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1999Joe Sakic records his 1,000th career point, an assist against the St. Louis Blues

1999"The Sixth Sense", starring Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, and Haley Joel Osment, premieres

199913th Soul Train Music Awards: Luther Vandross, R. Kelly & Lauryn Hill win

1999At about 4:30 pm, Stephen King is hit by a car on the shoulder of Route 5, in Lovell, Maine. He would suffer numerous injuries, including a collapsed right lung, multiple fractures of his right leg, scalp laceration and a broken hip

19997th ESPY Awards: Mark McGwire, Chamique Holdsclaw win

199926th American Music Award: Celine Dion & Eric Clapton win

199941st Grammy Awards: My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic), Lauryn Hill wins

1999Tony Hawk is the first skateboarder to land a "900"

199933rd Country Music Association Award: Shania Twain, Martina McBride & Tim McGraw wins

1999Seth MacFarlane's "Family Guy" first airs on Fox

1999NHL goaltender Grant Fuhr wins his 400th career game (vs Florida Panthers)

1999Shakira records her first live album in New York City, titled "MTV Unplugged"

1999Pat LaFontaine formally retires from the NHL due to lingering concussion problems

1999106th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lindsay Davenport beats Steffi Graf (6-4 7-5)

1999US President Bill Clinton is cited for contempt of court for giving "intentionally false statements" in a sexual harassment civil lawsuit.

1999Marty Schottenheimer resigns as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs

1999Dino Ciccarelli retires from the NHL

199916th MTV Awards: Lauryn Hill & Will Smith wins

1999John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette are killed in a plane crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. The Piper Saratoga aircraft was piloted by Kennedy.

1999Boris Yeltsin resigns as President of Russia, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the acting President.

1999In Milan, Italy, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece "The Last Supper" is put back on display.

1999Impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton begins in the US Senate.

1999Wayne Gretzky plays his last game in the NHL, as his New York Rangers lose 2-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins

1999President Bill Clinton is acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial.

199981st PGA Championship: Tiger Woods shoots a 277 at Medinah Country Club

1999113th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Andre Agassi (6-3 6-4 7-5)

1999Hip Hop artist Eminem releases his first major record album 'The Slim Shady LP' (Grammy 2000 - Rap album)

1999"American Beauty", starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, and Thora Birch, premieres in Los Angeles

199971st Academy Awards - "Shakespeare in Love", Roberto Benigni & Gwyneth Paltrow win

1999Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet.

1999John Elway's #7 jersey is retired by the Denver Broncos

1999Steve Yzerman scores his 600th career goal

1999Basketball player Michael Jordan announces his retirement only to return in 2001

1999Pope John Paul II travels to Romania becoming the first pope to visit a predominantly Eastern Orthodox country since the Great Schism in 1054.

1999"10 Things I Hate About You", a modernization of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, is released

