1994 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 608

  • Jan 1 Carquest Bowl 4: Boston College beats Virginia, 32-13
  • Jan 1 International Year of Family
  • Jan 1 Jacobs Field opens with "Gateway's New Year's Eve Countdown to '94"
  • Jan 1 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect
  • Jan 1 The Zapatista Army of National Liberation initiates twelve days of armed conflict in the Mexican State of Chiapas.
  • Jan 2 Battles between army & rebellious indians in South Mexico, kill 57
  • Jan 3 100s killed in Venezuela in prison revolt
  • Jan 3 Tupolev-154M crashes at Irkutsk, Siberia: 122 killed
  • Jan 3 35-foot-tall Chief Wahoo, trademark of Indians on top of Stadium since 1962, is taken down, to be moved to Jacob's Field

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Jan 3 Restoration of South African citizenship, announced on 15 December 1993 by the South African parliament led by President F. W. de Klerk, becomes effective four months before the first South Africa non-racial polls of 27 April, 1994

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • Jan 6 Dow-Jones hits record 3803.88
  • Jan 7 South Africa beat Australia in the Sydney Test by 5 runs
  • Jan 7 US female Figure Skating championship won by Tonya Harding
  • Jan 7 United Express commuter plane crashes in Ohio, killing 5
  • Jan 8 Rintje Ritsma skates world record 1500m (1:51.60)
  • Jan 8 Russian manned space craft TM-18, launches into orbit
  • Jan 8 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Davis
  • Jan 9 14th United Negro College Fund raises $11,000,000
  • Jan 9 Gunda Niemann skates world record (167.282 pts)
  • Jan 9 Rintje Ritsma skates world record (156.201 points)
  • Jan 10 Trial of Lorena Bobbitt who cut off her husband's penis, begins
  • Jan 10 Ukraine says it will give up world's 3rd largest nuclear arsenal
  • Jan 10 Uzbekistan & Kazakhstan agrees to abolish trade tariffs
  • Jan 11 Hyderabad score 6 for 944 against Andhra Pradesh in Ranji Trophy
  • Jan 11 Irish government announces end of a 20-year broadcasting ban on IRA

MurderMurder of Interest

Jan 12 Malcolm X's daughter arrested for plotting Louis Farrakham's murder

African American Activist Malcolm X
African American Activist
Malcolm X
  • Jan 13 Italian government of Carlo Ciampi resigns
  • Jan 14 Russian manned space craft TM-17, lands
  • Jan 14 The Duchess of Kent converts to Catholicism, the first member of the Royal Family to do so in more than 300 years
  • Jan 15 15th ACE Cable Awards: Michael Fuchs wins the Golden CableACE for outstanding achievements in advancing the development of cable programming
  • Jan 15 Hague motorist with .51% alcohol in blood, breaks Dutch record (.47%)
  • Jan 15 Queen Elizabeth falls off her horse & breaks her left wrist
  • Jan 16 Scott skates world record 1000m (1:12.54)
  • Jan 17 6.6 Earthquake hits Los Angeles killing 60, $30B in damage
  • Jan 18 The Cando event, a possible bolide impact in Cando, Spain. Witnesses claim to have seen a fireball in the sky lasting for almost one minute.
  • Jan 19 -20°F (-29°C) (5:32 AM) coldest day ever recorded in Cleveland Ohio
  • Jan 19 -36°F (-38°C) in New Whiteland, Indiana (state record)
  • Jan 21 Dow Jones passes 3900 (record 3,914.20)
  • Jan 21 Lorena Bobbitt found temporarily insane when she cut off her husband's penis
  • Jan 22 5.5 magnitude earthquake strikes Sumatra
  • Jan 23 Bernie Kosar is 2nd QB to throw TD passes in AFC & NFC Champ games
  • Jan 23 Worldwide Day for peace in Bosnia-Hercegovina
  • Jan 24 Dow Jones closes above 3,900 for 1st time (3,914.48)
  • Jan 25 Mine fire at Asansol, India, kills 55
  • Jan 25 US space probe Clementine launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
  • Jan 25 "Bump n' Grind " single released by R Kelly (Billboard Song of the Year 1994)
  • Jan 27 Carlos Reina succeeds pres Callejas in Honduras
  • Jan 27 Romanian social democrats form government with anti-Semites
  • Jan 28 Helicopter crashes into office building in San Jose California, 1 dead
  • Jan 28 Inna Lassovskaja jumps ladies world record (14.78m)
  • Jan 30 Dan Jansen skates world record 500m (35.76)
  • Jan 30 Péter Lékó becomes the youngest chess grand master.
  • Jan 31 Dow Jones hits a record 3,978.36
  • Feb 1 Irina Privalova runs world record 50m indoor (6.03 sec)
  • Feb 1 Large meteorite falls near Kusaie, Pacific Ocean

