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1994 ( MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1994th year of the Common Era (CE) and (AD) designations, the 994th year of the Anno Domini 2nd millennium, the 94th year of the 20th century, and the 5th year of the 1990s decade.
The year 1994 was designated as the "
International Year of the Family" and the "International Year of Sport and the Olympic Ideal" by the United Nations.
January 6 - American figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked and injured by an assailant hired by her rival, Tonya Harding's ex-husband during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships that they were both taking part in.
January 8 - : Soyuz TM-18 Valeri Polyakov begins his 437.7-day orbit, eventually setting the world record for days spent in orbit.
January 11 - The Irish government announces the end of a 15-year broadcasting ban on the Provisional Irish Republican Army and its political arm Sinn Féin.
January 14 - U.S. President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin sign the Kremlin accords, which stop the preprogrammed aiming of nuclear missiles toward each country's targets, and also provide for the dismantling of the nuclear arsenal in Ukraine.
January 17 - The 6.7 Northridge earthquake strikes the Greater Los Angeles Area with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX ( Violent), leaving 57 people dead and more than 8,700 injured.
January 19 - Record cold temperatures hit the eastern United States. The coldest temperature ever measured in Indiana state history, -36 °F (-38 °C), is recorded in New Whiteland, Indiana.
January 25 - U.S. President Bill Clinton delivers his first State of the Union address, calling for health care reform, a ban on assault weapons, and welfare reform. January 26 - Student David Kang fires two blank shots from a starting pistol at Prince Charles in Sydney, Australia.  
May 1 - Three-time Formula One world champion Ayrton Senna is killed in an accident during the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola, Italy.
May 5 - The Bishkek Protocol between Armenia and Azerbaijan is signed in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; effectively freezing the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
May 6 - The Channel Tunnel, which took 15,000 workers more than seven years to complete, opens between England and France, enabling passengers to travel between the two countries in 35 minutes.
May 17 - Malawi holds its first multiparty elections.
May 20 - After a funeral in Cluny Parish Church, Edinburgh attended by 900 people and after which 3,000 people lined the streets, John Smith is buried in a private family funeral on the island of Iona, at the sacred burial ground of Reilig Odhráin, which contains the graves of several Scottish kings as well as monarchs of Ireland, Norway and France.  May 22 - Pope John Paul II issues the Apostolic Letter from the Ordinatio sacerdotalis Vatican, expounding the Catholic Church's position requiring "the reservation of priestly ordination to men alone".
December 1 - Ernesto Zedillo takes office as President of Mexico.
December 2 - The Australian government agrees to pay reparations to indigenous Australians who were displaced during the nuclear tests at Maralinga in the 1950s and 1960s.
December 11 - Russian president Boris Yeltsin orders troops into Chechnya.
The trial of former President
Mengistu begins in Ethiopia. Fred West, 53, a builder living in Gloucester, is remanded in custody, charged with murdering 12 people (including two of his own daughters) whose bodies are mostly found buried at his house in Cromwell Street. His wife Rosemary West, 41, is charged with 10 murders.
December 14 - Construction commences on the Three Gorges Dam, at Sandouping, China.
December 31 is skipped by the Phoenix Islands to switch from the UTC-11 time zone to UTC+13, and by the Line Islands to switch from UTC-10 to UTC+14. The latter becomes the earliest time zone in the world, one full day ahead of Hawaii.
Pyroclastic flows - clouds of scalding gas, pumice, and ash - rapidly descend an erupting Mount Merapi volcano in central Java, causing sixty deaths.
Online service America Online offers gateway to World Wide Web for the first time. This marked the beginning of easy accessibility of the Web to the average person in the U.S. The population of Nigeria exceeds 100 million, making it the first African state to have a population above 100 million.
