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|Ab urbe condita||2752|
|British Regnal year||47 Eliz. 2 – 48 Eliz. 2|
— to —己卯年十一月廿四日
|- Vikram Samvat||2055–2056|
|- Shaka Samvat||1921–1922|
|- Kali Yuga||5100–5101|
|- Ǹrí Ìgbò||999–1000|
|Japanese calendar||Heisei 11
|Julian calendar||Gregorian minus 13 days|
|Minguo calendar||ROC 88
|Thai solar calendar||2542|
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1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year that started on a Friday (link will display full calendar). In the Gregorian calendar, it was the 1999th year of Anno Domini; the 999th year of the 2nd millennium; and the 99th year of the 20th century. It was also the 10th and last year of the 1990s. The year 1999 was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations.
- January 1 – The euro is established.
- January 4 – Gunmen open fire on Shia Muslims worshiping in a mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing 16 and injuring 25.
- January 10
- January 20 – The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use aimed especially at Internet cafes.
- 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 (4.75 tons) of cocaine aboard headed for Houston, Texas.
- January 25 – A 6.1 Richter scale earthquake hits western Colombia, killing at least 1,000.
- February 4 – Unarmed Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo is shot dead by New York City police officers on an unrelated stake-out, inflaming race relations in the city.
- February 7 – King Hussein of Jordan dies from cancer, and his son Abdullah II inherits the throne.
- February 10 – Avalanches in the French Alps near Geneva kill at least 10.
- February 11 – Pluto moves along its eccentric orbit further from the Sun than Neptune. It had been nearer than Neptune since 1979, and will become again in 2231.
- February 12 – U.S. President Bill Clinton is acquitted in impeachment proceedings in the United States Senate.
- February 16
- February 21 – Sanna Sillanpää shoots 4 men, killing 3 at a shooting range in Finland.
- February 22 – Moderate Iraqi Shiite cleric Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr is assassinated.
- February 23
- February 23 – An avalanche destroys the village of Galtür, Austria, killing 31.
- February 24 – LaGrand Case: The State of Arizona executes Karl LaGrand, a German national involved in an armed robbery that led to a death. Karl's brother Walter is executed a week later, in spite of Germany's legal action in the International Court of Justice to attempt to save him.
- 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 aloft for 233 hours and 55 minutes.
- March 1
- March 2 – The brand new Mandalay Bay hotel and casino opens in Las Vegas.
- March 3 – Walter LaGrand is executed in the gas chamber in Arizona.
- March 4 – In a military court, United States Marine Corps Captain Richard J. Ashby is acquitted of the charge of reckless flying which resulted in the deaths of 20 skiers in the Italian Alps, when his low-flying jet hit a gondola cable.
- March 12 – Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic join NATO.
- March 15 – In Brussels, Belgium, the Santer Commission resigns over allegations of corruption.
- March 21
- March 23
- March 24
- 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
- March 27 – Kosovo War: A U.S. F-117 Nighthawk is shot down by Serbian forces.
- March 29 – For the first time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the 10,000 mark, at 10,006.78.
- April 1 – Nunavut, an Inuit homeland, is created from the eastern portion of the Northwest Territories to become Canada's third territory.
- April 5
- Two Libyans suspected of bringing down Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 are handed over to Scottish authorities for eventual trial in the Netherlands. The United Nations suspends sanctions against Libya.
- In Laramie, Wyoming, Russell Henderson pleads guilty to kidnapping and felony murder, in order to avoid a possible death penalty conviction for the apparent hate crime killing of Matthew Shepard.
- April 7
- April 8 – Bill Gates personal fortune exceeds 100 Billion U.S. dollars, due to the increased value of Microsoft stock.
- April 9 – Ibrahim Baré Maînassara, president of Niger, is assassinated.
- April 13 – Tercentenary celebrations of the creation of the Sikh Khalsa are held.
- April 14
- April 17 – A nail bomb, planted by David Copeland, explodes in the middle of a busy market in Brixton, South London.
- 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.
- April 25 – The term of Tuanku Jaafar ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman as the 10th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia ends.
- April 26
- April 30
- Cambodia joins the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), bringing the total members to 10.
- A third nail bomb (see April 17) explodes in the Admiral Duncan pub in Old Compton Street, Soho, London, killing a pregnant woman and two friends and injuring 70 others, including her husband. This is part of a hate campaign against ethnic minorities and gay people by David Copeland.
