Historical Events for Year 2000
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Jan 1st - Gisbourne, New Zealand population 32,754 is first city in the world to welcome in the new millennium
Jan 1st - Opening of St Mary Major's holy doors by Pope John Paul II
Jan 4th - A day after accepting the head coaching position of the New York Jets, Bill Belichick resigns
Jan 4th - After 2 months, Catherine Hartley and Fiona Thornewill, reach the South Poll, the same day as Sir Edmund Hillary 48 years before
Jan 6th - The flu outbreak in Britain puts pressure on NHS
Jan 7th - Former UK Cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken released from prison after 9 months of a 18-month sentence
Jan 8th - "Music City Miracle", with 16 seconds left in the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game, the Tennessee Titans' Lorenzo Neal handed the ball to Frank Wycheck, who then lateraled the ball across the width of the field to his teammate, Kevin Dyson, who in turn ran the length of the field down the sideline for the game-winning touchdown to defeat the Buffalo Bills 22-16
Jan 9th - 26th People's Choice Awards: Harrison Ford & Julia Roberts win (Motion Picture) and Drew Carey & Calista Flockhart win (TV)
Jan 9th - Dan Marino wins his last career NFL game (20-17 vs Seattle)
Microsoft Founder Bill Gates Jan 13th - Microsoft chairman Bill Gates steps aside as chief executive and promotes company president Steve Ballmer to the position
Jan 14th - A United Nations tribunal sentences five Bosnian Croats to up to 25 years for the 1993 killing of over 100 Muslims in a Bosnian village.
Jan 17th - 27th American Music Awards: Shania Twain & Will Smith win
Jan 18th - The Tagish Lake meteorite impacts the Earth.
Jan 30th - Super Bowl XXXIV: St. Louis Rams beat Tennessee Titans, 23-16 at the Georgia Dome Atlanta MVP: Kurt Warner, St. Louis, QB
Jan 30th - Off the coast of Ivory Coast, Kenya Airways Flight 431 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean, killing 169.
Jan 31st - Alaska Airlines flight 261 MD-83, experiencing horizontal stabilizer problems, crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Point Mugu, California, killing all 88 persons aboard.
Jan 31st - A fight between Ray Lewis and his companions and another group of people results in the stabbing deaths of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar, resulting in the indictment of Lewis 11 days on murder and aggravated-assault charges
NFL Legend Ray Lewis Jan 31st - Family GP Dr Harold Shipman is jailed for life for murdering 15 of his patients, making him Britain's most prolific convicted serial killer
Feb 4th - German extortionist Klaus-Peter Sabotta is jailed for life for attempted murder and extortion in connection with the sabotage of German railway lines.
Feb 6th - NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 51-31
Feb 7th - Bahria University is established through Presidential Ordinance No. V of 2000 by the Government of Pakistan.
Feb 13th - The last original "Peanuts" comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz dies.
Feb 14th - The spacecraft NEAR Shoemaker enters orbit around asteroid 433 Eros, the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid.
Feb 14th - 8th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Mia Hamm win
Golfer Tiger Woods Feb 15th - Indian Point II nuclear power plant in New York State vents a small amount of radioactive steam when a steam generator fails.
Feb 18th - Stjepan Mesić becomes the second president of Croatia.
Feb 23rd - 42nd Grammy Awards: Smooth, Christina Aguilera wins
Mar 1st - The Constitution of Finland is rewritten.
Mar 1st - Hans Blix assumes the position of Executive Chairman of UNMOVIC.
Mar 2nd - Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet heads home after being told the UK would not extradite him on torture charges
Mar 4th - 14th Soul Train Music Awards: Prince, Whitney Houston, DMX & Mary J. Blige win
Mar 6th - Long-time Boston Bruin defenseman Ray Bourque is traded to the Colorado Avalanche
Mar 10th - The NASDAQ Composite stock market index peaks at 5132.52, signalling the beginning of the end of the dot-com boom
NHL Legend Ray Bourque Mar 10th - 16th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
Mar 17th - The 800+ deaths of members of the Ugandan cult Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God is considered to be a mass murder and suicide orchestrated by leaders of the cult.
Mar 20th - Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, a former Black Panther once known as H. Rap Brown, is captured after a gun battle that leaves a Georgia sheriff's deputy dead.
