December 8th, 1999, was a Wednesday. It was day 342 of 1999. The decade was the Nineties.
23 years, 3 months and 18 days have passed since December 8th, 1999.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.
People who were born on this exact date.
These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on December 8th, 1999.
These were the top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The movie "World Is Not Enough" was at the top of the Box Office on December 8th, 1999.
Let's take a stroll down memory lane!
The date is December 8th, 1999, and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. The Christmas season of 1999 has began.
In America, the song Smooth by Santana & Rob Thomas is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, The Millennium Prayer by Cliff Richard is the number one hit song. Bill Clinton is currently the President of the United States, and the movie World Is Not Enough 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 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.
Pokemon has become one of the most popular franchises in the world, as trading cards, toys and handheld games gross over one billion dollars. As the millennium draws to a close, people are worried about the implications of the Y2K bug. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Big Pun, Tom Landry, David Tomlinson and Walter Matthau would all be still alive.
On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction", "Oz", "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place" and "Futurama". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Soulcalibur", "Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus", "Resident Evil 3: Nemesis" and "Grand Theft Auto 2". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Friends", "Teletubbies", "Bear in the Big Blue House" and "The Amanda Show".
Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Screwball Scramble, Yo-yo, Spice Girls dolls and Betty Spaghetty (doll).
These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on December 8th, 1999.
A singing prop fish called Big Mouth Billy Bass was extremely popular around this time. The fish sang and moved to songs such as "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin and "Take Me To The River" by Al Green.
At the end of November, 1999, it was announced that Friends star Jennifer Aniston and actor Brad Pitt were engaged.
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.
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.
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.
The song "Smooth" by Santana went on to win a Grammy for 1999's Record of the Year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar was named as FHM's sexiest woman of the year 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.
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.
The film "American Beauty" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1999.
Between 1999 and 2001, "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 contacts on different networks.
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.
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.
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.
During this period, landline phones were still popular. However, they would soon start to decline due to the rise of mobile phones.
During the late 1990s and early 2000s, many people used CD folders to store their music collections. Disc towers were also popular for albums and things such as PlayStation games.
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.
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 (PS1) was released in September of 1995. It was one of the best-selling video game consoles of the 1990s.
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.
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.
By the 1990s, "modernism" was starting to heavily influence interior design trends. As a result, wallpaper started to decline in popularity. Instead of using decorative wallpaper, many people opted for minimalist, plain-colored walls.
During the 1990s, an elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie" was in fashion.
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Television shows that people were watching in December, 1999.
TV show about the town of Roswell.
Spin-off show of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".
Freaks and Geeks
Short-lived TV series about a misfit high-school student.
The West Wing
Crime drama about the life of a New Jersey mobster.
TV show about a grumpy doctor called Dr. John Becker.
TV series about a group of sisters that are witches.
Will & Grace
The King of Queens
Comedy TV show starring Kevin James.
The Royle Family
British sitcom about a Manchester family called the Royles.
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.
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.
American teen drama.
TV show about an attorney called Ally McBeal. Starring Calista Flockhart.
A military team of scientists and soldiers travel to different planets in the universe.
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.
King of the Hill
Animated series about a family living in Texas.
Everybody Loves Raymond
TV show about a sports write called Raymond Barone.
Family drama series.
3rd Rock from the Sun
Show about four extraterrestrials who are on an expedition to Earth.
TV series about the military's Judge Advocate General division.
Xena: Warrior Princess
TV series about a warrior princess who travels around fighting bad guys.
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.
Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1999.
Courage the Cowardly Dog
The Amanda Show
Dora the Explorer
Ed, Edd n Eddy
Bob the Builder
The Powerpuff Girls
Godzilla: The Series
The Wild Thornberrys
That '70s Show
Bear in the Big Blue House
Men in Black: The Series
The Angry Beavers
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
Superman: The Animated Series
Kenan & Kel
Boy Meets World
Beverly Hills, 90210
Round the Twist
Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1999.
The Game Boy Color
Betty Spaghetty (doll)
Gogo's Crazy Bones
Spice Girls dolls
The Pokémon Trading Card Game
The Nintendo 64
The PlayStation (PS1)
Styrofoam plane gliders
Fisher-Price Great Adventures Castle
Littlest Pet Shop
Popular video games that people were playing in December of 1999.
Donkey Kong 64
Platform game that was released on the Nintendo 64.
Medal of Honor
World War II video game that was released for the Sony PlayStation.
Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Platform video game developed by Ubi Pictures.
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
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
Third game in the series.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
Action-adventure video game that was released for the PS1 and Microsoft Windows.
Wrestling game that was released for the PS1 and the Nintendo 64.
Published for the Nintendo 64.
Survival horror game involving dinosaurs.
Action driving video game that was released for the Sony PlayStation.
Platform game that was released for the PlayStation.
Street Fighter Alpha 3
2D fighting game that was released on a number of different consoles.
Super Smash Bros.
Fighting game that was developed for the Nintendo 64.
Final Fantasy VIII
Party video game that was released for the Nintendo 64.
Professional wrestling game that was released for the Sony PlayStation and the Nintendo 64.
City building simulation.
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 December 8th, 2005, instead.
Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on December 8th.
National holidays and famous events that fall on the 8th of December.
Historical weather information for December 8th, 1999.
Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on December 8th, 1999.
Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Bertie Ahern was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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