Back in the Day: 1993

What was happening in the world when T95 turned 14?

POP CULTURE:

  • Ty Warner launches the first wave of Beanie Babies (Weren’t those supposed to hold their value?
  • The World Wide Web was officially made public by CERN

  • Windows NT 3.1 was released as the first Computer operating system that did not rely on DOS, and maintained an active desktop.
  • Space Shuttle Endeavour launches to repair the Hubble Telescope
  • Dyson sells their first bagless, cyclonic vacuum cleaner.
  • The Talkboy (made popular by Kevin McCallister in “Home Alone 2”) is released

  • Magic: The Gathering

SPORTS:

  • The Dallas Cowboys DESTROY the Buffalo Bills, 52-17 in Super Bowl XXVII
  • Alabama wins their 12th recognized National Title, beating the Miami Hurricanes 34-13 in the Sugar bowl
  • The Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins (Now Miami Marlins) play their inaugural seasons in the first MLB expansion in 16 years
  • The Toronto Blue Jays win 4 game sto 2 over the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series. (Joe Carter his the second ever walk-off home run to end the World Series. It was the first by an American League player)
  • North Carolina wins 77-71 over Michigan’s “Fab Five” (Chris Webber’s Timeout game). Michigan would later vacate that Final 4 appearance)

  • The Chicago Bulls complete their first three-peat, beating the Suns 4 games to 2. Michael Jordan announced his retirement in October after his father’s death, so he could play baseball. He would return to the NBA 17 months later.
  • Bernhard Langer wins the Masters Tournament; Lee Janzen wins the U.S. Open; Paul Azinger wins the PGA Championship; PGA Tour money leader was Nick Price at $1.478 million; U.S. wins the Ryder Cup 15-13 over Europe
  • The Montreal Canadiens win 4 games to 1 over the L.A. Kings for the Stanley Cup
  • The Florida Panthers and Anaheim Mighty Ducks play their inaugural seasons.
  • Jim Abbott pitches a no-hitter for the Yankees. Abbot was born without a right hand.

  • Wichita State University Shocker Ron Baker was born!!

MUSIC NEWS/ENTERTAINMENT:

  • Cream reunites for a performance while being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Steve Miller and Don Henley perform at the Hollywood Bowl for “Earth Day.”
  • Farm Aid 6 featuring Willie Nelson, John Cougar Mellencamp, Neil Young, and 30 other artists
  • Police begin investigations of child abuse by Michael Jackson (He also performed one of the most memorable halftime shows for Super Bowl XXVII)

  • Kurt Cobain arrested after a domestic dispute with wife Courtney Love. No charges were filed.
  • Prince changes his name to a symbol

  • Groundbreaking for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland with Pete Townshend, Chuck Berry and Billy Joel.
  • Guns N’ Roses play their final show of the “Use Your Illusion Tour.” This would be their final appearance with the original lineup until 2016.
  • Mayhem guitarist, Euronymous, is stabbed to death by bandmate, Varg Vikernes, in Oslo, Norway. The story of the band Mayhem, as well as Euronymous and Varg will be released as a movie, “Lords of Chaos” this year.
  • Bruce Dickinson plays final show with Iron Maiden (until his return in 1999) in London.
  • Nirvana plays their “MTV Unplugged” show in New York. (The band’s rehearsals were abysmal, and they nearly cancelled the performance because of it. You can see some of that at the end of the video below. It has since become one of the band’s most notorious and popular performances ever.)

  • Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam is arrested in New Orleans for public drunkenness after a bar fight
  • Pearl Jam started Coachella after boycotting Ticketmaster for their high prices

BOX OFFICE:

  • Jurassic Park

  • Mrs. Doubtfire
  • The Fugitive
  • The Firm
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • Indecent Proposal
  • In the Line of Fire
  • The Pelican Brief
  • Schindler’s List
  • Cliffhanger
  • Philadelpha
  • Robin Hood: Men in Tight

  • “Clerks” is first screened by director Kevin Smith at the Independent Feature Film Market. Only 12 people shows up, which included Kevin, 7 members of the cast, and two random people who “Weren’t even supposed to be there.”

TELEVISION: 

  • The “X-Files” premieres on Fox

  • Walker, Texas Ranger premiers on CBS
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy premiers on PBS
  • Legends of the Hidden Temple premiers on Nickelodeon
  • Boy Meets World premiers on ABC
  • ABC and CBS simultaneously broadcast their own movies based on the live of Amy Fisher. Drew Barrymore starred as Fisher in the ABC film, while Alyssa Milano played the same role on CBS. NBC beat both networks to the punch with THEIR film, six days prior, Dec. 28, 1992.
  • Monday Night Raw (WWE Wrestling) aired its first episode on the USA network from the Grand Ballroom in New York City
  • Oprah Winfrey interviews Michael Jackson during a live special on ABC from his home at Neverland Ranch.

