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Kathy Lee Gifford Departs Regis Morning Show

Year 2000 In News Headlines And Information

We Survived Y2K!

.Com Bubble Bursts

Boy Elian Gonzalez Saga 

End Of The Concorde After One Crashes

Whitewater Investigation Ends

USS Cole Bombed - Six Sailors Die

Presidential Election Who Won? Florida Hangup

Year 2000  In Technology News And Information

Microsoft Ordered To Be Broken Up 

Year 2000 In Sports News And Other Fascinating Facts

It's The Yankees Vs. Mets In First-Ever Subway (World Series)

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Top Pop Hit Music Single 2000

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"Back At One" - Brian McKnight

madonna january 2000 news talkshow facts timelineJanuary - ABC says that 175 million watched at least part of its 24-hour millennium coverage….  A grand jury in Manhattan indicts Sean “Puffy” Combs on two charges of weapon possession stemming from a December argument punctuated by gunfire at a Times Square dance club… Madonna will debut her new single “American Pie” during the super Bowl pregame show. Phil Collins does halftime honors… FOX-TV says enough with shockumentaries such as “When Good Pets Go Bad” and “When Animals Attack”… A 30-second television ad for the upcoming Super Bowl will cost $2 million. Lots of .com’s will be advertising this time - ourbeginnings.com, Oxygen Media, Pets.com, HotJobs.com and Monster.com…

Madonna Is On Rosie's O'Donnel's Talkshow

mariah carey ama winner music history facts trivia january 2000 year timeline image mrpopcultureMore January - American Music Awards - Carlos Santana’s band won best-album for “Supernatural,” Shania Twain won for favorite pop-rock female artist and country female artist. Garth Brooks got favorite country male artist and favorite county album. Lauryn Hill got soul-rhythm and blues female artist and to soul-R&B album with “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”…

Mariah Carey Gets A Big AMA Award For Achievment (See Video)

bad rappers in trouble snoop dogg february 2000 year rap timeline trivia timeline mrpopculture imageBad Trend - So far, more than half-dozen major rap figures have been charged with violent crimes since hip-hop and rap became popular during the 1990’s. They include – Sean “Puffy” Combs, Ol’ dirty Bastard, Snoop Dogg, Marion Suge Knight, Jay Z and the late Tupac Shakur …

"I Knew I Loved You" - Savage Garden

dmx rap music photo year 2000 trivia review news  mrpopcultureFebruary - DMX will perform on an upcoming “Saturday Night Live” and he’ll appear on Queen Latifah’s syndicated talk show… Musical “Selena Forever” will open in San Antonio on March 21. It’ll feature 30 songs and 35 singers, dancers, actors and musicians….  Magic Johnson is launching his own record label – Magic Johnson Music, a joint venture with MCA…. Jimmy Buffet “Beach House on the Moon” tour. .. Passing – Beloved funnyman Jim Varney(50), best known for the character Ernest P. Wornell in commercials… Passing – Beloved cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, creator of “Peanuts.” He was 77 and died just as his last strip appeared in the comics…. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats,” – Broadway’s longest running play, will close on June 25 after a run of almost 20 years. By closing, it will have mounted some 7,397 performances attended by more than 10 million theatergoers….Gregory Peck retires from stage – making his final appearance this week with “A Conversation With Mr. Gregory Peck” in Salem, Oregon… Dave Letterman (52) returns to his late-night talk show after quintuple bypass surgery…  FOX-TV’s “Who Wants Marry A Multi-Millionaire” is in tatters as the bride – Darva Conger and groom Rick Rockwell want the marriage annulled. Conger told ABC’s Diane Sawyer she was naïve about the process and “didn’t know how to escape” after Rockwell chose her from among the 50 contestants at the end of the special…

42nd annual Grammy Awards - Some Winners:

