My 26th birthday is tomorrow, so I'd like to take a look back 26 years at what the world was like on my birthdate! Let us return to Saturday, April 2nd, 1994:
Bill Clinton was the U.S. president. Some very typical tensions were occurring between the U.S. and areas like North Korea, China, and the Middle East, and there was unrest in South Africa, Haiti, and Bosnia. Tobacco's power in our country seemed to be waning (yay for not smoking!). Stocks had taken a recent dive, but March had been good in terms of hiring numbers. In New Mexico, the pilgrimage to Chimayo was happening.
Michael ("Who is Like God?") and Ashley ("From the Ash Tree Field") were the most popular baby names of 1994. However, in New Mexico, Jessica ("God Beholds") was the top female name.
The top song was "The Sign" by Ace of Base, which I think is a pretty decent tune. I'm actually familiar with it! Other names on the charts included R. Kelly, Mariah Carey, and Celine Dion, along with other performers whom I do not know.
The top movie in the box office was Major League II, a baseball-related comedy sequel that does not sound like my kind of thing at all. Critics weren't into it, either, so. 🤷🏻♀️ Four Weddings and a Funeral (rom-com, of course) was the highest grossing film of the year so far.
Some of the top TV shows at the time included Home Improvement, 60 Minutes, Roseanne, Murder She Wrote, and Seinfeld, none of which I have seen.
Final Fantasy VI released today. Other recent releases included games from the Wario, Mega Man, and Metroid franchises.
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield, an adult spiritual/philosophical novel, was the fiction bestseller. Other names on that list included Danielle Steele, Michael Crichton, and Alice Hoffman. The nonfiction bestseller was the near-death experience narrative Embraced by the Light by Betty J. Eadie and Curtis A. Taylor. On the paperback list, The Client by John Grisham (adult thriller) and Care of the Soul by Thomas Moore (spirituality) were at the top.
I only wish they'd kept track of children's/YA book sales back then, but it wasn't until Harry Potter broke records that they began doing so! However, Animal Ark, one of my favorite series as a kid, released its first few handful of books this year. Additionally, a couple months before my birthday, The Giver received its Newbery Award, which is pretty legit.
Finally, at 4:02 pm... a star is born.
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