Mar 20th - Pope John Paul II visits Holy Land - Jordan, Israel, Palestine
Mar 23rd - Joe Sakic records his 400th career goal and becomes the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche all-time leading point scorer
Mar 25th - 20th Golden Raspberry Awards: Wild Wild West wins
Mar 26th - 72nd Academy Awards - "American Beauty", Kevin Spacey & Hilary Swank win
Actor Kevin Spacey Mar 27th - Phillips explosion of 2000 kills 1 and injures 71 in Pasadena, Texas.
Mar 28th - A Murray County, Georgia, school bus is hit by a CSX freight train (3 children die in this accident).
Apr 2nd - 19th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: at Corel State Spectrum
Apr 3rd - 62nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: at RCA Dome Indianapolis
Apr 8th - Nineteen US Marines are killed when a V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashes near Marana, Arizona.
Apr 9th - 64th Golf Masters Championship: Vijay Singh wins, shooting a 278
Apr 11th - AT&T Park in San Francisco, Minute Maid Park in Houston, and Comerica Park in Detroit open.
Apr 14th - Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich files a lawsuit against P2P sharing phenomenon Napster. This law-suit eventually leads the movement against file-sharing programs.
Apr 22nd - In a pre-dawn raid, federal agents seize six-year-old Elián González from his relatives' home in Miami, Florida.
Apr 22nd - The Big Number Change takes place in the United Kingdom.
14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo May 1st - President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares existence of "a state of rebellion", after thousands of supporters of her arrested predecessor, Joseph Estrada, storm towards the presidential palace at height of EDSA III rebellion
May 2nd - Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveils the Man With Two Hats monument in Apeldoorn and the other in Ottawa on May 11, 2000. Symbolically linking both Netherlands and Canada for their assistance throughout World War II.
May 2nd - President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military.
May 3rd - The sport of geocaching begins, with the first cache placed and the coordinates from a GPS posted on Usenet.
May 4th - Ken Livingstone becomes the first Mayor of London.
May 5th - Conjunction of Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn & Moon
May 6th - 126th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Fusaichi Pegasus wins in 2:01.12
42nd US President Bill Clinton May 13th - In Enschede, the Netherlands, a fireworks factory explodes, killing 22 people, wounding 950, and resulting in approximately €450 million in damage.
May 17th - In the Philippines an explosion rocks Glorietta 2 injuring 13 persons, mostly teenagers. According to local authorities, the homemade bomb was placed in front of a toilet beside a video arcade.
May 20th - 126th Preakness: Jerry Bailey aboard Red Bullet wins in 1:56.00
May 23rd - Eminem releases 3rd studio album 'The Marshall Mathers LP', is fastest ever selling studio album (Grammy - Best Rap Album 2001)
May 24th - Israeli troops withdraw from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.
May 24th - Real Madrid of Spain win UEFA Champions League final against Valencia of Spain 3-0 in Saint-Denis
May 25th - Liberation Day of Lebanon. Israel withdraws its army from most of the Lebanese territory after 22 years of its first invasion in 1978.
Rapper Eminem May 28th - Indianapolis 500: Juan Pablo Montoya wins in 2:58:59.431 (269.737 km/h)
May 30th - 35th Academy of Country Music Awards: Shania Twain, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw win
Jun 1st - The Patent Law Treaty (PLT) is signed.
Jun 4th - 54th Tony Awards: Copenhagen & Contact win
Jun 10th - 132nd Belmont: Pat Day aboard Commendable wins in 2:31.20
Jun 10th - Stanley Cup: New Jersey Devils defeat Dallas Stars 4-2
Jun 12th - Sandro Rosa do Nascimento takes hostages while robbing Bus #174 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the highly-publicized standoff becomes a media circus and ends with the death of do Nascimento and a hostage.
Jun 13th - Italy pardons Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who tried to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981.
Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-il Jun 13th - President Kim Dae Jung of South Korea meets Kim Jong-il, leader of North Korea, for the beginning of the first ever inter-Korea summit, in the northern capital of Pyongyang.
Jun 13th - Samuel L. Jackson is honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Jun 14th - 34th Country Weekly Presents the TNN Music Awards: George Strait & Faith Hill wins
Jun 14th - Greg Maddux makes his 387th putout, breaking Jack Morris' career record
Jun 16th - Israel complies with UN Security Council Resolution 425 after 22 years, which calls on Israel to completely withdraw from Lebanon. Israel withdraws from all of Lebanon, except the disputed Sheba Farms.
