Events from the year 1999 in the United States.
- President: Bill Clinton (D-Arkansas)
- Vice President: Al Gore (D-Tennessee)
- Chief Justice: William Rehnquist (Wisconsin)
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Newt Gingrich (R-Georgia) (until January 3), Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois) (starting January 6)
- Senate Majority Leader: Trent Lott (R-Mississippi)
- Congress: 105th (until January 3), 106th (starting January 3)
- January 1 – DIY Network, a spinoff of Home and Garden Television, is launched.
- January 2 – A snowstorm leaves 14 inches (36 cm) of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and 21 inches (53 cm) in Chicago, Illinois, killing 68.
- January 6 – Dennis Hastert becomes Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
- January 7 – The Senate trial in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton begins. He had been impeached by the House of Representatives on December 19.
- January 21 – In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the United States Coast Guard intercepts a ship with over 9,500 pounds (4,300 kg) of cocaine aboard, headed for Houston, Texas.
- January 31 – The adult animated sitcom Family Guy debuts on the Fox network after Super Bowl XXXIII.
- February 1 – Disney Channel Preschool Block rebranded as Playhouse Disney.
- February 2 – Noggin is launched.
- February 4
- February 12 – Impeachment of Bill Clinton: President Bill Clinton is acquitted by the Senate.
- February 15 – Rapper Big L is shot to death.
- February 19 – President Bill Clinton issues a posthumous pardon for U.S. Army Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper.
- February 23 – White supremacist John William King is found guilty of kidnapping and murdering African American James Byrd Jr. by dragging him behind a truck for 2 miles (3 km).
- February 24 – LaGrand case: The state of Arizona executes Karl LaGrand, a German national involved in an armed robbery that led to a death. Karl's brother Walter is executed a week later, in spite of Germany's legal action in the International Court of Justice to attempt to save him.
- March 2 – The brand new Mandalay Bay hotel and casino opens on the Las Vegas Strip.
- March 3 – Walter LaGrand is executed in the gas chamber in Arizona.
- March 4 – In a military court, United States Marine Corps Captain Richard J. Ashby is acquitted of the charge of reckless flying which resulted in the deaths of 20 skiers in the Italian Alps, when his low-flying jet hit a gondola cable.
- March 8 – The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the murder convictions of Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing.
- March 11 – Infosys becomes the first Indian company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
- March 17 – The Roth IRA is introduced by U.S. Senator William V. Roth Jr.
- March 20 – Legoland California, the only Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California.
- March 21 – The 71st Academy Awards, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, are held at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, with John Madden's Shakespeare in Love winning seven awards out of 13 nominations, including Best Picture. Steven Spielberg wins his second Best Director award for Saving Private Ryan. The telecast garners over 45.5 million viewers.
- March 25 – Enron energy traders allegedly route 2,900 megawatts of electricity destined for California to the town of Silver Peak, Nevada, population 200.
- March 26 – A Michigan jury finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.
- March 27 – Kosovo War: A U.S. F-117 Nighthawk is shot down by Serbian forces.
- March 28 – Futurama debuts on Fox.
- March 29 – For the first time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the 10,000 mark, at 10,006.78.
- March 31 – The Matrix is released in theaters.
- April 1 – Air China Flight 9018, a Boeing 747, taxis onto an active runway at O'Hare International Airport during the takeoff of Korean Air Flight 36, another Boeing 747, nearly resulting in a crash. Flight 36 averted a collision by taking off early and missing the Air China aircraft by 75 feet. There were 8 people on the Air China cargo plane and 379 on the Korean Air flight.
- April 5 – In Laramie, Wyoming, Russell Henderson pleads guilty to kidnapping and felony murder, in order to avoid a possible death penalty conviction for the killing of Matthew Shepard.
- April 7 – The World Trade Organization rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas.
- April 8 – Bill Gates' personal fortune exceeds US$100 billion, due to the increased value of Microsoft stock.
