Information for the Year 1999
Click Here to Return to the Home Page
- Russian president Boris Yeltsin survives impeachment hearings (May), reshuffles his cabinet twice (May, Aug.), and takes military action against Islamic separatists in Dagestan and Chechnya.
- Nelson Mandela, first black president of South Africa, steps down (June 16), and Thabo Mbeki takes over.
- War erupts in Kosovo after Yugoslavia's president Slobodan Milosevic clamps down on the province, massacring and deporting ethnic Albanians. NATO begins Operation Allied Force on March 24, 1999, launching air strikes against Belgrade for 78 consecutive days until Milosevic relents.
- Magnitude 7.4 earthquake kills more than 15,600 and leaves 600,000 homeless in Turkey (Aug. 17).
- Pakistani government is overthrown in the midst of economic strife and intensified fighting with India over Kashmir (Oct. 12).
- The world awaits the consequences of the Y2K computer bug, with more drastic millennial theorists warning of Armageddon.
- Population: 5.996 billion
- Nobel Peace Prize: Doctors without Borders (France)
- US Senate opens impeachment trial of President Clinton (Jan. 7); Senate acquits Clinton and rejects censure move (Feb. 12).
- Students Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, storm Columbine High School in Littleton , CO, killing twelve other students and a teacher, then themselves (April 20).
- John F. Kennedy Jr., wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and her sister Lauren G. Bessette are lost at sea when a plane he was piloting disappears near Martha's Vineyard, off Mass. coast (July 16).
- President: William J. Clinton
- Vice President: Albert Gore, Jr
- Population: 273,493,000
- Life expectancy: 76.7 years
- US GDP (2002 dollars): $8858.96 billion
- Federal spending: $1716.95 billion
- Federal debt: $5978.5 billion
- Median Household Income(2001 dollars):$48,950
- Consumer Price Index: 166.6
- Unemployment: 4.2%
- Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.33 (as of 1/10/99)
- Super Bowl Denver defeated Atlanta (SCORE 34-19)
- World Series of Baseball NY Yankees defeated Atlanta Braves
- National Basketball Association Championship San Antonio defeated New York
- National Hockey League Stanley Cup Dallas Stars defeated Buffalo Sabres
- Women Wimbledon Tennis Lindsay Davenport defeated Steffi Graf (6-4, 7-5)
- Men Wimbledon Tennis Pete Sampras defeated Andre Agassi (6-3 6-4 7-5)
- Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion Charismatic
- National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship Connecticut defeated Duke (SCORE 77-74)
- National College Athletic Association Football Champions Florida State(RECORD 12-0-0)
- The merger of two major recording labels, Universal and Polygram, causes upheaval in the recording industry. It is estimated that the new company, Universal Music Group, controls 25% of the worldwide music market.
- ER's Dr. Doug Ross bids a bitter farewell to Chicago's General Memorial Hospital. George Clooney played the maverick pediatrician since the show debuted in 1994.
- Chicago Tribune film critic Gene Siskel dies at age 53.
- Star Wars Episode I--The Phantom Menace opens and breaks a string of box office records. The film grosses $102.7 million in its debut five-day weekend.
- Academy Award, Best Picture: Shakespeare in Love
- Grammy Award - Record of the Year My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
- Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy Ally McBeal - FOX
- Miss America: Nicole Johnson (Virginia)
- The number of Internet users worldwide reaches 150 million by the beginning of 1999. Over 50% are from the United States.
- The Melissa and Chernobyl viruses afflict computers worldwide, forcing several large corporations to shut down their e-mail servers.
- Brian Jones (UK) and Bertrand Piccard (Switzerland), make the first nonstop, non-refueled around-the-world balloon flight in the Breitling Orbiter 3 (Mar. 1).
- Doctors in Louisville, Ky. perform the first human hand transplant in the US, replacing the severed left hand of a New Jersey man with one from a recently dead donor. (Jan. 24).
- The Liberty Bell 7 space capsule, piloted by Gus Grissom on America's second manned space flight, is discovered off the Florida coast after being submerged for 38 years (May 2).
All of the Information on this site is from Fact Monster