October 1999 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 5 The Ladbroke Grove rail crash in west London kills 31 people.
  • Oct 8 New Coligny Calendar, NCC, The beginning of a new era of the Coligny calendar, the oldest material Celtic calendar.
  • Oct 9 The last flight of the US aircraft Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird"
  • Oct 12 Pervez Musharraf takes power in Pakistan from Nawaz Sharif through a bloodless coup
  • Oct 12 The Day of Six Billion: the proclaimed 6 billionth living human in the world is born
  • Oct 13 The United States Senate rejects ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Music releaseMusic Single

Oct 19 "Believe" single released by Cher (Billboard Song of the Year 1999, Grammy Award Best Dance Recording 2000)

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  • Oct 22 Maurice Papon, an official in the Vichy France government during World War II, is jailed for crimes against humanity.
  • Oct 26 Britain's House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament.
  • Oct 27 Gunmen open fire in the Armenian Parliament, killing Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan, Parliament Chairman Karen Demirchyan, and 6 other members.
  • Oct 29 Deadliest Indian Ocean tropical cyclone hits Orissa, India. This event was known as 1999 Orissa cyclone ever since.
  • Oct 31 Roman Catholic Church and Lutheran Church leaders sign the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, ending a centuries-old doctrinal dispute over the nature of faith and salvation.
  • Oct 31 EgyptAir Flight 990 traveling from New York City to Cairo crashes off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on-board.

Deaths in History

  • Oct 2 Heinz G. Konsalik, German novelist (b. 1921)
  • Oct 3 Akio Morita, Japanese businessman (b. 1921)
  • Oct 4 Bernard Buffet, French painter (b. 1928)
  • Oct 6 Francis Turner, American civil engineer (oversaw the Interstate Highway System), dies at 90
  • Oct 7 Rev. Bruce Ritter, American Catholic priest and controversial founder of charity New York City based Covenant House, dies of cancer at 72
  • Oct 9 Akhtar Hameed Khan, pioneer of Microcredit in developing countries (b. 1914)
  • Oct 11 J. Franklin Hyde, American inventor (created silica), dies at 96
  • Oct 12 Robert Marsden Hope, Australian Justice and Royal Commissioner (b. 1919)
  • Oct 14 Julius Nyerere, Tanzanian politician and 1st President of Tanzania (1964-1985), dies at 77
  • Oct 17 Nicholas Metropolis, Greek-American mathematician, physicist and computer scientist (b. 1915)
  • Oct 18 Herbert Heckmann, German writer, dies at 69
  • Oct 19 Nathalie Sarraute [Tcherniak], French writer (Childhood, Portrait of a Man Unknown, The Golden Fruits), dies at 99
  • Oct 19 James C. Murray, American politician (b. 1917)
  • Oct 20 Calvin Griffith, Former owner of Washington Senators (b. 1911)
  • Oct 27 Robert Mills, American physicist (b. 1927)
  • Oct 27 Charlotte Perriand, French architect and designer (b. 1903)
  • Oct 29 Michel Regnier (Greg), Belgian comic-book writer and artist (Achille Talon) (b. 1931)