This is a list of important events the occured during 1994. Exact dates
are listed when known.
- South African Black Get to Vote, April
Mandela got 60 percent of the vote, far more than FW de Klerk who began dismantling aparthaid 5 years earlier. The flag was also changed to help erase some of their past.
- Civil war in Rwanda
The spark that ignited a bloody civil war (500,000 people killed) was started by Hutu troops, which shot down a plan carrying the president of Rwanda and Burundi in revenge for allowing the Tutsi to share power.
- North Korean nuclear violations suspected
The North Koreans' barred a UN agency from investigating security breaches at one of their reactors. This started a tense year of negotiations, in which Jimmy Carter helped to begin a dialog by getting North Korea to suspend it's bomb program.
- IRA peace talks result in a cease-fire
- An Israeli fanatic kills 29 Palestinians
As a result, it sparked further retalations on both sides. It didn't prevent the turning over of Jerihco and the Gaza strip. Arafat returned from his exile and began to run the new country.
- Israel and the Vatican begin diplomatic relations
- Existence of black holes proved.
The Hubble telescope reveals conclusive evidence of the existence of black holes, which had been purely theoretical up until this point.
- Major League baseball players strike
As a result the World Series was canceled.
- NHL locked out players over salaries
- Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the back of the knee
In January, one month before the 1994 Winter Olympics, her rival's boyfriend, attacked her after a skating meet. Tonya Harding would still go on to face Nancy at the Olympics, but failed to even place after a miserable performace. She was later banned from the professional skating world.
- Whitewater scandal begins to be investigated
- Chunnel opens, May 1994
Bridging England and France, it took 15,000 workers over seven years to create the tunnel which now allows passengers to travel between the two countries in 35 minutes.
- Haiti's president returns from exile
After three years of exile in the US, Aristide returned on October 15th.
- Mass suicide by Order of the Solar Temple
53 members of the cult carried out the mass murder-suicide in Switzerland and Canada.
- 700 paintings looted from Germany revealed
The stash was held in St Petersburg's Hermitage museum, after having been looted in 1945 by Russian soldiers.
- Comet hits Jupiter
In July 1994, the planet was pelted by the comet with 21 large fragments over the course of 6 days, creating 2000 mile high fireballs and leaving black bruises in the clouds of the planet.
- Run OJ, RUN
On June 13, 1994 Nicole Brown Simpsons and Ronald Goldman were murdered outside Nicole's house in Brentwood, CA. On June 17th, OJ and his friend Al Cowlings took flight from the police in his white Ford Bronco, in a low speed chase which ended up at his mansion where he surrendered.
- Los Angeles suffers massive earthquake
- Republican majority in both houses of Congress
- Another Kennedy Funeral
November 1994. Jackie Kennedy Onassis was laid to rest along side John F Kennedy. What was to be a private family affair turned into a large public spectacle.
- Icestorm of '94
Thousands lost their electricity when record low temperatures hit the east coast. Some students missed more than two weeks of school! Ice froze up everything for what seemed like forever.
- Susan Smith (the ultimate lie)
She drowned her two sons, then LIED on national television that a black guy kidnapped her two sons. The police, FBI, etc went on a vast nationwide search looking for a black guy with a car with SC plates. Then later in the week, she confesses that she drowned her two sons.
- Oldest Human Remains Found.
The oldest known human ancestor (Ardipithecus ramidus) is found in Kenya, East Africa. The find was estimated at 4.4 million years old.
- Bushfires threaten Sydney Australia
Over 800 seperate forest and scrub fires burn more than 3,200,000 acres of land in the Australian state of New South Wales. On January 8, four people are killed when the fires reach the southern suburbs and destroy homes.
- Kurt Cobain's Suicide
Nirvana's singer, Kurt Cobain, dies at 27 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was found by wife, Courtney Love, and a whole generation of teens mourned.
- Ayrton Senna Dies
Ayrton Senna the greatest F1 driver of his generation is killed on May 1st 1994 at Imola.
- Brazil won the USA Soccer World Cup
Brazil soccer team won the great final against Italy, that happened at LA during the USA Soccer World Cup, by a score of 3 to 1 at penalty shooting, being congratulated as teh first soccer team to won four soccer world titles.
- Nixon Died
April 22, 1994...Died of a stroke at the age of 81
- Michael Jackson weds Elvis' daughter, Lisa Marie
- Rwanda Genocide
Over 800,000 innocent Tutsis are hacked to death by Hutu extremists. The world does nothing
- Tiger Woods Wins The Masters
youngest (18) and first minority to win U.S. Amateur in 1994, won it again in '95 and '96
- Hit Tv Show Friends Was Released
It was a hit tv show and lasted 10 years.
- Commodore Computers Go Bust
The final battle for PC supremacy in the home was finally won by Microsoft with its last big competitor for the home market now in recievership. Due to decades of mismanagement and insight this home based computer company ceased to exist!
- Brazil Wins 1994 World Cup
Brazil Wins againt Italy 3-2 in penalty shootout. Brazil player (last name) Dunga scored winning goal. Host country: Pasadena, California. Manager of team was Carlos parreira. Twenty-four nations attended Cup. Fifty-two matches held. four hundred thirty-seven players attend
In 1994 the North American Free Trade Agreement(NAFTA) was signed by Mexico, America, and Canada.(Ed Note: NAFTA was signed in 1992. It came into effect Jan 1, 1994)
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