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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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: Metallica were the first to raise many issues with copyright infringement.
The DK Rap formed part of Donkey Kong 64.
PayPal was voted one of the worst business ideas of the year. It's now worth several millions.
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.
Dublin Bus introduced 'autofare', which meant they wouldn't be providing change any more.
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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