December 1999 calendar

December 1999

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 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 December 1999: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1999?


  • 01 Dec 1999 Exxon changes its company name to Exxon Mobil Company.
  • 02 Dec 1999 AlliedSignal Incorporated changes its company name to Honeywell International.
  • 03 Dec 1999 Six firefighters are killed in the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire in Worcester, Massachusetts.
  • 07 Dec 1999 The Recording Industry Association of America files a lawsuit against the Napster file-sharing client alleging copyright infringement.
  • 14 Dec 1999 Algerian Ahmed Ressam is arrested while crossing the United States-Canada border at Port Angeles, Washington, when United States Customs finds explosives in the trunk of his automobile. The arrest causes fears of a terrorist attack in the United States, and is a major factor in the cancellation of a public New Year's celebration in Seattle, Washington. Ressam is later convicted in a plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on New Year's Eve.
  • 15 Dec 1999 The MRT-3 Metrostar Express line in Manila, Philippines is inaugurated between North Ave. and Taft Ave.
  • 17 Dec 1999 Grover Washington Jr., jazz saxophonist and composer, suffers a heart attack and collapses after taping four songs for The Saturday Early Show on CBS, dying in hospital in New York City.
  • 18 Dec 1999 NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT.
  • 20 Dec 1999 The Vermont Supreme Court orders the state to legalize same-sex unions.
  • 21 Dec 1999 The Spanish Civil Guard intercepts a van loaded with 950 kg of explosives that ETA intended to use to blow up Torre Picasso in Madrid, Spain.
  • 22 Dec 1999 Korean Air Cargo Flight 8509, a Boeing 747-200F crashes shortly after take-off from London Stansted Airport due to pilot error. All 4 crew members are killed.
  • 26 Dec 1999 The storm Lothar sweeps across Central Europe, killing 137 and causing US$1.3 billion in damage.
  • 27 Dec 1999 Storm Martin caused damage throughout France, Spain, Switzerland and Italy, including an emergency due to flooding at the Blayais Nuclear Power Plant.
  • 29 Dec 1999 Former Beatle George Harrison is stabbed several times in the chest by Michael Anram, who had broken into his home. Harrison's wife wrestles the knife out the assailant's hand before the police arrives. The man apparently believed that Harrison was the devil. He was later charged with attempted murder
  • 30 Dec 1999 Sarah Knauss dies at the age of 119. She was an American supercentenarian considered the "world's oldest person" by Guinness World Records from April 16, 1998 until her death at age 119.
  • 31 Dec 1999 Five hijackers, who had been holding 155 hostages on an Indian Airlines Flight 814 aeroplane, leave the aircraft with two Islamic clerics that they had demanded be freed.
  • 06 Dec 1999 A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc.: The Recording Industry Association of America sues the peer-to-peer file-sharing service Napster, alleging copyright infringement.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Smooth
  2. - Back At One
  3. - I Need To Know
  4. - I Wanna Love You Forever
  5. - Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of..)

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - The Millennium Prayer
  2. - I Have A Dream / Seasons In The Sun
  3. - Praise You
  4. - Re-Rewind The Crowd Say Bo Selecta
  5. - Heartbeat / Tragedy


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 1999?

Pop Goes the Weasel by James Patterson

Pop Goes the Weasel


Detective Alex Cross is back and he's in love. His happiness is threatened by a series harrowing murders in Washington, D.C., that leave investigators reeling.

A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks

A Walk To Remember


There was a time in history when the world was more sweet ....when Beaufort's women wore dresses and Beaufort's men wore hats ..... Every April, Landon Carter recalls 1958, his final year at Beaufort High.

When Pride Still Mattered by David Maraniss

When Pride Still Mattered


David Maraniss's groundbreaking biography captures the life and times of Vince Lombardi, football's greatest player.

The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw

The Greatest Generation


This is the instant bestseller and instant classic that has changed how we see World War II. It was written by the beloved journalist, whose iconic career lasted over fifty years.

All The Best, George Bush by George Bush

All The Best, George Bush


George H.W. Bush, former President Bush's letters and writings, from 1941 to 2010, are "worth their weight in gold...a valuable update on the life of an honourable American leader."