20 years of 1994

June 17th 1994 - OJ Simpson Slow Speed Chase

Anyone who is old enough to remember 1994 will undoubtedly remember exactly where they where during the OJ Simpson chase. It captured the attention of the entire country and interrupted every major network’s broadcast.

To get to that faithful evening in Los Angeles, we need to rewind the clock. On June 13th 1994 Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were found murdered outside of Simpson’s apartment in Los Angeles. 4 days later the layers and the LAPD agreed to let OJ Simpson turn himself into authorities for questioning, as OJ was Nicole’s ex-husband.

That should have been all. But it wasn’t. Over 1,000 reporters waited for OJ Simpson at the police station, but he never showed up. At 5PM Robert Kardashian, friend and lawyer, read a letter by Simpson to that sounded like a suicide note: “First everyone understand I had nothing to do with Nicole’s murder … Don’t feel sorry for me. I’ve had a great life.”

Just after 6PM OJ Simpson’s white 1992 Ford Bronco was spotted (which was being driven by his friend Al Cowlings). At 6:45 PM, a police officer saw the Bronco going north on Interstate 405. When the officer approached the Bronco with sirens blaring, Cowlings yelled that Simpson was in the back seat of the vehicle and had a gun to his own head. The officer backed off, but followed the vehicle at 35 miles per hour with up to 20 police cars participating in the chase. It was at this point, that event became a spectacle.

Very quickly, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN well as local news outlets interrupted regular programming to show the chase NBC, which was covering the NBA finals (NY Knicks vs the Houston Rockets), continued showing Game 5 game in a small box in the corner while Tom Brokaw as covered the chase.

The slow speed chase ended at 8:00 p.m. at his Brentwood home. OJ remained in the Bronco for 45 minutes before going into his house for about an hour. A spokesman stated that he spoke to his mother and drank a glass of orange juice. His lawyer,Shapiro, arrived and a few minutes later, OJ surrendered to authorities. In the Bronco the police found:

  • $8,000 in cash
  • a change of clothing
  • a loaded .357 Magnum
  • a passport
  • family pictures
  • a fake goatee and mustache

The effects of the chase were seen for years. In 1996 Ford discontinued the Bronco because too many people had negative association with it. The chase was parodied on Seinfeld, Murphy Brown, The Simpsons, SNL and dozens of other television shows.

Watch a 9 Minute CNN segment called OJ on the Run: The Bronco Chase -

The 20 boys and their birth year


Yoon Jisung


Ha Sungwoon


Kim Jonghyun
Kang Dongho
Hwang Minhyun

Ong Seongwoo
Choi Minki
Im Youngmin


Kim Jaehwan

Kang Daniel


Jung Sewoon

Joo Haknyeon
Park Jihoon
Ahn Hyungseop

Park Woojin


Bae Jinyoung


Lee Daehwi

Lai Guan lin


Kim Samuel

Yu Seonho


May 26th 1994 - Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley are married

If reality TV was as prevalent in the early 90s as it is today Lisa Marie Presley would have almost certainly had her own show. Daughter of The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis, she married Danny Keough in 1988 and divorced in April 1994. One month later she married Michael Jackson. The Princess of Rock and the King of Pop. A royal wedding for the ages. Two years later she would divorce Jackson, but it was a nutty two years.

The marriage came on the heals of accusations that Michael Jackson had been sexually abusing 13 year old Jason Chandler which lead to addiction to pain killers, a trip to rehab, a warrant for a strip search, and a canceled tour.

Jackson says that Presley was there for him through his 1993 nightmare. He proposed over the phone. 

The weirdest moment of their (short) marriage came during the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards later in the year. Jackson and Presley came out on stage, welcomed everyone to the VMA’s and then had a really awkward kiss.

They will forever be remembered during this on stage appearance. It’s stuck in all our brains forever. 

RIP Dennis Banks

Dennis Banks co-founded the American Indian Movement (AIM) in 1968 and was perhaps best known for his part in the 71-day armed takeover and occupation of Wounded Knee, SD, on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1973.

He was first on campus in Madison as part of Native American Week, January 26- February 3, 1974.  

Daily Cardinal, February 4, 1974.

Banks was part of the Wisconsin Union’s Distinguished Lecture series 20 years later, in September 1994.  

Daily Cardinal, September 20, 1994

Banks, who was 80, died on October 29, 2017 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He had been living on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota, where he was born and raised.


For more information about UW campus history, contact uwarchiv@library.wisc.edu or visit library.wisc.edu/archives. On, Wisconsin!

SNL Season 42

Number of Episodes: 21


Alec Baldwin (24), Darrell Hammond, Larry David, Lorne Michaels (4), Tina Fey (2), Jimmy Fallon, Anthony Rizzo, David Ross, Dexter Fowler, Dana Carvey, Bill Murray, Chris Rock, Jason Sudeikis, Steve Martin (2), Will Forte, Bill Hader (voiceover only), Jennifer Aniston (2), Bryan Cranston, John Goodman (2), Fred Armisen (2), Darryl DMC Daniels, Melissa McCarthy (3), Tracy Morgan, Nile Rodgers, Rachel Dratch, Akira Yoshimura, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks (2)

*The numbers in parentheses denote number of appearances

Sketch Breakdown

Vanessa:  90    Beck:  114    Aidy:  70    Michael*:  4    Pete:  43    

Leslie:  52    Colin*:  3    Kate:  93    Kyle:  71    Bobby:  74    Cecily:  109    

Kenan:  78    Sasheer:  55    Mikey:  88    Alex:  76    Melissa:  51

Miscellaneous Items of Note

This season resulted in SNL’s highest ratings in over 20 years, their best since Season 20 which aired from the fall of 1994 to the spring of 1995. Three hosts (Scarlett Johansson, Melissa McCarthy and Dwayne Johnson) entered the Five Timers Club, the most of any prior season. Kenan Thompson became the longest serving cast member of the show, surpassing Darrell Hammond’s record. For the first time in the show’s history, they went live coast to coast for the final four episodes of the season. Prior to the season’s start, two Weekend Update specials were aired from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions to more closely cover the presidential election. It was also announced in March that the show will be bringing back Weekend Update Thursday this August for four episodes which will provide an early start to Season 43.

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a failed attempt at scanning a pic of my father, mother, uncle and great-grandmother at a fair in mother’s hometown from august 1994, when she was barely 20 yo, one year before they got married and two years before they had me

Long View
Green Day
Long View

February 1st 1994 - Dookie

Dookie was released on Tuesday February 1st, 1994. The first single off the album was Long View. Green Day released five singles from Dookie throughout 1994 (Long View, Welcome To Paradise, Basket Case, When I Come Around, She) and would go on to win Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.

To date, Dookie has sold over 20 million copies and is Green Day’s best selling album.

Cereal Killer, SECRET ASEXUAL?

[Image is from the 1995 movie, Hackers. Character “Cereal Killer” is shown wearing a black ring on the middle finger of his right hand, as many asexuals do. It’s shown in several scenes.]

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Various Fighting Game Anniversaries in 2014


Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong met wife Adrienne Nesser in 1990 at a Green Day show in Minnesota. They married in 1994 and recently celebrated 20 years together. The last photo is from their anniversary celebration this year.