- May 2 – Norman J. Sirnic and Karen Sirnic are murdered by serial killer Ángel Maturino Reséndiz in Weimar, Texas.
- May 3
- May 5 – Microsoft releases Windows 98 (Second Edition), from 1998.
- May 6 – Elections are held in Scotland and Wales for the new Scottish Parliament and National Assembly for Wales.
- May 7
- A jury finds The Jenny Jones Show and Warner Bros. liable in the shooting death of Scott Amedure, after the show deceived Jonathan Schmitz into appearing on a secret same-sex crush episode.
- Kosovo War: In the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, three Chinese embassy workers were killed and 20 others wounded when a NATO B-2 aircraft mistakenly bombed a Chinese Embassy in Belgrade.
- In Guinea-Bissau, President João Bernardo Vieira is ousted in a military coup.
- May 8 – Nancy Mace becomes the first female cadet to graduate from The Military College of South Carolina.
- May 12 – David Steel becomes the first Presiding Officer (Speaker) of the modern Scottish Parliament.
- May 13 – Carlo Azeglio Ciampi is elected President of Italy.
- May 17 – Ehud Barak is elected prime minister of Israel.
- May 19 – Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is released in theaters. It becomes the highest grossing Star Wars film.
- May 26
- The Indian Air Force launches an attack on intruding Pakistan Army troops and mujahideen militants in Kashmir.
- The first Welsh Assembly in over 600 years opens in Cardiff.
- The 1999 UEFA Champions League Final takes place at the Camp Nou Stadium, Barcelona in which the English side Manchester United defeat German side Bayern Munich 2-1.
- May 27 – The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands indicts Slobodan Milošević and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo.
- May 28
- Swedish police officers Robert Karlström (30) and Olov Borén (42) are wounded by three bank robbers armed with automatic weapons, and later executed with their own service pistols in Malexander, see Malexander murders.
- After 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper is placed back on display in Milan, Italy.
- May 29
- May 30 – Travel Midland Metro enters public service.
- June 1
- June 2 – After decades of fighting off outside technological influences like television, the King of Bhutan allows television transmissions to commence in the Kingdom for the first time, coinciding with the King's Silver Jubilee (see Bhutan Broadcasting Service).
- June 5 – The Islamic Salvation Army, the armed wing of the Islamic Salvation Front, agrees in principle to disband in Algeria.
- June 6 – In Brazil, 345 prisoners escape from Putim prison through the front gate.
- June 8 – The government of Colombia 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 9 – Kosovo War: The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and NATO sign a peace treaty.
- June 10
- June 12
- Kosovo War: Operation Joint Guardian/Operation Agricola begins: NATO-led United Nations peacekeeping forces KFOR enter the province of Kosovo in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
- Texas Governor George W. Bush announces he will seek the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States.
- June 14 – Thabo Mbeki is elected President of South Africa.
- June 18 – The J18 international anti-globalization protests are organized in dozens of cities around the world, some of which lead to riots.
- June 19 – Turin, Italy, is awarded the 2006 Winter Olympics.
- June 30 – Twenty-three people die when fire consumes the Sealand Youth Training Center in South Korea.
- July 1
- The Scottish Parliament is officially opened by Elizabeth II on the day that legislative powers are officially transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh.
- Europol (short for European Police Office) the European Union's criminal intelligence agency became fully operational.
- July 2 – Benjamin Nathaniel Smith begins a 3-day killing spree targeting racial and ethnic minorities in Illinois and Indiana.
- July 5 – U.S. Army Pfc. Barry Winchell is bludgeoned in his sleep at Fort Campbell, Kentucky by fellow soldiers; he dies the next day from his injuries.
- July 7 – In Rome, Hicham El Guerrouj runs the fastest mile ever recorded, at 3:43.13.
- July 8 – A major flash flood in Las Vegas swamps hundreds of cars, smashes mobile homes and kills 2 people.
- July 10 – American soccer player Brandi Chastain scores the game winning penalty kick against China in the FIFA Women's World Cup.
- July 11 – India recaptures Kargil, forcing the Pakistan Army to retreat. India announces victory, ending the 2-month conflict.
- July 16 – Off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, a plane crashes piloted by John F. Kennedy Jr., killing him, and his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and her sister Lauren Bessette.
- July 20
- July 22 – The first version of MSN Messenger is released by Microsoft.
