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1994: The Demented Year in Review

Events in 1994

01/01, R.C., "Addams Family (Whoomp!) by Tag Team peaked at #84 on the pop singles chart.

01/02, Rhino celebrates its Sweet 16.

01/06, in Detroit, America's leading contender for Olympic figure skating gold medal, Nancy Kerrigan, was attacked and wounded in the knee by Tonya Harding's bodyguard following practice. As she was recuperating and training for the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, an investigation of the incident pointed to Kerrigan's rival, Tonya Harding, as being involved in the plot. Four men, including Jeff Gillooly, the ex-husband of Kerrigan's rival, Tonya Harding, were later sentenced to prison for their roles in the attack; Harding, who denied advance knowledge of the attack, received probation after pleading guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution. "Weird Al" Yankovic sang a verse of this event in his song "Headline News".

01/15, Singer Harry Nilsson dies of heart disease. Nilsson was known for songs like "Everybody's Talkin'," "Without You" and "Coconut". He was 53.

01/16, "The George Carlin Show", TV Comedy, debut on Fox.

01/17, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California, killing at least 72 people and causing $20 billion worth of damage. It is the most expensive natural disaster in American history.

01/17, Danny Bonaduce wins a split decision against Donny Osmond in a charity boxing match. Adding insult to injury, Bonaduce quips, "Osmond was such a wimp, I actually got bored punching him. His sister, Marie, would have been a tougher fight."

01/18, "Loser" single by Beck was released

01/26, "Babylon 5", TV Scifi Adventure, debut in syndication. It also starred former Lost In Space actor Bill Mumy.

01/26, "Beavis & Butt-head Experience" album by Beavis And Butt-head was certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA

01/26, "Saturday Night Live's" Jon Lovitz resurfaces as the voice of Jay Sherman in ABC's "The Critic," an animated satirical look at movies and pop culture. (Later salvaged by Fox and, more recently, Comedy Central.)

01/27, "Even Worse" album by "Weird Al" Yankovic was certified Platinum (the second of two of his albums hitting a selling milestone on the 27th on this date!)

02/01, "Alapalooza, The Videos" video by "Weird Al" Yankovic was released

02/08, Jack Nicholson uses a golf club to attack a car; he must have seen the Michael Jackson video.

03/04, SCTV's John Candy dies of heart failure at the age of 43 while in Mexico for the filming of "Wagons East."

03/05, Jason Alexander supplies the voice of USA's animated "Duckman," an inept web-footed detective/social satirist. Other voices come from Nancy Travis and Dweezil Zappa. Dweezil's dad Frank wrote the show's music. Frank died in December 1993.

03/07, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that 2 Live Crew did not break federal copyright laws by recording a parody of Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman"; the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that parodies that poke fun at an original work can be considered "fair use" that doesn't require permission from the copyright holder.

03/22, "Woody Woodpecker" creator Walter Lantz died in Burbank, California, at age 93.

03/29, take a slightly neurotic stand up comedian, put in a great timeslot behind your network's biggest hit, allow them to have silly conversations about sex (or "barking during the act" in the pilot) and you have... "These Friends Of Mine" (aka "Ellen") starring everyone's favorite heterosexual Ellen DeGeneres.

03/31, Madonna #&@%$'s Up On "Late Show With Letterman" on CBS. She used the f-word 13 times, each time alarming a censor to intercept it from hitting the airwaves. By comparison, an episode of "South Park" averages less than one f-word bleepout per episode.

04/01, Kermit The Frog hosted Larry King Live On CNN.

04/11, "Loser" single by Beck was certified Gold by the RIAA

04/16, R.C., "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" by Crash Test Dummies peaked at #4 on the pop singles chart.

04/16, R.C., "My Sharona" by The Knack reentered the chart and peaked at #91 on the pop singles chart.

04/23, the Libertarian party nominated Howard Stern for Governor of New York. Stern refused to comply with the state's financial disclosure laws, and dropped out of the race.

04/30, R.C., "Loser" by Beck peaked at #10 on the pop singles chart.

05/06, perturbed comedian Bobcat Goldthwait sets a chair on fire during an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He was banned soon after.

05/10, "Weezer" album by Weezer was released

05/23, "Star Trek:The Next Generation Series Finale" aired this week in syndication. "All Good Things...". (May 28 in most areas).

05/27, "Arsenio Hall Show's" series finale aired.

05/27, "The Flintstones" live action movie opened in theaters with a record weekend of $37.2 million. Whimsical Will did an interview item "Hittin' Bedrock".

06/01, fX Channel, Cable Network, was launched. Among the shows that debut were "Breakfast Time", "Pet Department", "Collectables", "Under Scruntiny", "Sound FX", and "Backchat". Later on, D.T. would get about two dozen letters aired on the "Backchat" program when there were about 300 cable subscribers who could get the channel at the time.

06/07, "New Age Girl" single by Deadeye Dick was released

06/11, R.C., "Meet The Flintstones" by The B.C. 52's peaked at #33 on the pop singles chart.

06/17, TV Event of the Year: No, it wasn't the David Hasselhoff in Concert PPV event held this night, but it was THIS FREE TV event that was the chase seen around the world! "The White Bronco Chase" The networks broke into regularly scheduled programming with a news bulletin that looked like a bizarre episode of Cops. A white Ford Bronco drifted slowly down a Los Angeles freeway with a phalanx of LAPD cruisers trailing behind. Maybe it was the parade-route pace, but the police cars seemed to be escorting the Bronco rather than pursuing it. Crouched inside, we were told, was a desperate O.J. Simpson, wanted for a heinous double murder. The strange but curiously mesmerizing spectacle marked the beginning of our national obsession with the Simpson case.

