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This is a list of important events the occured during 1999. Exact dates are listed when known.

  • President Clinton is Acquitted
    In February, the Senate acquits the president of perjury and obstruction of justice, after the House of Representatives had convicted him.

  • NATO Begins Bombing Yugoslavia
    In March a 78 day offensive by NATO forces in response to Serb attacks on Croatians.

  • Columbine Tragedy
    April 20, 1999, two students go on a shooting rampage in Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. They kill 12 students, 1 teacher and themselves.

  • Earthquake in Turkey Kills 13,000
    In August, one of the most powerful and deadly earthquakes of the century strikes Turkey.

  • Women's Soccer Team Wins World Cup
    One of the most memorable sports moments in years, when Brandi Chastain kicks the final shot, and whips off her shirt and runs around in her sport bra waving it over her head.

  • NASA loses two Mars bound space probes
    The first in October, the Climate Orbiter is lost when a team of scientists fails to covert between English units and the Metric system. The second in December is the Polar Lander, a $165 millon probe.

  • Egypt Air crashes off the coast of Nantucket
    In October a plane carrying 217 people crashes in the ocean off of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Suspicion lies with a co-pilot who may have deliberately crashed the plane.

  • World Trade Organization protests in Seattle
    Over 10,000 people protest the WTO in Seattle, Washington, shutting down the city and leading to hundreds of arrests.

  • Panama Canal is handed back to Panama

  • Worcester Cold Warehouse Fire, 6 firefighters lost
    Largest amount of firefighters lost in action in Massachusetts in over 30 years.

  • Pokemon fever grips the US
    The hottest toy for children in 1999? Pokemon cards, toys, etc.

  • The South Park Movie is Released
    Rated for the most obscenities per minute, 399 in 80 minutes. Must have been that song about the "Uncle" that puts them over the top. Pulp Fiction had 411 in 154 minutes.

  • First non-stop world trip in a balloon

  • Eddie Timanus wins on Jeopardy
    Despite being blind since 3, sportswriter Eddie Timanus becomes a five-time Jeopardy champion.

  • Pamela and Tommy Divorce.
    January 1999, Pamela Anderson Lee sought a divorce after her husband Tommy Lee hit her as she held their infant son Dylan in her arms. A month or so later Tommy was convicted of battery and felony child abuse and had undergo anger management. Tommy was also ordered to stay away from Pamela, and their two boys Brandon and Dylan until his angermanagement course was completed according to the courts.

  • Rickymania Hits North America
    Ricky Martin, formerly of the boy group Menudo, struck out on his own last year with his english language self-titled debut album. Hordes and hordes of female followers lined up for hours at autograph sessions just to catch a glimpse of Ricky Martin. Other latin superstars such as Enrrique Iglasias, son of Jullio Iglasias, Marc Anthony, and Jennifer Lopez soon followed suit.

  • Bonfire Log Collapse Kills 12
    Twelve people were killed and 27 others were hurt after thousands of logs collapsed on November 18, 1999. The annual bonfire, which had a 90 year history, has not been held since this accident.

  • A Colorado grand jury gives up on murder
    In October, a grand jury in Colorado received no indictments on the murder of slain 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey, seeking a lack of evidence. She was murdered Christmas night 1996 in Boulder, and the mystery since then has remained of who killed her.

  • George W. Bush announces he'll be a candidate
    Texas Governor George W. Bush announced that he would be running for president in the 2000 primaries. He said that his usage of cocaine in college was a political game.

  • A severe shooting incident in a L.A. Jewish school
    White supremacist Burford Furrow Jr. walked into a Los Angeles community center which included a Jewish school. He tried to kill a class, but ended up with the death of a Filipino mail carrier and injuring 5 people. He was then charged after the incident.

  • Bomb and Shooting in Texas Church Kill 22
    In Fort Worth, Texas, Larry Ashbrook threw a bomb into a church, which killed 7, and then he opened fire on 14 people during a teen service, and then killed himself.

  • Rare Tornados in Oklahoma and Kansas
    A rare force-4 tornado in the Witchita-Haysville, Kansas area killed 5 and injured over 100. Then, an extremely rare force-5 tornado struck the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma area killed 46 and injured 800. Millions of dollars in damage was a result of the twisters.

  • The Elian Gonzales Custody Battle
    November 1999: a raft carrying Elian Gonzales his mother Elizabeth, step-father and 10 others capsized off the coast of Miami. For 4 months this boy has been at the Center of an international custody battle between Juan Migel Gonzales, Elian's father, Marsiales Gonzales, Elian's cousin, and Lasaro Gonzales, Elian's Great-Uncle. Attorney General Janet Reno ordered the boy returned to his father but the order was over-turned by a higher court!

