Former child star Gary Coleman files for bankruptcy.
Y2K preparation was a major event in 1999 both in actual events and in media over-reporting.
The world human population surpassed six billion. The United Nations Population Fund
designated October 12 as the approximate date for this event.
January 1 - Euro currency introduced.
January 1 - An avalanche destroys a school gymnasium during New Years' celebrations in
Kangiqsualujjuaq in far northern Quebec, killing 9.
January 4 - Gunmen open fire on Shiite Muslims worshipping in an Islamabad mosque killing
16 people injuring 25.
January 20 - The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet
use aimed especially at Internet cafes.
January 21 - War on Drugs: In one of the 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.
January 25 - A 6.0 Richter scale earthquake hits western Colombia killing at least 1,000.
February 4 - Unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo is shot dead by four
plainclothes New York City police officers on an unrelated stake-out, enflaming race-relations
in the city.
February 5 - 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.
February 10 - Avalanches in the French Alps near Geneva kill at least 10.
February 12 - President Bill Clinton is acquitted by the United States Senate in his
February 12 - John Myatt and John Drewe are sentenced for art forgery for one and six years,
February 16 - In Uzbekistan a bomb explodes and gunfire is heard at the government
headquarters in an apparent assassination attempt against President Islam Karimov.
February 16 - Across Europe, Kurdish rebels take over embassies and hold hostages after
Turkey arrested one of their rebel leaders, Abdullah Öcalan.
February 16 - In Jasper, Texas, testimony begins in the trial of John William King who is
accused of dragging African American James Byrd Jr. to death in an apparent hate crime.
King was later convicted and sentenced to the death penalty.
February 22 - Moderate Iraqi Shiite cleric Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr is assassinated.
February 23 - Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey.
February 23 - White supremacist John William King is found guilty of kidnapping and
killing African American James Byrd Jr by dragging him behind a truck for two miles.
February 24 - LaGrand Case: The State of Arizona executes Karl LaGrand, a German
national involved in an armed robbery that led to a death. Karl's brother Walter is
executed a week later, in spite of Germany's legal action in the International Court
of Justice to attempt to save him.
February 27 - While trying to circumnavigate the world in a hot air balloon, Colin Prescot
and Andy Elson set a new endurance record after being in a hot air balloon for 233 hours
and 55 minutes.
February 27 - Olusegun Obasanjo becomes Nigeria's first elected president since mid-1983.
March 1 - One of four bombs detonated in Lusaka, Zambia, destroys the Angolan Embassy.
March 1 - Hutu rebels kill eight tourists in Uganda.
March 1 - The Convention on the Prohibition of Anti-Personnel Mines comes into force.
March 3 - Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones begin their attempt to circumnavigate the
world in a hot air balloon without stopping. Their journey ended in success on March 21.
March 4 - Monica Lewinsky's book detailing her affair with Bill Clinton goes on sale
in the United States.
March 4 - In a military court, Captain Richard Ashby of the United States Marines is
acquitted of the charge of reckless flying which resulted in the deaths of 20 skiers in
the Italian Alps when his low-flying jet hit a gondola cable.
March 8 - Oklahoma City bombing: The Supreme Court of the United States upholds
the murder convictions of Timothy McVeigh.
March 12 - Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic join NATO.
March 21 - Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the
Earth in a hot air balloon.
March 22 - US pro-euthanasia doctor Jack Kevorkian goes on trial for murder in
Pontiac, Michigan. He is later convicted of second-degree murder.
March 23 - Gunmen assassinate Paraguay's Vice President Luis Maria Argana.
March 24 - NATO launches air strikes in Federal Republic of Yugoslavia which was
refusing to sign a peace treaty. This marks the first time NATO attacked a sovereign country.
March 24 - Fire in the Mont Blanc Tunnel kills 39 people, closing the tunnel for nearly 3 years.
March 26 - The Melissa worm attacks the Internet.
March 26 - A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree
murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man (the incident was
videotaped and aired on September 17, 1998 edition of 60 Minutes).
March 29 - For the first time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the
10000 mark at 10006.78.
April 1 - Nunavut, an Inuit homeland, part of the Northwest Territories becomes
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 17 - A nail bomb explodes in the middle of a busy market in Brixton, South London.
