What happened in 1995? Relive the year with these entertainment, sports, and pop culture fun facts about 1995.
Basic Facts About 1995
In 1995, Bill Clinton was president.
A major heat wave blasted across the Midwest, with temperatures topping 104 degrees in cities such as Chicago.
The internet became popular with new sites like eBay, Match.com, and Craigslist.
The Bosnian civil war ended on December 14, 1995.
Now that you know some basic facts about 1995, let’s explore the year with some 1995 fun facts.
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10 Fun Facts About 1995
Discover more about 1995 with these sports, culture, and entertainment fun facts.
A Hershey’s Bar was 50 Cents
Yes, you could get chocolate for less than a dollar in 1995.
That wasn’t the only food item less than a dollar.
A two-liter bottle of Coca-Cola was 59 cents.
A McDonald’s hamburger was 85 cents.
A dozen eggs were 87 cents.
Creeping over a dollar was a gallon of gas at $1.09.
The Signature Drink of Starbucks Debuts in the Summer of ’95
In 1993, Starbucks had only 300 stores in the U.S. They wanted to expand.
They had several stores in Los Angeles and were looking for a chilled coffee drink to sell during L.A.’s hot summer.
Blended ice coffee was not new; several other coffee shops were doing it.
But in 1994, Starbucks bought a Boston coffee chain mixing a frozen coffee beverage in a soft-serve ice cream machine and calling the drink a “frappuccino.”
When Starbucks bought the company, it had the rights to the brilliant name.
One year later, Starbucks rolled out the frappuccino nationally. It had two flavors: Coffee and Mocha.
The company thought the drink would primarily do well in hot climates like L.A., but the drink was a smashing success all over the U.S. and Canada.
The trademark Starbucks drink was a hit!
Gangsta’s Paradise Tops the Charts
Coolio’s hit featuring vocals by L.V. topped the charts. It was featured in the soundtrack of Dangerous Minds.
The trio of TLC snagged the second and third spots with “Waterfalls” and “Creep.”
Rounding out the list of top five hits were Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose” and Boyz II Men’s “On Bended Knee.”
Up-tempo hits from the year included Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy” and German Europop group Real McCoy’s “Another Night.”
Val Kilmer’s Batman Snags the Top Spot
1995 was chock full of blockbusters.
Batman Forever made 184 million, and Apollo 13, starring Tom Hanks, brought in 172 million.
Tom Hanks was also the voice of Woody in Toy Story, the third highest-grossing film.
Following Toy Story was another animated film, Pocahontas.
The fifth spot was Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls starring Jim Carrey.
Michael Jordan Un-Retires
Living basketball legend Michael Jordan delighted fans when he stepped back on the court after an 18-month retirement from the NBA.
Jordan returned to the Chicago Bulls in 1995.
He would lead them to three more championships before his second retirement in 1999 (and even this retirement was not his last).
Jessica and Michael Are the Top Baby Names
Jessica was the number one name for girls born in 1995. Rounding out the top five were Ashley, Emily, Samantha, and Sarah.
Michael reigned as the top boy name, followed by Matthew, Christopher, Joshua, and Jacob.
DVDs Are State-of-the-Art Technology
DVDs went on sale in the U.S. on the same day as the 69th Academy Awards.
Some of the first movies released on DVD were Blade Runner, Twister, The Mask, and A Time to Kill.
‘Clueless’ Sets Fashion Trends
When the movie Clueless, starring Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd, hit the big screen, teen girls raced to the mall to wear clothes inspired by the film.
The trend was modern preppy: super short plaid skirts, fitted blazers, and collared shirts–even argyle knee socks!
Timothee Chalamet Was Born
Other celebrities born in 1995 include Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, Patrick Mahomes II, and Post Malone.
NBC Dominated the Ratings
NBC was in its heyday with the top four shows on television.
E.R., the medical drama, was in its second year, launching the career of George Clooney.
NBC rounded out the top four with comedies: Seinfeld, Friends, and Caroline in the City.
1995 Fun Facts
These fun facts about 1995 will take you right back to the nineties.
Rediscover the year with fun sports, entertainment, and culture facts.