1999 events in history

Jan 1 The Euro currency is introduced in 11 countries - members of the European Union (with the exception of the United Kingdom, Denmark, Greece and Sweden)
Jan 2 A brutal snowstorm smashes into the Midwestern United States, causing 14 inches (359 mm) of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 19 inches (487 mm) in Chicago, Illinois, where temperatures plunge to -13 °F (-25 °C); 68 deaths are reported
Jan 3 Israel detains, and later expels, 14 members of Concerned Christians
Jan 3 The Mars Polar Lander is launched
Jan 4 Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is sworn in as governor of Minnesota
Jan 7 The Senate trial in the impeachment of U.S. President Bill Clinton begins
Jan 10 Sanjeev Nanda kills three policemen in New Delhi, India with his car, an act for which he was later acquitted, resulting in a sharp drop in public confidence in the Indian legal system
Jan 14 Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman becomes the first mayor in Canada to call in the Army to help with emergency medical evacuations and snow removal after more than one meter of snow paralyzes the city
Jan 19 British Aerospace agrees to acquire the defence subsidiary of the General Electric Company plc, forming BAE Systems in November 1999
Jan 20 The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use, aimed especially at Internet cafés
Jan 21 War on Drugs: In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the United States Coast Guard intercepts a ship with over 4,300 kilograms (9,500 lb) of cocaine on board
Jan 22 Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons are burned alive by radical Hindus while sleeping in their car in Eastern India
Jan 25 A 6.0 Richter scale earthquake hits western Colombia killing at least 1,000
Feb 4 Unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo is shot dead by four plainclothes New York City police officers on an unrelated stake-out, inflaming race-relations in the city
Feb 7 Crown Prince Abdullah becomes the King of Jordan on the death of his father, King Hussein
Feb 12 United States President Bill Clinton is acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial
Feb 15 Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), is arrested in Kenya
Feb 16 In Uzbekistan, a bomb explodes and gunfire is heard at the government headquarters in an apparent assassination attempt against President Islam Karimov
Feb 16 Across Europe, Kurdish rebels take over embassies and hold hostages after Turkey arrests one of their rebel leaders, Abdullah Öcalan
Feb 23 An avalanche destroys the Austrian village of Galtür, killing 31
Feb 23 Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey
Feb 24 The U.S. state of Arizona executes Karl LaGrand, a German national convicted of murder during a botched bank robbery, in spite of Germany's legal action to attempt to save him
Mar 1 Ottawa Treaty enters into force
Mar 11 Infosys becomes the first Indian company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange
Mar 12 Former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland join NATO
Mar 20 Legoland California, the first Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California
Mar 21 Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon
Mar 23 Gunmen assassinate Paraguay's Vice President Luis María Argaña
Mar 24 Kosovo War: NATO commences aerial bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country
Mar 24 Mont Blanc Tunnel fire kills 39 people
Mar 26 A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man
Mar 26 The "Melissa worm" infects Microsoft word processing and e-mail systems around the world
Mar 27 Kosovo War: Yugoslav SAM downed F117A, the first and only kill of the stealth aircraft
Mar 28 Kosovo War: Serb paramilitary and military forces kill 146 Kosovo Albanians in the Izbica massacre
Mar 29 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the 10,000 mark (10,006.78) for the first time, during the height of the internet boom
Mar 29 A magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes the Chamoli district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, killing 103
Apr 1 Nunavut is established as a Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories
Apr 5 Two Libyans suspected of bringing down Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 are handed over for eventual trial in the Netherlands
Apr 7 The World Trade Organization rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas
Apr 8 Haryana Gana Parishad, a political party in the Indian state of Haryana, merges with the Indian National Congress
Apr 9 Battle of Košare begins, part of Kosovo War
Apr 12 US President Bill Clinton is cited for contempt of court for giving "intentionally false statements" in a sexual harassment civil lawsuit
Apr 14 A severe hailstorm strikes Sydney, Australia causing A$2.3 billion in insured damages, the most costly natural disaster in Australian history
Apr 14 NATO mistakenly bombs a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees – Yugoslav officials say 75 people were killed
Apr 19 The German Bundestag returns to Berlin, the first German parliamentary body to meet there since the Reichstag was dissolved in 1933
Apr 20 Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people and injured 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado
Apr 29 The Avala TV Tower near Belgrade is destroyed in the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia
May 1 The body of British climber George Mallory is found on Mount Everest, 75 years after his disappearance in 1924
May 2 Panamanian election, 1999: Mireya Moscoso becomes the first woman to be elected President of Panama
May 3 The southwestern portion of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is devastated by an F5 tornado, killing forty-five people, injuring 665, and causing $1 billion in damage. The tornado is one of 66 from the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak. This tornado also produces the highest wind speed ever recorded, measured at 301 +/- 20 mph (484 +/- 32 km/h)