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May 21st, 1999.

May 21st, 1999, was a Friday. It was day 141 of 1999. The decade was the 1990s.

22 years, 3 months and 29 days have passed since May 21st, 1999.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Gemini.

On this day.

What happened on May 21st, 1999?

  • Gay Byrne hosts his final Late Late Show.
  • Notting Hill (1999), starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, is released in movie theaters.
  • The single "Sweet Like Chocolate" is released by Shanks & Bigfoot.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 21st, 1999.

  • United States: Livin' La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin
  • United Kingdom: I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys
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The Mummy

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "The Mummy" was at the top of the box office on May 21st, 1999.

Take me back to May 21st, 1999!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is May 21st, 1999 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Gemini. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

The summer of 1999 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual. In America, the song Livin' La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, I Want It That Way by Backstreet Boys is the number one hit song.

Bill Clinton is currently the President of the United States and the movie The Mummy is at the top of the Box Office. In the United Kingdom, Tony Blair is the current Prime Minister. Meanwhile, CDs have become the dominant format for music. People are buying CD players and the portable CD players such as the "Discman". As a result, the older cassette tape format is continuing to decline in sales.

In fashion, bright and metallic colors are all the rage. A contrast with the darker "grunge" colors that were popular at the beginning of the 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 sporting a more "dressy casual" look. Shorter hair on men is also becoming more popular. A relatively new form of communication called "text messaging" is continuing to explode in popularity. Although the technology has been around since the mid-1990s, it was only recently that cell providers started to allow 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 cell phones on the market. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Owen Hart, John F. Kennedy Jr., Walter Payton and Big Pun would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Beverly Hills, 90210", "ER", "7th Heaven" and "Dawson's Creek".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Spyro the Dragon", "Half-Life", "Silent Hill" and "Super Smash Bros.". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "All That", "In the House", "Daria" and "Recess". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of the PlayStation (PS1), the Pokémon Trading Card Game, Spice Girls dolls and the Game Boy Color.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on May 21st, 1999.

  • Jennifer Lopez starts her music career.

    Jennifer Lopez starts her music career.

    In may of 1999, American actress Jennifer Lopez released her debut single "If You Had My Love".

  • Eurovision 1999.

    Eurovision 1999.

    The 1999 Eurovision song contest was held in Jerusalem, Israel. Sweden went on to win the contest with the song "Take Me to Your Heaven" by Charlotte Nilsson.

  • The Mummy.

    The Mummy.

    In May and June of 1999, the film "The Mummy" was showing at movie theaters.

  • SpongeBob SquarePants makes his debut.

    SpongeBob SquarePants makes his debut.

    On May 1st, 1999, the first episode of "SpongeBob SquarePants" was aired on Nickelodeon.

  • 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 of 1999, NATO began a bombing campaign in Yugoslavia after peace talks failed.

  • Nokia 3210.

    Nokia 3210.

    In March of 1999, the Nokia 3210 was released. Over the course of 1999 and 2000, the Nokia 3210 went on to become one of the most popular cell phones 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 as the Time Person of the Year in 1999. This was because of 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 as FHM's sexiest woman of the year in 1999.

  • Who were the best football players in 1999?

    Who were the best football players in 1999?

    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 much of 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.

    Between 1999 and 2001, the act of "text messaging" continued to explode in popularity. This was due to the fact that more and more people were buying cellphones and providers were starting to allow users to send SMS messages to their contacts on different networks.

  • The Game Boy Color.

    The Game Boy Color.

    During this time, the Game Boy Color was the go-to handheld device for gamers. Popular 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.

    In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the floppy disk was phased out. The emergence of the CD-RW and faster Internet speeds made the diskette redundant.

  • Pagers are dying out.

    Pagers are dying out.

    At the end of the 1990s, pagers started to die out. This was due to the growing availability of cellphones. Pagers were small devices 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.

    During this period, landline phones were still popular. However, they would soon start to decline due to the rise of mobile phones.

  • CD folders.

    CD folders.

    During the late 1990s and early naughties, many people used CD folders to store their music collection. Disc towers were also popular for albums and things such as PlayStation games.

  • Late 1990s Fashion.

    Late 1990s Fashion.

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

  • The Nintendo 64.

    The Nintendo 64.

    During this period, the Nintendo 64 was competing with Sony's PlayStation console. Popular games included the likes of Mario Kart 64, GoldenEye 007 and Yoshi's Story.

  • The PlayStation.

    The PlayStation.

    The PlayStation (PS1) was released in September of 1995. It was one of the best-selling video game consoles of the 1990s.

  • CDs become the dominant music format.

    CDs become the dominant music format.

    From the mid-1990s onward, CDs became the dominant format for music. CD players and the "Discman" increased in popularity while sales of cassette tapes and vinyl records continued to peter out.

  • VCRs are a common household item.

    VCRs are a common household item.

    During this period, people were 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.

  • The Scrunchie.

    The Scrunchie.

    During the 1990s, an elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie" was in fashion.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 22 years, 3 months and 29 days have passed since May 21st, 1999.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 20 of 1999.
  • Leap Year: 1999 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on May 21st, 1999, will be 22 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1999 belong to the Generation Z generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 927241200.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around May 21st, 1999.

  • April 26th, 1999: The video game "Super Smash Bros." is released for the Nintendo 64.
  • April 26th, 1999: English television presenter Jill Dando is gunned down outside of her house in Fulham.
  • April 27th, 1999: Rapper DMX releases his single Slippin'.
  • April 28th, 1999: American Football player Brandon Burlsworth dies in a car accident at the age of 22.
  • April 30th, 1999: A nail bomb explodes at a pub in Soho, London. A neo-Nazi called David Copeland is later apprehended for the crime.
  • May 1st, 1999: The first episode of SpongeBob SquarePants is aired.
  • May 1st, 1999: The body of English mountaineer George Mallory is discovered on Mount Everest, 75 years after he went missing.
  • May 2nd, 1999: English actor Oliver Reed dies from a heart attack at the age of 61.
  • May 3rd, 1999: 45 people are killed when an F5 tornado hits Oklahoma City.
  • May 7th, 1999: The Mummy (1999) is released in cinemas.
  • May 8th, 1999: Actress Dana Plato, who portrayed Kimberly Drummond in the sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes", dies from an overdose at the age of 34.
  • May 11th, 1999: Jennifer Lopez releases her debut single "If You Had My Love".
  • May 12th, 1999: The Scottish Parliament holds its first meeting.
  • May 18th, 1999: The Backstreet Boys release their album "Millennium", which contains singles such as "I Want It That Way".
  • May 19th, 1999: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) is released.
  • This date: May 21st, 1999
  • May 22nd, 1999: FA Cup Final 1999: Manchester United defeat Newcastle United 2-0, with the two goals coming from Sheringham and Scholes.
  • May 23rd, 1999: WWF wrestler Owen Hart dies after falling during a live show.
  • May 23rd, 1999: The final episode of "Sister, Sister" is aired.
  • May 25th, 1999: The comedy television series "Home Improvement" comes to an end.
  • May 26th, 1999: Manchester United defeat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final after scoring two goals in injury time.
  • May 29th, 1999: The body of Iron Butterfly bassist Philip Taylor Kramer is found 4 years after he disappeared from Highway 101.
  • May 31st, 1999: The Chemical Brothers release the song "Hey Boy Hey Girl".
  • May 31st, 1999: The video game "Ape Escape" is released on the PlayStation.
  • June 1st, 1999: Christina Aguilera releases her debut song "Genie in a Bottle".
  • June 1st, 1999: Jennifer Lopez releases her debut studio album "On the 6".
  • June 1st, 1999: Music-sharing website Napster is founded.
  • June 2nd, 1999: The TV show "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" comes to an end after six years.
  • June 6th, 1999: 345 prisoners escape from Putim prison in Brazil.
  • June 7th, 1999: Osama bin Laden is placed on the FBI's most wanted list.
  • June 8th, 1999: British politician Jonathan Aitken is jailed for 18 months for lying during a failed libel action.
  • June 9th, 1999: English pop group S Club 7 release their debut single "Bring It All Back".
  • June 10th, 1999: NATO calls off air strikes on Kosovo after Serb troops begin to withdraw.
  • June 11th, 1999: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) is released.
  • June 12th, 1999: Friends star Courteney Cox marries David Arquette at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.
  • June 14th, 1999: The Vengaboys release their song "Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!".
  • June 15th, 1999: Santana release their album "Supernatural".
  • June 16th, 1999: The animated movie Tarzan (1999) is released in movie theaters.
  • June 18th, 1999: 16 people are arrested after an anti-capitalism protest in London turns violent.
  • June 19th, 1999: The game Counter-Strike is released.
  • June 19th, 1999: American author Stephen King is hit by a car in Lovell, Maine.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 21st, 1999, will have the star sign Gemini.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Taurus.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1999 was the year of the Rabbit (Yin Fire).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 21st, 1999 falls under the Deer.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Photos of late 1990s fashion.

Photographs of late 1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of late 1990s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • Futurama - Animated series.
  • The Sopranos - Crime drama about the life of a New Jersey mobster.
  • The Powerpuff Girls - Cartoon about a group of sisters with superpowers.
  • Becker - TV show about a grumpy doctor called Dr. John Becker.
  • Charmed - TV series about a group of sisters that are witches.
  • Will & Grace - TV series.
  • The King of Queens - Comedy TV show starring Kevin James.
  • The Wild Thornberrys - Cartoon series about a family called the Thornberrys.
  • That '70s Show - Comedy TV show about a group of friends living in the 1970s.
  • Sex and the City - A group of friends "explore" Manhattan's dating scene.
  • Celebrity Deathmatch - Claymated stop-motion parody series that aired on MTV.
  • Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place - TV show about two graduate students called Berg and Pete.
  • CatDog - Animated show about conjoined siblings - a cat and a dog.
  • Dawson's Creek - American teen drama.
  • Ally McBeal - TV show about an attorney called Ally McBeal. Starring Calista Flockhart.
  • Recess - Cartoon series about a group of six fourth-graders.
  • Stargate SG-1 - A military team of scientists and soldiers travel to different planets in the universe.
  • Oz - TV series about a prison called Oswald State Correctional Facility.
  • Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction - Anthology series presented by Jonathan Frakes.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Kid's TV shows on May 21st, 1999.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1999.

  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy
  • Bob the Builder
  • The Powerpuff Girls
  • The Wild Thornberrys
  • That '70s Show
  • CatDog
  • Dawson's Creek
  • Bear in the Big Blue House
  • City Guys
  • Recess
  • USA High
  • The Angry Beavers
  • Pokemon
  • Teletubbies
  • Daria
  • Hey Arnold!
  • Arthur
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch
  • Blue's Clues
  • 7th Heaven
  • Kenan & Kel
  • Moesha
  • Hang Time
  • In the House
  • Dexter's Laboratory
  • Friends
  • All That
  • Sister, Sister
  • The Nanny
  • Tales from the Cryptkeeper
  • Home Improvement
  • Doug
  • Rugrats
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
  • The Simpsons

Popular toys and games in 1999.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1999.

  • The Game Boy Color
  • Furby
  • Groovy Girls
  • Spice Girls dolls
  • The Pokémon Trading Card Game
  • Bop It
  • The Nintendo 64
  • The PlayStation (PS1)
  • Littlest Pet Shop
  • Yo-yo
  • Jenga

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • Super Smash Bros. - Fighting game that was developed for the Nintendo 64.
  • Final Fantasy VIII - RPG game.
  • Syphon Filter - Third-person shooter / stealth game, starring Gabriel Logan as the main character.
  • Silent Hill - Survival horror game.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Released on the Nintendo 64.
  • Half-Life - Sci-fi first person shooter game developed by Valve Corporation.
  • Pokémon Red and Blue - Game Boy game.
  • Spyro the Dragon - Platform video game.
  • Metal Gear Solid - Stealth game that was released on the PlayStation. Starring Solid Snake.
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six - Tactical shooter game.

Were you born on this date?

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 from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out May 21st, 2005 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on May 21st.

Mr. T

Actor.
Born on May 21st, 1952
He turned 47 on this day in 1999.

Jeffrey Dahmer

Serial killer. Deceased
Born on May 21st, 1960
He was not alive on this date.

Chris Benoit

Wrestler. Deceased
Born on May 21st, 1967
He turned 32 on this day in 1999.

The Notorious B.I.G

Rapper. Deceased
Born on May 21st, 1972
He was not alive on this date.

Noel Fielding

English comedian.
Born on May 21st, 1973
He turned 26 on this day in 1999.

Kayla Itsines

Internet personality.
Born on May 21st, 1991
She turned 8 on this day in 1999.

Tom Daley

English diver.
Born on May 21st, 1994
He turned 5 on this day in 1999.

Weather on May 21st, 1999.

Historical weather information for May 21st, 1999.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 15.6 degrees Celsius. It rained a bit (mist or a shower or two). It was a windy day. It was a mostly sunny day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 58.9 degrees Fahrenheit. 14.94 degrees Celsius. Precipitation: 0cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 14.83 degrees Celsius. Rain fell. Precipitation: 0.76cm.

US President.

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on May 21st, 1999.

UK Prime Minister.

Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 21st, 1999.

Irish Taoiseach.

Bertie Ahern was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about May 21st, 1999.

  • A total of 8,157 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,165 weeks have passed.
  • 704,764,800 seconds have passed since the May 21st, 1999.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 822,225,600 times.
  • Since May 21st, 1999, the earth has travelled approximately 363,658,636,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 117,460,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 60,609,773 steps. That's about 26,938 miles!
  • Since this date, 8,457,178 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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