1994 Fun Facts, Trivia, and History

Updated on August 29, 2019
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This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 1994.
This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 1994.

History Facts From the Year 1994

What are some fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 1994? For openers, President Clinton signed the assault weapons ban into law, former President Richard Nixon was buried at the Nixon Library in California, and Howard Stern announced that he was running for Governor of New York. Jeff Bezos launched Amazon.com, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, and convicted serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer died in prison.

In 1994, Larry King ended his 16-year radio broadcast, Andy Rooney celebrated his 500th essay on 60 Minutes, and Barbara Streisand began her first concert tour in 30 years. Crayola introduced scented crayons, the Netscape browser was launched, and computer “cookies” first appeared. The World Series was canceled because of the Major League Baseball strike, the Friends TV sitcom premiered on NBC, and Nelson Mandela was probably the most famous person in the world.

Back in 1994, Bill Clinton’s White House went online, Vice President Al Gore coined the term “Information Superhighway,” and there were 2,738 websites. The Clementine spacecraft was launched, 56,706 baseball fans packed Yankee Stadium on opening day, and the first group of women assigned to a U.S. Navy combat ship reported for duty on the USS Eisenhower.

In 1994, unemployment averaged 5.5%, inflation was 2.56%, and the minimum wage was $4.25 an hour. The prime rate was 7.75%, an ounce of gold was $383.25, and the retail price for a gallon of gas averaged $1.11. A loaf of white bread cost 99 cents, California potatoes were $1.99 for a five-pound bag, and one pound of 80% lean ground beef was $1.39.

Back in 1994, fashion trends included faux fur and platform shoes, chicken Caesar salad and molten chocolate cake were crowd-pleasers, and four winners shared a $72 million prize in the New York State Lottery. The Dallas Cowboys were the Super Bowl champs, Go for Gin won the Kentucky Derby, and the New York Rangers clinched the Stanley Cup.

In 1994, Forrest Gump was the most popular film, The Chamber was the best-selling fiction book, and Seinfeld (NBC) was the top TV show. Schindler’s List won an Oscar for Best Picture, Frasier (NBC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and Bruce Springsteen’s Streets of Philadelphia won a Grammy for Song of the Year.

Back in 1994, Whirlpool began to manufacture refrigerators that did not use freon, Iomega released its Zip disk drive and diskettes, and the first cyberbank opened for business. Orange County, CA filed for bankruptcy, the Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast opened, and Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley tied the knot.

Here are some more fast history facts from 1994: 14 inches of snow fell in Southern California in one day, the temperature hit 126°F in Death Valley, and Baltimore had its first snow-free December. The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 79 years, the cost of a 30-second Super Bowl ad was $900,000, and Snow White (1933) was entered into the National Film Registry.

On the international stage, NAFTA went into effect, the Duchess of Kent converted to Roman Catholicism, and Tony Blair was the winner of the British Labour Party’s leadership election. The Scream, Norway's most famous painting, was stolen, British and Dutch astronomers discovered a galaxy of 100 billion stars, and the temperature reached a record 102.4°F in Tokyo.

Famous and infamous people in the news back in 1994 included Al Gore, Barbara Streisand, Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, the Duchess of Kent, Holly Hunter, Howard Stern, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Jeff Bezos, Jeffrey Dahmer, Larry King, Lisa Marie Presley, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, Nelson Mandela, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Tony Blair, Whitney Houston, and Yasser Arafat.

Whether you’re a millennial, a 50-something, or a baby boomer, this article teaches you fun facts, cool trivia, and history from the year 1994. Find out about popular TV shows, movies, music, books, cars, interesting foods, sports facts, fashion fads, and other pop culture trends to get the right mix of questions and answers for your 1990s-themed trivia quiz.

Table of Contents

For your convenience, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Grocery Prices in the Year 1994
  2. History Facts From the USA
  3. International News
  4. Random Sports Facts
  5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends
  6. Computer and Internet History Facts
  7. Websites Launched in 1994
  8. Nobel Prize Winners
  9. Most Popular Television Shows for 1994-1995
  10. Best-Selling Books for 1994
  11. Most Popular Movies of the Year
  12. Interesting Horror Movies From 1994
  13. Entries Into the National Film Registry
  14. Biggest Pop Music Artists
  15. The Top 40 Songs of 1994
  16. Favorite Video Games
  17. Popular Foods and Beverages

  18. Famous and Infamous People in the News
  19. Weddings and Divorces
  20. Famous People Who Died in the Year 1994
  21. The Best Cars From 1994
  22. America’s Largest Corporations
  23. Iconic Stores From 1994 That Are No Longer Around
  24. Internet Properties Established

In 1994, Seinfeld was the most popular television show.
In 1994, Seinfeld was the most popular television show.

1. Grocery Prices in the Year 1994

These facts from the American grocery industry have been made available courtesy of the Morris County Public Library in Whippany, NJ.

