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1995

Bill Gates' company Microsoft launched Windows 95, and Sony launched their famous Playstation. Financial dealer Nick Leeson whose trading led to the collapse of Barings Bank, Robbie Williams disappointed thousands of fans by leaving Take That.

 
 

MUSIC

Freedom (Radio Edit) - In and Out of Consciousness - Greatest Hits 1990 - 2010 Robbie Williams left Take that to pursue a solo career and he brought out his first single, Freedom, in early 1996.
 
Unchained Melody - Happy Days - the Best of Robson & Jerome Robson and Jerome the two stars of the ITV series Soldier Soldier decided to have a go at a singing career after hundreds of housewives tried to buy a record by them that didn't even exist. They had sung 'Unchained Melody' on the TV show, and it went straight to No.1 in its first week of release.
 
 

MOVIES

Waterworld was set in a future where global warming has drowned all countries, It was the Heaven's Gate of the 1990s - a monumental blockbuster that cost the earth and delivered only water. Braveheart - Wallace's childhood sweetheart Murron is killed by English soldiers on the day after their marriage, so he springs into action and begins a revolt. As well as doing a lot of shouting he also finds time for an affair with the Princess of Wales along the way.
 
 

TV

Father Ted - Scheming Father Ted, simple Father Dougal and Drunken Father Jack were looked after by faintly psychotic housekeeper Mrs Doyle in the simple yet often surreal family comedy. Mrs Merton - Caroline Aherne dressed up as an ageing agony aunt and lulled her celebrity guests into a false sense of security before asking them double-entendre questions in a naïve manner. It was a chat show with a difference, her interview style was motherly, and she involved the genuinely aged audience in discussions.
 
    
 

TOYS

PlayStation took video games from being the preserve of children and turned them into post-Yuppie fashion accessories. Slick marketing, arcade-quality graphics and the arrival of buxom Lara Croft, made PlayStation one of the biggest brands of the '90s.Inflatables - As if an inflatable banana hadn't been enough in the '80s, the craze returned during 1995 in the shape of chairs, picture frames and wine racks. It seemed everyone was blowing-up the contents of their homes, as more and more outrageous uses were found for hollow housewares.