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1995 Fun Facts and Trivia

Gregory DeVictor is a trivia enthusiast who loves to write articles on American nostalgia.

This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and historical events from the year 1995.

This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and historical events from the year 1995.

A Look Back at 1995

What are some fun facts, trivia, and history events from the year 1995?

  1. President Clinton lifted the 23-year ban on Alaskan oil exports. The New York Times explains that Alaska oil exports are permitted under a law that Congress passed in November 1994, but oil companies could not begin exporting the crude until there was a formal declaration from the president.
  2. Newt Gingrich (R) became the 50th Speaker of the House.
  3. New York became the 38th state to allow the death penalty.
  4. Walt Disney purchased ABC, and Westinghouse bought CBS.
  5. Galileo became the first spacecraft to orbit Jupiter.
  6. The FDA approved the first chicken pox vaccine.
  7. Scientists in Hawaii using the Keck telescope discovered a galaxy that was an estimated 15 billion light years away.
  8. Michael Jordan announced that he was ending his 17-month retirement from the NBA, and Joe Montana announced that he was retiring from football.
  9. Connie Chung was fired as co-anchor of the CBS Evening News.
  10. Michael and Jessica were favorite baby names, and faux fur and platform shoes were fashion trends.
  11. Starbucks introduced the Frappuccino, and the price for a Sunday New York Times increased from $2.00 to $2.50.
  12. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in Cleveland, Ohio.
  13. Toy Store was the most popular film, The Rainmaker was the most popular fiction book, and ER (NBC) was the top TV show.
  14. Forrest Gump won an Oscar for Best Picture, Jessica Lange (Blue Sky) won an Oscar for Best Actress, and Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump) won an Oscar for Best Actor.
  15. Popular music artists from the year 1995 included Backstreet Boys, Coolio, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, and Vanessa Williams.
  16. Top-grossing Broadway shows included The Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, and Miss Saigon.
  17. The San Francisco 49ers were the Super Bowl champs, the Atlanta Braves won the World Series, and the New Jersey Devils clinched the Stanley Cup.
  18. Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Richie Ashburn and Phillies’ slugger Mike Schmidt were both inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame.
  19. Unemployment hovered around 5.6%, inflation averaged 2.83%, and the retail price for a gallon of gas averaged $1.15.
  20. A loaf of white bread cost 99 cents, a dozen eggs were $1.16, and bananas were three pounds for $1.00.

Here are the five most popular TV shows from 1995-96:

  1. ER (NBC)
  2. Seinfeld (NBC)
  3. Friends (NBC)
  4. Caroline In The City (NBC)
  5. Monday Night Football (ABC)

Here are ten food trends for the year:

  1. Blue M&Ms
  2. Dunkaroos
  3. Flank steak
  4. Garlic soup
  5. Gushers (fruit candy snacks)
  6. Jell-O cakes
  7. Keebler Fudge Stripes
  8. Lunchables
  9. Pillsbury Toaster Strudel
  10. Rice Krispies Treats Cereal

Whether you’re a millennial, a 50-something, or a baby boomer, this article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 1995. Find out about popular TV shows, movies, music, famous authors and novels, cool sports facts, and other interesting pop culture trends to get the right mix of questions and answers for your 1990s-themed trivia quiz.

Table of Contents

For easier reading, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Grocery Prices in the Year 1995
  2. History Facts From the USA
  3. International News
  4. Sports Trivia
  5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends
  6. Computer and Internet History
  7. Most Popular Websites in 1995
  8. Nobel Prize Winners
  9. Best-Selling Fiction and Nonfiction Books
  10. Most Popular Television Shows From 1995-96
  11. Highest-Grossing Films
  12. Horror Movies From 1995
  13. Entries into The National Film Registry
  14. Biggest Pop Music Artists
  15. Number One Music Hits for the Year
  16. Favorite Video Games
  17. Food and Beverage Trivia
  18. Cool Halloween Costumes
  19. Weddings and Divorces
  20. Famous People Who Died in 1995
  21. America’s Largest Corporations
  22. Internet Companies Established
In 1995, the Ford Motor Company was one of America’s largest corporations.

In 1995, the Ford Motor Company was one of America’s largest corporations.

1. Grocery Prices in the Year 1995

How much you are paying for groceries in the U.S. depends a great deal on the state where you are living as well as the grocery store where you are shopping.

