1999 in History – What happened in year 1999

In history, year 1999 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1999.

Know what happened in 1999:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
07 AugustThe Chechnya-based Islamist militia group Islamic InternationalBrigade invaded the neighbouring Russian republic of Dagestan in supportof the Shura of Dagestan separatist movement.
14 DecemberTorrential rains caused flash floods (damage pictured) inVargas, Venezuela, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths, thedestruction of thousands of homes, and the complete collapse of thestate's infrastructure.
20 DecemberPortugal transferred sovereignty of Macau, which it hadadministered since the mid-16th century, to China.
21 September A 7.6 Mw earthquake struck Jiji, Nantou County, Taiwan, killing2,416 people, injuring over 11,000 others and causing aboutNT$300 billion in damage.
29 March The strongest earthquake to hit the foothills of the Himalayas in more than ninety years killed 103 people.
31 DecemberBoris Yeltsin, the first President of Russia, resigned andnamed Vladimir Putin as acting President.
03 DecemberNASA lost contact with the Mars Polar Lander (artist'simpression pictured) moments before it reached the atmosphere of Marsand disappeared.
14 DecemberTorrential rains caused flash floods in Vargas, Venezuela,resulting in tens of thousands of deaths, the destruction of thousandsof homes, and the complete collapse of the state's infrastructure.
30 NovemberProtests by anti-globalization activists against the WorldTrade Organization Ministerial Conference in Seattle forced thecancellation of its opening ceremonies.
07 SeptemberThree weeks after an earthquake struck northwestern Turkey, amajor earthquake struck Athens, causing Greece and Turkey to initiate'earthquake diplomacy'.
17 AugustA 7.5 Mw earthquake struck northwestern Turkey (damagepictured), killing over 17,000 people and leaving approximately half amillion people homeless.
12 JuneIn the aftermath of the bombing of Yugoslavia and the KosovoWar, the NATO-led Kosovo Force (German Army armoured vehicle pictured)entered Kosovo with a mandate of establishing a secure environment inthe territory.
02 MayMireya Moscoso became the first woman to be elected Presidentof Panama.
14 AprilA storm dropped an estimated 500,000 tonnes of hailstones inSydney and along the east coast of New South Wales, causing about A$2.3billion in damages, the costliest natural disaster in Australianinsurance history.
05 March Paul Okalik was elected as the first Premier of the Canadianterritory of Nunavut.
28 March Serbian police and special forces killed at least 89 KosovoAlbanians in the village of Izbica, in the Drenica region of centralKosovo.
07 FebruaryAbdullah II became the reigning King of the Hashemite Kingdomof Jordan following the death of his father King Hussein.
08 DecemberThe Recording Industry Association of America filed a lawsuitagainst the peer-to-peer file sharing network Napster, alleging theservice facilitated widespread copyright infringement.
09 AprilPresident of Niger Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara was shot to deathby soldiers in Niamey.
11 NovemberThe House of Lords Act was given royal assent, removing mosthereditary peers from the British House of Lords.
12 OctoberPakistani General Pervez Musharraf led a military coup againstthe government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
20 JulyThe Chinese government began a persecution campaign againstFalun Gong, arresting thousands nationwide.
20 AprilStudents Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold embarked on a massacre,killing 13 people and wounding over 20 others before committing suicideat Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado.
21 SeptemberA 7.6 Mw earthquake struck Jiji, Nantou County, Taiwan, killing2,416 people, injuring over 11,000 others and causing aboutNT$300 billion in damage.
22 OctoberVichy France official Maurice Papon was jailed for crimes against humanity committed during World War II.
24 MayFormer President of Serbia Slobodan Miloševic was indictedfor war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo.
27 NovemberThe Labour Party defeated the governing National Party in the New Zealand general election, making Labour's Helen Clark the first woman to win the office of Prime Minister at an election.
31 OctoberAll 217 people on board EgyptAir Flight 990 were killed whenthe aircraft suddenly plummeted into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast ofNantucket, Massachusetts, United States.
31 DecemberPanama took control of the Panama Canal Zone from the UnitedStates, in accordance with the 1977 Torrijos–Carter Treaties.
07 SeptemberThree weeks after an earthquake struck northwestern Turkey, amajor earthquake struck Athens, causing Greece and Turkey to initiate'earthquake diplomacy'.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1999:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
04 MayNathan Chen / Skater / United States of America
04 JuneKim So-hyun / Actress / South Korea
05 AprilSharlene San Pedro / Actress / Philippines
06 SeptemberPatrick Brasca / Singer / Canada
06 January Elena Radionova / Figure Skater / Russia
07 February Bea Miller / Actress / United States of America
09 AugustDeniss Vasiļjevs / Figure Skater / Latvia
10 NovemberKiernan Shipka / Actress / United States of America
11 MaySabrina Carpenter / Actress / United States of America
14 JuneChou Tzu-yu / Singer / Taiwan
15 AprilDenis Shapovalov / Tennis Player / Canada
16 AugustKaren Chen / Figure Skater / United States of America
18 MayLaura Omloop / Singer / Belgium
19 NovemberEvgenia Medvedeva / Figure Skater / Russia
20 JuneYui Mizuno / Singer / Japan
22 MayCamren Bicondova / Actress / United States of America
25 February Gianluigi Donnarumma / Footballer / Italy
27 OctoberHaruka Kudo / Actress / Japan
28 JuneMarkéta Vondroušová / Tennis Player / Czech Republic
31 OctoberLéa Serna / Figure Skater / France

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1999:

YearName / Profession / Country
21 JanuaryRubina Ali / Actress / India
29 OctoberAditi Bhatia / Actress / India

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