2000

As the world was in turmoil over the future of the Earth, Tom Cruise was a happy man as his movie Mission Impossible II was the highest-grossing film at the box office.

2000

The year 2000 was also the World Mathematical year as well as the International Year for the Culture of Peace. It is the year that saw the publishing of Stephen King’s Riding the Bullet, the world’s first E-book for the mass market.

At the height of the internet bubble, America Online Inc. announced that it was acquiring Time Warner Inc for a cool $182 billion, which in stock and debt. The merger formed a $350 billion mega media empire spanning music production, publishing, entertainment, cable TV, news, and internet services. The Federal Trade Commission gave the two companies to go ahead with the merger in December 2000. AQL shareholders owned 55% of the new company while Time Warner shareholders owned the remaining 45%.

On August 9, tire manufacturer Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. announced they recalled over 6 million Wilderness AT, ATX, and ATX II tires. The recall came two days after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration linked the tires to hundreds of accidents resulting in 46 deaths. The tread of the tires was the problem with the tires. The investigation led to the fact that the tread on the 15-inch Wilderness AT tires, ATX and ATX II tended to peel off, and this resulted in vehicles rolling over.

Christmas is one of the happiest seasons of the year to many people. In China, on Christmas day 2000, a Christmas party turned deadly. The party was at an unlicensed disco, and it caught fire as the party rolled on. More than 300 people lost their lives in the incident that took place in Luoyang China.

Contrary to reports that the world was ending, year 2,000 ushered in an age of technological advancements and access to civil rights for marginalized societies and groups. It is the first year of the current millennium.

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Movies

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Gladiator

Gladiator

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Starring: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed

Country: United States of America

Memento

Memento

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior

Country: United States of America

Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans

Country: United States of America

In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love

Directed by: Kar-Wai Wong

Starring: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ping Lam Siu, Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung

Country: United States of America

Hey Ram

Hey Ram

Directed by: Kamal Haasan

Starring: Kamal Haasan, Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji, Hema Malini

Books

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The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw

The Greatest Generation

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The instant classic and runaway bestseller that changed the way we saw World War II and an entire generation of Americans, from the beloved journalist whose own iconic career has lasted more than fifty years.

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

Tuesdays With Morrie

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Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to …

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets

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Award-winning artist Jim Kay illustrates year two of Harry Potter's adventures at Hogwarts, in a stunning, gift-ready format. The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School …

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer'S Stone by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer'S Stone

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The beloved first book of the Harry Potter series, now fully illustrated by award-winning artist Jim Kay. For the first time, J.K. Rowling's beloved Harry Potter books will be presented in lavishly illustrated full-color editions.

The Brethren by John Grisham

The Brethren

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThey call themselves the Brethren: three disgraced former judges doing time in a Florida federal prison. One was sent up for tax evasion.

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 2000 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Matthew
  4. Joshua
  5. Christopher
  6. Nicholas
  7. Andrew
  8. Joseph
  9. Daniel
  10. Tyler
Top #10 female names
  1. Emily
  2. Hannah
  3. Madison
  4. Ashley
  5. Sarah
  6. Alexis
  7. Samantha
  8. Jessica
  9. Elizabeth
  10. Taylor
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 2000?


