On This Day

What Happened in June 1994

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 FX Channel, Cable Network, debuts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 1 US General Norman Schwarzkopf released from hospital after prostate surgery

US General Norman Schwarzkopf
US General
Norman Schwarzkopf
  • Jun 1 Indiana guard Reggie Miller drills an NBA Playoff record 5 three-pointers in the 4th quarter of the Pacers’ 93-86 win over host New York Knicks in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals
  • Jun 2 67th National Spelling Bee: Ned Andrews wins spelling antediluvian
  • Jun 2 Chinook helicopter crashes in North Scotland (29 killed)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 2 Indonesian censors ban Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List"

Director Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
Cinematographer Janusz Kamiński
Janusz Kamiński
  • Jun 2 Sharon Stone files $12m lawsuit against her jeweler
  • Jun 3 5.9 earthquake/floods SE Java (150+ killed)
  • Jun 3 WIIZ (98.7) FM goes off the air
  • Jun 4 Haile Gebre Selassie runs world record 5 km (12:56.96)

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

Jun 4 French Open Women's Tennis: Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain beats Mary Pierce 6-4, 6-4 for her 2nd career Grand Slam title, and her 2nd French singles crown

Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
Tennis Player Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Tennis Player
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 5 Spalding Gray's one-man show "Gray's Anatomy" opens an encore run at Beaumont Theater, NYC; runs for 8 performances

  • Jun 5 7th Children's Miracle Network Telethon
  • Jun 5 French Open Men's Tennis: In an all-Spanish final Sergi Bruguera beats Alberto Berasategui 6-3, 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 for his second French title
  • Jun 6 28th Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson & Ray Stevens win
  • Jun 6 6.0 earthquake/avalanche destroys Toez, Colombia (about 1000 killed)

  • Jun 6 West Indian cricket batsman Brian Lara hits world 1st-class record 501 not out and 390 runs in 1 day for Warwickshire vs Durham at Edgbaston; only quintuple-hundred in first-class history
  • Jun 6 CD-councillor H Selhorst arrested for hard-drugs trade
  • Jun 6 Tupolev-154M crashes at Xian China, 160 killed
  • Jun 6 Warwickshire score 4 for 810 declared against Durham

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 7 A's outfielder Rickey Henderson steals his 1,100th career base

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Jun 8 7.8 earthquake strikes North Bolivia
  • Jun 8 Mass murderer Joel Rifkin sentenced to 27 years
  • Jun 9 "Hudsucker Proxy" premieres in Germany
  • Jun 9 5.6 earthquake strikes southern Mexico
  • Jun 9 Angolan plane bombs school in Waku Kungo (89 killed)
  • Jun 10 Biggest European clock ever (9100 kg/(237) 2.5 m) at Aarle-Rixtel
  • Jun 10 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Jun 10 Jennifer Capriati, tennis ace, checks out of drug abuse clinic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 11 126th Belmont: Pat Day aboard Tabasco Cat wins in 2:26.8

Jockey Pat Day
Pat Day
  • Jun 11 Drunken police officer shoots 7 people dead in Falun, Sweden
  • Jun 11 Moshood Abiola becomes President of Nigeria
  • Jun 11 Cbox is 39'115 long, 20'85 wide, & 8' high in Jacksonville, Fl Largest popcorn container is 6,619.76 cubic feet full of popped corn
  • Jun 11 "Meet The Flintstones" by The B-52's (stylized for this release as The B.C. 52's) from the 1994 film The Flintstones peaks at #33

BeatificationPapal Visit

Jun 12 -17] Pope John Paul II visits Spain

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Jun 12 48th Tony Awards: Angels in America: Perestroika & Passion win

  • Jun 12 Cab Calloway suffered massive stroke at his home in White Plaines NY
  • Jun 12 Moshood Abiola declares himself lawful President of Nigeria
  • Jun 13 Chicago Cub 2nd baseman Ryne Sandberg, retires due to poor play, he forfeits $15.7 million of his $25 million contract

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 13 Don Mattingly plays 1st base 1,469 game for Yankees (2nd most)

