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1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.
It was the first year of the International Decade of the World's Indigenous People (1995-2005) .
- January 1 - Austria, Finland and Sweden enter the European Union.
- January 1 - The World Trade Organization is established to replace GATT.
- January 1 - Swedish band Rednex's techno version of Cotton Eyed Joe goes #1 in the UK, and becomes a standard DJ song worldwide, much like YMCA and Macarena.
- January 1 - The Draupner wave in the North Sea in Norway is detected, confirming the existence of freak waves.
- January 4: The 104th Congress convenes, the first controlled by Republicans in both houses since 1953.
- January 6-January 7 - A chemical fire occurs in an apartment complex in Manila, Philippines. Policemen led by watch commander Aida Fariscal and investigators find a bomb factory and a laptop computer and disks that contain plans for Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack. The mastermind, Ramzi Yousef, is arrested 1 month later.
- January 9 - Valeri Polyakov completes 366 days in space while aboard the Mir space station, breaking a duration record.
- January 11 - The WB Television Network begins operations.
- January 16 - UPN begins broadcasting.
- January 17 - A magnitude 7.3 earthquake called "the Great Hanshin earthquake" occurs near Kōbe, Japan, causing great property damage and killing 6,433 people.
- January 24 - The prosecution delivers its opening statement in the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
- January 25 - The Norwegian rocket incident: A rocket launched from the space exploration centre at Andøya, Norway is briefly interpreted by the Russians as an incoming attack.
- January 29 - The San Francisco 49ers become the first team to win 5 Super Bowls, as they defeat the San Diego Chargers, 49-26, in Super Bowl XXIX.
- January 29 - Tatachilla Lutheran College officially opens at McLaren Vale, South Australia.
- January 31 - U.S. President Bill Clinton invokes emergency powers to extend a $20 billion loan to help Mexico avert financial collapse.
- Javed Ahmad Ghamidi launches the first Islamic e-periodical, "Renaissance: A Monthly Islamic Journal". 
- February 9 - STS-63: Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr. makes history as the first African American astronaut to walk in space.
- February 13 - A United Nations tribunal on human rights violations in the Balkans charges 21 Bosnian Serb commanders with genocide and crimes against humanity.
- February 15 - Hacking: Kevin Mitnick is arrested by the FBI and charged with breaking into some of the United States' most "secure" computers systems.
- February 17 - Colin Ferguson is convicted of 6 counts of murder for the December 1993 Long Island Rail Road shootings and later receives a 200+ year sentence.
- February 21 - Serkadji prison mutiny in Algeria: Four guards and 96 prisoners are killed in a day and a half.
- February 21 - Ibrahim Ali, a 17-year-old Comorian living in France, is murdered by 3 far right National Front activists.
- February 21 - Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada, becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.
- February 23 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average gains 30.28 to close at 4,003.33 -- The Dow's first ever close above 4,000.
- February 26 - The United Kingdom's oldest investment banking firm, Barings Bank, collapses after securities broker Nick Leeson loses $1.4 billion by speculating on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
- February 27 - In Denver, Colorado, the old Stapleton Airport closes; it is replaced by a new Denver International Airport, the largest airport in the United States.
- February 28 - Members of the group Patriot's Council are convicted in Minnesota of manufacturing ricin.
- March 1 - Polish Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak resigns from Parliament and is replaced by ex-communist Jozef Oleksy.
- March 1 - Muntinlupa City, Philippines officially becomes a city.
- March 1 - In Moscow, Russian anti-corruption journalist Vladislav Listyev is killed by a gunman.
- March 2 - Nick Leeson is arrested for his role in the collapse of Barings Bank.
- March 3 - In Somalia, the United Nations peacekeeping mission ends.
- March 6 - Adrianus Jacobs, chairman of Internationale Nederlanden Groep NV, announces that his company will buy bankrupt Barings PLC Bank for a nominal prize.
- March 6 - On an episode of The Jenny Jones Show ("Same-Sex Crushes"), Scott Amedure reveals a crush on his heterosexual friend Jonathan Schmitz. The mentally unstable Schmitz kills Amedure several days after the show.
- March 13 - David Daliberti and William Barloon, 2 Americans working for a military contractor in Kuwait, are arrested after straying into Iraq.
- March 14 - Astronaut Norman Thagard becomes the first American to ride into space aboard a Russian launch vehicle (the Soyuz TM-21),lifting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
- March 18 - Basketball superstar Michael Jordan announces he's returning to basketball with his former team, the Chicago Bulls, and the next day returns to the basketball court facing the Indiana Pacers.
- March 20 - Members of the Aum Shinrikyo religious cult release sarin gas on 5 separate railway trains in Tokyo, killing 12 and injuring hundreds.
- March 22 - Cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov returns after setting a record for 438 days in outer space.
- March 22 - The Schengen treaty comes into force.
- March 24 - For the first time in 26 years, no British soldiers patrol the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- March 30 - A police officer tries to assassinate Takaji Kunimatsu, chief of the National Police Agency of Japan.
- March 31 - In Corpus Christi, Texas, Selena Quintanilla is shot and killed by Yolanda Saldivar, the president of her own fan club.
- May 1 - CBC Radio Overnight debuts.
- May 7 - Jacques Chirac is elected president of France.
- May 11 - In New York City, more than 170 countries decide to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions.
- May 14 - The Dalai Lama proclaims 6-year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima as the eleventh reincarnation of the Panchen Lama.
- May 16 - Japanese police besiege the headquarters of Aum Shinrikyo near Mount Fuji and arrest cult leader Shoko Asahara.
- May 17 - Shawn Nelson, 35, goes on a tank rampage in San Diego.
- May 20 - Everton FC beats Manchester United 1-0 to win the FA Cup.
- May 21 - Pope John Paul II canonizes John Sarkander during his visit to Olomouc, the Czech Republic.
- May 23 - Oklahoma City bombing: In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the remains of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building are imploded.
- May 24 - AFC Ajax beats AC Milan 1-0 to win the Champions League.
- May 25 - Egan v. Canada: The Supreme Court of Canada rules that sexual orientation is a prohibited grounds of discrimination under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
- May 27 - In Culpeper, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition, ending his career as Superman.
- May 28 - Neftegorsk, Russia is hit by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake, killing at least 2000 people (2/3rd of the town's population).
- Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq threatens to end all cooperation with UNSCOM and IAEA, if sanctions against the country are not lifted by Thursday, August 31, 1995.
- Midwestern United States heat wave: An unprecedented heat wave strikes the Midwestern United States for most of the month. Temperatures exceed 104°F (40°C) in the afternoon in numerous cities for 5 straight days. At least 3000 people die, 750 in Chicago alone.
- July 1 - Iraq disarmament crisis: In response to UNSCOM's evidence, Iraq admits for first time the existence of an offensive biological weapons program, but denies weaponization.
- July 4 - UK Prime Minister John Major wins his battle to remain leader of the Conservative Party.
- July 5 - The U.S. Congress passes the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act, requiring that producers of pornography keep records of all models who are filmed or photographed. This act also requires that all models be at least 18 years of age.
- July 8 - A volcanic eruption begins on the island of Montserrat.
- July 10 - Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi is freed from house arrest.
- July 11 - Bosnian Serbs march into Srebrenica while UN Dutch peacekeepers leave. Large numbers of Bosniak men and boys are killed in the Srebrenica massacre.
- July 13 - Dozens of cities, most notably Chicago and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, set all-time record high temperatures. Hundreds in these and other cities die as the July 1995 heat wave reaches its peak.
- July 17 - The Nasdaq Composite index closes above the 1,000 mark for the first time.
- July 18 - Fabio Casartelli, an Italian cyclist, dies in a crash during the Tour de France.
- July 21-July 26 - Third Taiwan Strait Crisis: The People's Liberation Army fires missiles into the waters north of Taiwan.
- July 23 - David Daliberti and William Barloon, 2 Americans held as spies by Iraq, are released by Saddam Hussein.
- July 27 - In Washington, DC, the Korean War Veterans Memorial is dedicated.
- July 28 - Network Solutions announces a new policy to help companies protect their trademarks on the Internet.
- Iraq disarmament crisis: Following the defection of his son-in-law, Hussein Kamel al Majid, minister of industry and military industrialisation, Saddam Hussein makes new revelations about the full extent of Iraq's biological and nuclear weapons programs. Iraq also withdraws its last UN declaration of prohibited biological weapons and turns over a large amount of new documents on its WMD programs.
- August - A dam at the Omai mine in Guyana ruptures, spilling cyanide into the Essequibo and Omai rivers.
- August 4 - Croatian forces launch Operation Storm against Serbian forces in Krajina, with the cooperation of the ARBiH, and force them to withdraw to central Bosnia.
- August 5 - Croatian forces take Knin and continue to advance.
- August 6 - Hundreds in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Washington, D.C., and Tokyo mark the 50th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb.
- August 7 - Operation Storm ends with a UN-brokered ceasefire; remaining Serbian forces start surrendering.
- August 9 - Netscape launches IPO.
- August 9 - Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia dies at a drug rehabilitation center in Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, California.
