1994common year starting on Saturday, and was designated the International year of the Family.
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- June 12 - Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman are murdered outside her home in Los Angeles, California. O. J. Simpson is later acquitted of the killings, but is held liable in a civil suit.
- June 15 - As of 2004 the third highest grossing animated film of all-time, The Lion King, opens in theatres nationwide.
- June 15 - Israel and the Vatican establish full diplomatic relations.
- June 17 - NFL star OJ Simpson and his friend Al Cowlings flee from police in his white Ford Bronco. The low speed chase, which unfolds live on television, ends up at Simpson's mansion in Brentwood, California, where he then surrendered to police.
- July - The planet Jupiter is pelted by 21 large fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 over the course of 6 days.
- July 7 - Aden is occupied by troops from North Yemen.
- July 18 - In Buenos Aires, an explosion destroys a building housing several Jewish organizations killing 96 and injuring many more.
- July 25 - Israel and Jordan sign the Washington Declaration which formally ends the state of war that has existed between the nations since 1948.
- September 3 - Cold War: Russia and the People's Republic of China agree to de-target their nuclear weapons against each other.
- September 8 - A Boeing 737 carrying USAir Flight 427 with 132 people on board, crashes on approach to Pittsburgh International Airport. There are no survivors.
- September 28 - The car ferry MS Estonia sinks in Baltic Sea, killing 852.
- September-October - Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq threatens to stop cooperating with UNSCOM inspectors and begins to once again deploy troops near its border with Kuwait. In response, the U.S. begins to deploy troops to Kuwait.
- October 5 - UNESCO inaugurated World Teachers’ Day to celebrate and commemorate the signing of the Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers on October 5 1966.
- October 8 - Iraq disarmament crisis: President of the UN Security Council says that Iraq must withdraw its troops from the Kuwait border and immediately cooperate with weapons inspectors.
- October 12 - NASA loses radio contact with the Magellan spacecraft as the probe descends into the thick atmosphere of Venus (the spacecraft presumably burned up in the atmosphere either October 13 or October 14).
- October 15 - After three years of exile in the US, Haiti's president Aristide returned to his country.
- October 15 - Iraq disarmament crisis: Following threats by the U.N. Security Council and the U.S., Iraq withdraws troops from its border with Kuwait
- October 26 - Jordan and Israel sign a peace treaty
- October 29 - Francisco Martin Duran fires over two dozen shots at the White House (Duran was later convicted of trying to kill US President Bill Clinton).
- October 31 - An American Eagle ATR-72 crashes in Roselawn, Indiana, after circling in icy weather, killing 64 passengers.
- November 3 - Red Hat Linux 1.0 is released.
- November 5 - A letter by former US President Ronald Reagan is released that announces he has Alzheimer's disease.
- November 8 - Georgia Representative Newt Gingrich leads the United States Republican Party in taking control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate in midterm congressional elections, the first time in 40 years the Republicans secured control of both houses of Congress.
- November 13 - Voters in Sweden decide to join the European Union in a referendum.
- November 20 - The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign the Lusaka Protocol in Zambia, ending 19 years of civil war (in 1995 localized fighting resumed).
- November 25 - Sony founder Akio Morita announces he will be stepping down as CEO of the floundering company.
- November 28 - In Portage, Wisconsin, convicted serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is clubbed to death in by a deranged inmate in the Columbia Correctional Institute gymnasium.
- Monday, November 28, 1994 - Voters in Norway reject European Union membership.
- December 11 - Boris Yeltsin orders troops into Chechnya.
- Sunday, December 11, 1994 - A small bomb explodes on Philippine Airlines Flight 434, killing a Japanese businessman. The bombing was a field test done by Ramzi Yousef to test explosives that would have been used in Project Bojinka, a terrorist attack plan that would be exposed after an apartment fire.
- December 19 - A planned exchange rate correction of the Mexican Peso to the US Dollar, becomes a massive financial meltdown in Mexico, unleashing the 'Tequila' effect on global financial markets. This will prompt a USD 50 billion 'bailout' by the US (Bill Clinton's) administration.
- The Whitewater Scandal investigation begins.
- Homosexual marriages are made legal in Sweden.
- December 29 - Robert Schumann becomes the youngest person to visit the south pole.
Year in topic
- 1994 in film
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- 1994 in sports
- January - One month before the Winter Olympic Games, ice skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked by fellow skater Tonya Harding's boyfriend. The man clubbed Kerrigan in the knee. Kerrigan and Harding both competed in the Olympics, but Harding stumbled through her routine. She was later banned from the professional skating world for her connection to the attack.
- June 14 - After 54 years of futility, the New York Rangers defeat the Vancouver Canucks in the seventh game of the Stanley Cup Finals. It would be the highest rated Stanley Cup game in NHL history to date.
- 1994 in television
- January - Green Day premieres "Longview" on MTV.
- March 31 - Madonna appears on The Late Show with David Letterman making headlines for her foul mouthed, profanity laced interview. Robin Williams later described the segment as a "battle of wits with an unarmed woman."
- June 17 - OJ Simpson's flees from police in a white Ford Bronco live on television. He later surrenders to police at his mansion in Brentwood, California.
- September 10 - The first episode of the Magic School Bus cartoon series is released
- Friends premieres on NBC.