MLB 1st Baseman Don Mattingly
MLB 1st Baseman
Don Mattingly
  • Jun 13 A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, blames recklessness by Exxon and Captain Joseph Hazelwood for the Exxon Valdez disaster, allowing victims of the oil spill to seek $15 billion in damages
  • Jun 14 Stanley Cup Final, Madison Square Garden: New York Rangers beat Vancouver Canucks, 3-2 for a 4-3 series victory; Rangers end their record 54-year Championship drought

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jun 15 Disney's animated musical film "The Lion King" opens in theaters with $42 million

Actor and Comedian Rowan Atkinson
Actor and Comedian
Rowan Atkinson
Actor Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
  • Jun 15 New York Giants cut Super Bowl XXI MVP quarterback Phil Simms after 15 years service with the NFL club

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 16 Canadian goaltender Martin Brodeur becomes 1st New Jersey Devil to win Calder Trophy, for Rookie of the Year

NHL Goalie Martin Brodeur
NHL Goalie
Martin Brodeur

MurderMurder of Interest

Jun 17 O.J. Simpson doesn't turn himself in on murder charges, LA police chase his Ford Bronco for 1½ hours before he eventually gives up (seen live on national TV)

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • Jun 18 Aleksander Popov swims world record 100m free style (48.21 sec)
  • Jun 18 Gay Games open in NYC
  • Jun 19 "Sally Marrand Her Escorts" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 50 performances
  • Jun 19 "She Loves Me" closes at Atkinson Theater NYC after 294 performances
  • Jun 19 "Twilight - Los Angeles 1992" closes at Cort NYC after 72 performances
  • Jun 19 Ernesto Samper elected president of Colombia
  • Jun 19 Tigers tie record of hitting HRs in 25th consecutive games

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 20 US Open Men's Golf, Oakmont CC: Ernie Els of South Africa wins on the second sudden-death hole to defeat Loren Roberts, after Colin Montgomerie was eliminated in an 18-hole playoff

Golfer Ernie Els
Ernie Els
  • Jun 20 Bomb attack on Islamic temple in Mashad Iran (70 killed)
  • Jun 20 Howard Stern begins 30-minute (Radio) TV show on E! cable network

  • Jun 20 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson arraigned on murder of Nicole Simpson & Ronald Goldman
  • Jun 20 US Fairchild Hospital Air Force Base massacre, former gunman kills 5 and injures 22

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 21 German tennis superstar Steffi Graf becomes first defending champion to lose in the 1st round of a major tournament (Wimbledon to American Lorrie McNeal)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf

Sport awardNBA Finals

Jun 22 48th NBA Championship: Houston Rockets beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3

NBA Center Hakeem Olajuwon
NBA Center
Hakeem Olajuwon

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 22 Ken Griffey Jr. breaks Ruth's record for most HRs by end of June (31)

Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder Ken Griffey Jr.
Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder
Ken Griffey Jr.
  • Jun 22 Mets reliever John Franco sets lefty save mark at 253
  • Jun 22 FIFA World Cup: USA beats Colombia 2-1 in round match at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, 1st WC win since 1950
  • Jun 23 South Africa reclaims its seat in United Nations
  • Jun 23 Replay shows Oakland Athletics's Bobby Witt beat Kansas City's Greg Gagne to 1st in 6th but umpire Gary Cedarstrom calls him safe, ruining Witt's perfect game
  • Jun 23 Opération Turquoise: 2,500 French troops head into Rwanda to protect civilians under the mandate of the United Nations
  • Jun 23 Moshood Abiola is accused of treason and arrested after declaring himself president of Nigeria
  • Jun 24 1st French "all news" TV (LCI) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 25 FIFA World Cup: 1,500th goal in Cup'd history scored by Caceres of Argentina
  • Jun 25 105°F (40.5°C) at Albuquerque New Mexico
  • Jun 25 111°F (43.9°C) at El Paso Texas
  • Jun 25 Cleveland Indians 18 game home win streak ends to Yanks 11-6
  • Jun 25 Gay Games close in NYC
  • Jun 25 Japanese premier Tsutomu Hata resigns
  • Jun 26 "Broken Glass" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 73 performances
  • Jun 26 "Medea" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 82 performances

