On This Day

What Happened in October 1994

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 NHL owners begin lockout of players lasting 103 days; season shortened to 48 games instead of 84; players seek collective bargaining and owners a salary cap
  • Oct 1 Australian cricket batsman David Boon scores 114 during 1 wicket, 1st Test defeat v Pakistan in Karachi; his 19th Test century

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 1 South African President Nelson Mandela visits US

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Oct 1 Stanley Betrian sworn in as leader of Curacao
  • Oct 2 "Show Boat" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC
  • Oct 2 Pakistan defeat Australia by one wicket in Karachi Test

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Oct 2 Legendary Miami head coach Don Shula beats Cincinnati head coach and his son David in the first-ever NFL meeting between father and son; Dolphins defeat the Bengals, 23-7

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula
  • Oct 2 Pakistan cricket batsmen Inzamam-ul-Haq & Mushtaq Ahmed put on 57 runs in 8 overs for highest last-wicket partnership ever to win a Test, as the home team beats Australia by 1 wicket in the 1st Test in Karachi
  • Oct 3 Fernando Henrique Cardoso elected president of Brazil

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 3 Gary Larson, announces he is retiring from doing "Far Side" cartoon

Cartoonist Gary Larson
Cartoonist
Gary Larson
  • Oct 4 7.9 earthquake strikes Koerilen, flood kills 18+

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 4 Keith Moore is charged with stealing $5,000,000 from Sting

Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor
Sting
  • Oct 4 Soyuz TM-20 launches

Music awardsMusic Awards

Oct 5 28th Country Music Association Award: Vince Gill & Pam Tillis wins

Country Singer Vince Gill
Country Singer
Vince Gill
  • Oct 5 52 members of Zonnetempel, murdered

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 5 NBA shortens the 3-point distance to a uniform 22 feet in attempt to help offensive players score more; Michael Jordan sets career highs in 3-point attempts & converted 3-point field goals, nearly double previous statistics

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

  • Oct 6 -9] European Campaign against Racism confers in Austria
  • Oct 6 Ben Mokoena becomes 1st black mayor of Middelburg, South Africa
  • Oct 7 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Oct 7 Faud Guliyev appointed premier of Azerbijan
  • Oct 7 Ingvar Carlsson forms Swedish government
  • Oct 7 Lu Bin swims female 200m medley world record (2:11.57)
  • Oct 8 BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Aleta Sill
  • Oct 8 6th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 30-11 in Chestnut Hill
  • Oct 9 Austrian parliamentary election (23% extreme-right)
  • Oct 10 Lt-general Raoul Cedras resigns as dictator of Haiti
  • Oct 10 MPAA chief Jack Valenti holds meeting to determine new movie ratings

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 10 NY Giants retire Lawrence Taylor's #56

Hall of Fame American Football Player Lawrence Taylor
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Lawrence Taylor
  • Oct 10 Nobel prize for physiology awarded to Alfred G. Gilman & Martin Rodbell for G-protein discoveries
  • Oct 10 Value of Russian ruble decreases, 3081 rubles per dollar
  • Oct 11 Russian ruble decreases to 3,926 rubles per dollar
  • Oct 11 Space shuttle STS-68 (Endeavour 7), lands

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Oct 11 Nobel Prize in economics is awarded to John Harsanyi, John Nash and Reinhard Selten for their "pioneering analysis of equilibria in the theory of non-cooperative games"

Mathematician and Economist John Nash
Mathematician and Economist
John Nash
  • Oct 12 Contact with NASA Venus orbitter Magellan broken
  • Oct 12 Iranian Fokker F28 explodes between Isfahan and Tehran, killing 66
  • Oct 13 Earliest start of Sheffield Shield season (Queensland v Tasmania)

  • Oct 13 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Japanese writer Kenzaburo Oe

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Oct 14 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin
Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres
  • Oct 14 NASA Space probe Magellan burns up in atmosphere of Venus
  • Oct 15 Botswana President Ketumile Masires BDP wins parliamentary election
  • Oct 15 President Jean-Baptiste Aristide returns to Haiti
  • Oct 16 Raul Julia, actor (Addams Family), suffers a stroke
  • Oct 16 Shreveport Pirates win first Canadian Football League game, 24-12 at home to Sacramento Gold Miners; fold 1995

