What Happened in December 1994

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Ernesto Zedillo innaugrated as president of Mexico

Historic Event

Dec 1 Jim Bakker, American televangelist and convicted fraud is released from jail

Music History

Dec 1 Rapper Tupac Shakur convicted on sexual assault charge, and later sentenced to up to 4 1/2 years in prison

  • Dec 1 Rober Schumanns 2nd Symphony premieres in London

Film Premiere

Dec 2 "Cobb" a film about baseball player Ty Cobb, starring Tommy Lee Jones premieres

Music History

Dec 2 Andrew Lloyd Webber admitted to hospital for ulcer treatment

  • Dec 2 Cruise liner Achille Lauro (Willem Ruys) sinks off the coast of Somalia
  • Dec 2 Jury finds Heidi Fleiss guilty of running a call girl ring
  • Dec 3 3rd SEC Championship Game: #6 Florida beats #3 Alabama, 24-23
  • Dec 4 83rd Davis Cup: Sweden beats Russia in Moscow (4-1)
  • Dec 4 Tony Kushner's drama "Angels in America: Millennium Approach" closes at Walter Kerr Theater, NYC, after 367 performances, and 4 Tony Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize
  • Dec 4 Tony Kushner's drama "Angels in America: Perestroika" closes at Walter Kerr Theater, NYC, after 216 performances, and 3 Tony Awards
  • Dec 6 Maltese Falcon auctioned for $398,590
  • Dec 6 Orange County California files for bankruptcy
  • Dec 6 Warner Brothers announces a 5th TV network to begin on Jan 11, 1995

Music Awards

Dec 7 5th Billboard Music Awards: Ace of Base & Mariah Carey win

Radio History

Dec 7 Radio personality Howard Stern talks a man out of attempting suicide

  • Dec 8 "What's Wrong With this Picture?" opens at Circle in Sq NYC for 12 per

Sports History

Dec 8 Darryl Strawberry indicted on tax evasion charges

  • Dec 8 Fire in cinema in Karamay China, 310 killed
  • Dec 9 5m meteor 1994 XM1 passes within 100,000 km of Earth
  • Dec 9 US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders resigns after comments about masturbation
  • Dec 10 60th Heisman Trophy Award: Rashaan Salaam, Colorado (RB)
  • Dec 10 European Campaign against Racism "All different, All equal" begins
  • Dec 11 Russian troops enter Chechnya

Album Release

Dec 13 "The Hits" 2nd compilation album by Garth Brooks is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1995)

  • Dec 13 American Eagle commuter plane crashes in NC, killing 15
  • Dec 14 Construction begins on the Three Gorges Dam, China
  • Dec 15 "A Tuna Christmas" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 20 performances
  • Dec 15 John Bruton becomes Ireland's premier
  • Dec 15 Liberia militia kills 48 inhabitants of Monrovia
  • Dec 15 Palau becomes a member of the UN

Music History

Dec 16 Davy Jones (The Monkees), charged with DWI

  • Dec 17 KLM's last DC-10 goes out of service
  • Dec 18 Darryl Strawberry pleads not guilty on tax evasion charges
  • Dec 18 Donald Margulies' comic play "What's Wrong With This Picture?" closes at Circle in Square, NYC, after 12 performances
  • Dec 18 Socialist Party (ex-communist) wins Bulgaria parliamentary election
  • Dec 18 Stand-up comedy revue "Comedy Tonight" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 9 performances
  • Dec 19 Rolls-Royce announces its future cars will feature V12 engine which will be produced by BMW
  • Dec 20 Ballon d'Or: FC Barcelona's Bulgarian forward Hristo Stoichkov is named Europe's best football player ahead of Juventus striker Roberto Baggio and Milan defender Paolo Maldini
  • Dec 21 Bomb goes off on #4 train on Fulton Street NYC
  • Dec 22 "Christmas Carol" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 18 performances
  • Dec 22 Italian government of Silvio Berlusconi resigns
  • Dec 23 Baseball owners impose salary cap, fiercely opposed by players

Historic Event

Dec 23 Fearing arrest by the FBI, Whitey Bulger flees Boston, and successfully hides from law enforcement for the next 16 years

  • Dec 24 Four Muslim fundamentalists capture Air France pilot in Algiers
  • Dec 25 "Comedy Tonight" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Dec 26 French commandos terminate Air France hijacking in Marseille

Film Premiere

Dec 28 "The Madness of King George" film based on the play by Alan Bennett, directed by Nicholas Hytner, starring Nigel Hawthorne and Helen Mirren premieres in the US

Music History

Dec 28 American country singer Tammy Wynette admitted to the hospital with bile duct infection

Sports History

Dec 28 David Boon completes his 20th Test Cricket century (131 v England, MCG)

Sports History

Dec 29 Australian cricket's spin king Shane Warne dismisses England's Phil DeFreitas, Darren Gough and Devon Malcolm for a famous hat-trick in 2nd Test win in Melbourne

  • Dec 29 B737-400 flies into a mountain at Edremit East Turkey, 54 killed
  • Dec 29 Bangladesh government of Zia resigns
  • Dec 29 Last Dutch electro-magnetic telephone exchange shuts down
  • Dec 31 1st snowless December in Baltimore Maryland
  • Dec 31 Anti Apartheid Group of Netherlands (AABN) disbands
  • Dec 31 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.

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 3 Jake T. Austin, American actor (Wizards of Waverley Place), born in New York City
  • Dec 3 Lil Baby [Dominique Armani Jones] American rapper and singer-songwriter ("My Turn"), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dec 5 Emily Marie Estefan, American music artist and daughter of Gloria & Emilio Estefan, born in Miami, Florida
  • Dec 6 Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greek NBA player (Milwaukee Bucks), born in Athens, Greece
  • Dec 7 Edward Rell Madigan, American politician (US Secretary of Agriculture 91-93, Rep-R-IL, 1973-91), dies of cancer at 58
  • Dec 7 Yuzuru Hanyu, Japanese figure skater (Olympic gold men's singles 2014, 18; World C'ship gold 2014, 17), born in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
  • Dec 8 Raheem Sterling, British-Jamaican football player (Manchester City, English national team), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Dec 12 Otto Warmbier, American student detained in North Korea after stealing poster, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dec 16 Stephen Sutton, English cancer blogger (Stephen's Story), born in Burntwood (d. 2014)
  • Dec 17 Nat Wolff, American actor, and singer-songwriter (The Naked Brothers Band), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 19 Manny Franco, Puerto Rican jockey (Belmont Stakes 2020; Tiz the Law), born in Carolina, Puerto Rico
  • Dec 28 Adam Peaty, English swimmer (Olympic gold 100m breaststroke 2016, 21; World C'ship gold x 8), born in Uttoxeter, England
  • Dec 28 Jonna Sundling, Swedish cross-country skier (Olympic gold women's individual sprint 2022; World C'ship gold individual/team sprint 2021), born in Umeå, Sweden
  • Dec 29 Princess Kako of Akishino of Japan, born in Tokyo, Japan

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 10 Former Senate Majority Leader Mitchell (61) weds sports marketing executive Heather MacLachlan (35) at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in New York City

Richie Sambora

Dec 17 Actress Heather Locklear (33) weds Bon Jovi lead guitarist Richie Sambora (35) at The American Cathedral in Paris, France; divorce in 2007

Celine Dion

Dec 17 Queen of Pop Céline Dion (26) weds her manager Rene Angelil (52) at Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal, Canada

  • Dec 26 Actor Jason Hervey (22) weds Kelley Patricia O'Neill (27)
  • Dec 26 President Clinton's brother Roger Clinton (37) weds 8-mo pregnant Molly Nartin (25)
  • Dec 29 Billionaire J. Paul Getty Jr marries Victoria Holdsworth in Barbados

Famous Divorces

Divorce of Interest

Dec 1 Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere announce they are separating