  1. Apples (Granny Smith): 99 cents per pound

  2. Beans (Campbell’s Baked Beans): Three 16-ounce cans for $1.00

  3. Beef (ground, 80% lean): $1.39 a pound

  4. Bread (Wonder): 99 cents for a 22-ounce loaf

  5. Butter (Hotel Bar): $1.89 per pound

  6. Cake mix (Duncan Hines): 89 cents for an 18-ounce box

  7. Cereal (Kellogg’s Corn Flakes): $2.99 for a 24-ounce box

  8. Cheese (Land O’Lakes, American): $3.99 a pound

  9. Chicken (Perdue, split breasts): $1.79 per pound

  10. Cookies (Sunshine Hydrox): Two 12-ounce boxes for $3.00

  11. Crackers (Sunshine Cheez-It): $1.99 for a 10-ounce package

  12. Fish (scrod fillet, fresh): $4.99 a pound

  13. Hot dogs (Armour): 99 cents per pound

  14. Juice (Hawaiian Punch): 69 cents for a 48-ounce can

  15. Juice (Minute Maid, orange): 99 cents for a half gallon

  16. Ketchup (Heinz): $1.99 for a 40-ounce bottle

  17. Mayonnaise (Kraft): $1.79 for a 32-ounce jar

  18. Onions (Vidalia): 79 cents a pound

  19. Oranges (Florida): $1.69 for a four-pound bag

  20. Peanut butter (Jif): $1.69 for a 17.3-ounce jar

  21. Potatoes (California): $1.99 for five pounds

  22. Soda (Coca-Cola): Two 12-packs for $3.99

  23. Spaghetti: $1.00 for three one-pound boxes

  24. Strawberries: $1.49 per quart

  25. Sugar: $1.39 for a five-pound bag

  26. Tuna (Chicken of the Sea, chunk light): 59 cents for a 6.5-ounce can

In 1994, the Amazon.com domain name was registered.
In 1994, the Amazon.com domain name was registered.

2. History Facts From the USA

  1. In 1994, Bill Clinton was President of the United States, and Al Gore was Vice President.
  2. In 1994, the U.S. unemployment rate averaged 5.5%.
  3. The rate of inflation was 2.56%. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index, “prices in 2016 are 61.95% higher than average prices throughout 1994. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.22% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a dollar decreased. In other words, $100 in 1994 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $161.95 in 2016, a difference of $61.95 over 22 years.”
  4. In 1994, a loaf of white bread cost 99 cents, Florida oranges were $1.69 for a four-pound bag, and one pound of 80% lean ground beef was $1.39. A gallon of milk cost $2.88, eggs were 87 cents a dozen, and Kraft Mayonnaise was $1.79 for a 32-ounce jar.
  5. Here were the sticker prices for two best-selling 1994 cars: a Dodge Intrepid cost $17,477.00, and a Toyota Camry was $14,985.00.
  6. The average price for a gallon of gas was $1.11.
  7. A first-class stamp cost 29 cents.
  8. Median household income was $32,264, and the cost of a new home was $154,500.00.
  9. The federal minimum wage was $4.25.
  10. The prime rate averaged 7.75%, and an ounce of gold was $383.25.
  11. On January 19, the temperature in New Whiteland, Indiana plunged to -36°F, which was the all-time record low temperature for the state.
  12. On January 25, the Clementine spacecraft was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. According to NASA, “Clementine was a joint project between the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization and NASA. The objective of the mission was to test sensors and spacecraft components under extended exposure to the space environment and to make scientific observations of the Moon and the near-Earth asteroid 1620 Geographos.”
  13. On January 31, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed at a record 3,978.36, which was its high for the year.
  14. On March 7, the first group of women assigned to a U.S. Navy combat ship reported for duty. By June 25, eighty-seven women were aboard the USS Eisenhower as crew members.
  15. On March 23, Howard Stern announced that he was running for Governor of New York under the Libertarian Party ticket.
  16. On April 4, 56,706 baseball fans packed Yankee Stadium, the largest attendance ever for an opening day game.
  17. On April 8, the American military announced that it was banning smoking in the workplace. The LA Times explains that “The regulations, to take effect April 8, will eliminate designated smoking areas near thousands of offices, hallways and other facilities in Defense Department buildings around the world, including the Pentagon, where 25,000 persons work.”
  18. On April 25, 14 inches of snow fell in Southern California.
  19. On April 27, former President Richard Nixon was buried at the Nixon Library in California. The Los Angeles Times reports that "On a sodden Tuesday afternoon, the remains of Richard Nixon were returned to California for burial . . . in a plot beside his boyhood home. It was 19 years, eight months and 17 days ago that Nixon, aboard the same blue-and-white presidential jet bearing the tail number 27000, crossed the continent to return in disgrace from the shambles of Watergate to the sheltering shores of the Pacific Ocean."
  20. On June 20, O.J. Simpson was arraigned for the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman. He was charged with two counts of murder on July 13.
  21. On June 25, the temperature reached 105°F in Albuquerque, New Mexico and 111°F in El Paso, Texas.
  22. On June 26, the thermometer hit 125°F in Death Valley, California.
  23. On June 27, the temperature reached 120°F in Tipton, Oklahoma and 122°F at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico. (WIPP is the world's "third deep geological repository . . . licensed to store transuranic radioactive waste for 10,000 years. The waste is from the research and production of United States nuclear weapons.")
  24. On June 28, the thermometer hit 120°F in Monahans, Texas.
  25. On June 29, the temperature reached 128°F in Lake Havasu City, Arizona and 125°F in Laughlin, Nevada.
  26. On July 5, Jeff Bezos launched Amazon.com in Bellevue, Washington. The company officially opened for business as an online bookseller on November 4, 1995. History.com tells us that “Within a month, the fledgling retailer had shipped books to all 50 U.S. states and 45 countries. Founder Jeff Bezos’s motto was ‘get big fast,’ and Seattle-based Amazon eventually morphed into an e-commerce colossus, selling everything from groceries to furniture to live ladybugs, and helping to revolutionize the way people shop.”
  27. On August 10, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

  28. On August 11, the 1994-95 Major League Baseball (MLB) strike began. ESPN confirms that “When Seattle's Randy Johnson struck out Oakland's Ernie Young at 9:45 p.m. PDT on Aug. 11, 1994, baseball players walked off for what turned into the longest work stoppage in the history of major North American professional sports leagues, a 7½-month marathon of acrimony that wandered through hotel meeting rooms, the federal courts and even the White House. It canceled the World Series for the first time in 90 years, cost players millions of dollars and management about $1 billion.”
  29. On September 13, President Clinton signed the assault weapons ban. Politoco.com explains that “After three prior presidents lobbied Congress for passage of an assault weapons ban, President Bill Clinton . . . signed the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act into law over the vociferous opposition of the National Rifle Association.” TheAtlantic.com adds that the bill placed restrictions on the number of military features a gun could have and banned large-capacity magazines for consumer use.
  30. On October 22, a giant statue of Texas revolutionary Sam Houston was dedicated in Huntsville, Texas. RoadsideAmerica.com remarks that "At 67 feet tall (on a 10-foot-tall base) statue is named 'A Tribute to Courage.' Sam Houston, celebrated political architect of Texas, towers in concrete above Interstate 45, with walking cane and snappy duds of a 19th century statesman." They add that "Stupendous Sam is touted in attraction literature as the second largest freestanding statue in the U.S., bested only by the allegorical and over-promoted Statue of Liberty."
  31. On October 29, four winners shared a $72 million prize in the New York State Lottery.
  32. On December 1, Jim Bakker, an American televangelist, was released from prison after serving a sentence for accounting fraud.
  33. Baltimore, MD had its first snow-free December.

