On June 12th, 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson–former wife of OJ Simpson–was found murdered in her home along with her friend Ron Goldman. What transpired in the next few hours would then hold the world captive. OJ Simpson aka “Juice” would first be found holding a gun to his head in a white Bronco and would continue to lead Los Angeles police on high-speed police chase that ended on his lawn. So many people stayed at home watching the events (approximately 93 million) that even Pizza Hut delivery reported record number of sales.
It’s one of those moments in American history that people will remember forever. Where were you when JFK was shot? Where were you for 9/11? Where were you when OJ was in his White Bronco? These are all questions that people can answer definitively.
But what else was going on during that time? On the day’s 20th Anniversary, we take a look at the other pop culture events that took a backseat to the biggest story of the summer.
1. Howard Stern’s TV show debuts on E!
2. Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley marry in the Dominican Republic.
3. Weezer’s self-titled debut–often referred to as the Blue Album–is released. 20 years later it’s still one of the best albums you can buy.
4. The Lion King opens in theaters with $42 million.
5. David Hasselhoff is excited about his upcoming Pay-Per-View live concert special airing the evening of July 17th. It bombs because everyone is watching the Bronco chase and definitely not because The Hoff is singing.
6. The national average for unleaded gasoline is $1.05/gallon. At the time this article is published, the price is $3.65/gallon.
7. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen turn 8 and celebrate being the youngest-ever self-made millionaires in US history. Also related–people in 1994 are still interested in Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
8. The cult-classic Forrest Gump is released. It will go on to gross more than $677 million dollars worldwide (July 6th).
9. The season finale of the hit new show Friends airs.
10. The New York Rangers beat the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup, 4 games to 3 (June 14th). This breaks a 54-year drought of the Rangers not winning the Stanley Cup.
11. The game Earthworm Jim is released on Sega.
12. Nelson Mandela is sworn in as South Africa’s 1st black president (May 10th).
13. FIFA World Cup kicks off in Chicago (June 17th).
14. Members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult attack the subways of Matsumoto, Japan with the first ever sarin gas attack (June 28th). It was not until a year later after they attacked the Tokyo subways (killing 13) did officials learn the agent was, in fact, sarin.
15. Ice hockey becomes Canada’s official winter sport. The official “sport” of Canada to this day is lacrosse.
16. Coca Cola introduced the plastic bottle.
17. The Houston Rockets defeat the NY Knicks in the NBA Finals: 4 games to 3 (June 22nd). The Knicks have would return to the Finals five seasons later… and also lose.
18. Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of TLC, in a domestic dispute with partner Andre Rison, burns down the mansion they share together. It turns out the cause of the fire was a pair of his shoes Left Eye set alight.
19. Baseball Players Union reject the salary cap of the MLB. “Oh you mean that you want to limit the amount of money you can give us? Yeah, not a fan of that rule…”
20. “I Saw The Sign” by Ace of Bass is the hit single of the Summer.