Record/Song of the Year - "I Want It That Way" - Backstreet Boys

Album of the Year - "Supernatural" - Santana

Best Country song - "Come On Over" - Shania Twain 

Best Rap Solo - "My Name Is" - Eminem 

 "Amazed" - Lone Star

paul & heather mccartney march 2000 timeline music history March - Kathie Lee Gifford announces she will be leaving her talkshow with Regis Philbin… James Taylor, the Lovin’ Spoonful, Eric Clapton and Bonnie Raitt are inducted into the Rock “n Roll Hall of Fame…. Paul McCartney confirms he’s involved with a former swim wear model named Heather Mills. “She’s a very impressive woman. We are an item”… VH-1, in an answer to its “Divas” specials, is doing a “Men Strike Back” concert featuring Sting, Tom Jones, D’Angelo, Enrique Iglesias, and the Backstreet Boys…Scotty Moore who played guitar with Elvis Presley and other notable side-musicians such as James Jamerson, Hal Blaine, earl Palmer and Curtis Ousley will be getting into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame under a new category called “Sidemen” ... Tina Turner’s Twenty Four Seven World Tour 2000... Sean Puffy Combs pleads not guilty in new York to charges he attempted to bribe his driver into taking the rap for his illegal gun possession incident...

72nd Academy Awards - Some Winners:

 Best Picture – “American Beauty”

Best actor - Kevin Spacey - "American Beauty"

Best actress - Hilary Swank - "Boys Don't Cry"

mariah carey divas 2000 facts history music timeline april  April - New cable cartoon channel as Turner launches “Boomerang”…  Paul, Ringo and George have written a book to set the record straight about the Beatles. The three of spent six years writing the 360-page “Beatles Anthology” to be published in Britain and the United States… Divas 2000 a tribute to Diana Ross. Also performing – Donna Summer, Destiny’s Child and Mariah Carey. Appearing – Angela Bassett, Hilary Swank & RuPaul…CBS puts a call out for a new reality show – “Big Brother.” They seek 10 people willing to be sequestered in a house together for more than three months and have their moves chronicled by cameras and mics. The event lasts for 100 days.... “Survivor” a new summer reality adventure series will premiere on May 31. CBS has been teasing audiences about the new series and finally announced the premiere date... Reality TV under contestant surveillance again – this time, it’s CBS’ “Survivor.” Contestant Richard Hatch has been accused of physically abusing his son. The show begins a run on CBS on May 31. Fox caught a lot of flack for its “Who Wants to Marry A Multimillionare? In February after questions were raised about the finances of the would-be groom. It was revealed he had a restraining order against him by a former girlfriend...

"Maria Maria" - Santana/Product G

michael j fox last spin city episode may 2000 tv history timelineMay - Sting “Brand New Day” tour … Celebrities appearing on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” are bringing in the show’s biggest ratings. Celebrities such as Drew Carey and Rosie O’Donnell won nice money for their favorite charities. (Check the ratings next week). Lawsuit - LeeAnn Rimes accuses her father, Wilbur and her former co-manager of taking $millions from her over five years … KIIS-FM (Los Angeles) Wango Tango concert featuring ‘N Sync, Marc Anthony, Goo Goo Dolls and more…. Married – Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie… Disneyland says it will open its “California Adventure” theme park in February. The park occupies the old parking area of Disneyland at Anaheim. … ABC is airing promos on the departure of Michael J. Fox on “Spin City”…

Michael J. Fox On "Spin City"

Top albums – May, 2000

My Name is Joe – Joe

No Strings Attached – ‘N Sync

Heat – Toni Braxton

Skull & Bones – Cypress Hill

Dr. Dre 2001, Dr. Dre

Unleash the Dragon – Sisqo

Return of Saturn – No doubt

Writing’s on the Wall – Destiny’s Child

Romeo Must die – various artists

Supernatural - Santana 

NielsenTop TV Shows - May 15, 2000

Who Wants to be a Millionaire on Wednesday – 36.05

 

