What Happened on December 31, 1999

Historical Events

Event of Interest

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

  • Control of Panama Canal reverts to Panama

Famous Deaths

  • Elliot Richardson, American politician (b. 1920)

About December 31, 1999

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 23 years, 4 months and 29 days
Leap Year: No

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

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Smooth - Santana Featuring Rob Thomas
  • UK #1 Song: I Have a Dream/Seasons in the Sun - Westlife