What Life Was Like In 1999

Ever wonder what life was like in 1999? Well here at Three Q Recruitment we are celebrating our 19th year in business. Being a recruitment company back in 1999 was completely different to the ways in which we recruit people today. Imagine having no Google to research companies, no mobile phones to test staff and fax was the only thing close to email! So much has changed in Three Q except for Quality. We still deliver a Quality Service just through different mediums. In celebration of our 19th birthday, we thought we decided to have our own reeling in the years and see 19 things that happened in 1999. Below is our countdown of the most memorable things to happen in 1999: 

19 – The Euro was Established

The Euro became the new ‘single currency’ to be introduced by the European Monetary Union. On January 1st 1999 the Euro was adopted by 11 Member states with Ireland been 1 of the 11.

18 – NASA Launch The Mars Polar Lander

Also known as the Mars Surveyor ‘98 Lander this was a robotic spacecraft lander. NASA launder the Mars Polar Lander on January 3rd, it was launched to study the soil and climate of the southern polar plain on Mars known as Planum Australe. Eleven months later on 3rd December the lander failed to re-establish communication with Earth. Find out more here

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17 – Circumnavigating the Earth In a Hot Air Balloon

On March 21st Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones were the first people to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon. Read more here.

16 – Bill Gates becomes Wealthiest Individual in World

On April 8th Microsoft stock increased in value making Bill Gates the wealthiest person in the world.

15 – Bill Clinton Acquitted

On February 12th the U.S. President Bill Clinton was acquitted after a five week impeachment trial under both articles perjury and obstruction of justice.

14 – UEFA Champions League Final

English team Manchester United faced German team bayern Munich in Barcelona’s Camp Nou Stadium, with Manchester United winning 2-1.

13 – Lance Armstrong

American cyclist Lance Armstrong wins his first Tour de France.

12 – Solar Eclipse

On August 11th a solar eclipse is seen across Europe and Asia. This was the first time for the total eclipse to be seen in Europe in 9 years and the U.K in 72 years. Learn more here.

11 – Official Opening of Scottish Parliament

On the 1st July 1999 Elizabeth II officials opens The Scottish Parliament. On the this day that legislative powers were transfered from the old Scottish Offices in London to their new offices in Edinburgh – The Scottish Executive Offices.

10 – Who Recalls the Theme Tune … Oh Who Lives in a Pineapple..

Yes thats right! The beloved (sometimes hated by parents forced to listen to his voice), Spongebob Squarepants is 19 years old. Stephen Hillenburg is the man responsible for creating Spongebob. It aired on Nickelodeon on May 1st and had grown to become one of the highest rated and longest running shows on Nickelodeon showing over 200 episodes. Spongebob Squarepants be still popular today from video games, comic books as well as merchandise such as toys and clothing.

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9 – First Woman to Cross Atlantic Ocean

On December 3rd Tori Murden became the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean. Tori rowed from the Canary Islands to Guadeloupe. Total journey took her 81 days and 2,962 nautical miles (5486 km).

8 – Fastest Mile Ever Recorded

On 7th July Hicham El Guerrouj was recorded to have ran the fasted mile ever recorded in Rome, recorded time was 3:43.13

7 – Internet Explorer

Version 5 of the Internet Explorer was released back in March of 1999. It was described “as a graphical web browser and of the main participants of the first browser war”- who would have known how far the internet would come?

6 – Some Popular Films to hit our Screens in 1999

1999 saw some good films been released, some popular ones include:

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5 – Some Popular TV shows of 1999

Here’s a trip down memory name for a few of you. Many of these shows are still popular today with one or two being remade with the original cast.

What life was like in 1999 - 3Q Popular TV Shows

4 – Music from 1999

Who remembers bopping around to some of these musicians back in 1999:

What life was like in 1999 3Q musice of 1999

3 -The Last Supper Return’s To Milan


After been sent to be restored back in 1977 Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper returns to Milan, Italy to be put back on display after 22 years.

2 – Time to Celebrate Millennium

All around the world people started to count down to the Millennium, New Year parties were been hosted to ring in the start of the Millennium on New Years Eve 1999 entering into 2000.

1 – Three Q Recruitment was Born



19 years ago Three Q recruitment was born to help supply temp agency staff and permanent recruitment services. Three Q offer a top quality service in helping you find the perfect job for you. Check them out here.

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