) was a common year starting on
(link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar
). It was the last year
of the 1990s
The year 1999 was designated the International Year of Older
by the United
Events of 1999
- January 1 – Euro
- January 2 – A
snowstorm leaves 14 inches
(359 mm) of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and 21 inches (533.4 mm) in Chicago, Illinois, killing 68.
- January 4 – Gunmen
open fire on Shia 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 8 – 3.4 million copies of the
film The Rescuers is recalled after a
photo of a topless woman was discovered in two of the 110,000
slides in that scene of the movie.
- 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
- January 21 – In one
of the largest drug busts in American history, the United States Coast Guard
intercepts a ship with over 9,500 pounds (4.3 tons) of cocaine aboard, headed for Houston, Texas.
- January 25 – A 6.1
Richter scale earthquake hits western Colombia, killing at
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 – White supremacist John William King is found guilty of
kidnapping and killing African
American James Byrd Jr. by
dragging him behind a truck for 2 miles (3 km).
- February 23 – An
avalanche destroys the village of Galtür,
Austria, killing 31.
- 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 aloft for 233 hours and 55 minutes.
- 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 2 – The brand
Bay hotel and casino opens in Las
- March 3 – Walter LaGrand is executed in the gas chamber in Arizona.
- March 4 – In a military court, United States Marine Corps
Captain Richard J. 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
- March 12 – Hungary, Poland and the
- March 15 – In
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 21 – Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to
circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air
- March 21 – The
71st Academy Awards are held at
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 has attacked a sovereign country.
- March 24 – Fire in the Mont Blanc Tunnel kills 39 people, closing
the tunnel for nearly 3 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 1 – Nunavut, an Inuit homeland, is created
from the eastern portion of the Northwest Territories to become Canada's third
- 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
- 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
- April 9 – Ibrahim Baré Maînassara,
president of Niger, is
- 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 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
- April 30 – A third
nail bomb (see April 17) explodes in the
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.
- May 1 – SpongeBob SquarePants made its debut
on Nickelodeon on this day
with its first episode is Help Wanted/Reef Blower/Tea at the
- May 2 – Norman J. Sirnic and Karen
Sirnic are murdered by serial killer Angel Maturino Resendiz in Weimar, Texas.
- May 3 – 1999 Oklahoma tornado
outbreak: An F5 tornado slams into Moore, Oklahoma, killing 38 people (the strongest tornado ever
recorded in world history).
- May 3 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average
closes above 11,000 for the first time, at 11,014.70.
- May 5 – Microsoft releases Windows 98 (Second Edition) (from 1998).
- May 6 – Elections are
held in Scotland and Wales for the
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 deceived
Jonathan Schmitz into appearing on
a secret same-sex crush episode.
- 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
- 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 19 – Star Wars Episode I: The
Phantom Menace is released in theaters. It becomes the highest
grossing Star Wars film.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- May 30 – Travel
Midland Metro enters public service.
- May 31 – Sean
Elliott of the San Antonio
Spurs hits the Memorial Day
Miracle against the Portland
Trail Blazers in the 1999 NBA
- June 1 – Napster,
a revolutionary music downloading service, debuts.
- June 1 American
Airlines Flight 1420 overruns the runway in Little Rock,
Arkansas killing 11 people.
- 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
- 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
- June 9 – Kosovo War: The Federal
Republic of Yugoslavia and NATO sign a
- June 10 – Kosovo War:
NATO suspends its air strikes
Milošević agrees to withdraw Serbian forces from Kosovo.
- June 12 – Kosovo War
– Operation Joint
Guardian/Operation Agricola begins: NATO-led United Nations peacekeeping forces KFOR enter the province of Kosovo in the
Republic of Yugoslavia.
- June 12 – Texas Governor
George W. Bush announces he will seek the Republican Party nomination
for President of the
- June 14 – Thabo
Mbeki is elected President
of South Africa.
- 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 is awarded
the 2006 Winter
- June 19 – Horror
author Stephen King is hit in a car
accident on Route 5 in North Lovell, Maine by
- June 21 – Apple
the first iBook, the first Laptop designed specifically for average
- June 23 – The
Phillips explosion of
1999 kills 2 and injures 3 in Pasadena, Texas.