  • Prince Edward and Sophie marry
    On June 19, England's Prince Edward and his long-time girlfriend Sophie Rhys-Jones married.

  • Hurricane Floyd
    On September 17, Hurricane Floyd devestated the coast of North Carolina. After making people in Florida evacuate three days earlier, the hurricane came back and did millions of dollars of flooding and damage, only second to Andrew.

  • Atlanta erupts into violence
    In July, the city of Atlanta was the scene of violence as a result of three incidents. On the 12th, a family of six living in an Atlanta suburb were killed by a live-in boyfriend, then he shot himself dead. On the 23rd, two police officers were killed in a gunman standoff. And the worst happened on the 29th, when Mark Barton, a day trader, entered two brokerage firm houses and shot 9 people dead, then himself. 19 people were killed total.

  • Y2K Scare
    Y2K hype gets everyone paranoid that the end of the world is near. Billions of dollar spent world-wide on Y2K upgrade on computer software. At 4:00 AM on December 31, 1999 as the new year passes on the little island of Fiji we discover that the supposed Y2k Bug will not cause impending doom.

  • Woodstock 99
    Woodstock 99 took place in New York. It was a 3 day concert featuring Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, KoRn and many other superstar status bands and singers! There were assaults, mud wars, and fires during the concert.

  • Creation of the Euro
    Creation of the european single currency (the Euro) by the European Union. In 2002, notes and coins will circulate throught the union EMU member states (Spain, France, Germany,Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Finland, Greece, Ireland and Austria). The UK, among other EU states like Denmark, and Sweeden may join the euro later.

  • Mbeki's elected South African President
    South African Thabo Mbeki is elected as the second black President of the Republic of South Africa.

  • Extremist bombings in England
    In England, a neo-Nazi group called the White Wolves declares that "Notice is hereby given that all non-whites (defined by blood, not religion) must permanently leave the British Isles before the year is out. Jews and non-whites who remain after 1999 has ended will be exterminated." The group has claimed responsibility for the bombings in minority areas that has killed 2 and injured 115 British citizens to date.

  • Wedgewood Baptist Church Shooting
    Larry Ashbrook goes on a shooting spree killing seven and injuring 14 and injuring 6 more. His homemade pipe bomb does NOT explode. He then kills himself

  • Tony Hawk Lands First 900
    Tony Hawk lands the first 900 ever at the 1999 x-games

  • The Matrix
    The Matrix hits the scene staring Keanu Reeves and Lawrence Fishburn. The movie is speculated as this generation's "Star Wars". It sets new standards for special effects in movies to come.

  • Leemak Killing
    Marlyn Leemak was found innocent of poisoning and murdering her 3 young children.

  • JFK Jr. plane crash
    July 16, 1999

  • Resumed Hunt of the Gray Whale
    In May of 1999, after the gray whale was taken off the endangered species list a Native American tribe called the Makah engage in a government approved hunt of the whale in the Puget Sound of Seattle, Washington. They succeed in killing one on the 17th to the much dismay of hundreds of protestors that lined the streets of Seattle.

  • Wayne Gretzky Retires
    Wayne Gretzky retires with the New York Rangers as the Great One!

  • Zaire ends
    In 1997, Mobutu Sese Seko, the dictator of Zaire, leaves the country for medical treatment. While he is gone, there is a coup and Laurent Kabilla becomes president of the new Democratic Republic of the Congo.

  • Susan B. Anthony dollar re-released
    In circulation 1979-81, it was re-released only in 1999.

  • World Series
    The New York Yankees won the World Series for the 25th time! They have won more than any other team in history!

  • Military Coup In Pakistan
    In October 1999 Military Dictator Musharaff deposed the then prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif in a military coup and siezed the power.

  • Backstreet Boys Break The Record: First Week Sales
    May 18, 1999 saw the release of the Backstreet Boys' fourth album Millienium. The album sold over 1.5 million copies in the first week a record which was previously held by Garth Brooks.

  • Dream Team
    Probably the greatest team ever assembled in any sport. The impact this team had on the game of basketball worldwide is unbelievable.

  • Attack of the Boy Bands.
    Backstreet Boys, N*Sync, O-Town, 98 Degrees, etc.

  • Rare Tornados in Oklahoma and Kansas
    A rare force-4 tornado in the Witchita-Haysville, Kansas area killed 5 and injured over 100. Then, an extremely rare force-5 tornado struck the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma area killed 46 and injured 800. Millions of dollars in damage was a result of the twisters.

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