Seeing his first impeachment trial, 1999 marked a tumultuous year in the Clinton presidency. At the time, he, and other world leaders, presided over a world population of just under 6 billion people.
The most popular baby names were Jacob and Emily. While we don’t yet know who else might prove to be a world-changer, these 12-months saw the birth of American actress, Tatum McCann; the Prince of Denmark, Nikolai; and the Prince of Bulgaria, Umberto. Meanwhile the world was forced to mourn the passing ofStanley Kubrick, Mario Puzo, John Kennedy Junior, Allen Funt, and Wilt Chamberlain.
Rowling managed another year at the top of the best-selling book list when she published Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. In contrast, on the silver screen, modern classics like American Beauty, The Sixth Sense, Fight Club, and The Matrix saw their red-carpet premiere. Keep on skimming to discover how this year changed world currency and forever alerted the world to a new meal-time danger.
The year 1999 bore witnesses to many firsts including the first DOW closing above 11,000, the first Eminem album, the first female Prime Minister of New Zealand, and the first warning about the dangers of genetically-modified food. In these twelve months, inventors gifted the world with the Blackberry, the wildly-popular Furby, and the first digital television recorder. In addition, a whole new generation got to see The Last Supper as it ended 22-years of restoration.
For all the music downloaders of the world however, the charges laid against Napster may have proven inconvenient. Three main events occurred on the global stage: The Kosovo war ended on June 9th. Yeltsin resigned his post to Vladimir Putin. Australia voted to keep the UK monarch as their head of state.
Now you know, if you’ve ever gotten into a fistfight over a Furby, that you can blame 1999.
All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 72nd edition of the Oscar ceremony
Best supporting actor
Best supporting actress
Time Person of the Year
Who was the person of the year of 1999?
Which were the most popular books released in 1999 ?
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All Nobel Prize winners of 1999
- Médecins Sans Frontières
- Günter Grass
- Gerard 't Hooft
- Martinus J. G. Veltman
- Robert Mundell
- Ahmed Zewail
Physiology or Medicine
- Günter Blobel
Which were the top hits of 1999?
Top #1 songs in the USA
Top #1 songs in the UK
- Ricky Martin - Livin' La Vida Loca
- Britney Spears - Baby One More Time
- Eiffel 65 - Blue (Da Ba Dee)
- Backstreet Boys - I Want It That Way
- Boyzone - You Needed Me
- Westlife - If I Let You Go
- Ronan Keating - When You Say Nothing At All
- Westlife - Swear It Again
- Fatboy Slim - Right Here Right Now
- DJ Jurgen Presents Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone
Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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Demographic statistics of the year 1999
- Total population: 6.1 billion (6,064,239,055 to be precise!)
- Urban population: 2.8 billion, that is 46.0% of the total population of 1999 lives in cities
- Yearly change: +79.6 million, corresponding to a percentage increase of +1.33%
- Average density: 41.0 persons per km2
Which were the important events of 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.
- 02 Feb 1999 Hugo Chávez becomes President of Venezuela.
- 04 Feb 1999 Unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo is shot dead by four plainclothes New York City police officers on an unrelated stake-out, inflaming race-relations in the city.
- 05 Feb 1999 Mike Tyson is sentenced to a year's imprisonment, fined $5,000, and ordered to serve 2 years probation and perform 200 hours of community service for the August 31, 1998 assault on two people after a car accident.
- 07 Feb 1999 Crown Prince Abdullah becomes the King of Jordan on the death of his father, King Hussein.
- 12 Feb 1999 The US Senate votes on whether to remove President Bill Clinton from office. The president is acquitted on both articles of impeachment.
- 15 Feb 1999 Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party, is arrested in Kenya.
- 16 Feb 1999 In Uzbekistan, a bomb explodes and gunfire is heard at the government headquarters in an apparent assassination attempt against President Islom Karimov.
- 19 Feb 1999 President Bill Clinton issues a posthumous pardon for U.S. Army Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper.
- 21 Feb 1999 The Albertinkatu shootings in Helsinki, Finland: Three men are killed and one is wounded at a shooting range.
- 22 Feb 1999 Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey.
- 23 Feb 1999 Eminem's 'The Slim Shady LP is released, following his 1997 EP 'The Slim Shady EP' and debut album 'Infinite'.
- 24 Feb 1999 A China Southern Airlines Tupolev TU-154 airliner crashes on approach to Wenzhou airport in eastern the People's Republic of China, killing 61.
