Historical Events in 1999

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  • 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
  • Feb 3 In Jammu and Kashmir the political party Democratic Janata Dal (Jammu and Kashmir) is revived.
  • Feb 4 MV New Carissa runs aground near Coos Bay, Oregon.
  • Feb 4 Unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo is shot dead by four plainclothes New York City police officers on an unrelated stake-out, inflaming race-relations in the city.
  • Feb 6 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 23-10
  • Feb 7 Crown Prince Abdullah becomes the King of Jordan on the death of his father, King Hussein.
  • Feb 10 49th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Thin Red Line" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 12 US President Bill Clinton acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial
  • Feb 12 Scientists warn about harmful impacts on health of genetically modified (GM) food
  • Feb 14 41st Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon wins (161.551 MPH)
  • Feb 14 30th NAACP Image Awards: "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Feb 15 Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party, widely recognized as terrorist organization), was arrested in Kenya.

Sport awardSports Awards

Feb 15 7th ESPY Awards: Mark McGwire, Chamique Holdsclaw win

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • Feb 16 O.J. Simpson's 1968 Heisman Trophy is sold for $230,000 to help settle a $33.5 million civil judgement against Simpson for the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend
  • Feb 16 Across Europe, Kurdish rebels take over embassies and hold hostages after Turkey arrested one of their rebel leaders, Abdullah Öcalan.
  • Feb 23 Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey.
  • Feb 23 An avalanche destroys the Austrian village of Galtür, killing 31.

Music releaseAlbum Release

Feb 23 Hip Hop artist Eminem releases his first major record album 'The Slim Shady LP' (Grammy 2000 - Rap album)

Rapper Eminem
  • Feb 24 The State of Arizona executes Karl LaGrand, a German national involved in an armed robbery, in spite of Germany's legal action to attempt to save him.
  • Feb 24 A China Southern Airlines Tupolev TU-154 airliner crashes on approach to Wenzhou airport in eastern the People's Republic of China, killing 61.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 24 41st Grammy Awards: My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic), Lauryn Hill wins

Singer-Songwriter Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
  • Feb 26 15th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
  • Feb 27 Olusegun Obasanjo becomes Nigeria's first elected president since mid-1983.
  • Feb 27 Korea International School is founded by Soon-Il Chung. It is currently directed by Ann Clapper.
  • Mar 5 Paul Okalik is elected first Premier of Nunavut.
  • Mar 6 20th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats St. John's, 82-63
  • Mar 7 46th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #1 Duke beats #15 North Carolina, 96-73
  • Mar 7 40th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Arkansas, 76-63
  • Mar 8 The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the murder convictions of Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • Mar 11 Infosys becomes the first Indian company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
  • Mar 12 Former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland join NATO.
  • Mar 15 Pluto again becomes outermost planet
  • Mar 20 Legoland California, the first and only Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California.
  • Mar 20 19th Golden Raspberry Awards: An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn wins
  • Mar 21 Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

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

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

Singer/Actor Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin
  • Mar 24 Kosovo War: NATO commences air bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country.
  • Mar 24 Mont Blanc Tunnel Fire: 39 people die when a Belgian transport truck carrying flour and margarine caught fire in the Mont Blanc Tunnel.
  • Mar 25 13th Soul Train Music Awards: Luther Vandross, R. Kelly & Lauryn Hill win
  • Mar 26 The "Melissa worm" infects Microsoft word processing and e-mail systems around the world.
  • Mar 26 A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.
  • Mar 28 18th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Purdue beats Duke 62-45
  • Mar 29 61st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Duke 77-74
  • Mar 29 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 10006.78 - above the 10,000 mark for the first time ever.

