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1994 Timeline

 
     

1994 was all about action, comedy and breakouts. The action came from both the big screen and real life drama. Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock got our hearts racing in Speed while O.J. Simpson had as glued to the TV for his white Ford Bronco low-speed chase and subsequent trail for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman.

Comedy in 1994 brought us Friends, the sitcom that would help define the decade, as well as three ssssmokin' Jim Carrey flicks: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, and Dumb and Dumber. I think it's time for a little song ... "Mock. Yeah! Ing. Yeah! Bird. Yeah! Yeah. Yeah!"

Breakouts for the year came from both the music and film industries. Sheryl Crow showed us how to have some fun when she hit the scene with the single "All

 

I Wanna Do." Green Day and Soundgarden found widespread success with their albums Dookie and Superunknown. And, Notorious B.I.G. released his debut album, Ready to Die, which featured the hit "Juicy." Other breakouts came from directors Quentin Tarantino with Pulp Fiction and Kevin Smith with Clerks.

1994 definitely proved not to be a "Loser" year and had us saying "Stay," I want more.

HISTORY & POLITICS

• American and Russian nuclear missiles are for the first time no longer pointed at each

other's countries, thanks to the signing of the Kremlin Accords. This marks the most significant thawing of Cold War relations in decades.

• A massive earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale shakes up southern California

and kills 61 people just before dawn.

• The biggest spying trial of the decade begins with CIA employee Aldrich Ames being

arrested and charged with espionage on behalf of the former Soviet Union.

• The Rwandan genocide begins in Africa. Close to 1 million people would be slaughtered

in a 100 day period in one of the worst incidents of ethnic cleansing in the 20th century.

• The Channel Tunnel, an undersea rail link between England and France, opens for

passengers for the first time. It is the longest sub-oceanic tunnel in the entire world.

• OJ Simpson is arrested for the murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her male

companion Ronald Goldman, sparking a media frenzy over the most controversial trial since the Rodney King beating.

• Aum Shinrikyo, a Japanese doomsday cult, released sarin nerve gas in the city of

Matsumoto at night, killing seven people and hospitalizing hundreds more.

• The Provisional Irish Republican Army, a terrorist organization focused on Irish

independence, announces a ceasefire that will last almost 2 years.

• Close to 50 members of the Order of the Solar Temple, a religious cult, are found dead

by their own hand in Switzerland and Quebec, Canada.

• Former U.S. president Ronald Reagan goes public with the fact that he has been

diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

• Kansai International Airport, located on an artificial island constructed in Osaka Bay,

Japan, goes into operation. The airport took 7 years to construct.

 

Aldrich Ames, a CIA employee, is tried for being a Soviet spy.

Aldrich Ames, a CIA employee, is tried for being a Soviet spy.

OJ Simpson is arrested for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson & Ronald Goldman.

OJ Simpson is arrested for murder.

Ronald Reagan announces he has Alzheimer's.

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MUSIC

Streets of Philadelphia – Bruce Springsteen
I Swear – All-4-One
Cotton Eye Joe – Rednex
About a Girl – Nirvana
Basket Case – Green Day
All I Wanna Do – Sheryl Crow
Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden
Closer – Nine Inch Nails
Always – Bon Jovi
Crazy – Aerosmith
Gin & Juice – Snoop Doggy Dogg
I Like to Move It – Reel 2 Real
Juicy – The Notorious B.I.G.
Loser – Beck
Mr. Jones – Counting Crows
Sabotage – Beastie Boys
Come Out And Play – Offspring
Cornflake Girl – Tori Amos
I Alone – Live
Sure Shot – Beastie Boys
Interstate Love Song – Stone Temple Pilots
What's The Frequency Kenneth – REM
Sour Times – Portishead
Secret – Madonna
The Sign – Ace of Base
Stay (I Missed You) – Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories

Green Day - Dookie
 

Live - Throwing Copper

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TELEVISION

My So-Called Life

My So-Called Life
This short-lived teen drama would only last 19 episodes but it would launch the career of actress Claire Danes and paint one of the most accurate portraits of 1990's teen angst found on the small screen. Check out our Angela Chase costume.

   
Party of Five

Party of Five
Focusing on a family who have lost their parents in a tragic accident, Party of Five was a virtual star factory as it featured the soon to be famous trio of Jennifer Love Hewitt, Neve Campbell and Matthew Fox.

   
Due South

Due South
American audiences were treated to a stylized interpretation of life in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police through Paul Gross' benevolent Mountie character.

   
Chicago Hope

Chicago Hope
Doctor dramas were hot in 1994, and Chicago Hope found legions of fans dedicated to following the lives of the workers in a big city hospital.

   
Touched By An Angel

Touched By An Angel
Although at times saccharine-sweet, the CBS series about angels intervening in the lives of everyday people would touch a chord across a wide audience.

   
ER

ER
Premiering one day after Chicago Hope, Michael Crichton's ER would become a ratings juggernaut and introduce the world to such big name actors as George Clooney.

   
Friends

Friends
The definitive sitcom of the 1990s, Friends was a cultural phenomenon that helped revitalize television hilarity.

   
Inside The Actors Studio

Inside The Actors Studio
James Lipton is still going strong after more than a decade of interviewing performers in a casual, academic setting.

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MOVIES

Forrest Gump 

Forrest Gump
Starring Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise and Robin Wright
The highest grossing film of 1994 featured a sprawling narrative that told the tale of a simple man's incredible journey through life and American history.

