1999: On This Year


1999 (MCMXCIX in Roman Numerals) was the year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1999th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.

Is 1999 a year special to you? If so you may like to discover what 1999 was famous for, who won the Oscars and the Nobel Prizes in 1999, who was Time's Person of the Year in 1999, which books, music and movies were top of the charts in 1999, what Chinese zodiac sign is associated to 1999, what babynames were most popular that year, what was the World population on that year and what happend in 1999.

On this page we will address all your questions and curiosities about 1999 to help you enjoy your trip down memory lane.


What was 1999 known for ?

  • 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.

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1999: Oscar Winners of the Year

In 1999, during the 72nd Academy Awards Cerimony, held on 26/03/2000 the following movies, actors, actresses and directors were awarded with the Oscar in 6 categories honoring the films released in 1999:

What movie won the Best Picture Oscar in 1999?

The Oscar for Best Movie went to American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes, starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Director Oscar in 1999?

The Oscar for Best Director went to Sam Mendes, for the movie American Beauty, starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Actor Oscar in 1999?

The Oscar for Best Actor went to Kevin Spacey, for the movie American Beauty, starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Actress Oscar in 1999?

The Oscar for Best Actress went to Hilary Swank, for the movie Boys Don't Cry, starring Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1999?

The Oscar for Best Supporting Actor went to Michael Caine, for the movie The Cider House Rules, starring Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Michael Caine, Delroy Lindo produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1999?

The Oscar for Best Supporting Actress went to Angelina Jolie, for the movie Girl, Interrupted, starring Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall, Brittany Murphy produced in the United States of America.
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1999: Who was Time's Person of the Year?

Jeff Bezos
In 1999, Jeff Bezos was named by TIME magazine as Person of the Year. Bezos is founder and CEO of Amazon.com.

1999: What were the most popular books published that year?

The most popular and best selling books in 1999 were:

Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

Lord Jim


Jim, a young British seaman, abandons a ship full of pilgrims, but the passengers are later saved, leading to his public censure. Joseph Conrad, a Polish author who wrote in English, is regarded as one of the greatest novelists of …

The Day Of The Jackal by Frederick Forsyth

The Day Of The Jackal


THE CLASSIC THRILLER FROM #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR FREDERICK FOSTER"The Day of the Jackal makes comparable books like The Manchurian Candidate or The Spy Who Came in From the Cold look like Hardy Boy mysteries The

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being by Milan Kundera

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being


Milan Kundera's The Unbearable lightness of Being tells the story about a young woman who falls in love with a man who is unable to choose between his love for her or his incorrigible womanizing.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Secret History


Donna Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize 2014 for her novel The Goldfinch. She established herself as an important talent with The Secret History which is now a modern classic.

The Dead Zone by Stephen King

The Dead Zone



Rabbit chinese zodiac sign

1999: What was the Chinese Zodiac sign associated with the year 1999?

According to the Chinese Zodiac and Astrology 1999 was the Year of the Rabbit.

Discover Zodiac Sign Characteristics and Personality Traits of people born under the Rabbit sign.

Nobel Prize

1999: Nobel Prize Winners of the Year

1999: Who won the Nobel Peace Prize ?

In 1999 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to:
  • Médecins Sans Frontières

1999: Who won the Nobel Prize in Physics ?

In 1999 the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to:
  • Gerard 't Hooft
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1999: What were the most popular baby names in the USA that year ?

The 3 most popular baby names in 1999 were Jacob, Michael and Matthew for boys and Emily, Hannah and Alexis for girls according to the US Census Bureau historical records.

1999: What were the Top #10 male names given to baby boys that year?

The Top # 10 male names given to baby boys in 1999 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Jacob
  • Michael
  • Matthew
  • Joshua
  • Nicholas
  • Christopher
  • Andrew
  • Joseph
  • Daniel
  • Tyler

1999: What were the Top #10 female names given to baby girls that year?

The Top # 10 female names given to baby girls in 1999 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Emily
  • Hannah
  • Alexis
  • Sarah
  • Samantha
  • Ashley
  • Madison
  • Taylor
  • Jessica
  • Elizabeth

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1999: What was the number 1 song in the USA that year?

The number 1 song in the USA in 1999, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was Where My Girls At? by 702

1999: What was the music chart in the USA that year?

