2008/9 Schools Wikipedia Selection. Related subjects: Years
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|Years:||1997 1998 1999 - 2000 - 2001 2002 2003|
Year 2000 was the target of Y2K concerns, fearing computers could not shift from 2-digit "99" to "2000"; however relatively few problems occurred.
The year 2000 was also marked as:
- The International Year for a Culture of Peace.
- The World Mathematical Year.
Events of 2000
- January 1 - Millennium celebrations take place throughout the world.
- January 1 - Y2K passes without serious, widespread computer failures, despite fears to the contrary.
- January 3- January 10 - Israel and Syria hold inconclusive peace talks.
- January 4 - Alan Greenspan is nominated for a fourth term as U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman.
- January 10 - America Online announces an agreement to be bought by Time Warner for $162 billion. This is the largest-ever corporate merger.
- January 11 - The trawler Solway Harvester sinks off the Isle of Man.
- January 14 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 11,722.98, its highest ever (the peak of the Dot-com bubble).
- January 18 - The Tagish Lake meteorite impacts the Earth.
- January 30 - Kenya Airways Flight 431 crashes off the coast of Côte d'Ivoire into the Atlantic Ocean, killing 169.
- January 31 - Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crashes off the California coast into the Pacific Ocean, killing 88.
- February 6 - Tarja Halonen is elected the first female president of Finland.
- February 7 - Stipe Mesic is elected president of Croatia.
- February 13 - The final original Peanuts comic strip is published, following the death of its creator, Charles Schulz.
- February 17 - Microsoft releases Windows 2000.
- March 1 - The Constitution of Finland is rewritten.
- March 2 - Hans Blix assumes the position of Executive Chairman of UNMOVIC.
- March 7 - George W. Bush and Al Gore emerge victorious in the Republican and Democratic caucuses and primaries of the United States presidential election
- March 18 - ROC presidential election, 2000: Chen Shui-bian is elected President of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Democratic Progressive Party ends Kuomintang rule for the first time.
- March 21 - Pope John Paul II begins the first official visit by a Roman Catholic pontiff to Israel.
- March 21 - The U.S. Supreme Court rules the government lacks authority to regulate tobacco as an addictive drug, throwing out the Bill Clinton administration's main anti-smoking initiative.
- March 26 - Vladimir Putin is elected President of Russia.
- March 26 - The 72nd Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal are held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, with American Beauty winning Best Picture.
- March 27 - Phillips explosion of 2000 kills 1 and injured 71 in Pasadena, Texas.
- April 1 - Japanese prime minister Keizo Obuchi suffers a stroke and falls into a coma.
- April 3 - United States v. Microsoft: Microsoft is ruled to have violated United States antitrust laws by keeping "an oppressive thumb" on its competitors.
- April 5 - Yoshiro Mori replaces Keizo Obuchi as prime minister of Japan.
- April 16 - Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah, Sultan of Selangor, dies after a reign of 55 years. He was the longest-reigning monarch in the world since the death of Prince Franz Joseph II of Liechtenstein.
- April 17 - Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin becomes Raja of Perlis.
- May 3 - A rare conjunction of seven celestial bodies (Sun, Moon, planets Mercury-Jupiter) occurs on the New Moon.
- May 3 - In San Antonio, Texas, computer pioneer Datapoint files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
- May 11 - The billionth living person in India is born.
- May 12 - The Tate Modern Gallery opens in London.
- May 13 - Fireworks factory disaster in Enschede Netherlands, killing 23 people.
- May 25 - Israel withdraws IDF forces from southern Lebanon after 22 years.
- June 5 - 405 The Movie, the first short film widely distributed on the Internet, is released.
- June 13 - South Korean President Kim Dae Jung visits North Korea to participate in the first North-South presidential summit.
- June 17 - A centennial earthquake measuring 6.5 on Richter scale in Iceland. The 17th of June is Iceland's national day.
- June 26 - A preliminary draft of genomes, as part of the Human Genome Project, is finished.
- June 30 - At the Roskilde Festival near Copenhagen, Denmark, 9 die and 26 are injured on a set while the rock group Pearl Jam performs.
- July 2 - France beats Italy 2-1 to win Euro 2000 with a golden goal.
- July 2 - Vicente Fox is elected President of Mexico, as candidate of the rightist PAN (National Action Party), ending 71 years of PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) rule.
- July 10 - Bashar al-Assad is confirmed as Syria's leader in a national referendum.
- July 11- July 25 - Israel's prime minister Ehud Barak and PLO head Yasser Arafat meet at Camp David, but fail to reach an agreement.
- July 18 - Alex Salmond resigns as the leader of the Scottish National Party.
