Welcome to the year 1994!
Below you will find the compiled list of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 1994. I hope this helps you with the baby book, time capsule, or commemorative project you’re working on.
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Printables for 1994:
World Around Me / 1 Page / Full Post PDF
Research contributor: Kate Muller
1994 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):
Gallon of Milk~ $2.88 (1990sflashback.com)
Dozen Eggs (Large, Grade A)~ $0.87 (1990sflashback.com)
Loaf of bread (1lb)~ $1.59 (thepeoplehistory.com)
U.S. Postage Stamp~ 29 cents (johnstonsarchive.net)
New Car Price (light vehicles)~ $12,350 (thepeoplehistory.com)
Regular Unleaded Gallon of Gas~ $1.11 (1990sflashback.com)
Movie Ticket~ $4.18 (boxofficemojo.com)
Median sales price of new house~ $129,900 (census.gov)
Median Household Income~ $51,065 (statista.com)
Minimum Wage~ $4.25 (https://www.dol.gov/featured/minimum-wage/chart1)
Living wage for a family of 4 (2 working adults & 2 children)~ U.S. efforts began in 1994 and reported the next year. (Wikipedia)
1994 Top Technology:
~Tablets & Readers~
~Online Social Communities~
Sony and Philips announce they will work together to develop a new kind of high density medium, commonly known as Digital Versatile Disc (DVD).
Super Game Boy
Playdia multimedia home console
PC-FX multimedia home console
Acura Integra GS-R
Ford Probe GT
In the news…
-TV/VCR combinations are selling briskly. According to the electronic Industries Assn. Sales were up 55%.
America Online (AOL) has some 600,000 customers and growing.
-Intel delivers the most powerful personal computer to its new family of high-speed Pentium microprocessors.
-Apple Computer, Inc. releases the first Macintosh computers to use the new PowerPC Microprocessors. This is considered to be a major leap in personal computer, as well as Macintosh history.
-In May, 1994, 99% of U.S. households have at least one television set.
-Microsoft announces it will no longer sell or support the MS-DOS operating system separately from Microsoft Windows. This had been its mainstay since 1980.
-Sony Corp. signs a $25 million deal to install its Sony Dynamic digital sound system in AMC movie theaters.
-Start-up company Plasmaco demonstrated a color plasma display at an industry convention in San Jose. -Panasonic Corporation began a joint development project with Plasmaco, which led in 1996 to the purchase of Plasmaco, its color AC technology, and its American factory.
-Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates unveils an on-line service called Microsoft Network that will launch as part of Microsoft’s new personal computer operating system, Windows 95.
-The first version of web browser Netscape Navigator is released.
1994 Top Celebrities:
(People.com and TMZ.com)
Lisa Marie Presley
Tia & Tamera Mowry
Samuel L. Jackson
1994 Top Athletes:
1994 Top Sporting Events:
Super Bowl: Dallas Cowboys win 30-13 against the Buffalo Bills
Daytona 500: Sterling Martin
The Kentucky Derby: Go for Gin
The Masters: José María Olazábal
NBA Championship: Houston Rockets defeat the New York Knicks 4-3
Wimbledon: Gentlemen’s singles: Pete Sampras / Women’s Singles: Conchita Martínez
FIFA World Cup: Brazil beat Italy 3-2
Women’s World Cup: N/A
World Series: The 1994 World Series was cancelled due to an ongoing strike by the Major League Baseball Players Association.
Olympics: 1994 Winter Olympics Lillehammer, Norway Top three winning countries: Norway won 26 medals, Germany won 24 medals, Russia won 23 medals
1994 Top Songs:
(Billboard.com Hot 100)
The Sign ~ Ace of Base
I Swear ~ All-4-One
I’ll Make Love to You ~ Boyz II Men
The Power of Love ~ Celine Dion
Hero ~ Mariah Carey
Stay (I Missed You) ~ Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
Breathe Again ~ Toni Braxton
All for Love ~ Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, Sting
All that She Wants ~ Ace of Base
Don’t Turn Around ~ Ace of Base
1994 Top Television Shows:
My So-Called Life
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Law & Order
Murder, She Wrote
Mad About You
1994 Top Movies:
The Lion King
The Santa Clause
Dumb and Dumber
Clear and Present Danger
Interview with the Vampire
Other popular movies…
Star Trek: Generations
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Legends of the Fall
Four Weddings and a Funeral
The Little Rascals
1994 Top Books:
One for the Money ~ Janet Evanovich
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle ~ Haruki Murakami
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story ~ John Berendt
Wizard’s First Rule ~ Terry Goodkind
Snow Falling on Cedars ~ David Guterson
Walk Two Moons ~ Sharon Creech
The Alienist ~ Caleb Carr
Insomnia ~ Stephen King
The Chamber ~ John Grisham
Lord of Chaos ~ Robert Jordan
1994 Top Fashion and Trends:
Spandex bike shorts
White tees under sundresses
“The Rachel” haircut
Unbuttoned shirts over graphic tees
Bleached blonde hair
1994 World Population:
5,653,315,893 and counting…
1994 World Leaders:
Bill Clinton, President of the United States
Warren Christopher, United States Secretary of State
Jean Chrétien, Prime Minister of Canada
Jiang Zemin, President of China
Akihito, Emperor of Japan
Roman Herzog, President of Germany
Boris Yeltsin, President of Russia
John Major, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Pope John Paul II of Vatican City
François Mitterrand, President of France
Shankar Dayal Sharma, President of India
Ezer Weizman, President of Israel
Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Secretary-General of the United Nations
1994 Major Events and Headlines:
January 6 – In Detroit, Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the right leg by an assailant, under orders from figure skating rival Tonya Harding’s ex-husband.
