Historical Events in December 1994

  • 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 Robert Schumann's 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.