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April 2, 1995 – ABC World News This Week – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
April 2, 1995 – A very busy week for news; some good, a lot bad.
The Baseball Strike was looking to be finally over. There had been no Major League Baseball for 232 days. Nearly 1,000 games had been canceled. For the first time in the history of major American sports, an entire postseason — the 1994 MLB playoffs and World Series — was lost due to a labor dispute.
It was a long winter for baseball fans in 1995. The hot stove was colder than usual, as discussions centered not on the previous Fall Classic or the upcoming season, but on a larger, gloomier question: When would baseball return?
“It seemed like a lot longer than it actually was,” ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian said this month in a phone interview.
The work stoppage, which began in August of 1994, dragged past the new year and past the time players typically reported to spring training. In February and March, MLBers stayed home, waiting, while replacement players — low-level minor leaguers and retired players — filled out big-league rosters.
In Politics: On Capitol Hill this week, a debate was unfolding over Term Limits for Members of Congress. The purpose of Senate Joint Resolution 21 was to limit the number of terms a Member of Congress may serve. Senate Joint Resolution 21, if approved by two-thirds of the Members of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, and if ratified by three-fourths of the States, will limit Senators to two terms and Members of the House of Representatives to six terms. Easier said than done. Even thought the average American was in favor, Congress didn’t quite see it that way. Term limitation was not a new or untried idea. Term limits were in place before our Constitution was drafted. The Virginia Plan, the model for our current Constitution, contained term limits for elected officials; and in 1951, the 22d amendment to the Constitution was ratified by three-fourths of the States, imposing term limits on the President. Following passage of this amendment, President Dwight D. Eisenhower added, “What is good for the President might very well be good for the
And the music world and fans said goodbye to Selena, the fast-rising young star in the world of Tejano music. Selena was shot and killed on March 31, 1995, 16 days before her 24th birthday, by Yolanda Saldívar, her friend and the former manager of her Selena Etc. boutiques. Saldívar was cornered by police when she attempted to flee, and threatened to kill herself, but was convinced to give herself up and was sentenced to life in prison with possible parole after 30 years.
On April 1, Bayfront Plaza in Corpus Christi held a vigil which drew 3,000 fans. During the event, it was announced that a public viewing of the casket would be held at the Bayfront Auditorium the following day. Fans lined up for almost a 1 mile (1.6 km). An hour before the doors opened, rumors that the casket was empty began circulating, which prompted the Quintanilla family to have an open-casket viewing. About 30,000 to 40,000 fans passed by Selena’s casket. More than 78,000 signed a book of condolence. Flowers for the casket viewing were imported from The Netherlands. At the request of Selena’s family, video and flash photography was banned.
And that’s just a portion of what happened this week ending April 2, 1995 as reported by ABC Radio’s World News This Week.