  • The most budget-friendly grocery stores in the U.S. are Aldi, Costco, and Walmart.
  • On the other hand, Cheatsheet.com tells us that Acme (northeast), Giant Eagle (Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia), Harris-Teeter (south), Jewel-Osco (midwest), Randall’s (Texas), Shaw’s (New England), and Whole Foods (nationwide) are among the more expensive grocery store chains.
  • The 10 most expensive states for grocery shopping are Hawaii, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Alaska, New Hampshire, Oregon, New York, and Delaware.
  • The 10 least expensive states for groceries are Mississippi, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Tennessee, New Mexico, Michigan, and Nebraska.
  • Finally, grocery prices in Washington, DC are a whopping 27.7% higher than the national average. DC also tops the country for when it comes to coupon-clipping.

These grocery facts have been made available courtesy of the Morris County Public Library in Whippany, NJ.

  1. Apples (red delicious): 89 cents a pound
  2. Bacon (Farmland): 99 cents a pound
  3. Bagels (Lender’s): 69 cents for a 10-ounce package
  4. Bananas: Three pounds for $1.00
  5. Beef (ground): $1.49 a pound
  6. Beef (sirloin steak): $2.99 a pound
  7. Bread (Wonder): 99 cents for a 22-ounce loaf
  8. Broccoflower: $1.29 per head
  9. Butter (Land O’Lakes): $1.50 a pound
  10. Cheese (American, Land O’Lakes): $2.99 a pound
  11. Chicken (Perdue, oven stuffer roaster): 69 cents a pound
  12. Coffee (Folgers): $2.99 for a 13-ounce can
  13. Cookies (Nabisco Chips Ahoy): $1.99-$2.29 for a one-pound package
  14. Crackers (Ritz): $1.99-$2.39 for a one-pound package
  15. Eggs: $1.16 per dozen
  16. Grapes (Thompson seedless): $1.69 a pound
  17. Hot dogs (Ballpark): $1.49 for a one-pound package
  18. Jelly (Kraft, assorted varieties): 99 cents for an 18-ounce jar
  19. Juice (Red Cheek, apple): 99 cents for a 64-ounce bottle
  20. Juice (orange): $2.99 for a one-gallon jug
  21. Kiwi fruit: Three for 99 cents
  22. Lettuce (iceberg): 99 cents per head
  23. Milk: $2.96 for one gallon
  24. Onions (New York State, mild): $1.49 for a three-pound bag
  25. Oranges (Temple): Five for 99 cents
  26. Pasta sauce (Ragu, assorted varieties): $1.99-$2.39 for a 48-ounce jar
  27. Potato chips (Ruffles): 79 cents for a six-ounce bag
  28. Potatoes (Idaho): Five pounds for $1.89
  29. Soda (Coca-Cola): 99 cents for a two-liter bottle
  30. Soup (Progresso Healthy Classics, assorted varieties): 79 cents for a 16-ounce can
  31. Tea (Tetley): 99 cents for a 24-count box
  32. Tomatoes (Progresso, assorted varieties): $1.99 for a 33.5-ounce can
  33. Yogurt (Breyer’s, assorted varieties): $1.00 for three eight-ounce containers
In 1995, Crayola introduced scented crayons.

In 1995, Crayola introduced scented crayons.