Music concertMusic Concert

Oct 17 Billy Joel performs opening concert at Cleveland's Gund Arena

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 17 Kapil Dev's final one-day international (v West Indies)

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Cricketer
Kapil Dev
  • Oct 19 160 killed in fighting in Tsjetsjenie (Chechnya)
  • Oct 19 Palestinian bomb attack on bus in Tel Aviv, kills 22
  • Oct 21 Hana bridge is Seoul Korea crashes, 32+ die
  • Oct 21 North Korea signs pact to end their nuclear projects
  • Oct 22 "Philadelphia, Here I Come" closes at Criterion NYC after 52 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 22 Statue of Sam Houston unveiled in Texas

Texan Revolutionary Sam Houston
Texan Revolutionary
Sam Houston
  • Oct 22 Tony Rominger bicycles world record time (53,832 km)
  • Oct 23 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, The Greenbrier: US regains Cup; beats Europe, 13-7; Americans Dottie Mochrie & Bradie Burton both win their 3 matches
  • Oct 24 Bomb attack on opposition in Sri Lanka, 55+ killed
  • Oct 25 Susan Smith claims her 2 kids were carjacked (she actually killed them)
  • Oct 26 Jordan & Israel sign peace accord
  • Oct 28 Japanese space probe Sakigake passes Earth for 3rd time
  • Oct 29 Antonov AN-12 having an accident at Ust-Ilimsk Kaluga, 21 killed
  • Oct 29 NY Lotto pays $60 million+
  • Oct 29 National Museum of American Indian opens (NYC)

Music concertMusic Concert

Oct 29 Pink Floyd finishes their final concert tour at Earls Court in London

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Rocker Syd Barrett
Rocker
Syd Barrett
  • Oct 30 Leftist coalition wins Macedonian parliamentary election

InventionHistoric Invention

Oct 30 Thomas Nicely reports bug in Intel's Pentium-processor on the Internet

Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel Andrew Grove
Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel
Andrew Grove
  • Oct 31 American Eagle ATR-72 crash down at Gary, Indiana: 68 killed
  • Oct 31 "Creep" single released by TLC – their 1st US No.1 (Billboard Song of the Year 1995)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 31 American tennis star Venus Williams makes her professional debut as a 14 year old with a 6-3, 6-4 win over former NCAA champion and world No. 58 Shaun Stafford in the Bank of the West Classic in Oakland, California

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • Oct 31 American jam band Phish performs The Beatles "White Album" as a musical costume during a show at the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, New York.

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 9 Jodelle Ferland, Canadian actress (Silent Hill), born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
  • Oct 20 Morgan Featherstone, Australian model
  • Oct 31 Spencer Achtymichuk, Canadian actor (The Final Cut)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 1 Actress Whoopi Goldberg (38) weds labor union organizer Lyle Trachtenberg in California