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

  • Apr 1 Nunavut is established as a Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories.
  • Apr 5 Two Libyans suspected of bringing down Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 are handed over for eventual trial in the Netherlands.
  • Apr 7 The World Trade Organisation rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas
  • Apr 8 Haryana Gana Parishad, a political party in the Indian state of Haryana, merges with the Indian National Congress.
  • Apr 9 Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara, President of Niger, is assassinated.
  • Apr 10 152nd Grand National: Paul Carberry aboard Bobbyjo wins
  • Apr 11 63rd Masters Golf Tournament: José María Olazábal wins, shooting a 280
  • Apr 11 52nd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Shakespeare in Love" Best Film, Peter Weir Best Director
  • Apr 12 US President Bill Clinton is cited for contempt of court for giving "intentionally false statements" in a sexual harassment civil lawsuit.
  • Apr 14 NATO mistakenly bombs a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees - Yugoslav officials say 75 people are killed.
  • Apr 14 A severe hailstorm strikes Sydney, Australia causing A$1.7 billion in insured damages, the most costly natural disaster in Australian history.
  • Apr 17 1999 NFL Draft: Tim Couch from University of Kentucky first pick by Cleveland Browns

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Apr 18 Wayne Gretzky plays his last game in the NHL, as his New York Rangers lose 2-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Apr 19 The German Bundestag returns to Berlin.
  • Apr 19 103rd Boston Marathon: Joseph Chebet of Kenya 1st man in 2:09:52 and Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia 1st woman in 2:23:25
  • Apr 20 Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School, Colorado
  • Apr 29 Avala TV Tower near Belgrade is destroyed in NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.
  • Apr 30 Cambodia joins the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bringing the total members to 10.
  • 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.
  • May 2 John Elway announces his retirement from the NFL
  • 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.

Music awardsMusic Awards

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 shooting death of Scott Amedure, after the show purposely deceived Jonathan Schmitz to appear on a secret same-sex crush episode. Schmitz later killed Amedure and the jury awarded Amedure's family $25 million USD.
  • 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

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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

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 1 British singer Dido's debut album, "No Angel", is released in the United States

Singer Dido
  • Jun 2 The Bhutan Broadcasting Service brings television transmissions to the Kingdom for the first time.
  • Jun 4 NHL Western Conference Final: Dallas Stars beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 3
  • Jun 5 131st Belmont: Jose Santos aboard Lemon Drop Kid wins in 2:27.88
  • Jun 6 In Australian Rules Football, Tony Lockett breaks the record for career goals, previously 1299 by Gordon Coventry and which had stood since 1937.
  • Jun 6 At the Putim maximum security prison in Brazil, 345 prisoners run from the main gate in the largest jailbreak in Brazilian history, marking the 10th escape for the three-year-old facility. In the ensuing manhunt, two fugitives are killed and five innocent bystanders are accidentally jailed.
  • Jun 6 53rd Tony Awards: Fosse & Side Man win

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 6 98th Men's French Open: Andre Agassi beats Andrei Medvedev (1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 6 98th Women's French Open: Steffi Graf beats Martina Hingis (4-6, 7-5, 6-2)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Jun 9 Kosovo War: the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and North Atlantic Treaty Organization sign a peace treaty.
  • Jun 10 Kosovo War: NATO suspends its air strikes after Slobodan Milošević agrees to withdraw Serbian forces from Kosovo.
  • Jun 12 Kosovo War: Operation Joint Guardian begins - a NATO-led United Nations peacekeeping force KFor enters the province of Kosovo in Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
  • Jun 16 Thabo Mbeki is elected 2nd President of a democratic South Africa

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Jun 19 At about 4:30 pm, Stephen King is hit by a car on the shoulder of Route 5, in Lovell, Maine. He would suffer numerous injuries, including a collapsed right lung, multiple fractures of his right leg, scalp laceration and a broken hip

Horror Author Stephen King
Horror Author
Stephen King

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Jun 19 Stanley Cup: Dallas Stars defeat Buffalo Sabres 4-2, Brett Hull clinches series with controversial "No Goal"

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 20 99th US Golf Open: Payne Stewart shoots a 279 at Pinehurst CC