The Music Chart in the USA in 1999 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. Where My Girls At? by 702
  2. Smooth by Santana
  3. No Scrubs by TLC
  4. Believe by Cher
  5. Kiss Me by Sixpence None The Richer
  6. If You Had My Love by Jennifer Lopez
  7. Heartbreak Hotel by Whitney Houston
  8. Angel Of Mine by Monica
  9. Genie In A Bottle by Christina Aguilera
  10. Livin' La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin

1999: What was the number 1 song in the UK that year?

The number 1 song in the UK in 1999, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was Livin' La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin

1999: What was the music chart in the UK that year?

The Music Chart in the UK in 1999 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. Livin' La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin
  2. Baby One More Time by Britney Spears
  3. Blue (Da Ba Dee) by Eiffel 65
  4. I Want It That Way by Backstreet Boys
  5. You Needed Me by Boyzone
  6. If I Let You Go by Westlife
  7. When You Say Nothing At All by Ronan Keating
  8. Swear It Again by Westlife
  9. Right Here Right Now by Fatboy Slim
  10. Better Off Alone by DJ Jurgen Presents Alice Deejay

1999: What were the most popular movies that year ?

The most popular movies and box office hits in 1999 were:

The Matrix

Release year: 1999

Directed by: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski

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

Country: United States of America

American Beauty

Release year: 1999

Directed by: Sam Mendes

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

Country: United States of America

The Sixth Sense

Release year: 1999

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

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

Country: United States of America


Release year: 1999

Directed by: Chris Buck, Kevin Lima

Starring: Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Brian Blessed, Glenn Close

Country: United States of America

Notting Hill

Release year: 1999

Directed by: Roger Michell

Starring: Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Richard McCabe, Rhys Ifans

Country: United States of America

world population

1999: What was the world population that year?

The world population in 1999 was 6,064,239,055 people according to data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. This figure includes both urban and rural populations. The urban population at that time accounted for 46.0% of the total population, which is roughly 2.8 billion individuals.The annual population change in 1999 was an increase of +79.6 million people, representing a percentage increase of +1.33% over the previous year.The average population density in 1999 was 25 persons per square mile (or 41 persons per square kilometer).


What happened in 1999?

Here's what happened in 1999:

