April 1, 1999 April Fools' Day

April 1, 1999, was a Thursday. It was 25 years, 1 month, and 17 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Aries.

On This Day

On this day

What happened on April 1, 1999?

  • A minimum wage (£3.60 per hour) is introduced in Britain for the first time.
Song charts

Music charts

Songs that were on top of the charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on April 1, 1999:

  • United States: "Believe" by Cher
  • United Kingdom: "Blame It On The Weathermen" by B*Witched

The Billboard Hot 100 on April 1, 1999

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Believe - Cher
  • Heartbreak Hotel - Whitney Houston Feat. Faith Evans & Kelly Price
  • Angel Of Mine - Monica
  • I Still Believe - Mariah Carey
  • Kiss Me - Sixpence None The Richer
Play the top singles from 1999
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1999. Take a trip back to the days of Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, Eminem, Sisqo and the Chemical Brothers.
Forces of Nature

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Forces of Nature" was at the top of the box office on April 1, 1999.


This date occurred 9,179 days ago. Approximately 306 months have passed. It was the 91st day of 1999, in week 13. The decade was the nineties. People who were born on April 1, 1999, are now 25 years old and belong to the Gen-Z generation. The Earth has experienced 102 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to April 1, 1999

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

The date is April 1, 1999, and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aries. It is April Fools' Day, which means that people are playing practical jokes on one another.

The summer of 1999 is drawing closer, and temperatures have started to rise. In America, the song "Believe" by Cher is at the top of the singles charts, while "Blame It On The Weathermen" by B*Witched is the number-one song in the UK. Bill Clinton is the President of the United States, and the movie Forces of Nature is at the top of the box office.

Tony Blair is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Last of the Summer Wine", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "The Royle Family", and "Will & Grace". The CD is quickly becoming the dominant format for music, and people are buying portable players such as the "Discman". Consequently, sales of cassette tapes are continuing to decline.

In fashion, bright and metallic colors are all the rage—a big change from the darker "grunge" colors of the early 1990s. Women are wearing maxi skirts, bell bottoms, knee boots, crop tops, tube tops, slip dresses, maxi coats, and platform shoes. Meanwhile, a lot of men have ditched their grunge and skater clothes in favor of a "dress casual" look. They are also beginning to cut their hair shorter. A relatively new form of communication called "text messaging" is becoming more widespread. Although the technology has been around since the mid-1990s, it was only recently that cell providers allowed users to send SMS messages to people on different networks. It's 1999, so radio stations are being dominated by the likes of Cher, TLC, Monica, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Santana and Ricky Martin.

The Nokia 3210 is currently one of the most popular cellphones on the market. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Rick Rude, Jill Dando, Dana Plato, and Owen Hart would all still be alive. People are playing video games such as "The X-Files Game", "Spyro the Dragon", "Syphon Filter", and "WCW Nitro".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Tales from the Cryptkeeper", "All That", "Smart Guy", and "Recess". Children are playing with toys such as Car City Carpet, Gogo's Crazy Bones, Betty Spaghetty (doll), and the Game Boy Color.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on April 1, 1999.

  • Kosovo War Bombing.

    Kosovo War Bombing

    In March 1999, NATO began a bombing campaign in Yugoslavia after peace talks failed.
  • Nokia 3210.

    Nokia 3210

    The Nokia 3210 was released in March 1999. Over the course of the next year, it went on to become one of the most popular cellphones in history.
  • Silent Hill.

    Silent Hill

    On February 23rd, 1999, the survival horror video game "Silent Hill" was released for the PlayStation.
  • Santana - "Smooth"

    Santana - "Smooth"

    The song "Smooth" by Santana went on to win a Grammy for 1999's Record of the Year.
  • 1999 in music.

    1999 in music

    Popular music artists in 1999 included Monica, Backstreet Boys, Cher, Whitney Houston, N Sync, TLC, Sixpence None the Richer, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Pearl Jam, Destiny's Child, Ja Rule, Jay-Z, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears.
  • The highest paid celebrities in 1999.

