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1993 Trivia, Facts & History

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1993 History Snapshot

  • Politics: Apartheid finally ended in South Africa.
  • The Top Song was Dreamlover by Mariah Carey
  • The Big Movies included Jurassic Park, Mrs. Doubtfire and The Fugitive
  • Price of Bayer Aspirin in 1993: $3.84/100
    Sony (radio) Walkman: $29.98
  • The World Population was ~ 5,477,000,000
  • US Life Expectancy: Males: 72.2 years, Females: 78.8 years
  • The Pentium Processer was invented in 1993.
  • The 1993 VHS release of Aladdin sold 10.6 million copies in its first week.
  • And... Music Producer Rick Rubin held an actual funeral complete with casket and grave for the word "Def" after finding out it had been accepted into the standardized dictionary. Amongst those who attended included Tom Petty, Flea, and Trent Reznor.
1993 Books

World Series Champions

Toronto Blue Jays

Superbowl XXVII Champions

Dallas Cowboys

NBA Champions

Chicago Bulls

Stanley Cup Champs

Montreal Canadiens

U.S. Open Golf

Lee Janzen

U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies)

Pete Sampras/Steffi Graf

Wimbledon (Men/Women)

Pete Sampras/Steffi Graf

NCAA Football Champions

Florida State

NCAA Basketball Champions

North Carolina

Kentucky Derby

Sea Hero

Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons

Gillian Anderson, Christina Applegate, Patricia Arquette, Candice Bergen, Tia Carrere, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Rebecca DeMornay, Fran Drescher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Linda Evangelista, Robin Givens, Rachel Hunter, Kathy Ireland, Vendela Kirsebom, Jane Leeves, Elle Macpherson, Julianna Margulies, Elisabeth Moss, Markie Post, Princess Diana, Katey Sagal, Claudia Schiffer, Stephanie Seymour, Victoria Silvstedt, Anna Nicole Smith, Sharon Stone, Niki Taylor, Heather Thomas

"The Quotes"

"The Truth is out there"
- X-Files

"Got Milk?"
- California Milk Processor Board

Regarding concerns about AIDS, when asked to comment on Magic Johnson's desire to return to basketball for the 1992-1993 season, Charles Barkley responded "It's not like we're going out to have unprotected sex with Magic on the floor."

Time Magazine's Man of the Year

The Peacemakers, Represented by Yasser Arafat, F.W. de Klerk, Nelson Mandela, and Yitzhak Rabin

Miss America

Leanza Cornett (Jacksonville, FL)

Miss USA

Kenya Moore (Michigan)

Scandals, RIP and Odd News

Garry Hoy, a lawyer in Toronto fell to his death in 1993 after he threw himself against a window on the 24th floor of a building in an attempt to prove to a group of visitors that the glass was "unbreakable", an act he had done twice before. The glass did not break, but popped out of the window frame.

The conspirators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing were caught when one of them tried to reclaim his deposit on the rental van they used to carry the bomb into the parking garage.

The Super Bowl has required national anthem vocals to be pre-recorded since 1993 when Garth Brooks declined to pre-record and then refused to sing live until a dispute over debuting his music video - We Shall Be Free - during the game could be settled, resulting in a delayed kickoff. They did play the video.

During the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers Great Flood of 1993, 23 year-old James Scott removed sandbags from an Illinois levee in order to strand his wife on the other side of the river so that he could keep partying. He received life imprisonment for "intentionally causing a catastrophe". His breach flooded 14,000 acres.

Women were not allowed to wear pants on the US Senate floor until 1993 after Senators Barbara Mikulski and Carol Moseley Braun defiantly staged a protest by wearing pantsuits.

Dateline NBC ran a story on the danger of GM pickup trucks with sidesaddle gas tanks exploding upon impact. NBC was forced to apologize after it was revealed that they had staged the explosions in their crash test footage.

Pepsi ran a contest in the Philippines in which it promised 1 million pesos, roughly $40,000, to the person who found the number 349 inside his bottle cap. Pepsi went on to mistakenly print 800,000 winning caps, leading to outrage and death threats to Pepsi executives.