- July 23
- July 23–July 25 – The Woodstock 99 festival is held in New York.
- July 23 – 14 Kosovo Serb villagers are killed by ethnic Albanian gunmen in the village of Staro Gračko.
- July 26 – The last Checker taxi cab is retired in New York City and auctioned off for approximately $135,000.
- July 27 – Twenty-one people die in a canyoning disaster near Interlaken, Switzerland.
- July 31 – NASA intentionally crashes the Lunar Prospector spacecraft into the Moon, thus ending its mission to detect frozen water on the lunar surface.
- August 7 – Hundreds of Chechen guerrillas invade the Russian republic of Dagestan, triggering a short war.
- August 8 – The first Callatis Festival, the largest music & culture festival in Romania, is held.
- August 9 – Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet.
- August 10
- Buford O. Furrow, Jr. wounds 5 and kills 1 during the August 1999 Los Angeles Jewish Community Center shooting.
- The Atlantique Incident occurs as an intruding Pakistan Navy plane is shot down in India. The incident sparks tensions between the 2 nations, coming just a month after the end of the Kargil War.
- August 11
- August 17 – 1999 İzmit earthquake: A 7.6-magnitude earthquake strikes İzmit and levels much of northwestern Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000. This is the first of a long series of unrelated but frequent earthquakes throughout the world during the years 1999 and 2000.
- August 19 – In Belgrade, tens of thousands of Serbians rally to demand the resignation of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milošević.
- August 22
- August 30 – East Timor voted for independence from Indonesia in a referendum.
- August 31 – Apple Computer releases the Power Macintosh G4.
- September 7
- September 8 – The first of a series of Russian apartment bombings occurs. Subsequent bombings occur on September 13 and 16, while a bombing on September 22 fails.
- September 9 – Sega Dreamcast was released in North America as well as Sonic Adventure.
- September 12 – Under international pressure to allow an international peacekeeping force, Indonesian president BJ Habibie announced on 12 September that he would do so.
- 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 – NASA loses one of its probes, the Mars Climate Orbiter.
- October 1 – Pudong International Airport opens in Shanghai, China, taking over all international flights to Hongqiao.
- October 5 – Thirty-one people die in the Ladbroke Grove rail crash, west of London, England.
- October 12
- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attempts to dismiss Army Chief General Pervez Musharraf and install ISI director Ziauddin Butt in his place. Senior Army generals refuse to accept the dismissal. Musharraf, who is out of the country, attempts to return in a commercial airliner. Sharif orders the Karachi airport to not allow the plane to land. The generals lead a coup d'état, ousting Sharif's administration and taking over the airport. The plane lands with only a few minutes of fuel to spare, and Musharraf takes control of the government.
- Date selected by the UN as when the world population reaches 6 billion people.
- October 13 – The United States Senate rejects ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
- October 15 – A National Geographic Society press conference reveals the fossil of Archaeoraptor (which is later found to be a forgery).
- October 27 – Gunmen open fire in the Armenian Parliament, killing Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan, Parliament Chairman Karen Demirchyan, and 6 other members.
- October 31
- EgyptAir Flight 990, travelling from New York City to Cairo, crashes off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on board. When the pilot leaves the cockpit, the co-pilot causes the Boeing 767 to enter a steep dive, resulting in impact with the Atlantic Ocean.
- 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 6 – Australians defeat a referendum proposing the replacement of The Queen and The Governor General with a President to make Australia a republic.
- 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 12 – A 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Duzce and northwestern Turkey, killing 845 and injuring 4,948.
- November 18 – The Aggie Bonfire collapses in College Station, TX, killing 12.
- November 19 – Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh of Trinidad and Tobago proposes that the United Nations create an International Men's Day, which is now commemorated every year on this same date.
- November 20 – The People's Republic of China launches the first Shenzhou spacecraft.
- November 21 – The film The Wizard of Oz begins its run on cable TV, which continues to this day. On cable it is telecast several times a year, like most other films, rather than being shown only once annually.
- November 26 – An earthquake and tsunami strike Vanuatu.
- November 27 – The left-wing Labour Party takes control of the New Zealand government, with leader Helen Clark becoming the second female Prime Minister in New Zealand's history.
- November 30
- December – In Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge is officially dissolved.
- December 3
- After rowing for 81 days and 2,962 nautical miles (5486 km), Tori Murden becomes the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean by rowboat alone, when she reaches Guadeloupe from the Canary Islands.
