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1999

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Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar).

The year 1999 was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. It was the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac.

Events of 1999

January

  • January 2 - A snowstorm leaves 14 inches (359 mm) of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and 19 inches (487 mm) in Chicago, Illinois, killing 68.
  • January 4 - Gunmen open fire on Shiite Muslims worshiping in a mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing 16 and injuring 25.
  • January 6 - Dennis Hastert becomes Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
  • January 10 - A large piece of the chalk cliff at Beachy Head collapses into the sea.
  • January 20 - The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use aimed especially at Internet cafes.
  • January 25 - A 6.0 Richter scale earthquake hits western Colombia, killing at least 1,000.
  • January 31 - The Denver Broncos win their second Super Bowl in a row, defeating the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida.

February

Orbit of Pluto - polar view.
Orbit of Pluto - polar view.
  • February 2 - Hugo Chávez becomes President of Venezuela.
  • February 4 - Unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo is shot dead by NYC police officers on an unrelated stake-out, inflaming race relations in the city.
  • February 7 - King Hussein of Jordan dies from cancer, and his son Abdullah II inherits the throne.
  • February 10 - Avalanches in the French Alps near Geneva kill at least 10.
  • February 11 - Pluto moves along its eccentric orbit further from the Sun than Neptune. It had been nearer than Neptune since 1979, and will become again in 2231.
  • February 16 - In Uzbekistan, an apparent assassination attempt against President Islom Karimov takes place at government headquarters.
  • February 16 - Across Europe, Kurdish rebels take over embassies and hold hostages after Turkey arrests one of their rebel leaders.
  • February 21 - The Albertinkatu shootings in Helsinki, Finland: Three men are killed and 1 wounded at a shooting range.
  • February 22 - Moderate Iraqi Shiite cleric Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr is assassinated.
  • February 23 - Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey.
  • February 23 - An avalanche destroys the village of Galtür, Austria, killing 31.
  • 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 aloft for 233 hours and 55 minutes.

March

  • March 1 - One of 4 bombs detonated in Lusaka, Zambia, destroys the Angolan Embassy.
  • March 1 - Rwandan Hutu rebels kill and dismember 8 foreign tourists at the Buhoma homestead, Uganda.
  • March 1 - The Convention on the Prohibition of Anti-Personnel Mines comes into force.
  • March 4 - In a military court, United States Marine Corps Captain Richard Ashby 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 12 - Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic join NATO.
  • March 15 - In Brussels, Belgium, the Santer Commission resigns over allegations of corruption.
  • March 17 - The Roth IRA is introduced by U.S. Senator William V. Roth, Jr.
  • March 20 - Serbs launch an offensive in Kosovo.
  • March 21 - Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.
  • March 21 - The 71st Academy Awards are held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California with Shakespeare in Love winning Best Picture.
  • March 23 - Gunmen assassinate Paraguay's Vice President Luis María Argaña.
  • March 24 - NATO launches air strikes against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which refused 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 three years.
  • March 25 - Enron energy traders allegedly route 2,900 megawatts of electricity destined for California to the town of Silver Peak, Nevada, population 200.
  • March 26 - The Melissa worm attacks the Internet.
  • March 26 - A Michigan jury finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.
  • March 27 - Kosovo War: A U.S. F-117 Nighthawk is shot down by Serbian forces.
  • March 29 - For the first time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the 10,000 mark, at 10,006.78.

April

Map of Nunavut
Map of Nunavut
  • April 1 - Nunavut, an Inuit homeland, is created from the eastern portion of the Northwest Territories to become Canada's third territory.
  • 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 9 - Ibrahim Baré Maînassara, president of Niger, is assassinated.
  • April 13 - Tercentenary celebrations of the creation of the Sikh, Khalsa.
  • 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 26 - British T.V presenter Jill Dando, 37, is shot dead on the doorstep of her home in Fulham, London.
  • April 30 - Cambodia joins the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), bringing the total members to 10.

