On This Day

What Happened in October 1999

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 In a blockbuster NBA trade, the Houston Rockets move All Star forward Scotty Pippen to Portland Trail Blazers for Kelvin Cato, Stacey Augmon, Walt Williams, Carlos Rogers, Ed Gray and Brian Shaw
  • Oct 1 Sourav Ganguly smashes 11 fours and 5 sixes for a blistering 139 as India (277/6) dominates Zimbabwe (170) in the 6th cricket LG Cup ODI in Nairobi

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 1 Edmonton Oilers retire Wayne Gretzky's #99 in a pre-game ceremony before a 1-1 tie v NY Rangers, the last team for which 'The Great One' suited up in an NHL game

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Oct 2 Boston's Ray Bourque becomes highest goal-scoring defenseman in NHL history; 386th career goal in Bruins' 3-1 win v Carolina Hurricanes moves him 1 ahead of Paul Coffey

NHL Legend Ray Bourque
NHL Legend
Ray Bourque
NHL Star Paul Coffey
NHL Star
Paul Coffey
  • Oct 2 #21 University of Alabama football team beats #3 Florida, 40-39 in overtime to snap the Gators' 30-game home win streak; future Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander crosses for 4 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide
  • Oct 2 Atlanta Thrashers play first regular-season game in franchise history, a 4-1 loss to the visiting NJ Devils, before a crowd of 18,545 at Philips Arena; Kelly Buchberger scores first goal in Thrashers history

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 3 St Louis 1st baseman Mark McGwire hits his 65th homer of the season in a rain shortened 9-5 win over Cubs at Busch Stadium; wins 2nd straight HR title over Sammy Sosa, who hits his 63rd HR in same game

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa
  • Oct 3 Chelsea scores massive upset when they humble English Premiership champions Manchester United, 5-0 at Stamford Bridge; Gus Poyet sets the tone scoring after just 27 seconds; Nicky Butt is sent-off for United

Music releaseMusic Single

Oct 4 "Breathe" single released by Faith Hill (Billboard Song of the Year 2000)

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
  • Oct 4 Rain prevents play on the final day of the 3rd cricket Test between Sri Lanka and Australia in Colombo; despite 105 from Ricky Ponting, Sri Lanka wins first ever Test series v Australia
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 12 Pat LaFontaine formally retires from the NHL due to lingering concussion problems

NHL Star Pat LaFontaine
NHL Star
Pat LaFontaine

  • Oct 13 The United States Senate rejects ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Oct 13 Canadian Robert Mundell is named the winner of the 1999 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics

Economist/Nobel Laureate Robert Mundell
Economist/Nobel Laureate
Robert Mundell
  • Oct 18 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 19 MLB National League Championship: Atlanta Braves beat New York Mets, 4 games to 2

Music releaseMusic Single

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

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • Oct 22 Maurice Papon, an official in the Vichy France government during World War II, is jailed for crimes against humanity.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 22 NHL goaltender Grant Fuhr wins his 400th career game (vs Florida Panthers)

NHL Goalie Grant Fuhr
NHL Goalie
Grant Fuhr
  • 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 27 New York Yankees beat Atlanta, 4-1 in Game 4 at Yankee Stadium to sweep Braves and retain Baseball World Series; Yankees closer Mariano Rivera MVP
  • Oct 29 Deadliest Indian Ocean tropical super cyclone hits Odisha, India, death toll 9,885, wind speed of 300 mph
  • 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 Yachtsman Jesse Martin returns to Melbourne after 11 months of circumnavigating the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted.
  • Oct 31 EgyptAir Flight 990 traveling from New York City to Cairo crashes off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on-board.
  • Oct 31 Finnish McLaren driver Mika Häkkinen wins season ending Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka to clinch his second straight F1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 2 points from Irishman Eddie Irvine

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 2 "Matchbox Twenty" lead singer Rob Thomas (27) weds model Marisol Maldonado in Santa Ynez, California

