1999

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.

1999

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.

Discover how the world looked like in 1999

Oscar

Oscar Winners

All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 72nd edition of the Oscar ceremony


Best picture

American Beauty

American Beauty

American Beauty

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Country: United States of America

Best director

Sam Mendes

American Beauty

American Beauty

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Country: United States of America

Best actor

Kevin Spacey

American Beauty

American Beauty

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Country: United States of America

Best actress

Hilary Swank

Boys Don't Cry

Boys Don't Cry

Directed by: Kimberly Peirce

Starring: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III

Country: United States of America

Best supporting actor

Michael Caine

The Cider House Rules

The Cider House Rules

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Michael Caine, Delroy Lindo

Country: United States of America

Best supporting actress

Angelina Jolie

Girl, Interrupted

Girl, Interrupted

Directed by: James Mangold

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

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in 1999 ?
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Tara Road by Maeve Binchy

Tara Road

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A Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month ClubNew York Times bestselling author Maeve Binchy has captured the hearts of millions with her unforgettable novels.

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 …

Yesterday, I Cried by Iyanla Vanzant

Yesterday, I Cried

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What is the lesson in abuse, neglect, abandonment, rejection? What is the lesson when you lose someone you really love?

The Testament by John Grisham

The Testament

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn a plush Virginia office, a rich, angry old man is furiously rewriting his will. With his death just hours away, Troy Phelan wants to send a message to his children, his ex-wives, and his minions—a …

The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw

The Greatest Generation

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The instant classic and runaway bestseller that changed the way we saw World War II and an entire generation of Americans, from the beloved journalist whose own iconic career has lasted more than fifty years.

Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 1999


Peace Prize

  • Médecins Sans Frontières

Literature

  • Günter Grass

Physics

  • Gerard 't Hooft
  • Martinus J. G. Veltman

Economic Sciences

  • Robert Mundell

Chemistry

  • Ahmed Zewail

Physiology or Medicine

  • Günter Blobel

Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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Fight Club

Fight Club

Directed by: David Fincher

Starring: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier

Country: United States of America

The Matrix

The Matrix

Directed by: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Country: United States of America

The Green Mile

The Green Mile

Directed by: Frank Darabont

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

Country: United States of America

American Beauty

American Beauty

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Country: United States of America

The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Starring: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams

Country: United States of America

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1999 in the USA ?

world population

World Population

Demographic statistics of the year 1999


Population statistics

  • 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
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1999?