Millionaire on Monday – 35.87

Millionaire on Tuesday – 35.64

Millionaire on Thursday – 24.67

Millionaire on Sunday – 27.72

ER – 26.25

The Practice – 21.69

Drew Carey Show – 20.28

Friends – 20.01

Dharma & Greg – 20.00

"Breathe" - Faith Hill

eminem year 2000 trivia rap music photo  mrpopcultureJune - Rapper Eminem is arraigned in Macomb County Michigan on charges of felonious assault and carrying a concealed weapon… Country singer Tim McGraw is arrested for allegedly attacking deputies near Buffalo NY after headlining at the George Strait Country Music Festival… Singer Celine Dion undergoes two operations to improve her chances of becoming pregnant.... Tony Awards – “Contact” – best new musical. Susan Stroman – best director. .. 2000 MTV Movie Awards – “The Matrix” got best movie. Keanu Reeves – best male performance. Sarah Michelle Geller – best female performance… HBO debuts “Sex and the City”… Jillian Barbarie – the wacky, sexy weather girl on (LA) KTTV’s morning show gets a tryout on Regis Philbin’s show… PETA blasts the CBS-TV reality show “Survivor” because apparently, rats were eaten… Radio - Talker Don Imus (59) is hospitalized with multiple injuries after being thrown from a horse on his New Mexico ranch…. Dennis Miller is chosen as one of two new commentators to work alongside Al Michaels on “Monday Night Football.” Dan Fouts – former quarterback with the San Diego Chargers is the other… Michael J. Fox’s farewell on “Spin City” – earns the show its highest ratings with 32.76 million viewers....

"Be With You" - Enrique Iglesias

bobby brown trouble july 2000 facts history timelineJuly - Passing – Actor Walter Matthau. He was 79…. Harry Potter Fans from London to NY to Los Angeles camp out at bookstores for the next Harry Potter adventure to be release called “Goblet of Fire”… Singer Bobby Brown is released from jail 10 days early – serving only 63 days for violating parole…. Dr. Dre files a lawsuit against the city of Detroit and various members of the Detroit Police Department, citing violations of 1st Amendment rights after his July 6 performance in the city. He seeks $25 million after police blocked him from showing a video which reportedly depicts seminude women, sexual situations and violent crime scenarios…. United Paramount Network will continue but is dropping “United” and will be called the Paramount Network…

Kathy Lee Gifford does her last show on the syndicated, "Regis & Kathie Lee"...

Here're the final moments/ last show (video)

Dennis Miller is chosen as one of two new commentators to work alongside Al Michaels on “Monday Night Football.” Dan Fouts – former quarterback with the San Diego Chargers is the other....  

It's Gonna Be Me - N Sync

jennifer aniston nude picture backyard august 2000 facts history timelineAugust - The video for Madonna’s “Music” debuts on MTV and VH1 and three separate remixes… Warner Bros. music group. Sony Music entertainment, Universal and EMI are among those sued for compact disc price fixing. Prices should have gone down as the technology got better, but the groups colluded in price fixing – not go below a minimal level – so contends the suit... Nick Jr. debuts the cartoon ‘Dora the Explorer.” The character actually debuted on nrckjr.com in July. Dora goes inside a computer for her adventures...  Actress Jennifer Aniston who stars on “Friends” is suing Celebrity Skin for printing photos of her sunbathing topless in her backyard... Madonna gives birth to a baby boy. His name is Rocco Ritchie….  Rapper Eminem files for divorce from his wife, Kim – five weeks after she tried to commit suicide….“Mamma Mia” – a big hit play based on Abba hit songs, will launch in the U.S. Look for it November 15 in San Francisco…. The finale of “Survivor” gets 51.59 million viewers...