  • Oct 8 "Growing Pains" actress Tracey Gold (25) weds Roby Marshall (29) at St. Charles Catholic Church
  • Oct 29 Impressionist Rich Little (55) weds comedian Jeannette Markey (28) at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Brad O'Hare, American actor dies of complications due to AIDS at 43
  • Oct 1 Carlos Lleras Restrepo, President of Colombia (1966-70), dies at 86
  • Oct 1 Karoli Ruth Needles, painter, dies at 54
  • Oct 1 Scott Dunbar, American blues vocalist and guitarist, dies at 90
  • Oct 1 Paul Lorenzen, German philosopher (b. 1915)
  • Oct 1 Marjorie Weaver, American actress (Michael Shayne: Private Detective, Young Mr Lincoln), dies from a stroke at 81
  • Oct 1 Bud Houser, American field athlete (Olympic gold discus & shot put 1924, discus 1928), dies at 93
  • Oct 2 Faith Davis, American triplets, world's oldest surviving triplets (Charity & Hope survive), dies at 95
  • Oct 2 Harriet Nelson [Peggy Lou Synder], American actress, dies of congestive heart failure at 80
  • Oct 2 Ron Herron, English architect (Archigram), dies at 64
  • Oct 2 Harriet (Hilliard) Nelson [Peggy Lou Snyder], American singer and actress (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet; Follow the Fleet), dies of heart failure at 85 [1]
  • Oct 3 Dennis Wolfberg, comedian (Quantum Leap), dies from cancer at 48
  • Oct 3 Dub Taylor [Walter Clarence Taylor Jr], American character actor (Gunsmoke), dies from a heart attack at 87
  • Oct 3 Harriet Nelson, American actress (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies at 80
  • Oct 3 V, comedian and actor, dies at 48
  • Oct 3 Virginia Dale, American actress/dancer (Holiday Inn), dies at about 77
  • Oct 3 Heinz Rühmann, German actor and director (Der Hauptmann von Köpenick), dies at 92
  • Oct 4 Bill Challis, arranger/Pianist, dies at 90
  • Oct 4 Heinz Rohmann, German actor/dir (Brave Soldier Schwejk), dies at 92
  • Oct 4 Daniel Wood "Danny" Gatton, American guitarist (88 Elmira St.), commits suicide at 48
  • Oct 4 F. Gwendolen Rees, Welsh zoologist and parasitologist, dies at 88
  • Oct 7 James Hill, director, dies at 75
  • Oct 7 Niels Kaj Jerne, Danish immunologist (Nobel prize 1984), dies at 82
  • Oct 7 Paul Swift, American actor (Egg Man in Pink Flamingo), dies of AIDS at 60
  • Oct 8 Brian Hartley, mathematician, dies at 55
  • Oct 8 Diana Churchill, English actress (Spider, Sally Bishop, Housemaster), dies at 81
  • Oct 8 John the King, CDA-minister of Social Businesses, dies at 68
  • Oct 8 Manual Pina, fashion Designer, dies at 50
  • Oct 9 Fred Lebow, US founder of New York Marathon, dies of cancer
  • Oct 9 James Hill, English director/screenwriter (Born Free), dies at 75
  • Oct 9 Joan Dickson, British cellist and teacher, dies at 72
  • Oct 9 Raich Carter, English soccer forward (13 caps; Sunderland, Derby County, Hull C) and manager (Hull C, Leeds, Mansfield Town, Middlesborough), dies from a stroke at 80
  • Oct 10 Anna Hauptmann, wife of Lindbergh baby kidnapper Bruno, dies at 95
  • Oct 10 Chaim Raphael, English Jewish scholar and writer, dies at 86
  • Oct 10 Nikolai Nikolayevich Karetnikov, Russian composer, dies at 64
  • Oct 10 Richard John Copeland Atkinson, archaeologist, dies at 74
  • Oct 11 Maja Bulgakova, Ukrainian actress (Krylja), dies in auto-accident at 62
  • Oct 11 Nic Jonk, sculptor/painter (Nereus on Zeepaard), dies at 66
  • Oct 12 Gérald Godin, French-Canadian poet and politician, dies at 55
  • Oct 14 Gioconda de Vito, Italian-British violinist, dies at 87
  • Oct 15 Hannes Wustinger, Austrian race car driver, dies at 29
  • Oct 15 Karl Edward Wagner, American sci-fi author (Bloodstone, Night Winds), dies at 48
  • Oct 15 Sarah Kofman, French philosopher, dies at 60
  • Oct 15 Wilhelmus HL "Willem" Tollenaar, actor and director (Elkerlyc), dies at 82
  • Oct 17 Augustus John "Gus" Risman, rugby League Player, dies at 83
  • Oct 17 Dmitri Cholodov, Russian journalist, murdered at 27
  • Oct 17 Joan Barbara Grigor, artist, dies at 50
  • Oct 17 Rik van Bentum, painter/art director of Paradiso, dies at 57
  • Oct 17 Ralph Hill, American athlete (Olympic silver 5,000m 1932; same time as winner Lauri Lehtinen), dies at 85
  • Oct 18 Lee Allen, American tenor sax player (Walkin' With Mr Lee), dies of cancer at 68
  • Oct 18 Richard A. Garland, artist and photographer, dies at 60
  • Oct 18 WIlliam Faure, producer, dies at 45
  • Oct 19 Martha Raye [Margaret Reed], American actress (Waikiki Wedding, Martha Raye Show), dies after illness at 78
  • Oct 19 Munavarsjo Nazrijev, vice-president of Tadzjikistan, dies
  • Oct 19 Oldrich Cernik, Czechoslovakia premier (1968-70), dies at 72
  • Oct 19 Stanislaw Brunstein, artist, dies at 79
  • Oct 20 Sergei Bondarchuk, Soviet director (Destiny of a Man, War and Peace), dies of a heart attack at 74