Events

  • 01 Jan Y2K passes without serious, widespread computer failures, as many experts and businesses had feared.
  • 02 Jan Kosheh massacres: 21 Coptic Christians were the victims of a massacre in el-Kosheh village in Upper Egypt, located 450 kilometres south of Cairo.
  • 03 Jan The final daily original Peanuts comic strip is published.
  • 04 Jan Alan Greenspan is nominated for a fourth term as U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman.
  • 05 Jan January 8 ampndash The 2000 al-Qaeda Summit of several high-level al-Qaeda members (including 2 9/11 American Airlines hijackers) is held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • 06 Jan The last natural Pyrenean Ibex is found dead, apparently killed by a falling tree.
  • 07 Jan Microsoft Corporation acquires Visio Corporation in a stock swap.
  • 08 Jan During the 1999–2000 NFL playoffs, one of the most memorable and debated plays in NFL history takes place at then-Adelphia Coliseum. The "Music City Miracle" was a last-minute trick play on a kickoff return that resulted in a touchdown and catapulted the Tennessee Titans past the Buffalo Bills to the Divisional Playoffs. It also ensured that the Titans would go undefeated in the first season in the team's new home. The victory is seen in front of a franchise-record crowd of 66,782.
  • 09 Jan The administration of Ecuador president Jamil Mahuad announces its intention to adopt the U.S. dollar as the official currency of the country to address the ongoing economic crisis. Subsequent protest led to the 2000 Ecuadorian coup d'état which saw Mahuad's removal from office and the elevation of Vice President Gustavo Noboa to the presidency.
  • 10 Jan America Online announces it is buying Time Warner, in a stock-trade deal valued at $160 billion, the largest in corporate history. The new firm, AOL Time Warner, will have a combined value of $350 billion.
  • 11 Jan The trawler Solway Harvester sinks off the coast of Ramsey, Isle of Man.
  • 12 Jan The Maputo and Incomati River burst their banks, directly affecting some 40,000, and flooding along the Incomati affected about 20,000 several days later.
  • 13 Jan Steve Ballmer is named chief executive officer of Microsoft.
  • 14 Jan The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 11,722.98, a level never reached before (the peak of the Dot-com bubble).
  • 15 Jan Željko Ražnatović, better known as Arkan, is assassinated in the lobby of Belgrade's elite InterContinental Hotel. He was on Interpol's most wanted list in the 1970s and 1980s for robberies and murders committed in a number of countries across Europe. Until his death, he was the most powerful crime boss in the Balkans.
  • 16 Jan In Sacramento, California, a commercial truck carrying evaporated milk is driven into the State Capitol building, killing the driver.
  • 17 Jan In the United States, for the first time, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is officially observed in all fifty states.
  • 18 Jan The Tagish Lake meteorite impacts the Earth.
  • 19 Jan Boland Hall fire: Three students died and 54 were injured in a dormitory fire at Seton Hall University. Two students were charged with murder and arson for allegedly setting the fire.
  • 20 Jan In Belgrade, around 10,000 people attend the funeral of Arkan. He is buried at the Belgrade's New Cemetery with military honors by his volunteers and with funeral rites.
  • 21 Jan Ecuador: After the Ecuadorian Congress is seized by indigenous organizations, Col. Lucio Gutierrez, Carlos Solorzano and Antonio Vargas depose President Jamil Mahuad. Gutierrez is later replaced by Gen. Carlos Mendoza, who resigns and allows Vice-President Gustavo Noboa to succeed Mahuad.
  • 22 Jan Gustavo Noboa becomes President of Ecuador, after Jamil Mahuad is sent into exile.
  • 23 Jan 57th Golden Globe Awards: The Sopranos wins the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama; Sex and the City wins for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy,Toy Story 2 wins the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy while American Beauty wins the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama.
  • 26 Jan At the Desert Inn casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Cynthia Jay-Brennan wins $34,959,458.56 on a Megabucks slot machine, the world's largest payout. She had entered a total of $27.
  • 27 Jan The US Mint releases a new circulating dollar coin, depicting Sacagawea.
  • 30 Jan Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crashes off the California coast into the Pacific Ocean, killing 88.
  • 31 Jan 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.
  • 05 Feb Russian forces massacre at least 60 civilians in the Novye Aldi suburb of Grozny, Chechnya.
  • 06 Feb Second Chechen War: Russia captures Grozny, Chechnya, forcing the separatist Chechen Republic of Ichkeria government into exile.