regis kathy lee september 2000 tv ratings history timeline September - Regis and Kathie Lee’s ratings shot up some 26% for her last week as co-host of the show… Live Aid 2000 near Washington. Wiilie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Barnaked Ladies and Crosby, Stills Nash & Young….  TNN – The Nashville Network is going away and will be re-branded as the National Network, It’ll have more general entertainment programming – but gone with be the mostly country music theme…Sting conducs a concert in Central Park. The sponsor will donate the money to city youth programs... Down the hatch - “Survivor” winner Richard Hatch  loses his book deal. He was bound by his CBS contract not to reveal details of life on the island. Oh well... New – Debuting this week – The Dr. Laura Schlessinger TV show. Will the radio psych guru make it on TV?...  Regis and Kathie Lee’s ratings shot up some 26% for her last week as co-host of the show! Guest hosts on the show will include Whoopi Goldberg, Raquel Welch and Gloria Estefan. The MTV Video Music Awards from New York City. Hosted by Shawn and  Marlon Wayans. With performances by – Christina Agullera, Blink 182, Eminem, Janet Jackson, ‘Nsync, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sisqo, Britney Spears.

Britney Spears Performs "Satisfaction" At the 2000 VMA's  

52nd Annual Emmy Awards and some winners –

Best drama series – “West Wing”

Best comedy series – “Will & Grace”

Best actor drama – James Gandofini – Sopranos

Best actress drama – Sela Ward – “Once and Again”

Best comedy series – “Will & Grace”

Best actor comedy – Michael J. Fox – “Spin City”

Best actress comedy – Patricia Heaton – “Everybody Loves Raymond”

MTV Video Music Awards - Eminem gets Video of the Year for, "The Real Slim Shady" 

CMA Awards The Dixie Chicks took for awards, including best entertainer at the CMA Awards.

They also received best album award for “fly,” best video for Goodbye Earl”

and best vocal group for the third straight year.

Also At CMA's - Faith Hill Got Female Vocalist Of The Year

garth brooks divorce sandy wife october 2000 music history country timelineOctober On “Saturday Night Live” – Rob Lowe with musical guest Eminem. Also on the season premiere – Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon are the new co-anchors of “Weekend Update"... On VH-1’s “Behind the Music” this week – Cat Stevens... On VH-1’s “Behind the Music” – Tiffany performs songs from her new album, “The Color of Silence.” Catch it later this month...  Garth Brooks and his wife Sandy are divorcing after 14 years of marriage…. Bruce Willis and Demi Moore end their 13-year marriage…New series on HBO – “Curb Your Enthusiasm” starring Larry David... Madonna guests on David Letterman’s show this week! She hasn’t been on a talkshow since 1994....Actress and model Lauren Hutton (55) was seriously injured when her motorcycle crashed 25 miles east of Las Vegas during a group ride with other celebrities... Six month strike - Hollywood’s longest strike (so far) – may be over as actors and ad agencies have reached a deal. The ad industry has agreed to two major demands from SAG and AFTRA  - they are… rate of payments to actors for advertising on cable-TV and cable-TV stations and ads made for the Internet.  

"Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" - Christine Aguilera

bernard shaw leaving cnn november 2000 tv news history timelineNovember -  Passing - Steve Allen - Actor/comedian/author/composer. He was 78…. Producers of “Live With Regis” won’t even let ex co-host Kathie Lee Gifford run paid advertisements on the show - commercials for her new album – they want separation… Radio - ABC drops the Sunday “Drudge Report” heard on 135 stations… After 33 years as host of “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, Fred Rogers tapes his last episode next month. He’s 71… Bernard Shaw , a staple on CNN for 20 years will leave the network after his contract expires in February…. Elton John admits to lavish living – and spends up to $2.15 million a month. “I have no one to leave the money to.” “I like spending my moneySome 9 million saw Madonna’s concert at London’s Brixton Academy on the Internet - that according to Microsoft…. After five seasons - Chris Rock is ending his HBO program - “The Chris Rock Show”…