199934th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw wins

1999John Elway announces his retirement from the NFL

199999th US Golf Open: Payne Stewart shoots a 279 at Pinehurst CC

1999 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
International Year of Elderly 
Jan 1
The Euro currency is introduced. 
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, 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 was launched. 
Jan 4
Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is sworn in as governor of Minnesota. 
Jan 4
Gunmen open fire on Shiite Muslims worshipping in an Islamabad mosque, killing 16 people and injuring 25. 
Jan 7
Impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton begins in the US Senate. 
Jan 10
25th People's Choice Awards: Tom Hanks & Sandra Bullock win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Helen Hunt win (TV) 
Jan 10
Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook) achieves his third UK No.1 single with 'Praise You' 
Jan 10
"The Sopranos", starring James Gandolfini as mobster Tony Soprano, debuts on HBO 
Jan 11
26th American Music Award: Celine Dion & Eric Clapton win 
Jan 11
Marty Schottenheimer resigns as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs 
Jan 13
Basketball player Michael Jordan announces his retirement only to return in 2001 
Jan 15
The Racak incident: 45 Albanians in the Kosovo village of Racak are killed by Yugoslav security forces. 
Jan 17
"The Miss", Minnesota Viking placekicker Gary Anderson had become the first kicker in history to finish the regular season without missing a field goal or extra point attempt, but misses a field goal late in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game, allowing the Atlanta Falcons to tie the game and eventually win it in overtime 
Jan 20
The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use aimed especially at Internet cafés. 
Jan 21
In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the US Coast Guard intercepts a ship carrying 4,300 kg of cocaine. 
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. 
Jan 31
Seth MacFarlane's "Family Guy" first airs on Fox 
Feb 3
In Jammu and Kashmir the political party Democratic Janata Dal (Jammu and Kashmir) is revived. 
Feb 4
MV New Carissa runs aground near Coos Bay, Oregon. 
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 6
NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 23-10 
Feb 7
Crown Prince Abdullah becomes the King of Jordan on the death of his father, King Hussein. 
Feb 12
President Bill Clinton is acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial. 
Feb 15
Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party, widely recognized as terrorist organization), was arrested in Kenya. 
Feb 15
7th ESPY Awards: Mark McGwire, Chamique Holdsclaw win 
Feb 16
O.J. Simpson's 1968 Heisman Trophy is sold for $230,000 to help settle a $33.5 million civil judgement against Simpson for the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend 
Feb 16
Across Europe, Kurdish rebels take over embassies and hold hostages after Turkey arrested one of their rebel leaders, Abdullah Öcalan. 
Feb 23
Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey. 
Feb 23
An avalanche destroys the Austrian village of Galtür, killing 31. 
Feb 23
Hip Hop artist Eminem releases his first major record album 'The Slim Shady LP' (Grammy 2000 - Rap album) 
Feb 24
The State of Arizona executes Karl LaGrand, a German national involved in an armed robbery, in spite of Germany's legal action to attempt to save him. 
Feb 24
A China Southern Airlines Tupolev TU-154 airliner crashes on approach to Wenzhou airport in eastern the People's Republic of China, killing 61. 
Feb 24
41st Grammy Awards: My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic), Lauryn Hill wins 
Feb 26
15th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins 
Feb 27
Olusegun Obasanjo becomes Nigeria's first elected president since mid-1983. 
Feb 27
Korea International School is founded by Soon-Il Chung. It is currently directed by Ann Clapper. 
Mar 5
Paul Okalik is elected first Premier of Nunavut. 
Mar 8
The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the murder convictions of Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing. 
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 15
Pluto again becomes outermost planet 
Mar 20
Legoland California, the first and only Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California. 
Mar 20
19th Golden Raspberry Awards: An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn wins 
Mar 21
Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon. 
Mar 21
71st Academy Awards - "Shakespeare in Love", Roberto Benigni & Gwyneth Paltrow win 
Mar 23
Gunmen assassinate Paraguay's Vice President Luis María Argaña. 
Mar 24
Kosovo War: NATO commences air bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country. 
Mar 24
Mont Blanc Tunnel Fire: 39 people die when a Belgian transport truck carrying flour and margarine caught fire in the Mont Blanc Tunnel. 
Mar 25
13th Soul Train Music Awards: Luther Vandross, R. Kelly & Lauryn Hill win 
