On This Day

Historical Events in 1994 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 600 of 999

  • May 8 Jim Cartwright's play "The Rise & Fall of Little Voice" closes at Neil Simon Theater, NYC after 9 performances
  • May 8 500th commentary by Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes
  • May 8 Colorado Silver Bullets (all-female pro baseball team) 1st game
  • May 8 Ernesto Perez Balladares elected president of Panama
  • May 8 Jose Maria Figueres becomes president of Costa Rica

Historic Event

May 8 President Clinton announces US will no longer repatriate boat people

  • May 8 Erling Kagge becomes the first person to complete the Three Poles Challenge
  • May 9 "Passion" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 280 performances
  • May 9 Mass murderer Joel Rifkin found guilty in New York
  • May 10 Musical sequel "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Goes Public" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, NYC; runs for 16 performances

Music Concert

May 10 Barbra Streisand's begins 1st concert tour in 30 years, at the Capitol Centre in Landover, Maryland (after "warm-up" shows in Las Vegas and London)

Historic Event

May 10 Nelson Mandela sworn in as South Africa's 1st black president

  • May 10 Silvio Berlusconi forms Italian government with 5 neo-fascists
  • May 10 DGC Records releases "Weezer" (known as 'The Blue Album", the debut album of rock band Weezer
  • May 11 Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey's musical "Grease" opens at Eugene O' Neill Theater, NYC; runs for 1,503 performances
  • May 11 "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult" released in France
  • May 11 6 white racists sentenced to death in South Africa
  • May 12 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Anne Marie Duggan

Film Premiere

May 12 "Pulp Fiction", directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson premieres at the Cannes Film Festival (Palme d'Or 1994)

  • May 13 MLB Cleveland Indians begin a 18 home game win streak at newly opened Jacobs Field

Sports History

May 14 Dave Winfield passes Frank Robinson for 12th on RBI list with 1,617

  • May 14 FA Cup Final: Manchester United defeat Chelsea 4-0 at Wembley Stadium, London

LPGA Championship

May 15 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: Laura Davies of England wins her second major title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Alice Ritzman

  • May 16 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Orlando, Florida on WTKS 104.1 FM
  • May 16 Jacqueline Onassis admitted to hospital for cancer treatment
  • May 16 Joaquín Balaguer (86) elected President of Dominican Republic
  • May 16 Tennis star Jennifer Capriati arrested on possession of marijuana
  • May 17 Bakili Muluzi's UDF wins Malawi presidents/parliamentary election
  • May 18 Israel withdraws from the Gaza Strip
  • May 18 Tropical Butterfly Garden at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • May 18 2nd UEFA Champions League Final: Milan beats Barcelona 4-0 at Athens
  • May 19 Final episode of American TV drama "LA Law" after 8 year run
  • May 19 Egyptian actor Omar Sharif suffers a mild heart attack
  • May 19 American tennis star Jennifer Capriati (18), checks into a drug rehab center
  • May 20 Bobcat Goldthwait charged with misdemeanors for fire on The Tonight Show
  • May 20 Sushmita Sen from India is crowned the 43rd Miss Universe at 18 years old
  • May 20 Sony Theaters & Cineplex (NYC) hike movie ticket prices to $8.00

Sports History

May 21 119th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tabasco Cat wins in 1:56.4

  • May 21 MLB Cincinnati Reds bat out of order against Los Angeles Dodgers in 2nd inning
  • May 21 South Yemen secedes from Yemen
  • May 22 Musical sequel "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Goes Public" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, NYC, after 16 performances
  • May 22 Toronto NBA franchise unveils name "Raptors" & logo
  • May 23 270 pilgrims die in the bustle round Mina, Saudi-Arabia
  • May 23 Roman Herzog elected President of Germany
  • May 23 "Star Trek: The Next Generation" finale airs this week in syndication
  • May 23 47th Cannes Film Festival: "Pulp Fiction" directed by Quentin Tarantino wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 24 Poison singer Bret Michaels is involved in a car crash
  • May 24 NHL Western Conference Final: Vancouver Canucks beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1

Daytime Emmy Awards

May 25 Emmy 21st Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci not nominated

Sports History

May 25 Mark Messier scores a natural hat trick for the New York Rangers in game 6 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals

Historic Event

May 27 Writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn returns to Russia after 20 years in exile

Television Finale

May 27 Final broadcast of TV talk show "The Arsenio Hall Show"

Radio History

May 27 Larry King ends his radio show

Film Release

May 27 "The Flintstones" live action movie, starring John Goodman (as Fred) and Rick Moranis (as Barney), opens

  • May 27 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New York Rangers beat New Jersey Devils, 4 games to 3
  • May 28 "Cafe American" last airs on NBC-TV

Musical Finale

May 29 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Time Rice's musical "Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat" closes at Minskoff Theater, NYC, after 223 performances