    The highest paid celebrities in 1999

    According to Forbes, the highest paid celebrities in 1999 were Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Spielberg, The Spice Girls, Harrison Ford, Robin Williams, Celine Dion and The Rolling Stones.
  • Who were the best NBA players in 1999?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1999?

    In 1999, the best NBA players were Karl Malone, Tim Duncan, Alonzo Mourning, Allen Iverson, Jason Kidd, Chris Webber, Grant Hill, Shaquille O'Neal, Gary Payton, Tim Hardaway, Kevin Garnett, Antonio McDyess, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kobe Bryant and John Stockton.
  • Time Person of the Year 1999.

    Time Person of the Year 1999

    Amazon CEO Jeffrey P. Bezos was named Time Person of the Year in 1999 due to the rise in online shopping.
  • 1999 in movies.

    1999 in movies

    Movies released in 1999 included Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, The Sixth Sense, Toy Story 2, Tarzan, The Matrix, The Mummy, Notting Hill, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Office Space, Fight Club, The Blair Witch Project, The Green Mile and American Pie.
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar.

    Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar was named FHM's sexiest woman of the year in 1999.
  • Best soccer players.

    Best soccer players

    In 1999, the best soccer players were Rivaldo, David Beckham, Andriy Shevchenko, Gabriel Batistuta, Luís Figo, Roy Keane, Christian Vieri, Juan Sebastián Verón, Raúl, Lothar Matthäus and Dwight Yorke.
  • The Y2K bug.

    The Y2K bug

    Throughout 1999, the media focused on Y2K and the dawn of the new millennium. There was also a lot of concern about the Millennium Bug. Thankfully, nothing serious occurred, as many developers spent countless nights making sure that it would not be an issue.
  • American Beauty.

    American Beauty

    The film "American Beauty" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1999.
  • Text messaging is exploding in popularity.

    Text messaging is exploding in popularity

    Text messaging exploded between 1999 and 2001. This was due to the fact that more and more people were buying cellphones. Furthermore, providers were starting to allow users to send SMS messages to contacts on other networks.
  • The Game Boy Color.

    The Game Boy Color

    The Game Boy Color was the go-to handheld device for gamers. Notable games included Wario Land 3, Donkey Kong Country, and the various Pokémon releases.
  • Floppy disks are being phased out.

    Floppy disks are being phased out

    The floppy disk was being phased out by this point, as the emergence of the CD-RW and faster Internet speeds had made it somewhat redundant.
  • Pagers are dying out.

    Pagers are dying out

    Pagers started to die out at the end of the 1990s. This was due to the growing availability of cellphones. Pagers were small devices that allowed the owner to receive messages. More often than not, the message in question was a memo or a phone number that they were supposed to call back.
  • Landline phones are still popular... for now.

    Landline phones are still popular... for now

    Although most houses still had landline telephones, they were starting to slowly die out due to the increasing availability of cellphones.
  • CD folders and disc towers.

    CD folders and disc towers

    People were using CD folders and disc towers to store their music collections and PlayStation games. CD folders were particularly useful if you wanted to switch between different albums while driving.
  • Ask Jeeves.

    Ask Jeeves

    Internet users were using a search engine called "Ask Jeeves".
  • Late 1990s Fashion.

    Late 1990s Fashion

    Popular clothing items included pleather pants, high-waisted miniskirts, and halter tops. Metallic clothing became more prominent. Cargo pants and other military-inspired clothing also started to become more popular. Preppy looks became widespread among young men as brands such as "Old Navy" and "Abercrombie & Fitch" became more and more popular. The rave scene also inspired the comeback of more colors.
  • The Nintendo 64.

    The Nintendo 64

    The Nintendo 64 was competing with Sony's PlayStation console. Popular games included Mario Kart 64, GoldenEye 007, and Yoshi's Story.
  • The Internet is still a novelty.

    The Internet is still a novelty

    Although the Internet existed, it was still something of a novelty in the late 1990s. Many people had to visit their local library just to "surf the web". Social media wasn't a thing yet, and most sites consisted of gaudy, static web pages.
  • Sony PlayStation.