2. History Facts From the USA

  1. In 1995, Bill Clinton was President of the United States, and Al Gore was Vice-President. Clinton served as the 42nd U.S. President from 1993 to 2001.
  2. In 1995, the national unemployment rate was 5.6%. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics adds that “Average hourly earnings of private production or nonsupervisory workers were up 5 cents in December [1995] to $11.63, seasonally adjusted, and average weekly earnings edged up by 0.1 percent to $400.07. Over the past year, average hourly earnings rose by 3.2 percent and average weekly earnings increased by 2.3 percent.”
  3. The rate of inflation was 2.83%. In2013Dollars.com tells us that “prices in 2018 are 64.77% higher than average prices throughout 1995. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.19% per year during this period. In other words, $100 in 1995 is equivalent in purchasing power to $164.77 in 2018, a difference of $64.77 over 23 years.”
  4. In 1995, a 22-ounce loaf of white bread cost 99 cents, a dozen eggs were $1.16, one pound of ground beef was $1.49, and bananas were three pounds for $1.00. A gallon of milk cost $2.96, butter was $1.50 a pound, five pounds of Idaho potatoes were $1.89, and orange juice cost $2.99 for a one-gallon jug.
  5. Here were the sticker prices for three best-selling 1995 cars: an Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera cost $16,595.00, a Volkswagon Jetta was $14,695.00, and a four-door Dodge Neon cost $11,599.00.
  6. The average price for a gallon of gas was $1.15.
  7. The minimum wage was $4.25, the prime rate was 8.5% on December 20, one ounce of gold was $387.00, and the median annual income was $54,600.
  8. In January 1995, the median cost of a newly-built, single-family home in the United States was $127,900 while the average price was $147,400. Comparatively, in November 2018, the median cost of a newly-built, single-family home in the U.S. was $302,400 while the average price was $362,400.
  9. On January 2, scientists in Hawaii using the Keck telescope discovered a galaxy that was an estimated 15 billion light years away.
  10. On January 4, Newt Gingrich (R) became the 50th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
  11. On January 12, O.J. Simpson’s murder trial began in Los Angeles.
  12. On January 14, President Clinton authorized a $20 billion loan to Mexico.
  13. On February 15, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at a record 3,986.17.
  14. On February 23, the Dow closed above 4,000 for the first time (4,003.33).
  15. On March 7, New York became the 38th state to allow the death penalty.
  16. On March 17, the FDA approved the first chicken pox vaccine.
  17. On March 18, Michael Jordan announced that he was ending his 17-month retirement from the NBA.
  18. On March 21, New Jersey dedicated the “Howard Stern Rest Area” along Route 295 in Burlington County.
  19. On April 2, the price for a Sunday New York Times increased from $2.00 to $2.50.
  20. On April 18, Joe Montana announced that he was retiring from football.
  21. On May 20, Connie Chung was fired as co-anchor of the “CBS Evening News.”
  22. On May 27, actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse during a riding competition.
  23. On June 16, Salt Lake City was chosen to host the 2002 Winter Olympics.
  24. On July 9, the USPS raised international postage rates to 60 cents per ounce.
  25. On July 30, Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Richie Ashburn and Phillies’ slugger Mike Schmidt were both inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame.
  26. On August 1, in the second-largest corporate takeover ever, Walt Disney agreed to purchase ABC/Cap Cities for $19 billion. The New York Times explains that “The combined company would bring together the most profitable television network and its ESPN cable service with Disney's Hollywood film and television studios, the Disney Channel, its theme parks and its repository of well-known cartoon characters and the merchandise sales they generate.”
  27. On August 2, Westinghouse bought the CBS television network. The Washington Post confirms that CBS became “the second broadcast network owner in as many days to agree to a buyout, announcing that Westinghouse Electric Corp. would pay $5.4 billion for the home of David Letterman and ‘60 Minutes.’”
  28. On September 26, John F. Kennedy Jr. launched George, “a glossy magazine of politics and popular culture.”
  29. On November 21, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 5,000 for the first time.
  30. On November 29, President Clinton lifted the 23-year ban on oil exports from Alaska’s North Slope. The New York Times explains that “Alaska oil exports are permitted under a law the Congress passed last November [1994], but oil companies could not begin carrying the crude abroad until a formal declaration from the President.” The NYT adds that the export authority “would generate up to 25,000 more jobs, particularly in California and Alaska.”
  31. On December 7, Galileo became the first spacecraft to orbit Jupiter.
  32. On December 31, cartoonist Bill Watterson ended the “Calvin & Hobbies” comic strip after 10 years.

3. International News

  1. On January 1, Austria, Finland, and Sweden joined the European Union.
  2. On January 12, Pope John Paul II made a pastoral visit to southeast Asia. On January 18, the Pontiff visited Australia.
  3. On February 15, the population of the People’s Republic of China reached 1.2 billion.
  4. On March 1, Belgium ended compulsory military service. The New York Times points out that “Belgium now has about 2.6 soldiers per 1,000 civilians, fewer than many of its NATO allies.”
  5. On March 28, Japan's Mitsubishi Bank and the Bank of Tokyo merged, forming the world’s largest bank.
  6. On June 27, the American space shuttle Atlantis docked with the Russian space station Mir “to form the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth.”
  7. On August 6, thousands gathered in Hiroshima to mark the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city.
  8. On October 1, Bermuda began to use the 441 area code.
  9. On October 10, most Dutch telephone numbers increased to 10 digits.
  10. On November 16, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother underwent hip surgery.
  11. On November 20, Princess Diana admitted that she cheated on Prince Charles.
  12. On December 16, the name “euro” was officially adopted, replacing the name “Ecu” that was used for the previous accounting currency.
In 1995, Amazon.com opened for business.

