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1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1999th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 999th year of the 2nd millennium, the 99th year of the 20th century, and the 10th and last year of the 1990s decade.
1999 was designated as the International Year of Older Persons.
- March 1
- March 2 – The brand new Mandalay Bay hotel and casino opens in Las Vegas.
- 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 gondola cable.
- March 12 – Former Warsaw Pact members Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic join NATO.
- March 15 – In Brussels, Belgium, the Santer Commission resigns over allegations of corruption.
- March 21
- March 23 – Gunmen assassinate Paraguay's Vice President Luis María Argaña.
- March 24
- 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.
- 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 28 – The animated sci-fi TV sitcom Futurama debuts on FOX.
- March 29 – For the first time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the 10,000 mark, at 10,006.78.
- March 31 – The Wachowski Brothers sci-fi hit The Matrix was released in theaters.
- April 1 – Nunavut, an Inuit homeland, is created from the eastern portion of the Northwest Territories to become Canada's third territory.
- April 5
- April 7
- April 8 – Bill Gates' personal fortune makes him the wealthiest individual in the world due to the increased value of Microsoft stock.
- April 9 – Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara, president of Niger, is assassinated.
- April 13 – Tercentenary celebrations of the creation of the Sikh Khalsa are held.
- April 14
- Kosovo War: NATO warplanes repeatedly bomb ethnic Albanian refugee convoys for 2 hours over a 12-mile stretch of road, after mistaking them for Serbian military trucks, between Đakovica and Dečani in western Kosovo, killing at least 73 refugees.
- April 17 – A nail bomb, planted by David Copeland, explodes in the middle of a busy market in Brixton, South London.
- April 18 – Wayne Gretzky retires as a player from the National Hockey League.
- 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
- April 30
- June 1
- 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
- June 12
- June 14 – Thabo Mbeki is elected President of South Africa.
- June 16 – Vice President Al Gore of Tennessee announces he will seek the Democratic 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 led to riots.
- June 19 – Turin, Italy, is awarded the 2006 Winter Olympics.
- June 30 – Twenty-three people die when fire consumes the Sealand Youth Training Center in South Korea.
- July 1
- 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 Fort Campbell, Kentucky, by fellow soldiers; he dies the next day from his injuries.
- 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 people.
- July 10 – American 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 crashes piloted by John F. Kennedy Jr., killing him, his wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, and her sister Lauren Bessette.
- July 20
- July 22 – The first version of MSN Messenger is released by Microsoft.
- July 23
- July 23–July 25 – The Woodstock 99 festival is held in New York.
- July 23 – Fourteen Kosovo Serb villagers are killed by ethnic Albanian gunmen in the village of Staro Gračko.
- 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 7 – Hundreds of Chechen guerrillas invade the Russian republic of Dagestan, triggering a short war.
- August 8 – The first Callatis Festival, the largest music and culture festival in Romania, is held.
- August 9 – Russian President Boris Yeltsin dismisses his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin and (for the fourth time) his entire cabinet.
- August 10
- August 11
- August 17 – The 7.6 Mw İzmit earthquake shakes northwestern Turkey with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), leaving 17,118–17,127 dead and 43,953–50,000 injured.
- August 19 – In Belgrade, tens of thousands of Serbians rally to demand the resignation of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milošević.
- August 22
- August 26 – The Second Chechen War starts
- August 30 – East Timor votes for independence from Indonesia in a referendum.
- August 31 – Apple Computer releases the Power Mac G4.
- September 7
- The 6.0 Mw Athens earthquake affected the area with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), killing 143, injuring 800–1,600, and leaving 50,000 homeless.
- Viacom and CBS merge.
- 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 9 – The Sega Dreamcast is released in North America as well as Sonic Adventure.
- September 12 – Under international pressure to allow an international peacekeeping force, Indonesian president BJ Habibie announces that he will do so.
- September 14 – Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga join the United Nations.
- September 21 – The 921 earthquake, also known as the Jiji earthquake (magnitude 7.6 on the Richter scale), kills about 2,400 people in Taiwan.
- October – NASA loses one of its probes, the Mars Climate Orbiter.
- October – Cold War: The last Russian military soldiers withdraw from the Baltic states ending Soviet/Russian military presence that lasted since 1940.
- October 1 – Shanghai Pudong International Airport opens in China, taking over all international flights from Hongqiao.
- October 5 – Thirty-one people die in the Ladbroke Grove rail crash, west of London, England.
- 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.
- Date selected by the UN as when the world population reaches 6 billion people.
- 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 22 – Grand Theft Auto 2 is released on PlayStation.
- October 27 – Gunmen open fire in the Armenian Parliament, killing Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan, Parliament Chairman Karen Demirchyan, and 6 other members.