  • Jan 1, 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).
  • Jan 2, 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.
  • Jan 3, 1999: Israel detains, and later expels, 14 members of Concerned Christians.
  • Jan 4, 1999: Aluminum Company of America changes its company name to Alcoa Incorporated.
  • Jan 5, 1999: Apple Computer releases the Power Macintosh G3 (Blue & White).
  • Jan 6, 1999: Dennis Hastert becomes Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
  • Jan 7, 1999: For the first time since the 1868 impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson, the trial of President Clinton begins in the Senate.
  • Jan 8, 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.
  • Jan 10, 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.
  • Jan 11, 1999: Bülent Ecevit, of DSP forms the new government of Turkey (56th government, an interim government)
  • Jan 12, 1999: The remains of Christina Marie Williams were found three miles (5 km) from her home on the old Fort Ord military base.
  • Jan 14, 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.
  • Jan 19, 1999: British Aerospace agrees to acquire the defence subsidiary of the General Electric Company plc, forming BAE Systems in November 1999.
  • Jan 20, 1999: The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use aimed especially at Internet cafes.
  • Jan 21, 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.
  • Jan 22, 1999: Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons are burned alive by radical Hindus while sleeping in their car in Eastern India.
  • Jan 25, 1999: A 6.0 Richter scale earthquake hits western Colombia killing at least 1,000.
  • Jan 31, 1999: The Denver Broncos win their second consecutive Super Bowl, defeating the Atlanta Falcons, 34-19, in Super Bowl XXXIII.
  • Feb 2, 1999: Hugo Chávez becomes President of Venezuela.
  • Feb 4, 1999: Unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo is shot 41 times by four plainclothes New York City police officers on an unrelated stake-out, inflaming race relations in the city.
  • Feb 5, 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.
  • Feb 7, 1999: Crown Prince Abdullah becomes the King of Jordan on the death of his father, King Hussein.
  • Feb 12, 1999: The US Senate votes on whether to remove President Bill Clinton from office. The president is acquitted on both articles of impeachment.
  • Feb 15, 1999: Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party, is arrested in Kenya.
  • Feb 16, 1999: In Uzbekistan, a bomb explodes and gunfire is heard at the government headquarters in an apparent assassination attempt against President Islom Karimov.
  • Feb 19, 1999: President Bill Clinton issues a posthumous pardon for U.S. Army Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper.
  • Feb 21, 1999: The Albertinkatu shootings in Helsinki, Finland: Three men are killed and one is wounded at a shooting range.
  • Feb 22, 1999: Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey.
  • Feb 23, 1999: Eminem's 'The Slim Shady LP is released, following his 1997 EP 'The Slim Shady EP' and debut album 'Infinite'.
  • Feb 24, 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.
  • Feb 27, 1999: One of 4 bombs detonated in Lusaka, Zambia, destroys the Angolan Embassy.
  • Mar 2, 1999: The brand new Mandalay Bay hotel and casino opens in Las Vegas.
  • Mar 3, 1999: Walter LaGrand is executed by means of gas chamber.
  • Mar 4, 1999: Monica Lewinsky's book detailing her affair with Bill Clinton goes on sale in the United States.
  • Mar 5, 1999: Paul Okalik is elected first Premier of Nunavut.
  • Mar 8, 1999: The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the murder convictions of Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • Mar 11, 1999: Infosys becomes the first Indian company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
  • Mar 12, 1999: Former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland join NATO.
  • Mar 15, 1999: Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.
  • Mar 16, 1999: Sony Online Entertainment releases the EverQuest game for personal computers in the USA.
  • Mar 17, 1999: The Roth 401(k) is introduced by U.S. Senator William Roth.
  • Mar 20, 1999: Legoland California, the first Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California, US.
  • Mar 21, 1999: Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.
  • Mar 22, 1999: U.S. pro-euthanasia doctor Jack Kevorkian goes on trial for murder in Pontiac, Michigan.
  • Mar 23, 1999: NATO launches air strikes against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. This marks the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country.
  • Mar 24, 1999: Kosovo War: NATO commences air bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country.
  • Mar 25, 1999: Enron energy traders allegedly route 2,900 megawatts of electricity destined for California to the town of Silver Peak, Nevada, population 200.
  • Mar 26, 1999: A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.
  • Mar 28, 1999: Kosovo War: Serb paramilitary and military forces kill 146 Kosovo Albanians in the Izbica massacre.
  • Mar 29, 1999: The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the 10,000 mark (10,006.78) for the first time, during the height of the dot-com bubble.
  • Apr 1, 1999: Nunavut is established as a Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories.
  • Apr 5, 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
  • Apr 7, 1999: The World Trade Organization rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas.
  • Apr 8, 1999: Haryana Gana Parishad, a political party in the Indian state of Haryana, merges with the Indian National Congress.
  • Apr 13, 1999: Tercentenary celebrations of the creation of the Sikh Khalsa are held.
  • Apr 14, 1999: NATO mistakenly bombs a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees : Yugoslav officials say 75 people are killed.
  • Apr 18, 1999: "The Great One" Wayne Gretzky plays his final game in the NHL.
  • Apr 19, 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.
