- 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
- May 12 "Pulp Fiction", directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson premieres at the Cannes Film Festival (Palme d'Or 1994)
- Sep 22 "Friends" TV sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman debuts on NBC, starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer
- Jun 27 Aerosmith become first major band to let fans download a full new track free from the internet
- 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
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