1995 in history

1995 in history

Here are some light-hearted facts about 1995, designed to serve as a prep sheet for a radio feature on 1995.

I created this page because when I needed some notes to create a few talking points about 1995 in Ireland I couldn't find any suitable sources, so I thought I'd share what I did find. It applies to 1995 in Britain too.

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1995

  • The internet-based auction site eBay opened its virtual doors this year. The first item advertised was a broken Laser Pointer for $14.83. When advised the item was broken, the buyer said that's why he wanted it: he was a collector of broken Laser Pointers.

  • Toy Story was the first computer-animated movie - good for audio

  • Father Ted first aired in this year - good for audio

  • Mel Gibson's Braveheart and Clueless were released - good for audio

  • Dangerous Minds, Apollo 13, Toy Story, Babe and Goldeneye were also released in cinemas.

  • Most phone numbers in Britain were changed in what was called 'PhONEday'.

  • Hollyoaks was new on TV.

  • Bill and Hillary Clinton came to Ireland at the end of the year.

  • In June of this year Prince Charles arrived in Dublin on the first official visit by a member of the British royal family since Irish independence.

  • Two game consoles were released in Europe: the PlayStation and Sega Saturn. The PlayStation won the battle and pushed Sega out of the picture.

  • Starbucks created the Frappuccino.

  • The Eurovision Song Contest came from The Point Theatre in Dublin, presented by Mary Kennedy.

  • In Dublin, 4,000 extras were on the set of the new Michael Collins film to take part in a crowd scene where √Čamon de Valera gives a speech outside the GPO in Dublin.

    The specially constructed set which included a replica of O'Connell Street was built on the grounds of the old Grangegorman Hospital, where filming took place. Arriving by the bus load, the extras provided their services free-of-charge.


While these facts about 1995 have been checked against third-party sources (and have been used on air before!), they are provided in good faith to inspire your research and no guarantee is made about their accuracy or their uniqueness.

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