Flashback to 1994: 20 Pop Culture Moments That Will Make You Feel Old

A lady never divulges her age, but let’s just say that I remember almost all of these cultural moments that happened twenty, yes TWENTY, years ago. Here’s the thing, if something happened 17 years, 18 years, or 19 years ago, then it really doesn’t seem that long ago. But once it hits that 20-year mark and you remember it, that is when it hits you … you are OLD.

Let’s flashback to 1994, the year that had a whole bunch of big, huge, and monumental moments, from bizarre marriages to favorite movies being released to shocking celebrity deaths. Check out these 20 things that happened 20 years ago. Which ones do you remember most?

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    Get ready to feel old ...

  • The Lion King Debuted 2 of 21
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    The Lion King debuted on June 24th, 1994 and from that day on, countless viewers have fallen in love with the timeless story of Simba and his journey from cub to proud lion. One of the amazing things about this film is how it seems so fresh and new, delighting generations of watchers over the course of 20 years.

     

    And it wasn't just the film that made a cultural impact, the Broadway show is said to be on its way to becoming the most successful Broadway production ever, bringing in over a billion dollars.

     

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  • Friends First Premiered 3 of 21
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    Get this: Friends is going to turn 20 this year! On September 22, 1994 the world fell in love with Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, and Ross. Friends went on to run until 2004 and is considered to be one of the most beloved, influential and successful sitcoms ever.

     

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  • Nancy Kerrigan Got Clubbed 4 of 21
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    As sports fans are getting ready for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games that begin next month in Sochi, it's hard not to reflect back to Winter Olympic news of yore. One of the most notable/crazy/intense things that ever happened took place 20 years ago. On Jan. 6, 1994, ice skater  Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by a man wielding a baton, a man hired by rival Tonya Harding's ex-husband. The two went on to compete in the Olympic games, and a healed Kerrigan won silver. Kerrigan told USA Today about the event:

    "I really don't look back unless someone asks me to look back, and then I have to. Otherwise, why would I? I was attacked. [...] It was 20 years ago and I don't remember lots and lots of it. I know it was a horrible time for everyone involved. It was a bad streak, going through all the crud, and I was able to rise above it. I think Nancy and I have good lives now."

     

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  • Forrest Gump Was Released 5 of 21
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    "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are gonna get." That quote is one that will go down as one of the most recited movie quotes ever, even making it onto AFI's 100 Greatest Movie Quotes of All Time.

     

    It also did incredibly well at the Academy Awards, earning six Oscars for: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Director, Best Writing for a Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published, Best Film Editing, and Best Visual Effects. Plus, it was nominated for seven more!

     

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  • Kurt Cobain Committed Suicide 6 of 21
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    Nirvana was one of the most popular bands on the planet when the band's front man Kurt Cobain ended his life by committing suicide in April 1994. The 27-year-old Cobain had been notoriously troubled, having issues with drugs and depression. In his suicide note, he addressed the pressure of being a rock star, writing:

    "...when we're back stage and the lights go out and the manic roar of the crowds begins., it doesn't affect me the way in which it did for Freddie Mercury, who seemed to love, relish in the the love and adoration from the crowd which is something I totally admire and envy. The fact is, I can't fool you, any one of you. It simply isn't fair to you or me. The worst crime I can think of would be to rip people off by faking it and pretending as if I'm having 100% fun. Sometimes I feel as if I should have a punch-in time clock before I walk out on stage. [...] I don't have the passion anymore, and so remember, it's better to burn out than to fade away"

      

    "Nirvana will be remembered for revolutionizing the state of rock 'n' roll in the 1990s, pulling it away from a processed, rather synthetic sound and returning it to something more sincere," said Michael Azerrad, the author of Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana. A sincere sound that continues to be influential and inspiring. 

     

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  • Cameron Diaz Had Her Film Debut in The Mask 7 of 21
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    It was 1994 when Jim Carrey had one of his biggest roles in the film The Mask. And it wasn't just a star vehicle for him, but it was also the film debut of Cameron Diaz! She's gone on to have an amazing career; she just finished shooting Annie where she stars in the iconic role of Miss Hannigan.

     

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  • My So-Called Life Premiered 8 of 21
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    Years before Claire Danes tried to manage her mania as the intelligence operative Carrie Mathison on Homeland, she won the hearts of teens and adults everywhere as Angela Chase on the beautifully produced coming-of-age saga, My So-Called Life. And who could forget Jared Leto as Jordan Catalano? The show only ran for a year but was critically acclaimed and launched some pretty significant careers. 

     

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  • Pulp Fiction Was Released 9 of 21
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    Even after 20 years, Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction is still shocking and seems totally modern and timely. The reason why has to be due to its interwoven story lines and cutting dialogue. Roger Ebert credited Tarantino for combining "utilitarian prose with flights of rough poetry and wicked fancy." Pulp Fiction is one of those films that really stands the test of time, albeit a wild and violent time.

