August 1999 calendar

August 1999

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 1999.
The US president was Bill Clinton (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Tony Blair (Labour), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on August 1999: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 1999?


  • 02 Aug 1999 M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense is released into theaters.
  • 07 Aug 1999 Second Chechen War began.
  • 08 Aug 1999 ABC's Who Wants To Be a Millionaire premieres, hosted by Regis Philbin, and gives the contestants a chance at $1,000,000.
  • 09 Aug 1999 Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet.
  • 10 Aug 1999 Buford O. Furrow, Jr. wounds five and kills one during the August 1999 Los Angeles Jewish Community Center shooting
  • 11 Aug 1999 An F-2 tornado rips through downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, killing one person and injuring over 100.
  • 14 Aug 1999 Work is completed on the Øresund Bridge, connecting Denmark and Sweden.
  • 15 Aug 1999 Beni Ounif massacre in Algeria; some 29 people are killed at a false roadblock near the Moroccan border, leading to temporary tensions with Morocco.
  • 17 Aug 1999 1999 İzmit earthquake: A 7.6-magnitude earthquake strikes İzmit and levels much of northwestern Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000. This is the first of a long series of unrelated but frequent earthquakes throughout the world during the years 1999 and 2000.
  • 19 Aug 1999 In Belgrade, Yugoslavia, tens of thousands of Serbians rally to demand the resignation of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia President Slobodan Milošević.
  • 26 Aug 1999 The pilot episode of SmackDown! aired
  • 30 Aug 1999 Bowers and Merena auctions the Watters-Childs Collection. A US 1804 Draped Bust dollar PR-68, finest known, believed to have been in the Sultan of Muscat presentation set, first public offering since 1945, sells for $4.14 million, a world record price for a rare coin.
  • 31 Aug 1999 A LAPA Boeing 737-200 crashes during takeoff from Jorge Newbury Airport in Buenos Aires, killing 65, including two on the ground.
  • 02 Aug 1999 The Gaisal train disaster claims 285 lives in Assam, India.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in August 1999?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Genie In A Bottle
  2. - Wild Wild West
  3. - Bills, Bills, Billsyoutube
  4. - Tell Me It's Real
  5. - Bailamosyoutube

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - If I Let You Go
  2. - Better Off Alone
  3. - When You Say Nothing At All
  4. - Drinking In L.A.
  5. - Livin' La Vida Locayoutube


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 1999?

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer'S Stone by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer'S Stone


Jim Kay, an award-winning illustrator, has fully illustrated the beloved Harry Potter book 1. J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books will now be available in lavishly illustrated, full-color editions.

Rainbow Six by Tom Clanc

Rainbow Six


John Clark battles extremely dangerous terrorists.

The Testament by John Grisham

The Testament


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn a luxurious Virginia office, a wealthy, angry old man is furiously rewriting the will. Troy Phelan, who is about to die, wants to send a message his children, ex-wives and his minions. This message will …

The Hungry Ocean by Linda Greenlaw

The Hungry Ocean


THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER--NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK! Millions of readers of The Perfect Storm know Linda as the captain and co-owner of the Hannah Boden, a sister ship to the Andrea Gail.

Cuba by Stephen Coonts



Rear Admiral Jake Grafton has returned! Stephen Coonts's author of Flight of the Intruder, Fortunes of War and Flight of the Intruder, has made Jake Grafton the hero of six New York Times bestsellers.