Events

  • 01 Jan 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 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 Israel detains, and later expels, 14 members of Concerned Christians.
  • 04 Jan Aluminum Company of America changes its company name to Alcoa Incorporated.
  • 05 Jan Apple Computer releases the Power Macintosh G3 (Blue & White).
  • 06 Jan Dennis Hastert becomes Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
  • 07 Jan For the first time since the 1868 impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson, the trial of President Clinton begins in the Senate.
  • 08 Jan 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 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 Bülent Ecevit, of DSP forms the new government of Turkey (56th government, an interim government)
  • 12 Jan The remains of Christina Marie Williams were found three miles (5 km) from her home on the old Fort Ord military base.
  • 14 Jan 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 British Aerospace agrees to acquire the defence subsidiary of the General Electric Company plc, forming BAE Systems in November 1999.
  • 20 Jan The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use aimed especially at Internet cafes.
  • 21 Jan 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 Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons are burned alive by radical Hindus while sleeping in their car in Eastern India.
  • 25 Jan A 6.0 Richter scale earthquake hits western Colombia killing at least 1,000.
  • 31 Jan The Denver Broncos win their second consecutive Super Bowl, defeating the Atlanta Falcons, 34-19, in Super Bowl XXXIII.
  • 02 Feb Hugo Chávez becomes President of Venezuela.
  • 04 Feb 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 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 Crown Prince Abdullah becomes the King of Jordan on the death of his father, King Hussein.
  • 12 Feb The US Senate votes on whether to remove President Bill Clinton from office. The president is acquitted on both articles of impeachment.
  • 15 Feb Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party, is arrested in Kenya.
  • 16 Feb In Uzbekistan, a bomb explodes and gunfire is heard at the government headquarters in an apparent assassination attempt against President Islom Karimov.
  • 19 Feb President Bill Clinton issues a posthumous pardon for U.S. Army Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper.
  • 21 Feb The Albertinkatu shootings in Helsinki, Finland: Three men are killed and one is wounded at a shooting range.
  • 22 Feb Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey.
  • 23 Feb Eminem's 'The Slim Shady LP is released, following his 1997 EP 'The Slim Shady EP' and debut album 'Infinite'.
  • 24 Feb 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 One of 4 bombs detonated in Lusaka, Zambia, destroys the Angolan Embassy.
  • 02 Mar The brand new Mandalay Bay hotel and casino opens in Las Vegas.
  • 03 Mar Walter LaGrand is executed by means of gas chamber.
  • 04 Mar Monica Lewinsky's book detailing her affair with Bill Clinton goes on sale in the United States.
  • 05 Mar Paul Okalik is elected first Premier of Nunavut.
  • 08 Mar The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the murder convictions of Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 11 Mar Infosys becomes the first Indian company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
  • 12 Mar Former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland join NATO.
  • 15 Mar Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.
  • 16 Mar Sony Online Entertainment releases the EverQuest game for personal computers in the USA.
  • 17 Mar The Roth 401(k) is introduced by U.S. Senator William Roth.
  • 20 Mar Legoland California, the only Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California.
  • 21 Mar Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.
  • 22 Mar U.S. pro-euthanasia doctor Jack Kevorkian goes on trial for murder in Pontiac, Michigan.
  • 23 Mar NATO launches air strikes against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. This marks the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country.
  • 24 Mar Kosovo War: NATO commences air bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country.
  • 25 Mar Enron energy traders allegedly route 2,900 megawatts of electricity destined for California to the town of Silver Peak, Nevada, population 200.
  • 26 Mar 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 Kosovo War: Serb paramilitary and military forces kill 146 Kosovo Albanians in the Izbica massacre.
  • 29 Mar 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 Nunavut is established as a Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories.
  • 05 Apr 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 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 Haryana Gana Parishad, a political party in the Indian state of Haryana, merges with the Indian National Congress.
  • 13 Apr Tercentenary celebrations of the creation of the Sikh Khalsa are held.
  • 14 Apr NATO mistakenly bombs a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees : Yugoslav officials say 75 people are killed.
  • 18 Apr "The Great One" Wayne Gretzky plays his final game in the NHL.
  • 19 Apr 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 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 British T.V presenter Jill Dando, 37, is shot dead on the doorstep of her home in Fulham, London.
  • 26 Apr British TV presenter Jill Dando is shot dead outside her home in Fulham, West London.(BBC)
  • 29 Apr The Avala TV Tower near Belgrade is destroyed in the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.
  • 30 Apr Cambodia joins the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bringing the number of members to 10.
  • 01 May 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 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 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 The US Mint unveils designs for the Sacagawea dollar coin.
  • 05 May Microsoft releases Windows 98 (Second Edition), from 1998.
  • 06 May First elections to the devolved Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly held.
  • 08 May Nancy Mace becomes the first female cadet to graduate from The Military College of South Carolina.
  • 11 May 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 The Backstreet Boys release their album, Millennium.
  • 19 May ''Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace'' is released in theaters. It becomes the highest grossing ''Star Wars'' film.
  • 20 May Bluetooth is announced.
  • 22 May The television show Mortal Kombat: Conquest last airs in the US. 22 shows aired during the season.
  • 23 May 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 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 Indian Air Force launches attack on intruding Pakistan backed militants in Kashmir sparking the Kargil War.
  • 27 May 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 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 Travel Midland Metro enters public service.
  • 31 May Olusegun Obasanjo is elected President of Nigeria.
  • 01 Jun 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 The AIS, the armed wing of FIS, agrees in principle to disband in Algeria.
  • 06 Jun 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 Kosovo War: the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and NATO sign a peace treaty.
  • 10 Jun Kosovo War: NATO suspends its air strikes after Slobodan Milosevic agrees to withdraw Serbian forces from Kosovo.
