1994 was a defining year for pop culture and technological innovation. Paving the way forward for the digital landscape that we take for granted today. For the first time, the world was given a front row seat to the highs and lows of liberation and controversy. 

Read below for the Most Iconic Events of 1994!

1. The OJ Simpson Trial

One of the most controversial trials of all time was the OJ Simpson murder case.

NFL player, The Juice, was accused and tried for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman. The case attracted over 95 million viewers worldwide, making it one of the most watched events on television. 

Iconic events of 1994 - OJ Simpson Trian

2. Nelson Mandela Inauguration

Following the end of South Africa’s apartheid, activist Nelson Mandela was voted into presidency by 61% of the nation. He was the country’s first ever black president and ruled for 5 years in a multiracial democracy. 

3. Kurt Cobain Suicide

Following in the footsteps of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain shocked fans when he died aged 27. The Nirvana singer’s suicide spurred on the notion of The 27 Club, with conspiracy theorists believing that he timed his death to become part of the club.  

Most iconic events of 1994 - kurt cobain suicide

4. Friends Aired

The beloved, binge-worthy series, Friends first aired in 1994. Highly acclaimed, the show won numerous prestigious awards over its 10 seasons run. These included 2 Creative Arts Emmy’s, 1 Golden Globe, 4 Primetime Emmy’s and 2 Screet Actors Guild Awards. 

5. Playstation Launched

PlayStation have being going strong for almost 25 years, with the first console launched in Japan in 1994. The PlayStation 4 was the fastest selling console in history with over 1 million sales in the first 24 hours. 

6. Woodstock '94

Woodstock ’94 was a 3 day festival held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the original Woodstock ’69. Over 550,000 people showed up with 2/3 of them forcing their way in without tickets. Despite being referred to as ‘Mudstock’, the festival was mostly peacefull with the carnage reserved for Woodstock ’99.

7. Jeff Bezos Founded Amazon

Amazon has changed the way we consume goods today. The original Amazon website was created to  sell only books. Since then, Amazon has globally diversified into almost every sector. Currently, Jeff Bezos tops Forbes’ list of billionaires with a whopping £86.3 billion. 

8. Aerosmith: 1st Band To Release A Free Song Online

Aerosmith made history upon their digital release of  ‘Head First’. Being the first ever free downloadable song, Aerosmith paved the way for our music landscape today. Lasting 3 minutes 14 seconds, the song took most users between 60 and 90 minutes to download! Times have definitely changed since then…

Most iconic events of 1994 - Aerosmith: 1st Band to release a free song online

9. Distinctive Movie Releases

The Lion King, Forrest Gump, The Shawshank Redemption and Pulp Fiction are four of the greatest films of all time. September and October ’94 saw the release of these iconic films, each making a whopping sum of money at Box Office.

Most iconic events of 1994 - the lion king
Most iconic events of 1994 - forrest gump
Most iconic events of 1994 - pulp fiction

10. The Garage Opened

Over the last 25 years, The Garage has become a Glasgow institution. Open every night of the week, 365 days a year,  almost every Glaswegian has been in at one point or another. 

With 3 separate live music venues, small bands have progress from intimate gigs in the Jack Daniels Attic, to the larger G2 stage and then onto the club’s main hall.  Some phenomenal bands have graced The Garage’s main stage. From the likes of Prince, Marylin Manson, Coldplay and Biffy Clyro!


The 25 day countdown to The Garage’s epic 25th birthday bash has officially begun! Each day will be dedicated to another year of success for the club and venue, sharing our highlights since 1994.



About the Author Lauren

After studying International Business at the University of Strathclyde for four years, I travelled around Latin America for seven months, learning Spanish. I am now a Marketing Executive at Hold Fast Entertainment and a regular volunteer at Nordoff Robbins Scotland's SSE Scottish Music Awards.

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