On This Day

Historical Events in 1994 (Part 5)

Events 801 - 1,000 of 1,002

Boxing Title Fight

Sep 25 Oliver McCall TKOs Lennox Lewis in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Sep 26 Estonia government of Prime Minister Mart Laar was defeated by no-confidence vote
  • Sep 26 Switzerland bans racist propaganda

Television Finale

Sep 28 Ken Burn's documentary miniseries "Baseball" TV Miniseries last airs on PBS

  • Sep 28 "Cats" 5,000th Broadway performance, joining "A Chorus Line" and "Oh! Calcutta!" in the 5,000 club

Film Premiere

Sep 28 "Ed Wood" film directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp premieres

  • Sep 28 909 people die when an Estonian ferry capsizes & sinks in Baltic sea

Murder of Interest

Sep 29 1st phase of O.J. Simpson murder trial jury selection ends (304 chosen)

  • Sep 29 House votes to end lobbyists buying meals & entertainment for Congress
  • Sep 29 Pointer Sisters receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Sep 30 Space shuttle STS-68 (Endeavour 7), launches into orbit
  • Sep 30 Sylvestre Ntibantunganya elected president of Burundi
  • Sep 30 Vladimir Meciars HZDDS wins Slovakia parliamentary election
  • 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

Sports History

Oct 1 Australian cricket batsman David Boon scores 114 during 1 wicket, 1st Test defeat v Pakistan in Karachi; his 19th Test century

  • Oct 1 Stanley Betrian sworn in as leader of Curacao
  • Oct 1 Oriental Pearl Tower, the modern symbol of Shanghai, is completed standing 468 m (1,536 feet) high (China's tallest structure until 2007)
  • Oct 2 "Show Boat" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC
  • Oct 2 Pakistan defeat Australia by one wicket in Karachi Test

Sports History

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

  • 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

Film & TV History

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

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

Music History

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

  • Oct 4 Soyuz TM-20 launches

Music Awards

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

  • Oct 5 52 members of Zonnetempel, murdered

Sports History

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

  • 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
  • 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 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"

  • 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
  • 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 Concert

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

Sports History

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

  • 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

Historic Event

Oct 22 Statue of Sam Houston unveiled in Texas

  • 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)

Album Release

Oct 25 Reprise Records releases "Turbulent Indigo", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 15th studio album; wins Grammy Award for Best Pop Album

  • Oct 26 Jordan & Israel sign peace accord
  • Oct 28 Japanese space probe Sakigake passes Earth for 3rd time
  • Oct 29 Antonov AN-12A crashes short of runway at Ust-Ilimsk Airport (Irkutsk, Russia), possibly due to icing; all 23 on board killed
  • Oct 29 NY Lotto pays $60 million+
  • Oct 29 National Museum of American Indian joins the Smithsonian Institute and moves to the George Gustav Heye Center in Lower Manhattan (NYC) [1]

Music Concert

Oct 29 Pink Floyd finishes their final concert tour with a show at Earls Court in London, England

  • Oct 30 Leftist coalition wins Macedonian parliamentary election

Historic Invention

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

  • 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)

Sports History

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

  • 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.
  • Nov 1 Muslim fundamentalists in Mostaganem Algeria murder 5 children
  • Nov 1 Chicago Bulls retire basketball superstar Michael Jordan's jersey #23 in a 2-hour ceremony at the United Center
  • Nov 2 Benzine explosion in Dronka Egypt, 400+ killed
  • Nov 2 NFL announces the expansion Carolina Panthers would play in the NFC West, while the Jacksonville Jaguars is assigned to the AFC Central
  • Nov 3 Dutch & British astronomers find spiral nebula Dwingeloo 1
  • Nov 3 Space shuttle STS-66 (Atlantis 13), launches
  • Nov 3 Susan Smith who claimed her two children were carjacked arrested for murder
  • Nov 3 Total solar eclipse in South America (4m23s)
  • Nov 3 Small forward Glenn Robinson signs the then most lucrative rookie contract in NBA history, a 10-year, $68.15 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks
  • Nov 3 First PlayStation console released by Sony Interactive Entertainment in Japan
  • Nov 4 Soyuz TM-20 lands in Kazakhstan
  • Nov 4 United Center in Chicago opens - Bulls beat Charlotte Hornets, 89-83
  • Nov 4 San Francisco: First conference that focuses exclusively on the subject of the commercial potential of the World Wide Web.
  • Nov 5 Space probe Ulyssus completes 1st passage behind the Sun
  • Nov 5 Tony Rominger bicycles world record for distance covered in one hour for second time (55.291 km)
  • Nov 5 Yak-40 accident in north of Peru, 8 killed
  • Nov 5 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs; winners: Barathea, Cherokee Run, Concern, Flanders, One Dreamer, Tikkanen, Timber Country

Boxing Title Fight

Nov 5 George Foreman (45) KOs Michael Moorer to win boxing Heavyweight championship

  • Nov 6 24th NYC Women's Marathon won by Tegla Loroupe in 2:27:37
  • Nov 6 25th NYC Marathon won by German Silva in 2:11:21
  • Nov 6 Emomali Rachmonov recognized as president of Tadzjikistan
  • Nov 8 Cleveland Cavaliers 1st game at Gund Arena, lose to Hous Rockets, 100-98
  • Nov 8 Haitian government of Smarck Michel forms
  • Nov 8 Republican Party nominee Tom Ridge wins Pennsylvania Gubernatorial election with 45% of the vote
  • Nov 9 Chandrika Kumaratunga chosen 1st female president of Sri Lanka
  • Nov 9 Darmstadtium, Chemical element 110, discovered at GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research near Darmstadt, Germany