  • Jun 26 104°F (40°C) at Denver, Colorado
  • Jun 26 107°F (41.6°C) at Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Jun 26 112°F (44.4°C) at El Paso, Texas
  • Jun 26 122°F (50°C) at Laughlin, Nevada
  • Jun 26 126°F (52.2°C) in Death Valley, California
  • Jun 26 Air Ivory Fokker-27 crashes at Abidjan (16 killed/1 lives)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 26 Kirby Puckett pass Rod Carew with 2,088 hit as Twin's top hit leader

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder Rod Carew
Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder
Rod Carew

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 26 PLO leader Yasser Arafat returns to Gaza after 27 years

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jun 26 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: 1992 champion Dave Stockton wins by 6 strokes from Jim Albus

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton
  • Jun 27 "Gray's Anatomy" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Jun 27 118°F (47.8°C) at Lakewood, New Mexico a state record
  • Jun 27 NY Daily News increases prices to 50 cents
  • Jun 27 Aerosmith become first major band to let fans download a full new track free from the internet

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 28 NY Met Pitcher Dwight Gooden suspended for 60 days due to drug charges

Baseball Pitcher Dwight Gooden
Baseball Pitcher
Dwight Gooden

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 28 Jonah Lomu becomes the youngest-ever All Black at 19 yrs 45 days playing rugby for New Zealand against France in Christchurch

Rugby Union Superstar Jonah Lomu
Rugby Union Superstar
Jonah Lomu
  • Jun 28 NHL Draft: Windsor Spitfires (OHL) defenceman Ed Jovanovski first pick by Florida Panthers
  • Jun 29 Socialist, Tomiichi Murayama, elected premier of Japan
  • Jun 29 US reopens Guantanamo Naval Base to process refugees
  • Jun 29 NBA Draft: Purdue small forward Glenn Robinson first pick by Milwaukee Bucks
  • Jun 30 Airbus A330 crash at Toulouse France (7 killed)
  • Jun 30 Giants outfielder Darren Lewis errors after record 392 flawless games
  • Jun 30 Pre-trial hearings open in LA against O.J. Simpson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 30 US Ice Skating Federation bars Tonya Harding for life

Figure Skater Tonya Harding
Figure Skater
Tonya Harding

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 8 Nicholas Joseph Mills, son of Chris Evert & Andy Mills
  • Jun 10 Nicholas Santo Pietro, son of Vanna White
  • Jun 11 Ivana Baquero, Spanish actress (Pan's Labyrinth), born in Barcelona
  • Jun 18 Takeoff [Kirsnick Ball], American rapper (Migos), born in Lawrenceville, Georgia
  • Jun 28 Madeline Duggan, English actress (Lauren Branning-EastEnders), born in Bermondsey, London
  • Jun 28 Prince Hussein bin Al Abdullah II, Prince of Jordan and heir apparent of King Abdullah II of Jordan, born in Amman, Jordan

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 3 American "Pearl Jam" singer Eddie Vedder (29) weds Beth Liebling (27) in the Eternal City

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 12 Astronaut Neil Armstrong (63) marries second wife Carol Held Knight

Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong
Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon
Neil Armstrong
  • Jun 26 Actor Brandon Cruz (32) weds Elizabeth Finkelstein (26)

Famous Divorces

  • Jun 1 Guns N' Roses drummer Matthew Sorum files to divorce Kai

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 24 Sally Fields files for divorce from 2nd husband Alan Greisman