The earliest known entry of an internet search on the word "jihad" was in reference to a anti-Barney the Dinosaur newsgroup community called "The Jihad to Destroy Barney."

RIP Brandon Lee, accidental death on the set of The Crow

Celebrity Drug-related Death: River Phoenix outside of the Viper Room in Los Angelos

1993 Pop Culture News

Dave Thomas (founder of Wendy's) went back to high school in 1993 to get his GED because he was worried that his success as a high school dropout might convince other teenagers to quit school.

Thomas Amberry set the consecutive free throw record in 1993 at the age of 71. He shot and made 2,750 free throws over the course of twelve hours. However, the streak did not end due to a missed shot. Instead, a janitor kicked him out because the gym was closing for the night.

MIT has hosted the complete works of William Shakespeare online at shakespeare.mit.edu since 1993

Anna Paquin went to an audition of The Piano because she had nothing better to do. Selected among 5,000 candidates for the role in The Piano she earned the 1993 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the age of 11 making her the second-youngest Oscar winner in history.

Oprah's 1993 interview with Michael Jackson is the most watched interview ever in the history of television.

The International Space Station survived an axing by congress in summer 1993 by just one vote. It only survived when it was recast as a US-Russian alliance in the wake of the Cold War.

Coachella was started when the band Pearl Jam boycotted Ticketmaster in 1993 for their high prices, and played at the location during their Ticketmaster boycott tour.

The first death row inmate exonerated by DNA evidence was wrongly convicted child murderer Kirk Bloodsworth in 1993. Ten years later, Bloodsworth discovered the actual killer had been incarcerated just one cell block beneath him.

Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle sold over 800K copies in it's first week which became the record for a debuting artist and the fastest-selling hip hop album ever until Eminem's album The Marshall Mathers LP bested it. Both were produced by Dr. Dre.

The cover of Billy Joel's album River of Dreams is a painting by his wife (at the time) Christie Brinkley. In 1993, Rolling Stone gave Brinkley the Top Picks award for "The Best Album Cover of the Year".

A company called "Space advertising inc." attempted to launch a giant billboard into low earth orbit. From earth the billboard would look almost as big as a full moon. After the project was canceled, a bill was introduced that banned any further space advertising.

Mattel introduced "Earring Magic Ken", featuring blonde highlights, purple shirt, lavender vest, necklace with a circular charm and earring in its left ear. Kitsch-minded gay men bought the doll in record numbers, making Earring Magic Ken the best-selling Ken model in Mattel's history.

Until 1993, women were banned from wearing pants on the floor of the US Senate.

When the US Post Office issued the first stamp honoring Elvis in 1993, stamp collectors mailed letters with these stamps to bad addresses to have them marked "Return to Sender".

Built in 1965, the existence of the BT Tower used to be an official secret. It is nearly 600 feet tall, located in the centre of London, and has a rotating restaurant that anyone could visit. It did not appear on maps and was not officially acknowledged until 1993.

The 'Barbie Liberation Organization' challenged gender stereotypes by switching the voice boxes of hundreds of Barbie and G.I. Joe dolls and 'reverse shoplifting' them back into stores. Barbies would yell "Eat lead, Cobra!" while G.I. Joes would ask "Want to go shopping?".

Until 1993, no outsider had ever seen the "M" being applied to an M&M before.

The reason the Super Bowl has big-name performers is because in 1992 FOX counter programmed Super Bowl XXVI's halftime show with In Living Color, who did a live Super Bowl spoof, complete with a game clock so viewers could see when the second half of the Super Bowl was going to start and switch back to CBS. FOX was not a Superbowl-airing entity at the time. The NFL brought Michael Jackson in for 1993 (XXVII) and have had huge artists ever since.

When the film Clerks by Kevin Smith was first screened at the Independent Feature Film Market, only 12 people showed up, including Kevin himself and 7 people from the cast and crew, and 2 random people.

Lowest PGA score of 63 was played by Vijay Singh.

In a 1993 episode of Seinfeld, The Masseuse, Elaine was dating a guy who shared a named with serial killer Joel Rifkin. She suggested to him that he change his name to O.J. like the football player. The following year O.J. was charged with double murder.