Historic Event

Nov 11 Bill Gates buys Leonardo da Vinci's "Codex" for $30,800,000

  • Nov 11 Progress M-25 launched to space station Mir
  • Nov 13 Sweden agrees to join European Union

Sports History

Nov 13 Title contenders Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill famously collide on lap 35 of the season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; Schumacher wins his first F1 World Drivers Championship by 1 point from Hill

Sports History

Nov 13 44th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins

Latest Wonder of the World

Nov 14 1st trains for public run in Channel Tunnel under English Channel

  • Nov 14 Space shuttle STS-66 (Atlantis 13), lands
  • Nov 15 "Glass Menagerie" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 57 performances
  • Nov 15 6.7-8.1 earthquake strikes Philippines, killing 45

Election of Interest

Nov 15 German Bundestag officially elects Helmut Kohl as Chancellor by a single vote (341-340)

  • Nov 15 Nepal Communist party Dutch Communist Party-UML wins election

Music Premiere

Nov 17 Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton's musical "Sunset Boulevard" opens at Minskoff Theater, NYC; runs for 977 performances, wins 7 Tony Awards

  • Nov 17 3rd Germany government of Kohl forms
  • Nov 17 Irish government of Reynolds resigns

Film Premiere

Nov 18 "Star Trek: Generations" film directed by David Carson and starring Patrick Stewart premieres

Film & TV History

Nov 19 Aishwarya Rai, 21, of India, crowned 44th Miss World

  • Nov 19 59th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 21-14 in Birmingham
  • Nov 20 "Flying Karamzov Brothers..." opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 50 performances
  • Nov 20 "Shadow Box" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • Nov 20 Russian Kosmos satellites 2294, 2295 and 2296 launch
  • Nov 20 Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign the Lusaka Protocol in Zambia, ending 19 years of civil war
  • Nov 20 Unseeded Argentine tennis star Gabriela Sabatini claims WTA Tour Championship with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over American Lindsay Davenport at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Sports History

Nov 20 American tennis star Pete Sampras beats Boris Becker 4–6, 6–3, 7–5, 6–4 to win his second ATP Tour World Championship title in Frankfurt, Germany

  • Nov 21 1st-class cricket debut of Andrew Symonds (Queensland v NSW, SCG)
  • Nov 25 Sony founder Akio Morita announces he will be stepping down as CEO of the company
  • Nov 27 CFL Grey Cup, BC Place, Vancouver: BC Lions beat Baltimore FC, 26-23; first-ever championship in pro football history featuring a US v Canada matchup; Lions win on last second Lui Passaglia field-goal
  • Nov 27 Fire in disco in Fuxin, North-China, 233 killed
  • Nov 27 Julio Maria Sanguinetti elected president of Uruguay
  • Nov 28 Norway votes against joining European Union

Historic Event

Nov 28 Convicted serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is clubbed to death by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver in the Columbia Correctional Institution gymnasium in Portage, Wisconsin

  • Nov 29 Seoul, Korea, celebrated the 600th anniversary of its founding

Album Release

Nov 29 "My Life" second studio album by Mary J. Blige is released (Billboard Music Award Top R&B Album 1995)

  • Nov 30 Beatles' 1st album in 25 years, "Live at the BBC", is released in Britain
  • Nov 30 Cruise ship Achille Lauro destroyed by fire at Somalia, 4 die
  • Nov 30 Man Mohan Adhikary sworn in as 1st communist premier of Nepal
  • Dec 1 Ernesto Zedillo innaugrated as president of Mexico

Historic Event

Dec 1 Jim Bakker, American televangelist and convicted fraud is released from jail

  • Dec 1 Rober Schumanns 2nd Symphony premieres in London

Music History

Dec 1 Rapper Tupac Shakur convicted on sexual assault charge, and later sentenced to up to 4 1/2 years in prison

Film Premiere

Dec 2 "Cobb" a film about baseball player Ty Cobb, starring Tommy Lee Jones premieres

  • Dec 2 Cruise liner Achille Lauro (Willem Ruys) sinks off the coast of Somalia
  • Dec 2 Andrew Lloyd Webber admitted to hospital for ulcer treatment
  • 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 Tony Kushner's drama "Angels in America: Perestroika" closes at Walter Kerr Theater, NYC, after 216 performances, and 3 Tony Awards
  • 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 83rd Davis Cup: Sweden beats Russia in Moscow (4-1)
  • 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 10 Nobel Peace Prize presented to Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat
  • Dec 11 Russian troops enter Chechnya
  • Dec 13 American Eagle commuter plane crashes in NC, killing 15

Album Release

Dec 13 "The Hits" 2nd compilation album by Garth Brooks is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1995)

  • 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 Stand-up comedy revue "Comedy Tonight" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 9 performances
  • Dec 18 Donald Margulies' comic play "What's Wrong With This Picture?" closes at Circle in Square, NYC, after 12 performances
  • Dec 18 Darryl Strawberry pleads not guilty on tax evasion charges
  • Dec 18 Socialist Party (ex-communist) wins Bulgaria parliamentary election
  • 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
  • Dec 28 David Boon completes his 20th Test Cricket century (131 v England, MCG)

Music History

Dec 28 American country singer Tammy Wynette admitted to the hospital with bile duct infection

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

  • 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

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 31 1st snowless December in Baltimore Maryland