On This Day

Historical Events in January 1994

  • 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