Chevy Chase had his own late-night show in 1993 that only lasted five weeks.

Nike released a commercial featuring NBA star Charles Barkley, who's message was basically that parents should be role models to their children, not basketball players.

New York Yankees pitcher Jim Abbot threw a no-hitter despite being born without a right hand.

Neil deGrasse Tyson has declined every interview since 1993 that has had his racial identity as the premise: "That then becomes the point of people's understanding of me, rather than the astrophysics. So it's a failed educational step for that to be the case."

The sound of the velociraptors barking at each other in the 1993 movie Jurassic Park was actually the sound of tortoises mating.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1993: $850,000

In 1993, total Internet traffic amounted to approximately 100 TB for the year. As of June 2008, Cisco Systems estimated Internet traffic at 160 TB/s. In other words, the amount of Internet used per second in 2008 exceeded all of the Internet used in 1993.

Taste of Home began publication

OK! began publication

Wired began publication

The Habits

Playing Magic: The Gathering collectable cards

Still Reading The Bridges of Madison County by James Robert Waller

1993's Most Popular Christmas Gifts

Commodore's Amiga CD32, Atari Jaguar, Power Rangers action figures, 1850's Southern Belle Barbie, Barbie Batgirl giftset, Beanie Babies were released, with a fairly small market, Magic The Gathering role-playing card game

Panasonic released the FZ-1, the first model of the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer

Popular Movies:

Beethoven's 2nd, Carlito's WAy, Cliffhanger, Cool Runnings, Dave, Demolition Man, Falling Down, The Firm, Free Willie, The Fugitive, Groundhog Day, Groundhog Day, Groundhog Day, Grumpy Old Men, Hocus Pocus, In The Line of Fire, Indecent Proposal, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jurassic Park, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Pelican Brief, Philadelphia, Rising Sun, Rookie of the Year, Rudy, Schindler's List, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Sleepless in Seattle, The Three Musketeers, Tombstone, True Romance, What's Eating Gilbert Grape

The Big Movies

(according to boxofficemojo)
1. Jurassic Park
2. Mrs. Doubtfire
3. The Fugitive
4. The Firm
5. Sleepless In Seattle
6. Indecent Proposal
7. In The Line Of Fire
8. The Pelican Brief
9. Schindler's List
10. Cliffhanger

1993/94's Most Popular TV

(according to Nielsen TV Research)
1. 60 Minutes (CBS)
2. Home Improvement (ABC)
3. Seinfeld (NBC)
4. Roseanne (ABC)
5. Grace Under Fire (ABC)
6. Coach (ABC)
7. Frasier (NBC)
8. Monday Night Football (ABC)
9. Murphy Brown (CBS)
10. CBS Sunday Movie (CBS)

Popular Music

The Biggest Pop Artists of 1993 include
Ace of BaseBilly Joel, Brian McKnight, Dr. Dre, Duran Duran, H-Town, Ice Cube, Jade, Janet Jackson, Jodeci, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Michael Jackson, Naughty By Nature, Peabo Bryson, Prince, Rod Stewart, Shai, Silk, Soul Asylum, Snoop Dogg, Snow, Sting, SWV (Sister With Voices), Tevin Campbell, Toni Braxton, UB40, Whitney Houston, Xscape

(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.)

Number One Hits of 1993

November 28, 1992 - March 5, 1993: Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You

March 6, 1993 - March 12, 1993: Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle - A Whole New World

March 13, 1993 - April 30, 1993: Snow - Informer

May 1, 1993 - May 14, 1993: Silk - Freak Me

May 15, 1993 - July 9, 1993: Janet Jackson - That's The Way Love Goes

July 10, 1993 - July 23, 1993: SWV - Weak

July 24, 1993 - September 10, 1993: UB40 - Can't Help Falling In Love

September 11, 1993 - November 5, 1993: Mariah Carey - Dreamlover

November 6, 1993 - December 10, 1993: Meat Loaf - I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)

December 11, 1993 - December 24, 1993: Janet Jackson - Again

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

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