"Independent Woman Part 1 - Destiny's Child

robert downey jr trouble december 2000 facts history timelineDecember - Axl Rose will unveil the new Guns ‘n Roses with a New Year’s show at the House of Blues in Las Vegas... Yoko Ono does a live web chat to mark the 20th anniversary of John Lennon’s death... Touring – joint concert with Billy Joel and Elton John... More trouble as actor Robert Downey Jr. is charged with felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of the prescription depressant diazepam (Valium) and being under the influence of a controlled substance….  Madonna will marry British actor Guy Ritchie in Scotland on December 22… Sting will perform on the Super Bowl XXV pregame show along with Styx. Ray Charles is set to sing  “America the Beautiful” and the Backstreet Boys will perform the national anthem.

The Year 2000 In News Headlines And Information

January 1 -

CBS News - No Y2K Problem 

More January 1 - New Years day – President Clinton offered a “prayer for the new millennium” in behalf of the nation during services at Washington National cathedral, giving thanks “for the promise of the new century” and asking divine guidance “in helping us to make the most of it”…  President Boris N. Yeltsin, apologizing for his failure to lead Russia into the future – steps down with power going to Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin – who has taken over as President…. Goodbye Snoopy – as creator Charles Schulz does his last Peanuts strip which ran in newspapers for the last time January 3….  Wall Street closes 1999 with record highs, as technology stocks were the driving force in the U.s. market in 1999. … Papa John’s International Inc must stop using its “Better Ingredients, Better Pizza” slogan in three weeks or pay rival Pizza Hut $486,000. In a suit, Pizza Hut says its rival falsely implied in ads that it uses fresh ingredients and its rivals don’t. …

alan greenspan year 2000 timeline news history  mrpopculture January 8 - The Dow hits an all-time high of 11,522.56…. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan calls higher rates the necessary medicine to bring down the temperature of n economy overheated by soaring stock prices…. The Postal Service says it will seek a one-cent increase in the price of a first-class tamp - bringing the cost to 34 cents by early next year…

January 15 - After a warrant was issued for his arrest, Michael Skakel , under suspicion from the start in the killing of Martha Moxley  ack in 1975, turns himself in. He’ll probably plead innocent…

President Clinton Year 2000 State of the Union

January 22 - Presidential caucuses - Both Al Gore and George W. Bush win in Iowa… The Supreme Court rule that the government can curb money given to political candidates – limiting how much money the rich can give…

hilary clinton announces NY senate candidacy  february 2000 timelineFebruary 1 - Hillary Rodham Clinton announces her candidacy for the Senate from New York – ending months of speculation. .. John McCain beats George W. in the New Hampshire primary!... Acting Russian President Vladimir V. Putin declares that federal forces have taken control of Grozny, the war-torn capital of Chechnya…. An Alaska Airlines jetliner en route from Puerto Vallarta to San Francisco and Seattle with 88 on board, crashes into the Pacific Ocean not far from Los Angeles. Apparently, it had lost control of the horizontal stabilizer, the wing-like portion of the tail that controls the up and down pitch of the nose. …. 

February 8 - President Clinton sends Congress a $1.8-trillion federal budget... President Clinton proposed spending $20 million to help states find ways to offer paid leave to working parents in need. Americans should not be forced to choose between their family and their job, he said... John W. McCain pulls all his negative TV advertising and urged rival George W. Bush to do the same. Bush rejected McCain’s proposal, saying he does not consider his ads negative... The space shuttle Endeavour roared off the launch pad at the start of a long-delayed mission that is aimed at producing the best-ever three-dimensional images of the Earth’s surface... A strong surge in the second quarter gives U.S. productivity growth its best year in 1999 – the best in seven years. The full-year gain was 2.9% - amazing this far into a boom... The FAA orders the inspection of more than 1,100 airliners after metal shavings were found in the horizontal stabilizer mechanisms of two jet airliners... The U.S. pregnancy rate is the lowest it has been for 20 years with the sharpest drop among teens, the government reports... President Clinton says that researchers and the public – not just a small group of drug and biotech companies – should have ready access to the human genetic code – a key to new drugs and medical treatments... Near London - The hijackers of an Afghan airliner have released 8 more hostages and 150 hostages still remain. 

