1999 History Events: What Happened in 1999

1999 was a turbulent year in the Clinton presidency, as he faced his first impeachment trial. He and other world leaders presided over a population of just about 6 billion people at the time. Jacob and Emily were the most common baby names. While we don’t know who else could be a game-changer, Tatum McCann, the Prince of Denmark, Nikolai, and Umberto, the Prince of Bulgaria, were all born in the last 12 months. Meanwhile, Stanley Kubrick, Mario Puzo, John Kennedy Junior, Allen Funt, and Wilt Chamberlain died, leaving the globe in mourning.

When Rowling released Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, she managed to stay at the top of the best-selling book list for another year. Modern classics like American Beauty, The Sixth Sense, Fight Club, and The Matrix, on the other hand, had their red-carpet premieres on the silver screen. Continue reading to see how this year altered global currency and forever alerted the globe to a new meal-time threat.

The first DOW closing above 11,000, the first Eminem album, the first female Prime Minister of New Zealand, and the first warning about the dangers of genetically modified food were all firsts in 1999. Inventors gave the world the Blackberry, the massively popular Furby, and the first digital television recorder in these twelve months. In addition, The Last Supper was reintroduced to a new generation after 22 years of restoration.

The charges levelled against Napster, on the other hand, may have been inconvenient for all of the world’s music downloaders. On the global scale, three major events occurred: On June 9th, the Kosovo war came to an end. Vladimir Putin has accepted Yeltsin’s resignation. Australia opted to preserve the monarchy of the United Kingdom as their head of state.

Continue reading to discover more about the events of 1999.


(February 08, 1999)
Dame Iris Murdoch, a British novelist and philosopher who produced more than 25 books marked by a blend of vivid storytelling, cultural allusions, and deep philosophical research, died at the age of 79.


(March 07, 1999)
Stanley Kubrick, the legendary American filmmaker and writer whose films are known for their chilly, formal visual style, precise attention to detail, and distant, often sardonic pessimism, died in England.

(March 08, 1999)
Joe DiMaggio, an American baseball player who was one of the best all-around players in the game's history, passed away.

(March 12, 1999)
Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) just before the organization's 50th anniversary.

(March 20, 1999)
Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones were the first aviators to round the globe nonstop by balloon as they soared past longitude 9°27′ W above Mauretania; they landed the next day in Egypt.


(March 20, 1999)
The first Legoland outside of Europe, Legoland California, debuts in Carlsbad, California.

(March 24, 1999)
A fire broke out in the Mont Blanc Tunnel, a key Alpine automobile tunnel that connects France and Italy; it took two days to put out the fire, and 39 people died.

(April 01, 1999)
Nunavut, a Canadian territory that runs across much of the Canadian Arctic and includes the traditional territories of the Inuit, was established on this day in 1999 by slicing a massive chunk from Canada's Northwest Territories.

(April 20, 1999)
Two dissatisfied and highly armed students stormed Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, and killed 13 classmates before turning the gun on themselves.


(May 01, 1999)
On Mount Everest, the body of British mountaineer George Mallory was discovered 75 years after he and Andrew Irvine vanished while attempting to be the first to summit the top.

(May 08, 1999)
Nancy Mace graduated from The Citadel, a military college in Charleston, South Carolina, as the first woman to do so.

(May 10, 1999)
Shel Silverstein, an American cartoonist, children's book, poet, and dramatist best known for his light verse and whimsical cartoons, died in Florida.

(May 29, 1999)
The space shuttle Discovery was the first to dock with the International Space Station.

(October 12, 1999)
Wilt Chamberlain, an American basketball player who was regarded as one of the game's best offensive players, died at the age of 63. photo source:


(November 25, 1999)
Elian Gonzalez, a five-year-old Cuban child, is rescued by fisherman while floating in an inner tube off the coast of Florida. photo source:

(November 30, 1999)
Exxon and Mobil agree to merge for $73.7 billion, becoming ExxonMobil, one of the world's largest oil and energy companies. photo source:

(December 06, 1999)
The Recording Industry Association of America has filed a lawsuit against Napster, a peer-to-peer file-sharing service, for copyright infringement. photo source:

(December 20, 1999)
On this day in 1999, following more than a decade of negotiations, China and Portugal finally established Macau as a special administrative province under Chinese control, ending centuries of Portuguese authority in the territory. photo source:

(December 31, 1999)
The United States gives Panama sovereignty of the Panama Canal (as well as all nearby area known as the Panama Canal Zone).The Torrijos–Carter Treaties were signed in 1977, and this measure complied with them. photo source:

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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