1999 (1 Water Year / 5 Soil 9-Year Cycle / 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle)

February 11 - Pluto moved along its eccentric orbit further from the Sun than Neptune. It had been nearer than Neptune since 1979 (a 3 Tree year), and will become nearer again in 2231 (a 3 Tree year).
[notable observation]

February 16- Kurdish rebels take over several european embassies and hold hostages after Turkey arrests one of their leaders.
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]

February 22- Moderate Iraqi Shiite cleric Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr is assassinated.
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]

February 23- An avalanche destroys the village of Galtür, Austria, killing 31.
[dissipation, collapse]
[caution around water & all liquids]

March 1- The 'Convention on the Prohibition of Anti-Personnel Mines' comes into force.
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]
[seeking unity]

March 12- Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic join NATO.
[seeking unity]

March 20- Serbs launch an offensive in Kosovo.
[dissipation, collapse]

March 24 - NATO launches air strikes against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
[dissipation, collapse]

March 26 - A Michigan jury finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian (a 9 Fire) guilty of murder for administering a lethal injection.
[caution around water & all liquids]

March 29- For the first time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 10,000.
[excess yang creates yin]

April 1- Nunavut, an Inuit homeland located in the far north, becomes Canada's third territory.
[north, midnight, winter]

April 9- Ibrahim Baré Maînassara, president of Niger, is assassinated.
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]

April 20- Columbine High School massacre.
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]

May 1- Debut of the animated TV series 'SpongeBob SquarePants', an ocean dwelling sponge.
[water signs]

May 3- The second strongest recorded tornado in US history strikes Moore, Oklahoma.
[caution around water & all liquids]

May 3- For the first time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 11,000.
[power of potential energy]
[excess yang creates yin]

May 7- In the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, 3 Chinese embassy workers are killed and 20 wounded, when a NATO aircraft mistakenly bombs the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade.
[serious mistakes]

May 26- The Indian Air Force launches an attack on intruding Pakistan Army troops and mujahadeen militants in Kashmir.
[dissipation, collapse]

May 28- After 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo de Vinci’s painting "The Last Supper" is placed back on display in Milan, Italy.
[water signs]

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.
[notable observation]

June 9- The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and NATO sign a peace treaty.
[seeking unity]

June 12- Texas Governor George W. Bush (a 9 Fire) announces he will seek the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States.
[serious mistakes?!]

June 18- J18 international anti-globalization protests are organized in dozens of cities around the world, some of which lead to riots.
[dissipation, collapse]

July 8- A huge flash flood in Las Vegas submerges hundreds of cars and kills two people.
[caution around water & all liquids]

*July 16 - Off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, a plane piloted by John F. Kennedy Jr. crashes, killing him, wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and her sister Lauren Bessette.
[caution around water & all liquids. See October 31, below]

July 20- Remnant space capsule of the US Mercury program, Liberty Bell 7 is raised from the Atlantic Ocean.
[water signs]

July 31 - NASA intentionally crashes the Lunar Prospector spacecraft into the Moon, ending its mission to detect frozen water on the Moon's surface.
[water signs]

August 17- A 7.4-magnitude earthquake levels much of northwestern Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000. This is the first of a long series of "unrelated but frequent" earthquakes throughout the world during the years 1999 and 2000.
[Water supports rising energy (Tree)]

September 7- A magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits Athens, killing 143 people and injuring more than 2,000.
[Water supports rising energy (Tree)]

September 21- The magnitude 7.6 Chi-Chi earthquake kills about 2,400 people in central Taiwan.
[Water supports rising energy (Tree)]

October 12- Six Metal Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attempts to dismiss 3 Tree Army Chief General Pervez Musharraf, but senior Army generals refuse to obey. The generals lead a coup d'état and Musharraf takes control of the government.
[Water supports rising energy (Tree)]
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]

October 12- World population reached 6 billion people, as the six billionth person (according to the UN) was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
[excess yang creates yin]

October 13- The United States Senate rejects ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
[dissipation, collapse]
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]

October 27- Gunmen kill Armenian Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan, Parliament Chairman Karen Demirchyan, and 6 other parliament members.
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]

*October 31- EgyptAir Flight 990 traveling from New York City to Cairo crashes off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on-board. When the pilot leaves the cockpit, the co-pilot causes the Boeing 767 to enter a steep dive, flying the plane into the ocean.
[caution around water & all liquids]
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]

November 5- In United States vs. Microsoft, U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson issues a preliminary ruling that the software company Microsoft has "monopoly power". This is the first sign of the eventual "Internet Bubble Burst" and the ensuing slump in global markets.
[dissipation, collapse]

November 12- A 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Duzce and northwestern Turkey, killing 845 and injuring 4,948.
[Water supports rising energy (Tree)]

November 20- The People's Republic of China launches their first Shenzhou spacecraft.
[Water supports rising energy (Tree)]

November 26- Norwegian ferry MS Sleipner sinks, killing 16 people on board.
[caution around water & all liquids]

November 30- In Seattle, Washington, the first major mobilization of the anti-globalization movement catches police unprepared and forces the cancellation of the opening ceremonies of the 1999 WTO conference.
[dissipation, collapse]

December 3- After rowing for 81 days and 2,962 nautical miles (5486 km), Tori Murden becomes the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo by rowboat.
[water signs]

December 14- Algerian Ahmed Ressam is arrested while crossing the United States-Canada border, when United States Customs finds explosives in his car trunk. Ressam is later convicted in a plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on New Year's Eve.
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]

December 15- Torrential rains create floods and mudslides in the coastal regions of Venezuela, killing an estimated 25,000 people and leaving 100,000 homeless.
[caution around water & all liquids]

December 20- Macau is handed over to the People's Republic of China by Portugal.
[dissipation, collapse]

December 21 & 22- The Spanish Civil Guard intercepts a Madrid-bound van driven loaded with 950 kg of explosives. The next day, another van loaded with 750 kg is found near the same location. The incident is known as la caravana de la muerte (the caravan of death). Shortly after 9/11, the Basque ETA confirmed their plan had been to blow down Torre Picasso ('Picasso Tower', a skyscraper in Madrid).
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]

December 31- Seven Metal Boris Yeltsin resigns as President of Russia, to be replaced by 3 Tree Vladimir Putin.
[Water supports rising energy (Tree)]

December 31 - US hands over Panama Canal to the Panamanian Government.
[dissipation, collapse]

December 31- Y2K computer worries reach their climax.
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]