In 1995, Amazon.com opened for business.

4. Sports Trivia

This information has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

  1. World Series Champions: Atlanta Braves
  2. Super Bowl Champs: San Fransisco 49ers
  3. NBA Champions: Houston Rockets
  4. Stanley Cup Champs: New Jersey Devils
  5. NCAA Basketball Champions: UCLA
  6. NCAA Football Champs: Nebraska
  7. U.S. Open Golf: Corey Pavin
  8. U.S. Tennis (men/women): Pete Sampras/Steffi Graf
  9. Wimbledon (men/women): Pete Sampras/Steffi Graf
  10. Kentucky Derby: Thunder Gulch

5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

PBS.org explains that pop culture is that loose blend of books, music, fashion and other daily ephemera that contributes to the identity of a society at a particular point in time. In the 1990s, radio, film, television, books, and the internet defined the essence of American pop culture.

  1. In 1995, popular baby names were Michael, Matthew, Christopher, Jacob, Jessica, Ashley, Emily, and Samantha.
  2. The average life expectancy at birth in the United States was 72.5 years, up from 72.3 years the year before.
  3. The cost of a Super Bowl ad was $1,150,000.
  4. Popular Christmas gifts were Barbie as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Barbie as Maria in The Sound of Music, and the Barbie and Ken Star Trek giftset.
  5. Fashion trends in 1995 included crop tops, platform shoes, animal prints, faux fur, velvet, windbreakers, and denim. LiveTheOliver.com adds that “Matching your top to your bottom was very important. Monochromatic and dichromatic looks were the way to go. Tartan ruffle skirts that came with a matching tie or jacket were the coolest.”
  6. Hotties and fashion icons included Pamela Anderson, Drew Barrymore, Kim Basinger, Sandra Bullock, Julie Christie, Cindy Crawford, Cameron Diaz, Melanie Griffith, Goldie Hawn, Elizabeth Hurley, Kathy Ireland, Elle Macpherson, Kate Moss, Michelle Pfeiffer, Princess Caroline, Princess Diana, Sade, Claudia Schiffer, Stephanie Seymour, Sharon Stone, Kathleen Turner, Uma Thurman, and Kim Wilde.
  7. Hunks included George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Colin Firth, Brad Pitt, and Antonio Sabàto, Jr.
  8. Heather Whitestone (Alabama) won the Miss America crown.
  9. Chelsi Smith (Texas) and Shanna Moakler (New York) jointly became Miss USA.
  10. Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” was Newt Gingrich.
  11. Top-grossing Broadway shows included Show Boat, Sunset Boulevard, The Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, and Miss Saigon.
  12. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno was a popular late-night talk show hosted by Jay Leno.
  13. Bill Gates was the richest man in the world and had a net worth of $12.9 billion.
  14. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in Cleveland, Ohio.
  15. Blue M&Ms were introduced. Content.Time.com explains that “In 1995, the Mars candy company decided that having two shades of brown M&Ms were unnecessary, so they did away with the light brown ones, leaving only the colors red, yellow, green, dark brown and orange. Mars held a replacement contest, inviting candy lovers to call a 1-800 number and vote for their favorite proposed color: blue, pink, or purple. Blue won, and M&Ms never looked the same since.”
  16. George Forman launched his “Lean Mean Grilling Machine.”
  17. Starbucks introduced the Frappuccino, a blended drink made from coffee, milk, ice, coffee frappuccino syrup, vanilla syrup, whipped cream, and mocha sauce.
  18. Pizza Hut launched its “Stuffed Crust Pizza.”
  19. Di Giorno introduced the first “frozen, self-rising crust pizza.”
  20. Edward Lowe, the inventor of Kitty Litter, passed away.
  21. The Betty Crocker website was launched.
  22. Crayola introduced scented crayons.
  23. At the 67th Academy Awards, which honored the best films of 1994, Forrest Gump won an Oscar for Best Picture, Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump) won an Oscar for Best Actor, Jessica Lange (Blue Sky) won an Oscar for Best Actress, and Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) won an Oscar for Best Director.
  24. At the 47th Primetime Emmy Awards, Frasier (NBC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and NYPD Blue (ABC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. Likewise, Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
  25. At the 37th annual Grammy Awards, Sheryl Crow won a Grammy for Best New Artist.
In 1995, Tom Hanks (“Forrest Gump”) won an Oscar for Best Actor. “Forrest Gump” also won an Academy Award for “Best Picture.”

