Welcome to the year 1999!
Below you will find the list I compiled of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 1999. I hope this helps you with the baby book, time capsule, or commemorative project you’re working on. The blog post is fairly long, so if you don’t feel like writing down all the information check out the printable options.
Affiliate links have been incorporated into this post to provide you with further information about trends and popular items during this period of time.
Printables for 1999:
Research Contributor Cheri Read
1999 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):
Gallon of Milk~ $2.84 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
Dozen Eggs(Large, Grade A)~ $.96 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
Loaf of bread~ $.89 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
U.S. Postage Stamp~ $.33
New Car Price~ $23,600 (nada.org)
Regular Unleaded Gallon of Gas~ $1.17 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
Movie Ticket~ $5.08 (Boxofficemojo.com)
Median household income~ $42,000 (Census.gov)
Minimum Wage (Federal)~ $5.15 (Dol.gov)
Median sales price of new house~ $159,300 (Census.gov)
1999 Top Celebrities:
(People.com, TMZ.com, vh1.com & forbes.com)
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Freddie Prinze, Jr.
James Van Der Beek
1999 Top Sporting Events:
Super Bowl: Denver Broncos win against Atlanta Falcons
Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon
The Kentucky Derby: Charismatic
The Masters: José María Olazábal
NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs win against New York Knicks after a lockout lasting until February 5
Wimbledon: Gentlemen’s Singles: Pete Sampras, Ladies’ Singles: Jana Novotná
World Cup: United States (Women’s)
World Series: New York Yankees win 4-0 against the Atlanta Braves
1999 Top Songs:
No Scrubs~ TLC
Angel of Mine~ Monica
Heartbreak Hotel~ Whitney Houston ft Faith Evans & Kelly Price
…Baby One More Time~ Britney Spears
Kiss Me~ Sixpence None the Richer
Genie in a Bottle~ Christina Aguilera
Every Morning~ Sugar Ray
Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here~ Deborah Cox
Livin’ La Vida Loca~ Ricky Martin
Where My Girls At~ 702
If You Had My Love~ Jennifer Lopez
Slide~ Goo Goo Dolls
Have You Ever~ Brandy
I Want It That Way~ Backstreet Boys
I’m Your Angel~ R. Kelly & Celine Dion
All Star~ Smash Mouth
Angel~ Sarah McLachlan
Smooth~ Santana ft. Rob Thomas
Bills, Bills, Bills~ Destiny’s Child
Save Tonight~ Eagle Eye Cherry
Last Kiss~ Pearl Jam
All I Have to Give~ Backstreet Boys
Bailamos~ Enrique Iglesias
What’s It Gonna Be~ Busta Rhymes ft. Janet
What It’s Like~ Everlast
Fly Away~ Lenny Kravitz
Someday~ Sugar Ray
1999 Top Television Shows:
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Touched by an Angel
Law and Order
Everybody Loves Raymond
Dharma and Greg
The Drew Carey Show
Just Shoot Me
Will & Grace
The West Wing
1999 Top Movies:
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
The Sixth Sense
Toy Story 2
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
The Blair Witch Project
The Green Mile
The World is Not Enough
Wild Wild West
The General’s Daughter
1999 Top Books:
A Man in Full~ Tom Wolfe
Southern Cross~ Patricia Cornwell
The Testament~ John Grisham
Bittersweet~ Danielle Steel
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon~ Stephen King
The Greatest Generation~ Tom Brokaw
We’ll Meet Again~ Mary Higgins Clark
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace~ Terry Brooks
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets~ J.K. Rowling
Hannibal~ Thomas Harris
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone~ J.K. Rowling
Black Notice~ Patricia Cornwell
The Alibi~ Sandra Brown
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban~ J.K. Rowling
Hearts in Atlantis~ Stephen King
Tuesdays With Morrie~ Mitch Albom
1999 Top Fashion and Trends:
1970’s revival~ pleather pants & halter tops
Crop tops and navel rings
High-waisted mini-skirts & knee socks
Cowboy hats and dresses
Running shoes with air pumps for men & women
Beaded wrist bands and jelly bracelets
Long layers and subtle highlights
Rhinestone hip belts
Plum, chocolate & navy replaced black
Preppy looks for young men~ Abercrombie & Fitch and Old Navy
Straight hair with chunky highlights
Polo shirts with popped collars
Pale shiny lip gloss & dark eyeliner
Spikey bleached hair & crew cuts for men
1999 World Population:
6,037,433,571 and counting…
1999 World Leaders:
William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton, President of the United States.
Jean Chretien, Prime Minister of Canada
Roman Herzog – Johannes Rau, President of Germany
K.R. Narayanan, President of India
Ezer Weizman, President of Israel
Akihito, Emperor of Japan
Jiang Zemin, President of China.