3. International News

  1. On January 1, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect. Britannica.com explains that NAFTA “was inspired by the success of the European Economic Community (1957–93) in eliminating tariffs in order to stimulate trade among its members. Proponents argued that establishing a free-trade area in North America would bring prosperity through increased trade and production, resulting in the creation of millions of well-paying jobs in all participating countries.”

  2. On January 14, the Duchess of Kent converted to Roman Catholicism, “going against an 18th-century law forbidding members of the monarchy from becoming Catholic.” The LA Times confirms that “The duchess [sic] was the first British royal to convert since King Charles II, who turned to Catholicism on his deathbed in 1685.”

  3. On February 1, a large meteorite fell near Kusaie, an island in the Pacific Ocean.

  4. On February 12, Edvard Munch's The Scream, Norway’s most famous painting, was stolen from a museum in Oslo. It was recovered the following May.

  5. On April 29, Israel and the PLO signed an economic agreement in Paris.

  6. On May 10, Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa’s first black president.

  7. On June 26, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat returned to the Gaza Strip after 27 years.

  8. On July 21, Tony Blair was the winner of the British Labour Party’s leadership election, thus paving the way for him to become British Prime Minister in 1997.

  9. The Netherlands had its warmest July since 1783.

  10. On August 3, the temperature reached a record 102.4°F in Tokyo.

  11. On November 3, British and Dutch astronomers discovered a galaxy of 100 billion stars hidden behind the Milky Way.

  12. On November 25, Sony founder Akio Morita announced that he would step down as CEO of the company.

On April 18, 1994, the Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The show starred Susan Egan and Terrence Mann as the “Belle and Beast.” When it closed 13 years later, Beauty and the Beast had 5,464 performances.
On April 18, 1994, the Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The show starred Susan Egan and Terrence Mann as the “Belle and Beast.” When it closed 13 years later, Beauty and the Beast had 5,464 performances.

4. Random Sports Facts

This information has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us. Generally suitable for all age groups, sports questions are a welcome addition to any trivia quiz.

  • Kentucky Derby - Go for Gin

  • NBA Champions - Houston Rockets

  • NCAA Basketball Champions - Arkansas

  • NCAA Football Champs - Nebraska

  • Stanley Cup Champs - New York Rangers

  • Super Bowl XXVIII Champions - Dallas Cowboys

  • U.S. Open Golf - Ernie Els

  • U.S. Open Tennis (men/women) - Andre Agassi/Sanchez Vicario

  • Wimbledon (men/women) - Pete Sampras/Conchita Martinez

  • World Series Champions - None. The Major League Baseball Players Association was on strike.

