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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

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1999?


Events

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Movies

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The Green Mile

The Green Mile

Release year: 1999

Directed by: Frank Darabont

Starring: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt

Country: United States of America

Magnolia

Magnolia

Release year: 1999

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Country: United States of America

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Man on the Moon

Man on the Moon

Release year: 1999

Directed by: Milos Forman

Starring: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Gerry Becker, Greyson Erik Pendry

Country: United States of America

Girl, Interrupted

Girl, Interrupted

Release year: 1999

Directed by: James Mangold

Starring: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall, Brittany Murphy

Country: United States of America

The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Release year: 1999

Directed by: Anthony Minghella

Starring: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett

Country: United States of America

Books

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Hillary'S Choice by Gail Sheehy

Hillary'S Choice

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This is the story of a woman and a marriage, both so famous the world over, we think we know everything there is to know.

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

Tuesdays With Morrie

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Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to …

River-Horse by William Least Heat-Moon

River-Horse

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The author of Blue Highways and PrairyErth "takes us on a lifetime voyage full of imagery, insight and appreciation." --Cleveland Plain DealerIn his most ambitious journey ever, William Least Heat-Moon sets

We Interrupt This Broadcast by Joe Garner

We Interrupt This Broadcast

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The New York Times Bestseller The USA Today Bestseller The Wall Street Journal Bestseller Where Were You When…? Few phrases garner as much attention as "We Interrupt This Broadcast…" Wherever

Hunting Badger by Tony Hillerman

Hunting Badger

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Three men raid the gambling casino run by the Ute nation and then disappear into the maze of canyons on the Utah-Arizona border.