Mambo, Euro and lots of love

Not only Thyssen and Krupp came together in 1999. Other things also came together this year: Mobile phone and Internet, Günter Grass and the Nobel Prize for Literature, David Beckham and Posh Spice.

Oh, it's an exciting year, this 1999. The Internet is getting mobile, half the world is dancing Mambo No. 5, the other half is afraid of the Millennium Bug. Two young actresses twist the heads of cinema-goers, while England's best soccer player gives a yes-word to a Spice Girl. And as if all this wasn't exciting enough, some "ass antlers" let you look deep. 1999 - a review of the year in pictures.

The Finnish company Nokia is the first to launch an Internet-enabled WAP mobile phone to the market.

The Finnish company Nokia is the first to launch an Internet-enabled WAP mobile phone to the market.

The Backstreet Boys celebrate one of their greatest successes with 'I Want it that Way'.

The Backstreet Boys celebrate one of their greatest successes with 'I Want it that Way'.

However, the summer hit of the year is 'Mambo No. 5' by Lou Bega, which rises to No. 1 in the British music charts and No. 3 in the USA.

However, the summer hit of the year is 'Mambo No. 5' by Lou Bega, which rises to No. 1 in the British music charts and No. 3 in the USA.

Günter Grass is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in Stockholm.

Günter Grass is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in Stockholm.

Anniversary: The then Federal President Roman Herzog celebrates the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany in Berlin.

Anniversary: The then Federal President Roman Herzog celebrates the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany in Berlin.

Tattoos above the coccyx are very fashionable, but at the same time they are also a target for mockery. In Germany colloquially the body pictures are simply called 'ass antlers'.

Tattoos above the coccyx are very fashionable, but at the same time they are also a target for mockery. In Germany colloquially the body pictures are simply called 'ass antlers'.

Gwyneth Paltrow receives the Oscar for Best Actress for the movie 'Shakespeare in Love'.

Gwyneth Paltrow receives the Oscar for Best Actress for the movie 'Shakespeare in Love'.

But 'Crazy about Mary' with Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller is more popular with younger audiences. The film wins three MTV Movie Awards.

But 'Crazy about Mary' with Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller is more popular with younger audiences. The film wins three MTV Movie Awards.

Angelina Jolie divorces husband number one, Jonny Lee Miller. Via Billy Bob Thornton (husband no.2) she finally gets together with Brad Pitt (husband no.3).

Angelina Jolie divorces husband number one, Jonny Lee Miller. Via Billy Bob Thornton (husband no.2) she finally gets together with Brad Pitt (husband no.3).

Another dream couple: That year, professional soccer player David Beckham marries his great love, Spice Girl Victoria Adams.

Another dream couple: That year, professional soccer player David Beckham marries his great love, Spice Girl Victoria Adams.

The term dream couple does not apply to these two gentlemen: Vladimir Putin takes over the affairs of state in Russia from Boris Yeltsin.

The term dream couple does not apply to these two gentlemen: Vladimir Putin takes over the affairs of state in Russia from Boris Yeltsin.

Millions of people are eagerly awaiting the complete solar eclipse in Europe on 11 August.

Millions of people are eagerly awaiting the complete solar eclipse in Europe on 11 August.

The beginning of the end of Lira, Schilling, Franc, Peseta and D-Mark: The Euro is introduced as book money.

The beginning of the end of Lira, Schilling, Franc, Peseta and D-Mark: The Euro is introduced as book money.

The Millennium Bug, a threatening serious computer error at the turn of the millennium, keeps the world in suspense. However, the concern turns out to be unfounded.

The Millennium Bug, a threatening serious computer error at the turn of the millennium, keeps the world in suspense. However, the concern turns out to be unfounded.