May

  • May 3 - 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak: A F5 tornado slams into Moore, Oklahoma, killing 38 people - the second strongest tornado ever recorded in United States history.
  • May 3 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 11,000 for the first time, at 11,014.70.
  • May 6 - Elections are held in Scotland and Wales for the new Scottish Parliament and National Assembly for Wales.
  • May 7 - Kosovo War: In the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, 3 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 Military College of South Carolina.
  • May 12 - David Steel becomes the first Presiding Officer (Speaker) of the modern Scottish Parliament.
  • May 13 - Carlo Azeglio Ciampi is elected President of Italy.
  • May 17 - Ehud Barak is elected prime minister of Israel.
  • May 26 - The Indian Air Force launches an attack on intruding Pakistan Army troops and mujahadeen militants in Kashmir.
  • May 26 - The first Welsh Assembly in over 600 years opens in Cardiff.
  • May 26 - Manchester United wins the UEFA Champions League at the Nou Camp stadium, Barcelona, beating Bayern Munich.
  • May 27 - 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 28 - Swedish police officers Robert Karlström and Olov Borén are wounded by three bank robbers armed with automatic weapons and later executed with their own service pistols in Malexander.
  • May 28 - After 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo de Vinci’s "The Last Supper" is placed back on display in Milan, Italy.
  • May 29 - Cathy O'Dowd, a South African mountaineer, becomes the first woman to summit Mount Everest from both the north and south sides.
  • May 29 - Nigeria terminates military rule, and the Nigerian Fourth Republic is established with Olusegun Obasanjo as president.

June

the iBook G3
the iBook G3
  • June 1 - Napster debuts.
  • June 2 - After decades of fighting off outside technological influences like television, the King of Bhutan allows television transmissions to commence in the Kingdom for the first time, coinciding with the King's Silver Jubilee (see Bhutan Broadcasting Service).
  • June 5 - The Islamic Salvation Army, the armed wing of the Islamic Salvation Front, agrees in principle to disband in Algeria.
  • June 6 - In Brazil, 345 prisoners escape from Putim prison through the front gate.
  • 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: The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and NATO sign a peace treaty.
  • June 10 - Kosovo War NATO suspends its air strikes after Slobodan Milošević agrees to withdraw Serbian forces from Kosovo.
  • June 12 - Kosovo War: Operation Joint Guardian begins - NATO-led United Nations peacekeeping forces KFOR enter the province of Kosovo in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
  • June 12 - Texas Governor George W. Bush announces he will seek the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States.
  • June 18 - The J18 international anti-globalization protests are organized in dozens of cities around the world, some of which lead to riots.
  • June 19 - Turin, Italy awarded the 2006 Winter Olympics
  • June 19 - Stephen King is hit in a car accident on Route 5 in North Lovell, Maine by Bryan Smith.
  • June 21 - Apple Computer releases the first iBook.
  • June 23 - Phillips explosion of 1999 kills 2 and injures 3 in Pasadena, Texas.

July

NASA's Lunar Prospector
NASA's Lunar Prospector
  • July 7 - In Rome, Hicham El Guerrouj runs the fastest mile ever recorded - at 3:43.13.
  • July 8 - A major flash flood in Las Vegas swamps hundreds of cars, smashes mobile homes and kills two people.
  • July 11 - India recaptures Kargil, forcing the Pakistan Army to retreat. India announces victory ending the two-month conflict.
  • July 16 - Off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, a plane piloted by John F. Kennedy Jr. crashes, killing him and his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and her sister Lauren Bessette.
  • July 18 - David Cone pitches a perfect game, the 16th in history, as the Yankees defeat the Montreal Expos, 6-0, to celebrate Yogi Berra Day.
  • July 20 - Mercury program: Liberty Bell 7 is raised from the Atlantic Ocean.
  • July 22 - The first version of MSN Messenger is released by Microsoft.
  • July 23 - ANA Flight 61 is hijacked in Tokyo.
  • July 23 - Mohammed VI of Morocco becomes king upon the death of his father Hassan II.
  • July 23- July 25 - The Woodstock 99 festival is held in New York.
  • July 25 - Lance Armstrong wins his first Tour de France.
  • July 26 - The last Checker taxi cab is retired in New York City and auctioned off for approximately $135,000.
  • July 27 - Twenty-one people die in a canyoning disaster near Interlaken, Switzerland.
  • July 31 - NASA intentionally crashes the Lunar Prospector spacecraft into the Moon, thus ending its mission to detect frozen water on the lunar surface.

August

  • 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 9 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet.
  • 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 one.
  • August 17 - 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.
  • 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 31 - Apple Computer releases the Power Macintosh G4.

September

Sega Dreamcast
Sega Dreamcast
  • September 7 - A magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits Athens, killing 143 and injuring more than 2,000.
  • September 7 - Viacom-CBS merger
  • 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 14 - Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga join the United Nations.
  • September 21 - The Chi-Chi earthquake with magnitude 7.6 on the Richter scale kills about 2,400 people in central Taiwan.