In 1995, Tom Hanks (“Forrest Gump”) won an Oscar for Best Actor. “Forrest Gump” also won an Academy Award for “Best Picture.”

6. Computer and Internet History

These fun facts and trivia from 1995 have been made available courtesy of ComputerHope.com.

  1. In 1995, there was no Google, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, or Pinterest. Likewise, there was no Reddit, Tumblr, Wikipedia, Instagram, or LinkedIn. Back in 1995, there were only 23,500 websites, up from 2,728 the year before. Nevertheless, the dot-com boom officially began that year.
  2. The most popular web destinations were AltaVista, Excite, GeoCities, HotWired, Lycos, Mr. Showbiz, Pathfinder, Suck.com, WebCrawler, and Yahoo.
  3. The total number of Internet users in the world was about 16 million, which was less than 1% of the total global population.
  4. In 1995, 14% of Americans used the web, and 20% of them went online every day.
  5. Netscape Navigator was the most popular web browser and had about 90% of the market share.
  6. Search engines back then were Alta Vista, Excite, Infoseek, Lycos, WebCrawler, and Yahoo!. (Remember, Google was not launched until 1998.)
  7. Computer companies founded in 1995 included Audible, AboCom, Global Village, Harmony Technology Services, HighPoint Technologies, MARGI, Matsonic, SegaSoft, Silicon Image, Transmeta, and Tundra.
  8. Back in 1995, Hotmail co-founders Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith “approached the venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson with their idea for a free email service.” Two and one-half years after its launch on July 4, 1996, Hotmail “was the world’s largest email service, with more than 30 million active members.”
  9. On January 18, the domain Yahoo.com was registered.
  10. On April 1, the Opera web browser was launched as an alternative to Netscape Navigator.
  11. On May 30, Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 was released.
  12. On June 8, PHP was introduced to the general public. ComputerHope.com explains that PHP “was designed for creating dynamic web pages and web pages that effectively work with databases.”
  13. On July 15, Amazon.com opened for business. History.com points out that “Within a month, the fledgling retailer had shipped books to all 50 U.S. states and to 45 countries. Founder Jeff Bezos’s motto was ‘get big fast,’ and Seattle-based Amazon eventually morphed into an e-commerce colossus, selling everything from groceries to furniture to live ladybugs, and helping to revolutionize the way people shop.”
  14. On August 4, eBay.com went online. eBayInc.com tells us that “Canadian Mark Fraser purchased the first item that eBay founder Pierre Omidyar listed on the site in 1995--a broken laser pointer.”
  15. On August 16, Internet Explorer 1.0 debuted as Microsoft’s first web browser “as an add-on to the Windows 95 operating system.” By 1996, IE’s share of the browser market reached 10%, and by 1999 it had captured 99% of the market. Comparatively, in January 2019, the most popular web browsers were Google Chome (64.63%), Internet Explorer (10.49%), and Firefox (9.83%).
  16. On August 24, Microsoft released Windows 95 and sold over one million copies in just four days.
  17. On September 20, AT&T split into “three separate publically traded companies: a systems and equipment company, a computer company, and a communications services company.”
  18. On October 24, the European Union (EU) implemented the Data Protection Directive, a privacy decree “that dictates the way personal data may be processed. It is one of the main reasons the European Union is seen as a leader in human rights and privacy law.”
  19. On November 22, Microsoft launched Internet Explorer 2.0.
  20. On November 24, the HTML 2.0 standard was introduced. According to ComputerHope.com, HTML “is short for Hypertext Markup Language. HTML is used to create electronic documents (called pages) that are displayed on the World Wide Web. Each page contains a series of connections to other pages called hyperlinks. Every web page you see on the Internet is written using one version of HTML code or another.”
  21. On December 4, Sun Microsystems released the “high-level, interpreted programming language” JavaScript (JS).
  22. On December 15, Internet search engine AltaVista was launched.

7. Most Popular Websites in 1995

These Internet history facts have been made available courtesy of Mashable.com.

In 1995, there was no Google, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, or Pinterest. Likewise, there was no Reddit, Tumblr, Wikipedia, Instagram, or LinkedIn. Back in 1995, the same year that AltaVista and Amazon were launched, there were only 23,500 websites. The year before, there were only 2,728 web destinations.