  • 12 Jun Texas Governor George W. Bush announces his intention to seek the Republican Party's nomination for President of the United States.
  • 14 Jun Thabo Mbeki is elected President of South Africa.
  • 15 Jun 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 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 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 Turin, Italy, is awarded the 2006 Winter Olympics.
  • 21 Jun Apple Computer released the first iBook
  • 30 Jun Twenty-three people die when fire consumes the Sealand Youth Training Center in South Korea.
  • 01 Jul 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 Benjamin Nathaniel Smith begins a three-day killing spree targeting racial and ethnic minorities in Illinois and Indiana, USA.
  • 03 Jul 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 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 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 A major flash flood in Las Vegas swamps hundreds of cars, smashes mobile homes and kills 2 people.
  • 09 Jul Days of student protests begin after Iranian police and hardliners attack a student dormitory at the University of Tehran.
  • 10 Jul American soccer player Brandi Chastain scores the game winning penalty kick against China in the FIFA Women's World Cup.
  • 11 Jul India recaptures Kargil as Pakistan pulls out its troops and militants after international condemnation. India claims victory in the two-month conflict.
  • 16 Jul 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 The Pabok Regional County Municipality in Quebec, Canada is renamed to Le Rocher-Percé after the Percé Rock.
  • 20 Jul 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 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 The first version of MSN Messenger is released by Microsoft.
  • 23 Jul ANA Flight 61 is hijacked in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 26 Jul The last Checker taxi cab is retired in New York City and auctioned off for approximately US$135,000.
  • 29 Jul The Rock 'N' Roller Coaster attraction opens in the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park at Walt Disney World in Florida.
  • 31 Jul Mark O. Barton kills nine in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 02 Aug M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense is released into theaters.
  • 07 Aug Second Chechen War began.
  • 08 Aug 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 Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet.
  • 10 Aug Buford O. Furrow, Jr. wounds five and kills one during the August 1999 Los Angeles Jewish Community Center shooting
  • 11 Aug An F-2 tornado rips through downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, killing one person and injuring over 100.
  • 14 Aug Work is completed on the Øresund Bridge, connecting Denmark and Sweden.
  • 15 Aug 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 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 In Belgrade, tens of thousands of Serbians rally to demand the resignation of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia President Slobodan Milosevic.
  • 26 Aug The pilot episode of SmackDown! aired
  • 30 Aug 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 A LAPA Boeing 737-200 crashes during takeoff from Jorge Newbury Airport in Buenos Aires, killing 65, including 2 on the ground.
  • 03 Sep 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 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 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 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 Indonesia announces it will allow international peace-keepers into East Timor.
  • 14 Sep Kiribati, Nauru, and Tonga join the United Nations.
  • 15 Sep 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 Chi-Chi earthquake occurs in central Taiwan, leaving about 2,400 people dead.
  • 23 Sep NASA announces that it has lost contact with the Mars Climate Orbiter.
  • 28 Sep Muse sell their first studio album Showbiz.
  • 30 Sep Japan's second worst nuclear accident at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tokai-mura, northeast of Tokyo.
  • 03 Oct Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara, head writers in the WWF during its most successful time in history, sign with rival company WCW.
  • 05 Oct The Ladbroke Grove rail crash in west London kills 31 people.
  • 07 Oct The 1999 Connecticut quarter dollar is introduced.
  • 09 Oct The last flight of the SR-71.
  • 10 Oct Elections are held in Portugal.
  • 12 Oct Pervez Musharraf takes power in Pakistan from Nawaz Sharif through a bloodless coup.
  • 13 Oct The United States Senate rejects ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
  • 15 Oct National Geographic Society reveals the fossil of Archaeoraptor in a press conference (the fossil is later found to be a forgery).
  • 16 Oct In Southern California, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurs. Few injuries, light damage.
  • 18 Oct Russo and Ferrara's first Monday Nitro with them at the helm of creative airs.
  • 22 Oct Maurice Papon, an official in the Vichy France government during World War II, is jailed for crimes against humanity.
  • 25 Oct Golfer Payne Stewart, 42, dies in an aircraft accident.
  • 26 Oct Britain's House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament.
  • 27 Oct 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 A large cyclone devastates Orissa, India.
  • 31 Oct EgyptAir Flight 990 traveling from New York City to Cairo crashes off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on-board.
  • 05 Nov 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 Australians vote to keep the Head of the Commonwealth as their head of state in the Australian republic referendum.
  • 11 Nov 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 The Duzce earthquake strikes Turkey with a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale.
  • 15 Nov Neopets, the virtual pet website, is launched.
  • 18 Nov 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 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 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 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 An earthquake and tsunami strike Vanuatu.
  • 27 Nov 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 General election in Malaysia.
  • 30 Nov 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 Exxon changes its company name to Exxon Mobil Company.
  • 02 Dec AlliedSignal Incorporated changes its company name to Honeywell International.
  • 03 Dec Six firefighters are killed in the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire in Worcester, Massachusetts.
  • 07 Dec The Recording Industry Association of America files a lawsuit against the Napster file-sharing client alleging copyright infringement.
  • 14 Dec 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 The MRT-3 Metrostar Express line in Manila, Philippines is inaugurated between North Ave. and Taft Ave.
  • 17 Dec 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 NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT.
  • 20 Dec The Vermont Supreme Court orders the state to legalize same-sex unions.
  • 21 Dec 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 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 The storm Lothar sweeps across Central Europe, killing 137 and causing US$1.3 billion in damage.
  • 27 Dec Storm Martin caused damage throughout France, Spain, Switzerland and Italy, including an emergency due to flooding at the Blayais Nuclear Power Plant.
  • 29 Dec 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 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 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.