Gisbourne, New Zealand population 32,754 is first city in the world to welcome in the new millennium
A day after accepting the head coaching position of the New York Jets, Bill Belichick resigns
"Music City Miracle", with 16 seconds left in the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game, the Tennessee Titans' Lorenzo Neal handed the ball to Frank Wycheck, who then lateraled the ball across the width of the field to his teammate, Kevin Dyson, who in turn ran the length of the field down the sideline for the game-winning touchdown to defeat the Buffalo Bills 22-16
26th People's Choice Awards: Harrison Ford & Julia Roberts win (Motion Picture) and Drew Carey & Calista Flockhart win (TV)
Dan Marino wins his last career NFL game (20-17 vs Seattle)
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates steps aside as chief executive and promotes company president Steve Ballmer to the position
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.
27th American Music Award: Shania Twain & Will Smith win
The Tagish Lake meteorite impacts the Earth.
Super Bowl XXXIV: St. Louis Rams beat Tennessee Titans, 23-16 at the Georgia Dome Atlanta MVP: Kurt Warner, St. Louis, QB
Off the coast of Ivory Coast, Kenya Airways Flight 431 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean, killing 169.
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.
A fight between Ray Lewis and his companions and another group of people results in the stabbing deaths of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar, resulting in the indictment of Lewis 11 days on murder and aggravated-assault charges
German extortionist Klaus-Peter Sabotta is jailed for life for attempted murder and extortion in connection with the sabotage of German railway lines.
NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 51-31
Bahria University is established through Presidential Ordinance No. V of 2000 by the Government of Pakistan.
The last original "Peanuts" comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz dies.
The spacecraft NEAR Shoemaker enters orbit around asteroid 433 Eros, the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid.
8th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Mia Hamm win
Indian Point II nuclear power plant in New York State vents a small amount of radioactive steam when a steam generator fails.
Stjepan Mesić becomes the second president of Croatia.
42nd Grammy Awards: Smooth, Christina Aguilera wins
The Constitution of Finland is rewritten.
Hans Blix assumes the position of Executive Chairman of UNMOVIC.
Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet heads home after being told the UK would not extradite him on torture charges
14th Soul Train Music Awards: Prince, Whitney Houston, DMX & Mary J. Blige win
Long-time Boston Bruin defenseman Ray Bourque is traded to the Colorado Avalanche
The NASDAQ Composite stock market index peaks at 5132.52, signaling the beginning of the end of the dot-com boom.
16th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
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.
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.
Joe Sakic records his 400th career goal and becomes the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche all-time leading point scorer
20th Golden Raspberry Awards: Wild Wild West wins
72nd Academy Awards - "American Beauty", Kevin Spacey & Hilary Swank win
Phillips explosion of 2000 kills 1 and injures 71 in Pasadena, Texas.
A Murray County, Georgia, school bus is hit by a CSX freight train (3 children die in this accident).
19th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: at Corel State Spectrum
62nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: at RCA Dome Indianapolis
Nineteen US Marines are killed when a V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashes near Marana, Arizona.
64th Golf Masters Championship: Vijay Singh wins, shooting a 278
AT&T Park in San Francisco, Minute Maid Park in Houston, and Comerica Park in Detroit open.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich files a lawsuit against P2P sharing phenomenon Napster. This law-suit eventually leads the movement against file-sharing programs.
In a pre-dawn raid, federal agents seize six-year-old Elián González from his relatives' home in Miami, Florida.
The Big Number Change takes place in the United Kingdom.
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares the existence of "a state of rebellion", hours after thousands of supporters of her arrested predecessor, Joseph Estrada, storm towards the presidential palace at the height of the EDSA III rebellion.
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.
President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military.
The sport of geocaching begins, with the first cache placed and the coordinates from a GPS posted on Usenet.
Ken Livingstone becomes the first Mayor of London.
Conjunction of Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn & Moon
126th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Fusaichi Pegasus wins in 2:01.12
In Enschede, the Netherlands, a fireworks factory explodes, killing 22 people, wounding 950, and resulting in approximately €450 million in damage.
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.