- NASA loses radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander, moments before the spacecraft enters the Martian atmosphere.
- December 18 – NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform, carrying 5 Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT.
- 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 22 – Korean Air Cargo Flight 8509, a Boeing 747-200F crashes shortly after take-off from London Stansted Airport due to pilot error. All 4 crew members were killed.
- December 26 – Storm Lothar kills 137 people as it crosses France, southern Germany, and Switzerland.
- December 27 – Storm Martin causes damage throughout France, Spain, Switzerland and Italy, including an emergency due to flooding at the Blayais Nuclear Power Plant.
- December 31
- The U.S. turns over complete administration of the Panama Canal to the Panamanian Government, as stipulated in the Torrijos-Carter Treaty of 1977.
- Boris Yeltsin resigns as President of Russia, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the acting President.
- Former Beatle George Harrison is attacked at his home in Friar Park by 36 year old Micheal Abram.
- January 18 – Karan Brar, American actor
- May 28 – Cameron Boyce, American actor
- June 2 – Madison Leisle, American actress
- July 20 – Princess Alexandra of Hanover
- July 30 – Joey King, American actress
- August 22 – Dakota Goyo, Canadian actor
- August 28 – Prince Nikolai of Denmark
- October 15 – Bailee Madison, American actress
- November 10 – Kiernan Shipka, American actress
- November 14 – Ellis Hollins, British actor
- January 6 – Michel Petrucciani, French jazz pianist and composer. (b. 1962)
- January 11
- January 14 – Jerzy Grotowski, Polish theatre director (b. 1933)
- January 21 – Susan Strasberg, American actress (b. 1938)
- January 22 – Graham Staines, Australian missionary (b. 1941)
- January 25 – Robert Shaw, American conductor (b. 1916)
- January 28 – Markey Robinson, Irish painter (b. 1918)
- January 31 – Norm Zauchin, American baseball player (b. 1929)
- February 1
- February 5 – Wassily Leontief, Russian economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
- February 6
- February 7 – King Hussein of Jordan (b. 1935)
- February 8 – Iris Murdoch, Irish author (b. 1919)
- February 9 – Bryan Mosley, English actor (b. 1931)
- February 14 – John Ehrlichman, American Watergate scandal figure (b. 1925)
- February 15
- February 17 – Sunshine Parker, American actor (b. 1927)
- February 18 – Noam Pitlik, American actor and director (b. 1932)
- February 20
- February 21 – Gertrude B. Elion, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1918)
- February 22 – William Bronk, American poet (b. 1918)
- February 24
- February 25 – Glenn Seaborg, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1912)
- February 26 – José Quintero, Panamanian director (b. 1924)
- February 28 – Bill Talbert, American tennis player (b. 1918)
- March 1 – Ann Corio, American dancer and actress (b. 1914)
- March 2 – Dusty Springfield, English singer (b. 1939)
- March 3 – Gerhard Herzberg, German-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
- March 4
- March 5 – Richard Kiley, American actor (b. 1922)
- March 7
- March 8 – Joe DiMaggio, American baseball player (b. 1914)
- March 12 – Yehudi Menuhin, American-born violinist (b. 1916)
- March 13 – Garson Kanin, American playwright and screenwriter (b. 1912)
- March 17 – Ernest Gold, Austrian-born composer (b. 1921)
- March 18 – Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentine writer (b. 1914)
- March 26 – David Holliday, British actor (b. 1937)
- March 29 – Joe Williams, American singer (b. 1918)
- March 31 – Yuri Knorozov, Russian linguist and epigrapher (b. 1922)
- April 3 – Lionel Bart, English composer (b. 1930)
- April 4
- April 10 – Jean Vander Pyl, American television actress (b. 1919)
- April 12 – Boxcar Willie, American country music singer (b. 1931)
- April 14
- April 20
- April 21 – Charles "Buddy" Rogers, American silent film actor (b. 1904)
- April 25
- April 26
- April 27
- April 28
- May 2 – Oliver Reed, English actor (b. 1938)
- May 3 – Steve Chiasson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1967)
- May 8
- May 10
- May 12 – Saul Steinberg, Romanian-born cartoonist (b. 1914)
- May 13 – Gene Sarazen, American golfer (b. 1902)
- May 17 – Henry Jones, American actor (b. 1912)
- May 18 – Betty Robinson, American athlete (b. 1911)
- May 19 – Alister Williamson, Australian actor (b. 1918)
- May 23
- May 26 – Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor (b. 1906)
- June 5 – Mel Torme, American singer (b. 1925)
- June 6 – Anne Haddy, Australian actress (b. 1927)
- June 9 – Maurice Journeau, French composer (b. 1898)
- June 11 – DeForest Kelley, American actor (b. 1920)
