1999 Trivia, Fun Facts and History

1999 Trivia, Fun Facts and History

Quick Facts from 1999:

  • World Wide Worry: Would the Y2K computer bug end the world was we know it?
  • The Top Song was Smooth by Santana with Rob Thomas
  • The Movies to Watch include The Sixth Sense, Stuart Little, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Meand Tarzan
  • The Most Famous Person in America was probably Bill Gates
  • Notable books include: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling and From Hell(collected) by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
  • Price of a postage stamp in 1999: 33 cents
    Sony Diskman: $59.00
    Crayola crayons 64 pack: $1.79
  • The Funny Guys were: Chris Rock and Mitch Hedberg
    The Funny Late Late Night Host: Craig Kilborn
  • Myth Becomes Reality: Prior to 1999, the American Express Black Card was just a myth. AmEx decided to capitalize on it and actually make a black, exclusive credit card. You can only qualify if you are a multi-millionaire and get an invitation.

Top Ten Baby Names of 1999:
Emily, Hannah, Alexis, Sarah, Samantha, Jacob, Michael, Matthew, Joshua, Nicholas

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Gisele Bündchen, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Claudia Schiffer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Shania Twain, Denise Richards, Rebecca Romijn, Heidi Klum

Leading Men and Hollywood Hunks:
David Beckham, Christian Bale, Justin Timberlake, George Clooney

“The Quotes:”
“I see dead people”
– Haley Joel Osmet, in ‘The Sixth Sense’

‘Is that your final answer?’
– Regis Philbin, on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Time Magazine’s Person of the Year:
Jeff Bezos

Miss America:
Nicole Johnson (Virginia Beach, VA)

Miss USA:
Kimberly Pressler (New York)

The Scandals:
Y2k was a bust. Many thought that most computers would stop working when the year 2000 hit.

Airplane Celebrity Death:
John F. Kennedy Jr.

Sports Entertainment Death:
Owen Hart (WWF wrestler, live on TV)

12 people were killed and 27 injured at Texas A&M University when a massive bonfire under construction collapsed.

Pro Golfer Death:
Payne Stewart when his plan lost cabin presuure and all occupants passed out. After 4 hours of autopilot, the airplane crashed in South dakota.

TV Child Star Death:
Dana Plato, age 34 (overdose)

Joan Murray survived a 14,500 ft fall when her main parachute failed while skydiving. She landed in a fire ant mound. Numerous venomous stings caused an adrenaline rush to keep her heart beating long enough for doctors to assist.

Pop Culture History:
Finally, Pac-Man’s Perfect Score! Billy Mitchell, played Pac-Man for six hours non-stop to reach the 256th screen and achieve a score of 3,333,360. Pac-Man was released in 1980.

Susan Lucci won her first Daytime Emmy Award, after 19 nominations.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1999: $1,600,000

The Habits:
Collecting Pokemion “pocket monsters” toys, cards and games. Also watchig them on television.

Watching The Blair With Project in theaters. The film earned $248 Million and cost about $25,000.

Watching ABC TV’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? at home. This show was the spark for network reality television.

1999 Toys inducted to the National Toy Hall of Fame:
Barbie, Crayola Crayon, Erector Set, Etch A Sketch, Frisbee, Hula Hoop, Lego, Lincoln Logs, Marbles, Monopoly, Play-Doh, Radio Flyer Wagon, Roller Skates, Teddy Bear, Tinkertoy, View-Master, Duncan Yo-Yo

1st appearances & 1999’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Furby Babies, Pokemon, Mary-Kate and Ashley and Britney Spears dolls, Chuck-E-Cheese Pizza Factory

Broadway Show – Fosse (Dance Musical) Opened on January 14, 1999 and Closed: August 25, 2001

East End Show – Mamma Mia! (Musical) Opened on April 6, 1999

Broadway Show – Annie Get Your Gun (Musical) Opened on March 4, 1999 and Closed: September 1, 2001

