2000 events in history

Jan 3 The last original weekday Peanuts comic strip is published
Jan 4 Two trains on the Røros Line collide in Åsta, Norway, resulting in an explosive fire and 19 deaths
Jan 6 Celia, the last Pyrenean Ibex was found dead after a treehad landed on her
Jan 14 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
Jan 18 The Tagish Lake meteorite impacts the Earth
Jan 21 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
Jan 30 Off the coast of Ivory Coast, Kenya Airways Flight 431 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean, killing 169
Jan 31 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
Feb 2 First digital cinema projection in Europe (Paris) realized by Philippe Binant with the DLP CINEMA technology developed by Texas Instruments
Feb 5 Russian forces massacre at least 60 civilians in the Novye Aldi suburb of Grozny, Chechnya
Feb 6 Second Chechen War: Russia captures Grozny, Chechnya, forcing the separatist Chechen Republic of Ichkeria government into exile
Feb 13 The last original "Peanuts" comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz dies
Feb 14 The spacecraft NEAR Shoemaker enters orbit around asteroid 433 Eros, the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid
Feb 15 Indian Point II nuclear power plant in New York vents a small amount of radioactive steam when a steam generator fails
Mar 1 The Constitution of Finland is rewritten
Mar 1 Hans Blix assumes the position of Executive Chairman of UNMOVIC
Mar 10 The Nasdaq Composite stock market index peaks at 5132.52, signaling the beginning of the end of the dot-com boom
Mar 17 530 members of the Ugandan cult Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God die in a fire, considered to be a mass murder or suicide orchestrated by leaders of the cult. Elsewhere another 248 members are later found dead
Mar 20 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
Mar 21 Pope John Paul II makes his first ever pontifical visit to Israel
Mar 24 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
Mar 27 A Phillips Petroleum plant explosion in Pasadena, Texas kills one and injures 71
Mar 28 Three children are killed when a Murray County, Georgia, school bus is hit by a CSX freight train
Apr 3 United States v. Microsoft: Microsoft is ruled to have violated United States antitrust laws by keeping "an oppressive thumb" on its competitors
Apr 22 The Big Number Change takes place in the United Kingdom
Apr 22 In a pre-dawn raid, federal agents seize six-year-old Elián González from his relatives' home in Miami
May 2 President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military
May 3 The sport of geocaching begins, with the first cache placed and the coordinates from a GPS posted on Usenet
May 4 Ken Livingstone becomes the first Mayor of London
May 7 Vladimir Putin is inaugurated as president of Russia
May 11 Second Chechen War: Chechen separatists ambush Russian paramilitary forces in the Republic of Ingushetia
May 13 In Enschede, the Netherlands, a fireworks factory explodes, killing 22 people, wounding 950, and resulting in approximately €450 million in damage
May 17 Arsenal and Galatasaray fans clash in the 2000 UEFA Cup Final riots in Copenhagen
May 24 Israeli troops withdraw from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation
May 25 Liberation Day of Lebanon. Israel withdraws its army from most of the Lebanese territory after 22 years of its first invasion in 1978
Jun 5 The Six-Day War in Kisangani begins in Kisangani, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, between Ugandan and Rwandan forces. A large part of the city is destroyed
Jun 7 The United Nations defines the Blue Line as the border between Israel and Lebanon
Jun 13 Italy pardons Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who tried to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981
Jun 13 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
Jun 16 Israel complies with United Nations Security Council Resolution 425 22 years after its issuance, which calls on Israel to completely withdraw from Lebanon. Israel does so, except the disputed Shebaa farms
Jun 21 Section 28 (of the Local Government Act 1988), outlawing the 'promotion' of homosexuality in the United Kingdom, is repealed in Scotland with a 99 to 17 vote
Jun 26 President Clinton announces the completion of the first survey of the entire human genome
Jun 26 John Paul II revealed the third secret of Fátima
Jul 2 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
Jul 10 EADS, the world's second-largest aerospace group is formed by the merger of Aérospatiale-Matra, DASA, and CASA
Jul 14 A powerful solar flare, later named the Bastille Day event, causes a geomagnetic storm on Earth
Aug 8 Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor and 30 years after its discovery by undersea explorer E. Lee Spence
Aug 12 The Oscar class submarine K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise
Aug 23 Gulf Air Flight 072 crashes into the Persian Gulf near Manama, Bahrain, killing 143
Aug 27 The 540-metre (1,772 ft)-tall Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire, four people are killed