1993 in history

1993 in history

Here are some light-hearted facts about 1993, designed to serve as a prep sheet for a radio feature on 1993.

I created this page because when I needed some notes to create a few talking points about 1993 in Ireland I couldn't find any suitable sources, so I thought I'd share what I did find. It applies to 1993 in Britain too.

You can also look at years other than 1993:

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1993

  • Jurassic Park (with its CGI), Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Philadelphia, Free Willy, The Fugitive, Dazed and Confused, The Snapper, Mrs. Doubtfire and Groundhog Day were released.

  • Bill Clinton became President of the US.

  • Meatloaf released the 'Bat out of Hell' album.

  • The first episode of the X Files, Cracker and Frasier aired.

  • The most popular toy of that year was a Talkboy: Kevin from Home Alone owned one.

  • Dale's Supermarket Sweep aired for the first time - good for audio

  • It was the season finale of Saved by the Bell and Cheers - good for audio

  • Roy Hattersley failed to make his appearance on Have I Got News for You, so he was replaced by a tub of lard. They said it was "imbued with much the same qualities and liable to give a similar performance" - good for audio

  • The shooting video game Doom was released.

  • Beanie Babies were sold for the first time.

  • QVC launches the first television shopping channel in the UK. It stands for 'Quality, Value, Convenience'.

  • Adobe Acrobat – the programme that reads PDF files – was created.

  • Eurovision Song Contest was held at Green Glens Arena in Co. Cork, presented by Fionnuala Sweeney. It was won by Ireland with Niamh Kavanagh's In Your Eyes.


While these facts about 1993 have been checked against third-party sources (and have been used on air before!), they are provided in good faith to inspire your research and no guarantee is made about their accuracy or their uniqueness.

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Tedious about the author bit

Radio producer and travel historian. I write about travel patterns, urban development, heavy machinery and lists.

I love the places people pass through along their journey, and societies that have been shaped by our need to get around.

Producer experienced with entertainment and talk shows with an attitude described as "amusingly surly".

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