote the … Continue reading

July 1, 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 · 4 Comments

Clinton impeachment looking better, 20 years after

When the House of Representatives impeached President Bill Clinton, 20 years ago this week, I remember thinking the move — unpopular then — would look better in time. And it … Continue reading

December 20, 2018 · 9 Comments

For Bill Clinton, the reckoning grinds on

It’s mid-August, almost exactly 20 years since Bill Clinton’s petulant, 4½ minute speech in which he conceded to having had an “improper” sexual relationship with a former White House intern … Continue reading

August 16, 2018 · 9 Comments

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