Mar 26
The "Melissa worm" infects Microsoft word processing and e-mail systems around the world. 
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 28
18th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: at San Jose 
Mar 29
61st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: at ThunderDome St Petersburg 
Mar 29
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 10006.78 - above the 10,000 mark for the first time ever. 
Mar 31
"10 Things I Hate About You", a modernization of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, is released 
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 Organisation 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
Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara, President of Niger, is assassinated. 
Apr 11
63rd Golf Masters Championship: José María Olazábal wins, shooting a 280 
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
NATO mistakenly bombs a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees - Yugoslav officials say 75 people are killed. 
Apr 14
A severe hailstorm strikes Sydney, Australia causing A$1.7 billion in insured damages, the most costly natural disaster in Australian history. 
Apr 18
Wayne Gretzky plays his last game in the NHL, as his New York Rangers lose 2-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins 
Apr 19
The German Bundestag returns to Berlin. 
Apr 20
Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School located in Jefferson County, Colorado. 
Apr 29
Avala TV Tower near Belgrade is destroyed in NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. 
Apr 30
Cambodia joins the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bringing the total members to 10. 
May 1
125th Kentucky Derby: Chris Antley aboard Charismatic wins in 2:03.29 
May 2
Panamanian election, 1999: Mireya Moscoso becomes the first woman to be elected President of Panama. 
May 2
John Elway announces his retirement from the NFL 
May 3
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is slammed by an F5 tornado killing forty-two people, injuring 665, and causing $1 billion in damage. The tornado was one of 66 from the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak. 
May 3
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 11,000 for the first time in its history at 11,014.70. 
May 3
Stephen Hendry defeats Mark Williams 18-11 to win the World Snooker Championship for a record seventh time. 
May 5
34th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw wins 
May 7
Kosovo War: In Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, three Chinese citizens are killed and 20 wounded when a NATO aircraft bombs the Chinese embassy in Belgrade. 
May 7
In Guinea-Bissau, President João Bernardo Vieira is ousted in a military coup. 
May 7
Pope John Paul II travels to Romania becoming the first pope to visit a predominantly Eastern Orthodox country since the Great Schism in 1054. 
May 7
A jury finds The Jenny Jones Show and Warner Bros. liable in the shooting death of Scott Amedure, after the show purposely deceived Jonathan Schmitz to appear on a secret same-sex crush episode. Schmitz later killed Amedure and the jury awarded Amedure's family $25 million USD. 
May 8
Nancy Mace becomes the first female cadet to graduate from The Citadel military college. 
May 12
Sir David Steel becomes the first Presiding Officer (speaker) of the modern Scottish Parliament. 
May 21
All My Children star Susan Lucci finally wins a Daytime Emmy after being nominated 19 times, the longest period of unsuccessful nominations in television history 
May 24
Venezuela enters the Antarctic Treaty System. 
May 25
The United States House of Representatives releases the Cox Report which details the People's Republic of China's nuclear espionage against the U.S. over the prior two decades. 
May 27
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands indicts Slobodan Milošević and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo. 
May 28
In Milan, Italy, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece "The Last Supper" is put back on display. 
May 28
Two Swedish police officers are murdered with their own fire arms by the bank robbers Jackie Arklöv and Tony Olsson after a dramatic car chase. 
May 29
Olusegun Obasanjo takes office as President of Nigeria, the first elected and civilian head of state in Nigeria after 16 years of military rule. 
May 29
Space Shuttle Discovery completes the first docking with the International Space Station. 
May 30
Indianapolis 500: Kenny Bräck wins in 3:15:51.182 (246.513 km/h) 
Jun 2
The Bhutan Broadcasting Service brings television transmissions to the Kingdom for the first time. 
Jun 5
131st Belmont: Jose Santos aboard Lemon Drop Kid wins in 2:27.88 
Jun 6
53rd Tony Awards: Fosse & Side Man win 
Jun 6
In Australian Rules Football, Tony Lockett breaks the record for career goals, previously 1299 by Gordon Coventry and which had stood since 1937. 
Jun 6
At the Putim maximum security prison in Brazil, 345 prisoners run from the main gate in the largest jailbreak in Brazilian history, marking the 10th escape for the three-year-old facility. In the ensuing manhunt, two fugitives are killed and five innocent bystanders are accidentally jailed. 
