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1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.
It was the first year of the International Decade of the World's Indigenous People (1995-2005).<ref>United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization: Culture - Action in favour of Indigenous Peoples</ref>
- January 1
- January 4 - The 104th Congress convenes, the first controlled by Republicans in both houses since 1953.
- January 6-January 7 - A chemical fire occurs in an apartment complex in Manila, Philippines. Policemen led by watch commander Aida Fariscal and investigators find a bomb factory and a laptop computer and disks that contain plans for Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack. The mastermind, Ramzi Yousef, is arrested 1 month later.
- January 9 - Valeri Polyakov completes 366 days in space while aboard the Mir space station, breaking a duration record.
- January 11 - The WB Television Network begins operations.
- January 16
- January 17 - A magnitude 7.3 earthquake called "the Great Hanshin earthquake" occurs near Kobe, Japan, causing great property damage and killing 6,434 people.
- January 24 - The prosecution delivers its opening statement in the O.J. Simpson murder case.
- January 25
- January 29
- January 31 - U.S. President Bill Clinton invokes emergency powers to extend a $20 billion loan to help Mexico avert financial collapse.
- Javed Ahmad Ghamidi launches the first Islamic e-periodical, "Renaissance: A Monthly Islamic Journal". 
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- March 1
- March 2
- March 3 - In Somalia, the United Nations peacekeeping mission ends.
- March 5 - Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited founded.<ref>Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd.: About Us</ref>
- March 6
- Adrianus Jacobs, chairman of Internationale Nederlanden Groep NV, announces that his company will buy bankrupt Barings PLC Bank for a nominal price.
- On an episode of The Jenny Jones Show ("Same-Sex Crushes"), Scott Amedure reveals a crush on his heterosexual friend Jonathan Schmitz. The mentally unstable Schmitz kills Amedure several days after the show.
- March 13 - David Daliberti and William Barloon, 2 Americans working for a military contractor in Kuwait, are arrested after straying into Iraq.
- March 14 - Astronaut Norman Thagard becomes the first American to ride into space aboard a Russian launch vehicle (the Soyuz TM-21),lifting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
- March 18 - Basketball superstar Michael Jordan announces he's returning to basketball with his former team, the Chicago Bulls, and the next day returns to the basketball court facing the Indiana Pacers.
- March 20 - Members of the Aum Shinrikyo religious cult release sarin gas on 5 separate railway trains in Tokyo, killing 12 and injuring hundreds.
- March 22
- March 24 - For the first time in 26 years, no British soldiers patrol the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- March 30 - A police officer tries to assassinate Takaji Kunimatsu, chief of the National Police Agency of Japan.
- March 31 - In Corpus Christi, Texas, Latin superstar Selena Quintanilla Perez is shot and killed by Yolanda Saldivar, the president of her own fan club.
- May 1 - CBC Radio Overnight debuts.
- May 7 - Jacques Chirac is elected president of France.
- May 11 - In New York City, more than 170 countries decide to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions.
- May 13 - Earthquake hit the regions of Kozani and Grevena in Greece, with an intensity of 6,6R.
- May 14 - The Dalai Lama proclaims 6-year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima as the eleventh reincarnation of the Panchen Lama.
- May 16
- May 17 - Shawn Nelson, 35, goes on a tank rampage in San Diego.
- May 20 - Everton FC beats Manchester United 1-0 to win the FA Cup.
- May 21 - Pope John Paul II canonizes John Sarkander during his visit to Olomouc, the Czech Republic.
- May 23 - Oklahoma City bombing: In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the remains of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building are imploded.
- May 24 - AFC Ajax beats AC Milan 1-0 to win the Champions League.
- May 25
- May 27 - In Culpeper, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition, ending his career as Superman.
- May 28 - Neftegorsk, Russia is hit by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake, killing at least 2000 people (2/3rd of the town's population).
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- June 1 - The busiest hurricane season in 62 years begins. (see 1995 Atlantic hurricane season).
- June 2
- June 5 - The Bose-Einstein condensate is created.
- June 6 - U.S. astronaut Norman Thagard breaks NASA's space endurance record of 14 days, 1 hour and 16 minutes, aboard the Russian space station Mir.
- June 8 - Downed U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O'Grady is rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
- June 13 - French President Jacques Chirac announces the resumption of nuclear tests in French Polynesia.
- June 15
- During his murder trial, O.J. Simpson puts on a pair of gloves that were found soaked with blood at the murder scene. The gloves appear not to fit, prompting defense attorney Johnny Cochran to remark: "If the gloves don't fit, you must acquit."
