January 1999 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 International Year of Elderly
  • Jan 1 The Euro currency is introduced.
  • 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 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 11 Bülent Ecevit becomes Prime Minister of Turkey for the 4th time
  • 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 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 25 Earthquake hits Colombia, South America, killing around 300 and injuring 1000

Weddings in History

  • Jan 23 Princess of Monaco Caroline (42) weds dynastic head of the House of Hanover and Britain's King George I descendant Prince Ernst August (45) in Monaco

Deaths in History

  • Jan 2 Sebastian Haffner, German journalist and author (b. 1907)
  • Jan 10 Sir Edward Williams, Australian judge (b. 1921)
  • Jan 11 Naomi Mitchison, Scottish novelist and poet (b. 1897)
  • Jan 11 Brian Moore, Irish-born writer (b. 1921)
  • Jan 14 Jerzy Grotowski, Polish theatre director (b. 1933)
  • Jan 16 Jim McClelland, Australian solicitor, politician, Minister, Royal Commissioner, judge (b. 1915)
  • Jan 17 Robert Eads, American transsexual (b. 1945)
  • Jan 22 Graham Staines, Australian missionary (b. 1941)
  • Jan 23 Jay Pritzker, American businessman (b. 1922)
  • Jan 25 Sarah "Sadie" Delany, American author (b. 1889)
  • Jan 28 Markey Robinson, Irish painter (b. 1918)
  • Jan 28 Torgny T:son Segerstedt, Swedish sociologist and philosopher (b. 1908)