Here are 10 of the most popular websites from 1995:

  1. AltaVista (search engine)
  2. Excite (search engine)
  3. GeoCities.com (Launched in 1994, GeoCities helped netizens create their own web pages.)
  4. HotWired (One of the first web magazines, HotWired “focused on all things web, including news, tutorials[,] and jobs.”)
  5. Lycos (search engine)
  6. Mr. Showbiz (Founded in 1995, Mr. Showbiz was a source for entertainment news.)
  7. Pathfinder (Launched in 1994, this site was an old portal for Time Warner’s content.)
  8. Suck.com (Mashable.com tells us that “Founded in 1995, Suck.com appealed to the twenty-somethings of the '90s with its snarky social commentary. The site was active until 2001, [sic] when it declared it was going on vacation and hasn't yet returned.”
  9. WebCrawler (search engine)
  10. Yahoo! (search engine)
In 1995, the Internet search engine Alta Vista was launched.

In 1995, the Internet search engine Alta Vista was launched.

8. Nobel Prize Winners

These Nobel Prize facts have been made available courtesy of CNN.com.

  1. Peace: Joseph Rotblat and the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, “for their work to reduce nuclear weapons' place in international politics and in the longer term to get rid of such weapons."
  2. Physics: Martin L. Perl (U.S.) and Frederick Reines (U.S.)
  3. Medicine: Edward B. Lewis (U.S.), Eric F. Wieschaus (U.S.), and Christiane Nuesslein-Volhard (Germany)
  4. Chemistry: Mario Molina (Mexico), Paul Crutzen (the Netherlands), and Sherwood Rowland (U.S.)
  5. Literature: Seamus Heaney (Ireland)
  6. Economics: Robert E. Lucas Jr. (U.S.)

9. Best-Selling Fiction and Nonfiction Books

This book trivia has been made available courtesy of PublishersWeekly.com.

Fiction:

  1. The Rainmaker by John Grisham
  2. The Lost World by Michael Crichton
  3. Five Days in Paris by Danielle Steel
  4. The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans
  5. Lightning by Danielle Steel
  6. The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
  7. Rose Madder by Stephen King
  8. Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark
  9. Politically Correct Holiday Stories by James Finn Garner
  10. The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans

Nonfiction:

  1. Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray
  2. My American Journey by Colin Powell with Joseph Persico
  3. Miss America by Howard Stern
  4. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
  5. The Road Ahead by Bill Gates
  6. Charles Kuralt’s America by Charles Kuralt
  7. Mars and Venus in the Bedroom by John Gray
  8. To Renew America by Newt Gingrich
  9. My Point...and I Do Have One by Ellen Degeneres
  10. The Moral Compass by William J. Bennett
In 1995, blue M&Ms first appeared on grocery store shelves.

In 1995, blue M&Ms first appeared on grocery store shelves.

10. Most Popular Television Shows From 1995-96

This TV news has been made available courtesy of FBibler.Chez.com. Generally suitable for all age groups, television trivia questions and answers are a welcome addition to any party game.

  1. ER (NBC)
  2. Seinfeld (NBC)
  3. Friends (NBC)
  4. Caroline In The City (NBC)
  5. Monday Night Football (ABC)
  6. The Single Guy (NBC)
  7. Home Improvement (ABC)
  8. Boston Common (FOX)
  9. 60 Minutes (CBS)
  10. N.Y.P.D. Blue (ABC)

11. Highest-Grossing Films

This movie trivia has been made available courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  1. Toy Story
  2. Batman Forever
  3. Apollo 13
  4. Pocahontas
  5. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
  6. Golden Eye
  7. Jumanji
  8. Casper
  9. Seven
  10. Die Hard: With A Vengeance
In 1995, Microsoft released Windows 95.

In 1995, Microsoft released Windows 95.

12. Horror Movies From 1995

Horror films for the year included Demon Knight, Village of the Damned, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh, Lord of Illusions, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Tales from the Hood, Ice Cream Man, The Prophecy, The Mangler, Vampire in Brooklyn, The Addiction, Castle Freak, Species, The Day of the Beast, Leprechaun 3, Night of the Scarecrow, Rumpelstiltskin, and Dracula: Dead and Loving It.

13. Entries into the National Film Registry

This film trivia has been made available courtesy of CS.CMU.edu.

