Historical Events For Year 1999

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January 1, 1999

The establishment of the euro occurs. Read More

January 21, 1999

A ship is intercepted by the U.S. Coast Guard carrying over 9,500 pounds of cocaine, becoming one of the largest drug busts in the history of the United States.
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February 11, 1999

Pluto moves further away from the Sun, becoming father than Neptune for the first time in 20 years.
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February 12, 1999

The vindication of President Bill Clinton in regards to his impeachment proceedings takes place in the United States Senate.
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February 27, 1999

Colin Prescot and Andy Elson attempt to circumnavigate the world in a hot air balloon, setting a new endurance record for being airborne for over 233 hours.
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March 12, 1999

NATO is joined by Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic, all of which were former members of the Warsaw Pact.
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March 21, 1999

Best Picture of the 71st Academy Awards is won by the film Shakespeare in Love. Read More

March 24, 1999

Airstrikes are ordered against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia by NATO, becoming the first attack executed by NATO on a sovereign country.
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April 8, 1999

The personal fortune of Bill Gates exceeds $100 Billion as a result of the increase in the value of Microsoft stock.
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April 20, 1999

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 15 people including themselves upon opening fire on their teachers and classmates during the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado.
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April 30, 1999

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is is joined by Cambodia. Read More

May 5, 1999

Windows 98 from 1998 is released by Microsoft. Read More

May 8, 1999

The Military College of South Carolina's first female cadet to graduate is Nancy Mace. Read More

May 19, 1999

The highest grossing Star Wars film, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, makes it's theatrical premiere.
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May 28, 1999

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci is put back on display after 22 years of being restored in Milan, Italy.
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June 9, 1999

A peace treaty is signed between the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and NATO in regards to the Kosovo War.
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July 22, 1999

Microsoft releases the first version of the MSN Messenger. Read More

July 31, 1999

The end of the mission to discover frozen water on the surface of the Moon takes place upon the intentional crashing of the Lunar Prospector spacecraft by NASA.
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August 8, 1999

Romania holds it's first Callatis Festival which becomes the largest musical and cultural festival in the country.
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August 31, 1999

The Power Macintosh G4 is released by the Apple Computer Company. Read More

October 13, 1999

The passing of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty is rejected by the United States Senate.
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October 31, 1999

The doctrinal dispute between the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church is ended upon the signing of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification by the leaders of both churches.
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November 30, 1999

The largest corporation in the world is formed upon the completion of the ExxonMobil merger.
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December 3, 1999

Contact between NASA and the Mars Polar Lander is lost right before it enters into the Martian atmosphere.
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December 31, 1999

The Panamanian Government gains complete control from the United States of the Panama Canal as designated by the Torrijos–Carter Treaties established in 1977.
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