Jun 9
Kosovo War: the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and North Atlantic Treaty Organization sign a peace treaty. 
Jun 10
Kosovo War: NATO suspends its air strikes after Slobodan Milošević agrees to withdraw Serbian forces from Kosovo. 
Jun 12
Kosovo War: Operation Joint Guardian begins - a NATO-led United Nations peacekeeping force KFor enters the province of Kosovo in Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. 
Jun 16
Thabo Mbeki is elected 2nd President of a democratic South Africa 
Jun 19
At about 4:30 pm, Stephen King is hit by a car on the shoulder of Route 5, in Lovell, Maine. He would suffer numerous injuries, including a collapsed right lung, multiple fractures of his right leg, scalp laceration and a broken hip 
Jun 20
99th US Golf Open: Payne Stewart shoots a 279 at Pinehurst CC 
Jun 22
Former Mpumalanga premier, Ndaweni Mahlangu causes a storm within political circles with his now infamous statement, "It is acceptable for politicians to lie", South Africa 
Jun 25
53rd NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat New York Knicks, 4 games to 1 
Jun 25
In his first state of the nation address, South African President Thabo Mbeki promises to tackle rampaging crime; the nation's murder rate is the third highest in the world and more than 49,000 cases of rape were reported in 1998 
Jun 27
ATB go to No.1 on the UK singles chart with '9pm, Till I Come' 
Jun 27
The Chemical Brothers go to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Surrender', their second No.1 album 
Jun 27
45th LPGA Championship won by Juli Inkster 
Jul 1
The Scottish Parliament is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth on the day powers are officially transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh. 
Jul 4
106th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lindsay Davenport beats Steffi Graf (6-4 7-5) 
Jul 4
113th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Andre Agassi (6-3 6-4 7-5) 
Jul 6
U.S. Army private Barry Winchell dies from baseball-bat injuries inflicted in his sleep the previous day by fellow soldiers for his relationship with transgendered showgirl and former Navy combat medic, Calpernia Addams. 
Jul 8
Allen Lee Davis is executed by electrocution by the state of Florida, the last use of the electric chair for capital punishment in Florida. 
Jul 9
Days of student protests begin after Iranian police and hardliners attack a student dormitory at the University of Tehran. 
Jul 11
20th US Seniors Golf Open: at Des Moines GC, W Des Moines, Iowa 
Jul 13
70th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-1 at Fenway Park, Boston 
Jul 15
The inaugural game at the Seattle Mariners' Safeco Field was held in Seattle, Washington. 
Jul 15
Scientists uncover possible reason for SS Waratah's disappearance 100 years later; The SS Waratah was a luxury steamer which did not reach its destination in 1909, and no trace of the wreckage was ever found 
Jul 16
John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette are killed in a plane crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. The Piper Saratoga aircraft was piloted by Kennedy. 
Jul 18
128th British Golf Open: at Carnoustie Scot Paul Lawrie wins after play off 
Jul 20
Falun Gong is banned in the People's Republic of China, and a large scale crackdown of the practice is launched. 
Jul 23
Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Al-Hassan is crowned King Mohammed VI of Morocco on the death of his father. 
Jul 23
ANA Flight 61 is hijacked in Tokyo, Japan. 
Jul 25
54th US Women's Open Golf Championship 
Jul 27
Tony Hawk is the first skateboarder to land a "900" 
Jul 31
Discovery Program: Lunar Prospector - NASA intentionally crashes the spacecraft into the Moon, thus ending its mission to detect frozen water on the moon's surface. 
Aug 2
"The Sixth Sense", starring Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, and Haley Joel Osment, premieres 
Aug 9
Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet. 
Aug 9
The Diet of Japan enacts a law establishing the Hinomaru and Kimi Ga Yo as the official national flag and national anthem. 
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 12
Shakira records her first live album in New York City, titled "MTV Unplugged" 
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 15
81st PGA Championship: Tiger Woods shoots a 277 at Medinah Country Club 
Aug 17
A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes İzmit, Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000. 
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 
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. 
Aug 31
Dino Ciccarelli retires from the NHL 
Sep 7
A 5.9 magnitude earthquake rocks Athens, rupturing a previously unknown fault, killing 143, injuring more than 500, and leaving 50,000 people homeless. 
Sep 8
United States Attorney General Janet Reno names former Senator John Danforth to head an independent investigation of the 1993 fire at the Branch Davidian church near Waco, Texas in response to revelations in the film Waco: The Rules of Engagement contradicting the official government stories. 
