1994 Trivia, Facts & History
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1994 History Snapshot
- Technology: The computer Zip Drive was introduced. In 2006,
PCWorld rated the Zip disk/Zip drive the 15th worst technology
product of all time AND the 23rd best technology product of all
- The Top Song was I'll Make Love To You by Boyz II Men
- The Big Movies included Forrest Gump, The Lion King and
- Price of Heinz Ketchup, 40 oz in 1994: $1.99
Coca-Cola 12 pack, 12 oz cans: $1.99
- The World Population was ~ 5,564,000,000
- George Foreman Grill was released in 1994.
- And... TV Host Ray Combs' last Family Feud episode ended
with a contestant zero in Fast Money. Combs told the contestant,
"Thought I was a loser until you walked up here, you made
me feel like a man!" Combs then walked off during the end
credits and drove home without saying good-bye to anyone. He had
been let go prior to the episode taping.
| 1994 Books
World Series Champions
|No one... Major League Baseball Players Association
was on strike.
Superbowl XXVIII Champions
Stanley Cup Champs
|New York Rangers
U.S. Open Golf
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies)
|Andre Agassi/Sanchez Vicario
|Pete Sampras/Conchita Martinez
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
|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,
"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
|Kimberly Aiken (Columbia, SC)
|Lu Parker (South Carolina)
Scandals, RIP and Odd News
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
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.
According to his biography, Kim Jung-Il first picked up a golf club
in 1994, at North Korea's only golf course, and shot a 38-under
par round that included no fewer than 11 holes in one. Satisfied
with his performance, he reportedly immediately declared his retirement
from the sport.
A 75-pound bag of cocaine fell out of a plane and landed in the
middle of a Florida crime watch meeting.
Goodtimes virus, a fraudulent virus warning that first appeared
in 1994. The email claimed that an email virus with the subject
line "Good Times" was spreading all kinds of computer
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
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. Colombian Soccer player Andrés
Escobar was murdered by the Gallón gang for accidentally
scoring a goal against his team in the World Cup.
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.
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
Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is a conversational game in finding
how many connections, and how close they are, between Kevin Bacon
and other well-known people.
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.
Michael Crichton, the screenwriter of Jurassic Park, had
a novel (Disclosure) and a television show (ER) reach
US number one at the same time the film did in 1994. He is the only
person to achieve these hits simultaneously.
Green Day joined the lineups of both the Lollapalooza festival and
Woodstock '94, where the group started an infamous mud fight. During
the concert, a security guard mistook bassist Mike Dirnt for a stage-invading
fan and punched out some of his teeth.
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
Adam West, Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds were all offered the
role of James Bond but turned it down. Liam Neeson turned down the
role in 1994 because he didn't want to be in action movies.
The Crested Gecko was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered
in 1994. Now it is one of the most common kept and bred species
of gecko in the world.
Matt Groening planned to make a live-action spin-off of The Simpsons
starring Dan Castellaneta as Krusty the Clown as he moved to Los
Angeles. Negotiations for the show fell through, partly due to the
large cost of trained beavers required for a running gag about Krusty's
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
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.
The Nokia tune comes from a fragment of Francisco Tárrega's
Gran Vals for guitar, written in 1902. It first appeared
in Nokia 2110, released in 1994, where it was ringtone Type 7.
At the time of its release, True Lies was the most expensive
film ever made, as the first film to have over a $100 million production
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.
Marie Claire began publication
InStyle began publication
Watching ER on NBC.
Reading The Chamber by John Grisham
1994's Most Popular Christmas Gifts
|Sega's Genesis CDX, Neo Geo CD, Starting Lineup statuettes,
Barbie as Scarlett O'Hara & Ken as Rhett Butler, Barbie as Dorothy
in the Wizard of Oz, Blurt!
|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
9. The Mask
10. Pulp Fiction
1994/95's Most Popular TV
(according to Nielsen TV Research)
1. Seinfeld (NBC)
2. E.R. (NBC)
3. Home Improvement (ABC)
4. Grace Under Fire (ABC)
5. Monday Night Football (ABC)
6. 60 Minutes (CBS)
7. NYPD Blue (ABC)
8. Murder, She Wrote (CBS)
9. Friends (NBC)
10. Roseanne (ABC)
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,
(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 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
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
December 3, 1994 - December 16, 1994: Boyz II Men - On Bended
December 17, 1994 - January 27, 1995: Ini Kamoze - Here Comes
More Pop Culture Resources
|Popular Music in 1994
# 1 Hits of 1994