- April 12 – U.S. President Bill Clinton is cited for contempt of court for giving "intentionally false statements" in a sexual harassment civil lawsuit.
- April 15 – Ron Williamson and Dennis Fritz are exonerated of the rape and murder of Debbie Carter and released from prison. Both had spent 11 years in prison, with Williamson on death row, and having come within five days of execution.
- April 20 – Columbine High School massacre: Two Littleton, Colorado teenagers, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, open fire on their teachers and classmates, killing 12 students and one teacher, and then themselves. It would be the deadliest shooting at a high school in U.S. history at the time. The shooting sparks debate on school bullying, gun control and violence in the media.
- May 1
- May 3
- May 3–6 – 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak spawns 140 tornadoes, including an F5 in Moore, Oklahoma that kills 38 people with the highest wind speeds ever recorded.
- May 5 – Microsoft releases Windows 98 (Second Edition).
- May 8 – Nancy Mace becomes the first female cadet to graduate from The Military College of South Carolina.
- May 19 – Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace is released in theaters. It becomes the highest grossing Star Wars film.
- May 25 – The United States House of Representatives releases the Cox Report which details the People's Republic of China's nuclear espionage against the U.S. over the prior two decades.
- May 29 – Space Shuttle Discovery completes the first docking with the International Space Station.
- May 31 – Sean Elliott of the San Antonio Spurs hits the Memorial Day Miracle against the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1999 NBA Playoffs.
- June 1 – American Airlines Flight 1420 overruns the runway in Little Rock, Arkansas, killing 11 people.
- June 8 – The government of Colombia announces it will include the estimated value of the country's illegal drug crops, exceeding half a billion US dollars, in its gross national product.
- June 12 – Texas Governor George W. Bush announces he will seek the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States.
- June 16 – Walt Disney Pictures' 37th feature film, Tarzan, is released to critical praise and box office success. It is the final film to be released during the Disney Renaissance era, which began ten years prior with 1989's The Little Mermaid.
- June 19 – Horror author Stephen King is hit in a car accident on Route 5 in North Lovell, Maine by Bryan Smith.
- June 23 – The Phillips explosion of 1999 kills two and injures three in Pasadena, Texas.
- July 2
- July 5 – July 6 – U.S. Army Pfc. Barry Winchell is bludgeoned in his sleep at Fort Campbell, Kentucky by fellow soldiers; he dies the next day from his injuries.
- July 8 – A major flash flood in Las Vegas swamps hundreds of cars, smashes mobile homes and kills two people.
- July 10 – U.S. soccer player Brandi Chastain scores the game winning penalty kick against China in the FIFA Women's World Cup.
- July 16 – Off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, a plane piloted by John F. Kennedy Jr. crashes, killing him and his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and her sister, Lauren Bessette.
- July 20 – Mercury program: Liberty Bell 7 is raised from the Atlantic Ocean.
- July 22 – The first version of MSN Messenger is released by Microsoft.
- July 23–25 – The Woodstock '99 festival is held in New York.
- July 25 – Lance Armstrong wins his first Tour de France.
- July 26 – The last Checker taxi cab is retired in New York City and auctioned off for approximately $135,000.
- July 29
- Mark O. Barton kills his family. He then went on a murder spree at the trading firm he worked at, killing a total of 12 people in Atlanta, Georgia. He later committed suicide at a gas station when cornered by police.
- NASA intentionally crashes the Lunar Prospector spacecraft into the Moon, thus ending its mission to detect frozen water on the lunar surface.
- August 10 – Buford O. Furrow Jr. wounds five and kills one during the Los Angeles Jewish Community Center shooting.
- September 6 – A big day for children's television: On PBS, PTV is completely re-branded as PBS Kids with new IDs, bumpers, and promos, whilst on UPN, a new weekly block called Disney's One Too debuts, a spinoff of ABC's Disney's One Saturday Morning.
- September 7 – Viacom and CBS merge.