  • Beavis and Butt-Head premiere on MTV
  • The last Family Feud episode with host Ray Combs is broadcast.
  • Saved By the Bell broadcasts its final episode on NBC
  • One month after agents raid the Branch Davidian complex in Waco, TX, NBC broadcasts a hastily produced television movie based on the incident “In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco” starring Tim Daly as David Koresh.
  • David Letterman broadcasts his last late-nigh talk show with NBC. Originally asked to replace Johnny Carson, he was supplanted by Jay Leno. Letterman would leave NBC, and return later in the year on CBS with “The Late Show.” Conan O’Brian was named Letterman’s successor on NBC.
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers premiers on Fox Kids.
  • Animaniacs premiers on Fox Kids
  • TV Food Newtwork makes its debut on cable
  • ESPN2 “The Deuce” premiers on Cable
  • The First “Got Milk” commercial airs
  • The “WB” network premiers
  • Disney premiers the “New Mickey Mouse Club” with Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera.
  • Shows that aired their final episodes: “Double Dare” “Doogie Hoser, M.D.” “Quantum Leap” “The Wonder Years” “Cheers” “Saved By The Bell” “The Joan Rivers Show”

HISTORICAL EVENTS:

  • The Waco Seige – Law enforcement and US Military raided the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, TX for stockpiling firearms illegally. The Branch Davidians were a religious group led by David Koresh.

  • Canada elects their first female Prime Minister, Kim Campbell. She made her bid for leadership after Brian Mulroney retired in February, 1993. She was elected in October, then left office in November.
  • Bill Clinton sworn in as President of the United States of America.
  • The World Trade Center in NYC is bombed by Islamic Fundamentalists.

  • “Storm of the Century” hits the east cost of the U.S., stretching from Canada to Cuba, it dropped more than 40 inches of snow in some places.
  • A 7.8 Earthquake in India kills nearly 10,000 people
  • Oil tanker MV Braer runs aground during a hurricane in Scotland, carrying 85,000 tonnes of crude oil
  • Worst Brush Fire in Australian history destroys the second largest national Park
  • Two former Los Angeles police officers, Laurence Powell and Stacey Koon, are convicted on the federal level of violating the civil rights of beaten motorist Rodney King. They were sentenced to 30 months in jail, while officers Timothy Wind and Theodore Briseno were acquitted of all charges.
  • Apartheid finally ends in South Africa

NOTABLE DEATHS:

  • John B “Dizzy” Gillespe (famous trumpet player)
  • Chris Street (Basketball Player)
  • Audrey Hepburn (Actress)
  • Charlie Gehringer (MLB All-Star, Hall of Famer, 2nd Baseman for the Detroit Tigers)
  • Thurgood Marshall (First African American Supreme Court Justice)
  • Andre The Giant (WWF wrestler)
  • Arthur Ashe (Tennis player, 3 Grand Slam singles titles)
  • Kerry Von Erich (Professional Wrestler)
  • Harvey Kurtzman (Cartoonist, founding editor of MAD Magazine)
  • Dino Bravo (WWF wrestler)
  • Steve Olin and Tim Crews (Pitchers for the Cleveland Indians) Both drowned in an accident
  • Brandon Lee (Actor “The Crow”) – Son of actor Bruce Lee, Brandon was killed when a prop gun accidentally fired a projectile instead of a blank and killed him while filming “The Crow”
  • Cesar Chavez (American Farm labor Leader – UFW)
  • Mark Koenig (MLB player, shortstop for the New York Yankees)
  • Jim “Jimmy V” Valvano (NC State head basketball Coach) ESPN celebrates his life and battle with cancer every year with “Jimmy V Week”

  • Johnny Mize (10-time MLB All Star, Hall of Famer, First Baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants, and New York Yankees)
  • Conway Twitty (Country Artist)
  • Drazen Petrovic (NBA player for the New Jersey Nets, killed in car accident)
  • Donald “Deke” K Slayton (NASA staple and Astronaut set for Apollo 18, which never flew)
  • William Golding (Author “Lord of the Flies”)
  • Roy Campanella (Hall of Famer, Catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers, NL MVP in 1951, ’53, and ’55)
  • GG (Jesus Christ) Allin (Punk Rock Singer, died of accidental heroin overdose)
  • Fred Gwynne (Actor, “Car 54, Where are You?” and Herman Munster on “The Munsters”)
  • James Jordan (father to NBA legend Michael Jordan)
  • Reggie Lewis (NBA player, Boston Celtics)
  • Ewing Kaufman (founder/owner of the KC Royals)
  • Randy hobbs (Musician, Johnny Winter Band, McCoys)
  • Milton O. “Milt” Thompson (NASA test pilot and astronaut)
  • David Tnedlar (animator, “Betty Boop”)
  • James “Jimmy” Doolittle (US air force general that led bombing raid over Japan in 1942 after the Pearl Harbor attack)
  • Vincent Price (Actor “House on Haunted Hill,” “Fly,” “Laura”)
  • River Phoenix (Actor, “Stand By Me”)
  • Bill Bixby (Actor, “My Favorite Martian”)
  • Anthony Burgess (Author, “A Clockwork Orange”)
  • Pablo Escobar (Colombian Drug Lord)
  • Frank Zappa (Rock artist, composer, activist, filmmaker)
  • Charizma (Hip-Hop artist, MC)