January 2000 calendar

January 2000

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in January 2000.
The US president was Bill Clinton (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Tony Blair (Labour), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on January 2000: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 2000?


  • 01 Jan 2000 As many experts and businesses feared, Y2K does not result in widespread, serious computer failures.
  • 02 Jan 2000 Kosheh massacres - 21 Coptic Christians were killed in a massacre at el-Kosheh village, Upper Egypt. It is located 450 kilometres from Cairo.
  • 03 Jan 2000 The last Peanuts comic strip of original Peanuts is published.
  • 04 Jan 2000 Alan Greenspan has been nominated to serve a fourth term in the role of Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve.
  • 05 Jan 2000 January 8 and Ash: The 2000 al-Qaeda Summit, which includes several high-ranking al-Qaeda members (including two 9/11 hijackers of American Airlines), is held in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
  • 06 Jan 2000 The last Pyrenean natural Ibex has been found dead. It was apparently struck by a tree.
  • 07 Jan 2000 Microsoft Corporation purchases Visio Corporation through a stock swap
  • 08 Jan 2000 One of the most talked about and memorable plays in NFL history took place at the then-Adelphia Coliseum during the 1999-2000 NFL playoffs. The "Music City Miracle" was an unexpected trick play on a kickoff returning that led to a touchdown, which catapulted Tennessee Titans past Buffalo Bills to the Divisional Playoffs. It ensured the Titans went undefeated their first season at their new home. The team's record crowd of 66782 witnessed the victory.
  • 09 Jan 2000 In an attempt to resolve the current economic crisis, the Ecuadorian president Jamil Mahuad's administration announces that it will adopt the U.S. Dollar as its official currency. Protests led to the 2000 Ecuadorian coup de etat, which saw Mahuad removed from office and Vice President Gustavo Noboa elevated to the presidency.
  • 10 Jan 2000 America Online announced it has purchased Time Warner in a stock-trade transaction valued at $160 Billion, making it the largest corporate acquisition in history. AOL Time Warner will be the new company. Its combined value is $350 billion.
  • 11 Jan 2000 The Solway Harvester trawler sinks off Ramsey, Isle of Man
  • 12 Jan 2000 Maputo and the Incomati River burst into their banks, directly affecting around 40,000. Flooding along the Incomati affected approximately 20,000 a few days later.
  • 13 Jan 2000 Microsoft's chief executive officer is Steve Ballmer
  • 14 Jan 2000 Closed at 11,722.98, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, a new record (the peak of Dot-com's bubble)
  • 15 Jan 2000 Zeljko Raznatovic (also known as Arkan) is assassinated at Belgrade's InterContinental Hotel. In the 1970s and 1980s, he was Interpol's most wanted for robberies or murders in several European countries. He was the Balkan's most powerful criminal boss until his death.
  • 16 Jan 2000 A truck transporting evaporated milk from Sacramento, California is driven into the State Capitol Building, killing its driver.
  • 17 Jan 2000 Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States is now officially observed in all 50 states for the first-ever time.
  • 18 Jan 2000 The Earth is impacted by the Tagish Lake meteorite.
  • 19 Jan 2000 Boland Hall fire: Three students were killed and 54 others were hurt in a fire that broke out at Seton Hall University's dormitory. For setting the fire, two students were charged with murder as well as arson.
  • 20 Jan 2000 Arkan's funeral is attended by around 10,000 people in Belgrade. Arkan is buried in Belgrade's New Cemetery, with military honors given by his volunteers and funeral rites.
  • 21 Jan 2000 Ecuador: Col. Lucio Gutierrez and Carlos Solorzano, who are seized by indigenous groups, depose President Jamil Mahuad. Later, Gen. Carlos Mendoza replaces Gutierrez and gives Gustavo Noboa the opportunity to succeed Mahuad.
  • 22 Jan 2000 After Jamil Mahuad's exile, Gustavo Noboa is elected President of Ecuador.
  • 23 Jan 2000 57th Golden Globe Awards: The Sopranos wins the Golden Globe Award as Best Television Series – Drama; Sex and the City win for Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy. Toy Story 2 wins the Golden Globe Award as Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. American Beauty wins the Golden Globe Award as Best Motion Picture (Drama).
  • 26 Jan 2000 Cynthia Jay-Brennan, a player at the Desert Inn Las Vegas casino, wins $34,959,458.56 from Megabucks, the largest payout in the world. Her total winnings were $27.
  • 27 Jan 2000 A new US Mint dollar coin depicting Sacagawea has been released.
  • 30 Jan 2000 Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crashes into the Pacific Ocean off the California coast, killing 88.
  • 31 Jan 2000 Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crash: An MD-83, experiencing horizontal stabilizer problems, crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Point Mugu, California, killing all 88 aboard.
  • 04 Jan 2000 A Norwegian passenger train departing from Trondheim, collides with a local train coming from Hamar in Åsta, Åmot; 19 people are killed and 68 injured in the accident.