Why 1999 was such an epic year to be born

17 is one of those ages (in the UK, anyway) that is so full of promise but also hardship. You can finally learn to drive, but you are battling so many other awkward, hilarious and damn right hard situations. Also, technically you are not allowed to drink (unless you count that thing where if you're with family and you are eating a meal then you can have a cider).

If you are 17, you were probably born in 1999. A great year: people getting ready for the new millennium, the O2 Arena was near completion (but back then it was called the millennium dome), Tony Blair was a Prime Minister who hadn't taken us to war yet, and over 20% of the UK population have access to the internet. Exciting times!

Some amazing things happened in 1999, so in honour of the release of the brilliant 'The Edge of Seventeen,' starring Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson on the 30th November (book your tickets here: http://studnt.ms/2gfKQEP), we are going to look at what else turned 17 this year, and why 1999 was such an epic one.

Family Guy

Created by Seth McFarlane, the show that is repeated (without fail) every night on ITV2 turned 17 this year.

The hilarious (most of the time, seems to have lost it's edge recently) cartoon series made its debut on 31st January 1999 in the states.

The episode was called 'Death has a shadow,' and it saw Peter lose his job but get rich off of welfare.

Two cancellations, one fairly poor spin-off (The Cleveland Show) and 277 episodes later, it is still going strong and is always a good choice if there is nothing else to watch.

'The Slim Shady LP'

Eminem's second studio album, but first under a major record label (Interscope), was unleashed on the world on 23rd February 1999. It is the album that really started all the success for him.

Hard to believe 'My Name is' is 17 years old this year, such a legendary rap song. I feel so old.

The album reached number 12 on the UK charts but topped the Rap and RnB charts, and Marshall Mathers would later become the greatest rapper alive (according to Drake, at least).

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (book)

The third instalment of the wizarding franchise that has taken over the world and made J.K Rowling the richest woman on Earth was released on 8th July this year in the UK, two months later in the US.

In this book, we follow Harry, along with his friends Ron and Hermione, in their third year at Hogwarts. Harry hears about Sirius Black, an escaped prisoner from Azkaban, whom he thinks is one of Voldemorts old allies.

One of the best books in the series and one of the better movies, also (released in 2004).

Serena Williams wins her first Grand Slam title

The powerhouse that is Serena Williams, won both her first professional tournament and first grand slam in 1999, the beginning of an illustrious career that is still going now.

She won the Open Gaz de France when she beat Amelie Mauresmo in the final. Then she beat four previous grand slam winners (Kim Clijsters, Conchita Martínez, Monica Seles, and defending champion Lindsay Davenport) to reach the US Open final. Here she defeated world No. 1 Martina Hingis to claim her first ever grand slam, only the second African-American woman to do so. Icon.

17 years, 21 grand slams, four Olympic gold medals and an appearance in a Beyonce video (highlight) later, Serena is seen as one of the greatest Tennis players ever to grace the court.

Toy Story 2

1999 was an amazing year for movies, and Toy Story 2 is our favourite.

Woody and Buzz were back for the follow-up to the best Pixar movie of all time, and some would call it one of the best sequels ever.

This time around, everyone is happy with life in Andy's bedroom, but a rescue mission to save Wheezy from the yard sale goes awry when Woody is stolen by a toy collector who plans to sell him to a museum in Japan. Then the rest of the guys have to go and rescue their cowboy comrade before it is too late.

We are introduced to more characters, Jessie, Bullseye, The Prospector and Buzz's evil nemesis, Emperor Zurg.

A brilliant movie from childhood, and we cannot wait for the fourth coming in 2018.

Nelson Mandela steps down as President of South Africa

Now we have one of the greatest icons. Mandela was an anti-apartheid revolutionary, philanthropist and politician.

After spending 27 years in prison, he negotiated the end to apartheid in South Africa and organised the multi-racial election in 1994, where he was awarded the presidency.

He did so much for civil rights and was a truly iconic man in the modern era. He stepped down as president after five years on 14th June 1999 and went down in history as one of the world's greatest leaders.

Seen as a true hero in SA, he would be labelled the "father of the nation."

American Pie is born

This part was going to be called 'the best teen movies,' but we have to go with the one that sent everyone crazy for them. The ultimate coming-of-age movie about four friends in their mission to lose their virginity before prom.

Jim (played by Jason Biggs) is hilarious, charming and ever so relatable to a lot of teens and early twenty-year-olds today.

With so many laugh-out-loud moments, this started a whole franchise which saw three good movies (one, two, wedding), three terrible attempts (band camp, naked mile, the book of love) to keep it going, and finally a pretty decent reunion.

Fight Club

We're not allowed to talk about it, so let's move on.

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

The episode, which some believed at the time was the beginning of the end, until JJ Abrams came in.

Now, I will be hounded by some of you I am sure for this, but this is the only one I have watched. Star Wars was never my sort of movie, but we shall continue.

This movie was hated by the fans and critics alike; partly for the lack of real storyline and poor script. But it is hated mostly because it introduced us to one of the most hated characters of a movie franchise, ever: Jar Jar Binks.

Thank God for JJ Abrams, I assume.

Baby, One More Time

Before she was having hourlong marriages and shaving her head, Britney Spears was considered the 'Princess of Pop,' and this song is where it all began.

'Baby, one more time' is a timeless classic that started the whole teen pop era, which included Backstreet Boys, N*Sync and Christina Aguilera. It was a massive hit that is still loved today.

Spongebob Squarepants

Are you ready kids? Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Everyone's favourite sponge and his hapless friend introduced themselves to us 17 years ago!

The magical 7-minute episodes take us to Bikini Bottom, where we join Spongebob and Patrick in their misadventures.

Everyone has their favourite episode, mine is Mermaid Man v Barnacle Boy. Classic.

Mambo Number 5

One. Two. Three-four-five. This absolute belter of a tune first hit the airwaves back in 1999. Lou Bega was behind the track and he wanted a lot of different women for different occasions.

He wanted Sandra in the sun, Mary all night long and Erica by his side. Calm down, Lou, you'll knacker yourself out!

Still popular among cheesy nights at clubs, this one is guaranteed to get you up and dancing.

But who remembers that crazy rumour that Bega died shortly after this song was released? Not true, obviously, but he would go missing and never have another smash hit again.

Fry is cryogenically frozen

I don't know about you guys, but I loved Futurama when I was younger. Admittedly, I have lost touch with it as I have grown older, but it is still a really good show.

Fry is accidentally cryogenically frozen and wakes up 1000 years later when the world is a much different place.

He develops friends with an alcoholic robot, a squid alien, a one-eyed woman and an old professor.

Well, the day that Fry is accidentally cryogenically frozen is 31st December 1999.

And there you have it, events or things that were introduced 17 years ago that made it an epic year.

Edge of Seventeen is out in cinemas on 30th November. Book your tickets here: http://studnt.ms/2gfKQEP

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