What Happened in 1994

Significant Events

  • Mar 12 Church of England ordains 1st 33 women priests
  • Apr 6 Rwandan Genocide begins with the assassination of Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira with their plane being shot down by surface-to-air missiles, abruptly ending peace negotiations. Those responsible have never been identified.
  • Apr 22 7,000 Tutsi's slaughtered by Hutu in the stadium at Kibuye, Rwanda
  • May 10 Nelson Mandela sworn in as South Africa's 1st black president
  • Jun 29 US reopens Guantanamo Naval Base to process refugees
  • Aug 31 The Provisional Irish Republican Army (Sinn Féin) declares a ceasefire in Northern Ireland
  • Nov 9 Chemical element Darmstadtium discovered at GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research near Darmstadt, German
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World Leaders in 1994

Famous People in 1994

Would You Believe?

Pentium computer beats world chess champ Gari Kasparov

On August 31, 1994

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 1 Microsoft CEO Bill Gates (38) marries Melinda French (29)
  • Jan 28 Actress Lorraine Bracco (39) weds actor Edward James Olmos (46)
  • Feb 3 Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme (32) weds Darcy Lapier (28) in Bangkok
  • Feb 14 Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia (51) weds Deborah Koons (40) in Tiburon, California
  • Feb 18 Actor Joe Pantoliano (41) weds model Nancy Sheppard (31)

Famous Divorces

  • Jan 14 Kathleen Kinmont files for divorce from Lorenzo Lamas
  • Jan 29 Actor Bill Murray (43) divorces Margaret Kelly after 13 years of marriage
  • Mar 24 Robert F Kennedy Jr divorces Emily Black
  • Apr 7 Shannen Doherty files for divorce from Ashley Hamilton
  • Apr 14 Musician Billy Joel & supermodel Christie Brinkley announce plans to divorce
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