January 14 – U.S. President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin sign the Kremlin accords, which stop the preprogrammed aiming of nuclear missiles toward each country’s targets, and also provide for the dismantling of the nuclear arsenal in Ukraine.
January 21 – Lorena Bobbitt is found not guilty by reason of insanity on charges of mutilating her husband John.
January 25 – U.S. President Bill Clinton delivers his first State of the Union address, calling for health care reform, a ban on assault weapons, and welfare reform.
February 1 – In Portland, Oregon, Tonya Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly pleads guilty for his role in attacking figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. He accepts a plea bargain, admitting to racketeering charges in exchange for testimony against Harding.
February 12 – Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream” is stolen in Oslo (it is recovered on May 7).
February 12 – The 1994 Winter Olympics begin in Lillehammer.
March 16 – In Portland, Oregon, Tonya Harding pleads guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution for trying to cover-up an attack on figure skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. She is fined $100,000 and banned from the sport.
April 19 – A Los Angeles jury awards $3.8 million to Rodney King for violation of his civil rights.
April 22 – Richard Nixon dies in New York City, nearly 20 years after he resigned in 1974. His funeral is the first funeral of a U.S. President since the death of Lyndon B. Johnson in 1973.
May 10 – Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as South Africa’s first black president.
June 12 – Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman are murdered outside the Simpson home in Los Angeles. O. J. Simpson is later acquitted of the killings, but is held liable in a civil suit.
June 14 – The New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup, in 7 games over the Vancouver Canucks. It was New York’s first Stanley Cup since 1940. Riots erupt in Vancouver in response to the victory causing $1.1 million Canadian dollars in damage.
June 17 – NFL star O. J. Simpson and his friend Al Cowlings flee from police in his white Ford Bronco. The low-speed chase ends at Simpson’s Brentwood, Los Angeles mansion, where he surrenders.
July 17 – Brazil wins the 1994 FIFA World Cup, defeating Italy by 3-2 in penalties (full-time 0–0).
August 12 – The 1994-95 Major League Baseball strike is called, ending the 1994 MLB Season.
September 17 – Heather Whitestone becomes the first hearing impaired contestant to win the Miss America entitlement. Whitestone becomes Miss America 1995.
November 5 – George Foreman wins the WBA and IBF World Heavyweight Championships by KO’ing Michael Moorer becoming the oldest heavyweight champion in history.
1994 Pop Culture:
January – John Lennon, Elton John, Duane Eddy, Grateful Dead, and The Animals are inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
January – Chevy Chase said he was stunned that he was dropped from his Fox talk show after just 5 1/2 weeks.
February 1 – Punk rock band Green Day releases their album Dookie, which will eventually sell over 20 million copies worldwide.
March – Charles Kuralt announces he is leaving CBS after 37 years.
March – Howard Stern announces his plans to run for governor of New York, offering a platform that includes passing the death penalty, getting road crews to work only at night, and staggering highway tolls to prevent traffic jams.
March 1 – Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” wins Record of the Year at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards.
March 15 – “Schindler’s List” wins Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
March 21 – The 66th Academy Awards, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, are held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Steven Spielberg’s Holocaust drama, Schindler’s List, wins 7 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director (Spielberg).
April 8 – Kurt Cobain, songwriter and front man for the band Nirvana, is found dead at his Lake Washington home of an apparent self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.
June 15 – The Lion King, the highest grossing hand-drawn animated feature, is released by Walt Disney Pictures.
August 12 – Woodstock ’94 begins in Saugerties, New York. It is the 25-year anniversary of Woodstock in 1969.
October – “The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” tops all ratings lists for kids’ TV.
1994 Top Science Breakthroughs:
January 8 – Soyuz TM-18: Valeri Polyakov begins his 437.7 day orbit, eventually setting the world record for days spent in orbit.
April 20 – The People’s Republic of China joins the Internet.
May 6 – The Channel Tunnel, which took 15,000 workers over 7 years to complete, opens between England and France, enabling passengers to travel between the two countries in 35 minutes.
May 10 – An annular eclipse of the Sun is visible across much of North America.
September 10 – Wollemia nobilis (the ‘Wollemi Pine’), previously known only from fossils, is discovered living in remote rainforest gorges in the Wollemi National Park of New South Wales by canyoner David Noble, 150 km from Australia’s largest city.