October

  • October 1 - Pudong International Airport opens in Shanghai, China, taking over all international flights to Hongqiao.
Mars Climate Orbiter during tests
Mars Climate Orbiter during tests
  • October - NASA loses one of its probes, the Mars Climate Orbiter.
  • October 5 - Thirty-one people die in the Ladbroke Grove rail crash, west of London, England.
  • October 10 - Elections are held in Portugal.
  • October 12 - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attempts to dismiss Army Chief General Pervez Musharraf and install ISI director Ziauddin Butt in his place. Senior Army generals refuse to accept the dismissal. Musharraf, who was out of the country, attempts to return in a commercial airliner. Sharif orders the Karachi airport to not allow the plane to land. The generals lead a coup d'état, ousting Sharif's administration and taking over the airport. The plane lands with only a few minutes of fuel to spare, and Musharraf takes control of the government.
  • October 12 - World population reached 6 billion people, as the six billionth person (according to the UN) is born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • October 13 - The United States Senate rejects ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
  • October 15 - A National Geographic Society press conference reveals the fossil of Archaeoraptor (which is later found to be a forgery).
  • October 27 - Gunmen open fire in the Armenian Parliament, killing Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan, Parliament Chairman Karen Demirchyan, and 6 other members.
  • October 27 - The New York Yankees complete a 4-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves to win their second consecutive World Series.
  • October 31 - 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.
  • 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

Helen Clark
Helen Clark
  • November 1 - Suffolk County, New York was given the area code 631.
  • November 9 - TAESA Flight 725 covering the route Tijuana- Guadalajara- Uruapan-Mexico City crashed a few minutes after takeoff from Uruapan International Airport killing 18 people on board. This event caused the bankrutpcy 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 13 - Seventy-one killed, six-story apartment building collapsed at Foggia, Apulia, Italy.
  • 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 first elected female Prime Minister in New Zealand's history.
  • November 28 - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeat the Calgary Stampeders 32-21 to win the 87th Grey Cup at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver.
  • November 30 - Exxonmobil Corporation merger was completed, and formed the largest company in the world.

December

The Millennium Dome opens in London.
The Millennium Dome opens in London.
  • December 3 - After rowing for 81 days and 2,962 nautical miles (5486 km), 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 18 - NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT.
  • December 20 - Sovereignty of Macau is transferred from the Portuguese Republic to the People's Republic of China after 422 years of Portuguese rule.
  • December 31 - US turns over complete administration of the Panama Canal to the Panamanian Government as stipulated in the Torrijos-Carter Treaty of 1977.


