Historical Events in December 1999

  • 2nd The United Kingdom devolves political power in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive.
  • 3rd NASA loses radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander moments before the spacecraft enters the Martian atmosphere.
  • 4th 8th SEC Championship Game: #7 Alabama beats #5 Florida, 34-7
  • 5th 88th Davis Cup: Australia beats France in Nice (3-2)
  • 7th The RIAA files a lawsuit against the Napster file-sharing client, on charges of copyright infringement.
  • 13th 65th Heisman Trophy Award: Ron Dayne, Wisconsin (RB)
  • 14th Flash floods in Venezuela after torrential rainfall results in the deaths of thousands of people and causes a total collapse in the state's infrastructure
  • 17th The United Nations General Assembly passes resolution 54/134 designating November 25 as the annual International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women.
  • 18th NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT.
  • 20th Portugal returns Macau to China
  • 21st The Spanish Civil Guard intercepts a van loaded with 950 kg of explosives that ETA intended to use to blow up Torre Picasso in Madrid.
  • 22nd The Spanish Civil Guard finds near Calatayud (Zaragoza) another van loaded by ETA with 750 kg of explosives (see related event on December 21, 1999).

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24th Opening of St Peter's Holy Door by Pope John Paul II in approach of 3rd millennium

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 25th Opening of doors of St. John Lateran Pope John Paul II
  • 26th Severe weather in France kills over 100 people and causes extensive damage to property, trees and the French national power grid (see Lothar).

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27th Joe Sakic records his 1,000th career point, an assist against the St. Louis Blues

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • 28th Saparmurat Niyazov is proclaimed President for Life in Turkmenistan.
  • 31st Control of Panama Canal reverts to Panama

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31st Boris Yeltsin resigns as President of Russia, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as acting President.

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin