A look back at what was going on in the year many members of the incoming NYU class were born.

Most of the members of this year's incoming class were born in or around 1999, when the tech world was bracing for a computer-induced apocalypse called Y2K. As it turned out, civilization didn't grind to a halt with the hotly anticipated digital rollover to the year 2000—planes didn't crash; elevators didn't stall—and, far from being plunged into a dark age, we instead barreled merrily into the millennium that would bring such technological marvels as Twitter and Candy Crush. As #NYU2021—digital natives to the core—prepare to begin the next chapter of their lives, we thought we'd take a peek back (18 years!) at what now seems like a simpler time, when the first Blackberrys were just hitting the shelves and Britney Spears was the newest teenage pop sensation. Here's a look at some other milestones from that momentous year. 

Best Buy sticker: "Remember: Turn your computer off before midnight on 12/31/99."

In 1999...

  • Napster was born.
  • Family Guy premiered after Super Bowl XXXIII. 
  • Apple introduced the iBook. 
  • Billboard Hot 100 no. 1 singles included "No Scrubs" (TLC), "Baby One More Time" (Britney Spears), "Genie in a Bottle" (Christina Aguilera), "Every Morning" (Sugar Ray), and "Kiss Me" (Sixpence None the Richer).
  • The Backstreet Boys released Millennium.
  • Brandi Chastain scored the game-winning penalty shootout goal for the U.S. against China in the Women's World Cup final at the Rose Bowl.
  • Shakespeare in Love won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Gwyneth Paltrow), and Roberto Benigni, who also won Best Actor in a Leading Role, climbed over rows of seats to accept the Best Foreign Language Film award for Life is Beautiful.
  • Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom MenaceThe Sixth SenseToy Story 2Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, and The Matrix earned the most at the box office.
  • Wayne Gretzky retired from hockey.
  • NYU announced plans to build the Kimmel Center. 
  • SpongeBob SquarePants premiered on Nickelodeon.
  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, hosted by Regis Philbin, became the first U.S. network game show to offer a million-dollar prize
  • Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca" kicked off a string of Latin pop hits, followed by Enrique Iglesias's "Bialamos," Marc Anthony's "I Need to Know" and Santana's "Smooth."
  • Bluetooth technology debuted.
  • the Yankees' David Cone pitched the 16th perfect game in MLB history.
  • a day after resigning as Treasury Secretary, Robert E. Rubin addressed more than 13,000 graduates in Washington Square Park for NYU's 167th commencement.
  • ...and internet geeks came together on November 5, "Burn All GIFs Day," to rid the web of the dreaded file type once and for all. Spoiler: It didn't work.

Those were the days?