On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1994

Historical Events

  • "Flying Karamzov Brothers" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 50 performances
  • "Grand Night after Singing" closes at Criterion NYC after 52 performances
  • 23rd Fiesta Bowl: #16 Arizona beats #10 Miami, 29-0
  • 60th Orange Bowl: #1 Florida State beats #2 Nebraska, 18-16
  • 60th Sugar Bowl: #8 Florida beats #3 West Virginia, 41-7
  • 80th Rose Bowl: #9 Wisconsin beats #14 UCLA, 21-16
  • Aleksandr Popov swims world record 100m free style (47.83)
  • Carquest Bowl 4: Boston College beats Virginia, 32-13

Film & TV History

Howard Stern's New Year's Eve Beauty Pageant

  • International Year of Family
  • Jacobs Field opens with "Gateway's New Year's Eve Countdown to '94"
  • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect
  • The Zapatista Army of National Liberation initiates twelve days of armed conflict in the Mexican State of Chiapas.

Famous Birthdays

  • He Kexin, Chinese gymnast (Olympic gold uneven bars, team 2008; World C'ship gold uneven bars 2009), born in Beijing, China

Famous Weddings

Wedding of Interest

Microsoft CEO Bill Gates (38) marries Melinda French (29)

Famous Deaths

Cesar Romero

Cesar Romero, American actor (Batman, Ocean's 11), dies at 86

  • Werner Schwab, Austrian playwright (Female Presidents) & artist, dies at 35
1994 Highlights

About January 1, 1994

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 27 years, 10 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: New Year's Day (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States)

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Capricorn