On This Day

Historical Events in 1994

Events 1 - 200 of 999

  • Jan 1 "Flying Karamzov Brothers" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 50 performances
  • Jan 1 "Grand Night after Singing" closes at Criterion NYC after 52 performances
  • Jan 1 Aleksandr Popov swims world record 100m free style (47.83)
  • Jan 1 Carquest Bowl 4: Boston College beats Virginia, 32-13

Film & TV History

Jan 1 Howard Stern's New Year's Eve Beauty Pageant

  • Jan 1 International Year of Family
  • Jan 1 Jacobs Field opens with "Gateway's New Year's Eve Countdown to '94"
  • Jan 1 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect
  • Jan 1 The Zapatista Army of National Liberation initiates twelve days of armed conflict in the Mexican State of Chiapas.
  • Jan 1 80th Rose Bowl: #9 Wisconsin beats #14 UCLA, 21-16
  • Jan 1 60th Sugar Bowl: #8 Florida beats #3 West Virginia, 41-7
  • Jan 1 23rd Fiesta Bowl: #16 Arizona beats #10 Miami, 29-0
  • Jan 1 60th Orange Bowl: #1 Florida State beats #2 Nebraska, 18-16
  • Jan 2 "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" closes at Beaumont NYC after 40 performances
  • Jan 2 "Shakespeare after My Father" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 266 performances
  • Jan 2 Battles between army & rebellious indians in South Mexico, kill 57
  • Jan 3 "Gray's Anatomy" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • Jan 3 100s killed in Venezuela in prison revolt
  • Jan 3 Tupolev-154M crashes at Irkutsk, Siberia: 122 killed
  • Jan 3 35-foot-tall Chief Wahoo, trademark of Indians on top of Stadium since 1962, is taken down, to be moved to Jacob's Field

Historic Event

Jan 3 Restoration of South African citizenship, announced on 15 December 1993 by the South African parliament led by President F. W. de Klerk, becomes effective four months before the first South Africa non-racial polls of 27 April, 1994

  • Jan 3 Steve Young of the San Francisco 49ers becomes first quarterback to win 3 straight NFL passing titles despite a 37-34 OT loss to the Philadelphia Eagles; first to lodge 3 consecutive passer ratings of 100+
  • Jan 4 10th largest wrestling crowd (58,000-Tokyo Dome)
  • Jan 5 Aleksandr Popov swims world record 100m free style (47.82)
  • Jan 5 26th NAACP Image Awards: "Sister Act" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Jan 6 "The Government Inspector" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 37 performances
  • Jan 6 Dow-Jones hits record 3803.88

Sports History

Jan 6 US figure skating champion Nancy Kerrigan is attacked by Tonya Harding's bodyguard at the US Championships in Detroit

  • Jan 7 South Africa beat Australia in the Sydney Test by 5 runs
  • Jan 7 US female Figure Skating championship won by Tonya Harding
  • Jan 7 United Express commuter plane crashes in Ohio, killing 5
  • Jan 7 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Petr Korda defeats Bernd Karbacher of Germany 6-3, 6-3 for an unassailable 2-0 lead (ends 2-1) and the Czech Republic's first title
  • Jan 8 Rintje Ritsma skates world record 1500m (1:51.60)
  • Jan 8 Russian manned space craft TM-18, launches into orbit
  • Jan 8 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Davis
  • Jan 9 14th United Negro College Fund raises $11,000,000
  • Jan 9 Gunda Niemann skates world record (167.282 pts)
  • Jan 9 Rintje Ritsma skates world record (156.201 points)
  • Jan 10 Trial of Lorena Bobbitt who cut off her husband's penis, begins
  • Jan 10 Ukraine says it will give up world's 3rd largest nuclear arsenal
  • Jan 10 Uzbekistan & Kazakhstan agrees to abolish trade tariffs
  • Jan 11 Hyderabad score 6 for 944 against Andhra Pradesh in Ranji Trophy
  • Jan 11 Irish government announces end of a 20-year broadcasting ban on IRA

Murder of Interest

Jan 12 Malcolm X's daughter arrested for plotting Louis Farrakham's murder

Hall of Fame

Jan 12 Lefthanded pitcher Steve Carlton (Phillies) elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

  • Jan 13 Italian government of Carlo Ciampi resigns
  • Jan 13 Tonya Harding's bodyguard, Shawn Eric Eckardt & Derrick Brian Smith arrested & charged with conspiracy in attack of figure skater Nancy Kerrigan
  • Jan 14 Inna Lassovskaya triple-jumps ladies world record (14.61m)
  • Jan 14 Russian manned space craft TM-17, lands
  • Jan 14 The Duchess of Kent converts to Catholicism, the first member of the Royal Family to do so in more than 300 years
  • Jan 15 15th ACE Cable Awards: Michael Fuchs wins the Golden CableACE for outstanding achievements in advancing the development of cable programming
  • Jan 15 Hague motorist with .51% alcohol in blood, breaks Dutch record (.47%)
  • Jan 15 Queen Elizabeth falls off her horse & breaks her left wrist

Sports History

Jan 15 Lawrence Taylor announces his retirement from the NFL

  • Jan 15 Dallas Mavericks drop a 104-87 decision to the San Antonio Spurs at Reunion Arena to set an unwanted NBA record with their 17th consecutive home defeat; break mark of 16 set by Orlando in 1990
  • Jan 16 Scott skates world record 1000m (1:12.54)
  • Jan 17 6.6 Earthquake hits Los Angeles killing 60, $30B in damage

Film & TV History

Jan 17 Actress Elizabeth Taylor released from the hospital after hip treatment

Sports History

Jan 17 Patrick Ewing becomes first New York player to reach the 15,000-point mark in his NBA career; scores a game-high 34 points in the Knicks' 106-94 win over visiting Minnesota

  • Jan 18 The Cando event, a possible bolide impact in Cando, Spain. Witnesses claim to have seen a fireball in the sky lasting for almost one minute.
  • Jan 19 -20°F (-29°C) (5:32 AM) coldest day ever recorded in Cleveland Ohio
  • Jan 19 -36°F (-38°C) in New Whiteland, Indiana (state record)

Hall of Fame

Jan 19 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Animals; The Band; Duane Eddy; The Grateful Dead; Elton John; John Lennon; Bob Marley; Rod Stewart; Willie Dixon; and Johnny Otis

Film Premiere

Jan 20 British comedy "Four Weddings and a Funeral" written by Richard Curtis, starring Hugh Grant premieres at the Sundance Film Festival

  • Jan 21 Dow Jones passes 3900 (record 3,914.20)
  • Jan 21 Lorena Bobbitt found temporarily insane when she cut off her husband's penis
  • Jan 21 Dallas Mavericks suffer 19th straight loss at Reunion Arena, 91-87 to the Seattle SuperSonics; extends an unwanted NBA record for the most consecutive home defeats
  • Jan 22 45th NHL All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: East beats West, 9-8; MVP: Mike Richter, NY Rangers, G
  • Jan 22 5.5 magnitude earthquake strikes Sumatra
  • Jan 23 Bernie Kosar is 2nd QB to throw TD passes in AFC & NFC Champ games
  • Jan 23 Worldwide Day for peace in Bosnia-Hercegovina
  • Jan 23 AFC Championship, Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY: Buffalo Bills beat Kansas City Chiefs, 30-13
  • Jan 23 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium, Irving: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers, 38-21
  • Jan 24 Dow Jones closes above 3,900 for 1st time (3,914.48)
  • Jan 25 Australia beat South Africa 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Jan 25 Mine fire at Asansol, India, kills 55
  • Jan 25 US space probe Clementine launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

Music History

Jan 25 Accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy, Michael Jackson settles a civil lawsuit out of court

Music Single

Jan 25 "Bump n' Grind " single released by R. Kelly (Billboard Song of the Year 1994)

  • Jan 27 "No Man's Land" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • Jan 27 Carlos Reina succeeds pres Callejas in Honduras
  • Jan 27 Romanian social democrats form government with anti-Semites
  • Jan 28 Helicopter crashes into office building in San Jose California, 1 dead
  • Jan 28 Inna Lassovskaja jumps ladies world record (14.78m)
  • Jan 29 Frankie Randall beats Mexican boxing legend Julio César Chávez by split decision to win WBC super lightweight title at MGM Grand, Las Vegas; Chavez's 1st knockdown of career in 11th and 1st loss in 91 pro fights

World Record

Jan 30 Dan Jansen skates world record 500m (35.76)

World Record

Jan 30 Kapil Dev takes 2/41 as India beats Sri Lanka by an innings and 95 runs in 2nd Cricket Test in Bengaluru; equals Sir Richard Hadlee's world record of 431 Test wickets

Super Bowl

Jan 30 Super Bowl XXVIII, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA: Dallas Cowboys beat Buffalo Bills, 30-13; MVP: Emmitt Smith, Dallas, RB

  • Jan 30 Péter Lékó becomes the youngest chess grand master.

