December 1994 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Ernesto Zedillo innaugrated as president of Mexico
  • Dec 1 PTL leader Jim Bakker released from jail
  • Dec 2 Cruise liner Achille Lauro (Willem Ruys) sinks off the coast of Somalia
  • Dec 2 Jury finds Heidi Fleiss guilty of running a call girl ring
  • Dec 6 Maltese Falcon auctioned for $398,590
  • Dec 6 Orange County California files for bankruptcy
  • Dec 6 Warner Brothers announces a 5th TV network to begin on Jan 11, 1995

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Dec 7 Radio personality Howard Stern talks a man out of attempting suicide

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • Dec 8 Fire in cinema in Karamay China, 310 killed
  • Dec 9 5m meteor 1994 XM1 passes within 100,000 km of Earth
  • Dec 9 US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders resigns after comments about masturbation
  • Dec 10 European Campaign against Racism "All different, All equal" begins

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Dec 10 Nobel Peace Prize presented to Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin
Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres
  • Dec 11 Russian troops enter Chechnya
  • Dec 13 American Eagle commuter plane crashes in NC, killing 15
  • Dec 14 Construction begins on the Three Gorges Dam, China
  • Dec 15 John Bruton becomes Ireland's premier
  • Dec 15 Liberia militia kills 48 inhabitants of Monrovia
  • Dec 15 Palau becomes a member of the UN.
  • Dec 17 KLM's last DC-10 goes out of service
  • Dec 18 General Hospital stars Kristina Malandro & Jack Wagner wed
  • Dec 18 Socialist Party (ex-communist) wins Bulgaria parliamentary election
  • Dec 19 Rolls-Royce announces its future cars will feature V12 engine which will be produced by BMW.
  • Dec 21 Bomb goes off on #4 train on Fulton Street NYC
  • Dec 22 Italian government of Silvio Berlusconi resigns

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Dec 23 Fearing arrest by the FBI, Whitey Bulger flees Boston, and successfully hides from law enforcement for the next 16 years

Gangster Whitey Bulger
Gangster
Whitey Bulger
  • Dec 24 Four Muslim fundamentalists capture Air France pilot in Algiers
  • Dec 26 French commandos terminate Air France hijacking in Marseille
  • Dec 28 The Madness of King George premieres in the US
  • Dec 29 B737-400 flies into a mountain at Edremit East Turkey, 54 killed
  • Dec 29 Bangladesh government of Zia resigns
  • Dec 29 Last Dutch electro-magnetic telephone exchange shuts down
  • Dec 31 1st snowless December in Baltimore Maryland
  • Dec 31 Anti Apartheid Group of Netherlands (AABN) disbands
  • Dec 31 This date is skipped altogether in Kiribati as the Phoenix Islands and Line Islands change time zones from UTC-11 to UTC+13 and UTC-10 to UTC+14, respectively.

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 5 Emily Marie Estefan, daughter of Gloria & Emilio
  • Dec 29 Princess Kako of Akishino of Japan

