World Events

  • 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.).
U.S. Events
  • 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):  
Consumer Price Index:   148.2
Unemployment:   6.1%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.29


Super Bowl
Dallas d. Buffalo (30-13)

World Series
Not Held

NBA Championship
Houston d. New York (4-3)

Stanley Cup
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
Nebraska (13-0-0)

World Cup
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


The movie “Forrest Gump” Came out
(Tom Hanks & Robin Wright)