Blast from the past: our world in 1999

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Alibaba - Jack Ma founds the Chinese online retail giant, Alibaba.

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EU trade sanction - The European Union bans beef imports from the United States over the use of growth hormones in cattle.

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Ricky Martin - Ricky Martin's song 'Livin' la Vida Loca' is released and sells over 8 million copies worldwide. 

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Australian republic referendum - Australians vote in favor of keeping the monarchy and not becoming a republic.

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Barbie turns 40 - Mattel's world-famous Barbie Doll celebrates its 40th birthday.

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Eminem - The famous rapper releases his second studio album, 'The Slim Shady LP.' 

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United Kingdom - The UK introduces the Minimum Hourly Wage Rate of £3.60 per hour for adult workers.

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New Zealand - Helen Clark is elected and becomes the first female Prime Minister in the country's history.

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Serena Williams - Serena Williams defeats world's number one Martina Hingis to win her first Grand Slam title at the US Open in Women's Singles.

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Cher - Cher's hit song 'Believe' is released. The song popularized the use of auto-tune as a vocal effect.

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'The World is Not Enough' - The James Bond film starring Pierce Brosnan, Robert Carlyle, and Denise Richards premieres.

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Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling's third book of the series, 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,' is published.

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'The Sixth Sense' - The supernatural horror film starring Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, and Haley Joel Osment premieres in theaters.

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NBC premieres - Both 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' and 'The West Wing' premiere in the US TV broadcasting company, NBC.

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