1994 in history

1994 in history

Here are some light-hearted facts about 1994, designed to serve as a prep sheet for a radio feature on 1994.

I created this page because when I needed some notes to create a few talking points about 1994 in Ireland I couldn't find any suitable sources, so I thought I'd share what I did find. It applies to 1994 in Britain too.

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1994

  • The Lion King hit cinema screens in this year. With songs from Elton John, a hyena voiced by Whoopi Goldberg and the tear-jerking death of Mufasa, it was one of the most successful Disney films of all-time.

  • The long-running TV series Friends began.

  • Yahoo! and Amazon were launched in this year.

  • The first item sold online was a CD of Sting's Ten Summoner's Tales album.

  • The Channel Tunnel opened to the public, linking England and France. The high-speed rail link (on the English side) came later.

  • Michael Jackson married Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa-Marie.

  • Lidl opened its first stores in Britain.

  • Shops in Britain were permitted to fully open on a Sunday for the first time, but supermarkets were restricted to shorter opening hours which still apply today.

  • ER aired for the first time.

  • The first draw in the UK's National Lottery was made on a TV programme presented by Noel Edmonds. The first numbers drawn were 30, 3, 5, 44, 14 and 22, the bonus was 10, and seven jackpot winners shared a prize of £5,874,778.

  • Four Weddings and a Funeral was released, sending Love Is All Around to number 1 in the charts for 15 weeks.

  • Forrest Gump was released, turning Tom Hanks into one of the biggest names in the movies - good for audio

  • Pulp Fiction, Dumb and Dumber, Shawshank Redemption, Muriel's Wedding and Speed were big movies too.

  • The Vicar of Dibley was first shown on TV - good for audio

  • The Daily Telegraph became the first national newspaper in Britain to launch an online edition, the Electronic Telegraph.

  • Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first ever black President.

  • A Morgan Stanley executive coined the phrase 'Celtic Tiger'.

  • John Bruton replaced Albert Reynolds as an Taoiseach.

  • The Eurovision Song Contest came from The Point Theatre in Dublin, presented by Cynthia Ní Mhurchú and Gerry Ryan. Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan won for Ireland with Rock N Roll Kids, making it three in a row. The interval act of Riverdance stole the show.


While these facts about 1994 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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