May 8, 1999

May 8, 1999, was a Saturday. It was 25 years, 2 months, and 5 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

On This Day

What happened?

What happened on May 8, 1999?

  • Actress Dana Plato, who portrayed Kimberly Drummond in the sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes", dies from an overdose at the age of 34.
Song charts

Music charts

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on May 8, 1999:

  • United States: "No Scrubs" by TLC
  • United Kingdom: "Swear It Again" by Westlife

The Billboard Hot 100 on May 8, 1999

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

  • Livin' La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin
  • No Scrubs - TLC
  • Kiss Me - Sixpence None The Richer
  • Every Morning - Sugar Ray
  • Believe - Cher
Play the top songs 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.

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Entrapment" was at the top of the box office on May 8, 1999.


This date was 9,198 days ago. Approximately 307 months have passed. It was the 128th day of 1999, in week 18. The decade was the nineties. People born on this day are currently 25 years old and belong to the Gen-Z generation. The Earth has experienced 102 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to May 8, 1999

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

It is Saturday, May 8, 1999. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. People are currently enjoying their weekend.

The summer of 1999 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up, and the evenings are brighter than usual. The school year is nearly finished. In America, the song "No Scrubs" by TLC is at the top of the singles charts, while "Swear It Again" by Westlife is the number-one song in the UK. Bill Clinton is the President of the United States, and the movie Entrapment is at the top of the box office.

Tony Blair is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 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 Owen Hart, Fred Trump, John F. Kennedy Jr., and Wilt Chamberlain would all still be alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The X-Files", "JAG", "Charmed", and "Futurama". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Gran Turismo", "Mario Party", "Super Smash Bros.", and "Street Fighter Alpha 3".

Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Art Attack", "Dexter's Laboratory", "Clueless", and "Recess". Popular toys at the moment include Fisher-Price Great Adventures Castle, the Nintendo 64, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, and Groovy Girls.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on May 8, 1999.

  • The Mummy.

    The Mummy

    The film "The Mummy" was showing at movie theaters in May and June of 1999.
  • The Columbine High School massacre.

    The Columbine High School massacre

    On April 20th, 1999, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris shot and killed 13 people at their high school in Colorado. The pair subsequently committed suicide. This mass shooting led to increased security across schools in the United States. It also reignited calls for more gun control measures.
  • Mambo No. 5.

    Mambo No. 5

    Lou Bega's cover of Mambo No. 5 was released in April of 1999. It remained on top of the charts for over 10 weeks.
  • 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.
  • 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?

Notable events that happened close to May 8, 1999.

  • 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.
  • May 2, 1999: English actor Oliver Reed dies from a heart attack at the age of 61.
  • May 3, 1999: 45 people are killed when an F5 tornado hits Oklahoma City.
  • May 7, 1999: The Mummy (1999) is released in cinemas.
  • This date: May 8, 1999
  • May 11, 1999: Jennifer Lopez releases her debut single "If You Had My Love".
  • May 12, 1999: The Scottish Parliament holds its first meeting.
  • May 18, 1999: The Backstreet Boys release their album "Millennium", which contains singles such as "I Want It That Way".
  • May 19, 1999: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) is released.
  • May 21, 1999:
    • Notting Hill (1999), starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, is released in movie theaters.
    • The single "Sweet Like Chocolate" is released by Shanks & Bigfoot.
    • Gay Byrne hosts his final Late Late Show.
  • May 22, 1999: FA Cup Final 1999: Manchester United defeat Newcastle United 2-0, with the two goals coming from Sheringham and Scholes.
  • May 23, 1999:
    • WWF wrestler Owen Hart dies after falling during a live show.
    • The final episode of "Sister, Sister" is aired.
  • May 25, 1999: The comedy television series "Home Improvement" comes to an end.
  • May 26, 1999: Manchester United defeat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final after scoring two goals in injury time.
  • May 29, 1999: The body of Iron Butterfly bassist Philip Taylor Kramer is found 4 years after he disappeared from Highway 101.
  • May 31, 1999:
    • The Chemical Brothers release the song "Hey Boy Hey Girl".
    • The video game "Ape Escape" is released on the PlayStation.
  • June 1, 1999:
    • Christina Aguilera releases her debut song "Genie in a Bottle".
    • Jennifer Lopez releases her debut studio album "On the 6".
    • Music-sharing website Napster is founded.
    • Blink-182 release their album "Enema of the State".
    • Ja Rule releases his debut album "Venni Vetti Vecci".
  • June 2, 1999: The TV show "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" comes to an end after six years.
  • June 6, 1999: 345 prisoners escape from Putim prison in Brazil.
  • June 7, 1999: Osama bin Laden is placed on the FBI's most wanted list.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 8, 1999, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1999 was the year of the Rabbit (Yin Fire).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 5.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 8, 1999 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Late 1990s fashion

Photographs of late 1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 1990s fashion

Television shows

TV shows in 1999

The following TV shows were popular in May 1999:

TV shows from May 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

Kids TV shows on May 8, 1999

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1999:

SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants
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

Popular toys and games in 1999

Toys and games that were popular in 1999:

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 May 1999.

Street Fighter Alpha 3 1999
Street Fighter Alpha 3
Super Smash Bros. 1999
Super Smash Bros.
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

Were you born on May 8, 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 May 8, 2005, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on May 8.

Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman

US President Deceased
Born on May 8, 1884
He was not alive on this date.

David Attenborough

David Attenborough

British broadcaster
Born on May 8, 1926
He turned 73 on this day in 1999.

Sonny Liston

Sonny Liston

Boxer Deceased
Born on May 8, 1932
He was not alive on this date.

Enrique Iglesias

Enrique Iglesias

Born on May 8, 1975
He turned 24 on this day in 1999.

Matt Willis

Matt Willis

Born on May 8, 1983
He turned 16 on this day in 1999.



Born on May 8, 1996
He turned 3 on this day in 1999.



National holidays and famous events that fall on May 8:


US President

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on May 8, 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 May 8, 1999 was most likely conceived around August 15, 1998.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 8, 1999 is close to January 29, 2000.

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Stats for May 8, 1999


Here are some interesting statistics about May 8, 1999:

  • 9,198 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,314 weeks have passed.
  • 794,707,200 seconds have passed since May 8, 1999.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 927,158,400 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 410,068,915,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 132,451,200 times.
  • You have taken approximately 68,344,819 steps. That's roughly 30,375 miles.
  • 9,536,486 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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