January 3 - Isaquias Queiroz, Brazilian sprint canoeist 
January 5 - Zemgus Girgensons, Latvian ice hockey player 
January 6 - Catriona Gray, Filipino-Australian model and singer
January 10 - Faith Kipyegon, Kenyan middle-distance runner
January 12 - Emre Can, German footballer
January 17 - Lucy Boynton, American-British actress
Minzy, South Korean singer, rapper, and dancer Jiyoung, South Korean singer and actress
January 19 - Matthias Ginter, German footballer
January 21 - Booboo Stewart, American actor
January 24 - Juanpi, Venezuelan footballer January 28 - Maluma, Colombian singer
February 5 - Saki Nakajima, Japanese singer
February 6 - Charlie Heaton, English actor
February 10 - Seulgi, South Korean singer
February 12 - Arman Hall, American sprinter
February 13 - Memphis Depay, Dutch footballer
February 18 - J-Hope, South Korean rapper and songwriter
February 23 - Dakota Fanning, American actress and fashion model
February 24 - Earl Sweatshirt, American rapper
February 25 - Eugenie Bouchard, Canadian tennis player
February 27 - Hou Yifan, Chinese chess player February 28 - Arkadiusz Milik, Polish footballer
March 1 - Justin Bieber, Canadian singer
March 2 - Nikkie de Jager, Dutch makeup artist and beauty vlogger
March 5 - Daria Gavrilova, Russian-Australian tennis player
March 10 - Bad Bunny, Puerto Rican singer
March 11 - Andrew Robertson, Scottish footballer
March 12 - Christina Grimmie, American singer (d. 2016)
March 14 - Ansel Elgort, American actor, singer, and DJ
March 16 - Joel Embiid, Cameroonian basketball player
March 26 - Mayu Watanabe, Japanese singer
March 28 - Jackson Wang, Hong Kong rapper
March 29 - Sulli, South Korean singer, songwriter, actress and model (d. 2019) March 30 - Jetro Willems, Dutch footballer
August 3 - Corentin Tolisso, French footballer
August 4 - Mayuko Fukuda, Japanese actress
August 8 - Lauv, American singer-songwriter
August 9 - Kelli Hubly, American soccer player
August 10 - Bernardo Silva, Portuguese footballer
August 13 - Filip Forsberg, Swedish ice hockey player
August 15 - Kosuke Hagino, Japanese swimmer
August 18 - Madelaine Petsch, American actress
August 19 - Nafissatou Thiam, Belgian athlete
August 28 - Ons Jabeur, Tunisian tennis player
August 30 - Kwon So-hyun, South Korean actress and singer August 31 -- Can Aktav, Turkish football player
September 1 - Bianca Ryan, American singer-songwriter
September 5 - Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italian swimmer
September 8 - Bruno Fernandes, Portuguese footballer
September 10 - Mehdi Torabi, Iranian footballer.
September 11 - Jordi El Niño Polla, Spanish adult film actor
September 22 - Carlos Correa, Puerto Rican-American baseball player
September 23 - Yerry Mina, Colombian footballer
September 28 - Trevor Daniel, American singer
September 29 - Halsey, American singer September 30 - Aliya Mustafina, Russian artistic gymnast
October 1 - Trézéguet, Egyptian footballer
October 2 - Shekhinah, South African singer-songwriter
October 8 - Luca Hänni, Swiss singer-songwriter
October 9 - Jodelle Ferland, Canadian actress
Ilhoon, South Korean rapper, songwriter, and actor Suzy, South Korean singer and actress
October 14 - Jared Goff, American football player
October 15 - Sebastián Yatra, Colombian singer
October 25 - Manzoor Pashteen, Pakistani human rights activist October 30 - Miy? Tsuzurahara, Japanese actress
November 3 - Ella Mai, British singer
November 8 - Lauren Alaina, American singer, songwriter
November 9 - MNEK, British singer
November 15 - Emma Dumont, American actress, model, and dancer
November 21 - Saúl Ñíguez, Spanish footballer
November 22 - Dacre Montgomery, Australian actor
November 24 - Nabil Bentaleb, Algerian footballer November 29 - Julius Randle, American basketball player
