On This Day

What Happened in 2000

Important Events

  • Jan 13 Microsoft chairman Bill Gates steps aside as chief executive and promotes company president Steve Ballmer to the position
  • Mar 10 The NASDAQ Composite stock market index peaks at 5132.52, signalling the beginning of the end of the dot-com boom
  • May 11 India's population officially reaches 1 billion - Astha Arora named India's billionth baby
  • Jun 13 South Korean President Kim Dae Jung meets leader of North Korea Kim Jong-il, for the beginning of the first ever inter-Korea summit, in the northern capital of Pyongyang
  • Jun 16 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
  • Nov 7 Controversial US presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore is inconclusive; the result, in Bush's favor, is eventually resolved by the Supreme Court
  • Dec 12 United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore

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2000 in Music

  • Apr 14 Metallica file a lawsuit against P2P sharing phenomenon Napster. This law-suit eventually leads the movement against file-sharing programs.
  • May 23 Eminem releases 3rd studio album "The Marshall Mathers LP", is fastest ever selling studio album (Grammy - Best Rap Album 2001)

2000 in Sport

  • Apr 7 South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje is charged by Delhi police with fixing One Day International matches against India
  • Jul 23 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: Tiger Woods beats Thomas Bjørn and Ernie Els by 8 shots to win his first Open title; becomes youngest player at 24 to win all 4 major titles
  • Aug 20 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Valhalla GC: Tiger Woods becomes first since Ben Hogan (1953) to win 3 majors in a calendar year; wins back-to-back PGA titles in 3-hole playoff with Bob May
  • Oct 7 Last ever competitive soccer match at Wembley Stadium, England defeated 1-0 by Germany, last goal scored by Liverpool's Dietmar Hammann. Match is Tony Adams' 60th at Wembley, the record for most appearances at the stadium.


World Leaders in 2000

Famous People in 2000

Would You Believe?

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration discovers one of the country's largest LSD labs inside a converted military missile silo in Wamego, Kansas

On November 7, 2000

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 1 Dominican-American baseball player Albert Pujols (19) weds Deidre "Dee Dee" Corona (22)
  • Mar 4 "American Beauty" actress Mena Suvari (21) weds cinematographer Robert Brinkmann (38)
  • Mar 10 Country singer Vince Gill (42) weds christian pop singer Amy Grant (39) in Nashville, Tennessee

Famous Divorces

  • May 25 Television producer and director Mark Tinker (49) divorces actress and painter Kristin Harmon (54) after 12 years of marriage
  • Sep 22 Actress Patsy Kensit (32) divorces Oasis singer Liam Gallagher (28) due to unreasonable behaviour after 3 years of marriage
  • Oct 18 Actress Demi Moore (37) divorces actor Bruce Willis (45) due to irreconcilable differences after 13 years of marriage

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