January 2000 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Gisbourne, New Zealand population 32,754 is first city in the world to welcome in the new millennium

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Jan 1 Opening of St Mary Major's holy doors by Pope John Paul II

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Jan 4 After 2 months, Catherine Hartley and Fiona Thornewill, reach the South Poll, the same day as Sir Edmund Hillary 48 years before
  • Jan 4 19 are killed after two trains collide in Asta, Norway
  • Jan 6 The flu outbreak in Britain puts pressure on NHS
  • Jan 6 The last Pyrenean ibex is found dead after being crushed by a tree
  • Jan 7 Former UK Cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken released from prison after 9 months of a 18-month sentence

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Jan 13 Microsoft chairman Bill Gates steps aside as chief executive and promotes company president Steve Ballmer to the position

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates
  • Jan 14 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 18 The Tagish Lake meteorite impacts the Earth.
  • Jan 30 Off the coast of Ivory Coast, Kenya Airways Flight 431 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean, killing 169.
  • Jan 31 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 31 Family GP Dr Harold Shipman is jailed for life for murdering 15 of his patients, making him Britain's most prolific convicted serial killer

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Colin Vaughan, Australian political journalist (b. 1931)
  • Jan 2 Patrick O'Brian, British novelist (b. 1914)
  • Jan 2 Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., U.S. admiral (b. 1920)
  • Jan 6 Don Martin, American cartoonist (b. 1931)
  • Jan 9 Nigel Tranter, Scottish historian and author (b. 1909)
  • Jan 10 Sam Jaffe, American producer (b. 1901)
  • Jan 11 Ivan Combe, American inventor (b. 1911)
  • Jan 12 Marc Davis, American animator (b. 1913)
  • Jan 14 Charles Pick, British publisher (William Heinemann), dies at 82
  • Jan 15 Georges-Henri Lévesque, Canadian Dominican priest and sociologist (b. 1903)
  • Jan 15 Željko Ražnatović, aka Arkan, Serbian paramilitary leader (b. 1952)
  • Jan 18 Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, Austrian architect (b. 1897)
  • Jan 19 Bettino Craxi, Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1934)
  • Jan 22 Craig Claiborne, American writer and editor (b. 1920)
  • Jan 22 Anne Hébert, French Canadian author and poet (Kamouraska) (b. 1916)
  • Jan 26 Kathleen Hale, British author (b. 1898)
  • Jan 26 A. E. van Vogt, Canadian-born author (b. 1912)
  • Jan 31 Gil Kane, Latvian-born comic book writer (b. 1926)