May 1999 in History

Events in History

  • 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 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.
  • 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 12 Sir David Steel becomes the first Presiding Officer (speaker) of the modern Scottish Parliament.
  • May 19 Andrew Motion is appointed British Poet Laureate for 10 years, the first to request a definite term
  • 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.

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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.

Deaths in History

  • May 2 Edward Portman, 9th Viscount Portman, British landowner and multimillionaire, dies at 65
  • May 12 Abd-al-Aziz ibn Abd-Allah ibn Baaz, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia 1993-1999 (b. 1910)
  • May 12 Saul Steinberg, Romanian-American cartoonist (b. 1914)
  • May 19 James Blades, English percussionist (b. 1901)
  • May 26 Waldo Semon, American inventor (b. 1898)