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Donald John Urquhart, English librarian, dies at 85
  • Dec 2 Norman Anderson, English lawyer, missionary and Arabist dies at 86
  • Dec 3 Dolf Verspoor, Dutch literary figure, translator (M Nijhoff prize 1958), dies at 77
  • Dec 3 Elizabeth Glaser, American AIDS activist, wife of director Paul Michael Glaser, dies of AIDS at 47
  • Dec 3 Giorgi Chanturia, President of Georgia, assassinated
  • Dec 3 Said Mekbel, Algerian editor in chief (Le Matin), murdered at 57
  • Dec 4 Geoffery Rudolph Elton, historiographer, dies at 73
  • Dec 4 Jacob Kaplan, French Grand Rabbi (1955-81), dies at 99
  • Dec 4 Julio Ramon Ribeyro, Peruvian playwright, dies at 66
  • Dec 4 Robert Jesse Charleston, museum curator, dies at 78
  • Dec 4 Thomas Roy Garrett, museum curator, dies at 63
  • Dec 5 Günter Meisner, German actor (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Between Wars, Adolf Hitler, Quiller Memorandum), dies at 68
  • Dec 5 Harry Horner, Austro-Hungarian-born American stage and film designer (The Heiress), dies at 84
  • Dec 5 Richard Brian Waring Barton-Chapple, writer, dies at 69
  • Dec 5 Ronald Ridout, English school textbook author (English Today), dies at 78
  • Dec 6 AJ Bronkhorst, vicar/theologist (Reform The Netherlands), dies at 80
  • Dec 6 Alan Owen, English screenplay/actor (Hard Day's Night), dies at 69
  • Dec 6 Gian Maria Volontè, Italian actor (Fistful of Dollars), dies at 61
  • Dec 7 Elga Andersen, German/French model/actress (Global Affair), dies at 58
  • Dec 7 J.C. Tremblay, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1939)
  • Dec 8 Antônio Carlos Jobim [Tom Jobim], Brazilian singer-songwriter and composer (Getz/Gilberto), dies from pulmonary embolism at 67
  • Dec 8 Israel Aaron Maisels, South African lawyer and communal leader, dies at 89
  • Dec 9 Alex Wilson, Canadian athlete (Olympic silver 800m, 2 x bronze 400m, 4x400m relay 1932), dies at 87
  • Dec 9 Garnett Silk [Garnet Smith], Jamaican reggae singer and songwriter (Hey Mama Africa; Greenline), dies in a house fire while trying to save his mother at 28
  • Dec 9 Maureen Starkey [Mary Cox], English ex-wife of Beatle Ringo Starr, dies of leukemia at 48
  • Dec 9 Max Bill, Swiss painter/sculptor/politician, dies at 85
  • Dec 10 Alexander Wilson, Canadian athlete (b. 1905)
  • Dec 10 George G F van Renesse, concert pianist/music director, dies at 85
  • Dec 10 Keith Joseph, British MP (C), dies
  • Dec 10 Robert Blum, Swiss composer, dies at 94
  • Dec 10 Ruth Evelyn Mansfield, doctor, dies at 92
  • Dec 11 Carl Marzani, Italian-born American leftwing political activist, publisher and documentarian, dies at 81
  • Dec 11 Philip Phillips, American archaeologist (Mississippian culture), dies at 94
  • Dec 11 Stanislaw Maczek, Polish-British general-major (WWII), dies at 102
  • Dec 11 Yao Yilin, Vice Prime Minister of China (1979-88), dies at 77
  • Dec 12 Antoine Pinay, French PM (1952)/foreign minister, dies at 102
  • Dec 12 Donna J. Stone, American poet, dies of heart failure at 61
  • Dec 12 Herman H Felderhof, radio-announcer/head (NRU/NOS Radio), dies at 83
  • Dec 12 John Edward Caulwell Hearne, writer, dies at 68
  • Dec 12 Stuart Allen Roosa, astronaut (Apollo 14), dies of pancreatitis at 46
  • Dec 13 Antoine Pinay, Prime Minister of France (1952-53), dies
  • Dec 13 Glenn M. Anderson, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1969-93), dies at 81
  • Dec 13 Herman W "Fritz" Liebert, US librarian/Yale-curator, dies at 83
  • Dec 13 Norman Beaton, Guyanese actor (Eureka, Black Joy, Mighty Quinn), dies at 60
  • Dec 14 Catherine Filene Shouse, American philanthropist (Wolf Trap Institute), dies at 98
  • Dec 14 Mary Ann McCall, American singer, dies at 75
  • Dec 14 Orval Faubus, American politician (Governor of Arkansas, 1955–67), dies at 84
  • Dec 15 Hans de Jong, musician and conductor (Amsterdams Vrouwenkoor), dies at 86
  • Dec 15 Harry Tobias, American songwriter, dies at 99
  • Dec 15 Henry Phelps Brown, British historian and economist, dies at 88