April 20 - Two Littleton, Colorado teenagers named Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold open
fire on their teachers and fellow students. The teenagers killed 12 students, 1 teacher
and then turned their guns on themselves. See Columbine High School massacre.
April 25 - End of term for Tuanku Jaafar ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman as
the 10th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
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 26 - Jill Dando, British journalist and TV presenter, is killed outside her house in Fulham.
April 30 - Cambodia joins the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bringing
the total members to 10.
May 2 - Oliver Reed, British actor famous for starring in The Three Musketeers, The Four
Musketeers, and The Assassination Bureau, dies of a heart attack in Malta while filming Gladiator.
May 2 - Norman J. Sirnic and Karen Sirnic are murdered by Angel Maturino Resendiz
in a parsonage in Weimar, Texas. They were his fourth and fifth victims in his fourth incident.
May 3 - Photo driver licences and banknotes made out of polymer substrate are
introduced to New Zealand.
May 6 - Elections are held in Scotland and Wales for the new Scottish Parliament and
National Assembly for Wales.
May 7 - 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.
May 7 - Kosovo War: In Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, three Chinese embassy
workers are killed and 20 wounded when a NATO aircraft mistakenly bombs
the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.
May 7 - In Guinea-Bissau, President João Bernardo Vieira is ousted in a military coup.
May 8 - Nancy Mace becomes the first female cadet to graduate from The Citadel military college.
May 12 - David Steel becomes the first Presiding Officer (speaker) of the modern Scottish Parliament.
May 13 - in Italy Carlo Azeglio Ciampi is elected President of the republic.
May 17 - Ehud Barak is elected prime minister of Israel.
May 23 - In Kansas City, Missouri, Owen Hart (Blue Blazer) falls 90 feet (30 m) to
his death while being lowered into a World Wrestling Federation ring.
May 26 - first Welsh Assembly for over 600 years opens in Cardiff.
May 27 - 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 - In Milan, Italy, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo de Vinci's
newly-restored masterpiece "The Last Supper" is put back on display.
June 8 - The government of Colombia announces it will include the estimated value of the
country's illegal drug crops, exceeding half a billion US dollars, in its gross national product.
June 9 - Kosovo War: Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and NATO sign a peace treaty.
June 10 - Kosovo War: NATO suspends its air strikes after Slobodan Milosevic
agrees to withdraw Serbian forces from Kosovo.
June 12 - Kosovo War: Operation Joint Guardian begins - NATO-led United Nations
peacekeeping force KFor enter the province of Kosovo in Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
June 15 - 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.
June 19 - Torino is picked as the host city of the 2006 Winter Olympics.
July 16 - Off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, a plane piloted by John F. Kennedy Jr.
crashes with his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and her sister Lauren Bessette on
board. All three are killed in the crash.
July 20 - Mercury program: Liberty Bell 7 is raised from the Atlantic Ocean.
July 23 - Mohammed VI becomes King of Morocco.
July 31 - Mark O. Barton kills 9 in Atlanta, Georgia.
July 31 - NASA intentionally crashes the Lunar Prospector spacecraft into the
Moon, thus ending its mission to detect frozen water on the moon's surface.
August 9 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin,
and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet.
August 10 - Buford O. Furrow, Jr. attempts a mass murder in Los Angeles.
August 11 - Total eclipse in Europe and Asia.
August 17 - A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes northwestern Turkey, killing more
than 17,000 and injuring 44,000.
August 19 - In Belgrade, tens of thousands of Serbians rally to demand the resignation
of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.
September 8 - US Attorney General Janet Reno names former US Senator John Danforth
to head an independent investigation of the 1993 fire at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas.
September 14 - The Oceanian island nations of Kiribati, Tonga and Nauru become members of the UN.
Thiomargarita namibiensis largest bacteria ever discovered.
October - NASA loses one of its Mars probes, the Climate Orbiter.
October 5 - Thirty-one people die in the Ladbroke Grove rail crash, west of London, England.
October 12 - A military coup led by Pakistani Army Chief General Pervaiz Musharraf
takes control of Pakistan and ousts the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
October 13 - The United States Senate rejects ratification of the Comprehensive Test
Ban Treaty (CTBT).