 bill clinton social security laws february 2000 timeline factsFebruary 15 - President Clinton and key congressional Republicans agree to seek a major change in social Security laws that would allow Americans 65 and older to earn unlimited wages or salary without losing any federal retirement benefits... The government announces the biggest-ever trade deficit - some $270 billion last year... The AFL-CIO, in a dramatic shift, urges amnesty for millions of undocumented workers and the repeal of a law that criminalizes hiring them... A new case of “mad cow” disease is detected in France – the seventh since the beginning of the year...  A key physician at the FDA urges the drug Rezulin be withdrawn, saying “preventable live failure” may occur if the diabetes pill remains on the market. Rezulin, which the FDA made one of the fastest-approved prescription drugs over the last decade, has generated $1.8 billion in sales since March 1997. It’s manufactured by Warner-Lambert Co... George W. Bush romps to a decisive victory in the South Carolina presidential primary, blunting John McCain and firmly reestablishing his command of the race for the GOP nomination... As Serbs sang nationalist songs and cheered on their side of the city of Kosovska Mitrovica, NATO troops battled a surging crowd of about 70 thousand ethnic Albanians with tear gas to prevent a potential.. The AFL-CIO, in a dramatic shift, urges amnesty for millions of undocumented workers and the repeal of a law that criminalizes hiring them. … A new case of “mad cow” disease is detected in France – the seventh since the beginning of the year…

February 22 - In NY – a jury acquits four police officers of all charges in the killing of Amadou Diallo – whose death sparked massive protests and raised racial tensions. The acquitted police are white and he was from West Africa... Envoy out - U.S. officials say Jose Imperatori, vice consul at the Cuban Interests Section in Washington – is expelled from the country because he was spying... Former President George Bus is admitted to a hospital with an irregular heartbeat after feeling ill at a reception... John McCain wins primaries in Arizona and Michigan... John McCain talks tough to the Christian right – calling George W. Bush a “Pat Robertson Republican who will lose to Al Gore”... China warned Taiwan that dragging out negotiations for reunification might provoke the mainland to attack... Democrats Al Gore and Bill Bradley debate on the stage of Harlem’s Apollo Theater in their most combative debate yet. They discussed racial profiling among other subjects... Betty Lou Beets – a 62-year-old woman was executed by injection after Gov. George W. Bush rejected her claim that she killed her fifth husband in self-defense and deserved a reprieve. She’s the fourth woman to be executed in the U.S. since the Supreme Court in 1976 allowed the death penalty to resume... Bogota Colombia holds “a day without cars.” No cars – just walking and bikes... Passing – Comic strip artist Fred Rhoads. He was 78... Tony Harding is in trouble again. The former figure skater is arrested for allegedly throwing a hubcap at her live-in boyfriend and punching him in the face. Her live-in boyfriend of three years, Darren Silver, face bloodied and bruised, said his girlfriend was hooking like Mike Tyson.   

March 1 - Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC decides to lift its half-century ban on interracial dating, stunning students and the fundamentalist Christian school’s supporters... A gunman torched his apartment and went on a shooting rampage, john mccain news march 2000 timeline campaign facts timelinekilling two men and wounding three others in Wilkinsburg, PA... John McCain accuses Republican rival George W. Bush of filling the airwaves with million o dollars worth of misleading attack ads, including one financed by a pair of wealthy brothers from Texas... Hundreds of lad-off black Coca-Cola employees rallied – calling the company’s massive job cuts ‘ethnic cleansing” and accusing the soft drink giant of severely mistreating workers... A 6-year-old boy points a gun at a classmate in Mount Morris Township (Michigan) and kills her. Dead is 6-year-old Kyla Rolland... A federal judge gives the Arizona Democratic party the green light to hold the nation’s first binding election that will accept ballots from the Internet... A jury convicts Maria Hsia – an ex Al Gore backer for illegal donations to the Democratic Party’s 1996 candidates... Andrei Babitsky, the correspondent for U.S-funded Radio Liberty – is freed from custody after acting President Vladimir V. Putin intervened. He had mysteriously disappeared in January... Keiko, the killer whale star of the “free Willy” movies swam out of his pen into the enclosed waters of a remote Icelandic bay to the delight of a nature group preparing him for a return to the wild... Oil prices hit a nine-year high as it hits $31 a barrel. 

