January 1994 in History

Events in History

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 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

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 14 Samir Patel, American spelling bee winner

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

Divorces in History

  • Jan 14 Kathleen Kinmont files for divorce from Lorenzo Lamas

Deaths in History

  • 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 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 pres Assad son, 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