On This Day

What Happened in December 2000

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 England holds off a determined comeback by South Africa to notch up their 3rd Southern Hemisphere rugby scalp of the autumn with a 25-17 win at Twickenham; previously beat Australia, 22-19 and Argentina, 19-0
  • Dec 2 9th SEC Championship Game: #7 Florida beats #18 Auburn, 28-6
  • Dec 2 5th Big 12 Championship Game: #1 Oklahoma beats #8 Kansas State, 27-24

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 3 French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil wins the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup for the only time; beats Andre Agassi 6–4, 6–4, 6–4 in the final in Lisbon, Portugal

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • Dec 5 "O Brother, Where Art Thou" soundtrack to the film of the same name released
  • Dec 9 Tottenham defender Ledley King scores fastest goal in English Premier League history when he nets after 9.82 seconds in 3-3 draw at Bradford City
  • Dec 10 89th Davis Cup: Spain beats Australia in Barcelona (3-1)
  • Dec 11 66th Heisman Trophy Award: Chris Weinke, Florida State (QB)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 12 US Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore, settling the recount dispute in Florida's 2000 presidential election in George W. Bush's favor and thus handing him the presidency

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • Dec 13 The "Texas 7" escape from the John Connally Unit near Kenedy, Texas later going on a crime spree and killing police officer Aubrey Hawkins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 13 American Vice President Al Gore delivers his concession speech effectively ending his hopes of becoming the 43rd President of the United States.

45th Vice President of the United States Al Gore
45th Vice President of the United States
Al Gore
  • Dec 19 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 19 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid's Portuguese midfielder Luís Figo is named best football player in Europe ahead of Juventus midfielder Zinedine Zidane and Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko
  • Dec 22 On This Day launched as HistoryOrb.com
  • Dec 23 Cricket Women's World Cup: New Zealand defeats Australia by 4 runs
  • Dec 24 The Texas 7 hold up a sports store in Irving, Texas. Police officer Aubrey Hawkins is shot during the robbery

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 27 Pittsburgh Penguins center and part-owner Mario Lemieux scores a goal and 2 assists in his return to the NHL after more than 3 years out with injury problems and lingering cancer issues; Penguins beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-0

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • Dec 28 U.S. retail giant Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of business after 128 years.
  • Dec 30 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.

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 6 Pablo Nicolás Urdangarín y de Borbón, Spanish royal, born in Barcelona

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 2 Mexican singer Thalia (29) weds co-owner of Casablanca Records Tommy Mottola (51) at St. Patrick

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Thalía
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Thalía

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 16 Tennis player Todd Martin (30) weds Amy Martin in New Jersey

Tennis Player Todd Martin
Tennis Player
Todd Martin

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 22 Pop singer Madonna (42) weds film director Guy Ritchie (32) at Skibo Castle in Scotland

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 31 Actress Kate Hudson (21) weds Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson (34) in Aspen, Colorado

Actress Kate Hudson
Actress
Kate Hudson

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Chris Antley, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Kentucky Derby 1991, 1999; Preakness 1999), dies of drug overdose at 34
  • Dec 3 Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet (Bean Eaters, Annie Allen,Pulitzer 1950), dies at 83
  • Dec 3 Hoyt Curtin, American songwriter (b. 1922)
  • Dec 4 H. C. Artmann, Austrian writer, dies at 79
  • Dec 4 Colin Cowdrey CBE, England cricket batsman (114 Tests, 7,624 runs @ 44.06), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Dec 6 Werner Klemperer, German-American actor (Judgment at Nuremberg, Hogan's Heroes), dies of cancer at 80
  • Dec 7 Vladimir Gotovac, Croatian poet and politician (b. 1930)
  • Dec 8 Marvin Leath, American politician ( Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas's 11th district), dies at 69
  • Dec 10 Marie Windsor [Emily Marie Bertelson], American actress (The Bounty Hunter, Double Deal), dies of congestive heart failure at 80
  • Dec 11 Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah, Pakistani politician, diplomat and author (b. 1915)
  • Dec 11 David Lewis, American actor (b. 1916)
  • Dec 12 George Montgomery, American actor (b. 1916)
  • Dec 14 Ralph Louis Wain, British agricultural scientist, dies at 89
  • Dec 14 George Sholty, American harness driver (2,934 career wins; $20 million+ purse money), dies at 68
  • Dec 17 Gérard Blain, French director and actor (The Friends, Hatari), dies at 70
  • Dec 18 Stan Fox, American race car driver (b. 1952)
  • Dec 18 Randolph Apperson Hearst, American newspaper publisher (Hearst Newspapers), dies at 85
  • Dec 18 Kirsty MacColl, English singer and songwriter, dies at 41
  • Dec 19 Rob Buck, American musician (10,000 Maniacs), dies at 42
  • Dec 19 Milt Hinton, American jazz double bassist (b. 1910)
  • Dec 19 John Lindsay, American politician (b. 1921)
  • Dec 19 Roebuck "Pops" Staples, American gospel singer (The Staple Singers), dies at 85
  • Dec 20 Mirza Ghulam Hafiz, Bangladesh statesman, politician, and philanthropist (b. 1920)
  • Dec 20 Adrian Henri, British poet and founder of poetry-rock group (Liverpool Scene), dies at 68

Person of interestAlfred J. Gross

Dec 21 Alfred J. Gross, American inventor (invented the walkie-talkie), dies at 82

Inventor Alfred J. Gross
Inventor
Alfred J. Gross
  • Dec 21 Edward Miller, British historian and Master (Fitzwilliam College Cambridge), dies at 85
  • Dec 23 Billy Barty [William John Bertanzetti,], American actor (Under the Rainbow, Foul Play), dies of heart failure at 76
  • Dec 23 Victor Borge [Borge Rosenbaum], Danish-American comedian and pianist, dies at 91
  • Dec 23 Noor Jehan [Allah Rakhi Wasai], Pakistani singer and actress (Mela, Chann Way), dies at 74
  • Dec 24 John Cooper, English race car designer (b. 1923)
  • Dec 24 Nick Massi, American rocker (4 Seasons-Sherry), dies at 65
  • Dec 25 Neil Hawke, Australian cricketer (Aust pace bowler & late-order bat in 60s), dies at 61
  • Dec 25 Willard Van Orman Quine, American philosopher and logician in the analytic tradition, dies at 92
  • Dec 26 Jason Robards, American actor (A Thousand Clowns, Any Wednesday), dies at 78
  • Dec 26 Jason Robards, American actor (b. 1922)
  • Dec 26 Paul Kont, Austrian composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 26 Leo Gordon, American actor (Maverick, Circus Boy, Enos, Winds of War), dies of cardiac failure at 78
  • Dec 26 Jack Jacob, British senior master (British Supreme Court), dies at 92
  • Dec 30 Julius J. Epstein, American screenwriter (Casablanca), dies at 91
  • Dec 30 Lionel Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1957), dies at 72
  • Dec 31 Alan Cranston, American politician (b. 1914)
  • Dec 31 José Greco, Italian-born American flamenco dancer and choreographer (b. 1918)