- October 29 – a super cyclonic storm impacts Orissa, India, killing approximately 10,000 people.
- October 31
- 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 Uruapan International Airport, killing 18 people on board. This event causes the bankruptcy of the Mexican airline a few months later.
- November 12 – The 7.2 Mw Düzce earthquake shakes northwestern Turkey with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). At least 845 people were killed and almost 5,000 were injured.
- November 18 – The Aggie Bonfire collapses in College Station, Texas, killing 12.
- November 19 – Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh of Trinidad and Tobago proposes that the United Nations create an International Men's Day, which is now commemorated every year on this same date.
- November 20 – The People's Republic of China launches the first Shenzhou spacecraft.
- November 21 – The film The Wizard of Oz begins its run on cable TV, which continues to this day. On cable it is telecast several times a year, like most other films, rather than being shown only once annually.
- November 23 – The National Assembly of Kuwait revokes a 1985 law that granted women's suffrage.
- November 26 – The 7.5 Mw Ambrym earthquake shakes Vanuatu and a destructive tsunami follows. Ten people were killed and forty were injured.
- 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 merger is completed, forming the largest corporation in the world.
- WTO Protests – Protesters block delegates' entrance to WTO meetings in Seattle, United States.
- December 3
- December 5 – Bolivian municipal elections, the first election contested by Evo Morales' Movement for Socialism.
- December 18 – NASA launched the Terra platform into orbit, 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 442 years of Portuguese settlement.
- December 22 – Korean Air Cargo Flight 8509, a Boeing 747-200F crashed shortly after take-off from London Stansted Airport due to pilot error. All 4 crew members were killed.
- December 24 – Indian Airlines Flight 814 was hijacked in Indian airspace between Kathmandu, Nepal and Delhi, India; landed at Amritsar, India; Lahore, Pakistan; Dubai; and Kandahar, Afghanistan. The ordeal lasted for 7 days.
- December 26 – Storm Lothar killed 137 people as it crossed France, southern Germany, and Switzerland.
- December 27 – Storm Martin caused damage throughout France, Spain, Switzerland and Italy, including an emergency due to flooding at the Blayais Nuclear Power Plant.
- December 30 – Former Beatle George Harrison was attacked at his home in Friar Park by 36-year-old Michael Abram.
- December 31
- April 1 – Jairus Aquino, Filipino actor
- April 5
- April 6 – Kwesi Boakye, American actor
- April 7 – Conner Rayburn, American actor
- April 8
- April 9 – Isaac Hempstead Wright, British actor
- April 15 – Denis Shapovalov, Canadian tennis player
- April 16 – Wendell Carter, American basketball player
- April 18 – Michael Andrew, American swimmer
- April 19 – David Salazar, Chilean footballer
- April 24 – Jonathan Leko, English footballer
- April 27 – Joel Asoro, Swedish footballer
- April 30 – Jorden van Foreest, Dutch chess grandmaster
- May 2 – Andre Dozzell, English footballer
- May 5
- May 8
- May 9 – Nozomi Ōhashi, Japanese actress
- May 11
- May 13 – Francis Magundayao, Filipino actor
- May 18 – Teo Halm, American actor
- May 22 – Camren Bicondova, American actress and dancer
- May 25 – Brec Bassinger, American actress
- May 26 – Kerry Ingram, British actress
- May 27 – Lily-Rose Depp, French-American actress and model
- May 28 – Cameron Boyce, American actor
- May 30 – Sean Giambrone, American actor
- August 2 – Emma Bale, Belgian singer
- August 3 – Brahim Díaz, Spanish footballer
- August 4 – Kelly Gould, American actress
- August 7 – Sydney McLaughlin, American hurdler and sprinter
- August 9
- August 12 – Matthijs de Ligt, Dutch footballer
- August 16 – Karen Chen, American figure skater
- August 19 – Ethan Cutkosky, American actor
- August 21 – Maxim Knight, American actor
- August 22
- August 26 – Leonie Kullmann, German swimmer
- August 27 – Mitchell van Bergen, Dutch footballer
- August 28 – Prince Nikolai of Denmark
- August 31 – Miomir Kecmanović, Serbian tennis player.