- July 21- July 23 - G-8 Nations hold their 26th Annual Summit. Issues include AIDS, the 'digital divide', and halving world poverty by 2015.
- July 25 - Air France Flight 4590, a Concorde aircraft, crashes into a hotel in Gonesse just after takeoff from Paris, killing all 109 aboard and 4 in the hotel.
- July 30 - Venezuela's president Hugo Chávez is reelected with 59% of the vote.
- July 31- August 3 - The Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania nominates George W. Bush for U.S. President and Dick Cheney for Vice President.
- August 8 - Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor.
- August 12 - The Russian submarine K-141 Kursk sinks in the Barents Sea, resulting in the deaths of all 118 men on board.
- August 14 - Czar Nicholas II and his family are canonized by the synod of the Russian Orthodox Church.
- August 14- August 17 - The Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles nominates U.S. Vice President Al Gore for President and Senator Joe Lieberman for Vice President.
- August 27 - The Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire; three people are killed.
- September 5 - Tuvalu joins the United Nations.
- September 6 - The last wholly Swedish-owned arms manufacturer, Bofors, is sold to American arms manufacturer United Defense.
- September 6- September 8 - World leaders attend the Millennium Summit at UN Headquarters.
- September 8 - Albania officially joins the World Trade Organization.
- September 14 - Microsoft releases Windows Me.
- September 15- October 1 - The 2000 Summer Olympics are held in Sydney, Australia.
- September 16 - Ukrainian journalist Georgiy Gongadze is last seen alive; this day is taken as the commemoration date of his death.
- September 16 - Peru's president Alberto Fujimori calls for new elections in which he will not run.
- September 28 - Israeli opposition leader Ariel Sharon visits the Temple Mount, protected by a several-hundred-strong Israeli police force. Palestinian riots erupt, leading into a full-fledged armed uprising (called the Al-Aqsa Intifada by sympathizers and the Oslo War by opponents).
- September 29 - The Long Kesh prison in Northern Ireland is closed.
- October 1 - Closing ceremony of 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
- October 5 - President Slobodan Milošević leaves office after widespread demonstrations throughout Serbia.
- October 6 - The last Mini is produced in Longbridge.
- October 21 - Fifteen Arab leaders convene in Cairo, Egypt, for their first summit in 4 years; the Libyan delegation walks out, angry over signs the summit will stop short of calling for breaking ties with Israel.
- October 23 - Madeleine Albright holds talks with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il.
- November - Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq rejects new U.N. Security Council weapons inspections proposals.
- November 2 - First resident crew enters International Space Station.
- November 3 - Widespread flooding occurs throughout England and Wales after days of heavy rain.
- November 7 - United States presidential election, 2000: Republican candidate Texas Governor George W. Bush defeats Democratic Vice President Al Gore in the closest election in history, but the final outcome is not known for over a month because of disputed votes in Florida.
- November 7 - In London, a criminal gang raids the Millennium Dome to steal The Millennium Star diamond, but police surveillance catches them in the act.
- November 7 - Hillary Rodham Clinton is elected to the United States Senate, becoming the first First Lady of the United States to win public office.
- November 14 - Netscape Navigator version 6.0 is launched following two years of open source development, creating a stable Mozilla web browser upon which it is based.
- November 15 - A new Indian state called Jharkhand is formed, carving out the South Chhota Nagpur area from Bihar in India.
- November 16 - Bill Clinton becomes the first sitting U.S. President to visit Vietnam.
- November 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.
- November 17 - Alberto Fujimori is removed from office as president of Peru.
- November 26 - The British Columbia Lions win the CFL Championship for the first time since 1994, defeating the Montreal Alouettes 28-26 in the 88th Grey Cup at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alberta.
- November 27 - Jean Chrétien is re-elected as Prime Minister of Canada, as the Liberal Party increases its majority in the House of Commons.
- November 28 - Ukrainian politician Oleksander Moroz touches off the Cassette Scandal by publicly accusing President Leonid Kuchma of involvement in the murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze.
- December 1 - Vicente Fox takes office as President of Mexico.
- December 13 - Bush v. Gore: The U.S. Supreme Court stops the Florida presidential recount, effectively giving the state, and the Presidency, to George W. Bush.
- December 25 - 309 killed shopping centre fire at Luoyang, Henan, China.
- December 28 - U.S. retail giant Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of business after 128 years.
- December 31 - The Millennium Dome closes its doors one year to the day of its opening.
