1999 in history

1999 in history

Here are some light-hearted facts about 1999, designed to serve as a prep sheet for a radio feature on 1999.

I created this page because when I needed some notes to create a few talking points about 1999 in Ireland I couldn't find any suitable sources, so I thought I'd share what I did find. It applies to 1999 in Britain too.

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1999

  • Tarzan was released. Phil Collins recorded the soundtrack in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish - good for audio

  • It was all about the Pokémon series: toys, cards and games were popular in this year.

  • Mamma Mia the Musical opened in this year

  • The Sopranos and West Wing were first aired.

  • Bob the Builder and SpongeBob SquarePants were shown on TV for the first time.

  • 'South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut', Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Sixth Sense, The Matrix, Notting Hill and Fight Club were released.

  • TFI Friday became the first TV show to give away a million pounds, in a segment which was making fun of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. [info: it took years for anyone to win Who Wants To Be A Millionaire]

  • The £3.60 minimum wage was introduced in the UK.

  • Victoria Adams married David Beckham. The wedding was held at Luttrellstown Castle in Dublin. David has since bought Victoria a further 13 engagement rings.

  • The Euro was established.

  • Music downloading service Napster was launched. Within two years it was forced to close down.

  • PayPal was voted one of the worst business ideas of the year. It's now worth several millions.

  • MySpace was created - one of the first social media.

  • Family Guy and Futurama debuted on Fox in this year.

  • Colin Prescot and Andy Elson set a new endurance record of being aloft in a hot air balloon for 233 hours and 55 minutes.

  • It was a solar eclipse year.

  • Everyone feared the Millennium Bug.

  • Gay Byrne hosted his last ever Late Late Show.


While these facts about 1999 have been checked against third-party sources (and have been used on air before!), they are provided in good faith to inspire your research and no guarantee is made about their accuracy or their uniqueness.

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