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Clockwise from top-left: the 1994 Winter Olympics are held in Lillehammer, Norway; the Kaiser Permanente building after the 1994 Northridge earthquake; a model of the MS Estonia, which sank in the Baltic Sea; Nelson Mandela casts his vote in the 1994 South African general election, in which he was elected South Africa's first president, and which effectively brought Apartheid to an end; NAFTA, which was signed in 1992, comes into effect in Canada, the United States, and Mexico; the first passenger rail service to utilize the newly-opened Channel Tunnel; the 1994 FIFA World Cup is held in the United States and is won by Brazil; skulls from the Rwandan genocide, in which over half a million Tutsi people were massacred by Hutus.
Millennium: 2nd millennium
1994 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar1994
Ab urbe condita2747
Armenian calendar1443
Assyrian calendar6744
Baháʼí calendar150–151
Balinese saka calendar1915–1916
Bengali calendar1401
Berber calendar2944
British Regnal year42 Eliz. 2 – 43 Eliz. 2
Buddhist calendar2538
Burmese calendar1356
Byzantine calendar7502–7503
Chinese calendar癸酉年 (Water Rooster)
4690 or 4630
    — to —
甲戌年 (Wood Dog)
4691 or 4631
Coptic calendar1710–1711
Discordian calendar3160
Ethiopian calendar1986–1987
Hebrew calendar5754–5755
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat2050–2051
 - Shaka Samvat1915–1916
 - Kali Yuga5094–5095
Holocene calendar11994
Igbo calendar994–995
Iranian calendar1372–1373
Islamic calendar1414–1415
Japanese calendarHeisei 6
Javanese calendar1926–1927
Juche calendar83
Julian calendarGregorian minus 13 days
Korean calendar4327
Minguo calendarROC 83
Nanakshahi calendar526
Thai solar calendar2537
Tibetan calendar阴水鸡年
(female Water-Rooster)
2120 or 1739 or 967
    — to —
(male Wood-Dog)
2121 or 1740 or 968
Unix time757382400 – 788918399

1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1994th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 994th year of the 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.

In Line Islands and Phoenix Islands, this year has only 364 days as Saturday, December 31 was skipped when 1995 began after Friday, December 30. That means aligning the rest of Kiribati within its capital Tarawa by redrawing the international date line on its territorial boundaries.


The February 1994 photo of Pluto and Charon from the Hubble Space Telescope.








Brown spots mark impact sites of the Shoemaker–Levy Comet on Jupiter's southern hemisphere.


Hurricane John near peak intensity to the south of Hawaii on August 23





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Nobel Prizes[edit]

The Nobel Prize medallion.

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