- A powerful earthquake, registering a moment magnitude of 6.2, hits the city of Egion, Greece, resulting in several deaths and significant damage to many buildings.
- June 16 - Salt Lake City is awarded the 2002 Winter Olympics.
- June 20 - Oil multinational Royal Dutch Shell caves in to international pressure and abandons plans to dump the Brent Spar oil rig at sea.
- June 22 - Japanese police rescue 365 hostages from a hijacked Nippon Airlines 747 at Hakodate airport. The hijacker was armed with a knife and demanded the release of Shoko Asahara.
- June 24 - The New Jersey Devils defeat the heavily favored Detroit Red Wings 5-2 in Game 4 of the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals at Brendan Byrne Arena at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey to win their first Stanley Cup Championship in team history.
- June 29
- Summer - Iraq disarmament crisis: According to UNSCOM, the unity of the UN Security Council begins to fray, as a few countries, particularly France and Russia, are starting to become increasingly more interested in making financial deals with Iraq than disarming the country.
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- Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq threatens to end all cooperation with UNSCOM and IAEA, if sanctions against the country are not lifted by Thursday, August 31, 1995.
- Midwestern United States heat wave: An unprecedented heat wave strikes the Midwestern United States for most of the month. Temperatures exceed 104°F (40°C) in the afternoon in numerous cities for 5 straight days. At least 3000 people die, 750 in Chicago alone.
- July 1 - Iraq disarmament crisis: In response to UNSCOM's evidence, Iraq admits for first time the existence of an offensive biological weapons program, but denies weaponization.
- July 4 - UK Prime Minister John Major wins his battle to remain leader of the Conservative Party.
- July 5 - The U.S. Congress passes the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act, requiring that producers of pornography keep records of all models who are filmed or photographed. This act also requires that all models be at least 18 years of age.
- July 8 - A volcanic eruption begins on the island of Montserrat.
- July 10 - Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi is freed from house arrest.
- July 11 - Bosnian Serbs march into Srebrenica while UN Dutch peacekeepers leave. Large numbers of Bosniak men and boys are killed in the Srebrenica massacre.
- July 13 - Dozens of cities, most notably Chicago and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, set all-time record high temperatures. Hundreds in these and other cities die as the July 1995 heat wave reaches its peak.
- July 17 - The Nasdaq Composite index closes above the 10,000 mark for the first time.
- July 21-July 26 - Third Taiwan Strait Crisis: The People's Liberation Army fires missiles into the waters north of Taiwan.
- July 23 - David Daliberti and William Barloon, 2 Americans held as spies by Iraq, are released by Saddam Hussein.
- July 27 - In Washington, DC, the Korean War Veterans Memorial is dedicated.
- July 28 - Network Solutions announces a new policy to help companies protect their trademarks on the Internet.
- Iraq disarmament crisis: Following the defection of his son-in-law, Hussein Kamel al Majid, minister of industry and military industrialisation, Saddam Hussein makes new revelations about the full extent of Iraq's biological and nuclear weapons programs. Iraq also withdraws its last UN declaration of prohibited biological weapons and turns over a large amount of new documents on its WMD programs.
- August - A dam at the Omai mine in Guyana ruptures, spilling cyanide into the Essequibo and Omai rivers.
- August 4 - Croatian forces launch Operation Storm against Serbian forces in Krajina, with the cooperation of the ARBiH, and force them to withdraw to central Bosnia.
- August 5 - Croatian forces take Knin and continue to advance.
- August 6 - Hundreds in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Washington, D.C., and Tokyo mark the 50th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb.
- August 7 - Operation Storm ends with a UN-brokered ceasefire; remaining Serbian forces start surrendering.
- August 9 - Netscape launches IPO.
- August 11 - Chrono Trigger is released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
- August 11 - Russell Hill subway accident in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- August 14 - An avalanche buries Alison Hargreaves, the first woman to climb Mt. Everest without oxygen; she is reported dead.
- August 15 - Indonesia celebrates 50 years of independence.
- August 24 - Microsoft releases Windows 95.
- August 28 - A Serbian Mortar bomb near a Sarajevo market square kills 37 civilians.
- August 30 - The NATO bombing campaign against Serb artillery positions begins in Bosnia, continuing into October. At the same time ARBiH forces begin an offensive against the Serb Army around Sarajevo, central Bosnia and Bosnian Krajina.
- September - DVD, an optical disc computer storage media format, is announced.
