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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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 Éamon 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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