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Feb 3 President Bill Clinton lifts US trade embargo against Vietnam

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Feb 3 STS-60 (Discovery) launches into orbit
  • Feb 4 20 die in armed assault on mosque in Khartoum, Sudan
  • Feb 4 Merlene Ottey runs world record 50 m indoor (6.00 sec)
  • Feb 4 Russian team beats ladies world record 4x800 m indoor (8:18.71)
  • Feb 5 Medgar Evers' murderer Byron De La Beckwith sentenced to life, in Jackson Miss, 30 years after the crime
  • Feb 5 68 killed and 200 wounded after a mortar bomb is set off in Sarajevo
  • Feb 6 Jose Maria Figueres elected president of Costa Rica
  • Feb 6 Martti Ahtisaari elected president of Finland

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Feb 7 Howard Stern stops a would-be jumper on the George Washington Bridge

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • Feb 7 Jim Nabors undergoes a liver transplant

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Feb 9 Israeli minister Shimon Perez signs accord with PLO's Yasser Arafat

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • Feb 10 44th Berlin International Film Festival: "In the Name of the Father" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 11 Space shuttle STS-60 (Discovery 18), lands
  • Feb 12 20th century premiere of 6 restored Haydn-sonatas in Boston

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Feb 12 "The Scream" by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1893 pastel version) is stolen in Oslo

Painter and Print Maker Edvard Munch
Painter and Print Maker
Edvard Munch
  • Feb 12 Inna Lassovskaya jumps world record 14.90m
  • Feb 13 Inna Lassovskaya jumps world record 14.9m
  • Feb 13 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 5000m 6:34,96
  • Feb 13 Ship disaster near Ranong Thailand, kills 200
  • Feb 14 Andrei Chikatilo, a Russian serial killer is executed by shooting.
  • Feb 15 US asks Aristide to adopt a peace plan from Haiti
  • Feb 16 6.5 earthquake strikes SE Sumatra, kills 200
  • Feb 16 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 1500m (1:51.29)
  • Feb 16 Premier Alfonso Bustamente ends government in Peru
  • Feb 18 Dan Jansen skates world record 1000m (1:12.43)
  • Feb 20 3 Afghans take 70 Pakistani children hostage
  • Feb 20 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 10 km (13:30.55)

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Feb 20 Pope John Paul II demands juristic discrimination of homosexuals

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Feb 20 36th Daytona 500: Sterling Marlin wins (156.931 MPH)
  • Feb 25 Israeli extremist Baruch Goldstein massacres 30 Palestinians in Hebron
  • Feb 25 Peruvian Yak-40 crashes into mountain near Tingo Maria, kills 31
  • Feb 27 Maronite church near Beirut bombed, 10 killed
  • Feb 28 Brady Law, imposing a wait-period to buy a hand-gun, comes into effect
  • Mar 1 Martti Ahtisaari inaugurated as president of Finland
  • Mar 1 Senate rejectes a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution
  • Mar 2 William Natcher, (Rep-D-Ky), casts his 18,401 & last consecutive vote
  • Mar 2 Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh promises to surrender if taped statement is broadcasted, it is, but he doesn't
  • Mar 3 "Philoktetes Variations" with Ron Vawter premieres in Brussels
  • Mar 4 4 Arab terrorist founded guilty of bombing the World Trade Center
  • Mar 4 Space shuttle STS-62 (Columbia 16), launches into orbit
  • Mar 5 Largest milkshake (1,955 gallons of chocolate-Nelspruit South Africa)
  • Mar 5 PBA National Championship won by David Traber
  • Mar 6 United Arab Emirates beat Kenya by 2 wickets to win ICC Trophy
  • Mar 6 Referendum in Moldova results in the electorate voting against possible reunification with Romania.