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- January 2 - Patrick O'Brian, English writer (b. 1914)
- January 7 - Makhmud Esambayev, Chechen dancer (b. 1924)
- January 15 - Fran Ryan, American actress (b. 1916)
- January 15 - Željko Ražnatović, Serbian mobster and paramilitary leader (b. 1952)
- January 16 - John Morris Rankin, musical entertainer (b. 1959)
- January 19 - Bettino Craxi, Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1934)
- January 19 - Hedy Lamarr, Austrian actress (b. 1913)
- January 26 - Don Ralke, American music arranger (b. 1920)
- February 4 - Phil Tonken, American radio and television announcer (b. 1919)
- February 5 - Ward Cornell, Canadian radio/TV broadcaster & educator (b. 1924)
- February 7 - Big Pun, American rapper (b. 1971)
- February 8 - Derrick Thomas, American football player (b. 1967)
- February 9 - Beau Jack, American boxer (b. 1921)
- February 10 - Jim Varney, American actor noted for his character, Ernest P. Worrell. (b. 1949)
- February 11 - Roger Vadim, French film director (b. 1928)
- February 12 - Jalacy "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins, American musician (b. 1929)
- February 12 - Tom Landry, American football coach (b. 1924)
- February 12 - Charles M. Schulz, American comic strip artist (Peanuts) (b. 1922)
- February 19 - Friedensreich Hundertwasser, artist (b. 1928)
- February 23 - Sir Stanley Matthews, English footballer (b. 1915)
- February 23 - Ofra Haza, Israeli singer (b. 1957)
- February 29 - Dennis Danell, American musician ( Social Distortion) (b. 1961)
- March 3 - Toni Ortelli, Italian composer and alpinist (b. 1904)
- March 28 - Anthony Powell, British author (b. 1905)
- April 3 - Terence McKenna, Writer, Philosopher, Ethnobotanist and Shaman (b. 1946)
- April 4 - Derek Allhusen, British equestrian (b. 1914)
- April 5 - Lee Petty, American race car driver (b. 1914)
- April 6 - Habib Bourguiba, President of Tunisia (b. 1903)
- April 10 - Larry Linville, American actor
- April 11 - Diana Darvey, British actress, singer and dancer (b. 1945)
- April 16 - Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah, King of Malaysia (b. 1920)
- April 25 - David Merrick, American stage producer (b. 1911)
- April 29 - Phạm Văn Ðồng, Prime Minister of Vietnam (b. 1906)
- May 11 - Paula Wessely, Austrian actress (b. 1907)
- May 12 - Adam Petty, American race car driver (b. 1980)
- May 14 - Keizo Obuchi, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1937)
- May 17 - Donald Coggan, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1909)
- May 19 - Yevgeny Khrunov, cosmonaut (b. 1933)
- May 20 - Edward Bernds, American director (b. 1905)
- May 20 - Jean Pierre Rampal, French flutist (b. 1922)
- May 20 - Malik Sealy, Minnesota Timberwolves basketball player (b. 1970)
- May 21 - Dame Barbara Cartland, English novelist (b. 1901)
- May 21 - Sir John Gielgud, English actor (b. 1904)
- May 21 - Mark R. Hughes, American entrepreneur and founder of Herbalife (b. 1956)
- May 27 - Maurice Richard, Canadian hockey player (b. 1921)
- May 27 - Kazimierz Leski, Polish engineer, fighter pilot, and Home Army's intelligence and counter-intelligence officer (b. 1912)
- May 31 - John Coolidge, son of American President Calvin Coolidge (b. 1906)
- June 10 - Hafez al-Assad, President of Syria (b. 1930)
- June 14 - Robert Trent Jones, English-born golf course designer (b. 1906)
- June 16 - Empress Kōjun of Japan (b. 1903)
- June 17 - Brian Statham, English cricketer (b. 1930)
- June 18 - Nancy Marchand, American actress who starred in The Sopranos (b. 1928)
- June 21 - Alan Hovhaness, American composer (b. 1911)
- June 24 - David Tomlinson, English actor (b. 1917)
- July 1 - Walter Matthau, American actor (b. 1920)
- July 2 - Joey Dunlop, Northern Irish motorcycle racer (b. 1952)
- July 7 - James C. Quayle, American newspaper publisher (b. 1921)
- July 7 - Kenny Irwin, NASCAR driver (b. 1969)
- July 8 - FM-2030, Transhumanist philosopher (b. 1930)
- July 10 - Vakkom Majeed, Indian Freedom fighter, Travancore-Cochin Legislative member (b. 1909)
- July 10 - Denis O'Conor Don, O'Conor Don
- July 10 - Justin Pierce, British skateboarder and actor (b. 1975)
- July 11 - Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1921)
