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1994 Trivia, Facts & History

<< - 1993

World Series Champions

No one... Major League Baseball Players Association was on strike.

Superbowl XXVIII Champions

Dallas Cowboys

NBA Champions

Houston Rockets

Stanley Cup Champs

New York Rangers

U.S. Open Golf

Ernie Ells

U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies)

Andre Agassi/Sanchez Vicario

Wimbledon (Men/Women)

Pete Sampras/Conchita Martinez

NCAA Football Champions


NCAA Basketball Champions


Kentucky Derby

Go For Gin

FIFA World Cup (Soccer)


Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons

Gillian Anderson, Pamela Anderson, Rosanna Arquette, Drew Barrymore, Kim Basinger, Lisa Bonet, Sandra Bullock, Naomi Campbell, Tia Carrere, Cindy Crawford, Jamie Lee Curtis, Catherine Deneuve, Cameron Diaz, Amanda Donohoe, Linda Evangelista, Angie Everhart, Sherilyn Fenn, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Goldie Hawn, Rachel Hunter, Elizabeth Hurley, Iman, Kathy Ireland, Nastassja Kinski, Heather Locklear, Kelly Lynch, Elle Macpherson, Sophie Marceau, Kylie Minogue, Demi Moore, Kate Moss, Carre Otis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Princess Caroline, Princess Diana, Victoria Principal, Charlotte Rampling, Gabrielle Reece, Winona Ryder, Debbie Rochon, Meg Ryan, Winona Ryder, Laura San Giacomo, Claudia Schiffer, Stephanie Seymour, Victoria Silvstedt, Sharon Stone, Niki Taylor, Uma Thurman, Kathleen Turner, Kim Wilde, Catherine Zeta-Jones

"The Quotes"

"My momma always said that life was like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get"
- Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump

NBA MVP Hakeem Olajuwon released a $35 sneaker instead of endorsing shoes from Nike or Reebok because: "How can a poor working mother with three boys buy Nikes or Reeboks that cost $120?...She can't. So kids steal these shoes from stores and from other kids. Sometimes they kill for them."

Time Magazine's Man of the Year

Pope John Paul II

Miss America

Kimberly Aiken (Columbia, SC)

Miss USA

Lu Parker (South Carolina)

The Scandals, Deaths and Odd News

Tonya Harding (the antagonist) and Nancy Kerrigan (the protagonist) ice skating rivalry resulted in some friends of Tonya, including her husband Jeff Gillooly and associates Shawn Eckhardt and Shane Stant, attempting to bust Nancy's kneecaps at the US Figure Skaing Championship. She had to withdrawal, but did well for herself with endorsements and winning the Silver Medal in the Olympics in 1994.

Uday Hussein, son of Saddam Hussein oversaw the imprisonment and torture of Iraqi athletes who were deemed not to have performed to expectations. In one case, imprisoned football players were forced to kick a concrete ball after failing to reach the 1994 FIFA World Cup finals.

The most rapid genocide in human history took place in Rawanda. 1,174,000 were murdered, most with MACHETES, in 100 days. That's over 10,000 people murdered every day.

A 75-pound bag of cocaine fell out of a plane and landed in the middle of a Florida crime watch meeting.

David Crosby was the recipient of a highly publicized liver transplant in 1994, which was paid for by Phil Collins. News of his transplant created some controversy because of his celebrity status and his past problems with drug and alcohol addiction.

Cartoonist Mike Diana received a criminal conviction for obscenity for artwork in America, he wasn't allowed to draw comics even for personal use or just for his house.

Oakville, WA experienced a rainstorm in which gelatinous blobs fell onto a farm. The blobs were examined and found to contain human white blood cells but they did not contain nuclei, which is something human white cells do have. Theories persist, but none have been proven correct.

The Champion New York Rangers got drunk and left the Stanley Cup at a strip club.

After winning the 1994 World Cup, Brazil's goalie left his medal and $60,000 in cash in a cab. The cab driver returned all of it and received $1000 in reward.

A russian pilot for Aeroflot Flight 593 let his 15 year-old son and 12 year-old daughter try to fly the aircraft. The kids unknowingly disabled the autopilot: the plane crashed into a hillside in Siberia killing all 63 passengers and 12 crew members

An eathquake-induced power outage, calls came into emergency centers about a "giant silvery cloud" over Los Angeles. It was the Milky Way.

On June 17th, a white Ford Bronco belonging to Simpson's friend, Al Cowlings, was watched by the entire nation since it was carrying a now fugitive, O.J. Simpson, who was "holding a gun to Al's head". A note from O.J., sounding like a suicide note, was read to police by his lawyer.

Brief Celebrity marraiges
MIchael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley
Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford

Rock and Roll Death
: Kurt Cobain (suicide)

Serial Killer Prison Death
: Jeffrey Dahmer

Beloved Comedian Death: John Candy

Disgraced Politician Death: Richard Nixon. We don't have him to kick around any more.

1994 Pop Culture News

REM's 1994 song What's the Frequency, Kenneth? slows down towards the end because bassist Mike Mills had an appendicitis attack and had to be rushed to hospital. They chose to keep it.

