Twenty years ago this week, Microsoft launched its Windows 95 operating system, which would go on to sell tens of millions of copies in its first year alone. At that same time, the 1995 World Aerobic Championships were taking place in San Diego, Michael Jackson participated in his first “online chat,” T.V. news was covering the O.J. Simpson trial, a 19-year-old Tiger Woods won the U.S. Amateur Championship, Moscow opened its fifth McDonald’s restaurant, and a lot of other events were happening. Collected here are news images from the last week in August, 1995, 20 years ago this week.
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates (left) looks on as “The Tonight Show” host Jay Leno co-hosts the official launch of Windows 95 at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington, on August 24, 1995.
Team Brazil performs during the World Aerobic Championships on August 26, 1995.
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Pop star Michael Jackson types into a notebook computer during his first online chat at the Museum of Television and Radio on August 17, 1995. Jackson answered prescreened questions from fans around the world on three online services and through the Internet.
A Rwandan Hutu mother and her child sit in an area between Zaire and Rwanda, waiting to board buses and trucks that will take them to Rwanda, as the Zairean government stepped up its forced repatriation drive on August 22, 1995. According to U.N. estimates, more than 6,000 Rwandans and at least 2,000 Burundis had been forcibly repatriated that week, and a further 60,000 Rwandans fled camps in eastern Zaire to escape repatriation.
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Canadian rock star Neil Young (center) performs onstage with the American band Pearl Jam during his concert in downtown Salzburg, Austria, on August 18, 1995. About 15,000 people attended the open-air event.
Leonhard Foeger / Reuters
A Sony employee looks at a prototype of a “Plasmatron” flat-screen display on August 25, 1995. The LCD screen is 60 by 38 centimeters square and 3.7 centimeters deep, weighing only 1.7 kilograms.
Lutz Schmidt / Reuters
From left, Princess Diana, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Prince Charles gather for the commemorations of V-J Day on August 19, 1995, in London.
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A militiaman on horseback chases a thief who stole a bag of potatoes in a field near the city of Naro-Fominsk, 90 kilometers southwest of Moscow, Russia, on August 27,1995. In order to preserve the year’s harvest, a number of collective farms in the Moscow region hired special horseback militia units to guard the fields.
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Nineteen-year-old Tiger Woods proudly hugs his winning trophy during the 1995 U.S. Amateur Championship tournament at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island, on August 27, 1995.
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An undated photo, released by the Indian government on August 23, 1995, of four of the six tourists being held hostage by the Kashmiri separatist group Al-Faran. From left are Keith Mangan of Britain, Donald Hutchings of Spokane, Washington, Dirk Hasert of Germany, and Paul Wells of Britain. Hutchings holds an Urdu-language newspaper dated August 18, 1995. Of the six hostages, only one, American John Childs (not pictured), managed to escape. One, a Norwegian named Hans Christian Ostrø, was confirmed to have been killed; the remaining four hostages, pictured here, have never been seen again and are presumed to have been killed, based in part on testimony from a captured rebel.
Fire crews in New Shoreham, Rhode Island, located on Block Island, attempt to extinguish the flames at a restaurant and gas station, the scene of a plane crash on August 26, 1995, that killed one person in a car outside the restaurant and four others on board the aircraft. The seaplane crashed as it attempted to land in waters off the beach area of the island.
Kevin Weaver / AP
Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist Howard Eisen holds a wheel like those on Sojourner, the exploring vehicle for the Mars Pathfinder mission, as he describes how the cleats dig into the surface of Mars as the vehicle moves on August 27, 1997, at the JPL facilities in Pasadena, California. Pathfinder was launched on December 4, 1996, with the rover completing 7 days of exploration on the Martian surface in July of 1997.
Susan Sterner / AP
Ronald McDonald performs in front of a newly opened McDonald’s restaurant in Moscow on August 18, 1995. At the time, this was the fifth McDonald’s franchise to open in Moscow.
Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP
A Russian Army colonel and his children enjoy a meal in a newly opened McDonald’s restaurant in Moscow on August 18, 1995.
Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP
Judge Lance Ito examines evidence at the O.J. Simpson murder trial on August 25, 1995. Top forensic expert Dr. Henry Lee testified he found “something wrong” with police handling of a critical piece of bloodstain evidence.