- September 15 – Larry Gene Ashbrook murders seven people and then commits suicide at Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.
- September 23 – NASA announces that it has lost contact with the Mars Climate Orbiter.
- September 27 – The Detroit Tigers host the Kansas City Royals in the final game at Tiger Stadium
- October 9 – The last flight of the SR-71.
- October 13 – The United States Senate rejects ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).
- October 16 – The 7.1 Mw Hector Mine earthquake shook the Mojave Desert region of Southern California with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VII (Very strong), causing 4–5 injuries and limited damage.
- October 27 – The New York Yankees sweep the Atlanta Braves to win their 25th world championship.
- October 31 – EgyptAir Flight 990, traveling from New York City to Cairo, crashes off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on board. The NTSB later reports that the co-pilot, Gameel Al-Batouti, deliberately crashed the plane, however, Egyptian authorities dispute this claim.
- November 2 – Byran Uyesugi kills seven people at a Xerox building in Honolulu, Hawaii.
- November 18 – The Aggie Bonfire collapses in College Station, Texas, killing 12.
- November 24 – Disney/Pixar's third feature film, Toy Story 2, the sequel to 1995's Toy Story, is released in theaters.
- November 28 – Little Bill debuts on Nickelodeon.
- November 30 – In Seattle, Washington, protests against the WTO meeting by anti-globalization protesters catch police unprepared and force the cancellation of opening ceremonies.
- December – The unemployment rate drops to 4%, the lowest level since January 1970.
- December 3 – NASA loses radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander, moments before the spacecraft enters the Martian atmosphere.
- December 7 – The Recording Industry Association of America files a lawsuit against the Napster file-sharing client, alleging copyright infringement.
- December 16 – Walt Disney Pictures' 38th feature film, Fantasia 2000, a sequel to 1940's Fantasia, premieres at Carnegie Hall, with an IMAX release on New Years Day 2000 and a general theatrical release later in June.
- December 18 – NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform, carrying 5 Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT.
- December 31 – The U.S. turns over complete administration of the Panama Canal to the Panamanian government, as stipulated in the Torrijos–Carter Treaties of 1977.
- January 5
- January 13 – Nicholas Art, actor
- January 18 – Karan Brar, actor
- January 19 – Jonathan Taylor, American football player
- January 20 – Shannon Tavarez, actress (d. 2010)
- January 28 – Preston Strother, actor
- February 1 – Lola Forsberg, actress
- February 7 – Bea Miller, singer-songwriter and actress
- February 10 – Tiffany Espensen, Chinese-born actress
- February 18 – Lorraine McNamara, ice dancer
- February 19
- March 5
- March 23 _ Quando Rondo , rapper
- March 25 _ Iann Dior , rapper
- March 26
- March 31 – Sawyer Fredericks, singer-songwriter
- April 2 – Sophie Reynolds, actress
- April 6 – Kwesi Boakye, actor
- April 8 – Ty Panitz, actor
- April 9 – Lil Nas X, rapper, singer and songwriter
- April 20 – Carly Rose Sonenclar, actress, singer and songwriter
- April 29 – Morgan Turner, actress
- May 3 – Rory Staunton, notable victim (d. 2012)
- May 5
- May 11
- May 18 – Teo Halm, actor
- May 24 – Charlie Plummer, actor
- May 28 – Cameron Boyce, actor (d. 2019)
- May 30 – Sean Giambrone, actor and voice actor
- May 31 – Emily Evan Rae, actress
- June 1 – Technoblade, internet personality (d. 2022)
- June 2 – Madison Leisle, actress
- June 9 – Zane Smith, stock car racing driver