  • Jun 22 Former Mpumalanga premier, Ndaweni Mahlangu causes a storm within political circles with his now infamous statement, "It is acceptable for politicians to lie", South Africa
  • Jun 25 53rd NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat New York Knicks, 4 games to 1
  • Jun 25 In his first state of the nation address, South African President Thabo Mbeki promises to tackle rampaging crime; the nation's murder rate is the third highest in the world and more than 49,000 cases of rape were reported in 1998
  • Jun 27 ATB go to No.1 on the UK singles chart with '9pm, Till I Come'
  • Jun 27 The Chemical Brothers go to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Surrender', their second No.1 album
  • Jun 27 45th LPGA Championship won by Juli Inkster
  • Jul 1 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.
  • Jul 4 106th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lindsay Davenport beats Steffi Graf (6-4 7-5)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 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
  • Jul 6 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.
  • Jul 8 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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Jul 8 "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
  • Jul 9 Days of student protests begin after Iranian police and hardliners attack a student dormitory at the University of Tehran.
  • Jul 11 20th U.S. Senior Golf Open: Dave Eichelberger
  • Jul 13 70th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-1 at Fenway Park, Boston
  • Jul 15 The inaugural game at the Seattle Mariners' Safeco Field was held in Seattle, Washington.
  • Jul 15 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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Jul 16 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.
  • Jul 18 128th British Golf Open: at Carnoustie; Scot Paul Lawrie wins after play off
  • Jul 18 New York Yankees' David Cone becomes 15th pitcher to throw a perfect game (6-0 vs Montreal)
  • Jul 20 Falun Gong is banned in the People's Republic of China, and a large scale crackdown of the practice is launched.
  • Jul 22 Woodstock 99 music festival begins Griffiss Park, Rome NY (till 25th) attended by 200,000. Ended due to violence.
  • Jul 23 Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Al-Hassan is crowned King Mohammed VI of Morocco on the death of his father.
  • Jul 23 ANA Flight 61 is hijacked in Tokyo, Japan.

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Jul 25 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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Jul 27 Tony Hawk is the first skateboarder to land a "900"

Skateboarder Tony Hawk
Tony Hawk
  • Jul 31 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.

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 2 "The Sixth Sense", starring Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, and Haley Joel Osment, premieres

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Aug 9 Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet.

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Aug 9 The Diet of Japan enacts a law establishing the Hinomaru and Kimi Ga Yo as the official national flag and national anthem.
  • Aug 9 Charles Kennedy wins the race to succeed Paddy Ashdown as the leader of the Liberal Democrats, UK
  • Aug 11 Total solar eclipse in India-North -France (2m23s)
  • Aug 11 The Salt Lake City Tornado tears through the downtown district of the city, killing one.

Music releaseMusic Recording

Aug 12 Shakira records her first live album in New York City, titled "MTV Unplugged"

Singer Shakira
  • Aug 13 32nd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Aug 15 Beni Ounif massacre in Algeria; some 29 people are killed at a false roadblock near the Moroccan border, leading to temporary tensions with Morocco.

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 15 81st PGA Championship: Tiger Woods shoots a 277 at Medinah Country Club

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • Aug 17 A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes İzmit, Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000.
  • Aug 19 In Belgrade tens of thousands of Serbians rally to demand the resignation of Slobodan Milošević as president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
  • Aug 20 7th World Championships in Athletics open at Seville, Spain
  • Aug 26 Michael Johnson breaks the 400 metres world record with a time of 43.18 seconds.
  • Aug 29 7th World Championships in Athletics close at Seville, Spain
  • Aug 30 East Timorese vote for independence in a referendum.
  • Aug 31 The first of a series of apartment bombings in Moscow, killing one person and wounding 40 others.
  • Aug 31 A LAPA Boeing 737-200 crashes during takeoff from Jorge Newbury Airport in Buenos Aires, killing 65, including 2 on the ground.

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Aug 31 Dino Ciccarelli retires from the NHL

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • Sep 1 56th Venice Film Festival: "Yi ge dou bu neng shao" directed by Zhang Yimou wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 7 A 5.9 magnitude earthquake rocks Athens, rupturing a previously unknown fault, killing 143, injuring more than 500, and leaving 50,000 people homeless.
  • Sep 8 US Attorney General Janet Reno names former Senator John Danforth to head an independent investigation of the 1993 fire at the Branch Davidian church near Waco, Texas in response to revelations in the film "Waco The Rules of Engagement"

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 8 "American Beauty", directed by Sam Mendes and starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, and Thora Birch, premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 2000)

  • Sep 9 16th MTV Video Music Awards: Lauryn Hill & Will Smith win
  • Sep 12 Indonesia announces it will allow international peace-keepers into East Timor.