Historical Events for Year 1999
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Jan 1st - International Year of Elderly
Jan 1st - The Euro currency is introduced.
Jan 2nd - A brutal snowstorm smashes into the Midwestern United States, causing 14 inches (359 mm) of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 19 inches (487 mm) in Chicago, where temperatures plunge to -13°F (-25°C); 68 deaths are reported.
Jan 3rd - Israel detains, and later expels, 14 members of Concerned Christians.
Jan 3rd - The Mars Polar Lander was launched.
Jan 4th - Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is sworn in as governor of Minnesota.
Jan 4th - Gunmen open fire on Shiite Muslims worshipping in an Islamabad mosque, killing 16 people and injuring 25.
Jan 7th - President Bill Clinton begins his impeachment trial in the Senate.
Jan 10th - Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook) achieves his third UK No.1 single with 'Praise You'
Jan 13th - Basketball player Michael Jordan announces his retirement only to return in 2001
Jan 15th - The Racak incident: 45 Albanians in the Kosovo village of Racak are killed by Yugoslav security forces.
Jan 20th - The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use aimed especially at Internet cafés.
Jan 21st - 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 kg (9,500 lb) of cocaine on board.
Jan 22nd - Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons are burned alive by radical Hindus while sleeping in their car in Eastern India.
Jan 25th - A 6.0 Richter scale earthquake hits western Colombia killing at least 1,000.
Feb 3rd - In Jammu and Kashmir the political party Democratic Janata Dal (Jammu and Kashmir) is revived.
Feb 4th - The New Carissa runs aground near Coos Bay, Oregon.
Feb 4th - 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.
Feb 7th - Crown Prince Abdullah becomes the King of Jordan on the death of his father, King Hussein.
Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan Feb 12th - President Bill Clinton is acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial.
Feb 15th - Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party, widely recognized as terrorist organization), was arrested in Kenya.
Feb 16th - O.J. Simpson's 1968 Heisman Trophy is sold for $230,000 to help settle a $33.5 million civil judgement against Simpson for the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend
Feb 16th - Across Europe, Kurdish rebels take over embassies and hold hostages after Turkey arrested one of their rebel leaders, Abdullah Öcalan.
Feb 23rd - Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey.
Feb 23rd - An avalanche destroys the Austrian village of Galtür, killing 31.
Feb 24th - The State of Arizona executes Karl LaGrand, a German national involved in an armed robbery, in spite of Germany's legal action to attempt to save him.
Feb 24th - 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 27th - Olusegun Obasanjo becomes Nigeria's first elected president since mid-1983.
Feb 27th - Korea International School is founded by Soon-Il Chung. It is currently directed by Ann Clapper.
Mar 5th - Paul Okalik is elected first Premier of Nunavut.
Mar 8th - The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the murder convictions of Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing.
Mar 11th - Infosys becomes the first Indian company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
Mar 12th - Former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland join NATO.
Mar 15th - Pluto again becomes outermost planet
Mar 20th - Legoland California, the first and only Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California.
Mar 21st - Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.
Mar 23rd - Gunmen assassinate Paraguay's Vice President Luis María Argaña.
Mar 24th - Kosovo War: NATO commences air bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country.
Mar 24th - Mont Blanc Tunnel Fire: 39 people die when a Belgian transport truck carrying flour and margarine caught fire in the Mont Blanc Tunnel.
Mar 26th - The "Melissa worm" infects Microsoft word processing and e-mail systems around the world.
Mar 26th - A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.
Mar 28th - 18th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: at San Jose
Mar 29th - 61st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: at ThunderDome St Petersburg
Mar 29th - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 10006.78 - above the 10,000 mark for the first time ever.
Apr 1st - Nunavut is established as a Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories.
Apr 5th - Two Libyans suspected of bringing down Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 are handed over for eventual trial in the Netherlands.
Apr 7th - The World Trade Organisation rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas.
Apr 8th - Haryana Gana Parishad, a political party in the Indian state of Haryana, merges with the Indian National Congress.
Apr 9th - Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara, President of Niger, is assassinated.
Apr 12th - US President Bill Clinton is cited for contempt of court for giving "intentionally false statements" in a sexual harassment civil lawsuit.
Apr 14th - NATO mistakenly bombs a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees - Yugoslav officials say 75 people are killed.
Apr 14th - A severe hailstorm strikes Sydney, Australia causing A$1.7 billion in insured damages, the most costly natural disaster in Australian history.
Apr 19th - The German Bundestag returns to Berlin.
Apr 20th - Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School located in Jefferson County, Colorado.
Apr 29th - Avala TV Tower near Belgrade is destroyed in NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.
Apr 30th - Cambodia joins the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bringing the total members to 10.
May 2nd - Panamanian election, 1999: Mireya Moscoso becomes the first woman to be elected President of Panama.
May 3rd - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is slammed by an F5 tornado killing forty-two people, injuring 665, and causing $1 billion in damage. The tornado was one of 66 from the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak.