- June 11 – Katelyn Nacon, actress
- June 13 – Alexis Roland, snowboarder
- June 20 – Kayla Maisonet, actress
- June 22 – Cam Akers, American football player
- June 26 – Harley Quinn Smith, actress
- June 27 – Chandler Riggs, actor
- July 4 – Wyatt Berry, Pilot
- July 14 – Camryn Magness, singer
- July 20 – Pop Smoke, rapper
- July 30 – Joey King, actress
- August 4 – Kelly Gould, actress
- August 9 – Ariana Guido, actress
- August 19 – Ethan Cutkosky, actor
- August 21 – Maxim Knight, actor
- August 22 – Ricardo Hurtado, actor and singer
- September 7 – Cameron Ocasio, actor
- September 14 – Tom Schaar, skateboarder
- September 21 – Brennan LaBrie, journalist
- September 22 – Tallan Latz, guitarist
- October 3 – Aramis Knight, actor
- October 14 – Laura Zeng, rhythmic gymnast
- October 15 – Bailee Madison, actress
- November 1 – Buddy Handleson, actor
- November 10 – Kiernan Shipka, actress
- November 29 – River Alexander, actor
- December 2 – Samuel Armas, notable fetal patient
- December 6 – Ryan Wynott, actor
- December 18 – YBN Nahmir, rapper and songwriter
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- January 4 – Iron Eyes Cody, Italian-American actor (b. 1904)
- January 12 – Betty Lou Gerson, American actress (b. 1914)
- January 18 – Sarah Louise Delany, American author and educator (b. 1889)
- January 21 – Susan Strasberg, American actress (b. 1938)
- January 23 – John Osteen, American televangelist (b. 1921)
- January 25 – Robert Shaw, American conductor (b. 1916)
- January 31 – Norm Zauchin, American baseball player (b. 1929)
- February 1 – Paul Mellon, American philanthropist (b. 1907)
- February 6 – Jimmy Roberts, American singer (b. 1924)
- February 7 – Bobby Troup, American actor, jazz pianist, singer and songwriter (b. 1918)
- February 14
- February 15
- February 18
- February 20 – Gene Siskel, American film critic (b. 1946)
- February 21 – Gertrude B. Elion, American scientist (b. 1918)
- February 22 – William Bronk, American poet (b. 1918)
- February 24
- February 25 – Glenn T. Seaborg, American chemist (b. 1912)
- February 28 – Bill Talbert, American tennis player (b. 1918)
- March 1 – Ann Corio, American dancer and actress (b. 1909)
- March 3 – Jackson C. Frank, American folk musician (b. 1943)
- March 4
- March 5 – Richard Kiley, American actor (b. 1922)
- March 7
- March 8
- March 12 – Yehudi Menuhin, American violinist (b. 1916)
- March 13
- March 22 – David Strickland, American actor (b. 1969)
- March 26 – David Holliday, American actor (b. 1937)
- March 29 – Joe Williams, American singer (b. 1918)
- March 30 – Terry Wilson, American actor (b. 1923)
- April 4
- April 10 – Jean Vander Pyl, American television actress (b. 1919)
- April 12 – Boxcar Willie, American country music singer (b. 1931)
- April 14 – Ellen Corby, American actress (b. 1911)
- April 15 – Roy Chiao, Chinese actor (b. 1927)
- April 20
- April 21 – Charles "Buddy" Rogers, American silent film actor (b. 1904)
- April 22 – Bert Remsen, American actor (b. 1925)
- April 25
- April 27 – Al Hirt, American trumpeter and bandleader (b. 1922)
- April 28
- May 8 – Dana Plato, American actress (b. 1964)
- May 10 – Shel Silverstein, American poet, singer-songwriter, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children's books (b. 1930)
- May 13 – Gene Sarazen, American golfer (b. 1902)
- May 17 – Henry Jones, American actor (b. 1912)
- May 18 – Betty Robinson, American athlete (b. 1911)
- May 19 – Candy Candido, American voice actor (b. 1913)
- May 23 – John T. Hayward, American admiral (b. 1908)
- May 26 – Waldo Semon, American inventor (b. 1898)
- June 3 – Charlene Pryer, American professional baseball player (b. 1921)
- June 5 – Mel Tormé, American singer (b. 1925)
