“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.” – William J. Clinton
Events • Ford acquires Volvo • Serbs accelerate ethnic cleansing of Kosovo Albanians leading to a NATO bombing attack • The human population of the world surpassed six billion • Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones circumnavigate the world in a hot air balloon without stopping • An F5 tornado slams in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma killing 38 people • Hurricane Floyd, a Category 4 storm with winds in excess of 140mph, strikes North Carolina causing 56 deaths • Lance Armstrong wins his
first Tour de France. • Jack Kervorkian was sentenced for the second-degree murder of Thomas Youk (assisted suicide) • Two boys 17 and 18 years old go on a rampage at Columbine High School on April 20 killing 15 • New U.S. gun control bill rejected for new controls going too far, and new controls not going far enough • The West Nile Virus first appears in the United States • Mattel’s Barbie Doll celebrates its 40th birthday • Impeachment proceedings are bought against President Bill Clinton • The Liberty Bell space capsule recovered in Florida during an expedition sponsored by the Discovery Channel • Start of Millennium celebrations worldwide (technically the Millennium started in 2001 not 2000).
million in damage, clogging up e-mail systems around the world • Mars Climate Orbiter reaches Mars but due to software error taking spaceship to close to surface is destroyed by atmospheric stresses and friction • The U.S. successfully tests a new anti intercontinental missile defense system • The year 2000 problem known as the Y2K problem and the millennium bug was the most important thing on most companies’ minds in 1999. Critical industries (such as electricity or financial) and government functions could stop working at 12:00 a.m., January 1, 2000. This fear was fueled by the press coverage and other media speculation, as well as corporate and government reports. All over the world companies and organizations checked and upgraded their computer systems. • MySpace was officially introduced to the Internet • Bluetooth announced.
• The initial release of Napster • The genetic code that comprise the euchromatic portion of human chromosome 22 is released into the public domain for the good of mankind
Popular Culture • Ty Warner toys announces a small pint-sized black bear, called ‘The End’ on their website which signified the end of Beanie Babies
Popular Films • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace • The Sixth Sense • Toy Story 2 • The Matrix • Tarzan • The Mummy • Notting Hill • The World Is Not Enough • American Beauty
Technology • Internet Explorer version 5 released • The “Melissa” e-mail virus, infects more than 1 million computers worldwide causing more than $80
“If it looks good, you’ll see it. If it sounds good, you’ll hear it. If it’s marketed right, you’ll buy it. But... if it’s real, you’ll feel it.” – Kid Rock 30 September 15, 2012 THE MILITARY PRESS
Remember When .
• Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me • American Pie • October Sky • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
Popular Musicians • Lenny Kravitz • Sarah McLachlan • Britney Spears • Enrique Iglesias • Kid Rock • Madonna
Cost of Living 1999 Average cost of new house $131,750. Average income per year $40,810 Average monthly rent $645 Cost of a gallon of gas $1.22 Average cost of new car $21,050 U.S. postage stamp 33¢ 1 lb. of bacon $2.59
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Remember When section of the Military Press highlights a different year in history every issue.