- 27 Feb 1999 One of 4 bombs detonated in Lusaka, Zambia, destroys the Angolan Embassy.
- 02 Mar 1999 The brand new Mandalay Bay hotel and casino opens in Las Vegas.
- 03 Mar 1999 Walter LaGrand is executed by means of gas chamber.
- 04 Mar 1999 Monica Lewinsky's book detailing her affair with Bill Clinton goes on sale in the United States.
- 05 Mar 1999 Paul Okalik is elected first Premier of Nunavut.
- 08 Mar 1999 The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the murder convictions of Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing.
- 11 Mar 1999 Infosys becomes the first Indian company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
- 12 Mar 1999 Former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland join NATO.
- 15 Mar 1999 Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.
- 16 Mar 1999 Sony Online Entertainment releases the EverQuest game for personal computers in the USA.
- 17 Mar 1999 The Roth 401(k) is introduced by U.S. Senator William Roth.
- 20 Mar 1999 Legoland California, the only Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California.
- 21 Mar 1999 Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.
- 22 Mar 1999 U.S. pro-euthanasia doctor Jack Kevorkian goes on trial for murder in Pontiac, Michigan.
- 23 Mar 1999 NATO launches air strikes against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. This marks the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country.
- 24 Mar 1999 Kosovo War: NATO commences air bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country.
- 25 Mar 1999 Enron energy traders allegedly route 2,900 megawatts of electricity destined for California to the town of Silver Peak, Nevada, population 200.
- 26 Mar 1999 A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.
- 28 Mar 1999 Kosovo War: Serb paramilitary and military forces kill 146 Kosovo Albanians in the Izbica massacre.
- 29 Mar 1999 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the 10,000 mark (10,006.78) for the first time, during the height of the internet boom.
- 01 Apr 1999 Nunavut is established as a Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories.
- 05 Apr 1999 In Laramie, Wyoming, Russell Henderson pleads guilty to kidnapping and felony murder in order to avoid a possible death penalty conviction for the apparent hate crime killing of Matthew Shepard
- 07 Apr 1999 The World Trade Organization rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas.
- 08 Apr 1999 Haryana Gana Parishad, a political party in the Indian state of Haryana, merges with the Indian National Congress.
- 13 Apr 1999 Tercentenary celebrations of the creation of the Sikh Khalsa are held.
- 14 Apr 1999 NATO mistakenly bombs a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees : Yugoslav officials say 75 people are killed.
- 18 Apr 1999 "The Great One" Wayne Gretzky plays his final game in the NHL.
- 19 Apr 1999 The US Navy kills a civilian guard in the Naval Base at Vieques, an island east of Puerto Rico which the Navy has used since 1943. The death of the civilian officer sparks off a civil disobedience campaign throughout the island of Puerto Rico to protest the presence of the Navy on the island.
- 20 Apr 1999 Two Littleton, Colorado teenagers, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, open fire on their Columbine High School teachers and classmates, killing 12 students and one teacher, and then themselves.
- 25 Apr 1999 British T.V presenter Jill Dando, 37, is shot dead on the doorstep of her home in Fulham, London.
- 26 Apr 1999 British TV presenter Jill Dando is shot dead outside her home in Fulham, West London.(BBC)
- 29 Apr 1999 The Avala TV Tower near Belgrade is destroyed in the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.
- 30 Apr 1999 Cambodia joins the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bringing the number of members to 10.
- 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 First elections to the devolved Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly 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 Jun 1999 American Airlines Flight 1420 slides and crashes while landing at Little Rock National Airport, killing 11 people on a flight from Dallas to Little Rock.
- 05 Jun 1999 The AIS, the armed wing of FIS, agrees in principle to disband in Algeria.
- 06 Jun 1999 In Australian Rules Football, Tony Lockett breaks the record for career goals, previously 1299 by Gordon Coventry and which had stood since 1937.
- 09 Jun 1999 Kosovo War: the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and NATO sign a peace treaty.
- 10 Jun 1999 Kosovo War: NATO suspends its air strikes after Slobodan Milosevic agrees to withdraw Serbian forces from Kosovo.
- 12 Jun 1999 Texas Governor George W. Bush announces his intention to seek the Republican Party's nomination for President of the United States.
- 14 Jun 1999 Thabo Mbeki is elected President of South Africa.
- 15 Jun 1999 George Morber Senior and Carolyn Frederick are murdered by Angel Maturino Resendiz in Gorham, Illinois. They are his eighth and ninth victims, in his seventh and final incident.