Weddings in History

  • 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 on Barbados

Deaths in History

  • Dec 2 Donald John Urquhart, librarian, dies at 85
  • Dec 2 James Norman Dalrymple Anderson, lawyer, dies at 86
  • Dec 3 Dolf Verspoor, literary/translator (M Nijhoff prize 1958), dies at 77
  • Dec 3 Elizabeth Meyer, wife of Paul Michael Glaser, dies of AIDS at 47
  • Dec 3 Giorgi Chanturia, President of Georgia, assassinated
  • Dec 3 Said Mekbel, Algerian editor in chief (Le Matin), murdered at 57
  • Dec 4 Geoffery Rudolph Elton, historiographer, dies at 73
  • Dec 4 Jakob Kaplan, French head rabbi (1955-81), dies at 99
  • Dec 4 Julio Ramon Ribeyro, Peruvian playwright, dies at 66
  • Dec 4 Robert Jesse Charleston, museum curator, dies at 78
  • Dec 4 Thomas Roy Garrett, museum curator, dies at 63
  • Dec 5 Richard Brian Waring Barton-Chapple, writer, dies at 69
  • Dec 5 Ronald Ridout, school textbook author, dies at 78
  • Dec 6 AJ Bronkhorst, vicar/theologist (Reform The Netherlands), dies at 80
  • Dec 8 Israel Aaron Maisels, lawyer, dies at 89
  • Dec 9 Maureen Cox Starkey, ex-wife of Ringo, dies of Leukemia at 48
  • Dec 9 Max Bill, Swiss painter/sculptor/politician, dies at 85
  • Dec 10 Keith Joseph, British MP (C), dies
  • Dec 10 Ruth Evelyn Mansfield, doctor, dies at 92
  • Dec 11 Stanislaw Maczek, Polish/British general-major (WW II), dies at 102
  • Dec 11 Yao Yilin, Vice PM of China (1979), dies
  • Dec 11 Philip Phillips, American archaeologist (b. 1900)
  • Dec 12 Antoine Pinay, French PM (1952)/foreign minister, dies at 102
  • Dec 12 Donna J. Stone, American poet, dies of heart failure at 61
  • Dec 12 Herman H Felderhof, radio-announcer/head (NRU/NOS Radio), dies at 83
  • Dec 12 John Edward Caulwell Hearne, writer, dies at 68
  • Dec 12 Stuart Allen Roosa, astronaut (Apollo 14), dies of pancreatitis at 46
  • Dec 13 Antoine Pinay, PM of France (1952-53), dies
  • Dec 13 Herman W "Fritz" Liebert, US librarian/Yale-curator, dies at 83
  • Dec 14 Petrus HJ van Doorne, bus manufacturer/owner (BOVA), dies at 58
  • Dec 14 Orval Faubus, Governor of Arkansas (b. 1910)
  • Dec 15 Henry Phelps Brown, historian/economist, dies at 88
  • Dec 16 Mary Durack, Australian author and historian (Kings in Grass Castles and Keep Him My Country), dies at 81
  • Dec 18 Peter Hebblethwaite, English editor-in-chief (The Month), dies at 64
  • Dec 18 Roger ApĂ©ry, Greek-French mathematician (b. 1916)
  • Dec 20 Dean Rusk, US Sect of State (1961-69), dies at 85
  • Dec 20 J C "Jody" Bateman, fiddler, dies at 75
  • Dec 21 Dean Rusk, US Sect of State, dies at 85
  • Dec 23 Didier Rocher, son of French cosmetic maker Yves Rocher, dies at 41
  • Dec 24 John Eastburn Boswell, medievalist, dies at 47
  • Dec 24 John Keith Wright, English Asst Sect of State (1971-84), dies at 66
  • Dec 24 John Osborne, English playwright (Entertainer, Look Back in Anger, Luther, dies at 65
  • Dec 24 Nathan I. Daniel, inventor (Guitars), dies at 82
  • Dec 25 Pierre Dreyfus, French director of Renault (1955-75), dies at 87
  • Dec 25 Zail Singh, president of India (1982-87), dies at 78
  • Dec 26 Asta ER Elstak, Suriname/Neth welfare worker, dies at 74
  • Dec 26 Johannes J "Joop" Klant, Neth/South African economist/author, dies
  • Dec 26 Karl Schiller, minister of RFA Economics (1966-72), dies
  • Dec 27 Hans Berghuis, author/poet (Kleitabletten), dies at 70
  • Dec 27 Karl AF Schiller, West German economist/SPD-minister, dies at 83
  • Dec 27 Sadi de Gorter, Dutch author/diplomat (Abscess), dies at 82
  • Dec 27 J. B. L. Reyes, Filipino jurist (b. 1902)
  • Dec 28 Julian Belfrage, theatre agent, dies at 60
  • Dec 30 Lloyd James Austin, french Scholar, dies at 79
  • Dec 31 BAM "Bob" Schreiner, airline owner (S Aviation Group), dies at 79
  • Dec 31 Harri Webb, Welsh poet and nationalist, dies at 74
  • Dec 31 Leigh Bowery, designer, dies at 33
  • Dec 31 Thomas J Watson Jr, CEO (IBM), dies of a stroke at 79