Jun 18th - 100th US Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 272 at Pebble Beach, California
Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal Jun 19th - Los Angeles Lakers beat Indiana Pacers 4-2 in NBA finals MVP: Shaquille O'Neal, L.A.
Jun 19th - Tiger Woods wins golf's US Open by 15 shots, a record for all majors, with a US Open to-par record score of -12
Jun 19th - 54th NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat Indiana Pacers, 4 games to 2
Jun 21st - Section 28 (outlawing the 'promotion' of homosexuality in the United Kingdom) is repealed in Scotland with a 99 to 17 vote.
Jun 23rd - The bulk ore carrier MV Treasure sinks off the western coast of South Africa, soiling more than 19 000 penguins; this resulted in the world's largest ever rescue of birds from an oiling event
Jun 23rd - The Cotonou Agreement, a trade and aid framework, is signed in Cotonou, Benin
Jun 25th - 46th LPGA Championship won by Juli Inkster
Jun 28th - Cuban exile Elián González returns to Cuba following a Supreme Court order.
Jun 29th - Eminem's mother goes to court claiming defamation of character in a $10 million civil suit, after taking exception to the line "My mother smokes more dope than I do" from her son's single 'My Name Is'
Jul 1st - The Oresund Bridge, connecting Sweden and Denmark, opens for traffic.
Jul 1st - Vermont's civil unions law goes into effect.
Jul 2nd - Vicente Fox Quesada is elected the first President of México from an opposition party, the Partido Acción Nacional after more than 70 years of continuous rule by the Partido Revolucionario Institucional.
Novelist J. K. Rowling Jul 8th - "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", the 4th book in the series by J. K. Rowling is published in the UK (Bloomsbury) and the US (Scholastic)
Jul 9th - 107th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats L Davenport (6-3 7-6)
Jul 9th - 114th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats P Rafter (6-7 7-6 6-4 6-2) winning his 13th Grand Slam tennis title
Jul 9th - Police fired tear gas at fans during a World Cup qualifying soccer game between Zimbabwe and South Africa, setting off a stampede that killed twelve people in Harare, Zimbabwe
Jul 10th - EADS, the world's second largest aerospace group is formed by the merger of Aérospatiale-Matra, DASA, and CASA.
Jul 10th - A leaking southern Nigerian petroleum pipeline explodes, killing about 250 villagers scavenging gasoline.
Tennis Player Pete Sampras Jul 11th - 71st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-3 at Turner Field, Atlanta
Jul 20th - The leaders of Salt Lake City's bid to win the 2002 Winter Olympics are indicted by a federal grand jury for bribery, fraud, and racketeering
Jul 20th - In Zimbabwe, Parliament opens its new session and seats opposition members for the first time in a decade.
Jul 20th - Terrorist Carlos the Jackal sues France in the European Court of Human Rights for allegedly torturing him.
Jul 23rd - 129th British Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 269 at Royal Lytham
Jul 23rd - 55th US Women's Open Golf Championship
Jul 25th - Air France Flight 4590, a Concorde supersonic passenger jet, F-BTSC, crashes just after takeoff from Paris killing all 109 aboard and 4 on the ground.
Aug 1st - First patient to receive the Jarvik 2000, the first total artificial heart that can maintain blood flow in addition to generating a pulse
Aug 8th - Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor.
Aug 9th - South African President Thabo Mbeki unveils the Women's Monument commemorating the role of women in the anti-apartheid struggle
Aug 12th - The Oscar class submarine K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise.
Aug 18th - A Federal jury finds the US EPA guilty of discrimination against Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, later inspiring passage of the No FEAR Act.
Aug 21st - Tiger Woods wins golf's PGA Championship to become the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win 3 majors in a calendar year. He ties the to-par record for the PGA (-18) with Bob May, and wins in a playoff
Aug 23rd - A Gulf Air Airbus A320 crashes into the Persian Gulf near Manama, Bahrain, killing 143.
Aug 23rd - Nicaragua becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty. This essentially deprecated the Buenos Aires Convention treaty, because as of this date, all members of the BA Convention were also signatories to Berne.
Aug 24th - Argon fluorohydride, the first Argon compound ever known, is discovered at the University of Helsinki by Finnish scientists.
