1994 was marked by the Rwandan genocide, which began on April 7th in Kigali. The tragic slaughter of Tutsi by the Hutu government would go on for 100 days, ending on July 4th.
On a more positive note, Nelson Mandela is president on April 27th during the South Africa’s first multiracial elections. U.S. President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed the Kremlin Accords on January 14th, de-escalating the tension inherited from the Cold War.
In the arts, Spielberg’s Schindler’s List won seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. On February 1st, U.S. punk rock group Green Day released Dookie, which would eventually sell over 20 million copies worldwide and on the same day, Edvard Munch’s famous painting “The Scream” is stolen in Oslo, only to be returned in May of that year.
Music icon Kurt Cobain of Nirvana is found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on April 8th and, on a lighter note, Disney’s The Lion King, the highest-grossing hand-drawn animated feature of all time, is released on June 15th.
A few months later, the famous sitcom Friends premiered on NBC. In sports, the New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup on June 14th, defeating the Vancouver Canucks, which sparks a riot in the city of Vancouver. This occurs a few days before NFL star O.J. Simpson is arrested for murder.
In science and technology, Apple released the first PowerPC-equipped personal computers, which represented a huge leap in processing power. Notable births in 1994 include Canadian singer Justin Bieber and American actress Dakota Fanning.
Which were the most popular movies released this year ?
Which were the top hits of 1994 ?
Top #10 songs in the USA
Top #10 songs in the UK
- Chaka Demus & Pliers featuring Jack Radics & Taxi Gang - Twist And Shout
- Pato Banton - Baby Come Back
- Whigfield - Saturday Night
- D:Ream - Things Can Only Get Better
- Baby D - Let Me Be Your Fantasy
- Mariah Carey - Without You
- Doop - Doop
- Bon Jovi - Always
- Manchester United Football Squad - Come On You Reds
- Wet Wet Wet - Love Is All Around
Which were the most popular books released in 1994 ?
Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1994 in the USA ?
Top #10 male names
Top #10 female names
What happened in each day of 1994
Click on the dates below to find out what the world looked like in each day of 1994