Information for the Year 1994
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- South Africa holds first interracial national election (April 29); Nelson Mandela elected President.
- Israel signs accord with Palestinians (May 4), peace treaty with Jordan (Oct. 17).
- IRA declares cease-fire in Northern Ireland (Aug. 31). Ulster Protestants declare cease-fire (Oct. 13).
- US sends forces to Persian Gulf (Oct. 7).
- Population: 5.602 billion
- Nobel Peace Prize: Yasir Arafat (Palestine), Shimon Peres, and Yitzhak Rabin (both Israel)
- Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan attacked (Jan. 6); three arrested in attack (Jan. 13).
- Aldrich Ames, high C.I.A. official, charged with spying for Soviets (Feb. 22).
- Four convicted in World Trade Center bombing (March 4).
- O. J. Simpson arrested in killings of wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and friend, Ronald Goldman (June 18).
- Major league baseball players strike (Aug. 13).
- Newt Gingrich named House Speaker (Dec. 5).
- President: William J. Clinton
- Vice President: Albert Gore, Jr
- Population: 260,289,237
- Life expectancy: 75.7 years
- US GDP (1998 dollars): $6,947.00 billion
- Federal spending: $1460.84 billion
- Federal debt: $4643.7 billion
- Median Household Income(current dollars): $32,264
- Consumer Price Index: 148.2
- Unemployment: 6.1%
- Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.29
- Super Bowl Dallas Cowboys defeated Buffalo Bills (SCORE 30-13)
- World Series of Baseball Not Held
- National Basketball Association Championship Houston defeated New York
- National Hockey League Stanley Cup New York Rangers defeated Vancouver Canucks
- Women Wimbledon Tennis Conchita Martinez defeated M. Navratilova (6-4 3-6 6-3)
- Men Wimbledon Tennis Pete Sampras defeated G. Ivanisevic (7-6 7-6 6-0)
- Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion Go For Gin
- National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship Arkansas defeated Duke (SCORE 76-72)
- National College Athletic Association Football Champions Nebraska (RECORD 13-0-0)
- World Cup Soccer Brazil defeated Italy
- 1994 Winter Olympics were held in Lillehammer, Norway
- 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.
- 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.
- Academy Award, Best Picture: Schindler's List
- Grammy Award - Record of the Year I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
- Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy Frasier - NBC
- Miss America: Kimberly Clarice Aiken (South Caroline)
- 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
- The FDA approves the Flavr Savr tomato, the first genetically-engineered food product.
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