From the day we arrive on the planet
And blinking, step into the sun
There’s more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
It was 1994 and it moved us all…
1994 was much like any year, a lot of stuff happened. The Cold War was for serious done. Bill Clinton was in his first term as President. TV was dominated by non-football programming in Seinfeld, ER, Home Improvement, and Grace Under Fire. There are a lot of movies we look back on nostalgically. The public internet was becoming a thing.
Like most years, however, 1994 turned out to be like a box of chocolates; we were never quite sure what we were gonna get. We ate it up all the same.
Here’s some athletes that were born in 1994:
- Jameis Winston, American football player
- Denis Suárez, Spanish footballer
- Landon Collins, American football player
- Faith Kipyegon, Kenyan middle-distance runner
- Emre Can, German footballer
- Eric Dier, English footballer
- Matthias Ginter, German footballer
- Addison Russell, American baseball player
- Dansby Swanson, American baseball player
- Memphis Depay, Dutch footballer
- Axel Reymond, French Marathon swimmer
- Eugenie Bouchard, Canadian tennis player
- Arkadiusz Milik, Polish footballer
- Tyreek Hill, American football player
- Jordan Pickford, English footballer
- Gerard Deulofeu, Spanish footballer
- Joel Embiid, Cameroonian basketball player
- Will Fuller, American football player
- Corey Seager, American baseball player
- Mateo Kovačić, Croatian footballer
- Alex Bregman, American baseball player
- Marquinhos, Brazilian footballer
- Aly Raisman, American gymnast
- John Stones, English footballer
- Jessica Fox, Australian canoeist
- Vincent Janssen, Dutch footballer
- Amari Cooper, American football player
- Shaq Lawson, American football player
- Leonard Williams, American football player
- Corey Coleman, American football player
- Derrick Henry, American football player
- Victor Lindelöf, Swedish footballer
- Benjamin Mendy, French footballer
- Todd Gurley, American football player
- Corentin Tolisso, French footballer
- Bernardo Silva, Portuguese footballer
- Filip Forsberg, Swedish ice hockey player
- Jack Conklin, American football player
- Tiémoué Bakayoko, French footballer
- Bruno Fernandes, Portuguese footballer
- Carlos Correa, Puerto Rican-American baseball player
- Seth Jones, American ice hockey player
- Olivia Smoliga, American swimmer
- Sean Monahan, Canadian ice hockey player
- Jared Goff, American football player
- Jalen Ramsey, American football player
- Kurt Zouma, French footballer
- Jordan Howard, American football player
- Deion Jones, American football player
- Julius Randle, American basketball player
- Nyjah Huston, American skateboarder
- Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greek basketball player
- Yuzuru Hanyu, Japanese figure skater
- Hunter Henry, American football player
- Raheem Sterling, English footballer
Here are some of the athletes that died in 1994:
- Arthur Espie Porritt, New Zealand politician and athlete (b. 1900)
- Johnny Temple, American baseball player (b. 1927)
- Helen Stephens, American runner (b. 1918)
- Matt Busby, Scottish football manager (b. 1909)
- Ulrike Maier, Austrian alpine skier (b. 1967)
- Jersey Joe Walcott, American boxer (b. 1914)
- Ellsworth Vines, American tennis player (b. 1911)
- Ira Murchison, American athlete (b. 1933)
- John Curry, British figure skater (b. 1949)
- William Albertini, English cricketer (b. 1913)
- Julius Boros, American golfer (b. 1920)
- Roberto Balado, Cuban boxer (b. 1969)
- César Tovar, Venezuelan baseball player (b. 1940)
- Jean Borotra, French tennis player (b. 1898)
- Ray Flaherty, American football coach (b. 1903)
- Jack Sharkey, American boxer (b. 1902)
- Anita Lizana, Chilean tennis player (b. 1915)
- Billy Wright, English footballer (b. 1924)
- Wilma Rudolph, American athlete (b. 1940)
- Allie Reynolds, American baseball player (b. 1917)
- Peter May, English cricketer (b. 1929)
News of the Year:
- The 1994 Winter Olympics begin in Lillehammer.
- A photo by Marmaduke Wetherell, previously touted as “proof” of the Loch Ness Monster, is confirmed to be a hoax.
- Apple Computer, Inc. releases the first Macintosh computers to use the new PowerPC Microprocessors.
- Ice skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked by Tonya Harding’s bodyguard
- The Canadian Football League expanded further in the U.S. in 1994 with the Las Vegas Posse, Baltimore Stallions, and Shreveport Pirates.
- The Channel Tunnel, which took 15,000 workers more than seven years to complete, opens between England and France, enabling passengers to travel between the two countries in 35 minutes.
