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We’re 15 this year, and to celebrate we’re doing monthly flashbacks to pop culture 15 years ago. Strap in for a ride back to August 1999, when a total solar eclipse,  M. Night Shyamalan, and Christina Aguilera captured the world’s attention.

1. I See Twist Endings!

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In August 1999, The Sixth Sense was released in theaters, and its twist ending shocked everyone.

2. Goodbye Mystery Science Theater 3000

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 ended its ten year run in August 1999.

3. Goodbye Boris Yeltsin’s Entire Cabinet Again

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Boris Yeltsin fired his entire cabinet for the fourth time in August 1999. Firing his entire cabinet had become Yetlsin’s “thing.”

4. The Golden Shoed Blur

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Michael Johnson captured the 400 M. world record.

5. Pop Domination

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Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle” held down the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 all month long.

6. Reality TV Gets Healthier

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The Discovery Health Channel debuted in August 1999.

7. Who Doesn’t Want to Be a Millionaire?

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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire debuted on ABC after premiering in the U.S.A. in January. It became a huge hit.

8. Total Eclipse of the Sun

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A total solar eclipse occurred. Remember that? Here’s a video that will job your memory.

9. Kids TV Commercials

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Here are some captured commercials aired on Nick Jr. in August 1999. (I remember some of these.)

10. Sarah Michelle Gellar wins a Teens Choice Award

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Here’s a video in which Sarah Michelle Gellar steals a Teen Choice Award from under Jennifer Love Hewitt’s nose. The look on Love Hewitt’s face is priceless.

11. Hilarity

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An extremely ridiculous comedy called Bowfinger, starring Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy, hit theaters in August 1999. Admission: I love this movie.

12. Catastrophe Constrained

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Some crazy gusts of wind caused a jetliner to crash at the airport in Hong Kong in August 1999. By the time the plane had stopped rolling, it was on fire, upside down, had a wing ripped off from the fuselage, and yet the entire crew and all but three of the passengers survived.

13. Tori Amos on Letterman

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Check out still-popular Tori Amos shredding the piano and vocals on David Letterman in August 1999.

14. Steve Not Famous Yet

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Steve Carrell was still just an unknown anchor on The Daily Show.

15. Tornado in Downtown Salt Lake City

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An F-2 hurricane ripped through downtown Salt Lake City in August 1999. See it here. 

 

 

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Tom SowdersAfter majoring in creative writing at NC State, I worked in the home remodeling industry. Then, I attended graduate school for a really long time and gained experience as a writer and writing instructor. I live in the Raleigh-Durham area with my wife and baby boy, and you can find me around the Triangle anywhere there's good music and/or NC-style BBQ.

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