5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  1. In 1994, popular baby names were Ashley, Emily, Jessica, Samantha, Christopher, Joshua, Michael, and Matthew.
  2. The average life expectancy in the United States was 79 years.
  3. The cost of a 30-second Super Bowl ad was $900,000.
  4. In 1993, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a live-action, superhero TV series, premiered on the Fox Kids Network. One year later, yellow, red, and pink Power Rangers were the most popular Halloween costumes from toddlers to adults.
  5. Popular holiday gifts included cash, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and Beanie Babies.
  6. Fashion trends in 1994 included crop tops, platform shoes, animal prints, faux fur, velvet, windbreakers, and denim. LiveTheOliver.com adds that “Matching your top to your bottom was very important. Monochromatic and dichromatic looks were the way to go. Tartan ruffle skirts that came with a matching tie or jacket were the coolest.”
  7. Heartthrobs and fashion icons for the year were Pamela Anderson, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Sandra Bullock, Mariah Carey, Cindy Crawford, Cameron Diaz, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Princess Diana, and Kate Winslet.
  8. Hunks included George Clooney, Tom Cruise, and Brad Pitt.
  9. Kimberley Aiken (Columbia, SC) won the Miss America crown.
  10. Lu Parker (South Carolina) became Miss USA.
  11. Top-grossing Broadway shows were The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables, Tommy, Crazy for You, Cats, Carousel, Damn Yankees, and Kiss of the Spider Woman.
  12. Broadway shows that opened in 1994 included A Christmas Carol, Beauty and the Beast, Carousel, Damn Yankees, Grease, Hedda Gabler, Picnic, Show Boat, Sunset Boulevard, and The Glass Menagerie.
  13. At the 66th Academy Awards, which honored the best films of 1993, Schindler’s List won an Oscar for Best Picture, Steven Spielberg (Schindler's List) won an Oscar for Best Director, Tom Hanks (Philadelphia) won an Oscar for Best Actor, and Holly Hunter (The Piano) won an Oscar for Best Actress.
  14. At the 46th Primetime Emmy Awards, Frasier (NBC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and Picket Fences (CBS) won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. Likewise, Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Candace Bergen (Murphy Brown) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
  15. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) was a popular late-night talk show.
  16. Here is a partial list of TV shows that were launched in 1994: Friends, ER, Babylon 5, My So-Called Life, Party of Five, Aladdin, Touched by an Angel, The Vicar of Dibley, Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Blue Heelers, Rex: A Cop's Best Friend, All That, Chicago Hope, The Powerpuff Girls, Due South, Sister, Sister, The Secret World of Alex Mack, Gaygoyles, and Ellen.
  17. Here is a partial list of television shows that were cancelled: Doug, The NFL on CBS, The Sinbad Show, Roc, In Living Color, L.A. Law, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Evening Shade, The Arsenio Hall Show, America's Funniest People, The Little Mermaid, Garfield and Friends, and Romper Room.
  18. The following TV shows entered syndication: Beverly Hills, 90210, Doogie Howser, M.D., Evening Shade, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Northern Exposure, and The Simpsons.
  19. Made-for-TV movies and miniseries included Pointman (PTEN), Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III (ABC), The Stand (ABC), Danielle Steel's A Perfect Stranger (NBC), Without Warning (CBS), Scarlett (CBS), How the West Was Fun (ABC), and Million Dollar Babies (CBS).
  20. Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” was Pope John Paul II.
  21. The most famous person in the world was probably Nelson Mandela.
  22. Whirlpool began to manufacture refrigerators that did not use freon.
  23. On May 2, Larry King ended his radio broadcast.
  24. On May 8, Andy Rooney celebrated his 500th essay on 60 Minutes.
  25. On May 10, Barbara Streisand began her first concert tour in 30 years.
  26. On June 15, Disney’s animated musical film, The Lion King, opened in theaters.
  27. On July 18, Crayola introduced non-toxic crayons that had scents like blueberry, cherry, chocolate, coconut, and licorice. While children loved Crayola’s food-scented crayons, some parents believed that their children might be tempted to eat them. The parents won. Spokesman.com confirms that Crayola’s Magic Scent crayons now have smells that could suppress the appetite. For example, white crayons have gone from a coconut scent to a baby powder smell, peach crayons have gone from an apricot scent to a lumber smell, and brown crayons have gone from a chocolate scent to a dirt smell.
  28. On August 12, Fox aired its first National Football League broadcast, a preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos.
  29. On September 22, the Friends TV sitcom premiered on NBC. Created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, it starred Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer. Friends would later become one of the most popular sitcoms in television history.
  30. In October, the blockbuster films Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction, and The Lion King were all showing in theaters at the same time.
  31. On November 11, Bill Gates purchased Leonardo da Vinci's "Codex" for $30,800,000. According to TheVintageNews.com, “The 72-page document contains sketches and ideas revolving around several different subjects like astronomy and the properties of natural elements like water and rocks. It also included theories about the origins of fossils and contemplation about air and celestial light. Its main topic, however, focuses on the movement of water, mainly rivers, and the way water overcomes obstacles that are put in its way. This leads to suggestions and solutions concerning the construction of bridges and dams.”

  32. Here is a partial list of consumer products that were launched during 1994:

    Apple QuickTake (digital camera)

    Aquafina (bottled water)

    Fruitopia (fruit-flavored drink)

    George Foreman Grill (portable electrically-heated grill)

    Hershey's Cookies 'n' Creme (candy bar)

    IBM Aptiva (personal computer)

    Nokia 2010 (mobile phone)

    NutRageous (chocolate bar)

    PlayStation (gaming console)

    Reese’s Puffs (breakfast cereal)

    Vamp Nail Polish (a dark red and black nail polish that was once Chanel’s best-selling cosmetic)

    Winterfresh (chewing gum)

In 1994, molten chocolate cake was a real crowd-pleaser.
In 1994, molten chocolate cake was a real crowd-pleaser.

6. Computer and Internet History Facts

This cool trivia from 1994 has been made available courtesy of ComputerHope.com.

  1. In 1994, Intel became the world’s largest manufacturer of motherboards. According to Computer Hope, “The motherboard is a printed circuit board that is the foundation of a computer, located on the back side or at the bottom of the computer chassis. It allocates power and allows communication to the CPU, RAM, and all other computer hardware components.”

  2. During 1994, Telenor, the largest Norwegian telecommunications company, started a research project that later became Opera Software. (The Opera web browser for Microsoft Windows and other operating systems was launched in 1995.)

  3. Back in 1994, Vice President Al Gore coined the term “Information Superhighway.” SearchCIO tells us that the term “has accrued various meanings. Some dictionaries define the information superhighway as a synonym for the Internet. It is also used to refer to a global information network of communication systems (including telephone, cable television[,] and satellite communications networks) accessed for a flat fee or pay-per-use.”

  4. In 1994, Microsoft began beta testing Windows 95 (code-named Chicago).

  5. During 1994, Iomega released its Zip disk drive and diskettes. Computer Hope notes that “A Zip drive and Zip disk is a hardware data storage device developed by Iomega that functions like a standard 1.44" floppy drive and diskette. What makes the Iomega Zip drive unique is its capability to hold up to 100 MB of data or 250 MB of data on the later models.”

  6. In January, Jerry Yang and David Filo launched the company that is now known as Yahoo!.

  7. On March 7, Intel released the second generation of its Pentium processors.

  8. On April 4, Marc Andreessen and James H. Clark founded Netscape (Mosaic Communications Corporation).

  9. On May 12, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved the Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA) standard. Computer Hope explains that ATA “is an interface that connects hard drives, CD-ROM drives, and other drives.”

  10. On June 16, "Chief Inspector" Robert Stephens founded the company known as Geek Squad. Geek Squad, which later merged with Best Buy, offers “various computer-related services and accessories for residential and commercial clients.”

  11. On September 21, Microsoft Windows NT 3.5 was released.

  12. On October 13, the Netscape browser was launched and computer “cookies” first appeared. Computer Hope defines a “cookie” as “a small amount of text-only data saved on your computer while you browse a certain website. This information can be used by websites to help create custom pages for you upon your return visits or save session information. For example, when you put items into an online shopping cart, cookies allow the host site to save them for when you return to the site at a later date.”