    Sony PlayStation

    The Sony PlayStation (PS1) was released in September 1995. It was one of the best-selling video game consoles of the 1990s.
  • CDs have become the dominant music format.

    CDs have become the dominant music format

    By this stage, the CD had become the dominant music format. Consequently, sales of CD players and the "Discman" continued to increase. Meanwhile, people were beginning to replace their cassette players.
  • VCRs are common household items.

    VCRs are common household items

    Everyone was using VCRs to watch tapes of movies and TV shows. The device also gave people the ability to record programs and films onto a blank tape.
  • Wallpaper is beginning to go out of style.

    Wallpaper is beginning to go out of style

    By the 1990s, "modernism" was starting to heavily influence interior design trends. As a result, sales of wallpaper started to decline. Instead of using decorative wallpaper, people were beginning to opt for minimalist, painted walls.
  • The Scrunchie.

    The Scrunchie

    People are wearing an elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie".

Personality traits

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What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around April 1, 1999.

  • March 2, 1999: Rapper Ja Rule releases his debut single "Holla Holla".
  • March 4, 1999: Victoria and David Beckham have a son named Brooklyn.
  • March 5, 1999: Cruel Intentions (1999) is released.
  • March 7, 1999: American film director Stanley Kubrick dies from a heart attack at the age of 70.
  • March 8, 1999: Baseball legend Joe DiMaggio passes away from lung cancer at the age of 84.
  • March 12, 1999:
    • Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic join NATO.
    • The horror film "The Rage: Carrie 2" is released in movie theaters.
  • March 18, 1999: The Nokia 3210 cellphone is released.
  • March 20, 1999: Legoland California is opened in Carlsbad, California.
  • March 21, 1999: English comedian Ernie Wise dies at the age of 73.
  • March 22, 1999: American country music group Lonestar release their single "Amazed".
  • March 23, 1999: Ricky Martin releases his single Livin' la Vida Loca.
  • March 24, 1999:
    • NATO launches air strikes against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
    • 38 people die after a truck carrying flour and margarine catches fire in the Mont Blanc Tunnel between Italy and France.
  • March 28, 1999:
    • WrestleMania XV: Stone Cold Steve Austin defeats The Rock at the First Union Center in Philadelphia.
    • Rapper Freaky Tah is shot dead in Queens, New York.
  • March 29, 1999: Stock market: The Dow Jones hits the 10,000 mark for the first time.
  • March 31, 1999:
    • The Matrix (1999) is released in movie theaters.
    • The romantic comedy film "10 Things I Hate About You" is released in movie theaters.
  • This date: April 1, 1999
  • April 3, 1999: NBA player Darryl Strawberry is arrested for attempting to solicit sex from an undercover policewoman.
  • April 5, 1999: The suspects behind the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing are handed over to British authorities.
  • April 6, 1999: Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra announce that they are separating after being married for less than 6 months.
  • April 9, 1999:
    • The comedy movie Never Been Kissed (1999) is released.
    • The President of Niger, Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara, is assassinated.
  • April 15, 1999: Social networking service LiveJournal is launched.
  • April 17, 1999: A nail bomb explodes in Brixton, South London.
  • April 19, 1999:
    • Lou Bega releases his single Mambo No. 5.
    • Westlife release their debut single "Swear It Again".
  • April 20, 1999:
    • The Columbine High School massacre occurs, resulting in the deaths of 15 people.
    • Wrestler Rick Rude dies from an overdose at the age of 40.
  • April 26, 1999:
    • The video game "Super Smash Bros." is released for the Nintendo 64.
    • English television presenter Jill Dando is gunned down outside of her house in Fulham.
  • April 27, 1999: Rapper DMX releases his single Slippin'.
  • April 28, 1999: American Football player Brandon Burlsworth dies in a car accident at the age of 22.
  • April 30, 1999:
    • A neo-Nazi named David Copeland detonates a nail bomb at a pub in Soho, London.
    • The game "Grand Theft Auto: London 1969" is released for the Sony PlayStation.
  • May 1, 1999: The body of English mountaineer George Mallory is discovered on Mount Everest, 75 years after he went missing.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on April 1, 1999, will have the star sign Aries.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1999 was the year of the Rabbit (Yin Fire).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 6.
  • Native American Zodiac: April 1, 1999 falls under the Falcon.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of April will have the birthstone Diamond.
  • Birth flower (April): The Daisy and the Sweet Pea.

