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May 23, 1999

May 23, 1999, was a Sunday. It was 24 years, 10 months, and 22 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Gemini.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on May 23, 1999:

  • The final episode of "Sister, Sister" is aired.
  • WWF wrestler Owen Hart dies after falling during a live show.
Birthdays

Born on May 23, 1999

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Popular songs

On May 23, 1999, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK:

  • United States: "Livin' La Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin
  • United Kingdom: "I Want It That Way" by Backstreet Boys

The Billboard Hot 100 on May 23, 1999

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Livin' La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin
  • No Scrubs - TLC
  • Kiss Me - Sixpence None The Richer
  • Every Morning - Sugar Ray
  • Who Dat - JT Money Featuring Sole
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.
The Mummy

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "The Mummy".

Facts

This date occurred 9,093 days ago. Approximately 303 months have passed. It was the 143rd day of 1999, in week 20. The decade was the nineties. People who were born on May 23, 1999, are now 24 years old and belong to the Gen-Z generation. 101 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to May 23, 1999

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is May 23, 1999, and it's a Sunday. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Gemini. People are currently enjoying their weekend. However, because it's a Sunday, some are dreading the week ahead.

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 "Livin' La Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin is at the top of the singles charts, while "I Want It That Way" by Backstreet Boys is the number-one song in the UK. Bill Clinton is the President of the United States, and the movie The Mummy 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", "Frasier", "Ally McBeal", and "Charmed". 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 Fred Trump, John F. Kennedy Jr., Wilt Chamberlain, and Walter Payton would all still be alive. People are playing video games such as "Pokémon Red and Blue", "FIFA 99", "Baldur's Gate", and "Super Smash Bros.".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Beverly Hills, 90210", "Kenan & Kel", "KaBlam!", and "Dawson's Creek". Children are playing with toys such as Fisher-Price Great Adventures Castle, Styrofoam plane gliders, Bop It, and the Game Boy Color.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on May 23, 1999.

  • Sister, Sister comes to an end.

    Sister, Sister comes to an end

    On May 23rd, 1999, the final episode of the sitcom "Sister, Sister" was aired on television. The show had been running since 1994.
  • Jennifer Lopez starts her music career.

    Jennifer Lopez starts her music career

    American actress Jennifer Lopez released her debut single "If You Had My Love" in May 1999.
  • 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

    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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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around May 23, 1999.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This date: May 23, 1999
  • 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.
  • June 8, 1999: British politician Jonathan Aitken is jailed for 18 months for lying during a failed libel action.
  • June 9, 1999: English pop group S Club 7 release their debut single "Bring It All Back".
  • June 10, 1999: NATO calls off air strikes on Kosovo after Serb troops begin to withdraw.
  • June 11, 1999: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) is released.
  • June 12, 1999: Friends star Courteney Cox marries David Arquette at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.
  • June 14, 1999: The Vengaboys release their song "Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!".
  • June 15, 1999: Santana release their album "Supernatural".
  • June 16, 1999: The animated movie Tarzan (1999) is released in movie theaters.
  • June 18, 1999: 16 people are arrested after an anti-capitalism protest in London turns violent.
  • June 19, 1999:
    • The game Counter-Strike is released.
    • American author Stephen King is hit by a car in Lovell, Maine.
  • June 21, 1999:
    • "Yahoo! Messenger" is released.
    • Whitney Houston releases her single "My Love Is Your Love".
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 23, 1999, will have the star sign Gemini.
  • 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 11.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 23, 1999 falls under the Deer.
  • 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

Television shows in May 1999

In May 1999, TV audiences were watching the following series:

TV shows from May 1999.

Futurama
Futurama
The Sopranos
The Sopranos
Becker
Becker
Charmed
Charmed
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 May 1999

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

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
Animorphs
Animorphs
Godzilla: The Series
Godzilla: The Series
Cousin Skeeter
Cousin Skeeter
The Wild Thornberrys
The Wild Thornberrys
That '70s Show
That '70s Show
Toys

Toys in 1999

If you were a child on this date, then you may have had some of the following toys:

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)
Furby
Furby
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
FIFA 99
Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus 1998
Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus

Were you born on May 23, 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 23, 2005, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on May 23.

John Bardeen

John Bardeen

American physicist Deceased
Born on May 23, 1908
He was not alive on this date.

Bill Barr

Bill Barr

US Attorney General
Born on May 23, 1950
He turned 49 on this day in 1999.

Drew Carey

Drew Carey

Actor
Born on May 23, 1958
He turned 41 on this day in 1999.

Melissa McBride

Melissa McBride

Actress
Born on May 23, 1965
She turned 34 on this day in 1999.

Bray Wyatt

Bray Wyatt

Wrestler Deceased
Born on May 23, 1987
He turned 12 on this day in 1999.

Aaron Donald

Aaron Donald

NFL player
Born on May 23, 1991
He turned 8 on this day in 1999.

USA

US President

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on May 23, 1999.

UK

UK Prime Minister

Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

Bertie Ahern was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on May 23, 1999 was most likely conceived around August 30, 1998.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 23, 1999 is close to February 13, 2000.

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Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about May 23, 1999:

  • 9,093 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,299 weeks have passed.
  • 785,635,200 seconds have passed since May 23, 1999.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 916,574,400 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 405,387,763,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 130,939,200 times.
  • You have taken approximately 67,564,627 steps. That's roughly 30,029 miles!
  • Since this date, 9,427,622 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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