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1994 in England

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Events from 1994 in England





  • 7 February – Stephen Milligan, Conservative MP for Eastleigh in Hampshire, is found dead at his home in Chiswick, West London. Police describe his death as "suspicious"[1]
  • 10 February – Three men are jailed in connection with the IRA bombings of Warrington gasworks 11 months ago. Pairic MacFhloinn is jailed for 35 years, Denis Kinsella for 25 years and John Kinsella for 20 years.
  • 11 February – Forensic tests reveal that MP Stephen Milligan died of asphyxiation and that his death was probably the result of an auto-erotic sex practice.[2]
  • 24 February – Police in Gloucester begin excavations at 25 Cromwell Street, the home of 52-year-old builder Fred West.


  • 1 March – Fred West is charged with the murders of three women who remains were found buried at his house. One of the bodies is believed to be that of his daughter Heather, who was last seen alive in 1987 at the age of 16.[3]
  • 8 March, 10 and 13 – The IRA launch three successive mortar attacks on Heathrow Airport.[4]
  • 10 March – Following the recovery of further bodies at 25 Cromwell Street, Fred West is charged on eight counts of murder.
  • 12 March – The Church of England ordains its first women priests, Angela Berners-Wilson being the first of all.[4]
  • 27 March – Aston Villa are Football League Cup winners for a record fifth time when they beat Manchester United 3–1 in the final at Wembley Stadium. It comes just three years after their manager Ron Atkinson achieved another final win in the competition over his old club with Manchester United, the previous one being while he was in charge of Sheffield Wednesday.
  • 28 March – A masked man breaks into Hall Garth School, Middlesbrough, and stabs one pupil to death and wounds two others before being overpowered by teachers until the police arrive to arrest him. The dead girl is identified as 12-year-old Nikki Conroy. The man arrested is Stephen Wilkinson, a 29-year-old former pupil of the school.


  • 6 April – The Football Association cancels England's friendly with Germany in Berlin on 20 April, as it coincides with what would have been Adolf Hitler's 105th birthday.
  • 7 April – Paul Gascoigne, the England midfielder, breaks his leg while training for his club Lazio in Italy, and is set to be out action until at least this autumn.
  • 10 April – Eric Cantona, the Manchester United and France striker, becomes the first foreign player to win the PFA Player of the Year award. His team draws 1–1 with Oldham Athletic in this afternoon's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium, but he misses the match as he is serving a five-match suspension after being sent off twice in successive games last month.



  • 10 June – Bobby Charlton, who scored a record 49 goals for the England team and won a European Cup with Manchester United, receives a knighthood.
  • 13 June – The Conservatives suffer their worst election results this century, winning a mere 18 out of 87 of the nation's seats in the European parliament elections. The resurgent Labour Party, still without a leader as the search for a successor to the late John Smith continues, wins 62 seats.
  • 14 June – In the heaviest penalty ever imposed on any English football club, Tottenham Hotspur are fined £600,000, deducted 12 league points from the start of next season, and banned from the FA Cup for a year due to financial irregularities which took place during the late 1980s.


  • 4 July – Shaun Armstrong, 32, is charged with the murder of three-year-old Rosie Palmer, whose body was found today in a Hartlepool flat near where she went missing four days ago.
  • 13 July – Chris Sutton, 21-year-old Norwich City striker, becomes Britain's most expensive footballer in a £5million move to Blackburn Rovers.[5]
  • 16 July – Abbie Humphries is recovered from a house near the Nottingham hospital from where she was snatched by a bogus nurse sixteen days ago when only four hours old. A 22-year-old woman is charged with abduction.
  • 29 July – Tottenham Hotspur sign the German national football team striker Jürgen Klinsmann from French side AS Monaco for £2 million.
  • 1 August – Norwich Central Library is destroyed in a fire.[6]



  • 3 September – Billy Wright, former captain of Wolverhampton Wanderers and the England football team, dies of cancer aged 70.
  • 21 September – Gary Lineker, 33, announces that he will retire from playing at the end of this year. Lineker, who scored 48 goals for the England team (one goal short of Bobby Charlton's record), has played for Nagoya Grampus Eight since leaving Tottenham Hotspur in May 1992. He will then return to England as a football pundit for the BBC.



  • 13 December – Fred West is charged with the murders of twelve people who are believed to have died between 1967 and 1987, including his daughter Heather. His wife Rose is charged with ten of the murders, including that of Heather and her stepdaughter Charmaine, who is believed to have died in June 1971 at the age of eight.
  • 14 December – Moors Murderer Myra Hindley receives a letter from the Home Office that informs her of former Home Secretary David Waddington's decision (taken four years earlier) that she will spend the rest of her life in prison. Hindley, 52, was involving in the torture and murder of five children during the 1960s with her lover Ian Brady. She was convicted of murdering two children at her 1966 trial as well as being an accessory to the murder of a third, but admitted two more murders in 1986 and subsequently helped police uncover the body of her fourth victim. On the same day, Brady is also informed that he will remain incarcerated for the rest of his natural life.

See also


  1. ^ "Police probe MP's suspicious death". BBC News. 1994-02-08. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  2. ^ "1994: Police probe MP's suspicious death". BBC News. 8 February 1994.
  3. ^ "West charged as death toll mounts". BBC News. 1994-03-01. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  4. ^ a b Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-11-27. Retrieved 2011-10-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Library fire wipes out historic records". BBC News. 1994-08-01. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  7. ^ Gang leader gets life for killing boy | The Independent
  8. ^ "1994: Man gets 'bionic' heart". BBC News. 1994-08-26. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
  9. ^ "Sunday trading legalised". BBC News. 1994-08-28. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  10. ^ Harper, Keith (2000-07-06). "Managers 'overlooked risk' in airport tunnel collapse". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2009-08-21.
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