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1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. It was also the last year of the 1990s decade.

Events

January

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February

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Countries adopting the Euro in 1999/2002


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March

TheKuiperBelt Orbits Pluto Polar
Orbit of Pluto – polar view.


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April

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Map of Nunavut
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  • April 1Nunavut, an Inuit homeland, is created from the eastern portion of the Northwest Territories to become Canada's third territory.
  • April 5 – Two Libyans suspected of bringing down Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 are handed over to Scottish authorities for eventual trial in the Netherlands. The United Nations suspends sanctions against Libya.
  • April 5 – 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.
  • April 7 – Kosovo War: Kosovo's main border crossings are closed by Serbian forces to prevent ethnic Albanians from leaving.
  • April 7 – A bomb explodes at the Valley of the Fallen Church in Spain; GRAPO claims responsibility.
  • April 8 Bill Gates personal fortune exceeds $100 Billion dollars, due to the increased value of Microsoft stock.
  • April 9 – Ibrahim Baré Maînassara, president of Niger, is assassinated.
  • April 13 – Tercentenary celebrations of the creation of the Sikh Khalsa are held.
  • April 17 – A nail bomb explodes in the middle of a busy market in Brixton, South London.
  • April 20 – Columbine High School massacre: Two Littleton, Colorado teenagers, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, open fire on their teachers and classmates, killing 12 students and 1 teacher, and then themselves.
  • April 25 – The term of Tuanku Jaafar ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman as the 10th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia ends.
  • April 26 – Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah Al-Haj, Sultan of Selangor, becomes the 11th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
  • April 26British T.V presenter Jill Dando, 37, is shot dead on the doorstep of her home in Fulham, London.
  • April 30Cambodia joins the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), bringing the total members to 10.
  • April 30 – A third nail bomb (see April 17) explodes in the Admiral Duncan pub in Old Compton Street, Soho, London, killing a pregnant woman and two friends and injuring 70 others, including her husband. This is part of a hate campaign against ethnic minorities and gay people by David Copeland.

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June

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July

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August

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  • August 7 – Hundreds of Chechen guerrillas invade the Russian republic of Dagestan, triggering a short war.
  • August 8 – The first Callatis Festival, the largest music & culture festival in Romania, is held.
  • August 9Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet.
  • August 10 – Buford O. Furrow, Jr. wounds 5 and kills 1 during the August 1999 Los Angeles Jewish Community Center shooting.
  • August 10 – The Atlantique Incident occurs as an intruding Pakistan Navy plane is shot down in India. The incident sparks tensions between the 2 nations, coming just a month after the end of the Kargil War.
  • August 11 – A total solar eclipse is seen in Europe and Asia.
  • August 11 – Salt Lake City tornado: A very rare F2 tornado strikes Salt Lake City, killing 1.
  • August 171999 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.
  • August 19 – In Belgrade, tens of thousands of Serbians rally to demand the resignation of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milošević.
  • August 22 – Mandarin Airlines Flight 642 crashes in Hong Kong.
  • August 22 – GPS Week Numbers Reset to 0
  • August 30East Timor voted for independence from Indonesia in a referendum.
  • August 31Apple Computer releases the Power Macintosh G4.

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  • September 7 – A magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits Athens, killing 143 and injuring more than 2,000.
  • September 7 – Viacom and CBS merge.
  • September 8 – The first of a series of Russian apartment bombings occurs. Subsequent bombings occur on September 13 and 16, while a bombing on September 22 fails.
  • September 9Sega releases the Dreamcast.
  • September 12 – Under international pressure to allow an international peacekeeping force, Indonesian president BJ Habibie announced on 12 September that he would do so.
  • September 14Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga join the United Nations.
  • September 21 – The 921 earthquake, also known as the Jiji earthquake,(magnitude 7.6 on the Richter scale) kills about 2,400 people in Taiwan.

October

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November

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  • November 6 – Australians defeat a referendum proposing the replacement of The Queen and The Governor General with a President to make Australia a republic.
  • November 9TAESA Flight 725, covering the route TijuanaGuadalajara–Uruapan–Mexico City, crashes a few minutes after takeoff from Uruapan International Airport, killing 18 people on board. This event causes the bankruptcy of the Mexican airline a few months later.
  • November 12 – A 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Duzce and northwestern Turkey, killing 845 and injuring 4,948.
  • November 18 – The Aggie Bonfire collapses in College Station, TX, killing 12.
  • November 19Mikhail Gorbachev proposes that the UN create an International Men's Day, which is now commemorated every year on this same date.
  • November 19 – Every digit in this date is an odd number (19/11/1999). This hitherto common event will not happen again until the year 3111.
  • November 20 – The People's Republic of China launches the first Shenzhou spacecraft.
  • November 26 – An earthquake and tsunami strike Vanuatu.
  • November 27 – The left-wing Labour Party takes control of the New Zealand government, with leader Helen Clark becoming the second female Prime Minister in New Zealand's history.
  • November 30 – The ExxonMobil Corporation merger is completed, forming the largest company in the world.

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Deaths

January

February

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Hussein of Jordan

March

April

Artur Schawlow, Stanford University
Arthur Leonard Schawlow

May

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July

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Hassan II of Morocco

August

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Raisa Gorbachev
Raisa Gorbachyova

October

November

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Charlie Byrd

December

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Franjo Tuđman

Movies released

Hit songs

New books

  • All our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life – Winona LaDuke
  • Atomised – Michel Houellebecq
  • Battle Royale – Koushun Takami
  • Blind Eye – James B. Stewart
  • The CenturyPeter Jennings and Todd Brewster
  • Le Chambre des Officiers (The Officers' Ward) – Marc Dugain
  • Charlotte Gray – Sebastian Faulks
  • Chocolat – Joanne Harris
  • Darwin's RadioGreg Bear
  • A Deepness in the Sky – Vernor Vinge
  • Death du Jour – Kathy Reichs
  • Dining with Peggy Guggenheim – Jane Turner Rylands
  • DisgraceJ. M. Coetzee
  • The Fifth ElephantTerry Pratchett
  • Florence Lawrence, the Biograph Girl: America's First Movie Star – Kelly R. Brown
  • The Fortune Catcher – Susanne Pari
  • The Girl Who Loved Tom GordonStephen King
  • GlamoramaBret Easton Ellis
  • Hannibal – Thomas Harris
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanJ. K. Rowling
  • Hearts in AtlantisStephen King
  • High Time to Kill – Raymond Benson
  • Holes – Louis Sachar
  • In America – Susan Sontag
  • Invisible MonstersChuck Palahniuk
  • Irresistible ForcesDanielle Steel
  • A Lake Beyond the Wind – Yahya Yakhlif
  • The Mark of the Angel – Nancy Huston
  • Miss Wyoming – Douglas Coupland
  • One of the Guys – Robert Clark Young
  • ParadiseToni Morrison
  • Prisoner in a Red-Rose Chain – Jeffrey Moore
  • Rulers Of Evil – F. Tupper Saussy
  • Sick Puppy – Carl Hiaasen
  • Single & SingleJohn le Carré
  • SpeakLaurie Halse Anderson
  • Star Wars: Episode 1, The Phantom Menace – Terry Brooks
  • Scattered Like Seeds – Shaw J. Dallal
  • Soul Harvest – Jerry B. Jenkins & Tim LaHaye
  • SurvivorChuck Palahniuk
  • Suzanne Valadon: The Mistress of Montmartre – June Rose
  • Syrup – Max Barry
  • 'Tis – Frank McCourt
  • Tara RoadMaeve Binchy
  • Temple – Matthew Reilly
  • The TestamentJohn Grisham
  • The World Is Not Enough – Raymond Benson
  • Through the Stones – Diana Gabaldon
  • TimelineMichael Crichton

Video games released.

  • Final Fantasy VIII
  • Silent Hill
  • Superman
  • System Shock 2

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