- February 1
- February 5 – Wassily Leontief, Russian economist (b. 1906)
- February 6
- February 7
- February 8 – Iris Murdoch, Irish author (b. 1919)
- February 9 – Bryan Mosley, English actor (b. 1931)
- February 12 – Heinz Schubert, German actor and photographer (b. 1925)
- February 14 – John Ehrlichman, American Watergate scandal figure (b. 1925)
- February 15
- February 17 – Sunshine Parker, American actor (b. 1927)
- February 18
- February 20
- February 21 – Gertrude B. Elion, American scientist (b. 1918)
- February 22 – William Bronk, American poet (b. 1918)
- February 24
- February 25 – Glenn T. Seaborg, American chemist (b. 1912)
- February 26 – José Quintero, Panamanian director (b. 1924)
- February 28 – Bill Talbert, American tennis player (b. 1918)
- 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 (b. 1904)
- March 4
- March 5
- March 6 – Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain (b. 1933)
- March 8 – Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentine writer (b. 1914)
- March 7
- March 8 – Joe DiMaggio, American baseball player (b. 1914)
- March 12 – Yehudi Menuhin, American violinist (b. 1916)
- March 13 – Garson Kanin, American playwright and screenwriter (b. 1912)
- March 17 – Ernest Gold, Austrian-born composer (b. 1921)
- March 19 – Tofilau Eti Alesana, 2-time Prime Minister of Samoa (b. 1924)
- March 21 – Ernie Wise, English comedian (b. 1925)
- March 22 – David Strickland, American actor (b. 1969)
- March 26 – David Holliday, American actor (b. 1937)
- March 29 – Joe Williams, American singer (b. 1918)
- March 31 – Yuri Knorozov, Russian linguist and epigrapher (b. 1922)
- July 1
- July 2 – Mario Puzo, American author (b. 1920)
- July 3 – Mark Sandman, American rock musician and artist (b. 1952)
- July 4 – Jack Watson, English actor (b. 1915)
- July 6
- July 7 – Julie Campbell Tatham, American writer (b. 1908)
- July 8
- July 11 – Helen Forrest, American jazz singer (b. 1917)
- July 16
- July 19 – Jerold Wells, English actor (b. 1908)
- July 20 – Sandra Gould, American actress (b. 1916)
- July 22 – Gar Samuelson, American drummer (b. 1958)
- July 23
- July 25 – Raul Manglapus, Filipino politician (b. 1919)
- July 27 – Phaedon Gizikis, President of Greece (b. 1917)
- July 28 – Trygve Haavelmo, Norwegian economist (b. 1911)
- July 29
- September 5 – Allen Funt, American television personality (b. 1914)
- September 6 – Lagumot Harris, 3rd President of Nauru (b. 1938)
- September 7 – Jim Keith, American author (b. 1949)
- September 9
- September 10 – Alfredo Kraus, Spanish tenor (b. 1927)
- September 11 – Gonzalo Rodríguez, Uruguayan racing driver (b. 1972)
- September 12 – Allen Stack, American swimmer (b. 1928)
- September 14 – Charles Crichton, English film director (b. 1910)
- September 17 – Frankie Vaughan, British singer (b. 1928)
- September 20 – Raisa Gorbachova, Soviet first lady (b. 1932)
- September 22 – George C. Scott, American actor (b. 1927)
- September 23 – Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter (b. 1910)
- September 24 – Ester Boserup, Danish economist (b. 1910)
- September 25 – Marion Zimmer Bradley, American writer (b. 1930)
- October 1 – Lena Zavaroni, Scottish entertainer (b. 1963)
- October 3 – Akio Morita, Japanese businessman (b. 1921)
- October 4
- October 6
- October 7 – Helen Vinson, American actress (b. 1907)
- October 8 – John McLendon, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
- October 9
- October 11 – Rafi Daham al-Tikriti, Iraqi intelligence director (b. 1937)
- October 12 – Wilt Chamberlain, American basketball player (b. 1936)
- October 14 – Julius Nyerere, 1st President of Tanzania (b. 1922)
- October 18 – Paddi Edwards, English-born American actress (b. 1931)
- October 19
- October 20 – Jack Lynch, Taoiseach of Ireland (b. 1917)
- October 21
- October 23 – András Hegedüs, 45th Prime Minister of Hungary (b. 1922)
- October 24 – John Chafee, American politician (b. 1922)
- October 25 – Payne Stewart, American golfer (b. 1957)
- October 26
- October 27
- October 31 – Greg Moore, Canadian race car driver (b. 1975)
- November 1
- November 2 – Demetrio B. Lakas, 27th President of Panama (b. 1925)
- November 3 – Ian Bannen, British actor (b. 1928)
- November 9 – Leon Štukelj, Slovene gymnast (b. 1898)
- November 9 – Mabel King, Slovene gymnast (b. 1932)
- November 11
- November 12 – Mohammad Mohammadullah, 3rd President of Bangladesh (b. 1921)
- November 15 – Gene Levitt, American television writer, producer, and director (b. 1920)
- November 16 – Daniel Nathans, American microbiologist (b. 1928)
- November 18
- November 20 – Amintore Fanfani, Italian politician, 32nd Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1908)
- November 21
- November 24 – Hilary Minster, English actor (b. 1944)
- November 27 – Jim Wiggins, English actor (b. 1922)
- November 29
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