News and Events of 1994

World Events

World Statistics

Population: 5.602 billion
population by decade

Nobel Peace Prize:
Yasir Arafat (Palestine), Shimon Peres, and Yitzhak Rabin (both Israel)

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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: William J. Clinton
Vice President: Albert Gore, Jr.
Population: 260,289,237
Life expectancy: 75.7 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 53.7
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 46.6

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US GDP (1998 dollars):   $6,947.00 billion
Federal spending:   $1460.84 billion
Federal debt:   $4643.7 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars):  
Consumer Price Index:   148.2
Unemployment:   6.1%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.29


Super Bowl
Dallas d. Buffalo (30-13)
World Series
Not Held
NBA Championship
Houston d. New York (4-3)
Stanley Cup
NY Rangers d. Vancouver (4-3)
Women: Conchita Martinez d. M. Navratilova (6-4 3-6 6-3)
Men: Pete Sampras d. G. Ivanisevic (7-6 7-6 6-0)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Go For Gin
NCAA Basketball Championship
Arkansas d. Duke (76-72)
NCAA Football Champions
Nebraska (13-0-0)
World Cup
Brazil d. Italy (3-2 (shootout))
1994 Winter Olympics


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx
Music: Of Reminiscences and Reflections, Gunther Schuller
Drama: Three Tall Women, Edward Albee

Oscars awarded in 1994
Academy Award, Best Picture: Schindler's List, Steven Spielberg, Gerald R. Molen and Branko Lustig, producers (Universal)

Nobel Prize for Literature: Kenzaburo Oe (Japan)

1994 Emmy Awards

1994 Tony Awards

Grammys awarded in 1994
Record of the Year: "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston
Album of the Year: The Bodyguard—Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston (Arista)
Song of the Year: "A Whole New World" (Theme From Aladdin), Alan Menken and Tim Rice, songwriters

Miss America: Kimberly Clarice Aiken (SC)

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  • Kurt Cobain kills himself. He was 27.
  • Ninety-five million viewers watch O. J. Simpson and Al Cowlings drive along Los Angeles freeways in history's most exciting low-speed chase.
  • Steven Spielberg wins his first directing Oscar for Schindler's List.
  • Woodstock '94 commemorates the original weekend-long concert. Green Day and Nine Inch Nails join Bob Dylan and the Allman Brothers.
  • For the first time in history, chain bookstores outsell independent stores, signaling what many fear to be the death of smaller booksellers at the hands of superstores.
  • Tom Hanks wins his second consecutive Best Actor Oscar. He won in 1993 for his role in Philadelphia and in 1994 for Forrest Gump.
  • ER and Friends debut on NBC, establishing NBC's dominance of the Thursday-night lineup.


  • Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, Quiz Show, Nobody's Fool


  • James Kelman, How Late It Was, How Late
  • Carol Shields, The Stone Diaries


Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: George A. Olah (US), University of Southern California in Los Angeles, for research that opened new ways to break apart and rebuild compounds of carbon and hydrogen

Physics: Clifford G. Shull (US) and Bertram N. Brockhouse (Canada), for adapting beams of neutrons as probes to explore the atomic structure of matter

Physiology or Medicine: Alfred G. Gilman and Martin Rodbell (both US), for discovery of G-proteins that help cells respond to outside signals

  • White House launches Web page. Initial commerce sites are established and mass marketing campaigns are launched via email, introducing the term "spamming" to the Internet vocabulary. Background: Computers and Internet
  • Dr. Ned First (US) clones calves from cells of early embryos. Background: Cloning Milestones
  • The FDA approves the Flavr Savr tomato, the first genetically-engineered food product.


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