Person of interestBurt Lancaster

Oct 20 Burton "Burt" Lancaster, American actor (Spartacus, Apartment, From Here to Eternity, Elmer Gantry), dies of heart attack at 80

  • Oct 20 Charles Robert Owen Medley, dancer/Choreographer, dies at 88
  • Oct 20 Eberhard Feik, German actor (Tatort), dies at 50
  • Oct 20 Ivan Sviták, Czech philosopher and poet, dies at 69
  • Oct 20 Sergei F Bondartsjoek, actor and director (Waterloo), dies at 74
  • Oct 20 Francis Steegmuller, American biographer (Cocteau), dies at 88
  • Oct 20 (Charles) Robert Medley, English abstract and figurative style painter, dies at 88
  • Oct 21 Edward Moss Hutchinson, educationalist, dies at 85
  • Oct 21 Jerome Bert Weisner, military Scientist/Disarmer, dies at 79
  • Oct 22 Chester WIlliams, painter, dies at 73
  • Oct 22 David Buchan, ethno-Musicologist, dies at 55
  • Oct 22 Fabio Grobart, founder (Cuban Communist Party), dies
  • Oct 22 Harold Horace Hopkins, British physicist and inventor (Endoscope), dies at 75
  • Oct 22 Rollo May, American psychologist (Love & Will), dies at 85
  • Oct 22 Sandy Horn, lesbian Activist, dies at 59
  • Oct 22 James "Jimmy" Miller, American record producer and musician (The Rolling Stones), dies of liver failure at 52
  • Oct 22 William Frankena, American philosopher, dies at 86
  • Oct 23 Robert Lansing, American actor (12 O'Clock High, Equalizer, A Man for All Seasons, Chariots of Fire), dies of cancer at 66
  • Oct 23 William Leonard, head (CBS News), dies of a stroke at 78
  • Oct 24 Alexandr Nikolaievich Shelepin, dir of KGB (1958-61), dies
  • Oct 24 Gamini Dissanayake, Sri Lankain presidential candidate, murdered
  • Oct 24 Raul Julia, Puerto Rican actor (Addams Family), dies of stroke at 54
  • Oct 25 Anthony David Machell Cox, medievalist, dies at 81
  • Oct 25 Mildred Natwick, American actress (Barefoot in the Park, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon), dies at 89 (b. 1905)
  • Oct 25 Lillian Hayman, American actress (Leslie Uggams Show), dies at 72
  • Oct 26 Rudi van Vlaenderen, Flemish actor/dir/poet (Thyestes), dies at 64
  • Oct 26 Tutta Rolf, actress (Whalers), dies at 87
  • Oct 26 Wilbert Harrison, American R&B singer (Kansas City), dies at 65
  • Oct 27 Robert White, guitarist, dies at 57
  • Oct 27 Wally Halder, Canadian ice hockey forward (Olympic gold 1948, tournament top scorer), dies of cancer at 69
  • Oct 28 Sjlomo Goren, Polish/Israeli supreme rabbi, dies
  • Oct 29 Andrew Miller-Jones, British TV pioneer (Picture Page, Dressing Up), dies at 84
  • Oct 29 Evelyn Anderson, dancer, dies at 87
  • Oct 29 Pearl Primus, Trinidad-born American dancer (poplularized African dance), dies at 74
  • Oct 30 Martyn Wiley, writer/broadcaster, dies at 40
  • Oct 30 Nyanaponika [Siegmund Feniger], German scholar/author, dies at 93
  • Oct 31 John Wyndham Pope-Hennessy, English art historian and director of British Museum (1974-76), dies at 80
  • Oct 31 Jole Silvani [Niobe Quaiatti], Italian actress (La citta' Delle), dies
  • Oct 31 Lester Sill, pioneer music publisher/record producer, dies at 76
  • Oct 31 William John Readings, literary theorist, dies at 34