• July 16, 1999 - Off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, a plane piloted by John F. Kennedy Jr. crashes, with his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and her sister Lauren Bessette on board. All three are killed in the crash.

  • July 23 - Mohammed VI becomes King of Morocco.

  • August 17 - An earthquake measuring 7.4 hits Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000.

  • August 19 - In Belgrade, tens of thousands of Serbians rally to demand the resignation of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.

  • October 12 - A military coup led by Pakistani Army Chief General Pervaiz Musharraf takes control of Pakistan and ousts the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

  • October 13 - The United States Senate rejects ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

  • November 18 - In College Station, Texas, 12 are killed and 28 injured at Texas A&M University when a huge bonfire under construction collapses.

  • November 20 - The People's Republic of China launches the first Shenzhou spacecraft.

  • November 30 - In Seattle, Washington, the first major mobilization of the anti-globalization movement catches police unprepared and forces the cancellation of the opening ceremonies of a World Trade Organization meeting. The protests end on December 3.

  • November 30 - Business.com is sold for $7.5 million. It was purchased in 1997 for $150,000.

  • December 14 - Algerian Ahmed Ressam was arrested while crossing the United States-Canada border at Port Angeles, Washington, when United States Customs found explosives in the trunk of his automobile. The arrest caused fears of a terrorist attack in the United States and was a major factor in the cancellation of a public New Year's celebration in Seattle. Ressam was later convicted in a plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on New Year's Eve.

  • December 24 - Indian Airlines Flight 814, which was enroute from Kathmandu, Nepal to Delhi, India, was hijacked and taken to Kandahar, Afghanistan. Five hijackers, who had been holding 155 hostages on an Indian Airlines plane, leave the plane on December 31 with two Islamic clerics that they had demanded be freed.

  • 1999 - AIDS infections skyrocket in Southeast Asia. The World Health Organization estimates that AIDS has caused the life expectancy in Southern Africa to drop from 59 years in the early 1990s to 45 years after 2005.

  • December 31 - Boris Yeltsin resigns as President of Russia, to be replaced by Vladimir Putin.

  • 1999 - Web size estimates by NEC-RI and Inktomi surpass 1 billion indexable pages.

  • December 31, 1999 - Start of millennium celebrations and countdown.

  • January 1, 2000 - The U.S. timekeeper USNO and a few other time services around the world report the new year as 19100.

  • January 10, 2000 - America Online announces an agreement to buy Time Warner for $162 billion. This is the largest corporate merger ever.

  • January 14: The Dow Jones Industrial Index (DJIA) hits an all-time closing high of 11,722.98.

  • Early February - A massive denial of service attack is launched against major web sites, including Yahoo, Amazon, and eBay.

  • March 10 - The NASDAQ Composite Index reaches an all-time high of 5048.62.

  • March 2001 - California's Governor and Mexico's President inaugurate Mexico's connection to Internet2, which became fully operational in November 2000 as the California research network (CalREN-2) was connected with Mexico's Corporación Universitaria para el Desarrollo de internet (CUDI) network.

  • April 3 - In the Microsoft antitrust case, Microsoft is ruled to have violated United States antitrust laws by keeping "an oppressive thumb" on its competitors.

  • April 22 - In a predawn raid, federal agents seize six-year-old Elián González from his relatives' home in Miami, Florida and fly him to his Cuban father in Washington, D.C., ending one of the most publicized custody battles in U.S. history.

  • April 25 - The State of Vermont passes HB847, legalizing Civil Unions for same-sex couples.

  • May 25 - Israel withdraws IDF troops from southern Lebanon after 22 years.

Prizes 1999-2000

  • Booker Prize: J. M. Coetzee, Disgrace
  • Nobel Prize for Literature: Günter Grass
  • Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Mark Strand, Blizzard of One

More Technology News 1999-2000

  • Free computers are all the rage (as long as you sign a long term contract for internet service).
  • Country domains registered: Bangladesh (BD), Palestine (PS)
  • Emerging Technologies: Net-Cell Phones, Thin Computing, Embedded Computing

Source for world timeline: www.wikipedia.org. Source for internet timeline: Hobbes' Internet Timeline 7.0

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