- 1 July – The Scottish
Parliament is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth on the
day that legislative powers are officially transferred from the old
Scottish Office in London to the new
devolved Scottish Executive in
- July 2 – Benjamin Nathaniel Smith begins a
3-day killing spree targeting racial and ethnic minorities in
Illinois and Indiana.
- July 5 – U.S. Army Pfc. Barry Winchell is bludgeoned in his sleep at
Campbell, Kentucky by fellow soldiers; he dies the next day from his
- 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 2
- July 10- USA soccer player Brandi Chastain scores the game winning
penalty kick against China in the FIFA Women's World Cup.
- July 11 – India
recaptures Kargil, forcing
the Pakistan Army to retreat. India announces victory,
ending the 2-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 20 – Mercury program: Liberty Bell 7 is raised from the
- July 20 – Falun Gong is banned in the People's
Republic of China under Jiang
- 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 23–25 – The Woodstock 99
festival is held in New
- 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
- July 27 – Twenty-one
people die in a canyoning disaster near
- July 31 – Mark
O. Barton kills 9
- 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 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 – 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
- 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 17 –
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
- August 22 – GPS Week Numbers Reset to 0
- August 31 –
the Power Macintosh G4.
- 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 is 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 reaches 6 billion
people, as the 6 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
- October 15 – A
Geographic Society press conference reveals the fossil of Archaeoraptor (which is later found to be
- October 27 –
Gunmen open fire
in the Armenian Parliament, killing Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan, Parliament Chairman
Karen Demirchyan, and 6 other
- October 31 –
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 6 – Australians defeat a
referendum proposing the replacement of The Queen and The Governor
General with a President to make Australia a republic.
- November 9 –
TAESA Flight 725, covering the
route Tijuana–Guadalajara–Uruapan–Mexico City, crashes a few minutes after takeoff from
International Airport, killing 18 people on board. This event
causes the bankruptcy of the Mexican airline a few months
- 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
Station, TX, killing 12.
- November 19 – Mikhail 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.
- 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 5 Earth Observation instruments,
including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT.
- December 20 –
The sovereignty of Macau is transferred from the
Portuguese Republic to the People's Republic of China after 422 years of Portuguese rule.
- December 22 –
Korean Air Cargo Flight 8509, a Boeing 747-200F crashes shortly after
take-off from London Stansted Airport due to pilot
error. All 4 crew members were killed.
- December 31 –
The U.S. turns over complete administration of the Panama
Canal to the Panamanian Government, as stipulated in
the Torrijos-Carter Treaty of 1977.
- December 31 – Boris Yeltsin resigns as President of Russia, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the acting President.
- January 4 – Iron Eyes Cody, American actor (b. 1904)
- January 11 – Fabrizio de André, Italian singer and
songwriter (b. 1940)
- January 11 – Brian Moore, Irish-born writer (b.
- January 14 – Jerzy Grotowski, Polish theatre director (b.
- January 17 – Samantha Reid, American high school student
and drug overdose victim (b. 1984)
- January 21 – Susan Strasberg, American actress (b.
- January 22 – Graham Staines, Australian missionary (b.
- January 25 – Ted Mallie, American radio and television
announcer (b. 1924)
- January 25 – Robert Shaw, American conductor (b.
- January 28 – Markey Robinson, Irish painter (b. 1918)
- January 30 – Huntz Hall, American actor (b. 1919)
- January 31 – Norm Zauchin, American baseball player (b.
- February 1 – Paul Mellon, American philanthropist (b.
- February 1 – Barış Manço, Turkish singer and
television personality (b. 1943)
- February 5 – Wassily Leontief, Russian economist,
Nobel Prize laureate (b.
- February 6 – Jimmy Roberts, American singer (b.
- 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 – John Ehrlichman, American Watergate scandal figure (b. 1925)
- February 14 – Buddy Knox, American singer (b. 1933)
- February 15 – Henry Way Kendall, American physicist,
Nobel Prize laureate (b.
- 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.
- February 18 – Michael Larson, American game show celebrity
- 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.
- February 24 – Virginia Foster Durr, American civil
rights activist (b. 1903)
- February 24 – Frank Leslie Walcott, Barbadian labour
leader (b. 1916)
- February 25 – Glenn Seaborg, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1912)
- February 26 – José Quintero, Panamanian director (b.
- February 28 – Bill Talbert, American tennis player (b.
- March 1 – Ann
Corio, American dancer and actress (b. 1914)
- March 2 – Dusty Springfield, English singer (b.
