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Oasis have their first wide public exposure when a live session by the band is broadcast by BBC Radio 1 deejay Steve Lamacq in the UK.
Rod Stewart, Sting and Bryan Adams reach No1 in the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA with All For Love.
George Strait earns his first triple-platinum album when the R.I.A.A. awards that status to his movie soundtrack album Pure Country.
The Judds, Clint Black, Travis Tritt and Tanya Tucker perform during a Rockin' Country halftime show at the Super Bowl (Dallas Cowboys vs the Buffalo Bills) in the Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers release a new single, Mary Jane's Last Dance.
Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson play at Flinders Park, Melbourne, Australia. While there, Cash is photographed in the suburb of Werribee for the cover of his album American Recordings.
Police are called to deal with a dispute between Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes of TLC and her football-player boyfriend Andre Rison at his house. Having caught him with another woman, she set fire to the teddy bears he had given her, which was followed by him striking her.
Big Jack Johnson records Ice Storm Blues Parts 1 and 2, at Stackhouse Recording Studio in Clarksdale, Missippi, USA. The tracks recount the story of the Great Ice Storm of 1994 in Maryland.
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, hospitalised in Rome, Italy, Europe, in a coma after an overdose of alcohol and prescription drugs, wakes up and asks for a milkshake.
Superunknown, the fourth album by Soundgarden, reaches No1 in the Billboard album chart in the USA
Pink Floyd begin their Division Bell tour with a show at Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, Florida, USA. It will become the highest-grossing tour ever to that date.
During their Exotic Tour, Depeche Mode play at Velodromo del Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile, South America.
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When Sheryl Crow plays at the 328 Club, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, the gig is recorded and will be released as a limited edition CD entitled Live From Nashville.
When The Jeff Healey Band plays the second of two nights at Grossman's Tavern, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the show is recorded and some tracks will be released on the album The Jeff Healey Band Live At Grossman's - 1994.
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World by Prince reaches No1 in the singles chart in the UK.
The Dead Kennedys play at Lost Horizons, Syracuse, New York State, USA.
Bob Dylan performs with the New Tokyo Symphony Orchestra at The Great Music Experience, an all-star show at Todaiji Temple, Nara, Japan. The event is broadcast live in over 50 countries.
Little Richard is inducted into The Songwriters Hall of Fame at their twenty-fifth annual awards ceremony in New York City, USA.
Marty Stuart and Tanya Tucker perform the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the opening of The Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Restless Heart performs live. Among the acts that will subseuqntls become the house band at the venue are Lonestar, Ricochet and Sons Of The Desert.
Earle Warren, best-known as a saxophonist in Count Basie's band, dies in Springfield, Ohio, USA.
Sixteen months after it was first released, The Cranberries finally reach No1 in the UK album chart with Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
Reggae vocalist and recording artist Gene Rondo dies of cancer in Hackney, London, UK.
Depeche Mode and Primal Scream play at The Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland, USA.
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The movie Free Willy featuring You Are Not Alone by Michael Jackson as its main theme song, is released to cinemas in Portugal.
The movie Free Willy featuring You Are Not Alone by Michael Jackson as its main theme song, is released to cinemas in Spain.
Phish play at The Bomb Factory, Dallas, Texas, USA.
The Bob Gibson Class Reunion is held in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, with the participation of Bob Gibson, Tom Paxton, Peter Yarrow, John Hartford, Emmylou Harris, John Brown, Dennis Locorriere, Oscar Brand, Ed McCurdy, Glenn Yarbrough, Shel Silverstein, Spanky McFarlane, Josh White, Jr and others.
Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley make public their secret marriage, which was conducted eleven weeks earlier in the Dominican Republic.
While in the midst of a very public and heated dispute with his record company, Warner Bros, Prince releases his fifteenth LP Come, which is basically a compilation of previously unreleased tracks.
Baby Briscoe a pioneering female jazz band leader and businesswoman, known as "the Sweetheart of New Orleans", dies, having recently been hospitalized with bone cancer at St. Alexis Hospital.
The first Philips Monsters of Rock festival takes place at Pacaembu Stadium, Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America. Artists appearing include Dr. Sin, Creek, Raimundos, Viper, Suicidal Tendencies, Black Sabbath, Slayer and Kiss.
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Oasis release their debut album, Definitely Maybe, on Creation Records in the UK.
Suede enter the UK singles chart with We Are The Pigs, which will peak at No18 during a three-week run.
Suede enter the UK singles chart with We Are The Pigs, which will peak at No18 during a three-week run.
Not a Moment Too Soon, the second LP by Tim McGraw hits No1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart in the USA. It will spend 29 weeks in the top slot, becoming Billboard's best-selling Country album of 1994. The Academy of Country Music will also name it Album Of The Year.
Roger McGuinn, Noel Paul Stookey, Mary Travers, Josh White, Jr., Peter Yarrow, Spanky McFarlane and Bob Gibson take part in a Bob Gibson Benefit Concert, to alleviate medical costs of Gibson's treatment for the debilitating condition Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.
Singer and actress Harriet Nelson, best-remembered for her role in the long-running sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, dies of congestive heart failure in laguna Beach, California, USA, aged 85. She was also the mother of teen idol Ricky Nelson.
Country guitar virtuoso Danny Gatton, nicknamed The Humbler, locks himself in his garage and commits suicide by shooting himself, aged 49, at his home in Newburg, Maryland, USA. No specific reason for his suicide ever emerges, although friends and relatives were of the opinion that he had suffered from depression for many years.
The album Monster by R.E.M. enters the Billboard US Albums Chart at No1.
Former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl is recording demos in Bob Lang Studios, Seattle, Washington. The recordings will become the basis for his new band, the Foo Fighters.
Prince reportedly signs an agreement letting Warners release his controversial LP The Black Album.
The Solid Gold Rock'n'Roll Show, featuring Brenda Lee, Marty Wilde, Joe Brown, Eden Kane, John Leyton and The Vernons Girls, plays at The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, UK.
The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 is given Royal Assent, making it law in the United Kingdom. This new law restricts and reduces existing rights and introduces greater penalties for certain "anti-social" behaviours including free parties [aka raves], squatting and hunt sabotage.

The law will inspire several songs including Orbital's Criminal Justice Bill? mix on their 1994 Are We Here? EP which consists of four minutes of silence. Also in 1994 Dreadzone released a single called Fight the Power.

In 1995 Zion Train released the track Resist The Criminal Justice Act. The Streets also criticise the legislation in the 2002 track Weak Become Heroes which includes the lyric, "and to the government I stick my middle finger up with regards to the Criminal Justice Bill".
The Moody Blues 1970 album A Question Of Balance is finally certified as a platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
1950s rockabilly legend Glen Glenn plays at The Palomino, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Black Album by Prince enters the Billboard 200 Albums Chart in the USA at No47, which will prove to be its peak.
When Oasis play at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, UK, Lee Mavers of The La's visits with them backstage.
The MTV special, Bob Dylan : Unplugged, is broadcast throughout Europe.
Songwriter and performer Howard Crockett dies in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Crockett is best-remembered for his song Honky Tonk Man which became a hit in 1956 for Johnny Horton, and again in 1986 for Dwight Yoakam.
Eric Clapton is made an O.B.E. in the Queen's New Year's Honours List.