On This Day

December 2000 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 5 "O Brother, Where Art Thou" soundtrack to the film of the same name released

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 22 On This Day launched as HistoryOrb.com
  • Dec 24 The Texas 7 hold up a sports store in Irving, Texas. Police officer Aubrey Hawkins is shot during the robbery
  • 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.

Birthdays in History

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

Deaths in History

  • Dec 3 Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet (Bean Eaters, Annie Allen, Pulitzer 1950), dies at 83
  • Dec 4 H. C. Artmann, Austrian writer, dies at 79
  • 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 11 Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah, Pakistani politician, diplomat and author (b. 1915)
  • Dec 14 Ralph Louis Wain, British agricultural scientist, dies at 89
  • Dec 18 Randolph Apperson Hearst, American newspaper publisher (Hearst Newspapers), dies at 85
  • Dec 19 John Lindsay, American politician (b. 1921)
  • Dec 20 Mirza Ghulam Hafiz, Bangladesh statesman, politician, and philanthropist (b. 1920)

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 24 John Cooper, English race car designer (b. 1923)
  • Dec 25 Willard Van Orman Quine, American philosopher and logician in the analytic tradition, dies at 92
  • Dec 26 Jack Jacob, British senior master (British Supreme Court), dies at 92
  • Dec 31 Alan Cranston, American politician (b. 1914)