- June 9 – Andrew L. Stone, American screenwriter, director and producer (b. 1902)
- June 11 – DeForest Kelley, American actor (b. 1920)
- June 19 – Paul Montgomery, American entrepreneur and inventor (b. 1960)
- June 25 – Fred Trump, American real estate developer, father of Donald Trump (b. 1905)
- June 27
- June 29 – Allan Carr, American producer (b. 1937)
- July 1
- July 2 – Mario Puzo, American author (b. 1920)
- July 3 – Mark Sandman, American rock musician and artist (b. 1952)
- July 6
- July 7 – Julie Campbell Tatham, American writer (b. 1908)
- July 8 – Pete Conrad, American astronaut, naval aviator, and aeronautical engineer (b. 1930)
- July 9 – James Farmer, American civil rights leader (b. 1920)
- July 11 – Helen Forrest, American jazz singer (b. 1917)
- July 16
- July 20 – Sandra Gould, American actress (b. 1916)
- July 22 – Gar Samuelson, American drummer (b. 1958)
- July 29 – Anita Carter, American singer (b. 1933)
- August 2 – Willie Morris, American writer (b. 1934)
- August 3 – Leroy Vinnegar, American musician (b. 1928)
- August 4 – Victor Mature, American actor (b. 1913)
- August 10 – Anthony Stanislas Radziwill, American television executive and filmmaker (b. 1959)
- August 14
- August 23 – Norman Wexler, American screenwriter (b. 1926)
- August 24 – Mary Jane Croft, American radio and television actress (b. 1916)
- September 5 – Allen Funt, American television personality (b. 1914)
- September 7 – Jim Keith, American author (b. 1949)
- September 8 – Moondog, American musician and composer (b. 1916)
- September 9
- September 12 – Allen Stack, American swimmer (b. 1928)
- September 22 – George C. Scott, American actor (b. 1927)
- September 25 – Marion Zimmer Bradley, American writer (b. 1930)
- October 2
- October 3 – Paul Burris, American baseball player (b. 1923)
- October 4 – Art Farmer, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1928)
- October 5 – Alex Lowe, American mountaineer (b. 1958)
- October 6 – Gorilla Monsoon, American professional wrestler and announcer (b. 1937)
- October 7
- October 8 – John McLendon, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
- October 9 – Milt Jackson, American musician (b. 1923)
- October 10 – George Forrest, American writer (b. 1915)
- October 12 – Wilt Chamberlain, American basketball player (b. 1936)
- October 19 – James C. Murray, American politician (b. 1917)
- October 24 – John Chafee, American politician (b. 1922)
- October 25 – Payne Stewart, American golfer (b. 1957)
- October 26 – Abraham Polonsky, American screenwriter and director (b. 1910)
- October 27
- November 1
- November 4 – Daisy Bates, American civil rights activist, publisher, journalist, and lecturer (b. 1914)
- November 9 – Mabel King, American actress and singer (b. 1932)
- November 11 – Mary Kay Bergman, American voice actress (b. 1961)
- November 15 – Gene Levitt, American television writer, producer, and director (b. 1920)
- November 16 – Daniel Nathans, American microbiologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1928)
- November 18
- November 29 – Gene Rayburn, American television personality (b. 1917)
- December 2
- December 3
- December 4 – Rose Bird, American activist and judge (b. 1936)
- December 12
- December 17
- December 20
- December 23 – John P. Davies, American diplomat (b. 1908)
- December 26 – Curtis Mayfield, American musician and composer (b. 1942)
- December 27 – Leonard Goldenson, American television executive (b. 1905)
- December 28 – Clayton Moore, American actor (b. 1914)
- December 30 – Sarah Knauss, American supercentenarian, verified oldest person in the world (b. 1880)
- December 31 – Elliot Richardson, American politician and lawyer (b. 1920)
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