1994 events in history

Jan 1 The Zapatista Army of National Liberation initiates twelve days of armed conflict in the Mexican State of Chiapas
Jan 1 The North American Free Trade Agreement comes into effect
Jan 3 More than seven million people from the former Apartheid Homelands, receive South African citizenship
Jan 6 Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the knee at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, Michigan
Jan 8 Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov on Soyuz TM-18 leaves for Mir. He would stay on the space station until March 22, 1995, for a record 437 days in space
Jan 11 The Irish Government announces the end of a 15-year broadcasting ban on the IRA and its political arm Sinn Féin
Jan 17 1994 Northridge earthquake: A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Northridge, California
Jan 18 The Cando event, a possible bolide impact in Cando, Spain. Witnesses claim to have seen a fireball in the sky lasting for almost one minute
Jan 25 The Clementine space probe launches
Jan 30 Péter Lékó becomes the youngest chess grandmaster
Feb 1 Punk rock band Green Day releases their album Dookie, which would eventually sell over 20 million copies worldwide
Feb 5 Byron De La Beckwith is convicted of the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers
Feb 5 Markale massacres, more than 60 people are killed and some 200 wounded as a mortar shell explodes in a downtown marketplace in Sarajevo
Feb 12 Four men break into the National Gallery of Norway and steal Edvard Munch's iconic painting The Scream
Feb 22 Aldrich Ames and his wife are charged by the United States Department of Justice with spying for the Soviet Union
Feb 25 Mosque of Abraham massacre: In the Cave of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron, Baruch Goldstein opens fire with an automatic rifle, killing 29 Palestinian worshippers and injuring 125 more before being subdued and beaten to death by survivors
Mar 7 Copyright Law: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that parodies of an original work are generally covered by the doctrine of fair use
Mar 12 The Church of England ordains its first female priests
Mar 14 Timeline of Linux development: Linux kernel version 1.0.0 is released
Mar 18 Bosnia's Bosniaks and Croats sign the Washington Agreement, ending war between the Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia and the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and establishing the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mar 23 Aeroflot Flight 593 crashes in Siberia when the pilot's fifteen-year old son accidentally disengages the autopilot, killing all 75 people on board
Mar 23 At an election rally in Tijuana, Mexican presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio is assassinated by Mario Aburto Martínez
Mar 23 A United States Air Force (USAF) F-16 aircraft collides with a USAF C-130 at Pope Air Force Base and then crashes, killing 24 United States Army soldiers on the ground. This later became known as the Green Ramp disaster
Mar 28 BBC Radio 5 is closed and replaced with a new news and sport station BBC Radio 5 Live
Mar 28 In South Africa, Zulus and African National Congress supporters battle in central Johannesburg, resulting in 18 deaths
Mar 31 The journal Nature reports the finding in Ethiopia of the first complete Australopithecus afarensis skull
Apr 2 The National Convention of New Sudan of the SPLA/M opens in Chukudum
Apr 4 Marc Andreessen and Jim Clark found Netscape Communications Corporation under the name "Mosaic Communications Corporation"
Apr 5 American musician Kurt Cobain commits suicide
Apr 6 The Rwandan Genocide begins when the aircraft carrying Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down
Apr 7 Rwandan Genocide: Massacres of Tutsis begin in Kigali, Rwanda
Apr 7 Auburn Calloway attempts to hijack FedEx Express Flight 705 and crash it to allow his family to benefit from his life insurance policy. The crew subdues him and lands the aircraft safely
Apr 12 Canter & Siegel post the first commercial mass Usenet spam
Apr 14 In a U.S. friendly fire incident during Operation Provide Comfort in northern Iraq, two United States Air Force aircraft mistakenly shoot-down two United States Army helicopters, killing 26 people
Apr 26 China Airlines Flight 140 crashes at Nagoya Airport in Japan, killing 264 of the 271 people on board
Apr 27 South African general election, 1994: The first democratic general election in South Africa, in which black citizens could vote. The Interim Constitution comes into force
Apr 28 Former Central Intelligence Agency counter-intelligence officer and analyst Aldrich Ames pleads guilty to giving U.S. secrets to the Soviet Union and later Russia
Apr 30 Formula One racing driver Roland Ratzenberger is killed in a crash during the qualifying session of the San Marino Grand Prix run at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari outside Imola, Italy
May 1 Three-time Formula One world champion Ayrton Senna is killed in an accident during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola
May 2 A bus crashes in Gdańsk, Poland killing 32 people
May 4 Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat sign a peace accord regarding Palestinian autonomy granting self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho
May 5 American teenager Michael P. Fay is caned in Singapore for theft and vandalism
May 5 The signing of the Bishkek Protocol between Armenia and Azerbaijan effectively freezes the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
May 6 Former Arkansas state worker Paula Jones files a lawsuit against United States President Bill Clinton, alleging that he had sexually harassed her in 1991
May 6 Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and French President François Mitterrand officiate at the opening of the Channel Tunnel
May 7 Edvard Munch's iconic painting The Scream is recovered undamaged after being stolen from the National Gallery of Norway in February
May 10 Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as South Africa's first black president
May 13 Johnny Carson makes his last television appearance on Late Show with David Letterman
May 17 Malawi holds its first multi-party elections
May 21 The Democratic Republic of Yemen unsuccessful attempts to secede from the Republic of Yemen; a war breaks out