What Happened in March 1999

Historical Events

  • 5th Paul Okalik is elected first Premier of Nunavut.
  • 6th 20th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats St. John's, 82-63
  • 7th 46th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #1 Duke beats #15 North Carolina, 96-73
  • 7th 40th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Arkansas, 76-63
  • 8th The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the murder convictions of Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 11th Infosys becomes the first Indian company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
  • 12th Former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland join NATO.
  • 15th Pluto again becomes outermost planet
  • 20th Legoland California, the first and only Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California.
  • 20th 19th Golden Raspberry Awards: An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn wins
  • 21st Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

21st 71st Academy Awards - "Shakespeare in Love", Roberto Benigni & Gwyneth Paltrow win

  • 23rd Gunmen assassinate Paraguay's Vice President Luis María Argaña.

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

23rd "Livin' la Vida Loca" sung by Ricky Martin released - goes on to sell over 8 million copies

Singer/Actor Ricky Martin
Singer/Actor
Ricky Martin
  • 24th Kosovo War: NATO commences air bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country.
  • 24th Mont Blanc Tunnel Fire: 39 people die when a Belgian transport truck carrying flour and margarine caught fire in the Mont Blanc Tunnel.

Music-awardsMusic Awards

25th 13th Soul Train Music Awards: Luther Vandross, R. Kelly & Lauryn Hill win

Singer-Songwriter Lauryn Hill
Singer-Songwriter
Lauryn Hill
R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
  • 26th The "Melissa worm" infects Microsoft word processing and e-mail systems around the world.
  • 26th A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.
  • 28th 18th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Purdue beats Duke 62-45
  • 29th 61st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Duke 77-74
  • 29th The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 10006.78 - above the 10,000 mark for the first time ever.

Film-release-premierFilm Release

31st "10 Things I Hate About You", a modernization of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, is released


Famous Birthdays

  • 13th Wiktoria Gąsiewska, Polish actress
  • 19th Tatum McCann, American actress
  • 23rd Prince Beltran of Bulgaria

Famous Weddings

  • 20th "Smallville" actress Annette O' Toole (46) weds "Laverne and Shirley" actor Michael McKean (51) at The Regal Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California

Famous Deaths

  • 2nd Dusty Springfield, English singer (b. 1939)
  • 2nd David Ackles, American singer and songwriter (b. 1937)
  • 3rd Gerhard Herzberg, German-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • 4th Harry Blackmun, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (b. 1908)
  • 4th Del Close, American actor (b. 1934)
  • 4th Karel van het Reve, Dutch writer (b. 1921)
  • 5th Richard Kiley, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 6th Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifah, emir of Bahrain (b. 1933)
  • 6th Dennis Viollet, former soccer player (b. 1933)
  • 7th Sidney Gottlieb, American CIA official (b. 1918)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

7th Stanley Kubrick, American film director (2001 A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange) dies at 70

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
  • 8th Peggy Cass, American actress and comedian (b. 1924)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

8th Joe DiMaggio, American baseball player (b. 1914)

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 8th Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentinean writer (b.1914)
  • 9th Harry Somers, Canadian composer (b. 1925)
  • 10th Oswaldo Guayasamin, Ecuadorian paintor and sculptor (b. 1919)
  • 11th Camille Laurin, Quebec psychiatrist and politician (b. 1922)
  • 12th Yehudi Menuhin, American-born violinist (b. 1916)
  • 13th Lee Falk, American cartoonist (b. 1911)
  • 13th Garson Kanin, American writer and director (b. 1912)
  • 13th Bidu Sayão, Brazilian born soprano (b. 1902)
  • 14th Kirk Alyn, American actor (b. 1910)
  • 16th Gratien Gélinas, Quebec playwright and director (b. 1909)
  • 17th Ernest Gold, Austrian composer (b. 1921)
  • 17th Rod Hull, British comedian (b. 1936)
  • 18th Elizabeth Huckaby, American educator (b. 1905)
  • 19th Jaime Sabines, Mexican poet (b. 1926)
  • 19th Tofilau Eti Alesana, former Prime Minister of Samoa (b. 1924)
  • 20th Patrick Heron, British abstract painter, dies at 79
  • 21st Ernie Wise, British comedian (b. 1925)
  • 22nd David Strickland, American actor (b. 1969)
  • 23rd Luis María Argaña, Paraguayan politician (b. ?)
  • 24th Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, German women's activist (b. 1902)
  • 24th Birdie Tebbetts, American baseball player and manager (b. 1912)
  • 25th Cal Ripken, Sr., American baseball manager (b. 1936)
  • 28th Freaky Tah, American rapper (Lost Boyz) (b. 1971)
  • 29th Joe Williams, American singer, dies of natural causes at 80
  • 30th Gary Morton, American film and television producer (b. 1924)
  • 31st Yuri Knorozov, Russian linguist (b. 1922)