Historical Events in August 1999

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
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
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Aug 17 A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes İzmit, Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000.

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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

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