- August 11- Chrono Trigger is released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
- August 14 - An avalanche buries Alison Hargreaves, the first woman to climb Mt. Everest without oxygen; she is reported dead.
- August 15 - Indonesia celebrates 50 years of independence.
- August 24 - Microsoft releases Windows 95.
- August 28 - A Serbian Mortar bomb near a Sarajevo market square kills 37 civilians.
- August 30 - The NATO bombing campaign against Serb artillery positions begins in Bosnia, continuing into October. At the same time ARBiH forces begin an offensive against the Serb Army around Sarajevo, central Bosnia and Bosnian Krajina.
- September - DVD, an optical disc computer storage media format, is announced.
- September 4 - The Fourth World Conference on Women opens in Beijing with over 4,750 delegates from 181 countries in attendance.
- September 6 - With the jury absent, Los Angeles Police Department detective Mark Fuhrman invokes his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in the murder trial of O.J. Simpson.
- September 6 - NATO air strikes continue, after repeated attempts at a solution with the Serbs fail.
- September 13 -Mohawk Productions, in association with Warner Brothers Television, airs The Drew Carey Show.
- September 17 - The Weekly Standard, an influential American conservative magazine, makes its debut.
- September 22 - American millionaire Steve Forbes announces his candidacy for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination .
- September 23 - Argentine national Guillermo "Bill" Gaede is arrested in Phoenix, Arizona on charges of industrial espionage. His sales to Cuba, China, North Korea and Iran are believed to have involved Intel and AMD trade secrets worth USD$10-20 million.
- September 26 - The trial against former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, accused of Mafia connections, begins.
- September 27-September 28 - Bob Denard's mercenaries capture President Said Mohammed Djohor of the Comoros; the local army does not resist.
- October 1 - Ten people are convicted of bombing the World Trade Center in 1993.
- October 2 - British rock band Oasis releases their landmark album (What's The Story) Morning Glory?. It becomes the 2nd biggest selling record in British chart history.
- October 3 - O.J. Simpson is found not guilty of double murder for the deaths of former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. (He will be found liable in a second civil trial in 1997).
- October 4 - France launches a counter-coup in the Comoros with 600 soldiers. They arrest Bob Denard and his mercenaries and take Denard to France. Caabi el-Yachroutu becomes the new interim president.
- October 6 - Michael Mayor and Didier Queloz announce the discovery of 51 Pegasi b, the first confirmed Extrasolar planet.
- October 9 - 1995 Palo Verde derailment: An Amtrak Sunset Limited train is derailed by saboteurs near Palo Verde, Arizona.
- October 12 - Black motorist Johnny Gammage dies of asphxyation, after being stopped by police in the nearly all-white Pittsburgh suburb of Brentwood.
- October 15 - The Carolina Panthers win their first-ever regular season game by defeating the New York Jets at Clemson Memorial Stadium in South Carolina.
- October 16 - The Million Man March is held in Washington D.C.. The event was conceived by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
- October 21 - Shannon Hoon, lead singer of Blind Melon, dies of a cocaine overdose while on tour.
- October 24 - A total solar eclipse is visible from Iran, India, Thailand, and Southeast Asia. 
- October 25 - A Metra commuter train slams into a school bus in Fox River Grove, Illinois, killing 7 students.
- October 28 - The Atlanta Braves win the World Series.
- October 30 - Quebec separatists narrowly lose a referendum for a mandate to negotiate independence from Canada
- November 1 - Participants in the Yugoslav War begin negotiations in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
- November 1 - The U.S. House of Representatives votes to ban "partial birth" abortions by a vote of 288-139.
- November 2 - The Supreme Court of Argentina orders the extradition of Erich Priebke, ex-S.S. captain.
- November 3 - At Arlington National Cemetery, U.S. President Bill Clinton dedicates a memorial to the victims of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing.
- November 4 - After attending a peace rally in Tel Aviv's Kings of Israel Square, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is mortally wounded by Yigal Amir, a right-wing Israeli gunman. He later dies on the operating table at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv.
- November 5 - The British rock band Oasis plays the biggest indoor concert in Europe ever at Earl's Court, London.
- November 9 - Bill Watterson, author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, announces his retirement in a brief letter to newspaper editors.
- November 10 - Iraq disarmament crisis: With help from Israel and Jordan, UN inspector Ritter intercepts 240 Russian gyroscopes and accelerometers on their way to Iraq from Russia.
- November 10 - In Nigeria, playwright and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, along with 8 others from the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (Mosop), are hanged by government forces.
- November 14 - A budget standoff between Democrats and Republicans in the Congress of the United States, forces the federal government to temporarily close national parks and museums, and run most government offices with skeleton staff.