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The stars of the film “Desperado” pose together at the film's premiere on August 21, 1995, in Los Angeles. Shown, from left, are actors Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Quentin Tarantino, director Robert Rodriguez, and co-producer Elizabeth Avellan.
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A single waterhose from a fire truck tries to keep a brush fire at bay as it encroaches on a subdivision in Westhampton, New York, on August 25, 1995. Some 250 evacuees began a second day out of their homes as a brush fire roared through thousands of acres of woodland near the Hamptons beach resort towns in New York.
Ed Bailey / AP
Visitors wear virtual-reality devices made by Seattle-based company Virtual 10 during a show on the first day of the International Electronics Fair in Berlin, on August 26, 1995.
Jockel Finck / AP
A man runs across a dangerous intersection of the infamous “sniper alley” in Sarajevo on August 21, 1995. Over 460 people were killed and more than 2,130 wounded by Bosnian Serb snipers and artillery shells in the besieged capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the year 1995 alone.
Danilo Krstanovic / Reuters
U.S. President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton appear at a ceremony at the Jackson Lake Lodge in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on August 26, 1995, marking the 75th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S.
On August 24, 1995, Iraqis in a Baghdad cafe watch a television broadcast of an audio tape in which, the announcer said, Lieutenant-General Hussein Kamel Hassan al-Majid urged the Iraqi government to move quickly to invade Kuwait and the eastern region of Saudi Arabia. The lieutenant general was being denounced, as earlier that month, he and his wife, the daughter of Saddam Hussein, had defected from Iraq and provided intelligence to Western powers.
Faleh Kheiber / Reuters
Russian Interior Ministry special police officers armed with Kalashnikovs sit at a checkpoint in downtown Grozny on August 20, 1995. Dozens of Chechen gunmen squared off against hundreds of Russian troops in the town of Argun, near Grozny, after the rebels stormed a police station in defiance of Kremlin authority.
The Space Shuttle Endeavour sits on launch pad 39-A on August 31, 1995, as NASA managers called a launch scrub due to the apparent failure of one of the shuttle’s three auxiliary power units. The Endeavour had already been delayed by three weeks to allow for repairs to be made to the solid rocket motors. It finally launched successfully on September 7, 1995.
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A young Rwandan refugee carries a bag after he was obliged to flee along with thousands of Rwandan refugees from camps in Eastern Zaire on August 22, 1995, as Zairean authorities stepped up a forced-repatriation drive.
Alexander Joe / AFP / Getty
Peter McNeeley sits on the mat after a blow by Mike Tyson, the first of two knockdowns in the first round, at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on August 19, 1995. Tyson won the fight in the first round, in only 1:29 minutes.
Gary Hershorn / Reuters
John Auerbach, a 17-year-old senior at the Westminster School, is shown in his Atlanta home on August 18, 1995, with some of the software he used in his computer business. At the time, he was the president and founder of the Vision Computer Company, which sold computers.
Leita Cowart / AP
Masked republicans prepare petrol bombs during an attack on a British army post in a South Armagh border town in Northern Ireland, in the early hours of August 30, 1995.
Stephen Pilcher and his co-driver John Van der Velden roll their Mazda 323 while competing in the National Rally championships near the small town of Maungaturoto, north of Auckland, New Zealand, on August 26, 1995. The drivers were not injured and were able to complete the stage after spectators righted the vehicle.
Tilda Swinton, artist and actress, sleeps in a glass box as part of an exhibition called “The Maybe” at the Serpentine Gallery on September 4, 1995, in London. Swinton slept for eight hours a day in her exhibition cabinet, part of an installation conceived by Cornelia Parker. The woman at right is an unidentified visitor to the gallery.
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Rescue workers carry an injured passenger rescued from the wreckage after a train collision in the northern Indian town of Firozobad on August 20, 1995. More than 100 people were killed and 200 injured when two Delhi-bound passenger trains collided.
Monica Seles breaks into laughter as she jokes with comedian Bill Cosby during a celebrity match in the stadium at the U.S. Open for the Arthur Ashe AIDS Challenge on August 26, 1995.
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A resident sits on the roof of his home along Iron Mountain Road in Poway, California, as flames burn up to a firebreak around his home on August 31, 1995.
Denis Poroy / AP
Mikol Furneaux waves two packages of Windows 95 software in the first store in Australia to sell the product at midnight on August 24, 1995. An estimated 40 million copies of Windows 95 were sold in its first year of release.