Late 1990s fashion

Photographs of late 1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 1990s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in April 1999

Television shows that people were watching in April 1999:

TV shows from April 1999.

The Sopranos
The Sopranos
Will & Grace
Will & Grace
The King of Queens
The King of Queens
The Royle Family
The Royle Family
That '70s Show
That '70s Show
Sex and the City
Sex and the City
Celebrity Deathmatch
Celebrity Deathmatch
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place
Dawson's Creek
Dawson's Creek

Cars in 1999

1999 saw the introduction of cars such as the Toyota Yaris, the Volkswagen Bora, the Ford Taurus (fourth generation), the BMW X5, the Opel Zafira, and the Honda Insight.

Cars in 1999.

Children TV shows

Cartoons and children's TV shows in April 1999

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

Digimon Adventure
Digimon Adventure
Batman Beyond
Batman Beyond
Ed, Edd n Eddy
Ed, Edd n Eddy

Bob the Builder
Bob the Builder
The Powerpuff Girls
The Powerpuff Girls
Godzilla: The Series
Godzilla: The Series
Cousin Skeeter
Cousin Skeeter
The Wild Thornberrys
The Wild Thornberrys
That '70s Show
That '70s Show

Toys in 1999

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

Fisher Price Chatter Phone
Fisher Price Chatter Phone
Rescue Heroes figures
Rescue Heroes figures
Dragonfly RC Stunt Racer
Dragonfly RC Stunt Racer
The Game Boy Color
The Game Boy Color
Betty Spaghetty (doll)
Betty Spaghetty (doll)
Groovy Girls
Groovy Girls
Gogo's Crazy Bones
Gogo's Crazy Bones
Spice Girls dolls
Spice Girls dolls
The Pokémon Trading Card Game
The Pokémon Trading Card Game
Bop It
Bop It
Car City Carpet
Car City Carpet
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in April 1999.

Final Fantasy VIII 1999
Final Fantasy VIII
Mario Party 1999
Mario Party
WCW Nitro 1999
WCW Nitro
SimCity 3000 1999
SimCity 3000
Syphon Filter 1999
Syphon Filter
Silent Hill 1999
Silent Hill
Baldur's Gate 1998
Baldur's Gate
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 1998
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
FIFA 99 1998
Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus 1998
Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus
Half-Life 1998
Crash Bandicoot: Warped 1998
Crash Bandicoot: Warped

Were you born on April 1, 1999?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1999.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out April 1, 2005, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on April 1.

Otto von Bismarck

Otto von Bismarck

President of Prussia Deceased
Born on April 1, 1815
He was not alive on this date.

Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle

Born on April 1, 1961
She turned 38 on this day in 1999.

Phillip Schofield

Phillip Schofield

TV presenter
Born on April 1, 1962
He turned 37 on this day in 1999.

Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow

TV host
Born on April 1, 1973
She turned 26 on this day in 1999.

Randy Orton

Randy Orton

Born on April 1, 1980
He turned 19 on this day in 1999.

Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor

American football player Deceased
Born on April 1, 1983
He turned 16 on this day in 1999.

Jonny May

Jonny May

Rugby player
Born on April 1, 1990
He turned 9 on this day in 1999.

Logan Paul

Logan Paul

Born on April 1, 1995
He turned 4 on this day in 1999.



National holidays and famous events that fall on April 1:


US President

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on April 1, 1999.


UK Prime Minister

Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Bertie Ahern was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on April 1, 1999 was most likely conceived around July 9, 1998.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on April 1, 1999 is close to December 23, 1999.

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Stats for April 1, 1999


Here are some interesting statistics about April 1, 1999:

  • 9,179 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,311 weeks have passed.
  • 793,065,600 seconds have passed since April 1, 1999.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 925,243,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 409,221,849,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 132,177,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 68,203,642 steps. That's roughly 30,313 miles.
  • 9,516,787 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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