  13. On October 27, HotWired.com sold the first banner ad to AT&T and thus began running the Internet’s first banner ad campaign.

  14. In November, the “Good Times” email virus was sent out for the first time. Sophos explains that “The hoax started off simply: it warned people not to read or download any email with the subject of ‘Good Times,’ because the messages were viral and would erase their hard drives.”

  15. On November 1, the Amazon.com domain name was registered.

  16. On November 7, WXYC (89.3 FM) in Chapel Hill, NC became the first radio station to broadcast on the Internet.

  17. In 1994, one of the first Internet purchases took place in Santa Cruz, CA. A hungry web surfer ordered “a pepperoni pizza with mushrooms and extra cheese from Pizza Hut.”

  18. During 1994, Bill Clinton’s White House went online.

  19. Back in 1994, there were 2,738 websites, 9,297 users per website, and 25,454,590 Internet users worldwide. (In 2015, there were 863,105,652 websites, 3.7 users per website, and 3,185,996,155 Internet users worldwide.)

7. Websites Launched in 1994

In June 1994, there were 2,738 websites. Here are 30 sites that were launched that year:

  1. American Marketing Association (professional group)

  2. Amnesty International (human rights site)

  3. Art.net (This website showcased the work of San Francisco Bay Area artists.)

  4. Automatic Complaint-Letter Generator (According to Wikipedia, “the site allows users to specify the name of the individual or company that the complaint is directed toward, as well as the number of paragraphs the complaint will be. After submitting the data, the computer generates sentences that are composed of arbitrary verbs, nouns, and adjectives. Still active.”)

  5. BuzzWeb.com (a website for alternative music artists)

  6. Chabad.org (the first ask-the-rabbi site)

  7. Cool Site of the Day (a daily selection of cool websites)

  8. The Economist (a news site)

  9. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online

  10. First Virtual (the first cyberbank)

  11. HotWired (the official website of Wired magazine)

  12. IBM (an early corporate website)

  13. Innerviews (the first online news magazine)

  14. The Irish Times (the first UK newspaper to have a website)

  15. Lawinfo (legal site)

  16. Microsoft (another early corporate website)

  17. The Nine Planets (one of the first multimedia sites)

  18. Nando.net (one of the first newspaper sites)

  19. Pizza Hut (People in Santa Cruz, CA could order pizza over the web.)

  20. Powells.com (the official website of Powell’s Books)

  21. Purple.com (This site had a purple background.)

  22. Senator Edward Kennedy (the first website for a member of Congress)

  23. The Skeptic’s Dictionary (This site featured essays on topics from acupuncture to zombies.)

  24. The Simpsons Archive (the first fan site for the Simpsons television show)

  25. Telegraph.co.uk (a website for the Daily Telegraph)

  26. Traditio.com (Roman Catholic website)

  27. VeloNews (sports news site)

  28. Webcrawler (early search engine)

  29. Whitehouse.gov (the official website of the White House)

  30. Yahoo! (originally began as “Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web”)

In 1994, the Friends TV sitcom premiered on NBC. It starred Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer.
In 1994, the Friends TV sitcom premiered on NBC. It starred Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer.

8. Nobel Prize Winners

Beth Rowen tells us that winning a Nobel Prize is a life-changing honor. Whether the laureate is an internationally known figure (such as Mother Teresa) or a scientist from obscurity (like Richard R. Ernst), the award brings worldwide recognition that highlights one's life work and provides the funds to continue the mission.

This Nobel Prize information from 1994 has been made available courtesy of NobelPrize.com.

  • Chemistry: George Andrew Olah
  • Economics: John Harsanyi, John Nash, and Reinhard Selten
  • Literature: Kenzaburō Ōe
  • Peace: Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres, and Yitzhak Rabin
  • Physics: Bertram Brockhouse and Clifford Shull
  • Physiology or medicine: Alfred G. Gilman and Martin Rodbell

9. Most Popular Television Shows for 1994-1995

This cool TV trivia has been made available courtesy of Nielsen Media Research. How many of these shows do you remember?

  1. Seinfeld (NBC)
  2. ER (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)
  11. Mad About You (NBC)
  12. Madman of the People (NBC)
  13. Ellen (ABC)
  14. Hope & Gloria (ABC)
  15. Frasier (ABC)
  16. Murphy Brown (CBS)
  17. 20/20 (ABC)
  18. CBS Sunday Night Movie (CBS)
  19. NBC Monday Night Movie (NBC)
  20. Me and the Boys (ABC)
  21. Dave's World (CBS)
  22. Cybill (CBS)
  23. ABC Sunday Night Movie (ABC)
  24. The Nanny (CBS)
  25. Full House (ABC)

In February 1994, Edvard Munch's The Scream, Norway’s most famous painting, was stolen from a museum in Oslo. It was recovered the following May.
In February 1994, Edvard Munch's The Scream, Norway’s most famous painting, was stolen from a museum in Oslo. It was recovered the following May.

10. Best-Selling Books for 1994

This book trivia has been made available courtesy of PublishersWeekly.com.

