Y2K passes without the serious, widespread computer failures and malfunctions that had
Cochabamba protests of 2000 - between January and April 2000 over privatization of the
municipal water supply.
January 5-8 - The 2000 al-Qaida Summit.
January 10 - America On-line announces an agreement to buy Time Warner for $162 billion.
This is the largest-ever corporate merger.
January 11 - The trawler Solway Harvester sinks off the Isle of Man.
January 14 - A United Nations tribunal sentences five Bosnian Croats up to 25 years for the
1993 killing of over 100 Muslims in a Bosnian village.
January 16 - In Sacramento, California a commercial truck carrying evaporated milk is
driven into the state capitol building killing the driver.
February 4 - Australian backpacker Kelvin Bourke murdered in Thailand.
February 6 - Tarja Halonen is elected the first Finnish female president.
February 13 - Final original Peanuts comic strip is published.
February 21 - David Letterman returns to the Late Show, over a month after having an
emergency quintuple heart bypass surgery.
February 29 - This leap year day is the last in a turn of the century year until
February 29, 2400.
January 31 - Dr Harold Shipman in sentenced to life in prison for murder of at least 15
of his patients out of 365 suspected victims.
March 1 - the Constitution of Finland is rewritten.
March 1 - Collin Raye is awarded the Artist Humanitarian Award from Country Radio
March 1 - Hans Blix assumes the position of Executive Chairman of UNMOVIC.
March 9 - FBI arrests suspected purveyor of art forgeries, Ely Sakhai, in New York City.
March 10 - The NASDAQ Composite Index reaches an all-time high of 5048.
March 18 - 2000 Taiwanese presidential election: Chen Shui-bian is elected President of
the Republic of China.
May 18 - Boo.com collapses due to lack of funds after six months.
March 20 - Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, a former Black Panther, is captured after gun
battle that left a sheriff's deputy dead.
March 26 - Presidential elections in Russia, Vladimir Putin elected President.
March 03 - America's Cup 2000 Won by Team New Zealand. Prada Challenge 2000
lost 0-5 in a best of 9 races.
April 1 - Japanese prime minister Obuchi Keizo suffers a stroke and falls into a coma.
April 3 - Microsoft antitrust case: Microsoft is ruled to have violated United States
antitrust laws by keeping "an oppressive thumb" on its competitors.
April 5 - Mori Yoshiro replaces Obuchi as prime minister of Japan.
April 7 - Attack submarine ex-Trepang completes being recycled.
April 16 - Tuanku Syed Putra ibni Almarhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail, Raja of Perlis
dies after a reign of 55 years. He was the longest reigning monarch in the world since
the death of Hirohito, Emperor of Japan.
April 17 - Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin becomes Raja of Perlis.
April 22 - In a predawn raid, federal agents seize six-year old Elián González from his
relatives' home in Miami, Florida and fly him to his Cuban father in Washington, DC
ending one of the most publicized custody battles in US history.
April 23 - Easter (very late this year).
April 23 - Hudson-Bergen Light Rail opens.
April 25 - The State of Vermont passes HB847, legalizing Civil Unions for same-sex couples.
May 3 - Computer pioneer Datapoint Corporation files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
May 12 - The Tate Modern opens in London.
May 25 - Israel withdraws IDF troops from southern Lebanon after 22 years.
June 10 - The New Jersey Devils def the Dallas Stars 4 games to 2 to win the Stanley
Cup in the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals.
June 21 - Section 28 repealed in Scotland with a 99 to 17 vote.
June 23 - Palace Backpackers Hostel fire in Childers, Australia, kills 15 persons.
June 30 - During a set of the band Pearl Jam at the Roskilde Festival near Copenhagen,
9 die and 26 are injured in the crowd.
July 10 - In southern Nigeria, a petroleum pipeline explodes killing about 250 villagers
who were scavenging gasoline.
July 18 - Alex Salmond resigns as the leader of the Scottish National Party.
July 25 - A Concorde supersonic passenger jet crashes just after takeoff from Paris
killing all 109 aboard and 5 on the ground.
August 8 - Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136
years on the ocean floor.
August 12 - Russian Submarine Kursk sinks in the Barents Sea. All 118 men aboard die.
August 25 - Emulex hoax.
September - UK fuel protest.
September 6 - In New York City, the United Nations Millennium Summit begins
with more than 180 world leaders present.
September 6 - The last wholly Swedish-owned arms manufacturer, Bofors, is sold
to American arms manufacturer United Defense.
September 7-14 - In United Kingdom, there are protests against high fuel prices
outside oil refineries.