- November 16 - A United Nations tribunal charges Radovan Karadžić and Ratko Mladić with genocide during the Bosnian War.
- November 17 - Public Radio International's radio program This American Life broadcasts its first episode, "New Beginnings".
- November 21 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average gains 40.46 to close at 5,023.55, its first close above 5,000. This makes the 1995 the first year where the Dow surpasses 2 millennium marks in a single year. It will do it again in 1997 and 1999.
- November 21 - A peace agreement for Bosnia is reached.
- November 22 - Rosemary West is sentenced to life for killing 10 women and girls, including her daughter and stepdaughter, after the jury returns a guilty verdict at Winchester Crown Court. The trial judge recommends that she should never be released from prison, making her only the second woman in British legal history to be subjected to a whole life tariff (the other is Myra Hindley.
- November 22 - Six year old Elisa Izquierdo's child abuse related death at the hands of her mother makes headlines, and instigates major reform in New York City's child welfare system, so as to prevent similar tragedies.
- November 22 - Eilat, Israel, Egypt, and much of the North African Mediterranean is struck by the strongest earthquake in Israel's history - 7.2 mW. Curiously, within a week there is attempted historical revisionism downwards to 6.2 with Gulf of Aqaba architects and engineers holding the bag for alleged 'shoddy construction'. A 6.2 mW earthquake is only 1/32nd the magnitude of a 7.2 quake.
- November 28 - The Barcelona Treaty is signed by 27 attending nations.
- November 28 - U.S. President Bill Clinton signs a highway bill that ends the federal 55 mph speed limit.
- November 30 - Javier Solana becomes the new NATO General Secretary.
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 World population
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 410,787,000
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 396,201,000
|Image:Africa satellite orthographic.jpg Africa
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 85,019,000
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 88,209,000
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 262,245,000
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 249,685,000
|Image:Europe satellite orthographic.jpg Europe
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 5,823,000
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 581,000
|Image:Latin America terrain.jpg Latin-America
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 39,574,000
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 39,130,000
|Image:LocationWHNorthernAmerica.png Northern America
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 15,889,000
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 16,477,000
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 2,237,000
||Image:Green Arrow Up.svg 2,119,000
- January 1 - Fred West, English serial killer (suicide) (b. 1941)
- January 1 - Eugene Wigner, Hungarian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
- January 2 - Siyad Barre, President of Somalia (b. 1919)
- January 7 - Murray Rothbard, American economist (b. 1926)
- January 7 - Larry Grayson, British comedian and game show host (b. 1923)
- January 9 - Peter Cook, English comedian and writer (b. 1937)
- January 18 - Adolf Butenandt, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)
- January 18 - Ron Luciano, baseball umpire (b. 1937)
- January 22 - Rose Kennedy, American philanthropist (b. 1890)
- January 30 - Gerald Durrell British naturalist, zookeeper, author, and television presenter (b. 1925)
- January 31 - George Abbott, American writer, director, and producer (b. 1887)
- February 2 - Fred Perry, English tennis player (b. 1909)
- February 2 - Donald Pleasence, English actor (b. 1919)
- February 4 - Patricia Highsmith, American author (b. 1921)
- February 12 - Robert Bolt, English writer (b. 1924)
- February 14 - U Nu, Burmese politician (b. 1907)
- February 22 - Melvin Franklin, American singer (b. 1942)
- February 23 - James Herriot, English veterinarian and author (b. 1916)
- March 3 - Howard W. Hunter, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1907)
- March 5 - Vivian Stanshall, English comedian, writer, artist, broadcaster, and musician (b. 1943)
- March 7 - Georges J.F. Kohler, German biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1946)
- March 8 - Ingo Schwichtenberg drummer (Halloween) (suicide)
- March 12 - Juanin Clay, American actress (b. 1949)
- March 13 - Leon Day, baseball player (b. 1916)
- March 13 - Odette Sansom, French World War II heroine (b. 1912)
- March 14 - William Alfred Fowler, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
- March 17 - Ronald Kray, leading figure in organised crime in London, UK (b. 1933)