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 14 Samir Patel, American spelling bee winner
  • Feb 3 Tallulah Belle Willis, 3rd daughter of Bruce Willis & Demi Moore
  • Feb 27 Hou Yifan, Chinese chess player
  • May 4 Pauline Ducruet, daughter of HSH Princess Stéphanie of Monaco
  • Jun 8 Nicholas Joseph Mills, son of Chris Evert & Andy Mills
  • Jun 10 Nicholas Santo Pietro, son of Vanna White
  • Jun 28 Prince Hussein bin Al Abdullah II, Prince of Jordan
  • Jul 18 Ricardo Dela Corte, Italy, test tube baby born to oldest (62) mother
  • Jul 27 Princess Mafalda-Ceceilia of Bulgaria
  • Aug 7 Jack Antonio, son of Virginia Madisen & Antonio Sabatto Jr
  • Aug 20 White buffalo, Janesville Wisconsin
  • Sep 17 Taylor Ware, American yodeler
  • Nov 27 Shrek the sheep, New Zealand sheep that held world record for biggest shorn fleece, born at Bendigo Station, Otago (d. 2011)
  • Dec 5 Emily Marie Estefan, daughter of Gloria & Emilio
  • Dec 12 Otto Warmbier, American student detained in North Korea after stealing poster, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dec 16 Stephen Sutton, English cancer blogger (Stephen's Story), born in Burntwood (d. 2014)
  • Dec 29 Princess Kako of Akishino of Japan

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 1 Microsoft CEO Bill Gates (38) marries Melinda French (29)

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates
  • Mar 13 Cuba Godding Jr (26) weds Sara Kapfer (26)
  • Mar 26 Talk show hostess Ricki Lake weds Rob Sussman
  • Mar 26 Half-brother of former President Bill Clinton and rodeo clown Roger Clinton (37) weds Molly Martin (25) in Dallas
  • Apr 17 Jennie Garth weds Dan Clark
  • May 7 Gary Hart's girlfriend Donna Rice (36) weds Jack Hughes (42)

HeartWedding of Interest

May 14 Software salesman Todd Beamer (25) weds Lisa Brosious in Peekskill, New York

Passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 Todd Beamer
Passenger on United Airlines Flight 93
Todd Beamer
  • May 21 Burger King spokesman Dan Cortese (26) weds Dee Dee Hemby (26)
  • May 27 Radio personality Rush Limbaugh weds wife #3, Marta Fitzgerald

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 12 Astronaut Neil Armstrong marries 2nd wife Carol Held Knight

Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong
Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon
Neil Armstrong

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 10 Fred Norris (from the Howard Stern Show) marries Allison Furman

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • Jul 16 Anna Nicole Smith (26) weds ½ billionaire J Howard Marshall II (89)
  • Aug 27 TV executive Anthony Radziwill (35) weds Emmy Award-winning journalist Carole Di Falco (31) in East Hampton, New York
  • Nov 20 Patti Davis weds Paul Hayeland
  • Dec 26 President Clinton's brother Roger Clinton (37) weds 8-mo pregnant Molly Nartin (25)
  • Dec 28 Billy Ray Cyrus (Achy Breaky Heart) weds Leticia Finley
  • Dec 29 Billionaire J. Paul Getty Jr marries Victoria Holdsworth in Barbados

Divorces in History

  • Jan 14 Kathleen Kinmont files for divorce from Lorenzo Lamas
  • Mar 24 Robert F Kennedy Jr divorces Emily Black
  • Apr 15 Robert F Kennedy Jr (21 days after his divorce) weds Mary Richardson

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 28 Lisa Marie Presley separates from Danny Keough

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
  • Sep 17 Princess Christina separates