September 28 - Ariel Sharon leads several hundred armed Israelis in a visit to the Temple
Mount, provoking an increase in Palestinian civil disorder which developed into the
September 29 - Maze Prison closed in Northern Ireland.
October 4 - President Slobodan Milosevic leaves office after widespread
demonstrations throughout Serbia and the withdrawal of Russian support.
October 11 - 250 million gallons of coal sludge spill in Martin County, Kentucky.
Considered a greater environmental disaster than the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
October 12 - In Aden, Yemen, the USS Cole is badly damaged by two suicide
bombers who placed a small boat laden with explosives along-side the United States
Navy destroyer, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39.
October 22 - Mainichi Shinbun exposes Japanese archeologist Shinichi Fujimura as a fraud.
October 31 - Singapore Airlines Flight 6 collides with the construction equipment
in the Chiang Kai Shek International Airport - 83 dead.
October 31 - The last Multics machine was shut down.
November - Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq rejects new U.N. Security Council weapons
November 3 - Widespread flooding throughout England and Wales after days of heavy rain.
November 7 - U.S. presidential election, 2000: Republican challenger George W. Bush
defeats Democrat Vice President Al Gore, but the final outcome is not known for
over a month because of disputed votes in Florida.
November 7 - Criminal gans raids the Millennium Dome to steal The Millennium Star
diamond but police surveillance catches them in the act.
November 7 - Hillary Rodham Clinton is elected to the United States Senate,
becoming the first First Lady of the United States to win public office.
November 11 - Kaprun disaster, Austria, where 155 skiers and snowboarders die
when a cable car catches fire in an alpine tunnel.
November 13 - Richard C. Duncan presents his paper, The Peak of World Oil Production
and the Road to the Olduvai Gorge, on the Olduvai theory (about the collapse of the
Industrial Civilization), at the Summit 2000 Pardee Keynote Symposia of the
Geological Society of America.
November 14 - Netscape Navigator version 6.0 is launched following two years of
open source development creating a stable Mozilla web browser upon which it is based.
November 16 - Bill Clinton becomes the first sitting US President to visit Vietnam.
November 17 - Alberto Fujimori is removed from office as president of Peru.
November 27 - Canada - Parliamentary elections - Jean Chrétien re-elected as Prime
Minister as Liberal Party increases majority in House of Commons.
December 1 - Miss World pageant held in London's Millennium Dome. Priyanka
Chopra wins the title.
December 13 - The Texas 7 escape from their prison unit in Kenedy, Texas
and start a crime spree.
December 14 - The Texas 7 rob a Radio Shack in Pearland, Texas. They would use
the police scanners they stole in their ensuing heist.
December 24 - The Texas 7 robs a sports store in Irving, Texas. Police officer
Aubrey Hawkins is shot dead.
December 30 - Rizal Day Bombings: A series of bombs explode in various places in
Metro Manila, Philippines within a span of a few hours killing 22 and injuring
about a hundred.
December 31 - the last day of the 20th century.Unknown Date
Limited reintroduction of routinely armed police in the UK for the first time since 1936.
Mexico - Vicente Fox becomes the first opposition President to take power since
Francisco I. Madero in 1911. He wins the Presidency as candidate of the rightist
PAN (National Action Party).Year in topic
2000 in film
The latest Joel and Ethan Coen film, O Brother, Where Art Thou? was released on
December 22 to much critical acclaim.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon breaks records for mass-Western popularity of
martial arts movies.
2000 in music
The soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou?, consisting of bluegrass and country
music, is a surprise success.
2000 in sports
2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
January 30 - Super Bowl XXXIV Saint Louis Rams (23) defeat Tennessee Titans (16).
March 26 - The Seattle Kingdome is imploded to make room for a new stadium.
2000 in television
Survivor premieres on CBS sparking a trend of "reality TV". Many copy-cat programs
follow. The show was based on the Swedish game show, Operation Robinson.Historical Relic and Ancient Remain
Gardens in Suzhou, China were added to the list of the World Heritage Sites.
The Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang, China were listed by the UNESCO among
the World Heritage Sites.Births
February 23 - Joanne Cheret
May 4 - Job van den Houten
April 20 - Funny Cide
, winner of the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
May 20 - Leo Blair
, son of the Rt Hon Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United
Kingdom and Cherie Booth QC.Deaths
January 2 - Ivo N. Lambi
, Canadian Historian.
January 4 - Tom Fears
, American football star.
January 8 - Fritz Thiedemann
, German equestrianist.
January 9 - Nigel Tranter
, 90, Scottish historian, writer.
January 10 - Sam Jaffe
January 18 - Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky
, 102, Austrian architect.
