1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family.
- June - Iraq disarmament crisis: UN weapons inspectors Ritter and Smidovitch learn, through Israeli intelligence reports, that Qusay Hussein, Saddam Hussein's son, is the key player in efforts by the Iraqi government to hide the country's alleged illegal weapons
- June 8 - Pierce Brosnan tells in a press conference that he was going to be the 5th James Bond
- June 12 - Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman are murdered outside her home in Los Angeles, California. O. J. Simpson is later acquitted of the killings, but is held liable in a civil suit.
- June 14 - Hacker Kevin Poulsen pleads guilty to seven counts of mail fraud, wire and computer fraud, money laundering, and obstruction of justice.
- June 14 - The New York Rangers def the Vancouver Canucks 4 games to 3 in the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals .
- June 15 - As of 2004 the third highest grossing animated film of all-time, The Lion King, opens in theatres nationwide.
- June 15 - Israel and the Vatican establish full diplomatic relations
- June 17 - NFL star OJ Simpson and his friend Al Cowlings flee from police in his white Ford Bronco. The low speed chase, which unfolds live on television, ends up at Simpson's mansion in Brentwood, California, where he then surrendered to police.
- July - The planet Jupiter is pelted by 21 large fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 over the course of 6 days
- July 7 - Aden is occupied by troops from North Yemen.
- July 17 - Brazil defeats Italy to win the Football World Cup 1994
- July 18 - In Buenos Aires, an explosion destroys a building housing several Jewish organizations killing 96 and injuring many more
- July 25 - Israel and Jordan sign the Washington Declaration which formally ends the state of war that has existed between the nations since 1948.
- July 25 - Phone Numbers throught Australia start changing to eight digits (Mona Vale, Sydney 1st to change)
- August - 'Wollemia nobilis', a "fossil tree" discovered by bushwalker David Noble only 150 km from the largest city in Australia.
- September 3 - Cold War: Russia and the People's Republic of China agree to de-target their nuclear weapons against each other
- September 4 - Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan opens. All international services are transferred from Itami to Kansai.
- September 5 - N.S.W M.P for Cabramatta John Newman is shot outside his home (Australia's 1st political assassination)
- September 8 - A Boeing 737 carrying USAir Flight 427 with 132 people on board, crashes on approach to Pittsburgh International Airport. There are no survivors
- September 13 - President Bill Clinton signs the Assault Weapons Ban, which bans the use of these weapons for a period of 10 years.
- September 19 - The pilot episode of the hit medical drama ER airs in the United States, on NBC. The episode was written by Michael Crichton, the show's creator.
- September 22 - The pilot episode of the hit sitcom Friends airs in the United States, on NBC. Over the next 10 seasons, Friends would go on to become one of the most financially successful TV series in broadcast history.
- September 28 - The car ferry MS Estonia sinks in Baltic Sea, killing 852.
- September-October - Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq threatens to stop cooperating with UNSCOM inspectors and begins to once again deploy troops near its border with Kuwait. In response, the U.S. begins to deploy troops to Kuwait.
Year in topic
- 1994 in film
- 1994 in literature
- 1994 in music
- March 8 - Industrial group Nine Inch Nails release their seminal album The Downward Spiral.
- June 11 - The Los Angeles radio station KROQ opens the second annual of their live concert Weenie Roast with The Afghan Whigs, Beck, Candlebox, Counting Crows, Frente!, Green Day, James, The Offspring, Oingo Boingo, Pavement, The Pretenders, Rollins Band and the Violent Femmes.
- 1994 in sports
- January - One month before the Winter Olympic Games, ice skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked by fellow skater Tonya Harding's boyfriend. The man clubbed Kerrigan in the knee. Kerrigan and Harding both competed in the Olympics, but Harding stumbled through her routine. She was later banned from the professional skating world for her connection to the attack.
- June 14 - After 54 years of futility, the New York Rangers defeat the Vancouver Canucks in the seventh game of the Stanley Cup Finals. It would be the highest rated Stanley Cup game in NHL history to date.