- July 12 - Charles Merritt, Canadian Army officer and recipient of the Victoria Cross during World War II (b. 1908)
- July 14 - Meredith MacRae, American actress (b. 1944)
- July 27 - Gordon Solie, American wrestling commentator (b. 1929)
- July 28 - Abraham Pais, Dutch-born American physicist (b. 1918)
- July 29 - René Favaloro, Argentinian cardiologist who created the technique for coronary bypass surgery (b. 1923)
- August 5 - Sir Alec Guinness, English actor and writer (b. 1914)
- August 5 - Otto Buchsbaum, writer and ecological activist (b. 1920)
- August 6 - Sir Robin Day, British political broadcaster (b. 1923)
- August 9 - John Harsanyi, Hungarian-born economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1920)
- August 9 - Bob Lido, American musician (b. 1914)
- August 12 - Loretta Young, American actress (b. 1913)
- August 12 - Dave Edwards, American musician (b. 1941)
- August 13 - Nazia Hassan First South Asian Pop Singer. (b.1965)
- August 19 - Bineshwar Brahma, Bodo activist and leader (b. 1946)
- August 21 - Daniel Lisulo, Zambian politician (b. 1930)
- August 25 - Carl Barks, American cartoonist (b. 1901)
- September 2 - Elvera Sanchez, American dancer (b. 1905)
- September 6 - Breanna Lynn Bartlett-Stewart, notable American stillborn baby girl (b. 2000)
- September 16 - Georgiy Gongadze, Ukrainian journalist (b. 1969)
- September 17 - Nicole Reinhart, American cyclist (b. 1976)
- September 17 - Paula Yates, British television presenter and journalist (b. 1960)
- September 19 - Anthony Robert Klitz, British artist (b 1917)
- September 20 - Gherman Titov, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1935)
- September 23 - Aurelio Rodríguez, Mexican Major League Baseball player (b. 1947)
- September 25 - R. S. Thomas, Welsh poet (b. 1913)
- September 26 - Carl Sigman, American songwriter (b. 1909)
- September 27 - Sammy Luftspring, Canadian boxer (b. 1916)
- September 28 - Pierre Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1919)
- October 3 - Benjamin Orr, the Cars bassist and singer (b. 1947)
- October 4 - Michael Smith, English-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1932)
- October 9 - Patrick Anthony Porteous, Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1918)
- October 11 - Donald Dewar, Scottish politician (b. 1937)
- October 13 - Tony Roper, NASCAR driver (b. 1964)
- October 15 - Konrad Emil Bloch, German-born biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1912)
- October 21 - Reginald Kray, leading figure in organised crime in London, UK (b. 1933)
- October 22 - Rodney Anoa'i, American wrestler known as Yokozuna (b. 1966)
- October 27 - Walter Berry, Austrian bass-baritone (b. 1929)
- October 30 - Steve Allen, American comedian, composer, talk show host, and author (b. 1921)
- November 6 - L. Sprague de Camp, American writer (b. 1907)
- November 7 - C Subramaniam, Indian politician (b. 1910)
- November 7 - Ingrid of Sweden, Queen consort of Frederick IX of Denmark (b. 1910)
- November 11 - Hugh Paddick, British actor (b. 1915)
- November 16 - DJ Screw, American hip hop disc jockey (b. 1971)
- November 22 - Sir Cyril Astley Clarke, British physician, geneticist and entomologist, former President of the Royal College of Physicians (b. 1907)
- November 27 - Damilola Taylor, murder victim (b. 1989)
- November 28 - Liane Haid, Austrian actress (b. 1895)
- December 6 - Werner Klemperer, German actor (b. 1920)
- December 12 - Gangodawila Soma Thero, Sri Lankan Buddhist Monk (b. 1948)
- December 18 - Kirsty MacColl, British singer-songwriter (b. 1959)
- December 19 - Roebuck "Pops" Staples, patriarch of The Staple Singers (b. 1914)
- December 23 - Victor Borge, Danish-born comedian and pianist (b. 1909)
- December 23 - Noor Jehan, Pakistani actress and singer (b. 1926)
- December 24 - Nick Massi, bass singer and bass guitarist for The Four Seasons.(b. 1935)
- December 31 - Rabbi Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane, Israeli settler leader (b. 1966)
- Physics - Zhores Ivanovich Alferov, Herbert Kroemer, Jack Kilby
- Chemistry - Alan J. Heeger, Alan MacDiarmid, Hideki Shirakawa
- Physiology or Medicine - Arvid Carlsson, Paul Greengard, Eric R. Kandel
- Literature - Gao Xingjian
- Peace - Kim Dae Jung
- Economics - James Heckman, Daniel McFadden
- Freeman Dyson