January 1999 calendar

January 1999

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 1999?


  • 01 Jan 1999 The Euro currency is introduced in 11 countries - members of the European Union (with the exception of the United Kingdom, Denmark, Greece and Sweden).
  • 02 Jan 1999 A brutal snowstorm smashes into the Midwestern United States, causing 14 inches (359 mm) of snow at Milwaukee, Wisconsin and 19 inches (487 mm) at Chicago, Illinois. In Chicago, temperatures plunge to -13 degrees F (-25 degrees C), and 68 deaths are reported.
  • 03 Jan 1999 Israel detains, and later expels, 14 members of Concerned Christians.
  • 04 Jan 1999 Aluminum Company of America changes its company name to Alcoa Incorporated.
  • 05 Jan 1999 Apple Computer releases the Power Macintosh G3 (Blue & White).
  • 06 Jan 1999 Dennis Hastert becomes Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
  • 07 Jan 1999 For the first time since the 1868 impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson, the trial of President Clinton begins in the Senate.
  • 08 Jan 1999 3.4 million copies of the film The Rescuers are recalled after a photo of a topless woman was discovered in two of the 110,000 frames of the movie.
  • 10 Jan 1999 Sanjeev Nanda kills three policemen in New Delhi with his car, an act for which he was later acquitted, resulting in a sharp drop in public confidence in the Indian legal system.
  • 11 Jan 1999 Bülent Ecevit, of DSP forms the new government of Turkey (56th government, an interim government)
  • 12 Jan 1999 The remains of Christina Marie Williams were found three miles (5 km) from her home on the old Fort Ord military base.
  • 14 Jan 1999 Toronto, Ontario Mayor Mel Lastman becomes the first mayor in Canada to call in the Army to help with emergency medical evacuations and snow removal after more than one meter of snow paralyzes the city.
  • 19 Jan 1999 British Aerospace agrees to acquire the defence subsidiary of the General Electric Company plc, forming BAE Systems in November 1999.
  • 20 Jan 1999 The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use aimed especially at Internet cafes.
  • 21 Jan 1999 War on Drugs: In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the United States Coast Guard intercepts a ship with over 9,500 pounds (4.3 t) of cocaine aboard. The ship was headed for Houston, Texas.
  • 22 Jan 1999 Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons are burned alive by radical Hindus while sleeping in their car in Eastern India.
  • 25 Jan 1999 A 6.0 Richter scale earthquake hits western Colombia killing at least 1,000.
  • 31 Jan 1999 The Denver Broncos win their second consecutive Super Bowl, defeating the Atlanta Falcons, 34-19, in Super Bowl XXXIII.
  • 21 Jan 1999 War on Drugs: In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the United States Coast Guard intercepts a ship with over 4,300 kilograms (9,500 lb) of cocaine on board.