- 1994 in television
- January 1 - Arthur Espie Porritt, New Zealand politician and athlete (b. 1900)
- January 5 - Thomas P. 'Tip' O'Neill, Speaker of the House (b. 1912)
- January 9 - Johnny Temple, Major League Baseball second baseman (b. 1927)
- January 15 - Harry Nilsson, American musician (b. 1941)
- January 17 - Helen Stephens, American sprinter
- January 22 - Telly Savalas, actor
- January 23 - Brian Redhead, journalist and broadcaster
- January 25 - Stephen Cole Kleene, American mathematician
- January 27 - Claude Akins , American actor
- January 30 - Pierre Boulle, author
- February 6 - Jack Kirby, American comic book writer and illustrator (b. 1917)
- February 6 - Joseph Cotten, American actor (b. 1905)
- February 11 - Antonio Martin , Spanish professional cyclist, 1993 Tour de France Young Rider winner
- February 11 - Sorrell Booke, American actor (b. 1930)
- February 11 - William Conrad, American actor (b. 1920)
- February 11 - Neil Bonnett, NASCAR driver (b. 1946)
- February 14 - Andrei Chikatilo, Russian serial killer (executed) (b. 1936)
- February 17 - Randy Shilts, American author, AIDS activist (b. 1951)
- February 22 - Papa John Creech, fiddler
- February 24 - Dinah Shore, American actress, singer (b. 1916)
- February 24 - Jean Sablon, French singer (b. 1906)
- February 25 - Baruch Goldstein, Kahanist mass killer (b. 1956)
- February 25 - Jersey Joe Walcott, world champion boxer (b. 1914)
- February 26 - Bill Hicks, American comedian (b. 1961)
- March 4 - John Candy, Canadian comedian and actor (b. 1950)
- March 22 - Walter Lantz, American cartoonist (b. 1899)
- March 28 - Eugene Ionesco, playwright (b. 1909)
- April 1 - Léon Degrelle, Belgian Rexist who joined the Waffen SS (b. 1906)
- April 2 - Betty Furness, American actress, author, and consumer advocate (b. 1916)
- April 5 - Kurt Cobain, American rock musician (Nirvana) (suicide) (b. 1967)
- April 7 - Golo Mann, German historian (b. 1909)
- April 10 - Sam B. Hall, American politician (b. 1924)
- April 22 - Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States (b. 1913)
- April 30 - Roland Ratzenberger, Austrian Formula One driver (b. 1960)
- May 1 - Ayrton Senna, Formula One three times world champion
- May 7- Clement Greenberg, art critic
- May 8 - George Peppard, actor
- May 10 - John Wayne Gacy, serial killer (executed)
- May 12 - John Smith leader of British Labour Party.
- May 15 - Gilbert Roland, actor
- May 19 - Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, First Lady of the United States
- May 21 - Johan Hendrik Weidner, Belgian born hero of WW II
- May 29 - Erich Honecker, former leader of East Germany, while in exile in Chile
- June 29 - Kurt Eichhorn, conductor
- July 8 - Kim Il Sung, North Korea's leader
- July 11 - Gary Kildall, computer programmer (b. 1942)
- July 14 - César Tovar, Major League Baseball player (b. 1940)
- August 17 - Elias Canetti, buried next to James Joyce
- September 11 - Jessica Tandy, actress
- September 12 - Boris Yegorov, cosmonaut
- September 15 - Alain Bernardin , owner of "Le Crazy Horse Saloon" - Paris
- October 14 - Emil Gilels, Ukrainian pianist (b. 1916)
- October 20 - Burt Lancaster, American actor
- October 21 - Benoît Régent, French film actor
- Astrid Lindgren, SERVOL (Service Volunteered for All), Dr. H. Sudarshan / VGKK (Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra) and Ken Saro-Wiwa / MOSOP (Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People)