- 16 Jun 1999 Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles auctions a US 1907 Saint-Gaudens, Ultra-High Relief, Roman Numerals gold double eagle, PR-67 PCGS, for $1.21 million to Tangible Asset Galleries, the first $1 million coin at auction.
- 18 Jun 1999 The Second Global Street Party is held around world including Bangladesh, USA, Uruguay, Spain, Germany, England (10,000 in London), Switzerland, Nigeria (10,000 in Port Harcourt).
- 19 Jun 1999 Turin, Italy, is awarded the 2006 Winter Olympics.
- 21 Jun 1999 Apple Computer released the first iBook
- 30 Jun 1999 Twenty-three people die when fire consumes the Sealand Youth Training Center in South Korea.
- 01 Jul 1999 The Scottish Parliament is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth on the day that legislative powers are officially transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh.
- 02 Jul 1999 Benjamin Nathaniel Smith begins a three-day killing spree targeting racial and ethnic minorities in Illinois and Indiana, USA.
- 03 Jul 1999 In Weirs Beach, New Hampshire, USA, over six hours Billy Mitchell plays a "perfect" game of the arcade game Pac-Man, achieving the highest score that the game allows: 3,333,360. This can only be accomplished by guiding Pac-Man to eat every dot, fruit, and ghost in all 256 levels without dying.
- 05 Jul 1999 U.S. Army Pfc. Barry Winchell is bludgeoned in his sleep at Fort Campbell, Kentucky by fellow soldiers; he dies the next day from his injuries.
- 06 Jul 1999 U.S. Army private Barry Winchell dies from baseball-bat injuries inflicted in his sleep the previous day by a fellow soldier, Calvin Glover, for his relationship with transgender showgirl and former Navy Corpsman Calpernia Addams.
- 08 Jul 1999 A major flash flood in Las Vegas swamps hundreds of cars, smashes mobile homes and kills 2 people.
- 09 Jul 1999 Days of student protests begin after Iranian police and hardliners attack a student dormitory at the University of Tehran.
- 10 Jul 1999 American soccer player Brandi Chastain scores the game winning penalty kick against China in the FIFA Women's World Cup.
- 11 Jul 1999 India recaptures Kargil as Pakistan pulls out its troops and militants after international condemnation. India claims victory in the two-month conflict.
- 16 Jul 1999 John F. Kennedy, Jr., piloting a Piper Saratoga aircraft, dies when his plane crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. His wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette are also killed.
- 17 Jul 1999 The Pabok Regional County Municipality in Quebec, Canada is renamed to Le Rocher-Percé after the Percé Rock.
- 20 Jul 1999 Apple Computer introduces the iBook portable computer. It features 12.1-inch TFT display, 300 MHz G3 processor, 4 MB ATI Rage Mobility graphics chip, CD-ROM drive, 32 MB RAM, modem, USB and 10/100Base-T Ethernet ports, 3 GB hard drive, keyboard, Mac OS 8.6, V.90 modem, AppleWorks software, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape Communicator, and comes in a translucent cover in tangerine or blueberry colors. Battery power lasts about six hours. Price is US$1599; weight is 6.6 pounds; size is 2 x
- 21 Jul 1999 Two divers die in the Deer Island Outfall Tunnel during a project to remove safety plugs inside risers leading from the tunnel to the bottom of Massachusetts Bay. (Associated Press)
- 22 Jul 1999 The first version of MSN Messenger is released by Microsoft.
- 23 Jul 1999 ANA Flight 61 is hijacked in Tokyo, Japan.
- 26 Jul 1999 The last Checker taxi cab is retired in New York City and auctioned off for approximately US$135,000.
- 29 Jul 1999 The Rock 'N' Roller Coaster attraction opens in the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park at Walt Disney World in Florida.
- 31 Jul 1999 Mark O. Barton kills nine in Atlanta, Georgia.
- 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, tens of thousands of Serbians rally to demand the resignation of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia President Slobodan Milosevic.
- 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 2 on the ground.
- 03 Sep 1999 An 87-automobile pile-up happens on Highway 401 freeway just East of Windsor, Ontario, Canada after an unusually thick fog from Lake St. Clair.
- 07 Sep 1999 A 5.9 magnitude earthquake rocks Athens, rupturing a previously unknown fault, killing 143, injuring more than 500, and leaving 50,000 people homeless.
- 08 Sep 1999 First of a series of Russian apartment bombings. Subsequent bombings occurred on September 1 and September 16, while a bombing on September 22 failed.