  • Dec 15 Mollie Phillips, British figure skater and judge (first woman to referee a world championship), dies at 87
  • Dec 16 Mary Durack, Australian author and historian (Kings in Grass Castles and Keep Him My Country), dies at 81
  • Dec 16 Samuel Lipman, American pianist and music critic, dies of leukemia at 60
  • Dec 17 Jan Wiegel, director and producer (Uninhabitable Country), dies at 64
  • Dec 18 Heinz Bernhard [Löwenstein], German-born British actor and director (Oliver!, Fiddler on the Roof), dies at 71
  • Dec 18 Lilia Skala, Austrian/American actress (Ship of Fools, Caprice), dies at 98
  • Dec 18 Peter Hebblethwaite, English editor-in-chief (The Month), dies at 64
  • Dec 18 Roger Apéry, Greek-French mathematician (b. 1916)
  • Dec 19 Noel Pointer, American jazz violinist and record producer, dies of a stoke at 39
  • Dec 20 Dean Rusk, US Secretary of State (1961-69), dies at 85
  • Dec 20 J C "Jody" Bateman, fiddler, dies at 75
  • Dec 21 Shauna McDonald Brown, British TV producer, dies at 37
  • Dec 23 Charles Shirley, American big band jazz arranger (Stan Kenton; Les Elgart), and alcoholism counselor, dies of a heart attack at 74
  • Dec 23 Didier Rocher, son of French cosmetic maker Yves Rocher, dies at 41
  • Dec 23 Nora Dunfee, American actress (Forrest Gump, Lorenzo's Oil), dies at 78
  • Dec 23 Nora Dunfree, American actress (Grass Harp), dies at 78
  • Dec 23 Sebastian Shaw, British actor, director, playwright and poet (High Season, Ace of Spades, Caste), dies of natural causes at 89
  • Dec 24 Buddy Ace, [Jimmie Lee Land] American Texas blues singer, dies of a heart attack while performing at 57
  • Dec 24 John Eastburn Boswell, medievalist, dies at 47
  • Dec 24 John Keith Wright, English Asst Sect of State (1971-84), dies at 66
  • Dec 24 John Osborne, English playwright (Entertainer, Look Back in Anger, Luther, dies at 65
  • Dec 24 Julie Haydon [Donella Donaldson], American actress (Scoundrel), dies at 84
  • Dec 24 Nathan I. Daniel, American inventor (Danelectric and Silvertone guitars), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Dec 24 Rossano Brazzi, Italian actor (Final Justice, South Pacific, The Barefoot Contessa), dies of a neural virus at 78
  • Dec 25 Pierre Dreyfus, French director of Renault (1955-75), dies at 87
  • Dec 25 Zail Singh, Indian politician, (7th President of India 1982-87), dies of injuries from a motor accident at 78
  • Dec 26 Allie Reynolds, American MLB pitcher, 1942-54, 5X All-Star, 1952 AL ERA leader (Cleveland Indians,New York Yankees), dies from complications of lymphoma and diabetes at 77
  • Dec 26 Asta ER Elstak, Suriname/Neth welfare worker, dies at 74
  • Dec 26 Johannes J "Joop" Klant, Neth/South African economist/author, dies
  • Dec 26 Karl Schiller, German economist and politician (Minister of Economics), dies at 83
  • Dec 26 Robert Emhardt, American actor (Another World, Underworld USA, Mooncussers), dies at 80
  • Dec 26 Sylvia Koscina, Croatian/Italian actress (Hercules), dies at 61
  • Dec 27 Fanny Cradock, English TV chef and food critic, dies at 85
  • Dec 27 Hans Berghuis, author/poet (Kleitabletten), dies at 70
  • Dec 27 J. B. L. Reyes, Filipino jurist (b. 1902)
  • Dec 27 Peter May, English cricket batsman (66 Tests, 4,537 @ 46.77, 13 x 100, 22 x 50; HS 285no; Surrey CCC), dies from a brain tumour at 64
  • Dec 27 Sadi de Gorter, Dutch author/diplomat (Abscess), dies at 82
  • Dec 28 Julian Rochfort Belfrage, English theatre agent, dies at 60
  • Dec 29 Eugene Tanner Jr, singer, dies at 58
  • Dec 29 Frank Thring, Australian actor (El Cid, Ben-Hur), dies at 68
  • Dec 30 Lloyd James Austin, Australian linguist and literary scholar, dies at 79
  • Dec 31 BAM "Bob" Schreiner, airline owner (S Aviation Group), dies at 79
  • Dec 31 Harri Webb, Welsh poet and nationalist, dies at 74
  • Dec 31 Leigh Bowery, Australian performance artist and designer, dies of AIDS at 33
  • Dec 31 Leo Fuchs, Polish-born Jewish American actor (The Six Million Dollar Man, Avalon), dies at 83

Woody Strode

Dec 31 Woody Strode, American football end (LA Rams, Calgary Stampeders) and actor (Posse, Cotton Club, Vigilante, Scream), dies of lung cancer at 80