Rocker Rob Thomas
Rocker
Rob Thomas
  • Oct 9 "Pretty in Pink" actor Andrew McCarthy (36) weds Carol Schneider

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Lena Zavaroni, Scottish singer and child star (Ma! (He's Making Eyes At Me)), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 35
  • Oct 2 Heinz G. Konsalik, German novelist (b. 1921)
  • Oct 3 Akio Morita, Japanese businessman (b. 1921)
  • Oct 4 Erik Brødreskift (aka Grim), Norwegian black metal musician (b. 1969)
  • Oct 4 Art Farmer, American trumpet player (Farmer's Market, The Jazztet), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • Oct 4 Bernard Buffet, French painter (Expressionism), dies at 71
  • Oct 6 Amália Rodrigues, Portuguese fado singer, dies at 79
  • Oct 6 Gorilla Monsoon, American professional wrestler and commentator, dies at 62
  • Oct 6 Francis Turner, American civil engineer (oversaw the Interstate Highway System), dies at 90
  • Oct 7 David A. Huffman, American computer scientist, creator of Huffman coding, dies at 74
  • 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 7 Deryck Guyler, British actor (Please Sir!, Sykes), dies at 85
  • Oct 8 John McLendon, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • Oct 9 Milt [Bags] Jackson, American jazz vibraphonist (Modern Jazz Quartet), dies of cancer at 76
  • Oct 9 Akhtar Hameed Khan, pioneer of Microcredit in developing countries (b. 1914)
  • Oct 9 Morris West, Australian novelist (Shoes of the Fisherman), dies at 83

Person of interestJames Franklin Hyde

Oct 11 James Franklin Hyde, American inventor who created silica, dies at 96

  • Oct 11 Zbigniew Wiszniewski, Polish composer, dies at 77

Person of interestWilt Chamberlain

Oct 12 Wilt Chamberlain, American College & Basketball Hall of Fame center (13-time All Star), dies of congestive heart failure at 63

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Oct 12 Robert Marsden Hope, Australian Justice and Royal Commissioner, dies at 80
  • Oct 14 Richard B Shull, American character actor (Diana, Holmes & Yoyo), dies at 70
  • Oct 14 Julius Nyerere, Tanzanian politician and 1st President of Tanzania (1964-1985), dies at 77
  • Oct 16 Jean Shepherd, American writer and actor (A Christmas Story), dies at 78
  • Oct 17 Nicholas Metropolis, Greek-American mathematician, physicist and computer scientist, dies at 84
  • Oct 17 Ralph Grey, Baron Grey of Naunton, Governor of Northern Ireland (1968-73), dies at 89
  • Oct 18 Herbert Heckmann, German writer, dies at 69
  • Oct 18 Tony Crombie, English jazz drummer and bandleader, dies at 74
  • 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, Canadian baseball team owner (Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins 1955-84), dies at 87
  • Oct 21 Ahmet Taner Kışlalı, Turkish politician, journalist, and educator, assassinated at 60
  • Oct 21 John Bromwich, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ship 1939, 46 / 13 Grand Slam doubles titles), dies at 80

Person of interestPayne Stewart

Oct 25 Payne Stewart, American golfer (US Open 1991, 99; PGA 1989), dies in a plane crash at 42

  • Oct 26 Hoyt Axton, American actor and country music singer-songwriter (b. 1938)
  • Oct 27 Robert Mills, American physicist (quantum field theory), dies at 72
  • Oct 27 Charlotte Perriand, French architect and designer (b. 1903)
  • Oct 27 Frank De Vol, American composer (theme songs to Family Affair, The Brady Bunch), dies at 88
  • Oct 27 Lois Collier [Madelyn Earle Jones], American actress (A Night in Casablanca, Boston Blackie, Slave Girl), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 80
  • Oct 28 Robert Linn, American composer, dies at 72
  • Oct 29 Greg [Michel Régnier], Belgian comic-book writer and artist (Achille Talon), dies at 68
  • Oct 31 Greg Moore, Canadian race car driver (b. 1975)