October 15 ? National Geographic Society reveals the fossil of Archaeoraptor in a
press conference (the fossil is later found to be a forgery).
October 18 ? Michael Pawluk Michigan attorney sails solo-single-handed over 2,500
nautical miles on a 30-foot boat when his wife demands "some space".
October 27 - Gunmen open fire in the Armenian parliament killing Prime Minister
Vazgan Sarkisian, Parliament Chairman Karen Demirchian and 6 other members.
October 31 - EgyptAir Flight 990 traveling from New York City to Cairo crashes off
the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on-board.
October 31 - 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.
November 5 - Microsoft antitrust case: US District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson
issues a preliminary ruling that the software company Microsoft had "monopoly power"
(on April 3, 2000 Jackson found that Microsoft violated the Sherman Anti-Trust Act).
November 6 - Australians vote to keep the British queen as their head of state.
November 18 - In College Station, Texas, 12 are killed and 28 injured at Texas A&M
University when a huge bonfire under construction collapses.
November 19 - In Istanbul, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
(OSCE) ends a two-day summit by calling for a political settlement in Chechnya and
adopting a Charter for European Security.
November 20 - The People's Republic of China launches the first Shenzhou spacecraft.
November 28 - A man wielding a samurai sword enters St Andrews Catholic Church
in Thornton Heath and injures 11.
November 30 - In Seattle, Washington, the first major mobilization of the anti-globalization
movement catches police unprepared and forces the cancellation of the opening
ceremonies of a World Trade Organization meeting (protests end on December 3).
December 2 - The United Kingdom devolves political power in Northern Ireland to
a the Northern Ireland Executive.
December 3 - After rowing for 81 days and 2,962 miles, Tori Murden becomes the
first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean by rowboat alone when she reaches
Guadeloupe from the Canary Islands.
December 3 - NASA loses radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander moments before
the spacecraft enters the Martian atmosphere.
December 12 - President Lt. General Umar Hasan Ahmad al-Bashir of Sudan dismisses
the National Assembly during an internal power struggle between him and speaker of
the Parliament Hasan al-Turabi.
December 14 - Algerian Ahmed Ressam was arrested while crossing the United
States-Canada border at Port Angeles, Washington when United States Customs found
explosives in the trunk of his automobile. The arrest caused fears of a terrorist attack
in the United States and was a major factor in the cancellation of a public New Year's
celebration in Seattle. Ressam was later convicted in a plot to bomb Los Angeles
International Airport on New Year's Eve.
December 17 - Iraq disarmament crisis: The United Nations Monitoring, Verification
and Inspection Commission (Unmovic) is created to replace UNSCOM. The U.N.
Security council once again orders Iraq to allow inspections teams immediate and
unconditional access to any weapons sites and facilities. Iraq rejects the resolution.
December 21 and December 22 - The Spanish Civil Guard intercepts near Calatayud
(Zaragoza) a Madrid-bound van driven by ETA and loaded with 950 kg of explosives.
The next day, another van loaded with 750 kg is found not far from there. The incident
is known as "la caravana de la muerte" (the caravan of death). Shortly after 9/11, ETA
confirmed their plan had been to blow down Torre Picasso.
December 24 - Indian Airlines Flight 814, which was enroute from Kathmandu, Nepal
to Delhi, India was hijacked and taken to Kandahar, Afghanistan.
December 29 - 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.
December 31 - Boris Yeltsin resigns as President of Russia, to be replaced by Vladimir Putin.
December 31 - Five hijackers, who had been holding 155 hostages on an Indian Airlines
plane, leave the plane with two Islamic clerics that they had demanded be freed.
December 31 - Start Of Millennium Celebrations and countdown..
December 31- HM Queen Elizabeth II opens the Millennium Dome at Greenwich, London.Births
February 3 - Brett & Jon Wirta
, child actors.
February 7 - Oskar Emil de Place Hansen
February 24 - Anthony Bain
, child actor.
February 24 - Michael Bain
, child actor.
March 6 - Cornelia Margareta (Merel) van den Houten
April 7 - Conner Rayburn
, child actor.
August 3 - Patrick Fabian
October 23 - Rick Dijksman
January 25 - Robert Shaw
, American conductor (b. 1916).
