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