  1. All That Heaven Allows (1955)
  2. American Graffiti (1973)
  3. Blacksmith Scene (1893)
  4. Cabaret (1972)
  5. Chan Is Missing (1982)
  6. El Norte (1983)
  7. Fatty’s Tintype Tangle (1915)
  8. Fury (1936)
  9. Gerald McBoing-Boing (1951)
  10. Jammin’ the Blues (1944)
  11. Manhatta (1921)
  12. North By Northwest (1959)
  13. Rip Van Winkle (1896)
  14. Seventh Heaven (1927)
  15. Stagecoach (1939)
  16. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
  17. The Band Wagon (1953)
  18. The Conversation (1974)
  19. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  20. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
  21. The Hospital (1971)
  22. The Last of the Mohicans (1920)
  23. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
  24. To Fly! (1976)
  25. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

14. Biggest Pop Music Artists

These fun facts and trivia from 1995 have been made available courtesy of Billboard.com.

Popular artists included Backstreet Boys, Blues Traveler, Brandy, Coolio, Dave Matthews Band, Faith Evans, Green Day, Hootie & the Blowfish, Janet Jackson, Live, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Melissa Etheridge, Method Man, Michael Jackson, Monica, Montell Jordan, Notorious B.I.G., Pearl Jam, R. Kelly, Real McCoy, Seal, Shaggy, Shania Twain, Soul For Soul, TLC, and Vanessa Williams.

In 1995, Pizza Hut launched its “Stuffed Crust Pizza.”

In 1995, Pizza Hut launched its “Stuffed Crust Pizza.”

15. Number One Music Hits for the Year

This music trivia has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

  • December 17, 1994 - January 27, 1995: Ini Kamoze, Here Comes The Hotstepper
  • January 28 - February 24: TLC, Creep
  • February 25 - April 14: Madonna, Take A Bow
  • April 15 - June 2: Montell Jordan, This Is How We Do It
  • June 3 - July 7: Bryan Adams, Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman
  • July 8 - August 25: TLC, Waterfalls
  • August 26 - September 1: Seal, Kiss From A Rose
  • September 2 - September 8: Michael Jackson, You Are Not Alone
  • September 9 - September 29: Coolio featuring L.V., Gangsta's Paradise
  • September 30 - November 24: Mariah Carey, Fantasy
  • November 25 - December 1: Whitney Houston, Exhale (Shoop Shoop)
  • December 2, 1995 - March 22, 1996: Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, One Sweet Day

16. Favorite Video Games

Favorite video games from 1995 included Chrono Trigger, Command & Conquer, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Full Throttle, Mortal Kombat 3, The Dig, Yoshi's Island, Twisted Metal, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Rayman, Phantasmagoria, Comix Zone, MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat, Clock Tower, The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery, Earthworm Jim 2, and Brain Dead 13.

17. Food and Beverage Trivia

Here are some foods and beverages that were popular in 1995:

  1. Betty Crocker Dunk-a-roos (snack food)
  2. Betty Crocker Scooby Doo Snacks
  3. Blue M&Ms
  4. Creme brûlée
  5. Dinosaur Eggs Oatmeal
  6. Dunkaroos
  7. Ellio’s Pizza
  8. Fla-Vor-Ice (A freezie that was “sold in and eaten out of a plastic tube.”)
  9. Flank steak
  10. Garlic soup
  11. General Mills Dippin' Dots Cereal
  12. General Mills French Toast Crunch Cereal
  13. Gushers (fruit candy snacks)
  14. Jell-O cakes
  15. Keebler Fudge Stripes
  16. Linden's Cookies
  17. Lunchables
  18. Molten chocolate cake - Paula Kashtan tells us that “Known for its warm, runny center, this dessert started popping up on restaurant menus all over the country throughout the '90s. . . .”
  19. Nestle Wonder Balls
  20. Oreo O's
  21. Pillsbury Toaster Strudel
  22. Pizza rolls
  23. Rice Krispies Treats Cereal
  24. Smucker’s Uncrustables
In 1995, Mr. Showbiz was an Internet source for entertainment news.

In 1995, Mr. Showbiz was an Internet source for entertainment news.

18. Cool Halloween Costumes

This Halloween trivia has been made available courtesy of Bustle.com.