- September 4 - The Fourth World Conference on Women opens in Beijing with over 4,750 delegates from 181 countries in attendance.
- September 6
- September 17 - The Weekly Standard, an influential American conservative magazine, makes its debut.
- September 22 - American millionaire Steve Forbes announces his candidacy for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination.
- September 23 - Argentine national Guillermo "Bill" Gaede is arrested in Phoenix, Arizona on charges of industrial espionage. His sales to Cuba, China, North Korea and Iran are believed to have involved Intel and AMD trade secrets worth USD$10-20 million.
- September 26 - The trial against former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, accused of Mafia connections, begins.
- September 27-September 28 - Bob Denard's mercenaries capture President Said Mohammed Djohor of the Comoros; the local army does not resist.
- October 1 - Ten people are convicted of bombing the World Trade Center in 1993.
- October 3 - O.J. Simpson is found not guilty of double murder for the deaths of former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. (He will be found liable in a second civil trial in 1997).
- October 4 - France launches a counter-coup in the Comoros with 600 soldiers. They arrest Bob Denard and his mercenaries and take Denard to France. Caabi el-Yachroutu becomes the new interim president.
- October 6 - Michael Mayor and Didier Queloz announce the discovery of 51 Pegasi b, the first confirmed Extrasolar planet.
- October 9 - 1995 Palo Verde derailment: An Amtrak Sunset Limited train is derailed by saboteurs near Palo Verde, Arizona.
- October 15 - The Carolina Panthers win their first-ever regular season game by defeating the New York Jets at Clemson Memorial Stadium in South Carolina.
- October 16 - The Million Man March is held in Washington, D.C. The event was conceived by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
- October 23 - In Houston, Texas, Yolanda Saldivar is convicted of first degree murder in the shooting death of Selena Quintanilla Perez and three days later would be sentenced to life in prison. Saldivar will be eligible for parole in 2025.
- October 24 - A total solar eclipse is visible from Iran, India, Thailand, and Southeast Asia. 
- October 25 - A Metra commuter train slams into a school bus in Fox River Grove, Illinois, killing 7 students.
- October 26 - An avalanche hits the village Flateyri in Iceland, killing 20 people.
- October 28
- October 30 - Quebec separatists narrowly lose a referendum for a mandate to negotiate independence from Canada
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- November 1
- November 2 - The Supreme Court of Argentina orders the extradition of Erich Priebke, ex-S.S. captain.
- November 3 - At Arlington National Cemetery, U.S. President Bill Clinton dedicates a memorial to the victims of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing.
- November 5 - The British rock band Oasis plays the biggest indoor concert in Europe ever at Earl's Court, London.
- November 9 - Bill Watterson, author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, announces his retirement in a brief letter to newspaper editors.
- November 10
- November 13 - Birth of Stella Hudgens
- November 14 - A budget standoff between Democrats and Republicans in the Congress of the United States, forces the federal government to temporarily close national parks and museums, and run most government offices with skeleton staff.
- November 16 - A United Nations tribunal charges Radovan Karadžić and Ratko Mladic with genocide during the Bosnian War.
- November 17 - Public Radio International's radio program This American Life broadcasts its first episode, "New Beginnings".
- November 21
- The Dow Jones Industrial Average gains 40.46 to close at 5,023.55, its first close above 5,000. This makes the 1995 the first year where the Dow surpasses 2 millennium marks in a single year. It will do it again in 1997, 1999 and 2006.
- A peace agreement for Bosnia is reached.
- November 22
- Rosemary West is sentenced to life for killing 10 women and girls, including her daughter and stepdaughter, after the jury returns a guilty verdict at Winchester Crown Court. The trial judge recommends that she should never be released from prison, making her only the second woman in British legal history to be subjected to a whole life tariff (the other is Myra Hindley.
- Six year old Elisa Izquierdo's child abuse related death at the hands of her mother makes headlines, and instigates major reform in New York City's child welfare system, so as to prevent similar tragedies.
- November 22 - Eilat, Israel, Egypt, and much of the North African Mediterranean is struck by the strongest earthquake in Israel's history - 7.2 mW. Curiously, within a week there is attempted historical revisionism downwards to 6.2 with Gulf of Aqaba architects and engineers holding the bag for alleged 'shoddy construction'. A 6.2 mW earthquake is only 1/32nd the magnitude of a 7.2 quake.
- November 28
- November 30 - Javier Solana becomes the new NATO General Secretary.