East End Show – The Lion King (Musical) Opened on October 19, 1999

Popular and Notable Books From 1999:
A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe
The Alibi by Sandra Brown
Apollyon by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
Assassins by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
Bittersweet by Danielle Steel
Black Notice by Patricia Cornwell
Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
From Hell (collected) by Alan Moore Eddie Campbell
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
Hannibal by Thomas Harris
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Irresistible Forces by Danielle Steel
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky
Southern Cross by Patricia Cornwell
Star Wars: Episode 1, The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks
Tara Road by Maeve Binchy
The Testament by John Grisham
Timeline by Michael Crichton
We’ll Meet Again by Mary Higgins Clark

Best Film Oscar Winner:
Shakespeare in Love (presented in 1999)

1999 Entries to The National Film Registry:
Civilization (released in 1916)
Do the Right Thing (released in 1989)
The Docks of New York (released in 1928)
Duck Amuck (released in 1953)
The Emperor Jones (released in 1933)
Gunga Din (released in 1939)
In the Land of the Head Hunters (released in 1914)
Jazz on a Summer’s Day (released in 1959)
King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis (released in 1970)
The Kiss (released in 1896)
Kiss Me Deadly (released in 1955)
Lambchops (released in 1929)
Laura (released in 1944)
Master Hands (released in 1936)
My Man Godfrey (released in 1936)
Night of the Living Dead (released in 1968)
The Plow That Broke the Plains (released in 1936)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (released in 1981)
Roman Holiday (released in 1953)
The Shop Around the Corner (released in 1940)
A Streetcar Named Desire (released in 1951)
The Ten Commandments (released in 1956)
Trance and Dance in Bali (released in 1936/1939)
The Wild Bunch (released in 1969)
Woman of the Year (released in 1942)

The Big Movies: (according to boxofficemojo)
1. Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace
2. The Sixth Sense
3. Toy Story 2
4. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
5. The Matrix
6. Tarzan
7. Big Daddy
8. The Mummy
9. Runaway Bride
10. Blair Witch Project

1999 Most Popular TV shows:
1. Who Wants To Be a Millionaire (ABC)
2. E.R. (NBC)
3. Friends (NBC)
4. Frasier (NBC)
5. 60 Minutes (CBS)
6. The Practice (ABC)
7. Touched By An Angel (CBS)
8. Law and Order (NBC)
9. Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)
10. Jesse (NBC)

1999 Billboard Number One Songs:
December 5 – January 15:
I’m Your Angel – R. Kelly & Céline Dion

January 16 – January 29:
Have You Ever – Brandy

January 30 – February 7:
…Baby One More Time – Britney Spears

February 13 – March 12:
Angel Of Mine – Monica

March 13 – April 9:
Believe – Cher

April 10 – May 7:
No Scrubs – TLC

May 8 – June 4:
Livin’ La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin

June 5 – July 16:
If You Had My Love – Jennifer Lopez

July 17 – July 23:
Bills, Bills, Bills – Destiny’s Child

July 24 – July 30:
Wild Wild West – Will Smith featuring Dru Hill and Kool Moe Dee

July 31 – September 3:
Genie In A Bottle – Christina Aguilera

September 4 – September 17:
Bailamos – Enrique Iglesias

September 18 – October 8:
Unpretty – TLC

October 9 – October 22:
Heartbreaker – Mariah Carey featuring Jay-Z
October 23, 1999- January 14, 2000:
Smooth – Santana featuring Rob Thomas

World Series Champions: New York Yankees
Superbowl XXXIII Champions: Denver Broncos
NBA Champions: San Antonio Spurs
Stanley Cup Champs: Dallas Stars
U.S. Open Golf Payne Stewart
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Andre Agassi/Serena Williams
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Pete Sampras/Lindsay Davenport
NCAA Football Champions: Florida State
NCAA Basketball Champions: Connecticut
Kentucky Derby: Charismatic

BrandiSports Highlights:
Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France for the first time, winning seven in all, losing all of them later, in 2012.

Brandi Chastain’s penalty kick won for the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, beating Chin. She dropped to her knees and ripped off her jersey in celebration. Sports bras as outer wear became somewhat fashionable for a few months after that.