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August 1999 in History

Events in History


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Aug 1 Petronas Towers officially opened in Kuala Lumpur as the world's tallest building by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at 451.9 m (1483 ft)

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad
Malaysian Prime Minister
Mahathir bin Mohamad

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Aug 9 Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet.

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Aug 9 Charles Kennedy wins the race to succeed Paddy Ashdown as the leader of the Liberal Democrats, UK
  • Aug 11 Total solar eclipse in India-North -France (2m23s)
  • Aug 11 The Salt Lake City Tornado tears through the downtown district of the city, killing one.
  • Aug 15 Beni Ounif massacre in Algeria; some 29 people are killed at a false roadblock near the Moroccan border, leading to temporary tensions with Morocco.
  • Aug 17 A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes İzmit, Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000.

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Aug 19 In Belgrade tens of thousands of Serbians rally to demand the resignation of Slobodan Milošević as president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milošević
  • Aug 26 Michael Johnson breaks the 400 metres world record with a time of 43.18 seconds.
  • Aug 30 East Timorese vote for independence in a referendum.
  • Aug 31 The first of a series of apartment bombings in Moscow, killing one person and wounding 40 others.
  • Aug 31 A LAPA Boeing 737-200 crashes during takeoff from Jorge Newbury Airport in Buenos Aires, killing 65, including 2 on the ground.

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 28 Prince Nikolai of Denmark, born in Copenhagen, Denmark

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Indian-born writer (b. 1897)
  • Aug 3 Rodney William "Rod" Ansell, Australian bushman and inspiration for "Crocodile Dundee", dies following a shootout with police officers at 44
  • Aug 4 Carl Toms, British stage designer (1 Million BC, Moon Zero Two), dies at 72
  • Aug 5 D. W. Brooks, American farmer and businessman, dies at 97
  • Aug 10 Padma Bhushan Acharya Baldev Upadhyaya, Eminent Sanskrit Scholar in India (b. 1899)
  • Aug 12 Jean Drapeau, Quebec politician, mayor of Montreal (b. 1916)
  • Aug 12 John Rigby Hale, British linguist and historian, dies at 75
  • Aug 15 Sir Hugh Casson, British architect and artist (b. 1910)
  • Aug 21 Leo Castelli, Italian-American art dealer, dies at 91
  • Aug 23 James White, Northern Irish writer (b. 1928)
  • Aug 26 Lilo Hardel, German writer, dies at 85
  • Aug 27 Hélder Câmara, Brazilian Roman Catholic archbishop (b. 1909)
  • Aug 30 Raymond Poïvet, French comics artist (b. 1910)