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- January 4 - María Isabel, Spanish singer
- January 26 - Kyle Chavarria, American actress
- February 8 - Jordan Todosey, Canadian actress
- March 19 - Philip Bolden, American actor
- May 12 - Sullivan and Sawyer Sweeten, American actors
- May 24 - Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein
- June 20 - Brianna Rieffel, American singer-songwriter
- July 7 - Chloe Greenfield, American actress
- July 12 - Georgie Henley, English actress
- August 8 - Malin Reitan, Norwegian singer
- August 15 - Luke Benward, American actor
- August 24 - Runa Tsukishima, Japanese child model
- September 13 - Mitch Holleman, American actor
- October 25 - Conchita Campbell, Canadian actress
- November 13 - Stella Hudgens, American actress
- January 1 - Fred West, English serial killer (suicide) (b. 1941)
- January 1 - Eugene Wigner, Hungarian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
- January 2 - Siyad Barre, President of Somalia (b. 1919)
- January 4 - Sol Tax, American anthropologist (b. 1907)
- January 7 - Murray Rothbard, American economist (b. 1926)
- January 7 - Larry Grayson, British comedian and game show host (b. 1923)
- January 9 - Peter Cook, English comedian and writer (b. 1937)
- January 18 - Adolf Butenandt, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)
- January 18 - Ron Luciano, baseball umpire (b. 1937)
- January 22 - Rose Kennedy, American philanthropist (b. 1890)
- January 30 - Gerald Durrell British naturalist, zookeeper, author, and television presenter (b. 1925)
- January 31 - George Abbott, American writer, director, and producer (b. 1887)
- February 2 - Fred Perry, English tennis player (b. 1909)
- February 2 - Donald Pleasence, English actor (b. 1919)
- February 4 - Patricia Highsmith, American author (b. 1921)
- February 12 - Robert Bolt, English writer (b. 1924)
- February 14 - U Nu, Burmese politician (b. 1907)
- February 22 - Melvin Franklin, American singer (b. 1942)
- February 23 - James Herriot, English veterinarian and author (b. 1916)
- March 3 - Howard W. Hunter, fourteenth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1907)
- March 5 - Vivian Stanshall, English comedian, writer, artist, broadcaster, and musician (b. 1943)
- March 7 - Georges J.F. Kohler, German biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1946)
- March 8 - Ingo Schwichtenberg, drummer (Helloween) (suicide)
- March 12 - Juanin Clay, American actress (b. 1949)
- March 13 - Leon Day, baseball player (b. 1916)
- March 13 - Odette Sansom, French World War II heroine (b. 1912)
- March 14 - William Alfred Fowler, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
- March 17 - Ronald Kray, leading figure in organised crime in London, UK (b. 1933)
- March 17 - Rick Aviles, American actor (b. 1952)
- March 18 - Robin Jacques, illustrator of children's books (b. 1920)
- March 23 - Davie Cooper, Scottish footballer (b. 1956)
- March 26 - Eazy-E, American musician and record producer (b. 1963)
- March 27 - Maurizio Gucci, Italian businessman (murdered) (b. 1948)
- March 29 - Tony Lock, English cricketer (b. 1929)
- March 31 - Selena Quintanilla Perez, American singer (b. 1971)
- April 2 - Harvey Penick, American golfer (b. 1904)
- April 2 - Hannes Alfvén, Swedish chemist, Nobel-prize (b.1908)
- April 4 - Kenny Everett, British comedian (b. 1944)
- April 10 - Morarji Desai, Indian politician (b. 1896)
- April 14 - Burl Ives, American singer (b. 1909)
- April 15 - Harry Shoulberg, American painter and serigrapher (b. 1903)
- April 18 - Arturo Frondizi, President of Argentina (b. 1908)
- April 23 - Howard Cosell, American sportscaster (b. 1918)
- April 24 - Art Fleming, American actor and game show host (b. 1924)
- April 25 - Ginger Rogers, American actress and dancer (b. 1911)
- May 5 - Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian chess player (b. 1911)
- May 6 - Noel Brotherston, Irish footballer (b. 1956)
- May 8 - Teresa Teng, Taiwanese singer (b. 1953)
- May 14 - Christian B. Anfinsen, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1916)
- May 15 - Eric Porter, English actor (b. 1928)
- May 15 - Ben Bubar, American activist (b. 1917)
- May 18 - Elisha Cook Jr., American actor (b. 1903)
- May 18 - Alexander Godunov, Russian-born ballet dancer and actor (b. 1949)
- May 18 - Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress (b. 1933)
