On This Day

What Happened on December 31, 1999

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • Control of Panama Canal reverts to Panama

Famous Deaths

  • Elliot Richardson, American politician (b. 1920)
1999 Highlights

About December 31, 1999

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 21 years, 9 months and 21 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Millennium Celebrations (United Kingdom), New Year's Day (Canada, United States)

Generation: Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Capricorn