1995 events in history

Jan 1 The Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe becomes the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Jan 1 Sweden, Austria, and Finland are admitted into the European Union
Jan 1 The World Trade Organization goes into effect
Jan 1 The Draupner wave in the North Sea in Norway is detected, confirming the existence of freak waves
Jan 6 A chemical fire in an apartment complex in Manila, Philippines, leads to the discovery of plans for Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack
Jan 17 The Great Hanshin earthquake: A magnitude 7.3 earthquake occurs near Kobe, Japan, causing extensive property damage and killing 6,434 people
Jan 19 After being struck by lightning the crew are forced to ditch Bristow Flight 56C. All 18 aboard are later rescued
Jan 22 Israeli–Palestinian conflict: Beit Lid massacre – In central Israel, near Netanya, two suicide bombers from the Gaza Strip blow themselves up at a military transit point killing 19 Israelis
Jan 25 The Norwegian rocket incident: Russia almost launches a nuclear attack after it mistakes Black Brant XII, a Norwegian research rocket, for a US Trident missile
Jan 30 Workers from the National Institutes of Health announce the success of clinical trials testing the first preventive treatment for sickle-cell disease
Jan 31 President Bill Clinton authorizes a $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize its economy
Feb 3 Astronaut Eileen Collins becomes the first woman to pilot the Space Shuttle as mission STS-63 gets underway from Kennedy Space Center in Florida
Feb 7 Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, is arrested in Islamabad, Pakistan
Feb 17 The Cenepa War between Peru and Ecuador ends on a cease-fire brokered by the UN
Feb 21 Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon
Feb 22 The Corona reconnaissance satellite program, in existence from 1959 to 1972, is declassified
Feb 26 The United Kingdom's oldest investment banking institute, Barings Bank, collapses after securities broker Nick Leeson, loses $1.4 billion by speculating on the Singapore International Monetary Exchange using futures contracts
Feb 27 Zakho: A terrorist explosion in a market in the city of Zakho leaves about 100 dead and 150 wounded
Feb 28 Former Australian Liberal party leader John Hewson resigns from the Australian parliament almost two years after losing the Australian federal election, 1993
Mar 1 Yahoo! is incorporated
Mar 1 Prime Minister of Poland Waldemar Pawlak resigns from parliament and is replaced by ex-communist Józef Oleksy
Mar 2 Researchers at Fermilab announce the discovery of the top quark
Mar 14 Space Exploration: Astronaut Norman Thagard becomes the first American astronaut to ride to space on board a Russian launch vehicle
Mar 16 Mississippi formally ratifies the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment was officially ratified in 1865
Mar 20 A sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway kills 13 and wounds 1,300 persons
Mar 22 Cosmonaut Valeriy Polyakov returns to earth after setting a record of 438 days in space
Mar 25 WikiWikiWeb, the world's first wiki, and part of the Portland Pattern Repository, is made public by Ward Cunningham
Mar 26 The Schengen Treaty comes into effect
Apr 7 First Chechen War: Russian paramilitary troops begin a massacre of civilians in Samashki, Chechnya
Apr 19 Oklahoma City bombing: The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, is bombed, killing 168
Apr 30 U.S. President Bill Clinton becomes the first President to visit Northern Ireland
May 1 Croatian forces launch Operation Flash during the Croatian War of Independence
May 2 During the Croatian War of Independence, Serb forces fire cluster bombs at Zagreb, killing seven and wounding over 175 civilians
May 11 More than 170 countries extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions
May 13 Alison Hargreaves, a 33-year-old British mother, became the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of sherpas
May 18 Shawn Nelson, 35, steals a tank from a National Guard Armory in San Diego, destroying cars and other property and is shot to death by police after immobilizing the tank
May 23 The first version of the Java programming language is released
May 27 In Culpeper, Virginia, the actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition
May 28 The Russian town of Neftegorsk is hit by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that kills at least 2,000 people, half of the total population
Jun 2 United States Air Force Captain Scott O'Grady's F-16 is shot down over Bosnia while patrolling the NATO no-fly zone
Jun 5 The Bose–Einstein condensate is first created
Jun 7 The long-range Boeing 777 enters service with United Airlines
Jun 8 The downed U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O'Grady is rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia
Jun 24 "Rugby World Cup final": South Africa defeats New Zealand, Nelson Mandela presents Francois Pienaar with the Webb-Ellis trophy in an iconic post-apartheid moment
Jun 26 Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani deposes his father Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, in a bloodless coup
Jun 26 Attempted assassination of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in Addis Ababa
Jun 29 Space Shuttle program: STS-71 Mission (Atlantis) docks with the Russian space station Mir for the first time
Jun 29 The Sampoong Department Store collapses in the Seocho-gu district of Seoul, South Korea, killing 501 and injuring 937
Jul 5 The Republic of Armenia adopts its constitution, four years after its independence from the Soviet Union
Jul 6 In the Bosnian War, under the command of General Ratko Mladić, Serbia begins its attack on the Bosnian town of Srebrenica, and kills more than 8000 Bosniaks, in what then- UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali called "the worst crime on European soil since the Second World War"