1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1994th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 994th year of the 2nd millennium , 94th year of the 20th century, and 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.
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is established.
The Zapatista Army of National Liberation begins their war in Chiapas, Mexico.
January 6 – In Detroit, Michigan, Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the right leg by an assailant, under orders from figure skating rival Tonya Harding's ex-husband.
January 8 – Soyuz TM-18: Valeri Polyakov begins his 437.7 day orbit, eventually setting the world record for days spent
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