Actress Sally Field
Sally Field

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Frances Heflin, American actress (All My Children, The Skin of Our Teeth), dies of lung cancer at 73
  • Jun 1 Juan J H Rovira, Spanish general, murdered
  • Jun 1 Wim van der Grinten, Dutch lawyer and KVP politician (State Secretary of Economic Affairs), dies at 80
  • Jun 2 David Stove, Australian philosopher (b. 1927)
  • Jun 3 Hub Matthijsen, Dutch violinist and bandmaster, dies at 52
  • Jun 3 Jack Cowie, cricketer (9 Tests for NZ, 45 wkts at 21 53), dies
  • Jun 3 Parmeso Emekrasha, buddhist Monk, dies
  • Jun 3 Roger Wolcott Sperry, physicist, dies at 89
  • Jun 4 Derek "Lek" Leckenby, English rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits), dies of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at 48
  • Jun 4 Earle Warren, American jazz alto sax player, dies at 79
  • Jun 4 Stephen McNally, American attorney and actor (Split Second, 30 Seconds over Tokyo), dies at 82
  • Jun 4 Massimo Troisi, Italian actor and director (Ricomincio da tre), dies at 41
  • Jun 4 Roberto Burle Marx, Brazilian landscape gardener, dies at 84
  • Jun 4 Sophie Winter, actress (She's a Good Fighter), dies at 33
  • Jun 4 Thomas Stuart Willan, historian, dies at 84
  • Jun 4 Toto Bissainthe, voodoo poet, dies at 59
  • Jun 5 Ish Kabbible [Merwyn A Bogue], cornetist (Kay Kyser), dies at 86
  • Jun 5 Thomas Millar, historian, dies at 67
  • Jun 6 Barry Sullivan, American actor (Duffy's Tavern, Man Called X, Tall Man), dies at 81
  • Jun 6 Johnny Downs, American stage and screen actor, dancer, singer, and TV host, (Our Gang; Swing, Sister, Swing!), dies of cancer at 80
  • Jun 6 Mark McManus, actor (Ned Kelly), dies of pneumonia at 59
  • Jun 6 Peter Graves, British actor (Paradise Lagoon, Admirable Crichton), dies at 82
  • Jun 6 Willie Humphrey, American jazz clarinetist, dies at 93
  • Jun 6 Johnny Downs, American actor (The Mad Monster, Coronado, Manhattan Showcase), dies from cancer at 80
  • Jun 6 Jan Slot, Dutch mayor (Eethen/Hardenberg/Ede), dies at 80
  • Jun 7 Joseph Ruzindana, Rwandian bishop of Bjumba, murdered
  • Jun 7 Stuart Havelock Hollingdale, anthropologist, dies at 42
  • Jun 7 Vincent Nsengijumva, Rwandan archbishop of Kigali, murdered
  • Jun 7 Dennis Potter, British TV dramatist (The Singing Detective, Karaoke, Midnight Movie), dies of cancer at 59
  • Jun 8 William Marshall, American singer, bandleader and actor (State Fair, Pennsylvanians), dies at 76
  • Jun 9 Angela Lakeberg, American siamese twin, dies at 11 months
  • Jun 9 Dhirendra Bhramachari [Flying Swami], hindu leader, dies at 70
  • Jun 9 Jan Tinbergen, Dutch economist (Plan of Labor, Nobel 1969), dies at 91
  • Jun 9 Lloyd Lindroth, American harpist, The Liberace of the Harp, dies at 63
  • Jun 10 Edward Kienholz, US sculptor (Back seat of a '38 Dodge), dies at 66
  • Jun 10 Mary Maxwell Gates, American businesswoman, philanthropist and mother of Bill Gates, dies of breast cancer at 64
  • Jun 10 Edward Keinholz, American artist and sculptor, dies at 66
  • Jun 11 Herbert Anderson, American character actor (Dennis The Menace, Battleground), dies of a stroke at 77
  • Jun 11 Jack Hannah, animator, dies at 90
  • Jun 11 Kitty Muggeridge, British author and translator, dies at 90
  • Jun 12 Christopher Collins, American actor (True Identity), voice actor (Cobra Commander-G.I. Joe) and comedian, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 44
  • Jun 12 Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Russian-American rabbi (head of Lubavitcher Jews), dies at 92
  • Jun 12 Nicole Brown Simpson, German-American ex-wife of O.J. Simpson, murdered at 35
  • Jun 12 Otto Roesch, paleontologist, dies at 93
  • Jun 12 Ron Goldman, waiter, murdered with wife of O.J. Simpson at 27
  • Jun 13 Anne Aitken, student of Zen, dies at 83
  • Jun 13 Igor Youskevitch, Russian-Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies at 82
  • Jun 13 James Pollack, US room designer, dies at 55
  • Jun 14 Denys Hay, British historian, dies at 78

Person of interestHenry Mancini

Jun 14 Henry Mancini, American composer ("Pink Panther"; "Moon River"), and conductor, dies at 70

Composer and Conductor Henry Mancini
Composer and Conductor
Henry Mancini
  • Jun 14 Lionel Grigson, British jazz musician, dies at 52
  • Jun 14 Mark Alexander Lees, rowing Coach, dies at 38
  • Jun 14 Michel Vitold, Russian/French actor (Madame et le Mort), dies at 78
  • Jun 14 Simon Prior, British auto maker, dies of injuries
  • Jun 15 David Lawson, executed in NC (wanted execution shown on Donahue)
  • Jun 15 Manos Hadjidakis, Greek conductor, and Academy Award winning composer ("Never On Sunday"), dies at 68
  • Jun 15 Nadia Gray [Nadia Kujnir-Herescu], Romanian actress (Naked Runner, Maniac, Candide), dies at 70
  • Jun 16 Kristen Pfaff, American rock bassist (Hole, 1993-94), dies of heroin overdose at 27
  • Jun 16 Boris Alexandrov, Russian conductor (Red Army Song and Dance Ensemble), dies at 88
  • Jun 16 Eileen Way, British actress (Les Miserables, Rainbow, Vikings, Assassin), dies at 82
  • Jun 16 Terence de Vere White, Irish novelist (An Affair with the Moon), dies at 82
  • Jun 17 Joeri Nagibin, Russian screenwriter (Babje Karstvo), dies at 74
  • Jun 18 Jack Harkness, British rose grower (R. Harkness & Co. Ltd), dies at 75
  • Jun 19 Christopher Clarkson, British test pilot, dies at 92
  • Jun 19 Jocelyn Hambro, British financier (Hambros Bank), dies at 75
  • Jun 19 Ronald Batty, bookseller, dies at 82
  • Jun 20 Bram Koopmans, cyclist/coach, dies at 78
  • Jun 20 Bankole Timothy, Sierra Leonean journalist, dies at 70
  • Jun 20 Louis Benjamin, British showman, dies at 71
  • Jun 21 Mark Isfeld, Canadian soldier and combat Engineer, dies from a landmine at 31
  • Jun 22 Jack Davies, screenwriter, dies at 80
  • Jun 23 Alan Frank, English composer and music publisher, dies at 83
  • Jun 23 Piet van Elk, cartoonist, dies at 74
  • Jun 23 Stanley Gebler Davies, journalist/drinker, dies at 50
  • Jun 24 Leon MacLaren, British philosopher and founder of the LSE, dies at 83
  • Jun 25 Louis-Robert Casterman, Belgian publisher (Kuifje), dies at 74
  • Jun 26 A "Bob" den Doolaard, author (Inn with the horseshoe), dies at 93
  • Jun 26 Ian Board, British barkeeper (Colony Room), dies at 64
  • Jun 26 Jahanara Imam, Bangladeshi writer and political activist, dies at 65
  • Jun 26 Roelof Kiers, VPRO-programmer/director (Macchiavelli), dies at 56
  • Jun 26 Thomas Henry Wait Armstrong, English organist (Christ College, Oxford), dies at 96
  • Jun 27 Jeremy Brooks, English writer (Jampot Smith), dies at 67
  • Jun 28 Fredericka Carolyn Washington, actress (Black & Tan), dies at 90
  • Jun 28 William A Henry III, critic (Time Mag), dies of heart attack at 44
  • Jun 29 Kurt Eichhorn, conductor, dies at 85
  • Jun 29 Ray Crane, English trumpeter, dies at 63
  • Jun 29 Kurt Eichorn, German conductor, dies at 85
  • Jun 30 Nicholas Warner, test Pilot, dies at 51