February 7 - King Hussein of Jordan
(cancer) (b. 1935).
February 8 - Iris Murdoch
, English writer (b. 1919).
February 20 - Sarah Kane
, playwright (b. 1971).
February 20 - Gene Siskel
, film critic (b. 1946).
February 22 - William Bronk
February 25 - Glenn Seaborg
, atomic scientist (b. 1912).
March 2 - Dusty Springfield
, British singer, (b. 1939).
March 4 - Harry Blackmun
, associate justice of the United States Supreme Court (b. 1908).
March 5 - Richard Kiley
, actor (b. 1922).
March 7 - Stanley Kubrick
, American film director and writer (b. 1928).
March 8 - Joe DiMaggio
, American baseball player, one of Marilyn Monroe's husbands (b. 1914).
March 12 - Yehudi Menuhin
, American violinist (b. 1916).
March 20 - David Strickland
, actor (suicide) (b. 1969).
March 24 - Birdie Tebbetts
, Major League Baseball catcher and manager (b. 1912).
March 29 - Joe Williams
, jazz singer (b. 1918).
April 25 - Lord Killanin
, former chairman of the IOC (b. 1914).
April 27 - William Van Den Houten
May 2 - Oliver Reed
, British actor.
May 5 - Hendrik van Tillo
May 8 - Dirk Bogarde
, English actor.
May 10 - Shel Silverstein
, children's poet, aged 68.
May 18 - Betty Robinson
, winner of the first Olympic 100 m for women.
June 11 - DeForest Kelly
June 16 - Screaming Lord Sutch
, founder of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party.
June 27 - Jorgos Papadopoulos
, dictator of Greece.
July 2 - Mario Puzo
July 6 - Joaquin Rodrigo
July 8 - Charles Conrad
, astronaut (motorcycle crash).
July 12 - Bill Owen
, British actor.
July 16 - John F. Kennedy, Jr.
, publisher, son of John F. Kennedy (airplane crash).
July 23 - Hassan II
, King of Morocco (heart attack).
August 1 - Nirad C. Chaudhuri
August 3 - Leroy Vinnegar
, jazz musician.
August 14 - Lane Kirkland
, former head of AFL-CIO, aged 79.
September 6 - Allen Funt
, creator of Candid Camera TV series, aged 84 (complications
from a stroke suffered in 1993).
September 10 - Alfredo Kraus
, Spanish tenor (b. 1927).
September 20 - Raisa Gorbachev
, wife of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
September 22 - George C. Scott
, film and stage actor.
September 23 - Ivan Goff
, creator of Charlie's Angels TV series.
September 30 - Robert Acker
September - Kees Kannegieter
October 12 - Wilt Chamberlain
, American basketball player (b. 1936).
October 14 - Julius Nyerere
, Tanzanian leader.
October 19 - Harry Bannink
, Dutch songwriter, aged 70.
October 20 - Jack Lynch
, former Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland.
October 24 - John Chaffee
, US Senator from Rhode Island.
October 25 - Payne Stewart
, golfer (plane crash).
October 26 - Rex Gildo
, German singer.
October 31 - Greg Moore
, CART race car driver (b. 1975).
November 1 - Walter Payton
, football Hall-of-Famer.
November 15 - Gene Levitt
, creator of Fantasy Island.
November 18 - Paul Bowles
, American novelist (The Sheltering Sky).
November 18 - Doug Sahm
, country and rock musician, aged 58.
November 29 - Gene Rayburn
, television host, aged 80.
December 3 - Madeline Kahn
December 8 - Kuczka Péter
, Hungarian writer, poet and science fiction editor (b. 1923).
December 10 - Rick Danko
, rock singer (The Band).
December 11 - Franjo Tudman
, former president of Croatia.
December 12 - Joseph Heller
, American novelist.
December 14 - Maria Cornelia van den Houten
December 17 - Grover Washington Jr.
, saxophone player.
December 19 - Desmond Llewelyn
, British actor.
December 20 - Hank Snow
, country musician.
December 26 - Curtis Mayfield
December 27 - Gerritje van Apeldoorn
December 27 - Leonard Goldenson
, TV network executive.
December 28 - Clayton Moore
December 31 - Elliott Robertson
, former US Attorney General.To my Homepage