  • May 29 "Picnic" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances

Sports History

May 29 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Jr.wins from pole position for his second Indy 500 victory for Marlboro Team Penske

  • May 29 Great iceball comet seen above North Sea
  • May 29 Hungary's Socialist Party wins parliamentary election
  • May 31 Padres scores 13 in 2nd vs Pirates
  • Jun 1 FX Channel, Cable Network, debuts

Historic Event

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

  • 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)

Film & TV History

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

  • 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)

French 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

Music History

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)

Baseball Record

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

Baseball Record

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

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

Papal Visit

Jun 12 -17] Pope John Paul II visits Spain

  • 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

Sports History

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

  • 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 Premiere

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

  • Jun 15 New York Giants cut Super Bowl XXI MVP quarterback Phil Simms after 15 years service with the NFL club

Sports History

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

Murder 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)

  • 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

US 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

  • 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

Sports History

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)

NBA Finals

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

Baseball Record

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

  • 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

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 24 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Levellers, Elvis Costello, and Peter Gabriel headline; other performers include Spin Doctors, Johnny Cash, Meshell Ndegeocello, Dwight Yoakam, Lucky Dube, Oasis, and Iris Dement

  • 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)

Historic Event

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

Golf Tournament

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

  • Jun 27 Spalding Gray''s one-man show "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

Sports History

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

Sports History

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

  • 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

Sports History

Jun 30 US Ice Skating Federation bars Tonya Harding for life

  • Jul 1 Fokker's-28 crashes at Tidjikja, Mauritania (94 killed)
  • Jul 1 Roman Herzog sworn in as German president
  • Jul 1 Russian spacecraft Soyuz TM-19 launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
  • Jul 1 Yassar Arafat returns to Gaza strip

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Conchita Martínez of Spain upsets Martina Navratilova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 for her only Grand Slam title

  • Jul 2 John Wayne Bobbitt & Kristina Elliot arrested for domestic battery
  • Jul 2 Middlesex cricket seam bowler Richard Johnson takes all 10 Derbyshire wickets for 45 runs at the County Ground in Derby
  • Jul 2 US Air DC-9 crash in North Carolina, 37 killed

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Pete Sampras successfully defends title against Goran Ivanišević of Croatia 7-6, 7-6, 6-0

  • Jul 3 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Pinehurst Resort: South African Simon Hobday wins by 1 stroke from Graham Marsh of Australia and Jim Albus
  • Jul 3 FIFA World Cup: In a huge upset Romania eliminates Argentina 3-2 from the round of 16 at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
  • Jul 3 The deadliest day in Texas traffic history, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Forty six people killed in crashes.
  • Jul 4 Rwandese Patriotic Front occupies Kigali
  • Jul 4 FIFA World Cup: A Bebeto strike saves Brazil from embarrassment, beat USA 1-0 at Stanford
  • Jul 5 The United States announces it will no longer accept unrestricted immigration from Haiti

Historic Event

Jul 5 Amazon.com founded in Bellevue, Washington by Jeff Bezos

  • Jul 5 "Cracked Rear View" debut album by Hootie & the Blowfish is released
  • Jul 6 Irina Privalova runs 100m European Record (10.77)
  • Jul 6 Lerou Burrell runs world record 100m (9.85)
  • Jul 6 CFL American expansion Shreveport Pirates lose game, 40-10 at the Ottawa Rough Riders; fold 1995

Film Release

Jul 6 "Forrest Gump", directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, and Gary Sinise, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1995)

  • Jul 7 North Yemenite troops occupy Aden
  • Jul 8 Preliminary trial rules there is enough evidence to try O.J. Simpson
  • Jul 8 Sonia O'Sullivan runs female 2K world record (5:25.36)
  • Jul 8 Space shuttle STS-65 (Columbia 17), launches
  • Jul 8 St Maarten "Godfather" Claude Wathey sentenced to 1½ years
  • Jul 9 11,000th HR in NY Yankees history (Matt Nokes)
  • Jul 9 Sonia O'Sullivan runs world record 2k (5:25.36)
  • Jul 9 Russian spacecraft Soyuz TM-18 lands after successful trip to Mir spacestation
  • Jul 10 "Hedda Gabler" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 33 performances
  • Jul 10 Nepal premier Girija Prasadkoirala resigns
  • Jul 10 Sonia O'Sullivan runs female world record 2K (5:25.36)
  • Jul 11 Suriname guilder devalued: NŸ1 = SŸ105
  • Jul 12 65th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-8 at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh
  • Jul 12 All star MVP: Fred McGriff (Atlanta Braves)
  • Jul 12 Nomination hearings for Steven Breyer for supreme court justice begins

Sports History

Jul 13 Tonya Harding's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly sentenced to 2 years in prison for attack on American Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan