By Brody Goucher, Posted June 4, 2014
The majority of seniors were born in 1995 or 1996, but most don’t even know what major events occurred during this time in the 90s.
Prices were a lot cheaper in the 90s, can you imagine gas only being $1.15 per gallon again, or what about going to the movie for only $4.35? Today gas prices are $3.65 per gallon and movie tickets are over $8.00.
1995 was a good year for films as well with films like “Batman Forever”, “Pocahontas”, “GoldenEye”, “Casper”, “Jumanji” and “Brave Heart.”
The music industry was booming during ‘95 and 96’, Mariah Carey was majorly popular and pop was on the rise. The number one song in the country was “Macarena”, sung by Los Del Rio, and the number one album was “Freash Horses” by Garth Brooks. LeAnn Rimes won a Grammy for best new actress; the best male vocalist went to Eric Clapton and the best female vocalist went to Toni Braxton.
Many major events occurred in 1995 and 1996; one of the largest earthquakes in the 1990s occurred in 1995, the earthquake was known as the Great Hanshin Earthquake and it struck the city of Kobe, Japan at 5:46 PM and took the lives of 6,434 people, measuring a 7.3 on the Richter scale.
1995 also marked the year that the “Unabomber” was apprehended because his sibling recognized his handwriting and beliefs in Ted Kaczynski’s Manifesto, which led to his arrest. Kaczynski was a child prodigy and was accepted into Harvard at the age of 16 where he earned an undergraduate degree.
On July 16, 1995, one of the largest multinational internet corporations was born, known as Yahoo; its founders were Jerry Yang and David Filo. Over seven hundred million people visit Yahoo every month which is more than even Google can boast.
1995 was also a great year for sports; the San Francisco 49ers won the Super Bowl against the San Diego Chargers 49-26. The 49ers were led by quarterback Steve Young who threw for six touchdowns in the game and 325 yards. The NBA Championship was won by the Houston Rockets who were led by Hakeem Olajuwon; the Rockets faced off against the Orlando Magic, led by Shaquille O’Neal. The hype was all on the two centers to outperform the other and in the end, Olajuwon came out on top winning the series in a 4-0 sweep.
1995 was a great year for sports, technology, movies, entertainment, and prices of all types. The 90s are famed and anyone born near the turn of the century is lucky to be a part of such a cultured time in America’s history.