Events in History in 2000

  • 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
  • Feb 4 German extortionist Klaus-Peter Sabotta is jailed for life for attempted murder and extortion in connection with the sabotage of German railway lines.
  • Feb 7 Bahria University is established through Presidential Ordinance No. V of 2000 by the Government of Pakistan.

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Feb 13 The last original "Peanuts" comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz dies.

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz
Cartoonist
Charles M. Schulz

  • Feb 14 The spacecraft NEAR Shoemaker enters orbit around asteroid 433 Eros, the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid.
  • Feb 15 Indian Point II nuclear power plant in New York State vents a small amount of radioactive steam when a steam generator fails
  • Feb 18 Stjepan Mesić becomes the second President of Croatia
  • Mar 1 The Constitution of Finland is rewritten.
  • Mar 1 Hans Blix assumes the position of Executive Chairman of UNMOVIC.

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Mar 2 Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet heads home after being told the UK would not extradite him on torture charges

General and Dictator Augusto Pinochet
General and Dictator
Augusto Pinochet
  • Mar 10 The NASDAQ Composite stock market index peaks at 5132.52, signalling the beginning of the end of the dot-com boom
  • Mar 17 The 800+ deaths of members of the Ugandan cult Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God is considered to be a mass murder and suicide orchestrated by leaders of the cult
  • Mar 20 Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, a former Black Panther once known as H. Rap Brown, is captured after a gun battle that leaves a Georgia sheriff's deputy dead
  • Mar 20 Pope John Paul II visits Holy Land - Jordan, Israel, Palestine
  • Mar 27 Phillips explosion kills 1 and injures 71 in Pasadena, Texas.
  • Mar 28 A Murray County, Georgia, school bus is hit by a CSX freight train (3 children die in this accident).

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Mar 30 Richard Branson is knighted by Charles, Prince of Wales for "services to entrepreneurship" at Buckingham Palace, London

Business Magnate Richard Branson
Business Magnate
Richard Branson
Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • Apr 8 Nineteen US Marines are killed when a V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashes near Marana, Arizona
  • Apr 11 AT&T Park in San Francisco, Minute Maid Park in Houston, and Comerica Park in Detroit open.
  • Apr 22 In a pre-dawn raid, federal agents seize six-year-old Elián González from his relatives' home in Miami, Florida.
  • Apr 22 The Big Number Change takes place in the United Kingdom

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May 1 President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares existence of "a state of rebellion", after thousands of supporters of her arrested predecessor, Joseph Estrada, storm towards the presidential palace at height of EDSA III rebellion

14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
14th President of the Philippines
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada
President of the Philippines
Joseph Estrada
  • May 2 Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveils the Man With Two Hats monument in Apeldoorn and the other in Ottawa on May 11, 2000. Symbolically linking both Netherlands and Canada for their assistance throughout World War II.

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May 2 President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • May 4 Ken Livingstone becomes the first Mayor of London
  • May 5 Conjunction of Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn & Moon
  • May 10 India's population reaches 1 billion, baby girl Aastha born at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital chosen as symbolic billionth
  • May 11 India's population officially reaches 1 billion - Astha Arora named India's billionth baby
  • May 13 In Enschede, the Netherlands, a fireworks factory explodes, killing 22 people, wounding 950, and resulting in approximately €450 million in damage

  • May 17 In the Philippines an explosion rocks Glorietta 2 injuring 13 persons, mostly teenagers. According to local authorities, the homemade bomb was placed in front of a toilet beside a video arcade.
  • May 24 Israeli troops withdraw from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.
  • May 25 Liberation Day of Lebanon. Israel withdraws its army from most of the Lebanese territory after 22 years of its first invasion in 1978.

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May 26 Arthur C. Clarke is knighted "for services to literature" at a ceremony in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sci-Fi Author Arthur C. Clarke
Sci-Fi Author
Arthur C. Clarke
  • Jun 1 The Patent Law Treaty (PLT) is signed.
  • Jun 4 54th Tony Awards: "Copenhagen" and "Contact" win
  • Jun 5 Armed conflict between Rwanda and Uganda erupts in Kinsangani, a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Jun 12 Sandro Rosa do Nascimento takes hostages while robbing Bus #174 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the highly-publicized standoff becomes a media circus and ends with the death of do Nascimento and a hostage.
  • Jun 13 Italy pardons Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who tried to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981

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Jun 13 President Kim Dae Jung of South Korea meets Kim Jong-il, leader of North Korea, for the beginning of the first ever inter-Korea summit, in the northern capital of Pyongyang.

Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea Kim Jong-il
Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea
Kim Jong-il
  • 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
  • Jun 21 Section 28 (outlawing the 'promotion' of homosexuality in the United Kingdom) is repealed in Scotland with a 99 to 17 vote
  • Jun 23 The bulk ore carrier MV Treasure sinks off the western coast of South Africa, soiling more than 19 000 penguins; this resulted in the world's largest ever rescue of birds from an oiling event
  • Jun 23 The Cotonou Agreement, a trade and aid framework, is signed in Cotonou, Benin
  • Jun 28 Cuban exile Elián González returns to Cuba following a Supreme Court order.
  • Jul 1 The Oresund Bridge, connecting Sweden and Denmark, opens for traffic
  • Jul 1 Vermont's civil unions law goes into effect.
  • Jul 2 Vicente Fox Quesada is elected the first President of México from an opposition party, the Partido Acción Nacional after more than 70 years of continuous rule by the Partido Revolucionario Institucional.