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 30 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras wins 1st of 2 Australian titles; fellow American Todd Martin 7-6, 6-4, 6-4

  • Jan 30 10th Sundance Film Festival: "What Happened Was" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 31 Barcelona opera theater "Gran Teatro del Liceo" , built in 1847, burns down for the second time; re-built and re-opens in 1999
  • Jan 31 Dow Jones hits a record 3,978.36

Film Premiere

Jan 31 Mexican telenovela "Marimar" starring Thalia and Eduardo Capetillo premieres

  • Feb 1 Large meteorite falls near Kusaie, Pacific Ocean
  • Feb 1 South African cricket fast bowler Fanie de Villiers bravely survives 197 minutes for 30 on last day of 3rd Test against Australia in Adelaide; Proteas finally all out 129; Australia win by 191, draw series
  • Feb 1 Jeff Gillooly pleads guilty for his part in attack on American Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan; plea bargain, confesses to racketeering in exchange for testimony implicating ex-wife Tonya Harding
  • Feb 3 "Les Miserables" opens at Kallang Theatre, Singapore

Historic Event

Feb 3 President Bill Clinton lifts US trade embargo against Vietnam

  • Feb 3 STS-60 (Discovery) launches into orbit
  • Feb 4 10th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Feb 4 20 die in armed assault on mosque in Khartoum, Sudan
  • Feb 4 Merlene Ottey runs world record 50 m indoor (6.00 sec)
  • Feb 4 Russian team beats ladies world record 4x800 m indoor (8:18.71)
  • Feb 5 "Where On Earth Is Carmen San Diego," debuts on Fox TV

Murder of Interest

Feb 5 Medgar Evers' murderer Byron De La Beckwith sentenced to life, in Jackson, Mississippi, 30 years after the crime

  • Feb 5 68 killed and 200 wounded after a mortar bomb is set off in Sarajevo
  • Feb 6 "Government Inspector" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 37 performances
  • Feb 6 Jose Maria Figueres elected President of Costa Rica
  • Feb 6 Martti Ahtisaari elected President of Finland
  • Feb 6 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 17-3; MVP: Andre Rison, Atlanta Falcons, WR

Music Awards

Feb 7 21st American Music Awards: Whitney Houston wins

  • Feb 7 Howard Stern stops a would-be jumper on the George Washington Bridge
  • Feb 7 American actor and singer Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle, USMC) undergoes a liver transplant

Sports History

Feb 8 Jack Nicholson uses a golf club to attack a car

Music History

Feb 8 Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee charge with possession of loaded firearm

  • Feb 8 "Sátántangó", Hungarian film directed by Béla Tarr, starring Mihály Víg, Putyi Horváth, is released

Historic Event

Feb 9 Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Perez signs accord with PLO's Yasser Arafat

  • Feb 10 44th Berlin International Film Festival: "In the Name of the Father" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 11 Lu Parker, (South Carolina), crowned 43rd Miss USA
  • Feb 11 Space shuttle STS-60 (Discovery 18), lands
  • Feb 12 XVII Winter Olympic Games opens in Lillehammer, Norway
  • Feb 12 20th century premiere of 6 restored Haydn-sonatas in Boston

The Scream

Feb 12 "The Scream" by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1893 pastel version) is stolen in Oslo

  • Feb 12 Inna Lassovskaya jumps world record 14.90m
  • Feb 12 Model Anna Nicole Smith hospitalized for drug overdose

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 13 44th NBA All-Star Game, Target Centre, Minneapolis, MN: East beats West, 127-118; MVP: Scottie Pippen, Chicago Bulls, F

  • Feb 13 Inna Lassovskaya jumps world record 14.9m
  • Feb 13 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 5000m 6:34,96
  • Feb 13 Ship disaster near Ranong Thailand, kills 200
  • Feb 14 Alexander Golubev skates Olympic record 500m (36.33)

ESPY Awards

Feb 14 2nd ESPY Awards: Barry Bonds, Julie Krone win

  • Feb 15 US asks Aristide to adopt a peace plan from Haiti
  • Feb 15 Tom Barrasso becomes winningest US born goalie in NHL history, as the Pittsburgh Penguins win, 5-3 over visiting Winnipeg; passes record of 252 career wins set by Frank Brimsek
  • Feb 16 6.5 earthquake strikes South East Sumatra, kills 200
  • Feb 16 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 1500m (1:51.29)
  • Feb 16 Premier Alfonso Bustamente ends government in Peru
  • Feb 18 Dan Jansen skates world record 1000m (1:12.43)
  • Feb 18 Shreveport Pirates join Canadian Football League as 4th US-based team; fold 1995
  • Feb 20 3 Afghans take 70 Pakistani children hostage
  • Feb 20 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 10 km (13:30.55)

