I turned thirteen in 1994. I started eight grade, I reluctantly stopped playing with my Barbie dolls because I decided that thirteen was way too grown-up for dolls, and I spent a lot of time in the library (sadly, my card catalogue knowledge is useless these days).
Highlights of 1994 include:
The top three Billboard hits that year were:
1. Ace of Base, “The Sign” – I think that just about everyone knew the lyrics to this one.
2. All-4-One, “I Swear” – Romantic ballads were VERY popular in the mid-nineties:
3. Boyz II Men – “I’ll Make Love to You”
My favorite song that year was Toni Braxton’s “Breathe Again”:
Popular TV shows were Friends, ER, Seinfeld, and pretty much anything that NBC played on Thursday nights. For the younger generation, there was Mighty Morphin Power Rangers:
Boy Meets World, which is being rebooted this year:
My So-Called Life: It was very disappointing to many teens when it was canceled mid-way through the first season. It is still occasionally broadcast on various cable networks and on streaming on Netflix.
The Lion King: The much-loved Disney classic was released this year.
Forrest Gump: Looking back, this movie was quite strange, but it was extremely popular.
There was also True Lies, The Mask, and Speed (and a personal favorite, D2: The Mighty Ducks). For the older crowd, the biggest movies were the cult film Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption, which is still listed by IMDb as the top-rated movie of all time.
In a groundbreaking election, Nelson Mandela was elected as president of South Africa. However, the biggest news that year was when former football star OJ Simpson was arrested for murder. This was the start of 24/7 news coverage. There were entire news series dedicated alone to this case.
Also, Bill Clinton was accused of sexual harassment, and figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked before the Olympics (orchestrated by competitor Tonya Harding).
The strangest thing that year? Prince (briefly) became The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, also known as this unpronounceable symbol: