- 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
- Jul 5 Amazon.com founded in Bellevue, Washington by Jeff Bezos
- 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
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.
On December 31, 1994