- NFL star O. J. Simpson and his friend Al Cowlings flee from police in his white Ford Bronco. The low-speed chase ends at Simpson’s Brentwood, Los Angeles mansion, where he surrenders.
- The 1994 FIFA World Cup starts in the United States.
- Cold War: the last Russian troops leave Germany.
- Ken Griffey, Jr. leads the Mariners to a 12–3 win over the Angels by stroking his 31st home run of the season. In doing so, Griffey Jr. breaks Babe Ruth‘s record for most home runs before the end of June.
- Microsoft announces it will no longer sell or support the MS-DOS operating system separately from Microsoft Windows.
- Colombian footballer Andrés Escobar, 27, is shot dead in Medellín. His murder is commonly attributed as retaliation for the own goal. Escobar scored in the 1994 FIFA World Cup against the United States soccer team.
- Jeff Bezos founds Amazon.
- Woodstock ’94 begins in Saugerties, New York. It is the 25-year anniversary of Woodstock in 1969.
- All Major League Baseball players go on strike, beginning the longest work stoppage in the sport’s history.
- George Foreman wins the WBA and IBF World Heavyweight Championships by KO’ing Michael Moorer becoming the oldest heavyweight champion in history.
- The NHL locked out its players and the regular season was put on hold for the next 3½ months and the season began under a 48-game schedule through 1995.
- WXYC, the student radio station of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides the world’s first internet radio broadcast.
- Drew Bledsoe sets NFL single game records for pass attempts (70) and pass completions (45) helping New England Patriots beat Minnesota Vikings 26–20.
- In a rainy and windy game at Soldier Field on Monday Night Football, Dick Buktus’ and Gale Sayers’ Jerseys were retired at Halftime, but the Bears were blown away by Brett Favre and the Packers, 6–33
- Georgia Representative Newt Gingrich leads the United States Republican Party in taking control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate in midterm congressional elections, the first time in 40 years the Republicans secure control of both houses of Congress.
- George W. Bush is elected Governor of Texas.
- Online service America Online offers gateway to World Wide Web for the first time. This marked the beginning of easy accessibility of the Web to the average American.
- MLB World Series – A labor strike by Major League Baseball players results in the premature termination of the season, and the cancellation of the World Series for the first time since 1904. The Montreal Expos were the league-leading team up to the strike, with a 74–40 record.
- NFL Super Bowl XXVIII – Dallas Cowboys defeated Buffalo Bills, 30–13. It is the fourth consecutive Super Bowl appearance by the Bills as well as their fourth consecutive loss. This is also the first (and thus far only) time that the same two teams have met in consecutive Super Bowls.
- NHL Stanley Cup Final – New York Rangers defeated Vancouver Canucks, 4 games to 3. The win ened the Rangers 54-year Stanley Cup drought.
- NBA Finals – Houston Rockets defeated New York Knicks, 4 games to 3.
- NCAA Baseball World Series – Oklahoma defeated Georgia Tech in a 1 game playoff, 13-5.
- NCAA Softball World Series –Arizona defeated Cal State Northridge, 4-0
- NCAA Men’s Basketball – University of Arkansas defeated Duke University, 76-72
- NCAA Women’s Basketball – University of North Carolina defeated Louisiana Tech University, 60-59
- NCAA Division I-A Football – Florida State Seminoles defeated Nebraska Cornhuskers, 18-16 to win the national championship in the Orange Bowl.
- CFL Grey Cup – B.C. Lions defeated Baltimore Stallions, 26–23
- FIFA World Cup – Brazil defeated Italy, 3–2 in a penalty shootout at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California
- Champions League – Borussia Dortmund defeated Juventus F.C., 3–1
- UEFA Cup – F.C. Internazionale Milano defeated Austria Salzburg, 2–0 on aggregate
- UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup – Arsenal defeated Parma, 1-0
- FA Cup – Manchester United defeated Chelsea , 4–0
- Champions League – AC Milan defeated Barcelona, 4–0
- Intercontinental Cup – Argentina’s Vélez Sársfield defeated Italy’s AC Milan, 2–0.
- Copa Libertadores 1994 – Vélez Sársfield after defeating São Paulo FC 5–3
- Tour de France – Miguel Indurain of Spain
- Masters Tournament – José María Olazábal
- U.S. Open – Ernie Els
- British Open – Nick Price
- PGA Championship – Nick Price
- PGA Tour money leader – Nick Price – $1,499,927
- Nabisco Dinah Shore – Donna Andrews
- LPGA Championship – Laura Davies
- U.S. Women’s Open – Patty Sheehan
- Classique du Maurier – Martha Nause
- LPGA Tour money leader – Laura Davies – $687,201
- Grand Slam in tennis men’s results:
- Grand Slam in tennis women’s results:
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