- May 24 - Harold Wilson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1916)
- May 26 - Friz Freleng, American animator (b. 1905)
- May 28 - Irfan Ljubijankic, Bosnian diplomat (b. 1952)
- May 30 - Ted Drake, English footballer (b. 1912)
- June 7 - Hsuan Hua, Chinese Buddhist master (b. 1918)
- June 12 - Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Italian pianist (b. 1920)
- June 20 - Emil Cioran, Romanian philosopher and essayist (b. 1911)
- June 23 - Jonas Salk, created a vaccine for polio (b. 1914)
- June 24 - Juan Manuel Fangio, Formula One champion (b. 1911)
- June 26 - Ernest Walton, Irish physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)
- June 29 - Lana Turner, American actress (b. 1921)
- June 30 - Georgi Beregovoi, cosmonaut (b. 1921)
- July 1 - Wolfman Jack, American disc jockey (b. 1939)
- July 4 - Eva Gabor, Hungarian actress (b. 1919)
- July 4 - Bob Ross, American television painter (b. 1942)
- July 5 - Takeo Fukuda, Japanese politician (b. 1905)
- July 17 - Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentine race car driver (b. 1911)
- July 18 - Fabio Casartelli, Italian cyclist (b. 1970)
- July 24 - George Rodger, British photojournalist (b. 1908)
- August 3 - Edward Whittemore, American author and Central Intelligence agent (b. 1933)
- August 3 - Ida Lupino, British actress (b. 1914)
- August 4 - Lee Newman, musician (Technohead)
- August 4 - J. Howard Marshall, American billionaire (b. 1905)
- August 7 - Brigid Brophy, English author (b. 1929)
- August 9 - Jerry Garcia, American guitarist (Grateful Dead) (b. 1942)
- August 13 - Mickey Mantle, baseball player (b. 1931)
- August 15 - John Cameron Swayze, American journalist (b. 1906)
- August 19 - Pierre Schaeffer, French composer (b. 1910)
- August 21 - Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Indian-born astrophysicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1910)
- August 28 - Hannah Smith, English actress
- August 29 - Michael Ende, German author (b. 1929)
- August 30 - Fischer Black, American economist (b. 1938)
- August 30 - Sterling Morrison, American guitarist (The Velvet Underground) (b. 1942)
- September 11 - Jimmy Ryce, American murder victim (b. 1985)
- September 12 - Jeremy Brett, English actor (b. 1933)
- September 15 - Gunnar Nordahl, Swedish footballer (b. 1921)
- September 20 - Eileen Chang, Chinese writer (b. 1920)
- September 25 - Bessie Delany, American physician and author (b. 1891)
- October 5 - Linda Gary, American voice actress (b. 1944)
- October 9 - Alec Douglas-Home, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1903)
- October 12 - Johnny Gammage, African American motorist (from a scuffle in nearly all-white Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania).
- October 15 - Isolde Ahlgrimm, Austrian harpsichordist (b. 1914)
- October 21 - Jesús Blasco, Spanish comic book author (b. 1919)
- October 21 - Shannon Hoon, American singer (Blind Melon) (b. 1967)
- October 26 - Gorni Kramer, Italian bandleader and songwriter (b. 1913)
- October - Margaret Gorman, first Miss America (b. 1905)
- November 4 - Gilles Deleuze, French philosopher (b. 1925)
- November 4 - Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (assassinated) (b. 1922)
- November 21 - Noel Jones, British diplomat (b. 1940)
- November 22 - Elisa Izquierdo, American child murder victim (b. 1989)
- December 2 - Robertson Davies, Canadian novelist (b. 1913)
- December 10 - Darren "Buffy, the Human Beatbox" Robinson, American rapper (The Fat Boys) (b. 1967)
- December 16 - Johnny Moss, American poker player (b. 1907)
- December 18 - Konrad Zuse, German engineer (b. 1910)
- December 22 - James Meade, English economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1907)
- December 23 - Patrick Knowles, English actor (b. 1911)
- December 25 - Dean Martin, American actor (b. 1917)
- December 25 - Nicolas Slonimsky, Russian/American musicologist (b. 1894)
- December 30 - Doris Grau, American actress (b. 1924)
- December 30 - Heiner Müller, German poet and playwriter (b. 1929)
Right Livelihood Award
1995 in fiction
- Dr. Samuel Beckett, theorizing that one could time travel within his own life time, steps into the quantum accelerator and vanishes in the television series Quantum Leap, set in 1995.
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