January 19 - Bettino Craxi
, 65, Italian prime minister (1983-1987).
January 19 - Hedy Lamarr
January 26 - A. E. van Vogt
, science fiction author.
January 26 - Don Budge
, tennis player.
January 27 - Cornelia Helena Douw
January 31 - Gil Kane
, comic book writer.
February 7 - Big Pun
February 7 - Doug Henning
February 11 - Roger Vadim
, 72, French movie director.
February 12 - Charles M. Schulz
, 77, creator of the Peanuts comic strip.
February 12 - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
, 70, American rock musician.
February 12 - Tom Landry
, American football coach.
February 19 - Friedensreich Hundertwasser
, 71, Austrian artist.
February 22 - Fernando Buesa
, Basque politician (born 1946).
March 1 - Dennis Danell
, guitarist of band Social Distortion.
March 7 - Neeltje van den Houten
March 20 - Gene "Eugene" Andrusco
, actor, singer.
March 22 - Hendrik Pieter van den Houten
March 26 - Alex Comfort
, author (The Joy of Sex).
March 27 - Ian Dury
, 57, English rock musician.
March 28 - Anthony Powell
, British novelist.
April 6 - Habib Bourguiba
, president of Tunisia (1957-1997).
April 13 - Giorgio Bassani
, 84, Italian writer (The Garden of the Finzi-Continis).
April 14 - Neeltje Pieternella van den Houten
April 14 - Wilf Mannion
, 81, English footballer (b. 1918).
April 16 - Tuanku Syed Putra ibni Almarhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail
, Raja of
Perlis and former 3rd Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
April 25 - David Merrick
April 28 - Regina Jacoba Augusta Julia van den Houten
April 29 - Ph?m Van Ð?ng
, Prime Minister of North Vietnam from 1954 through 1976,
and was Prime Minister of reunified Vietnam from 1976 until he retired in 1986 (b. 1906).
May 7 - Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
May 11 - Wilhelmina Laurina (Mina) van den Houten
May 12 - Adam Petty
, NASCAR driver (b. 1980).
May 14 - Obuchi Keizo
, Japanese prime minister.
May 18 - John Schaffer
May 19 - Yevgeny Khrunov
May 20 - Jean Pierre Rampal
May 21 - Sir John Gielgud
, 96, British actor.
May 21 - Barbara Cartland
, romance novel author.
May 27 - Maurice Richard
, hockey player (b. 1921).
May 28 - Adriaan van den Houten
June 10 - Hafez al-Assad
, 69, president of Syria (1971-2000).
June 18 - Nancy Marchand
, actress (The Sopranos) (b. 1928).
June 24 - Cornelis Motz
June 26 - Lucien Laurin
, Secretariat's Hall of Fame trainer.
June 29 - Vittorio Gassmann
, 78, Italian actor.
July 1 - Walter Matthau
, 79, American actor.
July 5 - Pieternella van den Houten
July 14 - William Roscoe Estep
, Baptist historian and professor of Church history
emeritus at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (b. 1920).
July 30 - Bertil Karlberg
, 58, Swedish politician.
August 5 - Sir Alec Guinness
, 86, British actor.
August 25 - Carl Barks
, 99, illustrator of Donald Duck.
September 2 - Elvera Sanchez
, Puertorican dancer.
September 20 - Gherman Titov
, 65, Cosmonaut.
September 25 - R. S. Thomas
, Welsh poet (born 1913).
September 28 - Pierre Trudeau
, 80, prime minister of Canada (1968-1979 and 1980-1984).
October 11 - Donald Dewar
, main author of the Scotland Act and initial First
Minister of the Scottish Parliament.
October 30 - Steve Allen
, comedian, composer, talk show host, author.
November 2 - Robert Cormier
November 6 - David R. Brower
, founder of many environmentalist organizations.
November 11 - Hugh Paddick
, British actor.
December 20 - Anna Josephina van den Houten
December 23 - Victor Borge
, 91, Danish/American humorist and pianist.
December 24 - Aubrey Hawkins
, Irving, Texas police officer.
December 25 - Willard Van Orman Quine
, 92, American philosopher.
December 31 - Rabbi Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane
, Extreme settler leader (shot in battle).Computing
The New Year, people, companies, countries and much of the world was fearing the
worst, planes falling out of the sky, electricity grids and essential services collapsing.
What people feared was not the apocalypse but the Y2K bug - a computer problem
that many feared would result in many computers not recognising the new year. The
more important problem for computer-related companies this year, however, was the
dotcom collapse that started in February and lasted well into 2001.To my Homepage