- Serbs’ heavy weapons pound Sarajevo (Jan. 5-6).
- Thousands dead in Rwanda massacre (April 6).
- South Africa holds first interracial national election (April 29); Nelson Mandela elected President.
- Israel signs accord with Palestinians (May 4), peace treaty with Jordan (Oct. 17).
- IRA declares cease-fire in Northern Ireland (Aug. 31). Ulster Protestants declare cease-fire (Oct. 13).
- Aristide returns to Haiti (Oct. 4), forms Government with Prime Minister and full Cabinet (Nov. 9).
- US sends forces to Persian Gulf (Oct. 7).
- Russians attack secessionist Republic of Chechnya (Dec. 11 et seq.).
- Olympic figure skaterNancy Kerrigan attacked (Jan. 6); three arrested in attack (Jan. 13).
- Aldrich Ames, high C.I.A. official, charged with spying for Soviets (Feb. 22).
- Four convicted in World Trade Center bombing (March 4).
- Clinton accused of sexual harassment while Governor of Arkansas (May 6).
- O. J. Simpson arrested in killings of wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and friend, Ronald Goldman (June 18).
- US Supreme Court approves limit on abortion protests (June 30).
- Senate confirms Stephen G. Breyer for Supreme Court (July 29).
- Major league baseball players strike (Aug. 13).
- Newt Gingrich named House Speaker (Dec. 5).
US GDP (1998 dollars): $6,947.00 billion
Federal spending: $1460.84 billion
Federal debt: $4643.7 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars): $32,264
Consumer Price Index: 148.2
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.29
Dallas d. Buffalo (30-13)
Houston d. New York (4-3)
NY Rangers d. Vancouver (4-3)
Women: Conchita Martinez d. M. Navratilova (6-4 3-6 6-3)
Men: Pete Sampras d. G. Ivanisevic (7-6 7-6 6-0)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Go For Gin
NCAA Basketball Championship
Arkansas d. Duke (76-72)
NCAA Football Champions
Brazil d. Italy (3-2 (shootout))
- Kurt Cobain kills himself. He was 27.
- Ninety-five million viewers watch O. J. Simpson and Al Cowlings drive along Los Angeles freeways in history’s most exciting low-speed chase.
- Steven Spielberg wins his first directing Oscar for Schindler’s List.
- Woodstock ’94 commemorates the original weekend-long concert. Green Day and Nine Inch Nails join Woodstock veterans Bob Dylan and the Allman Brothers.
- For the first time in history, chain bookstores outsell independent stores, signaling what many fear to be the death of smaller booksellers at the hands of superstores.
- Tom Hanks wins his second consecutive Best Actor Oscar. He won in 1993 for his role in Philadelphia and in 1994 for Forrest Gump.
- ER and Friends debut on NBC, establishing NBC’s dominance of the Thursday-night lineup.
- Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, Quiz Show, Nobody’s Fool
- James Kelman, How Late It Was, How Late
- Carol Shields, The Stone Diaries
- White House launches Web page. Initial commerce sites are established and mass marketing campaigns are launched via email, introducing the term “spamming” to the Internet vocabulary. Background: Computers and Internet
- Dr. Ned First (US) clones calves from cells of early embryos. Background: Cloning Milestones
- The FDA approves the Flavr Savr tomato, the first genetically-engineered food product.
- Richard Milhous Nixon 4/22/1994
- Cab Calloway
- Burt Lancaster
- John Candy
- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
- Tip O’Neill
- Jessica Tandy