On This Day

What Happened in 1994

Historical Events

  • Mar 12 The Church of England ordains its first ever 33 female priests
  • Apr 6 Plane carrying Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down by surface-to-air missiles, abruptly ending peace negotiations and sparking the Rwandan Genocide. Those responsible have never been identified.
  • Apr 22 7,000 Tutsi slaughtered by Hutus 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
  • Sep 24 National League for Democracy is formed by Aung San Suu Kyi and various others to help fight against dictatorship in Myanmar
  • Nov 9 Darmstadtium, Chemical element 110, discovered at GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research near Darmstadt, Germany
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1994 in Film & TV

1994 in Music

  • 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" second studio album by Mary J. Blige is released (Billboard Music Award Top R&B Album 1995)

1994 in Sport

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

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

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