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A blast from the past

on Tuesday, 08 January 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

By: Philip Maenza

It is hard to believe that it is already 2019. Futhermore, it is even harder to believe that the year 1999 was 20 years ago. Here is a list of some of the events that took place in January 1999.

January 1st, 1999, the Euro currency was first introduced.

January 2nd, 1999, a brutal snowstorm smashed into the Midwestern United States, causing 14 inches of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 19 inches in Chicago, where temperatures plunge to -13°F. Sixty-eight deaths were reported.

January 4th, 1999, former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as Governor of Minnesota.

January 7th, 1999, impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton began in the US Senate.

January 10th, 1999, “The Sopranos”, starring James Gandolfini as mobster Tony Soprano, debuted on HBO.

January 13th, 1999, basketball player Michael Jordan announced his retirement, only to return in 2001.

January 17th, 1999, “The Miss”, NFC Championship Game; Minnesota Viking Gary Anderson missed a field goal in the fourth quarter allowing Atlanta Falcons to tie and eventually win in overtime, despite becoming the first kicker to finish the regular season without missing.

January 21st, 1999, in one of the largest drug busts in American history (at this time), the US Coast Guard intercepted a ship carrying 4,300 kg of cocaine.

January 24th, 1999, 49th NHL All-Star Game: North America beat World 8-6 at Tampa, Florida.

January 31st, 1999, Super Bowl XXXIII, Pro Player Stadium, Miami: Denver Broncos beat Atlanta Falcons, 34-19. MVP was John Elway, Denver, QB

OnThisDay. (n.d.). Historical Events in January 1999. Retrieved January 3, 2019, from

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