2000

Timeline

January

- Israel and Syria hold inconclusive peace talks.

- 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. Among the items discussed are the bombing of teh USS Cole and the 9/11 attacks.

- The last natural Pyrenean ibex is found dead, apparently killed by a falling tree.

- America Online announces an agreement to purchase Time Warner for $162 billion (the largest-ever corporate merger).

- The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 11,722.98 (at the peak of the Dot-com bubble).

- The Tagish Lake meteorite impacts the Earth in the Tagish Lake area in northwestern British Columbia, Canada.

February

- The final original Peanuts comic strip is published, following the death of its creator, Charles M. Schulz.

- Feb 29 – Leap Day – a rare century leap year date occurs. Usually, 00 years are not leap years due to not being exactly divisible by 400. 2000 is the first such year to have a February 29 since the year 1600, making it only the second such occasion since leap years were introduced in the late 16th century. The next such leap year will not occur until 2400.

March

- The NASDAQ Composite Index reaches an all-time high of 5,048.6 Two weeks later, the NASDAQ-100, S&P 500, and Wilshire 5000 reach their peaks prior to the Dot-com bubble, ending a bull market run that lasted over 17 years.

- Pope John Paul II apologizes for the wrongdoings by members of the Roman Catholic Church throughout the ages.

- The United States dollar becomes the official currency of Ecuador, replacing the Ecuadorian sucre.

- Pope John Paul II begins the first official visit by a Roman Catholic pontiff to Israel.

- The U.S. Supreme Court rules the FDA lacks authority to regulate tobacco as an addictive drug, throwing out the Clinton Administration’s main anti-smoking initiative.

- Vladimir Putin is elected President of Russia.

- The Endron chemical plant explosion of 2000 kills 19 and injures 171 in Pasadena, Texas.

April

- In a predawn raid, federal agents seize 6-year-old Elián González from his relatives’ home in Miami and fly him to his Cuban father in Washington, D.C., ending one of the most publicized custody battles in U.S. history.

May

- In San Antonio, Texas, computer pioneer Datapoint files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

- Cynthia Riegel, wife of Tellus software CEO Abraham Riegel is found brutally murdered in the couples hotel suite in Las Vegas Nevada. Reigel is briefly held for questioning but never named as a suspect.

- After originating in the Philippines, the ILOVEYOU computer virus spreads quickly throughout the world.

- A rare conjunction of 7 celestial bodies (Sun, Moon, planets Mercury–Saturn) occurs during the new moon.

- Israel withdraws IDF forces from southern Lebanon after 22 years.

June

- South Korean President Kim Dae-jung visits North Korea to participate in the first North-South presidential summit.

- A preliminary draft of genomes, as part of the Human Genome Project, is finished. It is announced at the White House by President Clinton.

- Elián González returns to Cuba with his father, Juan Miguel González, ending a protracted custody battle.

July

- 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.

- Bashar al-Assad is confirmed as Syria’s leader in a national referendum following the death of his father, Hafez al-Assad.

- Israel’s prime minister Ehud Barak and PLO leader Yasser Arafat meet at Camp David, but fail to reach an agreement.

- A powerful solar flare, later named the Bastille Day event, causes a geomagnetic storm on Earth.

- The Republican National Convention in Philadelphia nominates Governor of Texas George W. Bush for President of the United States and Dick Cheney for Vice President.

August

- The Confederate submarine H L Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor. Four days later the Russian submarine Kursk sinks in the Barents Sea during one of the largest Russian naval exercises since the 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union, resulting in the deaths of all 118 men on board.

- Tsar Nicholas II and his family are canonized by the synod of the Russian Orthodox Church.

- Dora the Explorer debuts.

- The Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles nominates U.S. Vice President Al Gore for President and Senator Joe Lieberman for Vice President.

September

- The 2000 Summer Olympics are held in Sydney, Australia.

- Ukrainian journalist Georgiy Gongadze is last seen alive; this day is taken as the commemoration date of his death.

- Israeli opposition leader Ariel Sharon visits the Temple Mount, protected by a several-hundred-strong Israeli police force. Palestinian riots erupt, leading to a full-fledged armed uprising (called the Al-Aqsa Intifada by sympathizers and the Oslo War by opponents).

October

- The 2000 Summer Olympics close in Sydney, Australia.

- President Slobodan Milošević leaves office after widespread demonstrations throughout Serbia.

- 250 million US gallons (950,000 m3) of coal sludge spill in Martin County, Kentucky (considered a greater environmental disaster than the Exxon Valdez oil spill).

- In Aden, Yemen, USS Cole is badly damaged by two Al-Qaeda suicide bombers, who place a small boat laden with explosives alongside the United States Navy destroyer, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39.

- 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.

- 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.

- Hillary Rodham Clinton is elected to the United States Senate, becoming the first First Lady of the United States to win public office.

- United States presidential election, 2000: Republican Governor of Texas George W. Bush defeats Democratic Vice President Al Gore in the U.S. presidential election but there is a miscount in Florida resulting in a recount of the votes.

- Bill Clinton becomes the first sitting U.S. President to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.

- Ukrainian politician Oleksandr Moroz touches off the Cassette Scandal by publicly accusing President Leonid Kuchma of involvement in the murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze. The accusation creates the Orange Revolution in 2004.

December

- Vicente Fox takes office as President of Mexico.

- Bush v. Gore: The U.S. Supreme Court stops the Florida presidential recount, effectively giving the state, and the Presidency, to George W. Bush.

- The third and final reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is shut down and the station is shut down completely.

- Christmas Eve 2000 Indonesia bombings: 18 people are killed in multiple Islamist bomb attacks on churches across Indonesia.

-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.

2000

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