Deaths

January-June

  • January 11 - Brian Moore, Irish-born writer (b. 1921)
  • January 11 - Fabrizio de André, Italian singer and songwriter (b. 1940)
  • January 14 - Jerzy Grotowski, Polish theatre director (b. 1933)
  • January 21 - Susan Strasberg, American actress (b. 1938)
  • January 22 - Graham Staines, Australian missionary (b. 1941)
  • January 25 - Ted Mallie, American radio and television announcer (b. 1924)
  • January 25 - Robert Shaw, American conductor (b. 1916)
  • January 28 - Markey Robinson, Irish painter (b. 1918)
  • January 31 - Norm Zauchin, American baseball player (b. 1929)
  • February 1 - Paul Mellon, American philanthropist (b. 1707)
  • February 1 - Barış Manço, Turkish singer and television personality (b. 1943)
  • February 5 - Wassily Leontief, Russian economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1706)
  • February 6 - Jimmy Roberts, American singer (b. 1924)
  • February 6 - Don Dunstan, Australian politician (b. 1926)
  • February 7 - King Hussein of Jordan (b. 1935)
  • February 8 - Iris Murdoch, Irish author (b. 1919)
  • February 12 - Toni Fisher, American pop singer (b. 1931)
  • February 14 - Buddy Knox, American singer (b. 1933)
  • February 15 - Henry Way Kendall, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1926)
  • February 15 - Big L, American rapper (b. 1974)
  • February 17 - Sunshine Parker, American actor (b. 1927)
  • February 18 - Noam Pitlik, American actor and director (b. 1932)
  • February 18 - Michael Larson, American game show celebrity (b. 1949)
  • February 20 - Sarah Kane, English playwright (b. 1971)
  • February 20 - Gene Siskel, American film critic (b. 1946)
  • February 21 - Gertrude B. Elion, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1918)
  • February 22 - William Bronk, American poet (b. 1918)
  • February 24 - Andre Dubus, American short-story writer (b. 1936)
  • February 24 - Virginia Foster Durr, American civil rights activist (b. 1703)
  • February 25 - Glenn Seaborg, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1912)
  • March 1 - Ann Corio, American dancer and actress (b. 1914)
  • March 2 - Dusty Springfield, English singer (b. 1939)
  • March 3 - Gerhard Herzberg, German-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1704)
  • March 4 - Ingrid Washinawatok, American activist (b. 1957)
  • March 4 - Harry Blackmun, American judge (b. 1708)
  • March 4 - Del Close, American actor, writer, and teacher (b. 1934)
  • March 5 - Richard Kiley, American actor (b. 1922)
  • March 7 - Sidney Gottlieb, American Central Intelligence Agency official (b. 1918)
  • March 7 - Stanley Kubrick, American film director and producer (b. 1928)
  • March 8 - Joe DiMaggio, American baseball player (b. 1914)
  • March 12 - Yehudi Menuhin, American-born violinist (b. 1916)
  • March 18 - Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentine writer (b. 1914)
  • March 18 - Rod Hull, British entertainer (b. 1935)
  • March 21 - Ernie Wise, British comedian (b. 1925)
  • March 22 - David Strickland, American actor (b. 1969)
  • March 24 - Birdie Tebbetts, American baseball player and manager (b. 1912)
  • March 25 - Cal Ripken, Sr., American baseball player and manager (b. 1935)
  • March 29 - Joe Williams, American singer (b. 1918)
  • March 31 - Yuri Knorozov, Russian linguist and epigrapher (b. 1922)
  • April 4 - Faith Domergue, American actress (b. 1924)
  • April 10 - Jean Vander Pyl, American television actress (b. 1919)
  • April 12 - Boxcar Willie, American country music singer (b. 1931)
  • April 14 - Ellen Corby, American actress (b. 1911)
  • April 14 - Anthony Newley, English actor, singer and songwriter (b. 1931)
  • April 20 - Rick Rude, American professional wrestler (b. 1958)
  • April 20 - Señor Wences, Spanish ventriloquist (b. 1896)
  • April 25 - Lord Killanin, Irish journalist and Olympic official (b. 1914)
  • April 25 - Herman Miller, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1919)
  • April 25 - Roger Troutman, American musician (b. 1951)
  • April 26 - Jill Dando, British journalist and television presenter (murdered) (b. 1961)
  • April 27 - Cyril Washbrook, English cricketer (b. 1914)
  • April 28 - Rory Calhoun, American television and film actor (b. 1922)
  • April 28 - Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1921)
  • April 30 - Sir Alf Ramsey, 1966 English football manager (b. 1920)
  • May 2 - Oliver Reed, English actor (b. 1938)
  • May 3 - Steve Chiasson, Canadian hockey player (b. 1967)
  • May 8 - Sir Dirk Bogarde, English actor (b. 1921)
  • May 8 - Dana Plato, American actress (b. 1963)
  • May 10 - Shel Silverstein, American author and poet (b. 1930)
  • May 12 - Saul Steinberg, Romanian-born cartoonist (b. 1914)
  • May 13 - Gene Sarazen, American golfer (b. 1702)
  • May 18 - Betty Robinson, American athlete (b. 1911)
  • May 21 - Karnail Pitts, American rapper (b. 1978)
  • May 23 - Owen Hart, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1965)
  • May 26 - Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor (b. 1706)
  • June 5 - Mel Torme, American singer (b. 1925)
  • June 6 - Anne Haddy, Australian actress (b. 1930)
  • June 7 - Francisco Stanley, Mexican TV anchor (b. 1942)
  • June 8 - Christina Foyle, British bookshop owner (b. 1911)
  • June 9 - Maurice Journeau, French composer (b. 1898)
  • June 11 - DeForest Kelley, American actor (b. 1920)
  • June 16 - Screaming Lord Sutch, English politician (b. 1940)
  • June 21 - Kami, Japanese drummer (b. 1973)
  • June 27 - Jorgos Papadopoulos, military ruler of Greece (b. 1919)