Sep 8
"American Beauty", starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, and Thora Birch, premieres in Los Angeles 
Sep 9
16th MTV Awards: Lauryn Hill & Will Smith wins 
Sep 12
Indonesia announces it will allow international peace-keepers into East Timor. 
Sep 12
51st Emmy Awards: The Practice, Ally McBeal, Dennis Franz & Edie Falco win 
Sep 13
Bomb explodes in Moscow, Russia. At least 119 people are killed. 
Sep 13
John Elway's #7 jersey is retired by the Denver Broncos 
Sep 14
Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga join the United Nations. 
Sep 21
Chi-Chi earthquake occurs in central Taiwan, leaving about 2,400 people dead. 
Sep 22
33rd Country Music Association Award: Shania Twain, Martina McBride & Tim McGraw wins 
Sep 23
NASA announces that it has lost contact with the Mars Climate Orbiter. 
Sep 23
Qantas Flight 1 overruns the runway in Bangkok during a storm. While some passengers only received minor injuries, it is still the worst crash in Qantas's history to date. 
Sep 30
Japan's worst nuclear accident at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tōkai-mura, northeast of Tokyo. 
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 SR-71. 
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. 
Oct 12
Pat LaFontaine formally retires from the NHL due to lingering concussion problems 
Oct 13
The United States Senate rejects ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). 
Oct 22
Maurice Papon, an official in the Vichy France government during World War II, is jailed for crimes against humanity. 
Oct 22
NHL goaltender Grant Fuhr wins his 400th career game (vs Florida Panthers) 
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 29
Deadliest Indian Ocean tropical cyclone hits Orissa, India. This event was known as 1999 Orissa cyclone ever since. 
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. 
Nov 6
Australians vote to keep the British monarch as their head of state in the Australian republic referendum. 
Nov 9
TAESA Flight 725, crashes a few minutes after leaving the Uruapan airport en-route to Mexico City. 18 people were killed in the accident. 
Nov 11
Last upside down date until January 1, 6000 
Nov 12
The Düzce earthquake strikes Turkey with a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale. 
Nov 15
Next transit of Mercury visible in North America 
Nov 18
In College Station, Texas, 12 are killed and 27 injured at Texas A&M University when a massive bonfire under construction collapses. 
Nov 19
Shenzhou 1: The People's Republic of China launches its first Shenzhou spacecraft. 
Nov 19
In Istanbul, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe ends a two-day summit by calling for a political settlement in Chechnya and adopting a Charter for European Security. 
Nov 26
Steve Yzerman scores his 600th career goal 
Nov 27
The left-wing Labour Party takes control of the New Zealand government with leader Helen Clark becoming the first elected female Prime Minister in New Zealand's history. 
Nov 28
87th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats Calgary Stampeders, 32-21 
Nov 30
In Seattle, Washington, United States, protests against the WTO meeting by anti-globalization protesters catch police unprepared and force the cancellation of opening ceremonies. 
Nov 30
British Aerospace and Marconi Electronic Systems merge to form BAE Systems, Europe's largest defence contractor and the fourth largest aerospace firm in the world. 
Dec 2
The United Kingdom devolves political power in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive. 
Dec 3
NASA loses radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander moments before the spacecraft enters the Martian atmosphere. 
Dec 5
88th Davis Cup: Australia beats France in Nice (3-2) 
Dec 7
The RIAA files a lawsuit against the Napster file-sharing client, on charges of copyright infringement. 
Dec 17
The United Nations General Assembly passes resolution 54/134 designating November 25 as the annual International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women. 
Dec 18
NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT. 
Dec 20
Portugal returns Macau to China 
Dec 21
The Spanish Civil Guard intercepts a van loaded with 950 kg of explosives that ETA intended to use to blow up Torre Picasso in Madrid. 
Dec 22
The Spanish Civil Guard finds near Calatayud (Zaragoza) another van loaded by ETA with 750 kg of explosives (see related event on December 21, 1999). 
Dec 26
Severe weather in France kills over 100 people and causes extensive damage to property, trees and the French national power grid (see Lothar). 
Dec 27
Joe Sakic records his 1,000th career point, an assist against the St. Louis Blues 
Dec 28
Saparmurat Niyazov is proclaimed President for Life in Turkmenistan. 
Dec 31
Control of Panama Canal reverts to Panama 
Dec 31
Boris Yeltsin resigns as President of Russia, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the acting President. 
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