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December 17th, 1999.

December 17th, 1999, was a Friday. It was day 351 of 1999. The decade was the Nineties.

22 years, 9 months and 12 days have passed since December 17th, 1999.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on December 17th, 1999.

  • The movie Stuart Little (1999) is released.
Song charts

Top songs.

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on December 17th, 1999.

  • United States: Smooth - Santana & Rob Thomas
  • United Kingdom: The Millennium Prayer - Cliff Richard

The Billboard Hot 100 on December 17th, 1999.

A list of songs that were dominating the music charts on this date.

  • Smooth - Santana Featuring Rob Thomas
  • Back At One - Brian McKnight
  • I Wanna Love You Forever - Jessica Simpson
  • I Need To Know - Marc Anthony
  • My Love Is Your Love - Whitney Houston
Play the top singles from the year 1999.
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Stuart Little

Top movie.

The movie "Stuart Little" was at the top of the Box Office on this day.

Take me back to December 17th, 1999!

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is December 17th, 1999, and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

The Christmas season of 1999 is in full swing. People are putting up their decorations and festive songs are playing on the radio. 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 Stuart Little 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 "Baywatch", "7th Heaven", "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Celebrity Deathmatch". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Tenchu: Stealth Assassins", "Soulcalibur", "Silent Hill" and "SimCity 3000".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Simpsons", "Beverly Hills, 90210", "Dawson's Creek" and "Bob the Builder". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of the PlayStation (PS1), Bop It, the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Groovy Girls.

News

News topics, fads & culture.

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 17th, 1999.

  • The Green Mile.

    The Green Mile.

    The Green Mile, starring Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan, was playing in movie theaters during this period.

  • Big Mouth Billy Bass.

    Big Mouth Billy Bass.

    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.

  • Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt are engaged.

    Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt are engaged.

    At the end of November, 1999, it was announced that Friends star Jennifer Aniston and actor Brad Pitt were engaged.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 2000s, many people used CD folders to store their music collections. 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 have become the dominant music format.

    CDs have 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.

  • Although wallpaper is still common, it is beginning to go out of fashion.

    Although wallpaper is still common, it is beginning to go out of fashion.

    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.

  • The Scrunchie.

    The Scrunchie.

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

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 22 years, 9 months and 12 days have passed since December 17th, 1999.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 50 of 1999.
  • Leap Year: 1999 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on December 17th, 1999 will be 22 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1999 belong to the Generation Z generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 945388800.
Events

Around this time.

News stories and other events that happened around December 17th, 1999.

Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 17th, 1999, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1999 was the year of the Rabbit (Yin Fire).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 17th, 1999 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

Personality traits.

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Photos of late 1990s fashion.

Photographs of late 1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of late 1990s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching in December, 1999.

TV shows from December, 1999.

Roswell
Roswell
TV show about the town of Roswell.

Angel
Angel
Spin-off show of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".

Freaks and Geeks
Freaks and Geeks
Short-lived TV series about a misfit high-school student.

The West Wing
The West Wing
Political drama.

Futurama
Futurama
Animated series.

The Sopranos
The Sopranos
Crime drama about the life of a New Jersey mobster.

Becker
Becker
TV show about a grumpy doctor called Dr. John Becker.

Charmed
Charmed
TV series about a group of sisters that are witches.

Will & Grace
Will & Grace
TV series.

The King of Queens
The King of Queens
Comedy TV show starring Kevin James.

The Royle Family
The Royle Family
British sitcom about a Manchester family called the Royles.

That '70s Show
That '70s Show
Comedy TV show about a group of friends living in the 1970s.

Sex and the City
Sex and the City
A group of friends "explore" Manhattan's dating scene.

Celebrity Deathmatch
Celebrity Deathmatch
Claymated stop-motion parody series that aired on MTV.

Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place
TV show about two graduate students called Berg and Pete.

Dawson's Creek
Dawson's Creek
American teen drama.

Ally McBeal
Ally McBeal
TV show about an attorney called Ally McBeal. Starring Calista Flockhart.

Stargate SG-1
Stargate SG-1
A military team of scientists and soldiers travel to different planets in the universe.

Oz
Oz
TV series about a prison called Oswald State Correctional Facility.

Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction
Anthology series presented by Jonathan Frakes.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar.

King of the Hill
King of the Hill
Animated series about a family living in Texas.

Everybody Loves Raymond
Everybody Loves Raymond
TV show about a sports write called Raymond Barone.

7th Heaven
7th Heaven
Family drama series.

3rd Rock from the Sun
3rd Rock from the Sun
Show about four extraterrestrials who are on an expedition to Earth.

JAG
JAG
TV series about the military's Judge Advocate General division.

Xena: Warrior Princess
Xena: Warrior Princess
TV series about a warrior princess who travels around fighting bad guys.

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 December 17th, 1999.