- June 23 – Buster Merryfield, British Actor (b. 1920)
- June 16 – Screaming Lord Sutch, English politician (b. 1940)
- June 25 – Fred Feast, English actor (b. 1929)
- June 27
- June 29 – Allan Carr, American producer (b. 1937)
- July 1
- July 2 – Mario Puzo, American author (b. 1920)
- July 4 – Jack Watson, English actor (b. 1915)
- July 6
- July 7 – Julie Campbell Tatham, American writer (b. 1908)
- July 8 – Charles Conrad, American astronaut (b. 1930)
- July 11 – Helen Forrest, American jazz singer (b. 1917)
- July 16 – John F. Kennedy, Jr., American actor and son of John F. Kennedy (b. 1960)
- July 19 – Jerold Wells, English actor (b. 1908)
- July 20 – Sandra Gould, American actress (b. 1916)
- July 23 – King Hassan II of Morocco (b. 1929)
- July 26 – Trygve Haavelmo, Norwegian economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
- July 29
- August 1 – Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Bengali writer (b. 1897)
- August 3 – Leroy Vinnegar, American musician (b. 1928)
- August 4 – Victor Mature, American actor (b. 1913)
- August 14 – Lane Kirkland, American union leader (b. 1922)
- August 23
- August 24 – Mary Jane Croft, American actress (b. 1916)
- September 5 – Allen Funt, American television personality (b. 1914)
- September 6 – Lagumot Harris, Nauruan politician and former President (b. 1938)
- September 9 – Ruth Roman, American actress (b. 1922)
- September 10 – Alfredo Kraus, Spanish tenor (b. 1927)
- September 12 – Allen Stack, American Olympic swimmer (b. 1928)
- September 14 – Charles Crichton, English film director (b. 1910)
- September 20 – Raisa Gorbachyova, Soviet first lady (b. 1932)
- September 22 – George C. Scott, American actor (b. 1927)
- September 23 – Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter (b. 1910)
- October 3 – Akio Morita, Japanese businessman, co-founder of Sony (b. 1921)
- October 4
- October 6
- October 7 – Helen Vinson, American actress (b. 1907)
- October 8 – John McLendon, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
- October 9
- October 11 – Rafi' Daham Al-Tikriti, Director of the Iraqi Intelligence Service (b. 1937)
- October 12 – Wilt Chamberlain, American basketball player (b. 1936)
- October 14 – Julius Nyerere, President of Tanzania (b. 1922)
- October 19
- October 20 – Jack Lynch, Taoiseach of Ireland (b. 1917)
- October 21
- October 24 – John Chafee, American politician (b. 1922)
- October 25 – Payne Stewart, American golfer (b. 1957)
- October 26
- October 27
- October 31 – Greg Moore, Canadian race car driver (b. 1975)
- November 1 – Theodore Hall, American physicist and spy (b. 1925)
- November 3 – Ian Bannen, Scottish actor (b. 1928)
- November 9 – Mabel King, American actress (b. 1932)
- November 11 – Mary Kay Bergman, American actress (b. 1961)
- November 15 – Gene Levitt, American television writer, producer, and director (b. 1920)
- November 16 – Daniel Nathans, American microbiologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1928)
- November 18
- November 21 – Quentin Crisp, English writer (b. 1908)
- November 29
- November 30 – Charlie Byrd, American Jazz musician and classical guitarist (b. 1925)
- December 2 – Joey Adams, American comedian (b. 1911)
- December 3
- December 4 – Rose Bird, American judge (b. 1936)
- December 8 – Péter Kuczka, Hungarian author (b. 1923)
- December 10 – Rick Danko, Canadian musician (b. 1943)
- December 11 – Franjo Tuđman, President of Croatia (b. 1922)
- December 12
- December 17
- December 18 – Robert Bresson, French filmmaker (b. 1901)
- December 19
- December 20
- December 23 – John P. Davies, American diplomat (b. 1908)
- December 24
- December 26 – Curtis Mayfield, American musician and composer (b. 1942)
- December 27 – Leonard Goldenson, American television executive (b. 1905)
- December 28 – Clayton Moore, American actor (b. 1914)
- December 30 – Sarah Knauss, American supercentenarian and oldest living person at her death. (b. 1880)
- December 31 – Elliot Richardson, American Attorney General under Richard Nixon (b. 1920)
Date unknown 
- Halil-Salim Jabara, Israeli Arab politician (b. 1913)
- Prabhakar Thokal, Indian cartoonist (b. 1927)
- Harold Tamblyn-Watts, British cartoonist (b. 1900)
Nobel Prizes 
- Physics – Gerardus 't Hooft, Martinus J.G. Veltman
- Chemistry – Ahmed H. Zewail
- Physiology or Medicine – Günter Blobel
- Literature – Günter Grass
- Peace – Médecins Sans Frontières
- Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel – Robert Mundell
In fiction 
- Computer/video games:
- Released after 1999 and set in the historical year:
- Released in 1999 and stated to take place in that year:
- Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (1999) all game takes place on the last days of 1999.
