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 1st - 86th Rose Bowl: #4 Wisconsin beats #22 Stanford, 17-9
Jan 1st - 66th Orange Bowl: #8 Michigan beats #5 Alabama, 35-34
Jan 2nd - 29th Fiesta Bowl: #3 Nebraska beats #6 Tennessee, 31-21
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 4th - 2nd BCS National Championship: #1 Florida State beats #2 Virginia Tech, 46-29, at 66th Sugar Bowl
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
Actor Harrison Ford 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)
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 23rd - AFC Championship Game: Tennessee Titans beat Jacksonville Jaguars 33-14
Jan 23rd - NFC Championship Game: St. Louis Rams beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11-6
Jan 23rd - 57th Golden Globes: American Beauty, Denzel Washington, & Hilary Swank win
Actor Denzel Washington 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 30th - 88th Men's Australian Open: Andre Agassi beats Yevgeny Kafelnikov (3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4)
Jan 30th - 88th Women's Australian Open: Lindsay Davenport beats Martina Hingis (6-1, 7-5)
Jan 30th - 16th Sundance Film Festival: "Girlfight" and "You Can Count on Me" (tie) win Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
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.
NFL Legend Ray Lewis 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
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 6th - 50th NHL All-Star Game: World beats North America 9-4 at Toronto, Ontario
Feb 7th - Bahria University is established through Presidential Ordinance No. V of 2000 by the Government of Pakistan.
Feb 9th - 50th Berlin International Film Festival: "Magnolia" wins the Golden Bear
Feb 12th - 31st NAACP Image Awards: "The Best Man" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz Feb 13th - The last original "Peanuts" comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz dies.
Feb 13th - 49th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 137-127 at Oakland
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
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 20th - 42nd Daytona 500: Dale Jarrett wins (155.669 MPH)
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
Singer Christina Aguilera Mar 2nd - America's Cup: Team New Zealand defeats Prada Challenge 5-0 to win in Auckland
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
Mar 10th - 16th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
Mar 11th - 21st Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: St. John's beats Connecticut, 80-70
Mar 12th - 47th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #3 Duke beats #20 Maryland, 81-68
NHL Legend Ray Bourque Mar 12th - 41st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Arkansas beats Auburn, 75-67
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: Connecticut beats Tennessee 71-52
Apr 3rd - 62nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Michigan State beats Florida 89-76
Apr 8th - Nineteen US Marines are killed when a V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashes near Marana, Arizona.
Apr 8th - 153rd Grand National: Ruby Walsh aboard Papillon wins
Apr 9th - 64th Masters Golf Tournament: Vijay Singh wins, shooting a 278
Apr 9th - 53rd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "American Beauty" Best Film, Pedro Almodovar Best Director
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 15th - 2000 NFL Draft: Courtney Brown from Penn State first pick by Cleveland Browns
Apr 17th - 104th Boston Marathon: Elijah Lagat of Kenya 1st man in 2:09:47 and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya 1st woman in 2:26:11
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 1st - "Gladiator" directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix premieres in LA (Best Picture 2001)
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 6th - 126th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Fusaichi Pegasus wins in 2:01.12
May 13th - 45th Eurovision Song Contest: Olsen Brothers for Denmark wins singing "Fly on the Wings of Love" in Stockholm
May 13th - In Enschede, the Netherlands, a fireworks factory explodes, killing 22 people, wounding 950, and resulting in approximately €450 million in damage.
May 14th - 46th British Academy Television Awards: "The League of Gentlemen" Best Comedy, "The Cops" Best Drama
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 - 125th Preakness: Jerry Bailey aboard Red Bullet wins in 1:56.00
Rapper Eminem 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 - 8th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Valencia 3-0 at 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.
May 25th - 53rd Cannes Film Festival: "Dancer in the Dark" directed by Lars von Trier wins the Palme d'Or
May 26th - NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 3
May 27th - NHL Western Conference Final: Dallas Stars beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 3
May 28th - Indianapolis 500: Juan Pablo Montoya wins in 2:58:59.431 (269.737 km/h)
Singer Shania Twain 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 11th - 99th Men's French Open: Gustavo Kuerten beats Magnus Norman (6-2, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6)
Jun 11th - 99th Women's French Open: Mary Pierce beats Conchita Martinez (6-2, 7-5)
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.
Tennis Player Mary Pierce 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 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.
Golfer Tiger Woods Jun 18th - 100th US Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 272 at Pebble Beach, California
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
Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal 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.
Jul 2nd - UEFA European Championship: France defeat Italy 2-1 in Rotterdam
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 Pat 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 20th - 33rd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
Jul 23rd - 129th British Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 269 at Royal Lytham
Jul 23rd - 55th US Women's Open Golf Championship
Jul 23rd - 87th Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)
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.
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong 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 Environmental Protection Agency 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.
Aug 30th - 57th Venice Film Festival: "Dayereh" directed by Jafar Panahi wins Golden Lion
Sep 5th - The Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry makes its maiden voyage.
Sep 7th - 17th MTV Video Music Awards: Eminem & Aaliyah win