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Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a young, unrepentent Israeli. Kobe, Japan reeled from a massive earthquake, and in Africa an Ebola outbreak claimed some 50 lives. O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of murder, and generations mourned Grateful Dead musician Jerry Garcia.

  • Susan Smith
  • Japan quake
  • Tokyo gas attack
  • OKC bombing
  • Ebola virus
  • Shannon Faulkner
  • Jerry Garcia dies
  • Simpson acquitted
  • Million Man March
  • Rabin slain


  • Mother arrested for drowning death of sons -- January 16, 1995

    Susan Smith is arraigned on charges of drowning her two young sons in Union County South Carolina. Months earlier, she had told police that a black carjacker had kidnapped her two boys, aged three and 14 months. The mother eventually confessed that she had let her car roll down a boat ramp into John D. Long Lake with her sons locked inside.

    Smith describes the alleged carjack:
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    The parents plea for their children:
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    Smith's confession is read:
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    Quake jolts Japan -- January 17, 1995

    Kobe, Japan is jolted by a powerful earthquake, collapsing buildings and sparking hundreds of fires. About 5,100 are killed in the western Japanese city, and 30,400 buildings are destroyed. Thousands of survivors wait in line patiently for relief supplies.

    Scenes from the quake:
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