Serbs' heavy weapons pound Sarajevo (Jan. 5-6).
Thousands dead in Rwanda massacre (April 6).
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).
Aristide returns to Haiti (Oct. 4), forms Government with Prime Minister and full Cabinet (Nov. 9).
US sends forces to Persian Gulf (Oct. 7).
Russians attack secessionist Republic of Chechnya (Dec. 11 et seq.).
- Olympic figure skaterNancy 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).
- Clinton accused of sexual harassment while Governor of Arkansas (May 6).
- O. J. Simpson arrested in killings of wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and friend, Ronald Goldman (June 18).
- US Supreme Court approves limit on abortion protests (June 30).
- Senate confirms Stephen G. Breyer for Supreme Court (July 29).
- Major league baseball players strike (Aug. 13).
- Newt Gingrich named House Speaker (Dec. 5).
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
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.29
Dallas d. Buffalo (30-13)
Houston d. New York (4-3)
NY Rangers d. Vancouver (4-3)
Women: Conchita Martinez d. M. Navratilova (6-4 3-6 6-3)
Men: Pete Sampras d. G. Ivanisevic (7-6 7-6 6-0)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Go For Gin
NCAA Basketball Championship
Arkansas d. Duke (76-72)
NCAA Football Champions
Brazil d. Italy (3-2 (shootout))
- Kurt Cobain kills himself. He was 27.
- 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.
- Woodstock '94 commemorates the original weekend-long concert. Green Day and Nine Inch Nails join Woodstock veterans Bob Dylan and the Allman Brothers.
- 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.
- Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, Quiz Show, Nobody's Fool
- James Kelman, How Late It Was, How Late
- Carol Shields, The Stone Diaries
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. Background: Computers and Internet
Dr. Ned First (US) clones calves from cells of early embryos. Background: Cloning Milestones
The FDA approves the Flavr Savr tomato, the first genetically-engineered food product.
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