  • 08 Feb Bob Collins' plane collides with that of a student pilot over Zion, Illinois.
  • 09 Feb Torrential rains in Africa lead to the worst flooding in Mozambique in 50 years, which lasts until March and kills 800 people.
  • 11 Feb A blast from an explosive device in front of a Barclay's Bank across from the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street wounds dozens but kills none.
  • 12 Feb Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Tom Landry, Charles M. Schulz, and Oliver die, of unrelated causes.
  • 13 Feb The final original Peanuts comic strip is published, following the death of its creator, Charles Schulz.
  • 14 Feb The spacecraft NEAR Shoemaker enters orbit around asteroid 433 Eros, the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid.
  • 15 Feb Indian Point II nuclear power plant in New York State vents a small amount of radioactive steam when a steam generator fails.
  • 16 Feb Archbishop Desmond Tutu makes an address at the University of Toronto. (University of Toronto)
  • 17 Feb In San Francisco, California, Microsoft unveils the Windows 2000 operating system. 1.5 million copies are sold in the first two months.
  • 21 Feb UNESCO holds the inaugural celebration of International Mother Language Day.
  • 29 Feb This leap day is the last in a turn-of-the-century leap year until February 29, 2400.
  • 01 Mar The Constitution of Finland is rewritten.
  • 06 Mar Advanced Micro Devices ships the first commercially-available 1 GHz processor.
  • 07 Mar George W. Bush and Al Gore emerge victorious in the Republican and Democratic caucuses and primaries of the United States presidential election.
  • 08 Mar Tokyo train disaster: A sideswipe collision of 2 Tokyo Metro trains kills 5 people.
  • 09 Mar The FBI arrests art forgery suspect Ely Sakhai in New York City.
  • 10 Mar The NASDAQ Composite stock market index peaks at 5132.52, signaling the beginning of the end of the dot-com boom.
  • 12 Mar Pope John Paul II apologizes for the wrongdoings by members of the Roman Catholic Church throughout the ages.
  • 16 Mar The Dow Jones Industrial Average rises by 499.19 points (4.93 percent), its second-largest one-day point gain.
  • 17 Mar More than 800 members of the Ugandan cult Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God die in what is considered to be a mass murder and suicide orchestrated by leaders of the cult.
  • 18 Mar 2000 Taiwanese presidential election: Chen Shui-bian is elected President of the Republic of China.
  • 19 Mar U.S. President Bill Clinton arrives in New Delhi, India, for a state visit.
  • 20 Mar Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, a former Black Panther once known as H. Rap Brown, is captured after murdering Georgia sheriff's deputy Ricky Kinchen and critically wounding Deputy Aldranon English.
  • 21 Mar The U.S. Supreme Court rules the government lacks authority to regulate tobacco as an addictive drug, throwing out the Clinton administration's main anti-smoking initiative.
  • 24 Mar S&P 500 index reaches an intraday high of 1,552.87, a peak that, due to the collapse of the dot-com bubble, it will not reach again for another seven-and-a-half years.
  • 26 Mar In Seattle, Washington, the Kingdome sports arena is demolished into a mound of rubble over 65 feet high, to make way for a new stadium.
  • 27 Mar A Phillips Petroleum plant explosion in Pasadena, Texas kills 1 and injures 71.
  • 28 Mar Three children are killed when a Murray County, Georgia, school bus is hit by a CSX freight train.
  • 01 Apr Japanese prime minister Obuchi Keizo suffers a stroke and falls into a coma.
  • 03 Apr In the US Justice Department versus Microsoft anti-trust case, Judge Thomas Jackson issues his Conclusions of Law, ruling that Microsoft acted illegally to protect its operating system monopoly, and used its monopoly position to attempt to monopolize the market for Web browser software.
  • 07 Apr Pepco's Chalk Point Generating Station on the Patuxent River in southern Maryland, USA, spills about 420,000 litres of oil. Some 6 1/2 miles of oil containment booms are positioned in the river capturing an estimated 300,000 litres.
  • 11 Apr AT&T Park in San Francisco, Minute Maid Park in Houston, and Comerica Park in Detroit open.
  • 16 Apr Tuanku Syed Putra ibni Almarhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail, Raja of Perlis dies after a reign of 55 years. He was the longest reigning monarch in the world since the death of Hirohito, Emperor of Japan.
  • 22 Apr In a pre-dawn raid, federal agents seize six-year-old Elian Gonzalez from his relatives' home in Miami, Florida.
  • 01 May A new class of composite material is fabricated, which has a combination of physical properties never before seen in a natural or man-made material.ref name=compref name=UCSD-press-release{{cite web|author=McDonald, Kim|title= UCSD Physicists Develop a New Class of Composite Material with 'Reverse' Physical Properties Never Before Seen
