1995 was quite the year. The Internet entered public consciousness and technology was rapidly changing. It just so happens that we began in 1995 and man, have things changed since then. What better way to celebrate our 20th anniversary and #throwbackthursday than with a quick trip back in time?
1. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was opened in Cleveland, Ohio.
Since opening, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been responsible for creating more than 950 jobs. Also, James Henke, the chief curator at the museum, created this list of 500 songs that played an influential part in shaping rock and roll, and it’s definitely worth checking out.
2. Dolly, the cloned sheep, was born.
The first animal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell, Dolly lived to be 6.5 years old!
3. Yahoo, Ebay, Amazon and more launched.
The dot-com boom began in 1995, setting the stage for a new kind of marketplace. We started in 1995 alongside great Internet companies like Amazon, Ebay, Yahoo, Hotmail and Match.com.
4. USB Standard, Firewire and Windows 95 were released.
USB (Universal Serial Bus) and FireWire (IEEE 1394) changed the way we transfer data. Windows 95 marked a progression in consumer-oriented operating systems and introduced groundbreaking features like the “Start” button and taskbar. Windows 95 was accompanied by an extensive marketing campaign featuring the likes of the Rolling Stones and two of our favorite Friends.
Hello world! Along with the dot-com boom, new web technologies were released, building the very foundation blocks for the Internet as we know it today. These technologies made it possible to develop and create websites and SSL made it possible for people to buy and sell goods over the Internet.
6. Starbucks released their Frappuccino.
We don’t even want to consider what our world be like without this delicious, frozen treat.
7. Braveheart won the Oscar for Best Picture.
The film was directed by and starred Mel Gibson. Braveheart was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Makeup, Best Cinematography and Best Sound Editing.
8. Popular TV shows included Frasier, Friends, Home Improvement and Seinfeld.
The phrase, “No soup for you!” was probably heard at least 10 times a day in every office throughout America.
9. The big movies of the year included Batman Forever, Toy Story, Pocahontas and GoldenEye.
Toy Story was the first completely computer animated feature-length film. Years later Toy Story 3 would be released, breaking the hearts of every college-bound kid.
10. The Billboard Number One Songs included “Waterfalls” by TLC, “Kiss From a Rose” by Seal, “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio and “All I Wanna Do” by Sheryl Crow.
That’s gonna be stuck in your head all day.
11. The Grateful Dead played their last concert.
After Jerry Garcia passed away from a heart attack in August of 1995, The Grateful Dead disbanded.
12. Operation Desert Storm ended.
What began as the Gulf War in 1990 officialy ended on November 30, 1995.
13.”If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit!”
The OJ Simpson trial was a hot topic, and finally resulted in a controversial verdict of “not guilty” on October 3, 1995.
14. Bill Clinton was President with Vice President Al Gore.
Bill Clinton was the 42nd President of the United States of America. It’s too bad he wouldn’t be able to contact Olivia Pope when things got messy for him in a few years.
15. Time Magazine’s Man of the Year was Newt Gingrich.
You remember Newt? In 2011 he announced his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Before that he served as House Minority Whip (not to be confused with what our pal Frank Underwood pulls in House of Cards.).
16. The price of gas was $1.15/gallon.
Something to brag about to your grandkids one day.
17. The Dallas Cowboys won the Super Bowl.
The Cowboys are the most valuable team in the NFL, valued at 3.2 billion dollars.
18. The Spartan Cheerleaders debuted on SNL.
Saturday Night Live had a lot of iconic sketches during their 20th season, and the cast included Molly Shannon, Chris Farley, Norm Macdonald, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler and David Spade.
19. Pogs, Warcraft II and Worms were the popular games of the day.
They had the best commercials for these.
20. People dressed like this.