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The year I was born: Andre De Grasse

(Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

A look back at 1994...

Andre De Grasse is a Canadian Olympic sprinter who just ran an amazing 100m dash against the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt of Jamaica, and walked away with a Bronze medal (Go Canada Go!).

Andre grew in Scarborough, Ontario back in the early 90s (he was born in 1994!). We thought it would be really interesting to see what was happening back then that might have shaped a young Andre into the amazing athlete that he is today. Let's take a look back at 1994:

Life becomes a big box of chocolates

Forrest Gump at Madame Tussauds wax museum

Forrest Gump at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum photo by Loren Javier licensed CC BY-ND 2.0 

Forrest Gump was the biggest movie of the year and everyone was talking about jumbo shrimp, boxes of chocolate and yelling at Tom Hanks to “run Forrest, run!”

A lion king tames our heart

a lion

Photo by Fadil Basymeleh licensed CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 

The world was introduced to the best set of friends ever - a lion, a warthog and a meerkat - who sang their way through the circle of life in the animated movie The Lion King.

New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup in 1994Stanley Cup goes to New York

After 54 years, the Stanley Cup finally made to New York when The New York Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks in game seven of the finals on June 14, 1994.

Photo of New York Rangers captain Mark Messier holds the Stanley Cup after beating Vancouver on June 14, 1994. (Canadian Press Images/Paul Chiasson)


Hockey becomes our official winter sport

backyard hockey

Photo by Patrick Blart licensed CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 

On May 12, 1994, The National Sports of Canada Act recognized hockey as Canada’s Winter Sport and lacrosse as Canada’s Summer Sport.

Mandela becomes president

Nelson Mandela

Photo by United Nations Photo licensed CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 

After 30 years of apartheid (an Afrikaans word meaning “separateness”) and segregation, South Africa got its first black president when Nelson Mandela was inaugurated on May 10, 1994.

The internet looks really weird

Netscape navigator

Pretty scary, right? Netscape launched the first graphical browser in 1994 - the Netscape Navigator - for anyone wanting to browse the internet (that’s if you were one of the lucky ones to have an internet connection). It was the first one to display documents with text and images. Before that, you would have to click on an icon to see an image.

The Sony PlayStation is launched

the original Sony PlayStation

It’s amazing to think that there was ever a time without a PlayStation or Nintendo, but in the early 90s this is what gaming consoles looked like.

old mobile phone with no touch screenMobile phones have no touch screen

Cell phones have come a long way since the early 90s. Back then it was all business - no touchscreen, no apps, you were lucky if you could send a message at all! And phones had antennae - how weird! And if you bent the antenna you could completely lose your reception. It was a different time... The phone in the photo is actually from 1996 - but it gives you an idea of how technologically advanced they were back in the 90s.

Wikimedia/Nkp911m500/CC BY-SA 3.0



Justin Bieber and Harry Styles are born

Harry Styles and Justin Bieber

Styles photo by Ashley Newby licensed CC BY 2.0/Bieber photo by Joe Bielawa licensed CC BY 2.0 

Just one month apart too! Harry Styles of One Direction (February 1, 1994) and Justin Bieber (March 1, 1994) are both 90s kids, just like Andre De Grasse. Hmmm… wonder if he listens to either of them?