Earthworm Jim was created as a result of the success of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The game was created as a satire of platform video games at the time; for instance, "Princess-What's-Her-Name" was a parody of how so many video games had throw-away female characters to be saved.

In one of the greatest months of all time, in October 1994, Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, The Shawshank Redemption, The Lion King and Jurassic Park were all in theaters at the same time. There was something for pretty much anyone to enjoy at the movies.

In November 1994, Tim Allen starred in the highest grossing film, Disney's The Santa Clause, topped the New York Times best-seller list with his book Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man and appeared in the top rated TV series Home Improvement, all within the span of one week.

The late River Pheonix was supposed to be the interviewer in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) but died. Christian Slater got his role, and donated his entire paycheck from the movie to all of River's favorite charities.

Until 1994 the Winter and Summer Olympics took place on the same year.

The Oxford English Dictionary cites The Beastie Boys as being responsible for coining the term "mullet" in 1994 to refer to the popular 1980s hairstyle.

Rolihlahla Mandela was given the English name "Nelson" by the teacher at his local Methodist school, as was the custom there at that time. "Why this particular name," Mandela wrote in 1994, "I have no idea."

After Sports Illustrated published its "Bag It, Michael" cover story about his lackluster baseball career in 1994, Michael Jordan cut off all official communication with the magazine, even to this day.

Crayola release scented crayons but had to retire the food scented ones after a year because parents complained that they "smelled good enought to eat".

Howard Stern talked a caller out of jumping off the George Washington Bridge live on the radio.

Stella Liebeck sued McDonald's after spilling hot coffee in her lap, leaving her with third degree burns. Liebeck initially sued for $20,000 to cover her medical and living expenses, but the jury ultimately awarded her $160,000 plus an extra $640,000 for punitive damages.

The largest rock concert in history was played by Rod Stewart at Copacabana Beach in Rio: it was attended by 3,500,000 people. The number matched Jean-Michel Jarre in Moscow in 1997.

The Wonderbra was invented.

Quentin Tarantino's '64 Chevy Malibu was stolen from the set of Pulp Fiction in 1994. It was recovered in 2013.

In 1994 Michael Crichton simultaneously topped the charts for film (Jurassic Park), television (ER), and book sales (Disclosure).

Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Hammer was purchased for $30,802,500 by Bill Gates and three years later he released a digital version for teh world to see.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1994: $900,000

A letter that Johnny Cash wrote to June Carter in 1994 was voted the greatest love letter of all time. They were married from 1968 till June passed away in 2003. Johnny died 4 months later.

The Habits

Watching ER on NBC.
Reading The Chamber by John Grisham

1994's Most Popular Christmas Gifts

Starting Lineup statuettes, Barbie as Scarlett O'Hara & Ken as Rhett Butler, Barbie as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, Blurt!

Popular Movies:

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Angels in the Outfield, Clerks, The Client, Clear and Present Danger, Crumb, Disclosure, Dumb and Dumber, Ed Wood, The Flintstones, Forrest Gump, Interview with the Vampire, Legends of the Fall, The Lion King, The Mask, Maverick, Pulp Fiction, The Santa Clause, The Shawshank Redemption, Speed, Star Trek: Generations, Stargate, True Lies

The Big Movies

(according to boxofficemojo)
1. Forrest Gump
2. The Lion King
3. True Lies
4. The Santa Clause
5. The Flintstones
6. Dumb and Dumber
7. Clear and Present Danger
8. Speed
9. The Mask
10. Pulp Fiction

1994's Most Popular TV Shows

1. Seinfeld (NBC)
2. E.R. (NBC)
3. Home Improvement (ABC)
4. Grace Under Fire (ABC)
5. NYPD Blue (ABC)
6. Murder, She Wrote (CBS)
7. Friends (NBC)
8. Roseanne (ABC)
9. Mad About You (NBC)
10. Madman of the People (NBC)

Popular Music

The Biggest Pop Artists of 1994 include
aaliyah, Ace of Base, All-4-One, Babyface, Boyz II Men, Brandy, Celine Dion, Counting Crows, The Cranberries, Da Brat, Gin Blossoms, Janet Jackson, Jodeci, Keith Sweat, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Micheal Bolton, Pearl Jam, R. Kelly, Rod Stewart, Sheryl Crow, The Smashing Pumpkins, Snoop Dog, Stone Temple Pilots, Tevin Campbell, Tim McGraw, TLC, Toni Braxton, Usher, Warren G, Xscape, Zhane

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1994

December 25, 1993 - January 21, 1994: Mariah Carey - Hero

January 22, 1994 - February 11, 1994: Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting - All For Love

February 12, 1994 - March 11, 1994: CÚline Dion - The Power Of Love

March 12, 1994 - April 8, 1994: Ace Of Base - The Sign

April 9, 1994 - May 20, 1994: R. Kelly - Bump n' Grind

May 21, 1994 - August 5, 1994: All-4-One - I Swear

August 6, 1994 - August 26, 1994: Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories - Stay (I Missed You)

August 27, 1994 - December 2, 1994: Boyz II Men - I'll Make Love To You

December 3, 1994 - December 16, 1994: Boyz II Men - On Bended Knee

December 17, 1994 - January 27, 1995: Ini Kamoze - Here Comes The Hotstepper

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