Eminem releases 3rd studio album 'The Marshall Mathers LP', is fastest ever selling studio album (Grammy - Best Rap Album 2001)
Israeli troops withdraw from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.
Liberation Day of Lebanon. Israel withdraws its army from most of the Lebanese territory after 22 years of its first invasion in 1978.
Indianapolis 500: Juan Pablo Montoya wins in 2:58:59.431 (269.737 km/h)
35th Academy of Country Music Awards: Shania Twain, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw wins
The Patent Law Treaty (PLT) is signed.
54th Tony Awards: Copenhagen & Contact win
132nd Belmont: Pat Day aboard Commendable wins in 2:31.20
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.
Italy pardons Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who tried to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981.
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.
Samuel L. Jackson is honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
34th Country Weekly Presents the TNN Music Awards: George Strait & Faith Hill wins
Greg Maddux makes his 387th putout, breaking Jack Morris' career record
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.
100th US Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 272 at Pebble Beach, California
Los Angeles Lakers beat Indiana Pacers 4-2 in NBA finals MVP: Shaquille O'Neal, L.A.
Tiger Woods wins golf's US Open by 15 shots, a record for all majors, with a US Open to-par record score of -12
54th NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat Indiana Pacers, 4 games to 2
Section 28 (outlawing the 'promotion' of homosexuality in the United Kingdom) is repealed in Scotland with a 99 to 17 vote.
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
The Cotonou Agreement, a trade and aid framework, is signed in Cotonou, Benin
46th LPGA Championship won by Juli Inkster
Cuban exile Elián González returns to Cuba following a Supreme Court order.
Eminem's mother goes to court claiming defamation of character in a $10 million civil suit, after taking exception to the line "My mother smokes more dope than I do" from her son's single 'My Name Is'
The Oresund Bridge, connecting Sweden and Denmark, opens for traffic.
Vermont's civil unions law goes into effect.
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.
107th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats L Davenport (6-3 7-6)
114th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats P Rafter (6-7 7-6 6-4 6-2) winning his 13th Grand Slam tennis title
Police fired tear gas at fans during a World Cup qualifying soccer game between Zimbabwe and South Africa, setting off a stampede that killed twelve people in Harare, Zimbabwe
EADS, the world's second largest aerospace group is formed by the merger of Aérospatiale-Matra, DASA, and CASA.
A leaking southern Nigerian petroleum pipeline explodes, killing about 250 villagers scavenging gasoline.
71st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-3 at Turner Field, Atlanta
The leaders of Salt Lake City's bid to win the 2002 Winter Olympics are indicted by a federal grand jury for bribery, fraud, and racketeering
In Zimbabwe, Parliament opens its new session and seats opposition members for the first time in a decade.
Terrorist Carlos the Jackal sues France in the European Court of Human Rights for allegedly torturing him.
129th British Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 269 at Royal Lytham
55th US Women's Open Golf Championship
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.
First patient to receive the Jarvik 2000, the first total artificial heart that can maintain blood flow in addition to generating a pulse
Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor.
South African President Thabo Mbeki unveils the Women's Monument commemorating the role of women in the anti-apartheid struggle
The Oscar class submarine K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise.
A Federal jury finds the US EPA guilty of discrimination against Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, later inspiring passage of the No FEAR Act.
82nd PGA Championship: Tiger Woods shoots a 270 at Valhalla Golf Club
Tiger Woods wins golf's PGA Championship to become the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win 3 majors in a calendar year. He ties the to-par record for the PGA (-18) with Bob May, and wins in a playoff
A Gulf Air Airbus A320 crashes into the Persian Gulf near Manama, Bahrain, killing 143.
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.
Argon fluorohydride, the first Argon compound ever known, is discovered at the University of Helsinki by Finnish scientists.
540-metre (1,772 ft)-tall Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire, three people are killed.
The Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry makes its maiden voyage.
17th MTV Awards: Eminem & Aaliyah wins
The musical Cats closes on Broadway.
52nd Emmy Awards: The West Wing, Will & Grace, James Gandolfini & Sela Ward win
Activists protest against the World Economic Forum meeting in Melbourne, Australia.