  • Apr 20, 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.
  • Apr 25, 1999: British T.V presenter Jill Dando, 37, is shot dead on the doorstep of her home in Fulham, London.
  • Apr 26, 1999: British TV presenter Jill Dando is shot dead outside her home in Fulham, West London.(BBC)
  • Apr 29, 1999: The Avala TV Tower near Belgrade is destroyed in the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.
  • Apr 30, 1999: Cambodia joins the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bringing the number of members to 10.
  • May 1, 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.
  • May 2, 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).
  • May 3, 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.
  • May 4, 1999: The US Mint unveils designs for the Sacagawea dollar coin.
  • May 5, 1999: Microsoft releases Windows 98 (Second Edition), from 1998.
  • May 6, 1999: The first elections to the devolved Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly are held.
  • May 8, 1999: Nancy Mace becomes the first female cadet to graduate from The Military College of South Carolina.
  • May 11, 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)
  • May 18, 1999: The Backstreet Boys release their album, Millennium.
  • May 19, 1999: ''Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace'' is released in theaters. It becomes the highest grossing ''Star Wars'' film.
  • May 20, 1999: Bluetooth is announced.
  • May 22, 1999: The television show Mortal Kombat: Conquest last airs in the US. 22 shows aired during the season.
  • May 23, 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.
  • May 25, 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.
  • May 26, 1999: Indian Air Force launches attack on intruding Pakistan backed militants in Kashmir sparking the Kargil War.
  • May 27, 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.
  • May 28, 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.
  • May 30, 1999: Travel Midland Metro enters public service.
  • May 31, 1999: Olusegun Obasanjo is elected President of Nigeria.
  • Jun 1, 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.
  • Jun 5, 1999: The AIS, the armed wing of FIS, agrees in principle to disband in Algeria.
  • Jun 6, 1999: In Australian Rules Football, Tony Lockett breaks the record for career goals, previously 1299 by Gordon Coventry and which had stood since 1937.
  • Jun 9, 1999: Kosovo War: the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and NATO sign a peace treaty.
  • Jun 10, 1999: Kosovo War: NATO suspends its air strikes after Slobodan Milosevic agrees to withdraw Serbian forces from Kosovo.
  • Jun 12, 1999: Texas Governor George W. Bush announces his intention to seek the Republican Party's nomination for President of the United States.
  • Jun 14, 1999: Thabo Mbeki is elected President of South Africa.
  • Jun 15, 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.
  • Jun 16, 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.
  • Jun 18, 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).
  • Jun 19, 1999: Turin, Italy, is awarded the 2006 Winter Olympics.
  • Jun 21, 1999: Apple Computer released the first iBook
  • Jun 30, 1999: Twenty-three people die when fire consumes the Sealand Youth Training Center in South Korea.
  • Jul 1, 1999: The Scottish Parliament is officially opened by Elizabeth II on the day that legislative powers are officially transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh. In Wales, the powers of the Welsh Secretary are transferred to the National Assembly.
  • Jul 2, 1999: Benjamin Nathaniel Smith begins a three-day killing spree targeting racial and ethnic minorities in Illinois and Indiana, USA.
  • Jul 3, 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.
  • Jul 5, 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.
  • Jul 6, 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.
  • Jul 8, 1999: A major flash flood in Las Vegas swamps hundreds of cars, smashes mobile homes and kills 2 people.
  • Jul 9, 1999: Days of student protests begin after Iranian police and hardliners attack a student dormitory at the University of Tehran.
  • Jul 10, 1999: American soccer player Brandi Chastain scores the game winning penalty kick against China in the FIFA Women's World Cup.
  • Jul 11, 1999: India recaptures Kargil as Pakistan pulls out its troops and militants after international condemnation. India claims victory in the two-month conflict.
  • Jul 16, 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.
  • Jul 17, 1999: The Pabok Regional County Municipality in Quebec, Canada is renamed to Le Rocher-Percé after the Percé Rock.
  • Jul 20, 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
  • Jul 21, 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)
  • Jul 22, 1999: The first version of MSN Messenger is released by Microsoft.
  • Jul 23, 1999: ANA Flight 61 is hijacked in Tokyo, Japan by Yuji Nishizawa.
  • Jul 26, 1999: The last Checker taxi cab is retired in New York City and auctioned off for approximately US$135,000.
  • Jul 29, 1999: The Rock 'N' Roller Coaster attraction opens in the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park at Walt Disney World in Florida.
  • Jul 31, 1999: Mark O. Barton kills nine in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Aug 2, 1999: M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense is released into theaters.
  • Aug 7, 1999: Second Chechen War began.
  • Aug 8, 1999: ABC's Who Wants To Be a Millionaire premieres, hosted by Regis Philbin, and gives the contestants a chance at $1,000,000.
  • Aug 9, 1999: Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet.
  • Aug 10, 1999: Buford O. Furrow, Jr. wounds five and kills one during the August 1999 Los Angeles Jewish Community Center shooting
  • Aug 11, 1999: An F-2 tornado rips through downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, killing one person and injuring over 100.
  • Aug 14, 1999: Work is completed on the Øresund Bridge, connecting Denmark and Sweden.