- Released before 1999 and set in the "future" year:
- Released after 1999 and set in the historical year:
- Released in 1999 and stated to take place in that year:
- Entrapment (1999): The film takes place during the week leading up to December 31.
- End of Days (1999): The film involves Satan's plot to conquer the earth on New Year's Eve of '99.
- The Matrix (1999): The year within the Matrix is said to be 1999.
- Fight Club (1999) The year within Fight Club is said to be 1999, just before the beginning of the Millennium.
- Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
- Released before 1999 and set in the "future" year:
- Strange Days (1995): The film takes place leading up to New Year's Eve, 1999.
- Class of 1999 II: The Substitute (1994)
- Until the End of the World (1991)
- Class of 1999 (1990)
- Prophecies of Nostradamus (1974)
- Destroy All Monsters (1968)
- 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): The first scenes of the future take place in the year 1999.
- Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991): Set ten years after the events of A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
- Prince's 1982 song "1999" is about "party like it's 1999."
- The Megadeth song "Set the World Afire", from their album So Far, So Good... So What!, contains the line "Distorted figures walk the Earth, it's 1999". The song, which is a protest, against nuclear weapons, was written in 1987, implying that the Earth could be nearly completely devastated by nuclear weapons in 12 years without any action taken against them.
- A song by Huey Lewis and the News called "Back in Time" features the line "Is this the '50s, or 1999?"
- Futurama: The series' protagonist, Fry, is accidentally cryogenically frozen on December 31, 1999.
- Dragon Ball Z ("Transformed at Last," October 18, 1999): Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan for the first time in the United States; aired on Toonami, a now-defunct block on Cartoon Network.
- Space: 1999 (1975–1977): A huge explosion sends the Moon hurtling out of Earth's orbit on September 13 (a Friday in the series, but not in reality).
- The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (1982–1983): A huge spaceship appears high above Earth and crashes into an island in the Pacific, triggering a world war.
- Three Super Sentai series — Choujin Sentai Jetman (1991–1992), Chōriki Sentai Ohranger (1995–1996), and Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGo-V (1999–2000) — take place in 1999.
- Hunter × Hunter (TV Anime Series) (1999–2001) Gon Freecs, a young boy, is aiming to become a Hunter to search for his father. He meets some new friends during the Exam, and the struggles he must face on his quest will be beyond anything he's ever imagined.
- In Kamen Rider Kabuto (2006–2007), 1999 is the year in which a meteor strikes the city of Shibuya and also spawns the Worm, an alien race that forms the main antagonist in the series. In the movie based on the show, the meteor was much bigger and also dried up the oceans, resulting in a post-apocalyptic world.
- The Family Guy episode "Da Boom" is set on December 31, 1999.
- In the TV series Quantum Leap (1988–1993), the Quantum Leap project is said to be launched in New Mexico, in 1999.
- The 1996 Doctor Who television movie takes place from December 30, 1999 to January 1, 2000.
- The Diallo Verdict: The Overview; 4 Officers in Diallo Shooting Are Acquitted of All Charges The New York Times
- Cummings, Sally N. (2002). Power and change in Central Asia. p. 130.
- Lyall, Sarah (31 December 1999). "George Harrison Stabbed in Chest by an Intruder". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 February 2010.