- March 3 – Gerhard Herzberg, German-born chemist,
Nobel Prize laureate (b.
- March 4 – Ingrid Washinawatok, American activist
- March 4 – Harry Blackmun, American judge (b. 1908)
- 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 – Peggy
Cass, American actress (b. 1924)
- March 8 – Joe
DiMaggio, American baseball player (b. 1914)
- March 12 – Yehudi Menuhin, American-born violinist (b.
- March 13 – Garson Kanin, American playwright and
screenwriter (b. 1912)
- March 17 – Ernest Gold, Austrian-born composer (b. 1921)
- March 18 – Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentine writer
- March 18 – Rod
Hull, British entertainer (b. 1935)
- March 21 – Ernie
Wise, British comedian (b. 1925)
- March 22 – David Strickland, American actor (b.
- 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.
- March 31 – Yuri Knorozov, Russian linguist and epigrapher
- April 3 – Lionel
Bart, English composer (b. 1930)
- April 4 – Faith Domergue, American actress (b. 1924)
- April 10 – Jean Vander Pyl, American television actress
- April 12 – Boxcar Willie, American country music singer
- 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.
- April 21 – Charles "Buddy" Rogers, American
actor (b. 1904)
- 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.
- April 25 – Larry Troutman, American musician (b.
- April 26 – Jill
Dando, British journalist and television presenter (b. 1961)
- April 27 – Al
Hirt, American trumpeter and bandleader (b. 1922)
- April 27 – Cyril Washbrook, English cricketer (b.
- 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, English football manager (b.
- 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 10 – Sir Eric
Willis, Australian politician, former Premier of New South
Wales (b. 1922)
- May 12 – Saul
Steinberg, Romanian-born cartoonist (b. 1914)
- May 13 – Gene
Sarazen, American golfer (b. 1902)
- May 17 – Henry Jones, American actor (b. 1912)
- 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. 1906)
- June 5 – Mel
Torme, American singer (b. 1925)
- June 6 – Anne
Haddy, Australian actress (b. 1930)
- June 7 – Francisco Stanley, Mexican TV anchor (b.
- June 8 – Christina Foyle, British bookshop owner (b.
- June 9 – Maurice Journeau, French composer (b.
- 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)
- June 29 – Allan
Carr, American producer (b. 1937)
- July 1 – Edward
Dmytryk, Canadian-American film director (b. 1908)
- July 1 – Guy
Mitchell, American singer (b. 1927)
- July 1 – Sylvia
Sidney, American actress (b. 1910)
- 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.
- 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 actor
and son of John F. Kennedy (b.
- July 16 – Hiromi Yanagihara, Japanese singer (b.
- July 18 – Meir
Ariel, Israeli singer (b. 1942)
- 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.
- July 29 – Anita
Carter, American singer (b. 1933)
- July 29 – Rajendra Kumar, Indian film actor, producer
and director (b. 1929)
- September 5 – Allen Funt, American television personality (b.
- September 6 – Lagumot Harris, Nauruan politician and former
President (b. 1938)
- September 9 – Catfish Hunter, American baseball player (b.
- September 9 – Ruth Roman, American actress (b. 1922)
- September 10 – Alfredo Kraus, Spanish tenor (b. 1927)
- September 11 – Gonzalo Rodriguez,
Uruguyan race car driver (b. 1972)
- September 12 – Allen Stack, American Olympic swimmer (b.
- September 14 – Charles Crichton, English film director (b.
- September 20 – Raisa Gorbachyova, Soviet first lady (b.
- September 22 – George C. Scott, American actor (b. 1927)
- September 23 – Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter (b. 1910)
- October 6 – Amália Rodrigues, Portuguese Fado legend (b. 1920)
- October 6 – Gorilla Monsoon, American professional
wrestler and announcer (b. 1937)
- October 7 – Helen Vinson, American actress (b. 1907)
- October 8 – John McLendon, American basketball coach (b.
- October 9 – Akhtar Hameed Khan, Pakistani pioneer in
microcredit and microfinance (b. 1914)
- October 9 – Milt Jackson, American musician (b. 1923)
- 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.
- October 18 – Paddi Edwards, American actress (b. 1931)
- October 19 – Harry Bannink, Dutch composer and musician (b.
