What Happened in July 1999

Historical Events

  • 1st The Scottish Parliament is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth on the day powers are transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh.

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4th 106th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lindsay Davenport beats Steffi Graf (6-4 7-5)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf

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4th 113th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Andre Agassi (6-3 6-4 7-5)

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • 6th U.S. Army private Barry Winchell dies from baseball-bat injuries inflicted in his sleep the previous day by fellow soldiers for his relationship with transgendered showgirl and former Navy combat medic, Calpernia Addams.
  • 8th Allen Lee Davis is executed by electrocution by the state of Florida, the last use of the electric chair for capital punishment in Florida.

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8th "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" the 3rd book of the series by J. K. Rowling is published by Bloomsbury in the UK

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
  • 9th Days of student protests begin after Iranian police and hardliners attack a student dormitory at the University of Tehran.
  • 11th 20th U.S. Senior Golf Open: Dave Eichelberger
  • 13th 70th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-1 at Fenway Park, Boston
  • 15th The inaugural game at the Seattle Mariners' Safeco Field was held in Seattle, Washington.
  • 15th Scientists uncover possible reason for SS Waratah's disappearance 100 years later; The SS Waratah was a luxury steamer which did not reach its destination in 1909, and no trace of the wreckage was ever found

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16th John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette are killed in a plane crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. The Piper Saratoga aircraft was piloted by Kennedy.

Publisher and Lawyer John F. Kennedy Jr.
Publisher and Lawyer
John F. Kennedy Jr.
  • 18th 128th British Golf Open: at Carnoustie; Scot Paul Lawrie wins after play off
  • 18th New York Yankees' David Cone becomes 15th pitcher to throw a perfect game (6-0 vs Montreal)
  • 20th Falun Gong is banned in the People's Republic of China, and a large scale crackdown of the practice is launched.
  • 22nd Woodstock 99 music festival begins Griffiss Park, Rome NY (till 25th) attended by 200,000. Ended due to violence.
  • 23rd Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Al-Hassan is crowned King Mohammed VI of Morocco on the death of his father.
  • 23rd ANA Flight 61 is hijacked in Tokyo, Japan.

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25th 86th Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)

Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor
Lance Armstrong

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27th Tony Hawk is the first skateboarder to land a "900"

Skateboarder Tony Hawk
Tony Hawk
  • 31st Discovery Program: Lunar Prospector - NASA intentionally crashes the spacecraft into the Moon, thus ending its mission to detect frozen water on the moon's surface.

Famous Birthdays

  • 20th Princess Alexandra of Hanover, daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

4th Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star player David Beckham (24) weds Spice Girls singer Victoria Beckham (25) at the 560-acre Luttrellstown Castle outside Dublin, Ireland

  • 10th "It Could Happen To You" actress Rosie Perez (34) weds playwright and screenwriter Seth Zvi Rosenfeld (37) in Brooklyn, New York
  • 15th "Grateful Dead" guitarist Bob Weir (51) weds Natasha Muenter (31) in Mill Valley, California

HeartWedding of Interest

17th Academy Award-winning actress Helen Hunt (36) weds "The Simpsons" voice actor Hank Azaria (35) in Los Angeles, California

HeartWedding of Interest

17th Cricketer Glenn McGrath (29) weds flight attendant Jane Louise Steele

Cricketer Glenn McGrath
Glenn McGrath

HeartWedding of Interest

17th Actress Raquel Welch (58) weds Richard Palmer in Beverly Hills, California

Actress Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch

HeartWedding of Interest

18th Miami Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson (56) weds longtime girlfriend Rhonda Rookmaaker (45) in the Florida Keys

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson

HeartWedding of Interest

22nd Director Martin Scorsese (56) weds Helen Morris in New York

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
  • 28th "Sixteen Candles" actress Molly Ringwald (31) weds French writer Valery Lamerignere in Bordeaux, France

HeartWedding of Interest

31st Actor Patrick Dempsey (33) weds makeup artist Jillian Fink

HeartWedding of Interest

31st NHL player Phil Esposito (57) weds Bridget Leigh

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Edward Dmytryk, Canadian-born film director (b. 1908)
  • 1st Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters, 3 Redheads from Seattle), dies at 72
  • 1st Forrest Mars Sr., American candy magnate (b. 1904)
  • 1st Sylvia Sidney, American actress (b. 1910)

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2nd Mario Puzo, American author, dies at 78

Novelist Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
  • 3rd Mark Sandman, American musician (b. 1952)
  • 4th Leo Garel, American artist and cartoonist (b.1917)
  • 6th Carl Gunter Jr, American politician (b. 1938)
  • 6th Joaquin Rodrigo, Spanish composer (b. 1901)
  • 6th Barry Winchell, American soldier (b. 1977)
  • 7th Captain Vikram Batra, Indian Army officer, awarded Param Vir Chakra (September 9,1974)
  • 8th Pete Conrad, American astronaut (b. 1930)
  • 9th Robert de Cotret, Canadian politician (b. 1944)
  • 11th Helen Forrest, American singer (b. 1917)
  • 12th Bill Owen, British actor (b. 1914)
  • 16th Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, wife of John F. Kennedy, Jr. (b. 1966)

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16th John F. Kennedy Jr., American publisher (George) and lawyer, dies in a plane crash at 38

Publisher and Lawyer John F. Kennedy Jr.
Publisher and Lawyer
John F. Kennedy Jr.
  • 16th Hiromi Yanagihara, Japanese singer (b. 1979)
  • 17th Kevin Wilkinson, English drummer (The Waterboys), commits suicide at 41
  • 20th Sandra Gould, American actress (b. 1916)
  • 22nd Gar Samuelson, American musician (Megadeth) (b. 1958)
  • 23rd Hassan II, King of Morocco (1961-99), dies of natural causes at 70
  • 27th Aleksandr Danilovich Aleksandrov, Russian mathematician (b. 1912)
  • 27th Sweets Edison, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1915)
  • 28th Trygve Haavelmo, Norwegian economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1911)