Fiction:

  1. The Chamber by John Grisham

  2. Debt of Honor by Tom Clancy

  3. The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

  4. The Gift by Danielle Steel

  5. Insomnia by Stephen King

  6. Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Garner

  7. Wings by Danielle Steel

  8. Accident by Danielle Steel

  9. The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller

  10. Disclosure by Michael Crichton

  11. Nothing Lasts Forever by Sidney Sheldon

  12. Taltos by Anne Rice

  13. Dark Rivers of the Heart by Dean Koontz

  14. The Lottery Winner by Mary Higgins Clark

  15. Remember Me by Mary Higgins Clark

Nonfiction:

  1. In the Kitchen with Rosie by Rosie Daley

  2. Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray

  3. Crossing the Threshold of Hope by John Paul II

  4. Magic Eye I by N.E. Thing Enterprises

  5. The Book of Virtues, edited by William J. Bennett

  6. Magic Eye II by N.E. Thing Enterprises

  7. Embraced by the Light by Betty J. Eadie with Curtis Taylor

  8. Don’t Stand Too Close to a Naked Man by Tim Allen

  9. Couplehood by Paul Reiser

  10. Magic Eye III by N.E. Thing Enterprises

  11. Dolly by Dolly Parton

  12. James Herriott’s Cat Stories by James Herriott

  13. Barbara Bush by Barbara Bush

  14. Nicole Brown Simpson by Faye D. Resnick

  15. The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Cookbook by Winston Groom

11. Most Popular Movies of the Year

These film facts have been made available courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  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
  11. Interview with the Vampire
  12. Maverick
  13. The Client
  14. Disclosure
  15. Star Trek: Generations
  16. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
  17. Stargate
  18. Legends of the Fall
  19. Wolf
  20. The Specialist
  21. Four Weddings and a Funeral
  22. The Little Rascals
  23. The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
  24. The Crow
  25. Natural Born Killers

In 1994, Forrest Gump was the most popular film.
In 1994, Forrest Gump was the most popular film.

12. Interesting Horror Movies From 1994

Horror films for the year included In the Mouth of Madness, Wes Craven's New Nightmare, Cemetery Man, Brainscan, Wolf, Frankenstein, Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead, Night of the Demons 2, Interview with the Vampire, Death Machine, The Lurking Fear, Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter, Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings, Leprechaun 2, Funny Man, Shrunken Heads, The Paperboy, Return of the Boogeyman, Nadja, Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance, Savage Harvest, Witchcraft VI, Nightwatch, Aftermath, Watchers 3, Aswang, and The Crow.

13. Entries Into the National Film Registry

According to CBSNews.com, the National Film Registry is a “compendium of motion pictures that have been judged to be culturally, aesthetically[,] or historically important and worthy of preservation for future generations. In addition to Hollywood studio classics and box office hits, the Registry also protects independent films, documentaries, experimental works, cartoons, music videos, educational and training films, ads, and even home movies.” Courtesy of the Library of Congress, here are the 1994 additions to the National Film Registry:

  1. A Corner in Wheat (1909)

  2. A MOVIE (1958)

  3. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

  4. Force of Evil (1948)

  5. Freaks (1932)

  6. Hell’s Hinges (1916)

  7. Hospital (1970)

  8. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

  9. Louisiana Story (1948)

  10. Marty (1955)

  11. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

  12. Midnight Cowboy (1969)

  13. Pinocchio (1940)

  14. Safety Last! (1923)

  15. Scarface (1932)

  16. Snow White (1933)

  17. Tabu (1931)

  18. Taxi Driver (1976)

  19. The African Queen (1951)

  20. The Apartment (1960)

  21. The Cool World (1963)

  22. The Exploits of Elaine (1914)

  23. The Lady Eve (1941)

  24. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

  25. Zapruder Film (1963)

14. Biggest Pop Music Artists

This information has been made available courtesy of Billboard.com.

Popular music artists in 1994 included Aaliyah, Ace of Base, Babyface, Boyz Brandy, Celine Dion, The Cranberries, Da Brat, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Keith Sweat, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Micheal Bolton, Pearl Jam, The Pussycat Dolls, R. Kelly, Rod Stewart, Sheryl Crow, The Smashing Pumpkins, Snoop Dog, Stone Tevin Campbell, Tim McGraw, TLC, Toni Braxton, Usher, Warren G, and Zhane.

In 1994, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) was entered into the National Film Registry.
In 1994, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) was entered into the National Film Registry.

15. The Top 40 Songs of 1994

This pop music trivia has been made available courtesy of MusicOutfitters.com.

  1. The Sign - Ace Of Base

  2. I Swear - All-4-One

  3. I'll Make Love to You - Boyz II Men

  4. The Power of the Dream - Céline Dion

  5. Hero - Mariah Carey

  6. Stay (I Missed You) - Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories

  7. Breathe Again - Toni Braxton

  8. All for Love - Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, and Sting

  9. All That She Wants - Ace Of Base

  10. Don't Turn Around - Ace Of Base

  11. Bump 'n' Grind - R. Kelly

  12. Again - Janet Jackson

  13. I'll Remember - Madonna

  14. Whatta Man - Salt-N-Pepa

  15. Wild Night - John Mellencamp and Me'shell Ndegeocello

  16. Without You / Never Forget You - Mariah Carey

  17. You Mean the World to Me - Toni Braxton

  18. Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Elton John

  19. The Most Beautiful Girl In the World - Prince (Symbol)

  20. Fantastic Voyage - Coolio

  21. Baby, I Love Your Way - Big Mountain

  22. Regulate - Warren G and Nate Dogg

  23. If You Go - Jon Secada

  24. Back & Forth - Aaliyah

  25. Now and Forever - Richard Marx

  26. When Can I See You - Babyface

  27. Please Forgive Me - Bryan Adams

  28. So Much In Love - All-4-One

  29. Shoop - Salt-N-Pepa

  30. Any Time, Any Place / And On And On - Janet Jackson

  31. Shine - Collective Soul

  32. Said I Loved You... But I Lied - Michael Bolton

  33. Return To Innocence - Enigma

  34. All I Wanna Do - Sheryl Crow

  35. Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm - Crash Test Dummies

  36. Can We Talk - Tevin Campbell

  37. Funkdafied - Da Brat

  38. I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) - Meat Loaf

  39. Gangsta Lean - DRS

  40. Because the Night - 10,000 Maniacs

16. Favorite Video Games

Popular video games in 1994 included Donkey Kong Country, EarthBound, Super Metroid, Final Fantasy VI, Doom II, Earthworm Jim, Sonic and Knuckles, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, System Shock, Killer Instinct, The Elder Scrolls: Arena, Need for Speed, Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger, The Need for Speed, Heretic, Star Wars: TIE Fighter, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Master of Magic, Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, Jazz Jackrabbit, King's Quest VII, Mega Man X2, Demon's Crest, and Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors.

17. Popular Foods and Beverages

These fun facts from 1994 have been made available courtesy of BuzzFeed.com, Mashable.com, and Delish.com.

  1. Arizona Ice Tea

  2. Bagel Bites (a frozen pizza bagel)

  3. Beefaroni

  4. Betty Crocker Dunk-a-Roos (snack food)

  5. Bubble Jug (According to CandyWarehouse.com, “An old fashioned candy classic, Bubble Jug containers hold powdery candy nuggets that change into gum as you chew them!”)

  6. Capri Sun

  7. Chicken Caesar salad

  8. Clearly Canadian (sparkling water beverage)

  9. Cookie Crisp (A cereal that tastes like chocolate chip cookies.)

  10. Creme brûlée

  11. Ellio’s Pizza

  12. Fla-Vor-Ice (A freezie that was eaten out of a plastic tube.)

  13. Frozen corn dogs

  14. General Mills French Toast Crunch Cereal

  15. Gorton’s Fish Sticks

  16. Gushers (fruit candy snacks)

  17. Hawaiian Punch

  18. Hi-C

  19. Hot Pockets (an American brand of “microwaveable turnovers and a pocket burrito generally containing one or more types of cheese, meat, or vegetables.”)

  20. Jell-O Pudding Bites

  21. Jet-Puffed FunMallows

  22. Juicy Juice

  23. Keebler Fudge Stripes

  24. Kool-Aid Bursts

  25. Lunchables

  26. Melody Pops

  27. Molten chocolate cake - Paula Kashtan tells us that “Known for its warm, runny center, this dessert started popping up on restaurant menus all over the country throughout the '90s, but in 1997 it made its first appearance in the all-time classic Joy of Cooking.”

  28. Pillsbury Toaster Strudel

  29. Planters Cheez Balls

  30. SlimFast

  31. SpaghettiOs

  32. Sunny Delite

  33. Viennetta (British ice cream product)

In 1994, Hi-C fruit drinks were popular beverages.
In 1994, Hi-C fruit drinks were popular beverages.

18. Famous and Infamous People in the News

  1. Al Gore - 45th Vice President

  2. Aldrich Ames - Soviet Union spy

  3. Barbara Streisand - Singer, songwriter, and actress

  4. Barry Bonds - MLB legend

  5. Bill Clinton - 42nd U.S. President

  6. Bill Gates - Microsoft founder and CEO

  7. Billy Joel - Pianist, songwriter, and composer

  8. Cal Ripken Jr. - MLB Legend

  9. Dave Stockton - Golfer and two-time PGA champion

  10. David Schwimmer - Actor

  11. Duchess of Kent - Member of the British royal family

  12. Edvard Munch - Norwegian painter

  13. Elizabeth Taylor - Actress

  14. Garth Brooks - Country music singer and songwriter

  15. George Clooney - Actor

  16. Greg Norman - Golfer

  17. Helmut Kohl - German Chancellor

  18. Holly Hunter - Actress

  19. Howard Stern - Radio jock

  20. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis - Former First Lady

  21. Jeff Bezos - Amazon founder

  22. Jeffrey Dahmer - Convicted serial killer

  23. Jimmy Johnson - NFL Head Coach

  24. Kim Il-sung - Dictator

  25. Larry King - TV and radio host

  26. Laura Davies - LPGA golfer

  27. Lisa Kudrow - Actress

  28. Lisa Marie Presley - Princess of Rock and Roll

  29. Mariah Carey - Singer

  30. Matthew Perry - Actor

  31. Michael Jackson - King of Pop

  32. Michael Jordan - Basketball superstar

  33. Nelson Mandela - President of South Africa

  34. Patty Sheehan - LPGA golfer

  35. Pope John Paul II - Roman Catholic Pontiff

  36. R. Kelly - R&B singer

  37. Richard Nixon - 37th U.S.President

  38. Rickey Henderson - MLB outfielder

  39. Robin Wright - Actress

  40. Ruth Bader Ginsburg - U.S. Supreme Court Justice

  41. Sam Houston - Texas revolutionary

  42. Seal - Musician and songwriter

  43. Steven Spielberg - Director

  44. Tiger Woods - Golfer

  45. Tom Hanks - Actor

  46. Tony Blair - British Prime Minister

  47. Ty Cobb - MLB legend

  48. Wayne Gretzky - Ice hockey great

  49. Whitney Houston - American singer

  50. Yasser Arafat - Palestinian leader

19. Weddings and Divorces

This celebrity news has been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

Weddings:

  1. On January 1, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates married Melinda French.

  2. On February 3, actor Jean-Claude Van Damme wed Darcy Lapier.

  3. On April 16, singer Harry Connick Jr. married Jill Goodare.

  4. On May 21, ABC Sports President Roone Arledge wed Gigi Shaw.

  5. On May 26, Michael Jackson married Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie.

  6. On June 12, astronaut Neil Armstrong wed Carol Held Knight.

  7. On July 3, actress Natasha Richardson married actor Liam Neeson.

  8. On July 10, Fred Norris (from the Howard Stern Show) wed Allison Furman.

  9. On October 1, actress Whoopi Goldberg married labor union organizer Lyle Trachtenberg.

  10. On December 18, Queen of Pop Céline Dion wed Rene Angelil.

Divorces:

  1. On April 14, musician Billy Joel and supermodel Christie Brinkley announced their plans to divorce.

  2. On April 18, actress Rosanne Barr filed for divorce from Tom Arnold.

  3. On April 28, Lisa Marie Presley separated from Danny Keough.

20. Famous People Who Died in the Year 1994

These celebrity facts have been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

  1. January 1 - Cesar Romero (American actor who played in Batman and Ocean’s 11)

  2. February 6 - Jack Kirby (American cartoonist who created many of Marvel Comics’ major characters including the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Hulk)

  3. February 25 - Jersey Joe Walcott (boxer)

  4. March 4 - Jack Candy (actor and comedian)

  5. April 22 - Richard Nixon (37th U.S. President)

  6. May 10 - John Wayne Gacy (American mass murderer)

  7. May 19 - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (American First Lady from 1961-1963)

  8. June 14 - Henry Mancini (American composer and conductor)

  9. July 8 - Kim Il-sung (Premier of North Korea from 1948-1994)

  10. July 11 - Gary Kildall (American computer scientist)

  11. July 29 - Dorothy Hodgkin (British chemist who developed protein crystallography and also won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1964)

  12. August 11 - Peter Cushing (actor who played in Star Wars and Doctor Who)

  13. August 19 - Linus Pauling (American chemist who was named the 16th most important scientist in history)

  14. September 11 - Jessica Tandy (American actress who played in Driving Miss Daisy)

  15. September 17- Karl Popper (Austrian philosopher)

  16. October 3 - Harriet Nelson (American actress who played in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet)

  17. October 20 - Burt Lancaster (American actor and producer)

  18. November 28 - Jeffrey Dahmer (American serial killer)

In 1994, Schindler's List (1993) won an Academy Award for Best Picture.
In 1994, Schindler's List (1993) won an Academy Award for Best Picture.

21. The Best Cars From 1994

What were the best cars you could buy in 1994? CarAndDriver.com came up with the highest-performing sedans, sports cars, and supercars that you could drive that year.

  1. Acura Integra GS-R

  2. BMW 325i

  3. Chrysler LH cars - Dodge Intrepid, Chrysler Concorde, and Eagle Vision

  4. Ford Probe GT

  5. Honda Accord

  6. Honda Prelude VTEC

  7. Lexus SC

  8. Mazda RX-7

  9. Nissan Sentra SE-R

  10. Nissan 300ZX Turbo

22. America’s Largest Corporations

This information has been made available courtesy of Fortune.com.

  1. General Motors

  2. Ford Motor

  3. Exxon Mobil

  4. International Business Machines (IBM)

  5. General Electric

  6. Mobil

  7. Altria Group

  8. Chrysler

  9. Texaco

  10. DuPont

  11. ChevronTexaco

  12. Procter & Gamble

  13. Amoco

  14. Boeing

  15. PepsiCo, Inc.

23. Iconic Stores From 1994 That Are No Longer Around

This retailing trivia has been made available courtesy of GoodHousekeeping.com.

  1. A&P (grocery store chain)

  2. B. Dalton Bookstore (book retailer)

  3. Blockbuster (video rental store)

  4. Borders (book retailer)

  5. Circuit City (electronics chain)

  6. F. W. Woolworth Company (five-and-dime retailer)

  7. Fotomat (photo-developing chain)

  8. Hhgregg (electronics and appliance retailer)

  9. Hills Department Store (discount store chain)

  10. KB Toys (epic toy store chain)

  11. Kaufmann’s (department store)

  12. Kinney Shoes (shoe retailer)

  13. Linens ‘n Things (homeware and home accessories chain)

  14. Marshall Field’s (department store)

  15. Mervyn’s (mid-price chain)

  16. Montgomery Ward & Company (department store)

  17. National Record Mart (music store chain)

  18. RadioShack (electronics retailer)

  19. Service Merchandise (catalog showroom that specialized in jewelry and household items)

  20. Sharper Image (electronics store)

  21. The Limited (clothing retailer that focused on young women)

  22. Tower Records (retailer that sold records, tapes, and CDs)

  23. Toys “R” Us (epic toy and baby products chain)

  24. Wet Seal (clothing store similar to The Limited)

  25. Zany Brainy (educational toy company)

24. Internet Properties Established

Startups back in 1994 included Amazon, Automatic Complaint-Letter Generator, BBC Online, CNET, Yahoo! GeoCities, Hob Nob Anyone?, HotWired, Infoseek, Lycos, The Nine Planets, Pathfinder (a landing page with links to various Time Inc. websites), Phone Losers of America, Playboy Enterprisers, PowWow, Sex.com, The Useless Pages, WebCrawler, WebMuseum, Whitehouse.gov, and Yahoo!.

In 1994, one of the first Internet purchases took place in Santa Cruz, CA. A hungry web surfer ordered “a pepperoni pizza with mushrooms and extra cheese from Pizza Hut.”
In 1994, one of the first Internet purchases took place in Santa Cruz, CA. A hungry web surfer ordered “a pepperoni pizza with mushrooms and extra cheese from Pizza Hut.”

© 2019 Gregory DeVictor

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    Gregory DeVictor 

    2 months ago from Pittsburgh, PA

    Liz, thank you for the confirmation. Whenever any of us reach a fork in the road, we never really know how things would have turned out if we had taken the other route.

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    Liz Westwood 

    2 months ago from UK

    The labour party, led by Blair went on to win a landslide general election victory. He was popular for many years until falling out of favour over the Iraq war. Who knows when or if Blair would have been Prime Minister but for John Smith's premature death.

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    Gregory DeVictor 

    2 months ago from Pittsburgh, PA

    Liz, thank you for the comment. Unfortunately, I don’t remember much about Tony Blair or Nelson Mandela. How would politics have been different if John Smith had lived? What I vaguely remember about 1994 was the MLB strike because I am a baseball fan. I was also surprised about the oppressive heat that year throughout the U.S., in various European countries, and even Japan.

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    Liz Westwood 

    2 months ago from UK

    This is another great fact file. I remember the death of Tony Blair's predecessor, John Smith, who died suddenly from a heart attack. How different British politics might have been, had he lived, I wonder. I also remember Nelson Mandela being sworn in, which was a massive event, given his history. Last year I went to an exhibition about him in London. His was an amazing life story.

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