- March 18 - Robin Jacques, illustrator of children's books (b. 1920)
- March 23 - Davie Cooper, Scottish footballer (b. 1956)
- March 26 - Eazy-E, American musician and record producer (b. 1963)
- March 27 - Maurizio Gucci, Italian businessman (murdered) (b. 1948)
- March 29 - Tony Lock, English cricketer (b. 1929)
- March 31 - Selena Quintanilla Perez, American singer (b. 1971)
- April 2 - Harvey Penick, American golfer (b. 1904)
- April 4 - Kenny Everett, British comedian (b.1944)
- April 10 - Morarji Desai, Indian politician (b. 1896)
- April 14 - Burl Ives American singer (b. 1909)
- April 18 - Arturo Frondizi, President of Argentina (b. 1908)
- April 23 - Howard Cosell, American sportscaster (b. 1918)
- April 25 - Ginger Rogers, American actress and dancer (b. 1911)
- May 5 - Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian chess player (b. 1911)
- May 6 - Noel Brotherston, Irish footballer (b. 1956)
- May 8 - Teresa Teng, Taiwanese singer (b. 1953)
- May 14 - Christian B. Anfinsen, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1916)
- May 15 - Eric Porter, English actor (b. 1928)
- May 15 - Ben Bubar, American activist (b. 1917)
- May 18 - Elisha Cook Jr., American actor (b. 1903)
- May 18 - Alexander Godunov, Russian-born ballet dancer and actor (b. 1949)
- May 18 - Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress (b. 1933)
- May 24 - Harold Wilson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1916)
- May 26 - Friz Freleng, American animator (b. 1905)
- May 28 - Irfan Ljubijankić, Bosnian diplomat (b. 1952)
- May 30 - Ted Drake, English footballer (b. 1912)
- June 7 - Hsuan Hua, Chinese Buddhist master (b. 1918)
- June 12 - Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Italian pianist (b. 1920)
- June 20 - Emil Cioran, Romanian philosopher and essayist (b. 1911)
- June 23 - Jonas Salk, Created a vaccine for polio (b. 1914)
- June 24 - Juan Manuel Fangio, Formula One champion (b. 1911)
- June 26 - Ernest Walton, Irish physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)
- June 29 - Lana Turner, American actress (b. 1921)
- June 30 - Georgi Beregovoi, cosmonaut (b. 1921)
- July 1 - Wolfman Jack, American disc jockey (b. 1939)
- July 4 - Eva Gabor, Hungarian actress (b. 1919)
- July 5 - Takeo Fukuda, Japanese politician (b. 1905)
- July 17 - Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentine race car driver (b. 1911)
- July 24 - George Rodger, British photojournalist (b. 1908)
- August 3 - Edward Whittemore, American author and Central Intelligence agent (b. 1933)
- August 3 - Ida Lupino, British actress (b. 1914)
- August 4 - Lee Newman, musician (Technohead)
- August 7 - Brigid Brophy, English author (b. 1929)
- August 9 - Jerry Garcia, American guitarist (Grateful Dead) (b. 1942)
- August 13 - Mickey Mantle, baseball player (b. 1931)
- August 15 - John Cameron Swayze, American journalist (b. 1906)
- August 19 - Pierre Schaeffer, French composer (b. 1910)
- August 21 - Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Indian-born astrophysicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1910)
- August 28 - Hannah Smith, English actress
- August 29 - Michael Ende, German author (b. 1929)
- August 30 - Fischer Black, American economist (b. 1938)
- August 30 - Sterling Morrison, American guitarist (The Velvet Underground) (b. 1942)
- September 11 - Jimmy Ryce, American murder victim
- September 15 - Gunnar Nordahl, Swedish footballer (b. 1921)
- September 20 - Eileen Chang, Chinese writer (b. 1920)
- September 25 - Bessie Delany, American physician and author (b. 1891)
- October 5 - Linda Gary, American voice actress (b. 1944)
- October 9 - Alec Douglas-Home, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1903)
- October 21 - Jesús Blasco, Spanish comic book author (b. 1919)
- October 21 - Shannon Hoon, American singer (Blind Melon) (b. 1967)
- October 26 - Gorni Kramer, Italian bandleader and songwriter (b. 1913)
- October - Margaret Gorman, first Miss America (b. 1905)
- November 4 - Gilles Deleuze, French philosopher (b. 1925)
- November 4 - Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (assassinated) (b. 1922)
- November 21 - Noel Jones, British diplomat (b. 1940)
- November 22 - Elisa Izquierdo, American child murder victim (b. 1989)
- December 2 - Robertson Davies, Canadian novelist (b. 1913)
- December 10 - Darren "Buffy, the Human Beatbox" Robinson, American rapper (The Fat Boys) (b. 1967)
- December 22 - James Meade, English economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1907)
- December 25 - Dean Martin, American actor (b. 1917)
- December 30 - Doris Grau, American actress (b. 1924
- December 30 - Heiner Müller, German poet and playwriter (b. 1929)
 Nobel prizes
 The Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel
 Templeton Prize
 Right Livelihood Award
 1995 in fiction
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