06/20, the self-proclaimed "King of All Media," Howard Stern, gives TV another try with "Howard Stern," 30 minutes of his morning radio show a day airing on the E! cable network.

06/23, Barry Manilow's first musical Copacabana, based on his 1976 song, debuts to standing ovations in London. In 1997, Mark Jonathan Davis parodies his song into "Star Wars Cantina" in time for the 20th anniversary rerelease of the Star Wars triology.

06/23, (June 24 ET and PT) D.T. won a 6 cent pencil from the cable network fX when his letter was chosen as "BackChat Letter Of The Day." He was the second person to win the letter of the day.

06/24, The film, "The Lion King" is generally released in theaters. On its first weekend, it grosses $41 million, a record for an animated film.

06/27, "Ramones Mania" album by The Ramones was certified Gold by the RIAA

07/03, After a 11-month absence, Dr. Demento reappears on KLIT-FM (KSCA) 101.9, an adult album alternative format station.

07/06, the movie "Forrest Gump" was released in the movie theaters in USA.

07/12, David Tanny made his radio debut on San Diego station KKLQ-FM (Q106) during the afternoon rush in a brief appearance.

07/15, "Terminator 2" opened in movie theaters.

07/16, the first of 21 asteroids, major fragments of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 broken-up 2 years earlier, hit Jupiter, creating a 1200-mile wide fireball 600 miles high to the joy of astronomers awaiting the celestial fireworks.

07/17, Fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 continued to smash into the planet Jupiter at 60 kilometers per second, sending up towering fireballs. Images from various satellites and the Hubble Space Telescope display the impact and show the formation of a large dark spot and plumes of fire and gas that reached out over thousands of miles into space.

07/25, The International Astronomical Union reported that it had named an asteroid after the late Frank Zappa; the space rock was dubbed "Zappafrank."

07/27, on the 27th day of this month, "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Headline News" single for his "The Permanent Record: Al In A Box" CD Set.

09/00, "Weird Al" Yankovic released his "Headline News" single off his "The Permanent Record: Al In A Box" CD Set.

09/15, "Martin Short Show", TV Comedy Variety, debut on NBC.

09/22, "Friends" (TV Comedy) premiered on NBC and became a runaway hit.

09/23, Joe Diffie topped the charts with "Third Rock From The Sun." In 1996, the TV series "3rd Rock From the Sun" premiered on NBC. Guess where they got the title from?

09/26, around the world in about 4 minutes, this is "Headline News", the single released from Weird Al Yankovic's 4-CD box set "Permanent Record - Al in the Box". Another MTV hit, the song parodies the Crash Test Dummies "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm". Poking fun at America's lust for the tabloids, the song satarizes recent news events.

09/27, Weird Al Yankovic released his box set "The Permanent Record: Al In A Box". (On the 27th day of the month, of course!)

10/03, Gary Larson, announces he is retiring from doing "Far Side" cartoon.

10/09, On "The Simpsons", Dr. Demento made a guest voice cameo while Kelsey Grammer played Sideshow Bob, who was Bart's mortal enemy. Lisa:Bart your mortal enemy is on the radio. Dr. Demento:It's time for more Deee-menta, with Dr. Demento. Bart: Aahhhh! (throws radio out the window) Lisa: No your other mortal enemy, Sideshow Bob! Bart: Sideshow Bob? Oh! I'm only 10 and I've got 2 mortal enemies.

10/14, "Short Short Man" single by 20 Fingers Featuring Gillette was released

10/18, "You Might Be A Redneck If ..." album by Jeff Foxworthy was certified Gold by the RIAA

10/19, "Weird Al" Yankovic gave a live performance at Dan Aykroyd's House of Blues in Hollywood, CA.

11/05, R.C., "Weird Al" Yankovic's single Headline News peaked at #104 on the Billboard pop singles chart

11/07, The Electrical Engineering Times ran a cover story about an obscure flaw in Intel's Pentium computer chip -- one that caused extremely rare computation errors when performing certain types of mathematical calculations. The disclosure eventually caused Intel to replace any Pentium processor affected by the flaw, regardless of whether the user was a mathematician or not, at a cost of around $475 million. Intel, accuracy is priority number 0.999999985!

11/14, "He Thinks He's Ray Stevens" album by Ray Stevens was certified Platinum by the RIAA

11/18, "Star Trek: Generations", Motion Picture, opened in theaters.

11/30, "Weird Al" Yankovic recorded "Everything You Know Is Wrong" and "Callin' In Sick" for his "Bad Hair Day" CD.

12/01, "Weird Al" Yankovic recorded "Since You've Been Gone", "The Night Santa Went Crazy" and "I Remember Larry" for his "Bad Hair Day" CD.

12/07, Radio personality Howard Stern talked a man out of attempting suicide.

12/09, NOTE NATURE: President Clinton fired Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders after learning she'd told a conference that masturbation should be discussed in school as a part of human sexuality. This firing gave new meaning to the solo act named as The Foremen's funny record "Firing the Surgeon General" got numerous airplays on Dr. Demento's radio show.

12/17, R.C., "Weird Al" Yankovic's album GREATEST HITS VOLUME II peaked at #198 on the Billboard album chart

12/20, Intel announced it would replace all flawed Pentium computer chips. Yeah, right. I'm 99.999235% sure they did just that.

12/27, "Merry Christmas" album by Mariah Carey was certified Gold, Platinum, and Multi Platinum 3.00 by the RIAA, mostly because of her extreme cuteness!

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