What Happened in October 1999

Historical Events

  • Oct 5 The Ladbroke Grove rail crash in west London kills 31 people.
  • Oct 8 New Coligny Calendar, NCC, The beginning of a new era of the Coligny calendar, the oldest material Celtic calendar.
  • Oct 9 The last flight of the US aircraft Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird"
  • Oct 12 Pervez Musharraf takes power in Pakistan from Nawaz Sharif through a bloodless coup
  • Oct 12 The Day of Six Billion: the proclaimed 6 billionth living human in the world is born

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Oct 12 Pat LaFontaine formally retires from the NHL due to lingering concussion problems

NHL Star Pat LaFontaine
NHL Star
Pat LaFontaine
  • Oct 13 The United States Senate rejects ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
  • Oct 18 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 19 MLB National League Championship: Atlanta Braves beat New York Mets, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 22 Maurice Papon, an official in the Vichy France government during World War II, is jailed for crimes against humanity.

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Oct 22 NHL goaltender Grant Fuhr wins his 400th career game (vs Florida Panthers)

NHL Goalie Grant Fuhr
NHL Goalie
Grant Fuhr
  • Oct 26 Britain's House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament.
  • Oct 27 Gunmen open fire in the Armenian Parliament, killing Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan, Parliament Chairman Karen Demirchyan, and 6 other members.
  • Oct 27 MLB World Series: New York Yankees defeat Atlanta Braves to win 4-0
  • Oct 29 Deadliest Indian Ocean tropical cyclone hits Orissa, India. This event was known as 1999 Orissa cyclone ever since.
  • Oct 31 Roman Catholic Church and Lutheran Church leaders sign the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, ending a centuries-old doctrinal dispute over the nature of faith and salvation.
  • Oct 31 Yachtsman Jesse Martin returns to Melbourne after 11 months of circumnavigating the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted.
  • Oct 31 EgyptAir Flight 990 traveling from New York City to Cairo crashes off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on-board.
  • Oct 31 50th Formula One WDC: Mika Hakkinen wins by two points

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 2 "Matchbox Twenty" lead singer Rob Thomas (27) weds model Marisol Maldonado in Santa Ynez, California

Rocker Rob Thomas
Rob Thomas
  • Oct 9 "Pretty in Pink" actor Andrew McCarthy (36) weds Carol Schneider

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Lena Zavaroni, Scottish singer and Child star (b. 1963)
  • Oct 2 Heinz G. Konsalik, German novelist (b. 1921)
  • Oct 3 Akio Morita, Japanese businessman (b. 1921)
  • Oct 4 Erik Brødreskift (aka Grim), Norwegian black metal musician (b. 1969)
  • Oct 4 Art Farmer, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1928)
  • Oct 4 Bernard Buffet, French painter (b. 1928)
  • Oct 6 Amalia Rodrigues, Portuguese singer and actress (b. 1920)
  • Oct 6 Gorilla Monsoon, American professional wrestler/commentator (b. 1937)
  • Oct 7 Rev. Bruce Ritter, American Catholic priest and controversial founder of charity New York City based Covenant House, dies of cancer at 72
  • Oct 8 John McLendon, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • Oct 9 Milt Jackson, American jazz vibraphonist (b. 1923)
  • Oct 9 Akhtar Hameed Khan, pioneer of Microcredit in developing countries (b. 1914)

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Oct 12 Wilt Chamberlain, American NBA basketball player (5 time MVP), dies of congestive heart failure at 63

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Oct 12 Robert Marsden Hope, Australian Justice and Royal Commissioner (b. 1919)
  • Oct 14 Julius Nyerere, Tanzanian politician (b. 1922)
  • Oct 16 Jean Shepherd, American writer and actor (b. 1921)
  • Oct 17 Nicholas Metropolis, Greek-American mathematician, physicist and computer scientist (b. 1915)
  • Oct 18 Herbert Heckmann, German writer, dies at 69
  • Oct 19 Nathalie Sarraute, Russian-born French writer, dies at 99
  • Oct 19 James C. Murray, American politician (b. 1917)
  • Oct 20 Calvin Griffith, Former owner of Washington Senators (b. 1911)

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Oct 25 Payne Stewart, American golfer, dies in a plane crash at 42

  • Oct 26 Hoyt Axton, American actor and country music singer-songwriter (b. 1938)
  • Oct 27 Robert Mills, American physicist (b. 1927)
  • Oct 27 Charlotte Perriand, French architect and designer (b. 1903)
  • Oct 28 Robert Linn, American composer, dies at 72
  • Oct 29 Michel Regnier (Greg), Belgian comic-book writer and artist (Achille Talon) (b. 1931)
  • Oct 31 Greg Moore, Canadian race car driver (b. 1975)