  • 02 May President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military.
  • 03 May In San Antonio, Texas, computer pioneer Datapoint files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • 04 May Ken Livingstone becomes the first Mayor of London.
  • 05 May A rare conjunction occurs on the New Moon including all seven of the traditional celestial bodies known from ancient times up until 1781 with the discovery of Uranus. The conjunction consists of the Sun and Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.( NASA)
  • 07 May Vladimir Putin is inaugurated president of Russia
  • 11 May Second Chechen War: Chechen separatists ambush Russian paramilitary forces in the Republic of Ingushetia.
  • 12 May A fireworks factory disaster in Enschede, the Netherlands, kills 23.
  • 16 May The Grand National Assembly of Turkey elects Ahmet Necdet Sezer as the tenth President of Turkey.
  • 17 May A bomb in Glorietta Mall in Makati City, Philippines injures 13.
  • 18 May Boo.com collapses due to lack of funds after six months.
  • 20 May Taiwanese (ROC) president Chen Shui-bian makes the Four Noes and One Without pledge to Taiwan.
  • 24 May Israeli troops withdraw from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.
  • 25 May Liberation Day of Lebanon. Israel withdraws its army from most of the Lebanese territory after 22 years of its first invasion in 1978.
  • 28 May The comic strip Bringing Up Father ends its 87-year run in newspapers.
  • 02 Jun U. S. President William Jefferson Clinton is awarded the Charlemagne prize of the city of Aachen, Germany. Clinton is the first American president to win the prize which is given for contributions toward the unity of Europe.
  • 04 Jun An earthquake hits Bengkulu, Indonesia, leaving 94 dead.
  • 05 Jun ''405 The Movie'', the first short film widely distributed on the Internet, is released.
  • 07 Jun In the US Justice Department versus Microsoft anti-trust case, Judge Thomas Jackson orders the breakup of Microsoft into two companies, one producing operating systems, the other producing application programs.
  • 12 Jun 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.
  • 13 Jun Italy pardons Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who tried to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981.
  • 16 Jun Israel complies with UN Security Council Resolution 425 after 22 years of it issuance, which calls on Israel to completely withdraw from Lebanon. Israel withdraws from all of Lebanon, except the disputed Sheba Farms.
  • 21 Jun Section 28 (outlawing the 'promotion' of homosexuality in the United Kingdom) is repealed in Scotland with a 99 to 17 vote.
  • 23 Jun Palace Backpackers Hostel fire in Childers, Queensland, Australia, kills 15 people.
  • 26 Jun A preliminary draft of genomes, as part of the Human Genome Project, is finished.
  • 28 Jun Elian Gonzalez returns to Cuba with his father, Juan Miguel Gonzalez, ending a protracted custody battle.
  • 30 Jun France defeats Italy 2-1 after extra time in the final of the European Championships, becoming the first team to consecutively win the World Cup and European Championships.
  • 01 Jul The Oresund Bridge, connecting Sweden and Denmark, opens for traffic.
  • 02 Jul Tenchi Muyo is first shown on American Television.
  • 06 Jul A barge and a tug towing it collide off Middletown, Rhode Island, USA, spilling 53,000 litres of oil in Narragansett Bay.
  • 10 Jul EADS, the world's second-largest aerospace group is formed by the merger of Aerospatiale-Matra, DASA, and CASA.
  • 13 Jul July 25 ampndash Israel's prime minister Ehud Barak and PLO head Yasser Arafat meet at Camp David, but fail to reach an agreement.
  • 14 Jul A powerful solar flare, later named the Bastille Day event, causes a geomagnetic storm on Earth.
  • 17 Jul The 10th President of Syria, Bashar al Assad, assumed office.
  • 19 Jul Apple Computer begins shipping the first personal computers with standard dual processors, the Power Mac G4 with dual 450 or 500 MHz processors.
  • 20 Jul In Zimbabwe, Parliament opens its new session and seats opposition members for the first time in a decade.
  • 22 Jul ''News of the World'' urges its readers to sign a petition for Sarah's Law, new legislation in response to the murder of Sarah Payne, which would give parents the right to know whether a convicted paedophile was living in their area.
  • 25 Jul Air France Flight 4590, a Concorde supersonic passenger jet, crashes into a hotel in Gonesse just after takeoff from Paris killing all 109 aboard and 5 on the ground.
  • 31 Jul (to August 3) The Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania nominates George W. Bush for U.S. President and Dick Cheney for Vice President.