     

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  • Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley Wed 10 of 21
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    In what seemed to be a bizarre joke, in May of 1994, Lisa Marie Presley, the only daughter of the king of rock n' roll, married the king of pop in a wedding in the Dominican Republic.  Many thought the marriage was a publicity stunt but both went on to defend their union. "How can you fake this 24 hours a day — sleeping with somebody, waking up with somebody?" Lisa Marie said in an interview with ABC's Primetime Live. "I'm not going to marry somebody for any reason other than the fact that I fall in love with them."

     

    The marriage only lasted twenty months.

     

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  • ER Premiered 11 of 21
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    ER is a significant show, not just for the emergency room drama that unfolded each week, not just for the all the Emmys they won, but for the introduction of George Clooney to audiences everywhere. 

     

    Photo Source: Amazon/ Season 1 Available here

  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Died 12 of 21
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    In May of 1994, American icon and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died at the age of 64 from cancer. The New York Times said of Jackie-O:

    "Although she was one of the world's most famous women — an object of fascination to generations of Americans and the subject of countless articles and books that re-explored the myths and realities of the Kennedy years, the terrible images of the President's 1963 assassination in Dallas, and her made-for-tabloids marriage to the wealthy Mr. Onassis — she was a quintessentially private person, poised and glamorous, but shy and aloof."

     

    And although she may not be with us in body, her spirit and her inspiration live on.

     

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  • Anna Nicole Smith Got Married 13 of 21
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    In 1994, the then 26-year-old Anna Nicole Smith famously wed the 89-year-old oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II. The two met when Anna Nicole was working as a stripper in Texas. Her husband died one year later and Anna Nicole Smith was embroiled in a fierce legal battle with his family over his fortune, a legal fight that even went to the Supreme Court. 

     

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  • O.J. Simpson’s Infamous Car Chase Happened 14 of 21
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    This has got to be the most famous car chase — EVER. In June of 1994, the infamous O.J. Simpson was on the run in the backseat of a white Ford Bronco which belonged to his friend Al Cowlings, O.J.'s former teammate in high school, college and the NFL. O.J. was supposed to turn himself into police for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, but he was a no-show. O.J. and Al were soon followed by about 20 police cars and numerous helicopters, which tracked their slow progress (they were going about 3o MPH on the highway) and beamed the chase to TV viewers everywhere.

     

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  • The Shawshank Redemption Was Released 15 of 21
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    My husband and I have a joke that at any given time one of these three films will be on TV: The Godfather, Scarface or The Shawshank Redemption. Seriously, these popular and beloved flicks get LOTS of play. And The Shawshank Redemption (released in 1994) seems fresh every time it comes on, like it could have been released 30 years ago, 20 years ago, or two weeks ago. It really is timeless.

     

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  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Was Published 16 of 21
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    One of the biggest books of 1994 was Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. It was a thrilling and wonderfully written true-crime book that later became a movie starring Kevin Spacey and John Cusack. It also did much for the tourist trade of Savannah, Georgia, where the book takes place.

     

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  • Guess How Much I Love You Was Published 17 of 21
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    For 20 years, parents have been reading Sam McBratney's sweet book Guess How Much I Love You to their children. And over 20 million copies have been sold. Yes, TWENTY MILLION. It has even been translated into over 37 different languages, so all over the world parents are telling their kids just how much they love them!

     

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  • WarCraft Was Born 18 of 21
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    The gaming world would never be the same again. In November of 1994, Blizzard released their game Warcraft: Orcs & Humans. "Warcraft has not only become a classic, winning many awards," Blizzard wrote, "but it has set new standards for multiplayer games. Set in the mythic kingdom of Azeroth, players are given the task of maintaining a thriving economy while building a war machine with which to destroy the enemy."

     

    And the WarCraft brand, in the fast-paced gaming world, continues on today. 

      

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  • Cadabra, Inc. (AKA: Amazon.com) Started Up 19 of 21
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    When Jeff Besos first started the company that would make him incredibly wealthy, he named it Cadabra, Inc. Apparently, as Geek.com points out, "people sometimes confused the original name with Cadaver," and he changed it to Amazon.com.

     

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  • Yahoo! Was First Envisioned 20 of 21
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    Two Stanford electrical engineering doctoral students — David Filo and Jerry Yang — created a website called Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web in 1994. It was a hobby at first and just a compilation of their favorite sites. In 1995 they dropped out of school and renamed the site Yahoo!, and an industry giant was born.

     

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  • Justin Beiber Was Born! 21 of 21
    Car enthusiast Justin Bieber films with yet another beautiful car for his new music video filming on location in Los Angeles

    And twenty years ago  — on March 1st — Justin Bieber was born. You can make your own judgement of the historical significance of this one.

     

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