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October 5th, 1999.

October 5th, 1999, was a Tuesday. It was day 278 of 1999. The decade was the 1990s.

21 years, 8 months and 7 days have passed since October 5th, 1999.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

On this day.

What happened on October 5th, 1999?

  • The "Pokémon Red and Blue" games are released for the Game Boy in Europe.
  • 31 people are killed when a train crash occurs at Ladbroke Grove in London, England.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 5th, 1999.

  • United States: Unpretty - TLC
  • United Kingdom: Blue - Eiffel 65
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Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Blue Streak" was at the top of the box office on October 5th, 1999.

Take me back to October 5th, 1999!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is October 5th, 1999 and it's a Tuesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Libra. The summer is long gone. Temperatures have started to become much cooler and the evenings are beginning to get darker.

Fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways and sidewalks and there's a fresh earthy scent in the ear. In America, the song Unpretty by TLC is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Blue by Eiffel 65 is the number one hit song.

Bill Clinton is currently the President of the United States and the movie Blue Streak is at the top of the Box Office. In the United Kingdom, Tony Blair is the current Prime Minister. Meanwhile, in technology news, 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. 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.

Pokemon has become one of the most popular franchises in the world, as trading cards, toys and handheld games gross over one billion dollars. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Boy Meets World", "The Wild Thornberrys", "Becker" and "The West Wing". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Half-Life", "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time", "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" and "Grand Theft Auto 2".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Kenan & Kel", "The Wild Thornberrys", "Ed, Edd n Eddy" and "SpongeBob SquarePants". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Littlest Pet Shop, Bop It, Spice Girls dolls and Groovy Girls.

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 October 5th, 1999.

  • Pokémon Mania.

    Pokémon Mania.

    During this period, Pokémon became one of the most popular franchises in the world. Trading cards, toys and handheld games were all big sellers. In its first year, the Pokémon franchise had grossed over $1 Billion in sales.

  • Grand Theft Auto 2.

    Grand Theft Auto 2.

    On September 30th, 1999, Rockstar Games released the game "Grand Theft Auto 2". Like its predecessor, the game was played from a top-down perspective.

  • Resident Evil 3: Nemesis.

    Resident Evil 3: Nemesis.

    Around this time, PlayStation owners were playing "Resident Evil 3: Nemesis". The game centered around Jill Valentine, who has to escape Raccoon City while being hunted down by a creature called Nemesis.

  • American Beauty is showing at movie theaters.

    American Beauty is showing at movie theaters.

    The award winning film "American Beauty" was showing at movie theaters at this time.

  • Puff Daddy and Jennifer Lopez.

    Puff Daddy and Jennifer Lopez.

    In September of 1999, rapper Puff Daddy and Jennifer Lopez became an item. Throughout their highly publicized relationship, they were seen as a "power couple".

  • The Second Chechen War.

    The Second Chechen War.

    During this period, the Second Chechen War was taking place. The armed conflict took place in Chechnya between Russia and the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 format.

    CDs become the dominant 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 21 years, 8 months and 7 days have passed since October 5th, 1999.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 40 of 1999.
  • Leap Year: 1999 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on October 5th, 1999, will be 21 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1999 belong to the Generation Z generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 939078000.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around October 5th, 1999.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 5th, 1999, will have the star sign Libra.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Virgo.
  • 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 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 5th, 1999 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

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.

  • Angel - Spin-off show of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".
  • Freaks and Geeks - Short-lived TV series about a misfit high-school student.
  • The West Wing - Political drama.
  • 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.

Kid's TV shows on October 5th, 1999.

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

  • Rocket Power
  • Dora the Explorer
  • 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
  • Dexter's Laboratory
  • Friends
  • All That
  • Tales from the Cryptkeeper
  • Rugrats
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
  • The Simpsons

Popular toys and games in 1999.

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

  • The Dreamcast
  • The Game Boy Color
  • 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.

  • Grand Theft Auto 2 - Second game in the GTA series. The last GTA game to show a top-down view of the player.
  • Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings - Strategy game.
  • Resident Evil 3: Nemesis - Third game in the series.
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater - Skateboarding game.
  • Dino Crisis - Survival horror game involving dinosaurs.
  • Counter-Strike - FPS game.
  • Ape Escape - Platform game that was released for the PlayStation.
  • 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.

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 October 5th, 2005 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 5th of October.

Weather on October 5th, 1999.

Historical weather information for October 5th, 1999.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 13.1 degrees Celsius. It was a dry day. It was a sunny day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 46.0 degrees Fahrenheit. 7.78 degrees Celsius. Precipitation: 0cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 8.61 degrees Celsius.

US President.

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on October 5th, 1999.

UK Prime Minister.

Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on October 5th, 1999.

Irish Taoiseach.

Bertie Ahern was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on October 5th, 1999 was most likely conceived around the 26th of December, 1998.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 5th, 1999 is close to the 14th of July, 2000.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about October 5th, 1999.

  • A total of 7,921 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,131 weeks have passed.
  • 684,374,400 seconds have passed since the October 5th, 1999.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 798,436,800 times.
  • Since October 5th, 1999, the earth has travelled approximately 353,137,190,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 114,062,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 58,856,198 steps. That's about 26,158 miles!
  • Since this date, 8,212,493 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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