What Happened in May 1999

Historical Events

  • May 1 125th Kentucky Derby: Chris Antley aboard Charismatic wins in 2:03.29
  • May 1 Animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants" debuts on Nickelodeon
  • May 2 Panamanian election, 1999: Mireya Moscoso becomes the first woman to be elected President of Panama.

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May 2 John Elway announces his retirement from the NFL

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • May 3 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is slammed by an F5 tornado killing forty-two people, injuring 665, and causing $1 billion in damage. The tornado was one of 66 from the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak.
  • May 3 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 11,000 for the first time in its history at 11,014.70.
  • May 3 Stephen Hendry defeats Mark Williams 18-11 to win the World Snooker Championship for a record seventh time.

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May 5 34th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
  • May 7 Kosovo War: In Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, three Chinese citizens are killed and 20 wounded when a NATO aircraft bombs the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.
  • May 7 In Guinea-Bissau, President João Bernardo Vieira is ousted in a military coup.

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May 7 Pope John Paul II travels to Romania becoming the first pope to visit a predominantly Eastern Orthodox country since the Great Schism in 1054.

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • May 7 A jury finds \"The Jenny Jones Show\" and Warner Bros. liable in the death of Scott Amedure, after purposely deceiving Jonathan Schmitz to appear on a same-sex crush episode. Schmitz later kills Amedure, the jury awards Amedure\'s family $25 million
  • May 8 Nancy Mace becomes the first female cadet to graduate from The Citadel military college.
  • May 9 45th British Academy Television Awards: "Father Ted" Best Comedy, "The Cops" Best Drama
  • May 12 Sir David Steel becomes the first Presiding Officer (speaker) of the modern Scottish Parliament.
  • May 15 124th Preakness: Chris Antley aboard Charismatic wins in 1:55.20

Film release premierFilm Release

May 19 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Liam Neeson is released in cinemas

Actress Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman
Actor Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor
Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
  • May 19 Lazio of Italy win 39th European Cup Winner's Cup against Mallorca of Spain 2-1 in Birmingham
  • May 19 Andrew Motion is appointed British Poet Laureate for 10 years, the first to request a definite term
  • May 21 All My Children star Susan Lucci finally wins a Daytime Emmy after being nominated 19 times, the longest period of unsuccessful nominations in television history
  • May 23 52nd Cannes Film Festival: "Rosetta" directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 24 Venezuela enters the Antarctic Treaty System.
  • May 25 The United States House of Representatives releases the Cox Report which details the People's Republic of China's nuclear espionage against the U.S. over the prior two decades.
  • May 26 7th UEFA Champions League Final: Manchester United beats Bayern Munich 2-1 at Barcelona

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May 27 The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia indicts Slobodan Milošević and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic

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May 28 In Milan, Italy, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece "The Last Supper" is put back on display.

Painter, Scientist & Visionary Leonardo da Vinci
Painter, Scientist & Visionary
Leonardo da Vinci
  • May 28 Two Swedish police officers are murdered with their own fire arms by the bank robbers Jackie Arklöv and Tony Olsson after a dramatic car chase.
  • May 29 Olusegun Obasanjo takes office as President of Nigeria, the first elected and civilian head of state in Nigeria after 16 years of military rule.
  • May 29 Space Shuttle Discovery completes the first docking with the International Space Station.
  • May 29 44th Eurovision Song Contest: Charlotte Nilsson for Sweden wins singing "Take Me to Your Heaven" in Jerusalem
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Kenny Bräck wins in 3:15:51.182 (246.513 km/h)
  • May 31 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Buffalo Sabres beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1

Famous Weddings

  • May 1 "Dixie Chicks" singer Emily Erwin (26) weds singer-songwriter Charlie Robison (34) at Lone Star State in Texas
  • May 1 "As Good As It Gets" actor Greg Kinnear (35) weds British model Helen Labdon (29)
  • May 8 "ER" actor Goran Visnjic (34) weds Croatian artist Ivana Vrdoljak
  • May 14 "Sunset Beach" actor Clive Robertson (33) weds actress Libby Purvis (30) at sunset on Necker Island

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May 21 NFL legend Deion Sanders (31) weds model Pilar Biggers in Paradise Island, Bahamas

NFL Legend Deion Sanders
NFL Legend
Deion Sanders
  • May 30 "The Goodbye Girl" actor Richard Dreyfuss (51) weds accountant Janelle Lacey in Los Angeles

Famous Deaths

  • May 2 Oliver Reed, English actor (b. 1938)
  • May 2 Edward Portman, 9th Viscount Portman, British landowner and multimillionaire, dies at 65
  • May 3 Joe Adcock, American baseball player (b. 1927)
  • May 3 Steve Chiasson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1967)
  • May 8 Dirk Bogarde, London England, actor (b. 1921) (Death in Venice, Servant)
  • May 8 Ed Gilbert, American actor (b. 1931)
  • May 8 Dana Plato, American actress (b. 1964)
  • May 10 Shel Silverstein, American poet and composer (b. 1930)
  • May 12 Abd-al-Aziz ibn Abd-Allah ibn Baaz, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia 1993-1999 (b. 1910)
  • May 12 Saul Steinberg, Romanian-American cartoonist (b. 1914)
  • May 13 Gene Sarazen, American golfer (b. 1902)
  • May 17 Bruce Fairbairn, Canadian record producer and musician (b. 1949)
  • May 18 Augustus Pablo, Jamaican singer (b. 1954)
  • May 18 Betty Robinson, American runner (b. 1911)
  • May 18 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, dies at 78
  • May 19 James Blades, English percussionist (b. 1901)
  • May 19 Candy Candido, American actor (b. 1913)
  • May 21 Karnail "Bugz" Pitts, American rapper (D12) (b. 1979)
  • May 23 Owen Hart, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1965)
  • May 26 Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor (b. 1906)
  • May 26 Waldo Semon, American inventor (b. 1898)