July-December

  • July 1 - Edward Dmytryk, Canadian-American film director (b. 1708)
  • July 1 - Guy Mitchell, American singer (b. 1927)
  • July 2 - Mario Puzo, American author (b. 1920)
  • July 3 - Mark Sandman, American musician and artist (b. 1952)
  • July 6 - Carl Gunter Jr, American politician (b. 1938)
  • July 6 - Joaquin Rodrigo, Spanish composer (b. 1701)
  • July 8 - Charles Conrad, American astronaut (b. 1930)
  • July 11 - Helen Forrest, American jazz singer (b. 1917)
  • July 12 - Bill Owen, English actor (b. 1914)
  • July 16 - John F. Kennedy, Jr., American publisher (b. 1960)
  • July 16 - Hiromi Yanagihara, Japanese singer (b. 1979)
  • July 20 - Sandra Gould, American actress (b. 1916)
  • July 23 - King Hassan II of Morocco (b. 1929)
  • July 26 - Trygve Haavelmo, Norwegian economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
  • July 29 - Anita Carter, American singer (b. 1933)
  • July 29 - Rajendra Kumar, Indian film actor, producer and director (b. 1929)
  • August 1 - Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Bengali writer (b. 1897)
  • August 3 - Leroy Vinnegar, American musician (b. 1928)
  • August 4 - Victor Mature, American actor (b. 1913)
  • August 13 - Jaime Garzón, Colombian journalist and comedian (b. 1960)
  • August 14 - Lane Kirkland, American union leader (b. 1922)
  • August 23 - Norman Wexler, American screenwriter (b. 1926)
  • August 23 - James White, Irish writer (b. 1928)
  • September 6 - Allen Funt, American television personality (b. 1914)
  • September 10 - Alfredo Kraus, Spanish tenor (b. 1927)
  • September 11 - Gonzalo Rodriguez, Uruguyan race car driver (b. 1972)
  • September 17 - Frankie Vaughan, British traditional pop recording artist (b. 1928)
  • September 20 - Raisa Gorbachev, Soviet first lady (b. 1932)
  • September 22 - George C. Scott, American actor (b. 1927)
  • September 23 - Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter (b. 1910)
  • October 6 - Gorilla Monsoon, American professional wrestler and announcer (b. 1937)
  • October 8 - John McLendon, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • October 9 - Akhtar Hameed Khan, Pakistani pioneer in microcredit and microfinance (b. 1914)
  • October 11 - Rafi' Daham Al-Tikriti, Director of the Iraqi Intelligence Service (b. 1937)
  • October 12 - Wilt Chamberlain, American basketball player (b. 1936)
  • October 14 - Julius Nyerere, President of Tanzania (b. 1922)
  • October 15 - Lena Zavaroni, Scottish entertainer (b. 1963)
  • October 18 - Paddi Edwards, American actress (b. 1931)
  • October 19 - Harry Bannink, Dutch composer and musician (b. 1929)
  • October 19 - James C. Murray, American politician (b. 1917)
  • October 20 - Jack Lynch, Prime Minister of Ireland (b. 1917)
  • October 24 - John Chafee, American politician (b. 1922)
  • October 25 - Payne Stewart, American golfer (b. 1957)
  • October 26 - Rex Gildo, German singer (b. 1939)
  • October 26 - Hoyt Axton, American actor and singer-songwriter (b. 1938)
  • October 27 - Robert Mills, American physicist (b. 1927)
  • October 31 - Greg Moore, Canadian race car driver (b. 1975)
  • November 1 - Walter Payton, American football player (b. 1954)
  • November 11 - Mary Kay Bergman, American actress (b. 1961)
  • November 15 - Gene Levitt, American television writer, producer, and director (b. 1920)
  • November 16 - Daniel Nathans, American microbiologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1928)
  • November 18 - Paul Bowles, American novelist (b. 1910)
  • November 18 - Doug Sahm, American musician (b. 1941)
  • November 21 - Abd-al-Aziz ibn Abd-Allah ibn Baaz, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia.
  • November 29 - Gene Rayburn, American television personality (b. 1917)
  • November 29 - Iwamoto Kaoru, Japanese professional Go player (b. 1702)
  • November 30 - Charlie Byrd, American Jazz musician and classical guitarist (b. 1925)
  • December 3 - Scatman John, American musician (b. 1942)
  • December 3 - Jarl Wahlström, Salvation Army general (b. 1918)
  • December 3 - Madeline Kahn, American actress (b. 1942)
  • December 4 - Rose Bird, American judge (b. 1936)
  • December 8 - Péter Kuczka, Hungarian author (b. 1923)
  • December 10 - Rick Danko, Canadian musician (b. 1943)
  • December 11 - Franjo Tuđman, President of Croatia (b. 1922)
  • December 12 - Joseph Heller, American novelist (b. 1923)
  • December 17 - Rex Allen, American actor, singer, and songwriter
  • December 17 - Grover Washington, Jr., American saxophonist (b. 1943)
  • December 18 - Robert Bresson, French Filmmaker (b. 1701)
  • December 19 - Desmond Llewelyn, Welsh actor (b. 1914)
  • December 20 - Hank Snow, Canadian musician (b. 1914)
  • December 23 - John P. Davies, American diplomat (b. 1708)
  • December 24 - Tito Guízar, Mexican singer and film actor (b. 1708)
  • December 26 - Curtis Mayfield, American musician and composer (b. 1942)
  • December 27 - Leonard Goldenson, American television executive (b. 1705)
  • December 28 - Clayton Moore, American actor (b. 1914)
  • December 30 - Fritz Leonhardt, German structural engineer (b. 1709)
  • December 30 - Sarah Knauss, American oldest living person (b. 1880)