Boris Yeltsin, President of Russia.
Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Pope John Paul II of Vatican City.
Jacques Chirac, President of France.
Madeleine Albright, United States Secretary of State.
Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
1999 Major Events:
January 1 – the Euro is established.
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 of cocaine aboard headed for Houston.
February 12 – U.S. President Bill Clinton is acquitted in impeachment proceedings in the United States Senate.
March 24 – NATO launches air strikes against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, making it the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country.
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 – A Michigan jury finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.
April 18 – Bill Gates’ personal fortune makes him the wealthiest individual in the world due to the increased value of Microsoft stock.
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.
June 6 – In Brazil, 345 prisoners escape from Putim Prison through the front gate.
June 8 – The government of Columbia 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 19 – Turin, Italy, is awarded the 2006 Winter Olympics.
July 2 – Benjamin Nathanial Smith begins a 3-day killing spree targeting racial and ethnic minorities in Illinois and Indiana.
July 7 – In Rome, Hicham El Guerrouj runs the fastest mile ever recorded, at 3:43.13.
August 7 – Hundreds of Chechen guerrillas invade the Russian republic of Dagestan, triggering a short war.
August 9 – Russian president, Boris Yeltsin, fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time, fires his entire cabinet.
August 26 – The second Chechen War starts.
September 7 – A magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits Athens, killing 143 and injuring more than 2,000.
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 29 – A super cyclonic storm impacts Orissa, India, killing approximately 10,000 people.
October 31 – EgyptAir Flight 990, travelling from New York City to Cairo, crashes off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on board.
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 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 20 – The People’s Republic of China launches the first Shenzhou spacecraft.
November 23 – The National Assembly of Kuwait revokes a 1985 law that granted women’s suffrage.
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 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 31 – The U.S. turned over complete administration of the Panama Canal to the Panamanian Government, as stipulated in the Torrijos-Carter Treaties of 1977.
1999 Pop Culture:
(Wikipedia & TMZ.com & onthisday.com & biography.com)
February 3 – Actress Angelina Jolie divorces actor Johnny Lee Miller after 3 years of marriage.
February 23 – Hip Hop artist Eminem releases his first major record album The Slim Shady LP.
March 8 – New York Yankees’ legend Joe DiMaggio dies at 84 from complications from lung cancer.
March 21 – The 71st Academy Awards are held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. Shakespeare in Love wins Best Picture.
May 1 – SpongeBob SquarePants debuts on Nickelodeon.
May 8 – Diff’rent Strokes actress Dana Plato dies of a drug overdose at 34.
May 19 – Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is released in theaters. It becomes the highest grossing Star Wars film.
June 1 – Napster, a revolutionary music downloading service debuts.
June 5 – Actress Reese Witherspoon weds actor Ryan Phillippe at the Old Wide Awake Plantation along the Sono River in Charleston, South Carolina.
June 12 – Friends actress Courtney Cox marries actor David Arquette.
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 23-25 – The Woodstock 99 festival is held in New York.
July 25 – Lance Armstrong wins his first Tour de France.
September 9 – Lauryn Hill & Will Smith win the 16th Annual MTV Music Awards.
October 12 – “Wilt the Stilt” Chamberlain, the first NBA player to score more than 30,000 points over his career and the first and only player to score 100 points in a single game, dies of heart failure at 63.
December 28 – Sean “Puffy” Combs and then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez are witness to a shooting scandal at a New York City night club, for which his friend, rapper Shyne Jamal Barrow later serves a prison sentence.
1999 Technology and Science:
Nokia 3210, 7110, 8210
Motorola Timeport L7089
Tablets & Readers:
Online Social Communities:
Yahoo Chat Rooms
Apple Media Tool
January 31 – A total penumbral lunar eclipse.
February 7 – Stardust is launched on a mission to collect samples of a comet coma, and return them to Earth.
February 16 – Annular solar eclipse, visible from Australia.
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 in their balloon for 233 hours and 55 minutes.
March 3–20 – Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones successfully complete a non-stop circumnavigation of the world in a hot air balloon.
March 26 – The Melissa worm attacks the Internet.
July 3 – Gamer Billy Mitchell scores a perfect 3,333,360 points on the Pac-Man arcade game.
July 20 – Mercury program: Liberty Bell 7 is raised from the Atlantic Ocean.
July 28 – Partial lunar eclipse, visible from Australia, eastern Asia, and western North America.
July 31 – NASA intentionally crashes the Lunar Prospector spacecraft into the Moon, thus ending its mission to detect frozen water on the moon’s surface.
August 11 – Total solar eclipse, visible from Europe, across the Middle East, and ending in India.
December 16 – The Beethoven Burst (GRB 991216) is one of the most powerful detected Gamma-ray bursts.
Anything you want to add for the year 1999? Leave your input in comments below…