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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 10th - The NASDAQ Composite stock market index peaks at 5132.52, signaling the beginning of the end of the dot-com boom.
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.
Cartoonist Charles M Schulz 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 Marines are killed when a V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashes near Marana, Arizona.
Apr 9th - 64th Golf Masters Championship:
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.
May 1st - Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares the existence of "a state of rebellion", hours after thousands of supporters of her arrested predecessor, Joseph Estrada, storm towards the presidential palace at the height of the 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.
42nd US President Bill Clinton May 5th - Conjunction of Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn & Moon
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 24th - Israeli troops withdraw from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.
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.
Jun 1st - The Patent Law Treaty (PLT) is signed.
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.
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 16th - Israel complies with UN Security Council Resolution 425 after 22 years of it issuance, 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: at Pebble Beach Golf Links Calif
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 21st - Section 28 (outlawing the 'promotion' of homosexuality in the United Kingdom) is repealed in Scotland with a 99 to 17 vote.
Jun 28th - Cuban exile Elián González returns to Cuba following a Supreme Court order.
Rapper Eminem 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.
Jul 9th - Pete Sampras wins his 13th Grand Slam tennis title at Wimbledon
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.
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: 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 8th - Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor.
Aug 12th - The Oscar class submarine K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise.
Champion Tennis Player Pete Sampras 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 10th - The musical Cats closes on Broadway.
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's becomes the second player to hit 50 or more home runs in three consecutive years, joining Mark McGwire
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
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 Sydney the "best Olympic Games ever"
Oct 1st - Closing ceremony of the XXVII Olympics in Sydney, Australia
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 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 match at Wembley Stadium is a 1-0 defeat of England to 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 17th - Train crash at Hatfield, north of London, leading to collapse of Railtrack.
Baseball Player Derek Jeter 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 machine was shut down.
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.
Nov 7th - Hillary Rodham Clinton is elected to the United States Senate, becoming the first former First Lady to win public office in the United States, although actually she still was the First Lady.
Nov 11th - In Kaprun, Austria, 155 skiers and snowboarders die when a cable car catches fire in an alpine tunnel.
Nov 13th - Philippine House Speaker Manuel B. Villar, Jr. passes the articles of impeachment against Philippine President Joseph Estrada.
Nov 15th - A chartered Antonov AN-24 crashes after takeoff from Luanda, Angola killing more than 40 people
Nov 15th - New Jharkhand state comes into existence in India
Nov 16th - Bill Clinton becomes the first U.S. President to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War.
US First Lady and Politician Hillary Clinton Nov 17th - A catastrophic landslide in Log pod Mangartom, Slovenia, kills 7, and causes millions of SIT of damage. It is one of the worst catastrophes in Slovenia in the past 100 years.
Nov 17th - Alberto Fujimori is removed from office as president of Peru.
Nov 25th - 2000 Baku earthquake took place.
Nov 28th - Ukrainian politician Oleksander Moroz begins the Cassette Scandal by publicly accusing President Leonid Kuchma of involvement in the murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze.
Dec 12th - The United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore
Dec 13th - The "Texas 7" escape from the John Connally Unit near Kenedy, Texas and go on a robbery spree, during which police officer Aubrey Hawkins is shot and killed.
Dec 13th - American Vice President Al Gore delivers his concession speech effectively ending his hopes of becoming the 43rd President of the United States.
Dec 19th - The Leninist Guerrilla Units wing of the Communist Labour Party of Turkey/Leninist attack a Nationalist Movement Party office in Istanbul, killing one person and injuring three.
Dec 24th - The Texas 7 hold up a sports store in Irving, Texas. Police officer Aubrey Hawkins is shot during the robbery.
Dec 28th - U.S. retail giant Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of business after 128 years.
Dec 30th - 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.