What Happened in October 2000

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Juan Antonio Samaranch, the chairman of the IOC declares the XXVII Olympics in Sydney the "best Olympic Games ever" at the closing ceremony
  • Oct 1 United States wins the most medals (97), and the most gold medals (40) in Summer Olympics held in Sydney, Australia
  • Oct 1 German canoeist Birgit Fischer teams with Katrin Wagner to win the K2 500m gold medal at the Sydney Olympics; becomes first woman to win 2 or more medals at 4 Summer Olympics; only 4th woman to win 7 career gold
  • Oct 1 An all-African podium for the men's marathon at the Sydney Olympics as Gezahegne Abera of Ethiopia runs 2:10:11 for the gold medal, 0.20s ahead of Kenyan Erick Wainaina with bronze to Ethiopian Tesfaye Tola
  • Oct 1 NBA stars Ray Allen and Vince Carter each score 13 points as the US beats France 85-75 to win the men's basketball gold medal at the Sydney Olympics
  • Oct 1 Cuban boxer Félix Savon wins his 3rd consecutive Olympic heavyweight gold medal at the Sydney Games; easily beats Russian Sultan Ibragimov on points 21-13; retires after victory ceremony
  • Oct 1 Stephanie Cook of Great Britain scores 5,318 points to beat American Emily de Riel by just 8 points to win the inaugural Olympic women's modern pentathlon at the Sydney Games
  • Oct 1 Norwegian canoeist Knut Holmann beats Petar Merkov of Bulgaria for the second consecutive day to win the K-1 500m gold medal at the Sydney Olympics; beat Markov in K-1 1000m the previous day

Music awardsMusic Awards

Oct 4 34th Country Music Association Award: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw wins

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 5 Mass demonstrations in Belgrade lead to resignation of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milošević. These demonstrations are often called the Bulldozer Revolution.

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic
  • Oct 6 Yugoslav president Slobodan Milošević resigns.
  • Oct 6 Swedish comedy drama "Songs from the Second Floor" written and directed by Roy Andersson is released in Sweden
  • 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.
  • Oct 8 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Loch Lomond GC: Europe regains Cup 14½-11½; Carin Koch holes winning putt, coming back from 3 down to beat Michele Redman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 8 German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher wins Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka to clinch his 3rd, and 1st of 5 straight F1 World Drivers Championships

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • Oct 11 The 100th Space Shuttle mission (STS-92) is flown.

  • Oct 11 South African Cricket Board issues former captain Hansie Cronje with a life ban as a result of match-fixing allegations
  • Oct 12 American destroyer USS Cole is badly damaged in Aden, Yemen, by two suicide bombers, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Oct 15 Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" debuts on HBO

Comedian and Writer Larry David
Comedian and Writer
Larry David
  • Oct 16 MLB National League Championship: New York Mets beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 17 Train crash at Hatfield, north of London, leading to collapse of Railtrack
  • Oct 17 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Seattle Mariners, 4 games to 2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 18 Zack de la Rocha announces he is leaving rock band Rage Against the Machine

Guitarist Tom Morello
Guitarist
Tom Morello
  • Oct 22 German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher wins Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang, his 4th straight race victory to finish season; 3rd, and 1st of 5 straight F1 World Drivers Championships; wins by 19 points from Mika Häkkinen
  • Oct 23 "Monday Night Miracle", down 30-7 at the end of the third quarter, New York Jets pull together an improbable comeback with 4 touchdowns and a field goal in the fourth quarter, eventually defeating the Miami Dolphins 40-37 in overtime
  • Oct 25 A team led by Brigitte Senut and Martin Pickford discover Orrorin tugenensis, one of the earliest species on the human family tree that lived about 6 million years ago, in the Tugen Hills, Kenya

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 26 NY Yankees beat NY Mets, 4-2 in Game 5 at Shea Stadium to win "Subway Series"; Yankees 3rd straight Baseball World Series; Yanks infielder Derek Jeter MVP

