) was a leap year
that started on Saturday
of the Common Era
, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar
2000 was designated as:
- International Year for a Culture of Peace.
- World Mathematical Year.
The year 2000 was the target of Y2K concerns, fearing computers could not shift from 2-digit "99" to "2000"; however, many companies had already converted their software, even obtaining Y2K certification, and relatively few problems occurred.
Popular culture also holds the year 2000 as the first year of the 21st century and the third millennium. In the Gregorian Calendar, however, this distinction falls to the year 2001, because the first century began with year AD 1 (there was no year zero), and the thousand years spanned to years 2-1001 (see more at: millennium).
- January 11 - The armed wing of Islamic Salvation Front concludes its negotiations with the government for an amnesty and disbands in Algeria. (See Algerian Civil War.)
- January 11 - The trawler Solway Harvester sinks off the Isle of Man.
- January 14 - United Nations tribunal sentences 5 Bosnian Croats to up to 25 years in prison for the 1993 killing of over 100 Bosnian Muslims in a Bosnian village.
- January 14 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 11,722.98, (the peak of the Dot-com bubble).
- January 16 - In Sacramento, California, a commercial truck carrying evaporated milk is driven into the State Capitol building, killing the driver.
- January 18 - The Tagish Lake meteorite impacts the Earth.
- January 24 - God's Army, a Karen militia group led by twins Johnny and Luther Htoo, take 700 hostages at a Thai hospital near the Burmese border.
- January 26 - Rap-metal band Rage Against the Machine plays in front of Wall Street, prompting an early closing of trading due to the crowds.
- January 30 - The St. Louis Rams win the NFL Championship for the first time since 1951, defeating the Tennessee Titans 23-16 in Super Bowl XXXIV.
- 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.
- January 31 - Dr. Harold Shipman is found guilty of murdering 15 patients between 1995 and 1998 and sentenced to life imprisonment.
- April 1 - Japanese prime minister Keizo Obuchi suffers a stroke and falls into a coma and died.
- 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.
- April 22 - Brazil officially celebrates the 500th anniversary, not without protests, especially from native and black populations.
- April 22 - In a predawn raid, federal agents seize six-year old Elián González from his relatives' home in Miami, Florida and fly him to his Cuban father in Washington, DC, ending one of the most publicized custody battles in US history.
- April 25 - The State of Vermont passes HB847, legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples.
- April 28 - Richard Baumhammers begins a two-hour, racially-motivated shooting spree in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, leaving five dead and one paralyzed.
- 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 21 - Section 28, a law preventing the promotion of homosexuality, is repealed by the Scottish Parliament.
- June 26 - A preliminary draft of genomes, as part of the Human Genome Project, is finished.
- June 28 - Elian Gonzalez returns to Cuba with his father, Juan Miguel Gonzalez, ending a protracted custody battle.
- 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 - In southern Nigeria, a leaking petroleum pipeline explodes, killing about 250 villagers who were scavenging gasoline.
- 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 18 - Sussex police launch a murder investigation after the body of a girl found near Pulborough is confirmed to be that of Sarah Payne, who was reported missing on July 1.
- 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 22 - 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.
- 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.
- September 5 - Tuvalu joins the United Nations. The Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry makes its maiden voyage.
- September 6 - In Paragould, Arkansas, Breanna Lynn Bartlett-Stewart is stillborn to Scott Stewart and Lisa Bartlett. Breanna Lynn's stillbirth is notable for being the first stillbirth to be resolved by means of the Kleihauer-Betke test.
- 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 7-September 14 - The UK fuel protests take place, with refineries blockaded, and supply to the country's network of petrol stations halted.
- 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 26 - The Greek Express Samina ferry sinks off the coast of the island of Paros; 80 out of a total of over 500 passengers perish in one of Greece's worst sea disasters.
- September 26 - Anti-globalization protests in Prague (some 15,000 protesters) turn violent during the IMF and World Bank summits.
- 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 11 - 250 million gallons of coal sludge spill in Martin County, Kentucky. Considered a greater environmental disaster than the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
- October 12 - In Aden, Yemen, the USS Cole is badly damaged by two suicide bombers, who placed a small boat laden with explosives alongside the United States Navy destroyer, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39.
- 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 22 - The Mainichi Shinbun newspaper exposes Japanese archeologist Shinichi Fujimura as a fraud; Japanese archaeologists had based their treatises on his findings.
- October 23 - Madeleine Albright holds talks with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il.
- October 26 - Pakistani authorities announce that their police have found an apparently ancient mummy of a Persian princess in the province of Balochistan. Iran, Pakistan and the Taliban all claim the mummy until Pakistan announces it is a forgery on April 17, 2001.
- October 26 - The New York Yankees defeat the New York Mets in Game 5 of the 2000 World Series, 4-1, to win their 26th World Series title (and latest to date). This was the first Subway Series matchup between the two crosstown rivals. It was their 4th World Series win in the last 5 years under Manager Joe Torre.
- October 31 - Singapore Airlines Flight 006 collides with construction equipment in the Chiang Kai Shek International Airport - 83 dead.
- 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 11 - Kaprun disaster, Austria: A cable car fire in an alpine tunnel kills 155 skiers and snowboarders.
- 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 25 - Rugby League world cup in England is ended with Australia winning 40-12 over New Zealand Kiwis.
- 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 13 - The Texas 7 escape from their prison unit in Kenedy, Texas, and start a crime spree.
- December 24 - The Texas 7 rob a sports store in Irving, Texas; police officer Aubrey Hawkins is shot dead.
- December 25 - 309 killed shopping center fire at Luoyang, Henan, China.
- December 28 - U.S. retail giant Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of business after 128 years.
- December 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 100.
- December 31 - The Millennium Dome closes its doors one year to the day of its opening.
- January 4 - Rhiannon Leigh Wryn, American actress
- May 2 - Angel Sy, Filipina Child Actor
- May 10 - Shyann McClure, American actress and model
- August 5 - Maya Bond, Japanese-born American singer and musician
- July 27 - Kali Rodriguez, American actress
- September 6 - Breanna Lynn Bartlett-Stewart, notable American stillborn baby girl (d. 2000)
- September 9 - Victoria Federica de Marichalar y de Borbón, granddaughter of King Juan Carlos I of Spain.
- September 26 - Princess Salma bint Al Abdullah II
- November 20 - Connie Talbot, English singer
- November 30 - Destiny Norton, American crime victim (d. 2006)
- December 6 - Pablo Nicolás Urdangarín y de Borbón, grandson of King Juan Carlos I of Spain.
- 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)
- 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 13 - Tomomi Tsuruta, Former Japanese professional wrestler (b. 1951)
- 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)
- 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 - Conrad McRae, Professional Basketball Player (b. 1971)
- 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 23 - Rodney Anoa'i, American wrestler known as Yokozuna (b. 1966)
- October 27 - Walter Berry, Austrian bass-baritone (b. 1929)
- October 29 - Andújar Cedeño, Dominican Major League Baseball player for the Houston Astros (b. 1969)
- 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)