1994 History, Fun Facts and Trivia

1994 History, Fun Facts and Trivia

Quick Facts from 1994: Playstation released

  • The Hobby: Beanie Babies Mania began. Many people ‘invested’ in them, and now have millions of Beanies carefully preserved in attics and closets.
  • The Top Song was I’ll Make Love To You by Boyz II Men
  • The Movies to Watch include Forrest Gump, The Lion King, Angels in the Outfield, Clear and Present Danger and The Crow
  • The Most Famous Person in the World was probably Nelson Mandela
  • Notable books include: Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
  • Price of 10 oz Cheex-it crackers in 1994: $1.99
    Price of a daily newspaper: 25 cents
  • The Funny Old Guys were: Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks
  • The Funny Young Guy was: Martin Lawrence
    The Funny Movie Guy was: Jim Carrey,
  • The Conversation: Was National Figure Skating Champ Tonya Harding responsible for the attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan?

Top Ten Baby Names of 1994:
Jessica, Ashley, Emily, Samantha, Sarah, Michael, Chris, Topher, Matthew, Joshua, Tyler

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Claudia Schiffer, Elle Macpherson

Leading Men and Hollywood Hunks:
George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, John Travolta

“The Quote:”
“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’

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:
Nancy-KerriganTonya 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 U.S. Figure Skaing Championship.
She had to withdrawal, but did well for herself with endorsements and winning the Silver Medal in the Olympics in 1994.

Ford-BroncoOn 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 marriages:
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.

Pop Culture News:
The Wonderbra was invented

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

The Habit:
Watching ER on NBC.

1st appearances & 1994’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Starting Lineup statuettes, Barbie as Scarlett O’Hara & Ken as Rhett Butler, Barbie as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, Blurt!

Popular and Notable Books From 1994:
Accident by Danielle Steel
The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
The Chamber by John Grisham
Debt of Honor by Tom Clancy
Disclosure by Michael Crichton
The Gift by Danielle Steel
Gun, With Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem
The Ice Storm by Rick Moody
Insomnia by Stephen King
Disney’s the Lion King (adapted by) Justine Korman
Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Garner
Remember Me by Mary Higgins Clark
Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend by Robert James Waller
Taltos by Anne Rice
Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? by Lorrie Moore
Wings by Danielle Steel

Broadway Show – Beauty and the Beast (Musical) Opened on April 18, 1994 and Closed: July 29, 2007

Broadway Show – Grease (Musical) Opened on May 11, 1994 and Closed: January 25, 1998 (revival)

Best Film Oscar Winner:
Schindler’s List (presented in 1994)

1994 Entries to The National Film Registry:
The African Queen (released in 1951)
The Apartment (released in 1960)
The Cool World (released in 1963)
A Corner in Wheat (released in 1909)
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (released in 1982)
The Exploits of Elaine (released in 1914)
Force of Evil (released in 1948)
Freaks (released in 1932)
Hell’s Hinges (released in 1916)
Hospital (released in 1970)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (released in 1956)
The Lady Eve (released in 1941)
Louisiana Story (released in 1948)
The Manchurian Candidate (released in 1962)
Marty (released in 1955)
Meet Me in St. Louis (released in 1944)
Midnight Cowboy (released in 1969)
A MOVIE (released in 1958)
Pinocchio (released in 1940)
Safety Last! (released in 1923)
Scarface (released in 1932)
Snow White (released in 1933)
Tabu (released in 1931)
Taxi Driver (released in 1976)
Zapruder Film (released in 1963)

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 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)

1994 Billboard Number One Songs:
December 25, 1993  – January 2, 19941:
Hero – Mariah Carey

January 22 – February 11:
All For Love – Bryan Adams/Rod Stewart/Sting

February 12 – March 11:
Power of Love – Céline Dion

March 12 – April 15:
The Sign – Ace of Base

April 16 – May 20:
Bump N’ Grind – R. Kelly

May 21 – August 5:
I Swear – All-4-One

August 6 – August 26:
Stay (I Missed You) – Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories

August 27 – December 2:
I’ll Make Love To You – Boyz II Men

December 3, 1994 – January 13, 1995:
On Bended Knee – Boyz II Men

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: Nebraska
NCAA Basketball Champions: Arkansas
Kentucky Derby: Go For Gin
World Cup (Soccer): Brazil