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

Courage the Cowardly Dog
Courage the Cowardly Dog

The Amanda Show
The Amanda Show

Roswell
Roswell

Rocket Power
Rocket Power

Dora the Explorer
Dora the Explorer

SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants

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

The Wild Thornberrys
The Wild Thornberrys

That '70s Show
That '70s Show

CatDog
CatDog

Dawson's Creek
Dawson's Creek

Bear in the Big Blue House
Bear in the Big Blue House

Men in Black: The Series
Men in Black: The Series

City Guys
City Guys

Recess
Recess

USA High
USA High

The Angry Beavers
The Angry Beavers

Pokemon
Pokemon

Teletubbies
Teletubbies

Daria
Daria

KaBlam!
KaBlam!

Hey Arnold!
Hey Arnold!

Arthur
Arthur

Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm

Blue's Clues
Blue's Clues

Superman: The Animated Series
Superman: The Animated Series

7th Heaven
7th Heaven

Kenan & Kel
Kenan & Kel

Moesha
Moesha

Little Bear
Little Bear

Hang Time
Hang Time

Johnny Bravo
Johnny Bravo

Dexter's Laboratory
Dexter's Laboratory

Friends
Friends

All That
All That

Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World

Rugrats
Rugrats

Beverly Hills, 90210
Beverly Hills, 90210

Art Attack
Art Attack

Round the Twist
Round the Twist

The Simpsons
The Simpsons

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1999.

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

Finger skateboards
Finger skateboards

The Dreamcast
The Dreamcast

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

The Nintendo 64
The Nintendo 64

The PlayStation (PS1)
The PlayStation (PS1)

Styrofoam plane gliders
Styrofoam plane gliders

Fisher-Price Great Adventures Castle
Fisher-Price Great Adventures Castle

Littlest Pet Shop
Littlest Pet Shop

Yo-yo
Yo-yo

Jenga
Jenga

Screwball Scramble
Screwball Scramble

Video games

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing in December of 1999.

Gran Turismo 2 1999
Gran Turismo 2
PS1 racing game.

Unreal Tournament 1999
Unreal Tournament
FPS game.

Donkey Kong 64 1999
Donkey Kong 64
Platform game that was released on the Nintendo 64.

Medal of Honor 1999
Medal of Honor
World War II video game that was released for the Sony PlayStation.

Rayman 2: The Great Escape 1999
Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Platform video game developed by Ubi Pictures.

Grand Theft Auto 2 1999
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 1999
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings
Strategy game.

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis 1999
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
Third game in the series.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1999
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
Skateboarding game.

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 1999
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
Action-adventure video game that was released for the PS1 and Microsoft Windows.

WWF Attitude 1999
WWF Attitude
Wrestling game that was released for the PS1 and the Nintendo 64.

Mario Golf 1999
Mario Golf
Published for the Nintendo 64.

Dino Crisis 1999
Dino Crisis
Survival horror game involving dinosaurs.

Driver 1999
Driver
Action driving video game that was released for the Sony PlayStation.

Counter-Strike 1999
Counter-Strike
FPS game.

Ape Escape 1999
Ape Escape
Platform game that was released for the PlayStation.

Street Fighter Alpha 3 1999
Street Fighter Alpha 3
2D fighting game that was released on a number of different consoles.

Super Smash Bros. 1999
Super Smash Bros.
Fighting game that was developed for the Nintendo 64.

Final Fantasy VIII 1999
Final Fantasy VIII
RPG game.

Mario Party 1999
Mario Party
Party video game that was released for the Nintendo 64.

WCW Nitro 1999
WCW Nitro
Professional wrestling game that was released for the Sony PlayStation and the Nintendo 64.

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 you should check out December 17th, 2005 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on December 17th.

Pope Francis

Pope.
Born on December 17th, 1936
He turned 63 on this day in 1999.

Bill Pullman

Actor.
Born on December 17th, 1953
He turned 46 on this day in 1999.

Chuck Liddell

MMA fighter.
Born on December 17th, 1969
He turned 30 on this day in 1999.

Manny Pacquiao

Boxer.
Born on December 17th, 1978
He turned 21 on this day in 1999.

Chelsea Manning

Whistleblower.
Born on December 17th, 1987
She turned 12 on this day in 1999.

Weather details

Weather on December 17th, 1999.

Historical weather information for December 17th, 1999.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 11.1 degrees Celsius. It was a very wet day. It was a windy day. It was a cloudy day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 30.3 degrees Fahrenheit. -0.94 degrees Celsius. Snow was reported. Precipitation: 6.35cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 8.33 degrees Celsius. Rain fell. Precipitation: 2.03cm.
USA

US President.

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on December 17th, 1999.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 17th, 1999.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Bertie Ahern was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 17th, 1999 was most likely conceived around March 26th, 1999.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 17th, 1999 is close to September 8th, 2000.

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Stats for December 17th, 1999

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about December 17th, 1999.

  • A total of 8,323 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,189 weeks have passed.
  • 719,103,600 seconds have passed since the December 17th, 1999.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 838,954,200 times.
  • Since December 17th, 1999, the Earth has travelled approximately 371,057,457,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 119,850,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 61,842,910 steps. That's about 27,486 miles!
  • Since this date, 8,629,243 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!

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