What Happened in January 1999

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 International Year of Elderly
  • Jan 1 The Euro currency is introduced.
  • Jan 1 85th Rose Bowl: #9 Wisconsin beats #6 UCLA, 38-31
  • Jan 1 65th Sugar Bowl: #3 Ohio State beats #8 Texas A&M, 24-14
  • Jan 2 A brutal snowstorm smashes into the Midwestern United States, causing 14 inches (359 mm) of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 19 inches (487 mm) in Chicago, where temperatures plunge to -13°F (-25°C); 68 deaths are reported.
  • Jan 2 65th Orange Bowl: #7 Florida beats #18 Syracuse, 31-10
  • Jan 3 Israel detains, and later expels, 14 members of Concerned Christians.
  • Jan 3 The Mars Polar Lander was launched.
  • Jan 4 Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is sworn in as governor of Minnesota.
  • Jan 4 Gunmen open fire on Shiite Muslims worshipping in an Islamabad mosque, killing 16 people and injuring 25.
  • Jan 4 1st BCS National Championship: #1 Tennessee beats #2 Florida State, 23-16, at 28th Fiesta Bowl

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Jan 7 Impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton begins in the US Senate.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Jan 10 Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook) achieves his third UK No.1 single with 'Praise You'
  • Jan 10 25th People's Choice Awards: Tom Hanks & Sandra Bullock win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Helen Hunt win (TV)

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Jan 10 "The Sopranos", starring James Gandolfini as mobster Tony Soprano, debuts on HBO

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 11 26th American Music Awards: Celine Dion & Eric Clapton win

Singer Celine Dion
Celine Dion
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton

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Jan 11 Marty Schottenheimer resigns as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs

  • Jan 11 Bülent Ecevit becomes Prime Minister of Turkey for the 4th time

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Jan 13 Basketball player Michael Jordan announces his retirement only to return in 2001

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Jan 14 Mel Lastman, Mayor of Toronto, calls in the Army to help with snow removal and emergency medical evacuations after major snowstorm hits the city
  • Jan 15 The Racak incident: 45 Albanians in the Kosovo village of Racak are killed by Yugoslav security forces.
  • Jan 17 "The Miss", Minnesota Viking placekicker Gary Anderson had become the first kicker in history to finish the regular season without missing a field goal or extra point attempt, but misses a field goal late in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game, allowing the Atlanta Falcons to tie the game and eventually win it in overtime
  • Jan 17 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat New York Jets 23-10
  • Jan 17 NFC Championship Game: Atlanta Falcons beat Minnesota Vikings 30-27 (OT)
  • Jan 20 The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use aimed especially at Internet cafés.
  • Jan 21 In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the US Coast Guard intercepts a ship carrying 4,300 kg of cocaine.
  • Jan 22 Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons are burned alive by radical Hindus while sleeping in their car in Eastern India.
  • Jan 24 49th NHL All-Star Game: North America beats World 8-6 at Tampa, Florida

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 24 56th Golden Globes: Saving Private Ryan, Jim Carrey, & Cate Blanchett win

  • Jan 25 Earthquake hits Colombia, South America, killing around 300 and injuring 1000
  • Jan 25 After an inquiry into a corruption scandal, 6 International Olympic Committee members are expelled

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Jan 31 Seth MacFarlane's "Family Guy" first airs on Fox

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Jan 31 Super Bowl XXXIII: Denver Broncos beats Atlanta Falcons 34-19 at Pro Player Stadium, Miami, John Elway MVP

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • Jan 31 87th Men's Australian Open: Yevgeny Kafelnikov beats Thomas Enqvist (4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-6)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31 87th Women's Australian Open: Martina Hingis beats Amelie Mauresmo (6-2, 6-3)

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Jan 31 15th Sundance Film Festival: "Three Seasons" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 16 "General Hospital" actor Steve Burton (29) weds model Sheree Gustin (22) at a cliffside church in Dana Point, California
  • Jan 23 Princess of Monaco Caroline (42) weds dynastic head of the House of Hanover and Britain's King George I descendant Prince Ernst August (45) in Monaco

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 2 Sebastian Haffner, German journalist and author (b. 1907)
  • Jan 4 Iron Eyes Cody, American actor (b. 1904)
  • Jan 6 French Jazz piano virtuoso Michel Petrucciani dies in New York following a brief respiratory illness at age 36
  • Jan 10 Sir Edward Williams, Australian judge (b. 1921)
  • Jan 11 Naomi Mitchison, Scottish novelist and poet (b. 1897)
  • Jan 11 Brian Moore, Irish-born writer (b. 1921)
  • Jan 11 Fabrizio de André, Italian singer (b. 1940)
  • Jan 12 Betty Lou Gerson, American voice actress (b. 1914)
  • Jan 12 Doug Wickenheiser, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1961)
  • Jan 14 Jerzy Grotowski, Polish theatre director (b. 1933)
  • Jan 15 Betty Box, British film producer (b. 1915)
  • Jan 16 Jim McClelland, Australian solicitor, politician, Minister, Royal Commissioner, judge (b. 1915)
  • Jan 17 Robert Eads, American transsexual (b. 1945)
  • Jan 19 Ivan Francescato, Italian rugby union footballer (b. 1967)
  • Jan 21 Charles Brown, American blues singer and pianist (b. 1920)
  • Jan 21 Susan Strasberg, American actress (b. 1938)
  • Jan 22 Graham Staines, Australian missionary (b. 1941)
  • Jan 23 Jay Pritzker, American businessman (b. 1922)
  • Jan 23 Prince Lincoln Thompson, Jamaican musician (b. 1949)
  • Jan 25 Sarah "Sadie" Delany, American author (b. 1889)
  • Jan 25 Ted Mallie, American radio and television announcer (b. 1924)
  • Jan 25 Robert Shaw, American conductor (b. 1916)
  • Jan 28 Markey Robinson, Irish painter (b. 1918)
  • Jan 28 Torgny T:son Segerstedt, Swedish sociologist and philosopher (b. 1908)
  • Jan 29 Lili St. Cyr, American dancer (b. 1918)
  • Jan 30 Huntz Hall, American actor (b. 1919)
  • Jan 30 Ed Herlihy, American broadcaster (b. 1909)
  • Jan 31 Norm Zauchin, American baseball player (b. 1929)
  • Jan 31 Shohei Baba, Japanese professional wrestler