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 623

  • Jan 1 Werner Schwab, Austrian playwright (Female Presidents) and artist, dies at 35
  • Jan 2 Dixy Lee Ray, chairwoman (US Atomic Energy Comm), dies at 79
  • Jan 2 Pierre-Paul Schweitzer, French director of IMF (1963-73), dies at 81
  • Jan 2 Sammy Taft, Canadian businessman (coined term "hat trick"), dies at 81
  • Jan 3 Roel Bazen, Dutch sound technician (Van Kooten & The Bie), dies at 48
  • Jan 3 Frank Belknap Long, American writer (Rim of the Unknown), dies at 92
  • Jan 4 Jim Booth, New Zealand producer (Heavenly Creatures), dies at 48
  • Jan 4 Michiel P "Michael" Gorsira, Gov of Curacao (1951-67), dies at 80
  • Jan 5 Louis R J Ridder van Rappard, Dutch mayor of Zoelen, dies at 87
  • Jan 5 William Raynor, writer, dies at 73
  • Jan 5 Tip O'Neill, American politician and 47th speaker of the house (D-Ma: 1977-86), dies of cancer at 81
  • Jan 6 "Iron" Adriaan van Es, Dutch undersec of Navy (1963-72), dies at 80
  • Jan 6 Morty the Moose, (Northern Exposure), dies at 6
  • Jan 6 Virginia Kelley Clinton, Mother of President Clinton, dies at 70
  • Jan 7 Lewis Boddington, aerospace Engineer, dies at 85
  • Jan 7 Lynn Blessing, vibes Player, dies at 65
  • Jan 7 Phoumi Vongvichit, President of Laos (1986-91), dies
  • Jan 8 Lady Caithness, wife of British undersecretary, commits suicide
  • Jan 8 Sri Chandrashekhara Saraswathi, guru of Kanchi, dies at 99
  • Jan 10 Catharina I "Ien" Dales, min of Internal affairs (1989-94), dies at 62
  • Jan 11 John Bradley, raised US flag at Iwo Jima, dies at 70
  • Jan 11 Helmut Poppendick, Nazi physician (b. 1902)
  • Jan 12 Bob Horen, dies of cancer at 67
  • Jan 12 Samuel Bronston, Romanian/US producer (El Cid), dies at 85
  • Jan 13 Johan J Holst, Norwegian min of defense/foreign affairs, dies at 56
  • Jan 14 Federica Montseny, anarchist/Sp minister of Health (1936), dies at 80
  • Jan 16 Stephen Kritsick, veterinarian (Good Morning America), dies at 42
  • Jan 17 Allan G Odell, Ad exec (Burma Shave), dies at 90
  • Jan 17 Chung Il Kwon, PM of South Korea (1964-70), dies
  • Jan 17 Han Jansen, Dutch journalist (Volkskrant), dies at 61
  • Jan 17 Yevgeny Ivanov, Soviet spy involved in the Profumo affair (b. 1926)
  • Jan 20 Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, Kenyan vice-pres (1963-66), dies at about 81
  • Jan 21 Basel al-Assad, Syrian president Hafez al-Assad's son and chosen successor, dies in car accident at 31
  • Jan 22 Frances Gifford, dies of emphysema, at 71
  • Jan 22 Irving B Kahn, inventer (teleprompter), dies at 76
  • Jan 23 Nikolai Ogarkov, Russian marshal (Flight KAL 007), dies at 76
  • Jan 23 Oliver Smith, US set designer (Guys & Dolls-7 Tony Awards), dies at 75
  • Jan 23 Suzanne M Blum, French lawyer (Charlie Chaplin), dies at 95
  • Jan 24 Michalis Vranopoulos, head of Greek state bank, murdered at 48
  • Jan 25 Stephen Cole Kleene, mathematician (Regular Expressions), dies at 85
  • Jan 28 Hermanus P "Piet" Mulder, Dutch journalist (Het Parool), dies at 79
  • Jan 28 William Levitt, builder (Levittown), dies of kidney failure at 86
  • Jan 30 Bahjat Talhouni, PM of Jordan (1960-62, 64-65, 67-69, 69-70), dies
  • Jan 30 Jan L N Schaefer, Dutch undersecretary of Housing (PvdA), dies at 53
  • Jan 31 Pierre Boulle, French writer (Executioner), dies at 81
  • Feb 1 Fouad Fram al-Boustani, Lebanese historian (Rawaeaa), dies at 88
  • Feb 1 Olan Soule, radio voice (Super Friends), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • Feb 4 Han Jansen, Dutch painter, dies at 62
  • Feb 4 Harold Schneider, US producer (5 Easy Pieces, War Games), dies at 55
  • Feb 4 Justinus Darmojuwono, Indonesian archbishop/cardinal, dies at 79
  • Feb 5 Hermann Abs, German banker to Adolf Hitler and Konrad Adenauer, dies at 92

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Feb 6 Jack Kirby, cartoonist (X-Men, Spider-Man, Hulk), dies at 76

