What Happened in August 1999

Historical Events

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 2 "The Sixth Sense", starring Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, and Haley Joel Osment, premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 9 Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet.

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Aug 9 The Diet of Japan enacts a law establishing the Hinomaru and Kimi Ga Yo as the official national flag and national anthem.
  • Aug 9 Charles Kennedy wins the race to succeed Paddy Ashdown as the leader of the Liberal Democrats, UK
  • Aug 11 Total solar eclipse in India-North -France (2m23s)
  • Aug 11 The Salt Lake City Tornado tears through the downtown district of the city, killing one.

Music releaseMusic Recording

Aug 12 Shakira records her first live album in New York City, titled "MTV Unplugged"

Singer Shakira
  • Aug 13 32nd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Aug 15 Beni Ounif massacre in Algeria; some 29 people are killed at a false roadblock near the Moroccan border, leading to temporary tensions with Morocco.

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 15 81st PGA Championship: Tiger Woods shoots a 277 at Medinah Country Club

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • Aug 17 A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes İzmit, Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 19 In Belgrade tens of thousands of Serbians rally to demand the resignation of Slobodan Milošević as president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic
  • Aug 20 7th World Championships in Athletics open at Seville, Spain
  • Aug 26 Michael Johnson breaks the 400 metres world record with a time of 43.18 seconds.
  • Aug 29 7th World Championships in Athletics close at Seville, Spain
  • Aug 30 East Timorese vote for independence in a referendum.
  • Aug 31 The first of a series of apartment bombings in Moscow, killing one person and wounding 40 others.
  • Aug 31 A LAPA Boeing 737-200 crashes during takeoff from Jorge Newbury Airport in Buenos Aires, killing 65, including 2 on the ground.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 31 Dino Ciccarelli retires from the NHL

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 28 Prince Nikolai of Denmark

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 28 Actress Cathy Moriarty (38) weds financier Joseph Gentile

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Indian-born writer (b. 1897)
  • Aug 4 Victor Mature, American actor (b. 1913)
  • Aug 7 Brion James, American actor (b. 1945)
  • Aug 9 Fouad Serageddin, Egyptian politician (b. 1910)
  • Aug 10 Padma Bhushan Acharya Baldev Upadhyaya, Eminent Sanskrit Scholar in India (b. 1899)
  • Aug 12 Jean Drapeau, Quebec politician, mayor of Montreal (b. 1916)
  • Aug 12 John Rigby Hale, British linguist and historian, dies at 75
  • Aug 13 Jaime Garzón, Colombian journalist and comedian, murdered (b. 1960)
  • Aug 14 Pee Wee [Harold] Reese, American baseball player (Dodgers), dies at 81
  • Aug 15 Sir Hugh Casson, British architect and artist (b. 1910)
  • Aug 16 Pee Wee King, American country musician and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • Aug 23 Norman Wexler, American screenwriter (b.1926)
  • Aug 23 James White, Northern Irish writer (b. 1928)
  • Aug 24 Alexandre Lagoya, Greek-Italian classical guitarist (b. 1929)
  • Aug 25 Rob Fisher, English musician (b. 1956)
  • Aug 26 Lilo Hardel, German writer, dies at 85
  • Aug 27 Hélder Câmara, Brazilian Roman Catholic archbishop (b. 1909)
  • Aug 30 Raymond Poïvet, French comics artist (b. 1910)