Holland (the Netherlands) passes law allowing same-gender marriage, adoption and divorce.
Opening ceremony of the XXVII Olympics in Sydney, Australia
Dan Marino's #13 jersey is retired by the Miami Dolphins
Ken Griffey, Jr. pinch-hits his 400th home run. The first major leaguer to reach the mark as a pinch-hitter
Patent on RSA cryptograph algorithm ends
The British MI6 Secret Intelligence Service building is attacked by a Russian-built Mark 22 anti-tank missile.
Anti-globalization protests in Prague (some 20,000 protesters) turned violent during the IMF and World Bank summits.
M/S Express Samina sinks off Paros in the Agean sea killing 80 passengers.
Al-Aqsa Intifada: Ariel Sharon visits the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Juan Antonio Samaranch, the chairman of the IOC declares Sydney the "best Olympic Games ever"
Closing ceremony of the XXVII Olympics in Sydney, Australia
United States retain Basketball's Olympic gold medal defeating France 85-75
United States wins the most medals (97), and the most gold medals (40) in Summer Olympics held in Sydney, Australia
34th Country Music Association Award: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw wins
Mass demonstrations in Belgrade lead to resignation of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milošević. These demonstrations are often called the Bulldozer Revolution.
Yugoslav president Slobodan Milošević resigns.
The last ever competitive soccer match at Wembley Stadium is a 1-0 defeat of England by Germany and the last goal was scored by Liverpool's Dietmar Hammann. The match was Tony Adams' 60th at Wembley setting the record for most appearances at the stadium.
The 100th Space Shuttle mission (STS-92) is flown.
The USS Cole is badly damaged in Aden, Yemen, by two suicide bombers, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39
Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" debuts on HBO
Train crash at Hatfield, north of London, leading to collapse of Railtrack.
"Monday Night Miracle", down 30-7 at the end of the third quarter, the New York Jets pulled together a rapid and improbable comeback with 4 touchdowns and a field goal in the fourth quarter, eventually defeating the Miami Dolphins 40-37 in overtime
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
NY Yankees defeat NY Mets 4-1 to win their 3rd straight World Series championship, MVP: Derek Jeter, NY Yankees
Laurent Gbagbo takes over as president of Côte d'Ivoire following a popular uprising against President Robert Guéï. Bret Hart retires.
The last Multics (Multiplexed Information and Computing Service) machine was shut down.
A chartered Antonov An-26 explodes after takeoff in Northern Angola killing 50
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
The first crew arrives at the International Space Station.
Emperor Haile Selassie I is given an Imperial funeral by the Ethiopian Orthodox church
Controversial US presidential election that was later resolved in the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court Case.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration discovers one of the country's largest LSD labs inside a converted military missile silo in Wamego, Kansas.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is elected to the United States Senate, becoming the first former First Lady to win public office in the United States, although actually she still was the First Lady.
In Kaprun, Austria, 155 skiers and snowboarders die when a cable car catches fire in an alpine tunnel.
Philippine House Speaker Manuel B. Villar, Jr. passes the articles of impeachment against Philippine President Joseph Estrada.
A chartered Antonov AN-24 crashes after takeoff from Luanda, Angola killing more than 40 people
New state of Jharkhand comes into existence in India
Bill Clinton becomes the first U.S. President to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War.
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.
Alberto Fujimori is removed from office as president of Peru.
Earthquake in Baku.
88th CFL Grey Cup: BC Lions defeats Montreal Alouettes, 28-26
Ukrainian politician Oleksander Moroz begins the Cassette Scandal by publicly accusing President Leonid Kuchma of involvement in the murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze.
89th Davis Cup: Spain beats Australia in Barcelona (3-1)
The United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore
The "Texas 7" escape from the John Connally Unit near Kenedy, Texas later going on a crime spree and killing police officer Aubrey Hawkins
American Vice President Al Gore delivers his concession speech effectively ending his hopes of becoming the 43rd President of the United States.
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.
The Texas 7 hold up a sports store in Irving, Texas. Police officer Aubrey Hawkins is shot during the robbery.
U.S. retail giant Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of business after 128 years.
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.
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