  1. A Spice Girl
  2. A blue M&M (Blue M&Ms were introduced in 1995.)
  3. A power ranger
  4. Any character from The Addams Family
  5. Carlton Banks
  6. Catwoman
  7. Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, or Raphael
  8. Little Pete
  9. Quailman
  10. Star Trek: The Next Generation crewmember

19. Weddings and Divorces

This celebrity news has been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

Weddings:

  1. On February 6, "The Beach Boys" leader and chief songwriter Brian Wilson wed former model Melinda Ledbetter.
  2. On February 14, actress and comedienne Roseanne Barr married bodyguard Ben Thomas.
  3. On April 30, country singer Rosanne Cash wed record producer John Leventhal.
  4. On May 20, Broadcast News actress Holly Hunter married cinematographer Janusz Kaminski.
  5. On May 26, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wed philanthropist Teresa Heinz.
  6. On July 22, actor Ewan McGregor married production designer Eve Mavrakis.
  7. On July 26, musician Mick Fleetwood wed Lynn Frankel.
  8. On September 2, actor Charlie Sheen married model Donna Peele.
  9. On September 16, physicist Stephen Hawking wed nurse Elaine Mason.
  10. On October 7, Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger married journalist Willow Bay.

Divorces:

  • On March 3, Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles and her husband Andrew were granted a divorce.
  • On December 19, Queen Elizabeth asked Prince Charles and Diana to get a divorce.

20. Famous People Who Died in 1995

These celebrity facts have been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

  1. January 22: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (the mother of JFK, RFK, and Ted Kennedy)
  2. February 23: James Alfred "Alf" Wight: known by his pen name James Herriot (British veterinary surgeon and writer)
  3. March 14: John Peters Humphrey (Canadian human rights advocate)
  4. March 15: Florence Chadwick (American swimmer)
  5. April 25: Ginger Rogers (American actress, singer, and dancer)
  6. May 18: Elizabeth Montgomery (American actress)
  7. May 24: Harold Wilson (former British Prime Minister)
  8. June 23: Jonas Salk (American biologist who created the polio vaccine)
  9. June 29: Lana Turner (American actress)
  10. August 13: Mickey Mantle (American baseball Hall of Fame outfielder)
  11. September 19: Orville Redenbacher (American popcorn magnate and creator of Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popcorn)
  12. October 9: Alec Douglas-Home (former British Prime Minister)
  13. October 25: Bobby Riggs (American tennis player)
  14. November 4: Yitzhak Rabin (former Prime Minister of Israel)
  15. November 22: Raymond Dart (Australian paleoanthropologist)
  16. December 29: Lita Grey (the second wife of Charlie Chaplin)
In 1995, flank steak was a real crowd-pleaser.

In 1995, flank steak was a real crowd-pleaser.

21. America’s Largest Corporations

This corporate trivia has been made available courtesy of Fortune.com.

  1. General Motors
  2. Ford Motor
  3. Exxon Mobil
  4. Walmart
  5. AT&T
  6. General Electric
  7. IBM
  8. Mobil
  9. Sears Roebuck
  10. Altria Group

22. Internet Companies Established

Startups included AltaVista, Animal Diversity Web, Astronomy Picture of the Day, Boston.com, CareerBuilder, Classmates.com, Craigslist, CyclingNews.com, Dictionary.com, Disney Interactive, Dogpile, eBay, Europa, Excite, Folk Den, Internet Chess Club, Internet Speculative Fiction Database, Internet Public Library, Match.com, Mirsky's Worst of the Web, MovieWeb, MSN, MSN Dial-up, Music Boulevard, Newgrounds, Nick.com, Salon, ScienceDaily, Suck.com, The Spot, Tripod.com, and Yahoo! Search.

In 1995, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” was a popular late-night talk show hosted by Jay Leno.

In 1995, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” was a popular late-night talk show hosted by Jay Leno.

References

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Comments

Gregory DeVictor (author) from Pittsburgh, PA on February 20, 2019:

Liz, thank you for the comment. I also remember reading that the coldest temperature ever recorded in the UK occurred in 1995. Yes, there was also a lot of news about the Queen Mother.

Liz Westwood from UK on February 20, 2019:

Another fascinating collection of facts. I hadn't realised that Charles and Camilla both got divorced around a similar time. I thought hers was a while before his. The royal love triangle played out in the media on both sides of the Atlantic. I read your reference to the Queen Mother, as it seems such a long time since she was around. Prince Philip had a hip operation not so long ago.Time passes so quickly.