- October 19 – James C. Murray, American politician (b. 1917)
- October 20 – Jack Lynch, Prime Minister of Ireland (b.
- October 21 – Lars
Bo, Danish artist and writer (b. 1924)
- October 21 – John Bromwich, Australian tennis player (b.
- 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
- October 26 – Abraham Polonsky, American screenwriter and
director (b. 1910)
- October 27 – Frank De Vol, American composer (b. 1911)
- October 27 – Robert Mills, American physicist
- October 27 – Wes Berggren, American musician (b. 1971)
- October 31 – Greg Moore, Canadian race car
driver (b. 1975)
- November 1 – Theodore Hall, American physicist and spy (b.
- November 1 – Walter Payton, American football player (b.
- November 3 – Ian Bannen, Scottish actor (b. 1928)
- November 9 – Mabel King, American actress (b. 1932)
- November 11 – Mary Kay Bergman, American actress (b.
- 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 – Horst P. Horst,
German-American photographer (b. 1906)
- November 18 – Doug Sahm, American musician (b. 1941)
- November 21 – Quentin Crisp, English writer (b. 1908)
- November 21 –
Abd-Allah ibn Baaz, Grand Mufti of
Arabia. (b. 1910)
- November 24 – Hilary Minster, British Actor (b. 1944)
- November 29 – Gene Rayburn, American television personality
- November 29 – Iwamoto Kaoru, Japanese professional Go player (b. 1902)
- November 30 – Charlie Byrd, American Jazz musician and
classical guitarist (b. 1925)
- December 2 – Joey Adams, American comedian (b. 1911)
- December 3 – Scatman John, American musician (b. 1942)
- December 3 – Jarl Wahlström, Salvation Army general
- December 3 – Madeline Kahn, American actress (b. 1942)
- December 4 – Rose Bird, American judge (b. 1936)
- December 8 – Péter Kuczka, Hungarian author (b.
- December 10 – Rick Danko, Canadian musician (b. 1943)
- December 10 – Shirley Hemphill, American actress (b.
- December 11 – Franjo Tuđman, President of Croatia (b. 1922)
- December 12 – Paul Cadmus, American artist (b. 1904)
- 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. 1901)
- December 19 – Desmond Llewelyn, Welsh actor (b. 1914)
- December 19 – Robert Dougall, British newsreader (b.
- December 20 – Irving Rapper, American film director (b.
- December 20 – Hank Snow, Canadian musician (b. 1914)
- December 23 – John P. Davies,
American diplomat (b. 1908)
- December 24 – Tito Guízar, Mexican singer and film actor
- December 26 – Curtis Mayfield, American musician and
composer (b. 1942)
- December 27 – Leonard Goldenson, American television
executive (b. 1905)
- December 28 – Clayton Moore, American actor (b. 1914)
- December 30 – Fritz Leonhardt, German structural engineer
- December 30 – Sarah Knauss, American oldest living person (b. 1880)
- December 31 – Elliot Richardson, American Attorney General under
Richard Nixon (b. 1920)
The year 1999 in fiction and popular culture:
- Computer/video games:
- Released after 1999 and set in the historical year:
- Released in 1999 and stated to take place in that year:
- Entrapment (1999):
The film takes place during the week leading up to December
- End of Days
(1999): The film involves Satan's plot to
conquer the earth on New Year's Eve
- 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:
- Prince's 1982 song "1999" is
about "party like it's 1999."
- The Megadeth song "Set the World
Afire", from their album So Far, So Good...
contains the line "Distorted figures walk the earth, it's 1999".
The song, which is a protest song against nuclear weapons, was
written in 1987, implying that the Earth could
be nearly completely devastated by nuclear weapons in 12 years
without any action taken against them.
- Futurama: The series'
protagonist, Fry, is accidentally cryogenicly frozen on December 31
- Dragon Ball Z ("Transformed at Last," October
18, 1999): Goku transforms
into a Super Saiyan for the first time in the United States; aired
on Toonami, a now-defunct block on Cartoon Network.
- Space: 1999 (1975–1977): A
huge explosion sends the Moon hurtling out of
Earth's orbit on September 13 (a Friday
in the series, but not in reality).
- 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
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
- Family Guy the episode Da Boom is set on the 31st of December 1999
- In the TV series of Quantum Leap (1988–1993)
project Quantum Leap is said to be launched in New Mexico,
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