January 3 - Frank Belknap Long, American writer (b. 1901)
January 4 - R. D. Burman, Indian music composer (b. 1939)
January 5 - Tip O'Neill, American politician (b. 1912)
January 7 - Phoumi Vongvichit, President of Laos (b. 1909)
January 8 - Pat Buttram, American actor (b. 1915)
January 12 - Samuel Bronston, American film producer and director (b. 1908)
January 13 - Johan Jørgen Holst, Norwegian politician and diplomat (b. 1937)
January 23 - Nikolai Ogarkov, Soviet marshal (b. 1917)
January 25 - Stephen Cole Kleene, American mathematician (b. 1909)
January 27 - Claude Akins, American actor (b. 1926)
January 28 - Hal Smith, American actor (b. 1916)
March 2 - Anita Morris, American actress and singer (b. 1943)
March 3 - Karel Kryl, Czech folk singer (b. 1944)
March 4 - John Candy, Canadian comedian and actor (b. 1950)
March 5 - Abdullah al-Sallal, 1st President of the Yemen Arab Republic (b. 1917)
March 6 - Melina Mercouri, Greek actress and politician (b. 1920)
March 10 - D. J. M. Mackenzie, New Zealand-born British medical officer (b. 1905)
March 13 - Danny Barker, American musician (b. 1909)
March 25 - Max Petitpierre, Swiss politician (b. 1899)
March 26 - Whina Cooper, New Zealand schoolteacher, historian, and activist (b. 1895)
March 29 - Bill Travers, English actor (b. 1922)
April 2 - Betty Furness, American actress, author, and consumer advocate (b. 1916)
April 3 - Jérôme Lejeune, French pediatrician and geneticist (b. 1926)
April 5 - Kurt Cobain, American singer and songwriter (b. 1967)
April 9 - Marcel Ichac, French alpinist, explorer, photographer and film director (b. 1906)
April 13 - Nikolai Kryuchkov, Russian actor (b. 1911)
April 15 - John Curry, British figure skater (b. 1949)
April 16 - Ralph Ellison, American writer (b. 1914)
April 17 - Roger Wolcott Sperry, American neurobiologist (b. 1913)
April 18 - Ken Oosterbroek, South African photojournalist (b. 1962)
April 22 - Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States (b. 1913)
April 24 - Masutatsu ?yama, Korean-Japanese Karate master (b. 1923)
April 27 - Lynne Frederick, English actress (b. 1954)
May 1 - Ayrton Senna, Brazilian Formula One driver (b. 1960)
May 5 - Joe Layton, American director and choreographer (b. 1931)
May 7 - Clement Greenberg, American art critic (b. 1909)
May 8 - George Peppard, American actor (b. 1928)
May 9 - Elias Motsoaledi, South African political activist (b. 1924)
May 10 - John Wayne Gacy, American serial killer (b. 1942)
May 13 - Duncan Hamilton, English racing driver (b. 1920)
May 14 - W. Graham Claytor, Jr., American businessman and naval officer (b. 1914)
May 16 - Alain Cuny, French actor (b. 1908)
May 17 - Étienne Hirsch, French engineer and administrator (b. 1901)
May 28 - Julius Boros, American golfer (b. 1920)
May 29 - Erich Honecker, East German politician (b. 1912) May 30
June 6 - Barry Sullivan, American actor (b. 1912)
June 7 - Dennis Potter, English dramatist (b. 1935)
June 9 - Jan Tinbergen, Dutch economist (b. 1903)
June 13 - K. T. Stevens, American actress (b. 1919)
June 14 - Henry Mancini, American composer and arranger (b. 1924)
June 15 - Manos Hatzidakis, Greek composer (b. 1925)
June 16 - Kristen Pfaff, American bassist (b. 1967)
June 20 - Jay Miner, American computer pioneer (b. 1932)
June 21 - William Wilson Morgan, American astronomer and astrophysicist (b. 1906) June 26 - A. den Doolaard, Dutch writer and journalist (b. 1901)
August 3 - Innokenty Smoktunovsky, Russian actor (b. 1925)
August 4 - Giovanni Spadolini, Italian Prime Minister (b. 1925)
August 6 - Domenico Modugno, Italian singer-songwriter and actor turned politician (b. 1928)
August 11 - Peter Cushing, English actor (b. 1913)
August 13 - Manfred Wörner, German politician and diplomat (b. 1934)