Baseball Player Derek Jeter
Baseball Player
Derek Jeter
  • Oct 26 Laurent Gbagbo takes over as president of Côte d'Ivoire following a popular uprising against President Robert Guéï. Bret Hart retires.
  • Oct 31 The last Multics (Multiplexed Information and Computing Service) machine was shut down.
  • Oct 31 A chartered Antonov An-26 explodes after takeoff in Northern Angola killing 50
  • Oct 31 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 6 Jazz Jennings, American transgender activist, born in South Florida (probable date)
  • Oct 31 Willow Smith, American actress, singer and dancer, born in Los Angeles, California

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 10 Actor Rod Steiger (75) weds actress and fifth wife Joan Benedict (73) in Malibu, California

  • Oct 14 Asylum recording artist Bryan White (26) weds actress Erika Page at Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 18 Actress Demi Moore (37) divorces actor Bruce Willis (45) due to irreconcilable differences after 13 years of marriage

Actress Demi Moore
Actress
Demi Moore
Actor Bruce Willis
Actor
Bruce Willis

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Robert Allen, American pianist and songwriter (b. 1928)
  • Oct 1 Reginald Kray, British gangster (b. 1933)
  • Oct 3 Benjamin Orr, American bassist and singer (The Cars) (b. 1947)
  • Oct 3 John Grant, British politician (b. 1932)
  • Oct 4 Michael Smith, Nobel laureate (b. 1932)
  • Oct 4 Yu Kuo-hwa, former Premier of Taiwan (b. 1914)
  • Oct 5 Cătălin Hîldan, Romanian footballer (b. 1976)
  • Oct 5 Sidney R. Yates, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois), dies at 91
  • Oct 5 Keith Roberts, English writer (Irish Encounter, Ladies from Hell), dies at 65
  • Oct 6 William Putnam Bundy, American attorney and intelligence expert (9th Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs), dies at 83
  • Oct 6 Richard Farnsworth, American actor (Misery, Havana, Sylvester), dies at 80
  • Oct 9 David Dukes, American actor (Beacon Hill, 79 Park Avenue, Winds of War), dies at 55
  • Oct 9 Patrick Anthony Porteous, Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1918)

Person of interestSirimavo Bandaranaike

Oct 10 Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1960-65, 1970-77 and 1994-2000) and 1st female head of state, dies of a heart attack at 84

World's 1st Female Head of State Sirimavo Bandaranaike
World's 1st Female Head of State
Sirimavo Bandaranaike
  • Oct 11 Donald Campbell Dewar, Scotish politician (1st minister of Scotland's first Parliament in almost 300yrs), dies from health complications at 63
  • Oct 13 Jean Peters, American actress (Viva Zapata!, Apache, Deep Waters), dies at 73
  • Oct 13 Gus Hall, American union organizer and head of the U.S. Communist Party, dies at 90
  • Oct 15 Konrad Emil Bloch, German-born biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1912)
  • Oct 16 Mel Carnahan, American politician (b. 1934)
  • Oct 16 Rick Jason [Richard Jacobson], American actor (Day of the Wolves, Eagles Attack at Dawn), dies at 77
  • Oct 17 Leo Nomellini, wrestler (b. 1924)
  • Oct 18 Julie London, American singer and actress (Nurse McCall-Emergency), dies at 74
  • Oct 18 Gwyneth “Gwen” Verdon, American actress, singe and dancer (Cotton Club, Sweet Charity), dies at 75
  • Oct 19 Hortense Ellis, Jamaican reggae singer (b. 1941)
  • Oct 22 Hank Wyse, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1945), dies of broken hip complications at 82
  • Oct 23 Rodney Anoa'i aka Yokozuna, Samoan-American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  • Oct 27 Walter Berry, Austrian bass-baritone (b. 1929)
  • Oct 28 Lída Baarová [Ludmila Babková], Czech actress (Die Fledermaus, Virginity), dies after a long illness at 86
  • Oct 28 Andujar Cedeno, Dominican baseball player for the Houston Astros (b. 1969)
  • Oct 28 Carlos Guastavino, Argentine composer (b. 1912)
  • Oct 28 Andújar Cedeño, Dominican infielder (Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers), dies in a car accident at 31

Person of interestSteve Allen

Oct 30 Steve Allen, American comedian, composer, actor and TV host (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show), dies of a heart attack at 78

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Oct 31 Watanabe Kazuki Japanese musician (Raphael) (b. 1981)
  • Oct 31 Ring Lardner, Jr., American screenwriter (b. 1915)