   
Speed 

Speed
Starring Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock and Dennis Hopper
There's a bomb on a bus and if it slows down, everybody dies. That simple plot was enough to keep audiences on the edge of their seat while Reeves' character attempted to save the lives of the passengers trapped onboard.

   
The Flinstones

The Flintstones
Starring John Goodman, Halle Berry and Rick Moranis
The film that started the rush of television big-screen remakes, it also helped launch Halle Berry's career.

   
The Lion King

The Lion King
Starring Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons and James Earl Jones
One of the biggest animated Disney musicals to have ever been released, this tale of a young lion cub grossed close to a billion dollars worldwide in 1994 alone.

   
Dumb and Dumber

Dumb and Dumber
Starring Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and Lauren Holly
The Farrelly brothers directed this lowbrow comedy that gave Jim Carrey an international stage upon which to flaunt his unique brand of humor.

   
True Lies

True Lies
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis and Tom Arnold
James Cameron's epic action film about a secret agent whose wife is tired of his double life but who gets herself tangled up in chaos when she tries to intervene.

   
The Mask

The Mask
Starring Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz and Peter Greene
A comic book fantasy about a pencil neck bank clerk who discovers a mystical mask that gives him incredible powers and allows him to break out of his boring day-to-day existence.

   
Interview With A Vampire

Interview with the Vampire
Starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Antonio Banderas
Anne Rice's vampire classic is brought to the silver screen. The film also featured the first major role for soon-to-be-teen idol Kirsten Dunst.

   
Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction
Starring Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta
This neo-film noir vaulted Quentin Tarantino into the A-list of directors and re-defined the entire crime film genre for the rest of the decade.

   
Clerks

Clerks
Starring Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson and Jason Mewes
Shot on the lowest of budgets, the black and white comedy would herald a turning point for independent cinema in the United States and help director Kevin Smith begin to assemble his own entertainment empire.

   
Four Weddings and a Funeral

Four Weddings and a Funeral
Starring Hugh Grant, Andie McDowell and Kristin Scott Thomas
The first of many successful romantic comedies for Grant, who would emerge as an unlikely superstar of British film

   
Natural Born Killers

Natural Born Killers
Starring Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis and Tom Sizemore
A controversial examination of media sensationalism that follows two star-crossed lovers on a cross-country crime spree.

   
Junior

Junior
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emma Thompson and Danny DeVito
An absurdist comedy in which the normally rough and rugged Austrian superstar sees himself become the first ever man to become pregnant as part of science experiment and publicity stunt.

   
Maverick

Maverick
Starring Mel Gibson, James Garner and Jodie Foster
Another television series redux, this time Gibson finds himself in the Old West as a gambler in search of the bankroll he needs to make the big time.

   
Once Were Warriors

Once Were Warriors
Starring Rena Owen, Cliff Curtis and Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell
Harrowing depiction of life as a native New Zealander struggling to deal with the demands of modern society and the traditional aspects of Maori culture.

   
The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption
Starring Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman and Bob Gunton
Based on a Stephen King short story, this prison drama's uplifting ending made it one of the most enduring films of the year.

   
The Santa Clause

The Santa Clause
Starring Tim Allen, Wendy Crewson and Eric Lloyd
When a man is forced to step into the role of Santa Clause, he finds his entire world turned upside down.

   
Clear and Present Danger

Clear and Present Danger
Starring Harrison Ford, Anne Archer and Willem Dafoe
A sprawling tale of political intrigue and the drug trade based on a book by Tom Clancy.

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SPORTS

• It's two in a row for Dale Earnhardt as he walks away with his seventh NASCAR Winston

Cup Championship. Newcomer Jeff Gordon would win the inaugural Brickyard 500 and attract attention as one of the sport's rising stars.

• A player's strike prematurely ends the Major League Baseball season and precludes the

playing of the World Series for the first time in 90 years.

• Michael Schumacher wins his first Formula 1 driver's championship but the sport loses

two popular drivers when Roland Ratzenberger and 3-time champion Ayrton Senna are killed in the San Marino Grand Prix.

• The New York Rangers defeat the Vancouver Canucks in a best of seven series to win

their first Stanley Cup since 1954.

• In tennis, Conchita Martinez takes the Wimbledon Women's championship while Pete

Sampras claims it for the men.

• George Foreman shocks the world and proves he's still got it at 45 years of age when he

wins the heavyweight boxing title by knocking out Michael Moorer.

• The Indy 500 sees its checkered flag taken by Al Unser, Jr. for the second time in his

career.

• The Houston Rockets win their first NBA championship, defeating the New York Nicks.

• The Buffalo Bills lose their fourth Super Bowl in a row, this time dropping the game to

the Dallas Cowboys.

• Nick Price wins the British Open, the PGA Championship and is the overall Tour money

leader in professional golf.

• Tabasco Cat wins two of the Triple Crown races but Go for Gin prevails at the Kentucky

Derby.

 

Ayrton Senna & Roland Ratzenberger are killed during the San Marino Grand Prix

Senna & Ratzenberger are killed during the San Marino Grand Prix.

George Foreman knocks out Michael Moorer

George Foreman, at 45 years old, knocks out Michael Moorer.

Go for Gin wins the Kentucky Derby

Go for Gin wins the Kentucky Derby.

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