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  • Russia
    Sunday Mar 7, 1999

    Second Chechen War

    Interior Minister Sergei Stepashin called for an invasion of Chechnya

    Russia
    Sunday Mar 7, 1999

    On 7 March 1999, in response to the abduction of General Shpigun, Interior Minister Sergei Stepashin called for an invasion of Chechnya. However, Stepashin's plan was overridden by the prime minister, Yevgeny Primakov.




  • Russia
    Wednesday Mar 17, 1999

    St. Patrick's Day

    Russian festivals

    Russia
    Wednesday Mar 17, 1999

    Since 1999, there has been a yearly "Saint Patrick's Day" festival in Moscow and other Russian cities. The official part of the Moscow parade is a military-style parade and is held in collaboration with the Moscow government and the Irish embassy in Moscow. The unofficial parade is held by volunteers and resembles a carnival.




  • Château de Rambouillet, France
    Thursday Mar 18, 1999

    Kosovo War

    Rambouillet Accords

    Château de Rambouillet, France
    Thursday Mar 18, 1999

    On 18 March 1999, the Albanian, US, and British delegations signed what became known as the Rambouillet Accords, while the Yugoslav and Russian delegations refused.




  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Sunday Mar 21, 1999

    Steven Spielberg

    2nd Director Oscar

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Sunday Mar 21, 1999

    Steven has won his second Academy Award for the category of Best Director in 1999 For the movie Saving Private Ryan.




  • Kosovo
    Monday Mar 22, 1999

    Kosovo War

    the OSCE withdrew

    Kosovo
    Monday Mar 22, 1999

    After the failure at Rambouillet and the alternative Yugoslav proposal, international monitors from the OSCE withdrew on 22 March, to ensure their safety ahead of the anticipated NATO bombing campaign.




  • Kosovo
    Tuesday Mar 23, 1999

    Kosovo War

    The Serbian assembly accepted the principle of autonomy for Kosovo

    Kosovo
    Tuesday Mar 23, 1999

    On 23 March, the Serbian assembly accepted the principle of autonomy for Kosovo, as well as the non-military aspects of the agreement, but rejected a NATO troop presence.




  • Yugoslavia
    Wednesday Mar 24, 1999

    Kosovo War

    Aerial bombardment of Yugoslavia

    Yugoslavia
    Wednesday Mar 24, 1999

    This precipitated a mass expulsion of Kosovar Albanians as the Yugoslav forces continued to fight during the aerial bombardment of Yugoslavia (March–June 1999)


  • Turkey
    Wednesday Mar 24, 1999

    Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

    Imprisonment

    Turkey
    Wednesday Mar 24, 1999

    In December 1997 in Siirt, Erdoğan recited a poem from a work written by Ziya Gökalp, a pan-Turkish activist of the early 20th century. His recitation included verses translated as "The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers...." which are not in the original version of the poem. Erdoğan said the poem had been approved by the education ministry to be published in textbooks. Under article 312/2 of the Turkish penal code his recitation was regarded as an incitement to violence and religious or racial hatred. He was given a ten-month prison sentence of which he served four months, from 24 March 1999 to 27 July 1999. Due to his conviction, Erdoğan was forced to give up his mayoral position. The conviction also stipulated a political ban, which prevented him from participating in parliamentary elections.


  • Serbia (Then Yugoslavia)
    Wednesday Mar 24, 1999

    Slobodan Milošević

    The NATO Air Strikes against Yugoslavia

    Serbia (Then Yugoslavia)
    Wednesday Mar 24, 1999

    Serbian police and military counter-action against the pro-Albanian separatist Kosovo Liberation Army in Serbia's previously autonomous province of Kosovo culminated in escalating armed conflict in 1998 and NATO air strikes against Yugoslavia between March and June 1999, ending in full withdrawal of Yugoslav security forces from the province and deployment of international civil and security forces.


  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Sunday Mar 28, 1999

    Dwayne Johnson

    WrestleMania XV

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Sunday Mar 28, 1999

    The Rock lost the WWF Championship to Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania XV.


  • South Africa
    Monday Mar 29, 1999

    Nelson Mandela

    The Farewell speech to Parliament

    South Africa
    Monday Mar 29, 1999

    Although the 1996 constitution allowed the president to serve two consecutive five-year terms, Mandela had never planned to stand for a second term in office. He gave his farewell speech to Parliament on 29 March 1999 when it adjourned prior to the 1999 general elections, after which he retired in June 1999.


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