- July 11, 1995 - Bosnian Serbs capture the Muslim city of
Srebrenica. United Nations peacekeepers are overrun as men and boys
are systematically separated from the population and murdered.
Approximately 7,000 die in the days leading up to, during and
following the fall of the city.
- July 17 - The Nasdaq stock index closes above the 1,000 mark
for the first time.
- July 25 - Israel and Jordan sign the Washington Declaration,
which formally ends the state of war that has existed between the
nations since 1948.
- July - Amazon.com is launched.
- August 9 - Netscape goes public amid the IPOs of a number of
internet-related companies. Netscape leads the pack with the 3rd
largest NASDAQ IPO share value ever.
- September 4 - The Fourth World Conference on Women opens in
Beijing, with over 4,750 delegates from 181 countries in
- September 14 - Registration of domain names is no longer free.
A $50 annual fee has been imposed, which up to now was subsidized
by the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF continues to pay for
.edu registration, and on an interim basis for .gov.
- October 4 - O.J. Simpson is found innocent. (He will be found
liable in a civil trial in 1996).
- October 30 - Quebec separatists narrowly lose a referendum for
a mandate to negotiate independence from Canada.
- November 4 - After attending a peace rally in Tel Aviv's Kings
Square, Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin is mortally wounded by
a right-wing Israeli gunman. He later dies on the operating
- November 10 - In Nigeria, playwright and environmental activist
Ken Saro-Wiwa, along with eight others from the Movement for the
Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), are hanged by government
- November 14 - A budget standoff between Democrats and
Republicans in the United States Congress forces the federal
government temporarily to close national parks and museums and run
most government offices with skeleton staff.
- November 21, 1995 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes
above 5,000 (5,023.55) for the first time.
- 1995 - Richard White becomes the first person to be declared a
munition under the USA's arms export control laws, because of an
RSA file security encryption program tattooed on his arm.
- January 20, 1996 - Yasser Arafat is elected president of the
- January 29 - President Jacques Chirac announces a "definitive
end" to French nuclear testing.
- February - Recently defected Iraqi weapons program leader and
son-in-law to Saddam Hussein, Hussein Kamel, returns to Iraq.
Within days of his return he is murdered, along with his brother,
father, sister and her children. Kamel had forced Iraq to reveal
portions of its illegal nuclear and chemical weapons
- March 26 - The International Monetary Fund approves a $10.2
billion loan to Russia for economic reform.
- March 26 - Death of David Packard (b. 1912), engineer.
- April 3 - Suspected "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski is arrested
at his Montana cabin.
- April 12 - Yahoo shares nearly triple in price on first day of
- May 11 - After taking off from Miami, Atlanta-bound ValuJet
Flight 592 crashes in the Florida Everglades, killing all 110
people on board. The fire is later found to have started by
improperly-handled oxygen canisters in the cargo hold.
- May 20 - The U.S. Supreme Court, in Romer v. Evans, rules
against a law that would have prevented any city, town or county in
the state of Colorado from taking any legislative, executive, or
judicial action to protect the rights of homosexuals.
- May 27 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin meets with Chechen
rebels for the first time and negotiates a cease-fire in the
- June 12 - In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a panel of federal
judges blocks a national law against indecency on the internet. The
panel says that the 1996 Communications Decency Act would infringe
upon the free speech rights of adults.
- June 25, 1996 - Terrorists attack the U.S. military complex at Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, killing 19 American servicemen and wounding hundreds more.
- Nobel Prize in Literature 1995: Seamus Heaney
- Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 1995: Philip Levine, The Simple Truth
- Nobel Peace Prize 1995: Joseph Rotblat and the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, "For their efforts to diminish the part played by nuclear arms in international politics and, in the longer run, to eliminate such arms."
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