Aug 27th - 540-metre (1,772 ft)-tall Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire, three people are killed.
Sep 5th - The Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry makes its maiden voyage.
Sep 7th - 17th MTV Video Music Awards: Eminem & Aaliyah wins
Sep 10th - The musical Cats closes on Broadway.
Actor James Gandolfini Sep 10th - 52nd Emmy Awards: The West Wing, Will & Grace, James Gandolfini & Sela Ward win
Sep 11th - Activists protest against the World Economic Forum meeting in Melbourne, Australia.
Sep 12th - Holland (the Netherlands) passes law allowing same-gender marriage, adoption and divorce.
Sep 15th - Opening ceremony of the XXVII Olympics in Sydney, Australia
Sep 16th - Sammy Sosa becomes the second player to hit 50 or more home runs in three consecutive years, joining Mark McGwire
Sep 17th - Dan Marino's #13 jersey is retired by the Miami Dolphins
Sep 19th - Ken Griffey, Jr. pinch-hits his 400th home run. The first major leaguer to reach the mark as a pinch-hitter
Sep 20th - Patent on RSA cryptograph algorithm ends
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino Sep 20th - The British MI6 Secret Intelligence Service building is attacked by a Russian-built Mark 22 anti-tank missile.
Sep 26th - Anti-globalization protests in Prague (some 20,000 protesters) turned violent during the IMF and World Bank summits.
Sep 26th - M/S Express Samina sinks off Paros in the Agean sea killing 80 passengers.
Sep 28th - Al-Aqsa Intifada: Ariel Sharon visits the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Oct 1st - Juan Antonio Samaranch, the chairman of the IOC declares the XXVII Olympics in Sydney the "best Olympic Games ever"
Oct 1st - United States retain Basketball's Olympic gold medal defeating France 85-75
Oct 1st - United States wins the most medals (97), and the most gold medals (40) in Summer Olympics held in Sydney, Australia
Oct 4th - 34th Country Music Association Award: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw wins
Country Singer Faith Hill Oct 5th - Mass demonstrations in Belgrade lead to resignation of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milošević. These demonstrations are often called the Bulldozer Revolution.
Oct 6th - Yugoslav president Slobodan Milošević resigns.
Oct 7th - The last ever competitive soccer match at Wembley Stadium is a 1-0 defeat of England by Germany and the last goal was scored by Liverpool's Dietmar Hammann. The match was Tony Adams' 60th at Wembley setting the record for most appearances at the stadium.
Oct 11th - The 100th Space Shuttle mission (STS-92) is flown.
Oct 12th - The USS Cole is badly damaged in Aden, Yemen, by two suicide bombers, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39
Oct 15th - Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" debuts on HBO
Oct 17th - Train crash at Hatfield, north of London, leading to collapse of Railtrack.
Comedian/Writer Larry David Oct 23rd - "Monday Night Miracle", down 30-7 at the end of the third quarter, the New York Jets pulled together a rapid and improbable comeback with 4 touchdowns and a field goal in the fourth quarter, eventually defeating the Miami Dolphins 40-37 in overtime
Oct 25th - A team led by Brigitte Senut and Martin Pickford discover Orrorin tugenensis, one of the earliest species on the human family tree that lived about 6 million years ago, in the Tugen Hills, Kenya
Oct 26th - NY Yankees defeat NY Mets 4-1 to win their 3rd straight World Series championship, MVP: Derek Jeter, NY Yankees
Oct 26th - Laurent Gbagbo takes over as president of Côte d'Ivoire following a popular uprising against President Robert Guéï. Bret Hart retires.
Oct 31st - The last Multics (Multiplexed Information and Computing Service) machine was shut down.
Baseball Player Derek Jeter Oct 31st - A chartered Antonov An-26 explodes after takeoff in Northern Angola killing 50
Oct 31st - A Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 operating as Flight 006 collides with construction equipment upon takeoff in Taipei, Taiwan killing 79 passengers and four crew members
Nov 2nd - The first crew arrives at the International Space Station.
Nov 5th - Emperor Haile Selassie I is given an Imperial funeral by the Ethiopian Orthodox church
Nov 7th - Controversial US presidential election that was later resolved in the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court Case.
Nov 7th - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration discovers one of the country's largest LSD labs inside a converted military missile silo in Wamego, Kansas.