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
  • 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
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1994 in Film & TV

1994 in Music

  • Aug 23 Jeff Buckley releases his album "Grace", featuring his cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"
  • Nov 29 "My Life" 2nd studio album by Mary J Blige is released (Billboard Music Award Top R&B Album 1995)
  • Nov 30 Beatles' 1st album in 25 years, "Live at the BBC", is released in Britain

1994 in Sport

World Leaders in 1994

Famous People in 1994

Would You Believe?

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

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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