1999 in the United Kingdom

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Events from the year 1999 in the United Kingdom.

Overview[edit]

1999 in the United Kingdom is noted for the first meetings of the new Scottish Parliament and National Assembly for Wales.

Incumbents[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

  • January – Vauxhall launches a facelifted Vectra to improve its disappointing ride and build quality.
  • 1 January – The Euro currency is launched, but Britain's Labour government reportedly has no plans to introduce the currency here, preferring to stick to pound sterling instead.
  • 13 January – Unemployment has fallen to just over 1,300,000 – the lowest for 20 years.
  • 30 January – England national football team manager Glenn Hoddle gives an interview to The Times newspaper in which he suggests that people born with disabilities are paying for sins in a previous life.

February[edit]

  • 2 February – The Football Association dismisses Glenn Hoddle as manager due to the controversy sparked by his comments about disabled people.
  • 12 February – Scientists at the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen reinforce warnings that Genetically modified food may be damaging to the human body.[1]
  • 22 February – Harold Shipman, the Hyde GP accused of murdering eight female patients last September, is charged with a further seven murders.
  • 24 February – The report of the murder of black London teenager Stephen Lawrence, who was stabbed to death in 1993, condemns London's police force as "institutionally racist", as well as condemning its officers for "fundamental errors".[2]

March[edit]

  • 2 March – Singer Dusty Springfield, who received an OBE last month, dies aged 59 after a five-year battle against breast cancer.
  • 7 March – American-born film director Stanley Kubrick dies at his home in St Albans, Hertfordshire, aged 70, five days after completing his final film Eyes Wide Shut, which is released in July.
  • 21 March – Comedian Ernie Wise, who formed one-half of the Morecambe and Wise comedy double from 1941 to 1984, dies of a heart attack aged 73.[3]
  • 24 March – Ross Kemp, who has achieved TV stardom with his role as Grant Mitchell in EastEnders, signs a £1million deal with ITV, meaning that he will leave EastEnders this autumn after nearly 10 years.
  • 26 March – A total £2billion in compensation is paid to 100,000 former miners who are suffering from lung disease after years of working in British coalfields.[4]
  • 29 March – The family of James Hanratty, one of the last men to be executed in Britain for the A6 murder 37 years ago, are given the right to appeal against his murder conviction by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.[5]

April[edit]

  • April – Vauxhall launches its Zafira, a compact MPV which makes use of the Astra hatchback's chassis.
  • 1 April
    • A minimum wage is introduced throughout the UK – set at £3.60 an hour for workers over 21, and £3 for workers under 21.[6]
    • Anthony Sawoniuk, 78, becomes the first person convicted of Second World War crimes in a British court when he is sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of 18 Jews in his native Belarus. He has lived in Britain since 1947.
  • 14 April – Edgar Pearce, the so-called "Mardi Gra bomber", convicted for a series of bombings and sentenced to 21 years in jail.[7]
  • 17 April – A bomb explodes in Brixton, South London, and injures 45 people.[8]
  • 24 April – A second bomb explosion in Brick Lane, east London injures 13 people.
  • 26 April – TV presenter Jill Dando, 37, dies after being shot on the doorstep of her Fulham home.[9]
  • 30 April – A third bomb in London explodes in the Admiral Duncan pub, in Old Compton Street, Soho, London – the centre of the London gay scene – killing two people (including a pregnant woman) and injuring over thirty. David Copeland, a 23-year-old Farnborough man, is arrested hours later in connection with the three explosions.[10]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

  • September – Rover launches the 25 and 45. Nissan launches a facelifted Primera to be built at NMUK.
  • 5th September - First broadcast of the children's TV programme 'The Tweenies'
  • 5 September – Bobby Robson, the 66-year-old former England manager, is appointed as Newcastle United's new manager. He is nearly 30 years older than his predecessor Ruud Gullit.
  • 9 September – Chris Patten's report recommends reform of Royal Ulster Constabulary.[27]
  • 24 September – The Royal Bank of Scotland launches a hostile takeover bid for the NatWest Bank.
  • 27 September – The Midland Bank adopts the name of its owner HSBC, marking an end of the Midland Bank name after 163 years.[28]

October[edit]

November[edit]

  • 12 November – Rock singer Gary Glitter, 54, is jailed for four months at Bristol Crown Court for downloading child pornography. He is, however, cleared of having unlawful sex with a teenage fan 20 years ago.
  • 17 November – England qualify for Euro 2000 with a 2–1 aggregate win over Scotland in the qualifying playoff round.

December[edit]

Undated[edit]

  • Main construction work on Cardiff Bay Barrage completed.
  • More than 20% of the UK population (over 12 million people) now have internet access.

Publications[edit]

Births[edit]

Undated[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "1999: Lawrence report blasts 'racist' police". BBC News. 24 February 1999. Archived from the original on 24 February 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  3. ^ "Comedian Ernie Wise dies". BBC News. 22 March 1999. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "1999: Record compensation for miners". BBC News. 26 March 1999. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  5. ^ "1999: Hanratty family wins right to appeal". BBC News. 29 March 1999. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  6. ^ "1999: Britain gets first minimum wage". BBC News. 1 April 1999. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  7. ^ "Mardi Gra bomber jailed". BBC News. 14 April 1999. Archived from the original on 1 February 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  8. ^ "1999: Dozens hurt in London bomb blast". BBC News. 17 April 1999. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
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  10. ^ "1999: Dozens injured in Soho nail bomb". BBC News. 30 April 1999. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  11. ^ Mullins, Andrew; Marks, Kathy (3 May 1999). "Loner is charged over gay and race bombs". The Independent (London). Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  12. ^ Thompson, Ceri (2008). Harnessed: colliery horses in Wales. Cardiff: National Museum Wales. p. 66. ISBN 978-0-7200-0591-2. 
  13. ^ http://www.expressandstar.com/millennium/1900/1976-2000/1999.html
  14. ^ "1999: Liar Aitken jailed for 18 months". BBC News. 8 June 1999. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  15. ^ "Tory joy at Euro victory". BBC News. Archived from the original on 12 May 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  16. ^ "Knighthood for treble-winner Ferguson". BBC News. 12 June 1999. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  17. ^ "Tories celebrate Euro poll success". BBC News. 14 June 1999. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  18. ^ "Roman Catholic leader Hume dies". BBC News. 17 June 1999. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  19. ^ "1999: Anti-capitalism demo turns violent". BBC News. 18 June 1999. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
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  21. ^ "Outrage as Brighton bomber freed". BBC News. 22 June 1999. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  22. ^ "Rover rescue deal secured". BBC News. 23 June 1999. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
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  24. ^ "1999: Kennedy wins Lib Dem leadership". BBC News. 9 August 1999. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
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  26. ^ "1999: Man in custody after burglary shooting". BBC News. 22 August 1999. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  27. ^ "1999: Report urges sweeping reform of RUC". BBC News. 9 September 1999. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  28. ^ "The Big Four". Light Straw. Retrieved 19 January 2011. 
  29. ^ "1999: Death toll rising in Paddington crash". BBC News. 5 October 1999. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  30. ^ "1999: Millennium Wheel edges upwards". BBC News. 10 October 1999. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  31. ^ "Rover sales drop 30%". BBC News. 20 October 1999. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  32. ^ Gilliland, Ben (16 January 2009). "Science & Discovery". Metro. 
  33. ^ "1999: UK prepares to celebrate millennium". BBC News. 31 December 1999. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 

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