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What Life Was Like 20 Years Ago in 1999

Written by Emily Rokke

Yes, if you can believe it, 1999 was 20 years ago already. Yes, 20 years. Here are all the facts that will bring you right back to the late 90s.

TV Shows

  • Friends
  • 60 Minutes
  • Law and Order
  • Who Wants To Be a Millionaire
  • Home Improvement
  • The Drew Carey Show
  • All That
  • Will and Grace
  • The Nanny


  • The Sixth Sense
  • Stuart Little
  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
  • Tarzan
  • Big Daddy
  • The Matrix
  • The Mummy
  • Runaway Bride
  • Toy Story 2
  • Blair Witch Project

People Born in 1999

  • Ethan Dolan
  • Sabrina Carpenter
  • Tanner Fox
  • Cameron Boyce
  • Emilio Martinez
  • Mario Selman
  • Bailee Madison

(I’m a child of the 80s and 90s, not quite a millennial, and I don’t even know one of these famous people. It’s official, the kids of the 80s are getting old.


The world population in 1999 was 6 billion, and in the United States, there were 279 million people.

World News

  • The world awaited the Y2K bug. You remember, when everything was going to shut down and the world was going to be different as we know it. And then, nothing happened.
  • Air Canada took over Canadian Airlines.
  • Nelson Mandela stepped down and the president of South Africa.
  • Hundreds turned out to protest the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle.
  • Lance Armstrong won his first of seven wins in the Tour de France.
  • The Pakistani government is overthrown.

Fun Facts


  • The top song was Smooth by Santana with Rob Thomas.
  • A stamp cost $.33.
  • The top baby names of the year were: Emily, Hannah, Alexis, Sarah, Samantha, Jacob, Michael, Matthew, Joshua, and Nicholas.
  • The average cost of a house in 1999 was $131,750.00.
  • The Columbine High School massacre occurred on April 20th. This school killing was one of the first of what is now a constant occurrence.
  • Internet Explorer 5 was released.
  • Myspace, Bluetooth, and Napster were all released.

I still cannot believe that 1999 was 20 years ago, but here we are, in 2019, and it’s true. Things are very different now and the people are, too. 1999, we miss you!

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