May 3rd - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 11,000 for the first time in its history at 11,014.70.
May 3rd - Stephen Hendry defeats Mark Williams 18-11 to win the World Snooker Championship for a record seventh time.
May 7th - Kosovo War: In Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, three Chinese citizens are killed and 20 wounded when a NATO aircraft bombs the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.
May 7th - In Guinea-Bissau, President João Bernardo Vieira is ousted in a military coup.
264th Pope John Paul II May 7th - Pope John Paul II travels to Romania becoming the first pope to visit a predominantly Eastern Orthodox country since the Great Schism in 1054.
May 7th - A jury finds The Jenny Jones Show and Warner Bros. liable in the shooting death of Scott Amedure, after the show purposely deceived Jonathan Schmitz to appear on a secret same-sex crush episode. Schmitz later killed Amedure and the jury awarded Amedure's family $25 million USD.
May 8th - Nancy Mace becomes the first female cadet to graduate from The Citadel military college.
May 12th - David Steel becomes the first Presiding Officer (speaker) of the modern Scottish Parliament.
May 21st - All My Children star Susan Lucci finally wins a Daytime Emmy after being nominated 19 times, the longest period of unsuccessful nominations in television history
May 24th - Venezuela enters the Antarctic Treaty System.
May 25th - 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 27th - The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands indicts Slobodan Milošević and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo.
May 28th - In Milan, Italy, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece "The Last Supper" is put back on display.
May 28th - Two Swedish police officers are murdered with their own fire arms by the bank robbers Jackie Arklöv and Tony Olsson after a dramatic car chase.
May 29th - Olusegun Obasanjo takes office as President of Nigeria, the first elected and civilian head of state in Nigeria after 16 years of military rule.
May 29th - Space Shuttle Discovery completes the first docking with the International Space Station.
Jun 2nd - The Bhutan Broadcasting Service brings television transmissions to the Kingdom for the first time.
Jun 6th - In Australian Rules Football, Tony Lockett breaks the record for career goals, previously 1299 by Gordon Coventry and which had stood since 1937.
Jun 6th - At the Putim maximum security prison in Brazil, 345 prisoners run from the main gate in the largest jailbreak in Brazilian history, marking the 10th escape for the three-year-old facility. In the ensuing manhunt, two fugitives are killed and five innocent bystanders are accidentally jailed.
Painter, Scientist & Visionary Leonardo da Vinci Jun 9th - Kosovo War: the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and North Atlantic Treaty Organization sign a peace treaty.
Jun 10th - Kosovo War: NATO suspends its air strikes after Slobodan Milošević agrees to withdraw Serbian forces from Kosovo.
Jun 12th - Kosovo War: Operation Joint Guardian begins - a NATO-led United Nations peacekeeping force KFor enters the province of Kosovo in Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
Jun 20th - 99th US Golf Open: at Pinehurst CC NJ
Jun 27th - ATB go to No.1 on the UK singles chart with '9pm, Till I Come'
Jun 27th - The Chemical Brothers go to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Surrender', their second No.1 album
Jul 1st - The Scottish Parliament is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth on the day powers are officially transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh.
Jul 6th - U.S. Army private Barry Winchell dies from baseball-bat injuries inflicted in his sleep the previous day by fellow soldiers for his relationship with transgendered showgirl and former Navy combat medic, Calpernia Addams.
Jul 8th - Allen Lee Davis is executed by electrocution by the state of Florida, the last use of the electric chair for capital punishment in Florida.
Jul 9th - Days of student protests begin after Iranian police and hardliners attack a student dormitory at the University of Tehran.
Jul 11th - 20th US Seniors Golf Open: at Des Moines GC, W Des Moines, Iowa
Jul 15th - The inaugural game at the Seattle Mariners' Safeco Field was held in Seattle, Washington.
Jul 16th - John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette are killed in a plane crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. The Piper Saratoga aircraft was piloted by Kennedy.
Jul 18th - 128th British Golf Open: at Carnoustie Scot Paul Lawrie wins after play off
Jul 20th - Falun Gong is banned in the People's Republic of China, and a large scale crackdown of the practice is launched.
Jul 23rd - Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Al-Hassan is crowned King Mohammed VI of Morocco on the death of his father.
Jul 23rd - ANA Flight 61 is hijacked in Tokyo, Japan.
Jul 25th - 54th US Women's Open Golf Championship
Jul 31st - Discovery Program: Lunar Prospector - NASA intentionally crashes the spacecraft into the Moon, thus ending its mission to detect frozen water on the moon's surface.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin Aug 9th - Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet.
Aug 9th - The Diet of Japan enacts a law establishing the Hinomaru and Kimi Ga Yo as the official national flag and national anthem.
Aug 11th - Total solar eclipse in India-North -France (2m23s)
Aug 11th - The Salt Lake City Tornado tears through the downtown district of the city, killing one.