Templeton Prize

  • Ian Barbour

Nobel prizes

  • Physics - Gerardus 't Hooft, Martinus J.G. Veltman
  • Chemistry - Ahmed H. Zewail
  • Physiology or Medicine - Günter Blobel
  • Literature - Günter Grass
  • Peace - Médecins Sans Frontières
  • Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel - Robert Mundell

Fictional

The year 1999 in fiction and popular culture:

  • Computer/video games:
    • Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow ( Castlevania series, 2003): Julius Belmont is finally able to defeat Dracula for good and seal away his Castle.
    • Chrono Trigger (1995): The apocalyptic Day of Lavos takes place.
    • Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (1990) is set in 1999.
    • Silent Scope 2: Dark Silhouette (2000): The first stage takes place in 1999. The remainder of the game is set in 2000.
    • The Extraterrestrial Combat Unit, known as X-COM is founded following a meeting on December 11th 1998, going fully operational on January 1st 1999. This sets the stage for the events depicted in UFO: Enemy Unknown.
  • Film:
    • Released after 1999 and set in the historical year:
      • Blood Diamond (2006)
      • Alpha Dog (2006)
    • Released in 1999 and stated to take place in that year:
      • Entrapment (1999): The film takes place during the week leading up to December 31.
      • End of Days (1999): The film involves Satan's plot to conquer the earth on New Year's Eve of '99
      • The Matrix (1999): The year within the Matrix is said to be 1999.
      • Fight Club (1999) The year within Fight Club is said to be 1999, just before the

beginning of the Millennium.

 
    • Released before 1999 and set in the "future" year:
      • Strange Days (1995): The film takes place leading up to New Year's Eve, 1999.
      • Class of 1999 II: The Substitute (1994)
      • Until the End of the World (1991)
      • Class of 1999 (1990)
      • Prophecies of Nostradamus (1974)
      • Destroy All Monsters (1968)
      • 2001: A Space Odyssey (film) (1968): The first scenes of the future takes place in the year 1999.
  • Music:
    • Prince's 1982 song " 1999" is about "party like it's 1999."
  • Television:
    • Futurama (" Space Pilot 3000," 1999): Philip J. Fry is cryogenically frozen at 11:59 P.M., December 31.
    • Space: 1999 (1975-1977): A huge explosion sends the Moon hurtling out of Earth's orbit on September 13.
    • The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (1982-1983): A huge spaceship appears high above Earth and crashes into an island in the Pacific, triggering a world war.
    • Three Super Sentai series — Choujin Sentai Jetman (1991-1992), Chouriki Sentai Ohranger (1995-1996), and Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGo-V (1999-2000) — take place in 1999.
    • Hunter x Hunter (TV Anime Series) (1999-2001) Gon Freecs, a young boy, is aiming to become a Hunter to search for his father. He meets some new friends during the Exam, and the struggles he must face on his quest will be beyond anything he's ever imagined.
    • In Kamen Rider Kabuto (2006-2007), 1999 is the year in which a meteor struck the city of shibuya and also spawned the Worm, an alien race that forms the main antagonist in the series. In the movie based on the show, the meteor was much bigger and also dried up the oceans, resulting in a post-apocalyptic world
    • In the TV series of Quantum Leap (1988-1993) project Quantum Leap is said to be launched in New Mexico, 1999.