More than 90 million Americans reportedly stopped what they were doing, to turn to their TV sets and watch OJ Simpson making a very stately getaway along Los Angeles' 405 highway, in a friend's white Ford bronco van, pursued by both state troopers and the world's media.
This proved to be only an early chapter in a trial, both by prosecution and media, that would grip nations on both sides of the Atlantic - the prosecution of American sporting hero and screen legend 'The Juice' for the alleged murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman.
John Travolta, David Schwimmer and Cuba Gooding Jr star in 'American Crime Story: The People Versus OJ Simpson'
It would provide dinner table speculation across America, highlight social, class and race relations in a nation already troubled by the Rodney King beatings and riots, and make household names of a bunch of dry courtroom attorneys. As the tale is told afresh on our TV sets, starting this week, we catch up with the big names on that 1995 roll-call...