Events in Film & Television in 1994

Film & TV History

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

  • Jan 4 10th largest wrestling crowd (58,000-Tokyo Dome)
  • Jan 5 26th NAACP Image Awards: "Sister Act" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

Film & TV History

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

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 30 10th Sundance Film Festival: "What Happened Was" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Film Premiere

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

  • Feb 4 10th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Feb 5 "Where On Earth Is Carmen San Diego," debuts on Fox TV
  • Feb 7 American actor and singer Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle, USMC) undergoes a liver transplant
  • Feb 7 Howard Stern stops a would-be jumper on the George Washington Bridge
  • Feb 8 "Sátántangó", Hungarian film directed by Béla Tarr, starring Mihály Víg, Putyi Horváth, is released

Sports History

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

  • 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 12 Model Anna Nicole Smith hospitalized for drug overdose

Grammy Awards

Mar 1 36th Grammy Awards: "I Will Always Love You"; Whitney Houston; Sting; Toni Braxton; Mary Chapin-Carpenter win

  • Mar 7 8th American Comedy Award: Carrot Top

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 10 1 million Greeks attend actress and activist Melina Mercouri's funeral

Film & TV History

Mar 18 Zsa Zsa Gabor files for bankruptcy

  • Mar 20 14th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Indecent Proposal" wins
  • Mar 20 WrestleMania X, Madison Square Garden, NYC: Bret Hart beats Yokozuna to win WWF Championship

Music History

Mar 21 English actor Dudley Moore arrested for hitting his girlfriend

Album Release

Mar 22 "Not a Moment Too Soon" second studio album by Tim McGraw is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1994)

  • Mar 23 Howard Stern formally announces his Libertarian run for NY governor
  • Mar 30 ABC Masters Tournament won by Hobo Boothe
  • Mar 31 Actor James Farentino pleads no contest to stalking ex-girlfriend Tina Sinatra

Film & TV History

Apr 4 American actor Tony Curtis undergoes heart-bypass surgery

Music History

Apr 5 "Jackie Mason Politically Incorrect" opens at Golden Theater, NYC; runs for 347 performances

Film & TV History

Apr 6 Chuck Jones found guilty of breaking into beauty queen Marla Maples' home

Music Concert

Apr 9 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Whitney Houston, Luciano Pavarotti, Aaron Neville, Tammy Wynette, Branford Marsalis, and Larry Adler

Film & TV History

Apr 13 Asteroid 7373 Takei discovered and named after Star Trek actor George Takei

Music History

Apr 15 Jazz singer Tony Bennett records a session for "MTV's Unplugged" series at Sony Studios, NYC, featuring the Ralph Sharon trio, and guest appearances by Elvis Costello, and k.d.lang; album release wins 2 Grammy Awards

Film & TV History

Apr 18 Arsenio Hall announces he will end his late-night TV talk show in May 1994

Television Premiere

Apr 26 TV series "Due South" about Canadian Mounties starring Paul Gross premieres in Canada

  • May 1 Charles Kuralt, American broadcast journalist (On the Road) retires from CBS
  • May 6 Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait sets fire to the couch on The Tonight Show
  • May 8 500th commentary by Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes

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)

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 19 Egyptian actor Omar Sharif suffers a mild heart attack
  • May 19 Final episode of American TV drama "LA Law" after 8 year run
  • May 20 Sony Theaters & Cineplex (NYC) hike movie ticket prices to $8.00
  • May 20 Sushmita Sen from India is crowned the 43rd Miss Universe at 18 years old
  • 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

Daytime Emmy Awards

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

Film Premiere

May 27 "The Flintstones" live action movie based in the 1960s cartoon, starring John Goodman (as Fred), Rick Moranis (as Barney), and Rosie O'Donnell (as Betty) premieres

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

Radio History

May 27 Larry King ends his radio show

  • May 28 "Cafe American" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 1 FX Channel, Cable Network, debuts

Film & TV History

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

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 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

Music Premiere

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

Murder of Interest

Jun 20 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson arraigned on murder of Nicole Simpson & Ronald Goldman

  • Jun 20 Howard Stern begins 30-minute (Radio) TV show on E! cable network
  • Jun 27 Spalding Gray''s one-man show "Gray's Anatomy" closes at Beaumont Theater, NYC, after 8 performances
  • 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 13 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson (charged with murder) gives hair samples for testing
  • Jul 20 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson offers $500,000 reward for evidence of ex-wife's klller
  • Jul 22 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson pleads "Absolutely 100% Not Guilty" of murder

Music History

Jul 23 American dancer, actor, and director Gene Kelly suffers a mild stroke

  • Aug 2 NY Supreme Court refuses Howard Stern's non financial disclosure
  • Aug 4 27th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hyatt Regency
  • Aug 4 Howard Stern drops out of NY gubernatorial race
  • Aug 16 Shauna Gambill, 17, of California, crowned 12th Miss Teen USA

Theatrical Finale

Aug 27 Neil Simon's comedy "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC, after 320 performances

  • Sep 1 51st Venice Film Festival: "Before the Rain" directed by Milco Mancevski and "Vive L'Amour" directed by Tsai Ming-Liang jointly awarded Golden Lion

Telethon

Sep 5 Jerry Lewis' 29th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $47,100,000

Film & TV History

Sep 6 Actor Jackson Pinckney awarded $487,000 for being partially blinded by Jean-Claude Van Damme during filming of "Cyborg"

Emmy Awards

Sep 11 46th Emmy Awards: Frasier, Picket Fences and Kelsey Grammer win

  • Sep 17 19th Toronto International Film Festival: "Priest" directed by Antonia Bird wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 17 Heather Whitestone, 21, (Ala), crowned 68th Miss America 1995

Television Premiere

Sep 18 Ken Burn's documentary miniseries "Baseball" premieres on PBS (Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series)

Television Premiere

Sep 19 "ER" premieres on NBC, created by Michael Crichton, starring George Clooney, Anthony Edwards and Noah Wyle

Television Debut

Sep 22 "Friends" TV sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman debuts on NBC, starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer

Film Release

Sep 23 "The Shawshank Redemption", directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, is released

Film Premiere

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

  • Sep 28 Ken Burn's documentary miniseries "Baseball" TV Miniseries last airs on PBS
  • Sep 29 Pointer Sisters receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Film & TV History

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

Music History

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

  • Oct 10 MPAA chief Jack Valenti holds meeting to determine new movie ratings
  • Oct 16 Raul Julia, actor (Addams Family), suffers a stroke

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 30 Beatles' 1st album in 25 years, "Live at the BBC", is released in Britain

Film Premiere

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

  • Dec 7 Radio personality Howard Stern talks a man out of attempting suicide
  • Dec 18 Stand-up comedy revue "Comedy Tonight" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 9 performances
  • Dec 25 "Comedy Tonight" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 8 performances

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