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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:

Here are some of the athletes that died in 1994:

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 PosseBaltimore 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.

Championships:

Men’s Golf:

Women’s Golf:

Horse Racing:

United States Triple Crown Races:

  1. Kentucky Derby – Go for Gin
  2. Preakness Stakes – Tabasco Cat
  3. Belmont Stakes – Tabasco Cat

Tennis:

 

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