May 1999 calendar

May 1999

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1999?


  • 01 May 1999 Three spectators were killed and eight others were injured at Lowe's Motor Speedway during an IRL race when a tire went into the grandstand.
  • 02 May 1999 Norman J. Sirnic and Karen Sirnic are murdered by the serial killer Angel Maturino Resendiz in a parsonage in Weimar, Texas (his fourth and fifth victims in his fourth slaying incident).
  • 03 May 1999 The southwestern portion of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is devastated by an F5 tornado killing forty-five people, injuring 665, and causing $1 billion in damage. The tornado is one of 66 from the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak. This is the strongest tornado ever recorded with wind speeds of up to 318 mph.
  • 04 May 1999 The US Mint unveils designs for the Sacagawea dollar coin.
  • 05 May 1999 Microsoft releases Windows 98 (Second Edition), from 1998.
  • 06 May 1999 The first elections to the devolved Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly are held.
  • 08 May 1999 Nancy Mace becomes the first female cadet to graduate from The Military College of South Carolina.
  • 11 May 1999 Starting late on May 10 and continuing through the early hours of May 12, NASA's ACE and Wind spacecraft each observed that the density of the solar wind dropped by more than 98%. (NASA Science)
  • 18 May 1999 The Backstreet Boys release their album, Millennium.
  • 19 May 1999 ''Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace'' is released in theaters. It becomes the highest grossing ''Star Wars'' film.
  • 20 May 1999 Bluetooth is announced.
  • 22 May 1999 The television show Mortal Kombat: Conquest last airs in the US. 22 shows aired during the season.
  • 23 May 1999 Kansas City, Missouri, wrestler Owen Hart (Blue Blazer) falls 78 feet (24 m) to his death while being lowered into a World Wrestling Federation ring during WWF Over the Edge.
  • 25 May 1999 The United States House of Representatives releases the Cox Report which details the People's Republic of China's nuclear espionage against the U.S. over the prior two decades.
  • 26 May 1999 Indian Air Force launches attack on intruding Pakistan backed militants in Kashmir sparking the Kargil War.
  • 27 May 1999 The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands indicts Slobodan Milosevic and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo.
  • 28 May 1999 Two Swedish police officers are murdered with their own fire arms by the bank robbers Jackie Arklov and Tony Olsson after a car chase.
  • 30 May 1999 Travel Midland Metro enters public service.
  • 31 May 1999 Olusegun Obasanjo is elected President of Nigeria.
  • 01 May 1999 The body of British climber George Mallory is found on Mount Everest, 75 years after his disappearance in 1924.
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Music charts

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

  1. - No Scrubsyoutube
  2. - Livin' La Vida Locayoutube
  3. - Kiss Me
  4. - Believeyoutube
  5. - Every Morning

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Swear It Again
  2. - No Scrubsyoutube
  3. - I Want It That Way
  4. - You Needed Me
  5. - Right Here Right Now


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1999?

We Are Our Mothers' Daughters by Cokie Roberts

We Are Our Mothers' Daughters


Cokie Roberts, the famous political commentator and author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, examines again the nature of women's roles in this updated and expanded tenth anniversary edition.

Bittersweet by Danielle Steel



Bittersweet is Danielle Steel's novel. It's a novel of choice and new beginnings.

All Too Human by George Stephanopoulos

All Too Human


All Too Human is a political memoir of the new generation, written by a man who was able to grasp the levers of great power at an early age.

Joining by Johanna Lindsey



The extraordinary Lindsey magic is back! This is the stunning #1 bestseller author's return with a magnificent tale of love and duty set in medieval England.

Eye Of The Beholder by Jayne Ann Krentz

Eye Of The Beholder


Alexa Chambers, Art Deco expert, is ready to return to the game after a career-stumbling tangle with a fraudulent owner of a gallery.