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1994 World Events



January 1: North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) begins.

January 6: An accomplice Tonya Harding assaults rival figure skater Nancy Kerrigan.  The man clubs Kerrigan in the leg intending to remove her from competition.

January 14: Russian manned spacecraft Soyuz TM-17 lands.  On board are crew Vasili Tsibliyev and Aleksandr Serebrov returning to Earth after a long duration space mission aboard space station Mir.

January 25: NASA and the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization launch the space probe Clementine.  It will go on to orbit the moon and capture 1.8 million images of the surface.


January 30: The Dallas Cowboys football team defeats the Buffalo Bills by a score of 30-13 for their fourth Super Bowl Victory in Super Bowl XXVIII.

February 3: NASA launches Space Shuttle Discovery on the STS-60 mission.

February 12: The 1994 Winter Olympics opening ceremony occurs in Lillehammer, Norway.

February 25: A retirement party is held in honor of Gene Kranz's retirement from NASA. A friend and I attended this party and had a private meeting with Mr. Kranz in his office on this day.  For an account of these events follow the Gene Kranz link.

March 4: NASA launches space shuttle Columbia on the STS-62 mission.


March 18:  Space shuttle Columbia lands after the successful completion the STS-62 mission.

March 21: The Best Picture Oscar is awarded to "Schindler's List" at the 66th annual Academy Awards ceremony.


March 22: 
Russian spacecraft Soyuz TM-21 lands with crewmembers Anatoli Solovyov and Nikolai Budarin after the successful completion of their long duration mission on space station Mir.

April 9: NASA launches space shuttle Endeavour on the STS-59 mission.  It is the first space shuttle launch that I ever saw in person.  For my personal account of the launch follow the STS-59 link.

April 13: The GOES-8 weather satellite is launch on board Atlas Centaur 73 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.  For my personal account of the launch follow the AC-73 link.

April 20: Space Shuttle Endeavour lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California after the successful completion of its mission.


April 26: A China Airlines Airbus A-300 crashes in Nagoya, Japan killing all 264 on board.

April 27:  Former US President Richard M. Nixon is buried at the Nixon Presidential Library in California.


May 1:
Formula 1 race driver Ayrton Senna is killed in a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix.

May 29: Al Unser Jr. wins the 78th Indianapolis 500.  This is the last 500 for veteran race driver Mario Andretti, who retires.

June 22: The Houston Rockets beat the New York Knicks 4 games to 3 in the 48th NBA Championship.

July 1: Russia launches manned spacecraft Soyuz TM-19 with a crew of Yuri Malenchenko and Talgat Musabayev.


July 9: Russian manned spacecraft Soyuz TM-18 lands with crew Viktor Afansayev and Yuri Usachev.

July 8: NASA launches space shuttle Columbia on mission STS-65.

July 12: Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman are murdered outside of her home in Los Angeles, California.

July 16: First fragment of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collides with the planet Jupiter.

July 22: Last fragment of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collides with the planet Jupiter.


July 23: Space Shuttle Columbia lands after a record setting 14 day 55 minute mission.


August 1: Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson confirm rumors that they had been married a few weeks before.


August 12:
  Members of the Major League Baseball Players Association go on strike.

September 9: NASA launches space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-64.

September 13: Space probe Ulysses passes over the South Pole of the Sun.

September 20: Space shuttle Discovery lands after the completion of mission STS-64.


September 30: NASA launches space shuttle Endeavour on mission STS-68.

October 3: Russia launches Soyuz TM-20 with crewmembers Aleksandr Viktorenko, Elena Kondakova, and German Ulf Merbold.

October 11: Space shuttle Endeavour lands after the successful completion of mission STS-68.

October 13: NASA loses contact with the Venus orbiting spacecraft Magellan that is destined to burn up in the atmosphere of Venus after completing its mission.

November 3: NASA launches space shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-66.

November 4: Soyuz TM-19 spacecraft lands in Kazakhstan with crew Yuri Malenchenko, Talgat Musabayev, and German Ulf Merbold.

November 14: Space Shuttle Atlantis lands after the completion of STS-66.

December 2: Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss is found guilty of running a call girl ring.


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