Historic Event

Feb 20 Pope John Paul II demands juristic discrimination of homosexuals

  • Feb 20 36th Daytona 500: Sterling Marlin wins his first NASCAR race; Neil Bonnett and Rodney Orr killed in separate practice incidents
  • Feb 22 "Les Miserables" opens at Chunichi Theatre, Nagoya
  • Feb 23 Indians owner Richard Jacobs announces he will pay $10 million to name baseball field (Jacobs Field) at Gateway (becomes official 3/23)
  • Feb 24 Scoreboard is unveiled at new Cleveland Indians' park (Jacobs Field)
  • Feb 25 Israeli extremist Baruch Goldstein massacres 30 Palestinians in Hebron
  • Feb 25 Peruvian Yak-40 crashes into mountain near Tingo Maria, kills 31

Hall of Fame

Feb 25 New York Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

  • Feb 26 St Louis Blues beat Ottawa Senators 11-1
  • Feb 27 XVII Winter Olympic Games close in Lillehammer, Norway
  • Feb 27 Maronite church near Beirut bombed, 10 killed
  • Feb 28 Brady Law, imposing a wait-period to buy a hand gun in the USA, comes into effect
  • Mar 1 36th Grammy Awards: "I Will Always Love You"; Whitney Houston; Sting; Toni Braxton; Mary Chapin-Carpenter win
  • Mar 1 Martti Ahtisaari inaugurated as president of Finland
  • Mar 1 Senate rejectes a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution

Music History

Mar 2 Miami begins a Latin walk of fame, 1st star for Gloria Estefan

  • Mar 2 William Natcher, (Rep-D-Ky), casts his 18,401 & last consecutive vote
  • Mar 2 Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh promises to surrender if taped statement is broadcasted, it is, but he doesn't
  • Mar 3 "Damn Yankees" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 510 performances
  • Mar 3 "Philoktetes Variations" with Ron Vawter premieres in Brussels

Sports History

Mar 3 US Internal Revenue Service investigates baseball player Darryl Strawberry

  • Mar 4 4 Arab terrorist founded guilty of bombing the World Trade Center
  • Mar 4 Space shuttle STS-62 (Columbia 16), launches into orbit
  • Mar 5 Largest milkshake made; 1,955 gallons of chocolate in Nelspruit, South Africa
  • Mar 5 PBA National Championship won by David Traber
  • Mar 5 Jefffesron Airplane/Starship singer Grace Slick arrested for pointing a gun at a cop
  • Mar 6 Colin Jackson runs world record 60m hurdles indoor (7.30 sec)
  • Mar 6 United Arab Emirates beat Kenya by 2 wickets to win ICC Trophy
  • Mar 6 Referendum in Moldova results in the electorate voting against possible reunification with Romania.
  • Mar 7 8th American Comedy Award: Carrot Top
  • Mar 7 Charles Taylor resigns as President of Liberia
  • Mar 7 US Navy issues 1st permanent order assigning women on combat ship

Historic Event

Mar 7 ANC chief Nelson Mandela rejects demand by white right-wingers for separate homeland in South Africa

  • Mar 7 The United States Supreme Court rules in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc.that parodies of an original work are generally covered by the doctrine of fair use.

Film and TV Awards

Mar 8 20th People's Choice Awards: Tom Cruise & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Roseanne Arnold win (TV)

  • Mar 8 B737 collides with Ilyushin-86 in New Delhi, at least 8 killed
  • Mar 8 US Defense Department announces smoking ban in workplaces
  • Mar 8 Train accident at Pinetown, Natal, kills 47
  • Mar 9 IRA launch 1st of 3 mortar attacks on London's Heathrow Airport
  • Mar 10 1 million Greeks attend actress and activist Melina Mercouri's funeral
  • Mar 11 Eduardo Frei succeeds Patricio Aylwin as President of Chile
  • Mar 12 The Church of England ordains its first ever 33 female priests
  • Mar 13 33.3% of Austria votes for ultra-right Freedom Party
  • Mar 13 Oil tank/airship crash at Bosporus (huge fire/15+ killed)
  • Mar 13 President Mangope of Bophuthatswana deposed
  • Mar 13 41st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #4 North Carolina beats Virginia, 73-66
  • Mar 13 35th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Florida, 73-60
  • Mar 13 15th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Providence beats Georgetown, 74-64
  • Mar 14 Mexican banker and billionaire Alfredo Harp Helu kidnapped
  • Mar 14 Soyuz TM-21 launches with V Dezyurov, G Strekalov & N Thagard
  • Mar 14 Timeline of Linux development: Linux kernel version 1.0.0 is released
  • Mar 15 8th Soul Train Music Awards: Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston win
  • Mar 15 Experts from AL certify the Cleveland Indians Jacobs Field is properly lit
  • Mar 16 Moravcik forms Slovakia government
  • Mar 16 American figure skater Tonya Harding pleads guilty to felony attack on former Olympic teammate Nancy Kerrigan
  • Mar 17 "Little More Magic" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 30 performances