In the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history to date, the front half of the federal building in Oklahoma City was literally blown to bits, killing 168 and injuring hundreds more. The sound of the blast was recorded on a notetaking machine at a municipal building across the street, which also sustainted heavy damage. Army buddies Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were arrested in the case.
After a long, televised trial in which much physical evidence was determined to be tainted and not admissible, O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of murdering his estranged wife and her friend.
Seven died when storm waters washed out a two-lane bridge on Interstate 5 near Coalinga, California. The state had been warned as early as 1969 that the structure was weak.
Air Force Captain Scott O'Grady became a national hero. After his F-16 was shot down over Bosnia, Captain O'Grady survived on rainwater and insects until rescued by the Marines six days later.
Speaker Newt Gingrich, whose U.S. House came under Republican control for the first time in 40 years, raised eyebrows by declaring women unfit for battle in the armed forces.
A quarter-million federal employees were temporarily unemployed during a partial shutdown of the government due to budget haggling between President Clinton and the now-Republican Congress.
Republican Senator Bob Packwood of Oregon resigned after an ethics committee accused him of sexual misconduct. Democratic Congressman Mel Reynolds of Illinois resigned after his conviction on felony charges resulting from an affair with an underage assistant.
Susan Smith — who had claimed her sons, aged 1 and 3, were kidnapped during a carjacking by a black man — was convicted of murder. She had strapped the boys into her car and rolled it into a South Carolina lake.
After much hype and promotion, the Microsoft computer operating system Windows 95 was released to brisk sales.
Baseball great Mickey Mantle died of cancer.
John F. Kennedy, Jr. launched George magazine.
Superman star Christopher Reeve was paralyzed after falling off a horse at an equestrian event in Virginia.
Forrest Gump won six Academy Awards. Its star, Tom Hanks, was awarded the Best Actor Oscar for the second year in a row.
Republican Senate leader Bob Dole announced he was running for president on Late Night With David Letterman.
Grateful Dead founder Jerry Garcia died of a heart attack at a drug rehabilitation center.
Shortly before the release of her first English-language album, Tejano superstar Selena was shot and killed. Police arrested the leader of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar, who was found guilty a few months later.
Hits included One Sweet Day by Mariah Carey & Boys II Men, I Can Love You Like That by All-4-One and Kiss From A Rose by Seal.