  • 03 Aug Rioting erupts on the Paulsgrove estate in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, after more than 100 people besiege the home of a block of flats allegedly housing a convicted paedophile. This is the latest vigilante violence against suspected sex offenders since the beginning of the quotnaming and shamingquot anti-paedophile campaign by the tabloid newspaper ''News of the World''.
  • 08 Aug An unknown ship dumps oil off the South Florida coast, creating an oil slick covering 24km of beaches.
  • 12 Aug The Oscar class submarine K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise.
  • 14 Aug (to 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.
  • 18 Aug 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.
  • 27 Aug 540-metre (1,772 ft)-tall Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire, three people are killed.
  • 28 Aug For the first time in history, religious and spiritual leaders of the world's diverse faith traditions came together in New York on August 28 to discuss how to forge a partnership of peace with the United Nations. Religious Summit UN Millennium Peace Summit
  • 05 Sep Tuvalu joins the United Nations.
  • 06 Sep The last wholly Swedish-owned arms manufacturer, Bofors, is sold to American arms manufacturer United Defense.
  • 07 Sep Albania officially joins the World Trade Organization.
  • 14 Sep A tugboat puts a 4-foot gash in US Navy ship USS Detroit, spilling 113,000 litres of oil across Sandy Hook Bay, New Jersey, USA.
  • 15 Sep Ukrainian journalist Georgiy Gongadze is last seen alive this day is taken as the commemoration date of his death.
  • 16 Sep Ukrainian journalist Georgiy Gongadze is last seen alive; this day is taken as the commemoration date of his death.
  • 20 Sep The British MI6 Secret Intelligence Service building is attacked by a Russian-built Mark 22 anti-tank missile.
  • 26 Sep The MS Express Samina sinks off Paros in the Agean sea killing 80 passengers.
  • 27 Sep Anti-globalization protests in Prague, at the summit of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.
  • 28 Sep Al-Aqsa Intifada: Ariel Sharon visits Al Aqsa Mosque known to Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
  • 30 Sep HM Prison Maze in Northern Ireland is closed.
  • 01 Oct Incorporation of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited & Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited under the Indian Companies Act, 1956.
  • 05 Oct Mass demonstrations in Belgrade lead to resignation of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic. These demonstrations are often called the Bulldozer Revolution.
  • 06 Oct Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic resigns.
  • 11 Oct 250 million gallons of coal sludge spill in Martin County, Kentucky, USA.
  • 12 Oct In Aden, Yemen, the USS Cole is badly damaged by two suicide bombers, who placed a small boat laden with explosives along-side the United States Navy destroyer, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39.
  • 15 Oct Nintendo releases the PokTmon Gold and PokTmon Silver video games for the Game Boy Color in the USA. 1.4 million copies sell in the first week.
  • 17 Oct In Hollywood, Don Rickles receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 18 Oct Hatfield rail crash, United Kingdom: Part of a rail shatters as a passenger train passes over it; four people are killed, 70 are injured.
  • 22 Oct The Mainichi Shinbun newspaper exposes Japanese archeologist Shinichi Fujimura as a fraud.
  • 23 Oct American Secretary of State Madeleine Albright holds talks with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il.
  • 26 Oct Sony Computer Entertainment introduces the Sony PlayStation 2 in the USA. The system can also play PlayStation games, and supports DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, CD-ROM, and Dolby Digital media. Price is about US$300. Sales during the first week: 681,855.
  • 27 Oct Pacific Islands Forum (PIF).
  • 30 Oct The last Multics machine is shut down.
  • 31 Oct A chartered Antonov An-26 explodes after takeoff in Northern Angola killing 50.
  • 01 Nov Serbia joins the United Nations.
  • 02 Nov The first resident crew to the ISS docked in November 2nd on the Soyuz TM-31
  • 03 Nov In London, a criminal gang raids the Millennium Dome to steal the Millennium Star diamond, but police surveillance catches them in the act.
  • 04 Nov '''Died:''' Stephanie Lawrence, 50, English musical theatre actress (liver disease)
  • 05 Nov Phil Goff, Foreign Minister of New Zealand, openly accuses Lieutenant Colonel Filipo Tarakinikini of involvement in the mutiny of November 2.
  • 06 Nov L. Sprague de Camp, 92, US science fiction and fantasy author
  • 07 Nov United States presidential election: Republican candidate Texas Governor George W. Bush defeats Democratic Vice President Al Gore in the closest election in US history, but the final outcome is not known for over a month because of disputed votes in Florida.