Comic Book Artist and Writer Jack Kirby
Comic Book Artist and Writer
Jack Kirby
  • Feb 7 Maarten Vrolijk, Dutch soc-dem minister (CRM 1965-66), dies at 74
  • Feb 7 Richard Bissell, US under director of CIA (Pig's Bay), dies at 84
  • Feb 8 Jacob Firet, Dutch theologist (Agogic Moment), dies at 70
  • Feb 9 Arnold Smith, British 1st sec-gen of Commonwealth (1965-75), dies at 79
  • Feb 9 Howard Martin Temin, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (b. 1934)
  • Feb 12 Donald Judd, US furniture maker/architect/artist, dies at 65
  • Feb 12 Sue Rodriguez, Canadian assisted suicide advocate (b. 1950)
  • Feb 13 Michael Francis Morris Lindsay, orientalist, dies at 84
  • Feb 13 Theo Bitter, Dutch painter/set designer, dies at 79
  • Feb 14 Christopher Lasch, author (Culture of Narcissism), dies at 61
  • Feb 15 Andrei Tsjikatilo, [Rostov Ripper], Russian mass murdered, executed
  • Feb 17 Randy Shilts, US journalist (& the band played on), dies of AIDs at 41
  • Feb 18 Peter Caddy, founder of the Findhorn Community, dies at 76
  • Feb 19 Georges Watin, Algerian/French officer (OAS), dies at 71
  • Feb 20 Derek Jarman, English director (Last of England), dies at 52
  • Feb 21 Frederick Edward Nicklin, architect, dies at 68
  • Feb 21 William Elgin Swinton, child Psychiatrist, dies at 54
  • Feb 23 Stuart Berger, doctor (Immune Power Diet), dies from obesity at 40
  • Feb 24 Knut Anders Haukfield, SOE Operative, dies at 83
  • Feb 24 Lores Bonney, Australian aviator, 1st female solo flight Australia to UK, dies at 96
  • Feb 25 Baruch Goldstein, physician/murderer (53 in mosque), lynched at 42
  • Feb 25 Yann Piat, French MP (FN/PR), murdered at 44
  • Feb 26 Avery Fisher, US audio manufacturer (1st hi-fi), dies at 87
  • Feb 26 Leopold "Hans" Kohr, Austrian social philosopher, dies at 84
  • Feb 27 Harold Acton, English/Italian historian/art collector, dies at 84
  • Feb 27 Karl I Pelgrom, Dutch sculptor, dies at 66
  • Feb 27 Laurence "Bill" Craigie, jet pioneer, dies at 92
  • Feb 27 Leopold "Hans" Kohr, Austria social philosopher/economist, dies at 84
  • Feb 28 Aisin Giorro Pu Chieh, brother of Last Emperor of China, dies at 86
  • Feb 28 Buster Holmes, American chef and New Orleans restaurateur, dies at 88
  • Feb 28 George Osborne Sayles, historian, dies at 92
  • Feb 28 Leopoldina Poldi Feichtegger Gerhard, dies at 90
  • Feb 28 Pu Yi, brother of last Chinese emperor, Pu Yi, dies at 87
  • Mar 1 Eliseo Diego, Cuban poet, dies at 74
  • Mar 1 Jacob "Jimmy" Herman Huizinga, journalist/writer, dies at 75
  • Mar 2 Donald McKenzie MacKinnon, philosopher, dies at 80
  • Mar 2 Charles Brink, German-born British classical scholar (Horace), dies at 86
  • Mar 5 Abdullah Al-Sallal, President of Yemen (1962-67), dies
  • Mar 5 Paul Vincze, Jewish-Hungarian designer of coins and medal, dies at 86
  • Mar 6 Max Schubert, winemaker, dies at 89
  • Mar 6 Tengis Abuladze, Georgia SSR MP (Penalty), dies at 71
  • Mar 8 John Ewart, Sydney Australia, dies of cancer at 55
  • Mar 8 Joop C Swart, publisher/founder (World Press Photo), dies at 69
  • Mar 8 Knut Haukelid, Norway/US resistance fighter (Rjukan 1943), dies at 82
  • Mar 9 Charles Bukowski, author/poet, dies of leukemia at 73
  • Mar 9 Lawrence E Spivak, journalist (Meet the Press), dies at 93
  • Mar 10 Cecil Rolph Hewitt, English journalist and policeman, dies at 92
  • Mar 10 Robert Shea, author, dies of cancer