Aug 15th - 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 17th - A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes İzmit, Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000.
Aug 19th - In Belgrade, tens of thousands of Serbians rally to demand the resignation of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia President Slobodan Milošević.
Aug 26th - Michael Johnson breaks the 400 metres world record with a time of 43.18 seconds.
Aug 30th - East Timorese vote for independence in a referendum.
Aug 31st - The first of a series of Russian Apartment Bombings in Moscow, killing one person and wounding 40 others.
Aug 31st - A LAPA Boeing 737-200 crashes during takeoff from Jorge Newbury Airport in Buenos Aires, killing 65, including 2 on the ground.
Sep 7th - 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 8th - United States Attorney General Janet Reno names former Senator John Danforth to head an independent investigation of the 1993 fire at the Branch Davidian church near Waco, Texas in response to revelations in the film Waco: The Rules of Engagement contradicting the official government stories.
Sep 12th - Indonesia announces it will allow international peace-keepers into East Timor.
Sep 13th - Bomb explodes in Moscow, Russia. At least 119 people are killed.
Sep 14th - Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga join the United Nations.
Sep 21st - Chi-Chi earthquake occurs in central Taiwan, leaving about 2,400 people dead.
Sep 23rd - NASA announces that it has lost contact with the Mars Climate Orbiter.
Sep 23rd - Qantas Flight 1 overruns the runway in Bangkok during a storm. While some passengers only received minor injuries, it is still the worst crash in Qantas's history to date.
Sep 30th - Japan's worst nuclear accident at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tōkai-mura, northeast of Tokyo.
Oct 5th - The Ladbroke Grove rail crash in west London kills 31 people.
Oct 8th - New Coligny Calendar, NCC, The beginning of a new era of the Coligny calendar, the oldest material Celtic calendar.
Oct 9th - The last flight of the SR-71.
Oct 12th - Pervez Musharraf takes power in Pakistan from Nawaz Sharif through a bloodless coup.
Oct 12th - The Day of Six Billion: The proclaimed 6 billionth living human in the world is born.
Oct 13th - The United States Senate rejects ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
Oct 22nd - Maurice Papon, an official in the Vichy France government during World War II, is jailed for crimes against humanity.
Oct 26th - Britain's House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament.
Oct 27th - Gunmen open fire in the Armenian Parliament, killing Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan, Parliament Chairman Karen Demirchyan, and 6 other members.
Oct 29th - Deadliest Indian Ocean tropical cyclone hits Orissa, India. This event was known as 1999 Orissa cyclone ever since.
Oct 31st - Roman Catholic Church and Lutheran Church leaders sign the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, ending a centuries-old doctrinal dispute over the nature of faith and salvation.
Oct 31st - Yachtsman Jesse Martin returns to Melbourne after 11 months of circumnavigating the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted.
Oct 31st - EgyptAir Flight 990 traveling from New York City to Cairo crashes off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on-board.
Nov 6th - Australians vote to keep the British monarch as their head of state in the Australian republic referendum.
Nov 9th - TAESA Flight 725, crashes a few minutes after leaving the Uruapan airport en-route to Mexico City. 18 people were killed in the accident.
Nov 11th - Last upside down date until January 1, 6000
Nov 12th - The Düzce earthquake strikes Turkey with a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale.
Nov 15th - Next transit of Mercury visible in North America
Nov 18th - In College Station, Texas, 12 are killed and 27 injured at Texas A&M University when a massive bonfire under construction collapses.
Nov 19th - Shenzhou 1: The People's Republic of China launches its first Shenzhou spacecraft.
Nov 19th - In Istanbul, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe ends a two-day summit by calling for a political settlement in Chechnya and adopting a Charter for European Security.
Nov 27th - 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.
Nov 30th - In Seattle, Washington, United States, protests against the WTO meeting by anti-globalization protesters catch police unprepared and force the cancellation of opening ceremonies.
Nov 30th - British Aerospace and Marconi Electronic Systems merge to form BAE Systems, Europe's largest defense contractor and the fourth largest aerospace firm in the world.
Dec 2nd - The United Kingdom devolves political power in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive.
Dec 3rd - NASA loses radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander moments before the spacecraft enters the Martian atmosphere.
Dec 7th - The RIAA files a lawsuit against the Napster file-sharing client, on charges of copyright infringement.
Dec 17th - The United Nations General Assembly passes resolution 54/134 designating November 25 as the annual International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women.
Dec 18th - NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT.
Dec 20th - Portugal returns Macau to China
Dec 21st - 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.
Dec 22nd - The Spanish Civil Guard finds near Calatayud (Zaragoza) another van loaded by ETA with 750 kg of explosives (see related event on December 21, 1999).
Dec 26th - Severe weather in France kills over 100 people and causes extensive damage to property, trees and the French national power grid (see Lothar).
Dec 28th - Saparmurat Niyazov is proclaimed President for Life in Turkmenistan.