June 17, 1994: Rangers Ticker-Tape Parade, Knicks Game 5, World Cup & OJ Simpson [Video]
Twenty years ago today was one of the craziest days in not only sports history, but one that changed media and society for the future.
It was a sports fan’s dream and nightmare all put into one day.
On June 17, 1994, golf legend Arnold Palmer played his final round at the U.S. Open. He ended his career with a +16 including some bad shots that made him look like only a shell of himself. It did not matter as fans applauded and cheered his every move the last few holes to show thei appreciation for one of the greatest golfers in the history of the sport.
That day was also the opening of the World Cup in Chicago, Illinois. Oprah opened up the ceremonies and current president Bill Clinton was on hand to welcome the world to the country.
In New York City it was one of the busiest days of the decade. After winning the Stanley Cup championship, the New York Rangers had their ticker-tape parade as thousands came out to celebrate the teams win. Later in Madison Square Garden, the Knicks would host the Houston Rockets in game five of the NBA finals. They won that game and were only one game away from being NBA champions themselves.
It was also the day OJ Simpson was supposed to surrender to police, as he was charged with the murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman.
That was the day the white bronco took over television, as we all watched live as Simpson rode in the back with a gun to his head, and a suicide note read to the people. We didn’t know how it was going to end, but it was one of the most surreal picture of a once American hero to be seen in.
Directed by Brett Morgen, June 17, 1994 shows all these events with archival footage of the day as it is happening in front of your eyes. It is a must see for anyone who wants to relive the events of that day.
Check it out below.