The year is 1993

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January 1 – Czechoslovakia ceases to exist as the Czech Republic and Slovakia separate in the so-called Velvet Divorce.

January 5 – US$7.4 million is stolen from the Brink’s Armored Car Depot in Rochester, New York, in the fifth largest robbery in U.S. history.

January 20 – Bill Clinton is sworn in as the 42nd President of the United States.

February 26 – World Trade Center bombing: In New York City, a van bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing six and injuring over one thousand (find more true crime stories here).

April 30 – Tennis player Monica Seles – at this time World No. 1 in women’s tennis – is stabbed during a match in Hamburg.

August 21 – NASA loses radio contact with the Mars Observer orbiter 3 days before the spacecraft is scheduled to enter orbit around Mars.

October 5 – China performs a nuclear test, ending a worldwide de facto moratorium.


1 Jurassic Park Universal $914,691,118

March 29 – The 65th Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal, are held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, with Unforgiven winning Best Picture.

China Film Import & Export Corporation ends its 40 year monopoly distributing all films in China, with 16 other Chinese film studios now responsible for distributing their own films.

15 songs reached the number 1 spot this year. Compared to 1992, there was an improvement to singles sales, with sales rising year on year for the first time since 1989

The only song to sell over a million in 1993 was one from the previous year, Whitney Houston’s cover of “I Will Always Love You”. It managed to sell sufficiently well enough to make its way onto the top 10 of both 1992 and 1993.

Take That got their first #1 in July, with “Pray”.

The biggest selling single of the year came from Meat Loaf, who hit #1 for seven weeks from October with “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)”. It came from the album Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, also the biggest selling of the year.

The best pop year ever.  

The 1993 Mercury Music Prize was awarded to Suede – Suede.


One Direction were born:

12 January – Zayn Malik (One Direction)

29 August – Liam Payne (One Direction)

13 September – Niall Horan (One Direction)


January 20 – Audrey Hepburn, Belgian-born British actress (b. 1929)

January 27 – André the Giant, French professional wrestler (b. 1946)

Listener Mail

Podcast Father – @podcast_father

  • Kids movie galore in 1993!
  • Hocus Pocus
  • A Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Rudy
  • Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Dennis The Menace 
  • Coneheads
  • Rookie Of The Year

Bluelacoste – @grammcen

  • 2 unlimited no limit. 
  • Seeing Rangers win a treble.
  • Travelling across Europe and getting on the wrong train in Paris to Marsailles. I got in the slow train instread of the express. 
  • Football stadiums starting to change. 
  • Getting an Amiga computer and Championship Manager

Wilf Marshall – @Wilf1872 – Cheating French bastards!!! Oh and the first season of the EPL (as it is now!)

55DF – @GoodCopBabcock

Watman – @watman1969 – Newman and Baddiel saw them at the GUU some arse decided to throw a glass at Rob Newman, he walked off the stage

55DF – @GoodCopBabcock – Saw them twice at the Pavilion and the SECC. The bold Rob somehow ended up in the box and proceeded to jump from it onto the stage somehow managing not to break his ankle. He got a standing ovation

Michael McGuire – @1MichaelMcGuire – Ronald Koeman with a masterclass in Shithousery against England as Graham Taylor loses it.

WereBear – @redbetweenwhite – 1993 Jurassic Park was huge. James Bulger case was the big news story for sure and the Rangers were robbed by them frenchies.

Aaron Auld – @AuldBaldAaron – Final series of Quantum Leap. Heartbreaking.

Gary Morris – @garymorris81 – Techno Techno Techno

Robbie Cunninghame – @RobC1992 – The death of Pablo Escobar

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