  • 08 Nov The third and final stage of the Egyptian parliamentary election, 2000, ends in victory for the ruling National Democratic Party.
  • 09 Nov '''Died:''' Michel Demaret, 60, Belgian politician Eric Morley, 82, English businessman and founder of the Miss World pageant
  • 11 Nov Kaprun disaster: 155 skiers and snowboarders die when a cable car catches fire in an alpine tunnel in Kaprun, Austria.
  • 13 Nov Philippine House Speaker Manuel B. Villar, Jr. passes the articles of impeachment against Philippine President Joseph Estrada.
  • 14 Nov 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.
  • 15 Nov A chartered Antonov An-24 crashes after takeoff from Luanda, Angola killing more than 40 people.
  • 16 Nov Bill Clinton becomes the first U.S. President to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War.
  • 17 Nov Alberto Fujimori is removed from office as president of Peru. 4,097 children born in us
  • 18 Nov Catherine Zeta-Jones marries Michael Douglas at the Plaza Hotel, New York City.
  • 19 Nov The 2000 Scottish Challenge Cup Final is won by Airdrieonians F. C.
  • 01 Dec Miss World pageant held in London's Millennium Dome. Priyanka Chopra wins the title.
  • 02 Dec The 2000 MAC Championship Game (American football) is played at Marshall Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia, USA.ampref name=ampquotannouncementampquotamp and is won by the Marshall Thundering Herd.
  • 03 Dec The UK Snooker Championship is won by John Higgins.
  • 05 Dec Municipal elections are held in South Africa, to elect members to the local governing councils.
  • 06 Dec Infogrames of France acquires Hasbro Interactive of the USA for US$5 million cash and US$95 million in stock.
  • 07 Dec The first ballot takes place in the Ghanaian presidential election. The two leading candidates are John Kufuor and John Atta-Mills, who go on to the second ballot.
  • 08 Dec STS-97: The crew of Space Shuttle Endeavour pay their first visit to the Expedition 1 crew residing on board the International Space Station.
  • 09 Dec The Supreme Court of the United States stays the sixth Florida recount.
  • 10 Dec Parliamentary elections are held in Ivory Coast. 28 seats are excluded because of a boycott by the Rally of the Republicans. Elections in Côte d'Ivoire African Elections Database The result is a victory for the Ivorian Popular Front, which wins 96 of the 225 seats in the National Assembly of Côte d'Ivoire.
  • 11 Dec The Trinidad and Tobago general election results in victory for the United National Congress.
  • 12 Dec The United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore
  • 13 Dec US Vice President Al Gore concedes defeat to Texas Governor George W. Bush in the presidential election.
  • 14 Dec The full genome sequence of the flowering plant ''Arabidopsis thaliana'' is published in ''Nature''.
  • 15 Dec The 3rd reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is shut down.
  • 16 Dec ''Godzilla vs. Megaguirus'' is released in Japan.
  • 17 Dec The Australian Railroad Group begins operating, following its purchase of the Westrail freight business.
  • 18 Dec Kirsty MacColl, 41, English singer, run over by a speeding powerboat while swimming with her children at Cozumel, Mexico;
  • 19 Dec 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.
  • 20 Dec Mirusuvil massacre: eight Sri Lankan Tamil refugees, including children,{{cite web |url=
  • 21 Dec The Falkirk West by-election in the UK, resulting from the resignation of Dennis Canavan, is won by Eric Joyce for Labour.
  • 22 Dec Madonna marries film director Guy Ritchie, at Skibo Castle in Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland with Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella McCartney, Sting, George Clooney, Jon Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Bryan Adams, Rupert Everett and others in attendance.
  • 23 Dec Victor Borge, 91, Danish comedian, conductor and pianist.
  • 24 Dec The Texas 7 hold up a sports store in Irving, Texas. Police officer Aubrey Hawkins is murdered during the robbery.
  • 25 Dec Russian President Vladimir Putin signs a bill into law that officially establishes a new National Anthem of Russia, with music adopted from the anthem of the Soviet Union that was composed by Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov.
  • 26 Dec '''Died:''' Jason Robards, 78, US actor
  • 27 Dec The Bømlafjord Tunnel opens, connecting the island of Føyno in Stord to the mainland at Dalshovda in Sveio, Norway.
  • 28 Dec U.S. retail giant Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of business, after 128 years.
  • 30 Dec Rizal Day Bombings: A series of bombs explode in various places in Metro Manila, Philippines within a period of a few hours, killing 22 and injuring about a hundred.
  • 31 Dec James Tuozzolo, trumpet player with the Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra, collapses of a heart attack on stage just after performing a solo and dies in hospital.