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jul 8 "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", the 4th book in the series by J. K. Rowling is published in the UK (Bloomsbury) and the US (Scholastic)

Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling
  • Jul 10 EADS, the world's second largest aerospace group is formed by the merger of Aérospatiale-Matra, DASA, and CASA
  • Jul 10 A leaking southern Nigerian petroleum pipeline explodes, killing about 250 villagers scavenging gasoline
  • Jul 20 In Zimbabwe, Parliament opens its new session and seats opposition members for the first time in a decade
  • Jul 20 Terrorist Carlos the Jackal sues France in the European Court of Human Rights for allegedly torturing him.
  • Jul 25 Air France Flight 4590, a Concorde supersonic passenger jet, F-BTSC, crashes just after takeoff from Paris killing all 109 aboard and 4 on the ground.
  • Aug 1 First patient to receive the Jarvik 2000, the first total artificial heart that can maintain blood flow in addition to generating a pulse
  • Aug 8 Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor.
  • Aug 9 South African President Thabo Mbeki unveils the Women's Monument commemorating the role of women in the anti-apartheid struggle
  • Aug 12 The Oscar class submarine K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise.
  • Aug 18 A Federal jury finds the US Environmental Protection Agency guilty of discrimination against Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, later inspiring passage of the No FEAR Act.
  • Aug 23 A Gulf Air Airbus A320 crashes into the Persian Gulf near Manama, Bahrain, killing 143.
  • Aug 23 Nicaragua becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty. This essentially deprecated the Buenos Aires Convention treaty, because as of this date, all members of the BA Convention were also signatories to Berne.
  • Aug 24 Argon fluorohydride, the first Argon compound ever known, is discovered at the University of Helsinki by Finnish scientists.

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Aug 27 540-metre (1,772 ft)-tall Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire, three people are killed.
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  • Sep 5 The Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry makes its maiden voyage.
  • Sep 11 Activists protest against the World Economic Forum meeting in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Sep 12 Holland (the Netherlands) passes law allowing same-gender marriage, adoption and divorce.
  • Sep 16 25th Toronto International Film Festival: "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" directed by Ang Lee wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 20 Patent on RSA cryptograph algorithm ends
  • Sep 20 The British MI6 Secret Intelligence Service building is attacked by a Russian-built Mark 22 anti-tank missile.
  • Sep 26 Anti-globalization protests in Prague (some 20,000 protesters) turned violent during the IMF and World Bank summits.
  • Sep 26 M/S Express Samina sinks off Paros in the Agean sea killing 80 passengers.
  • Sep 28 Al-Aqsa Intifada: Ariel Sharon visits the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

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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 11 The 100th Space Shuttle mission (STS-92) is flown.
  • 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
  • Oct 17 Train crash at Hatfield, north of London, leading to collapse of Railtrack
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nov 2 The first crew arrives at the International Space Station.

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Nov 5 Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie is laid to rest 25 years after his death after a funeral procession through Addis Ababa

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie
Ethiopian Emperor
Haile Selassie

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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

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
45th Vice President of the United States Al Gore
45th Vice President of the United States
Al Gore
  • Nov 7 The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration discovers one of the country's largest LSD labs inside a converted military missile silo in Wamego, Kansas

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Nov 7 Hillary Clinton is elected to the US Senate, becoming first US First Lady to win public office and while still the First Lady

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton

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Nov 7 Margaret Atwood wins the Booker Prize for her novel "The Blind Assassin"

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Nov 13 Philippine House Speaker Manuel B. Villar, Jr. passes the articles of impeachment against Philippine President Joseph Estrada

President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada
President of the Philippines
Joseph Estrada
  • Nov 15 A chartered Antonov AN-24 crashes after takeoff from Luanda, Angola killing more than 40 people
  • Nov 15 New state of Jharkhand comes into existence in India
  • Nov 16 Bill Clinton becomes the first U.S. President to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War
  • Nov 17 A catastrophic landslide in Log pod Mangartom, Slovenia, kills 7, and causes millions of SIT of damage. It is one of the worst catastrophes in Slovenia in the past 100 years.

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Nov 17 Alberto Fujimori is removed from office as President of Peru

President of Peru Alberto Fujimori
President of Peru
Alberto Fujimori
  • Nov 25 Earthquake in Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Nov 28 Ukrainian politician Oleksander Moroz begins the Cassette Scandal by publicly accusing President Leonid Kuchma of involvement in the murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze
  • Dec 5 "O Brother, Where Art Thou" soundtrack to the film of the same name released
  • Dec 12 United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore
  • 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

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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.