  • Aug 15, 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.
  • Aug 17, 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.
  • Aug 19, 1999: In Belgrade, Yugoslavia, tens of thousands of Serbians rally to demand the resignation of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia President Slobodan Milošević.
  • Aug 26, 1999: The pilot episode of SmackDown! aired
  • Aug 30, 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.
  • Aug 31, 1999: A LAPA Boeing 737-200 crashes during takeoff from Jorge Newbury Airport in Buenos Aires, killing 65, including two on the ground.
  • Sep 3, 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.
  • Sep 7, 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.
  • Sep 8, 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.
  • Sep 9, 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.
  • Sep 12, 1999: Indonesia announces it will allow international peace-keepers into East Timor.
  • Sep 14, 1999: Kiribati, Nauru, and Tonga join the United Nations.
  • Sep 15, 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.
  • Sep 21, 1999: The Chi-Chi earthquake occurs in central Taiwan, leaving about 2,400 people dead.
  • Sep 23, 1999: NASA announces that it has lost contact with the Mars Climate Orbiter.
  • Sep 28, 1999: Muse sell their first studio album Showbiz.
  • Sep 30, 1999: Japan's second worst nuclear accident at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tokai-mura, northeast of Tokyo.
  • Oct 3, 1999: Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara, head writers in the WWF during its most successful time in history, sign with rival company WCW.
  • Oct 5, 1999: The Ladbroke Grove rail crash in west London kills 31 people.
  • Oct 7, 1999: The 1999 Connecticut quarter dollar is introduced.
  • Oct 9, 1999: The last flight of the SR-71.
  • Oct 10, 1999: Elections are held in Portugal.
  • Oct 12, 1999: Pervez Musharraf takes power in Pakistan from Nawaz Sharif through a bloodless coup.
  • Oct 13, 1999: The United States Senate rejects ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
  • Oct 15, 1999: National Geographic Society reveals the fossil of Archaeoraptor in a press conference (the fossil is later found to be a forgery).
  • Oct 16, 1999: In Southern California, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurs. Few injuries, light damage.
  • Oct 18, 1999: Russo and Ferrara's first Monday Nitro with them at the helm of creative airs.
  • Oct 22, 1999: Maurice Papon, an official in the Vichy France government during World War II, is jailed for crimes against humanity.
  • Oct 25, 1999: Golfer Payne Stewart, 42, dies in an aircraft accident.
  • Oct 26, 1999: The United Kingdom's House of Lords votes to end the right of most hereditary peers to vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament.
  • Oct 27, 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.
  • Oct 29, 1999: A large cyclone devastates Orissa, India.
  • Oct 31, 1999: EgyptAir Flight 990 traveling from New York City to Cairo crashes off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on-board.
  • Nov 5, 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.
  • Nov 6, 1999: Australians vote to keep the Head of the Commonwealth as their head of state in the Australian republic referendum.
  • Nov 11, 1999: The House of Lords Act is given Royal Assent, restricting membership of the British House of Lords by virtue of a hereditary peerage.
  • Nov 12, 1999: The Duzce earthquake strikes Turkey with a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale.
  • Nov 15, 1999: Neopets, the virtual pet website, is launched.
  • Nov 18, 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.
  • Nov 19, 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.
  • Nov 21, 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.
  • Nov 25, 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.
  • Nov 26, 1999: An earthquake and tsunami strike Vanuatu.
  • Nov 27, 1999: The centre-left 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.
  • Nov 29, 1999: General election in Malaysia.
  • Nov 30, 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).
  • Dec 1, 1999: Exxon changes its company name to Exxon Mobil Company.
  • Dec 2, 1999: AlliedSignal Incorporated changes its company name to Honeywell International.
  • Dec 3, 1999: Six firefighters are killed in the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire in Worcester, Massachusetts.
  • Dec 7, 1999: The Recording Industry Association of America files a lawsuit against the Napster file-sharing client alleging copyright infringement.
  • Dec 14, 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.
  • Dec 15, 1999: The MRT-3 Metrostar Express line in Manila, Philippines is inaugurated between North Ave. and Taft Ave.
  • Dec 17, 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.
  • Dec 18, 1999: NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT.
  • Dec 20, 1999: The Vermont Supreme Court orders the state to legalize same-sex unions.
  • Dec 21, 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, Spain.
  • Dec 22, 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.
  • Dec 26, 1999: The storm Lothar sweeps across Central Europe, killing 137 and causing US$1.3 billion in damage.
  • Dec 27, 1999: Storm Martin caused damage throughout France, Spain, Switzerland and Italy, including an emergency due to flooding at the Blayais Nuclear Power Plant.
  • Dec 29, 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
  • Dec 30, 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.
  • Dec 31, 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.
  • Jan 21, 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.


What does the year 1999 refer to in the Gregorian calendar?

The year 1999 refers to a specific year in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used internationally. It is the 100th year of the 20th century and the 9th year of the 1990s decade. In the Gregorian calendar, it follows 1998 and precedes 2000.

calendars for year 1999

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