- 09 Sep 1999 Sega releases the Dreamcast video game system in the USA. Price is US$199. In the first 24 hours, Sega sells US$97 million worth of hardware and software, setting an entertainment industry record for highest-grossing day.
- 12 Sep 1999 Indonesia announces it will allow international peace-keepers into East Timor.
- 14 Sep 1999 Kiribati, Nauru, and Tonga join the United Nations.
- 15 Sep 1999 For the first time in its 28-year history, most of Walt Disney World in Florida is closed for the day, due to the threat of Hurricane Floyd. Disney's Animal Kingdom re-opens at 12:00 PM for resort guests.
- 21 Sep 1999 Chi-Chi earthquake occurs in central Taiwan, leaving about 2,400 people dead.
- 23 Sep 1999 NASA announces that it has lost contact with the Mars Climate Orbiter.
- 28 Sep 1999 Muse sell their first studio album Showbiz.
- 30 Sep 1999 Japan's second worst nuclear accident at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tokai-mura, northeast of Tokyo.
- 03 Oct 1999 Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara, head writers in the WWF during its most successful time in history, sign with rival company WCW.
- 05 Oct 1999 The Ladbroke Grove rail crash in west London kills 31 people.
- 07 Oct 1999 The 1999 Connecticut quarter dollar is introduced.
- 09 Oct 1999 The last flight of the SR-71.
- 10 Oct 1999 Elections are held in Portugal.
- 12 Oct 1999 Pervez Musharraf takes power in Pakistan from Nawaz Sharif through a bloodless coup.
- 13 Oct 1999 The United States Senate rejects ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
- 15 Oct 1999 National Geographic Society reveals the fossil of Archaeoraptor in a press conference (the fossil is later found to be a forgery).
- 16 Oct 1999 In Southern California, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurs. Few injuries, light damage.
- 18 Oct 1999 Russo and Ferrara's first Monday Nitro with them at the helm of creative airs.
- 22 Oct 1999 Maurice Papon, an official in the Vichy France government during World War II, is jailed for crimes against humanity.
- 25 Oct 1999 Golfer Payne Stewart, 42, dies in an aircraft accident.
- 26 Oct 1999 Britain's House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament.
- 27 Oct 1999 EgyptAir Flight 990, travelling from New York City to Cairo, crashes off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on board. When the pilot leaves the cockpit, the co-pilot causes the Boeing 767 to enter a steep dive, resulting in impact with the Atlantic Ocean.
- 29 Oct 1999 A large cyclone devastates Orissa, India.
- 31 Oct 1999 EgyptAir Flight 990 traveling from New York City to Cairo crashes off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on-board.
- 05 Nov 1999 US District Judge Thomas Jackson issues his 207-page Findings of Fact, ruling that Microsoft has monopoly power over personal computer operating systems, and uses that power to harm American consumers.
- 06 Nov 1999 Australians vote to keep the Head of the Commonwealth as their head of state in the Australian republic referendum.
- 11 Nov 1999 The House of Lords Act is given Royal Assent, restricting membership of the British House of Lords by virtue of a hereditary peerage.
- 12 Nov 1999 The Duzce earthquake strikes Turkey with a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale.
- 15 Nov 1999 Neopets, the virtual pet website, is launched.
- 18 Nov 1999 In College Station, Texas, 12 are killed and 27 injured at Texas A&M University when the 59-foot-tall (18 m) Aggie Bonfire, under construction for the annual football game against the University of Texas, collapses at 2:42am.
- 19 Nov 1999 Disney releases the Walt Disney Pictures animated feature film Toy Story 2 to theaters in the USA. North American theater gross receipts: US$245.9 million.
- 21 Nov 1999 The film ''The Wizard of Oz'' begins its run on cable TV, which continues to this day. On cable it is telecast several times a year, like most other films, rather than being shown only once annually.
- 25 Nov 1999 The United Nations establishes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to commemorate the murder of three Mirabal Sisters for resistance against the Rafael Trujillo dictatorship in Dominican Republic.
- 26 Nov 1999 An earthquake and tsunami strike Vanuatu.
- 27 Nov 1999 The left-wing Labour Party takes control of the New Zealand government with leader Helen Clark becoming the first elected female Prime Minister in New Zealand's history.
- 29 Nov 1999 General election in Malaysia.
- 30 Nov 1999 In Seattle, Washington, the first major mobilization of the anti-globalization movement catches police unprepared and forces the cancellation of the opening ceremonies of the WTO Meeting of 1999 (protests end on December 3).
- 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.