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  • Grozny, Chechnya, Russia
    Wednesday Dec 1, 1999

    Second Chechen War

    Russian forces under Major General Vladimir Shamanov took control of Alkhan-Yurt, a village just south of Grozny

    Grozny, Chechnya, Russia
    Wednesday Dec 1, 1999

    On 1 December 1999, after weeks of heavy fighting, Russian forces under Major General Vladimir Shamanov took control of Alkhan-Yurt, a village just south of Grozny. The Chechen and foreign fighters inflicted heavy losses on the Russian forces, reportedly killing more than 70 Russian soldiers before retreating, suffering heavy losses of their own.




  • Grozny, Chechnya, Russia
    Saturday Dec 4, 1999

    Second Chechen War

    Grozny was fully blockaded by Russian troops

    Grozny, Chechnya, Russia
    Saturday Dec 4, 1999

    On 4 December 1999, the commander of Russian forces in the North Caucasus, General Viktor Kazantsev, claimed that Grozny was fully blockaded by Russian troops.




  • Chechnya, Russia
    Thursday Dec 9, 1999

    Second Chechen War

    Russian forces were still bombarding Urus-Martan

    Chechnya, Russia
    Thursday Dec 9, 1999

    The separatists in the town of Urus-Martan also offered fierce resistance, employing guerrilla tactics Russia had been anxious to avoid; by 9 December 1999, Russian forces were still bombarding Urus-Martan, although Chechen commanders said their fighters had already pulled out.




  • Shali, Chechnya, Russia
    Saturday Dec 11, 1999

    Second Chechen War

    Russian troops had encircled Shali

    Shali, Chechnya, Russia
    Saturday Dec 11, 1999

    Russian troops started by capturing two bridges that link Shali to the capital, and by 11 December 1999, Russian troops had encircled Shali and were slowly forcing separatists out.




  • Kosovo
    Wednesday Dec 15, 1999

    Kosovo War

    Staff Sergeant Joseph Suponcic of 3rd Battalion/10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) was killed

    Kosovo
    Wednesday Dec 15, 1999

    On 15 December 1999, Staff Sergeant Joseph Suponcic of 3rd Battalion/10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) was killed, when the HMMWV in which he was a passenger struck an anti-tank mine planted by Albanians and meant for the Russian contingent with which SSG Suponcic's team was patrolling in Kosovska Kamenica.




  • Tokyo, Japan
    Thursday Dec 23, 1999

    PlayStation

    The PocketStation

    Tokyo, Japan
    Thursday Dec 23, 1999

    The PocketStation was a miniature game console created by SCE as a peripheral for the original PlayStation. Released exclusively in Japan on December 23, 1999, it featured a monochrome LCD, a speaker, a real-time clock and infrared communication capability. It could also be used as a standard PlayStation memory card by connecting it to a PlayStation memory card slot.




  • New York City, New York, U.S.
    Monday Dec 27, 1999

    Amazon

    Time magazine named Bezos the Person of the Year

    New York City, New York, U.S.
    Monday Dec 27, 1999

    Also in 1999, Time magazine named Bezos the Person of the Year when it recognized the company's success in popularizing online shopping.


  • Moscow, Russia
    Friday Dec 31, 1999

    Vladimir Putin

    President of the Russian Federation

    Moscow, Russia
    Friday Dec 31, 1999

    On 31 December 1999, Yeltsin unexpectedly resigned and, according to the Constitution of Russia, Putin became Acting President of the Russian Federation.


  • Paris, France
    Friday Dec 31, 1999

    Eiffel Tower

    Countdown to the Year 2000

    Paris, France
    Friday Dec 31, 1999

    For its "Countdown to the Year 2000" celebration on 31 December 1999, flashing lights and high-powered searchlights were installed on the tower. During the last three minutes of the year, the lights will turn on starting from the base of the tower and continuing on until it gets to the top to welcome 2000 with a huge fireworks show. An exhibition above a cafeteria on the first floor commemorates this event. The searchlights on top of the tower made it a beacon in Paris's night sky, and 20,000 flashing bulbs gave the tower a sparkly appearance for five minutes every hour on the hour.


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