August 14 - Elias Canetti, Bulgarian-born writer (b. 1905)
August 16 - John Doucette, American actor (b. 1921)
August 17 - Jack Sharkey, American boxer (b. 1902)
August 18 - Richard Laurence Millington Synge, English chemist (b. 1914)
August 20 - Aleksandar Petrovi?, French film director (b. 1929)
August 21 - Anita Lizana, Chilean tennis champion (b. 1915)
August 23 - Zoltán Fábri, Hungarian film director (b. 1917)
August 27 - Roberto Goyeneche, Argentine tango singer (b. 1926) August 30 - Lindsay Anderson, British film director (b. 1923)
September 3 - Billy Wright, English footballer (b. 1924)
September 5 - Shimshon Amitsur, Israeli mathematician (b. 1921)
September 8 - János Szentágothai, Hungarian anatomist (b. 1912)
September 9 - Patrick O'Neal, American actor (b. 1927)
September 11 - Jessica Tandy, English-born American actress (b. 1909)
September 15 - Mark Stevens, American actor (b. 1916)
September 16 - Jack Dodson, American actor (b. 1931)
September 18 - Franco Moschino, Italian fashion designer (b. 1950)
September 19 - Joseph Iléo, Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (b. 1921)
September 20 - Jule Styne, English-born American songwriter (b. 1905)
September 22 - Bud Sagendorf, American cartoonist (b. 1915)
September 23 - Robert Bloch, American writer (b. 1917)
September 26 - Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia (b. 1907)
September 27 - Carlos Lleras Restrepo, President of Colombia (b. 1908)
September 28 - José Francisco Ruiz Massieu, Mexican politician (b. 1946) September 30
October 2 - Harriet Nelson, American actress (b. 1909)
October 3 - Dub Taylor, American actor (b. 1907)
October 9 - Raich Carter, English sportsman (b. 1913)
October 15 - Sarah Kofman, French philosopher (b. 1934)
October 19 - Martha Raye, American actress and comedian (b. 1916)
October 18 - Conchita Montes, Spanish actress (b. 1914)
October 19 - Old?ich ?erník, Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia (b. 1921)
October 21 - Benoît Régent, French actor (b. 1953)
October 23 - Robert Lansing, American actor (b. 1928)
October 25 - Mildred Natwick, American actress (b. 1905)
October 28 - Calvin S. Fuller, American physical chemist (b. 1902) October 29 - Shlomo Goren, Israeli rabbi (b. 1918)
November 1 - Noah Beery Jr., American actor (b. 1913)
November 2 - Grisha Filipov, 38th Prime Minister of Bulgaria (b. 1919)
November 4 - Sam Francis, American painter (b. 1923)
November 10 - Carmen McRae, American jazz singer (b. 1922)
November 11 - Dame Elizabeth Maconchy, British composer (b. 1907)
November 14 - Tom Villard, American actor (b. 1953)
November 15 - Oscar Mpetha, South African political activist (b. 1909)
November 18 - Cab Calloway, American jazz singer and bandleader (b. 1907)
November 19 - Julian Symons, British crime writer and poet (b. 1912)
November 21 - Willem Jacob Luyten, Dutch-American astronomer (b. 1899)
November 23 - Alberto Natusch, Bolivian general, 66th President of Bolivia (b. 1933)
December 4 - Julio Ramón Ribeyro, Peruvian writer (b. 1929)
December 6 - Gian Maria Volonté, Italian actor (b. 1933)
December 9 - Max Bill, Swiss architect and artist (b. 1908)
December 10 - Alex Wilson, Canadian athlete (b. 1905)
December 12 - Stuart Roosa, American astronaut (b. 1933)
December 13 - Antoine Pinay, French politician, former Prime Minister (b. 1891)
December 18 - Lilia Skala, Austrian-born American actress (b. 1896)
December 20 - Dean Rusk, American diplomat, 54th Secretary of State (b. 1909)
December 23 - Sebastian Shaw, English actor (b. 1905)
December 25 - Zail Singh, 7th President of India (b. 1916)
December 31 - Woody Strode, American athlete and actor (b. 1914)
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