clinton president year 2000 timeline  trivia  news history  mrpopcultureMarch 8 - The House votes to hike the minimum wage to $6.15…. President Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair declare that the soon-to-be-deciphered human genetic code should be freely available to the public and not end up the private property of a few corporations… Appearing on ABC-TV’s “This Week,’ President Clinton said the NRA was “ruthlessly brutal’ in helping defeat members of Congress who voted for laws such as the Brady Bill, which requires a waiting period for gun purchases and the ban on assault-type weapons…

NBC Nightly news w/Tom Brokaw - March 10, 2000

March 15 - Pro-Independence leader Chen Shui-Bian wins in Taiwan, as the Nationalists are ousted. Bian quickly called for reconciliation with China… President Clinton meets with Syrian President Hafez Assad in Switzerland and they discussed how to revive the stalled US – sponsored negotiations… As many as 470 followers of a doomsday cult burned to death in a church fire in a remote part of southwestern Uganda. The sect leader apparently lured followers into a church and the set it ablaze…Smith & Wesson, the largest maker of handguns has agreed to dozens of safety and marketing restrictions aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of children and criminals…

March 22 - On his own - Vladimir V. Putin defeats 10 other candidates and is elected as President of Russia…. The Pentagon says there is a disturbing level of gay harassment in the U.S. military and launches a new effort to enforce the ‘don’t ask” policy…. The Rev. Al Sharpton enters a New Jersey jail intending to serve a 10-day term on charges stemming from a July protest but was back on the street within two hours…The Supreme Court rules that a police officer may not stop and frisk a pedestrian based only on an anonymous caller’s tip…

elian gonzalez year 2000 news timeline trivia history  photo  mrpopculture April 1 - Juan Miguel Gonzalez – the father of Elian Gonzalez arrives in Washington – for what’s being anticipated as a “dramatic” father-and-son reunion. He’ll sit down with federal law enforcement officials to begin a case for the return of his son…. Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush win presidential primaries in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin….  The .com bubble is popped - The Nasdaq loses 349 points – its worst single day loss (so far). Investors were exiting Internet, semiconductor and computer shares amid a decline that began three weeks ago…. 

April 8 President Clinton says he neither wants nor would seek a pardon for any crimes he may have committed in office... Bill Gates’ charitable foundation has pledged $10 million for what would be the biggest Capitol Hill construction project – a $265-million underground visitors center... Jurors in Miami order tobacco companies to pay $12.7 million in damages to three representatives of a giant class of ailing Florida smokers... Texas Gov. George W. Bush promised to improve access to medical care for the poor, adding $4.4 billion to his growing package aimed at those struggling to reach middle class... A federal appeals court issues a temporary order blocking any move by the U.S. to send Elian Gozalez back to Cuba while his relatives and dad remain stalemated over who should have custody... A federal appeals court rules that Border patrol agents may not consider an individual’s “Hispanic appearance” as a factor in deciding whether to stop motorists for questioning near the U.S.-Mexican border... Near Tucson - 19 Marines die in the crash of an MTV-22 Osprey aircraft... Astronomers spot the most distant object ever observed (so far), a quasar 26 billion light years away... Nasdaq Keeps Falling - .com Bubble Down it goes - The Nasdaq slips 132 points to 4,055.90... 

 April 15 - Wall Street suffers its worst collapse since the 1987 market crash as panic selling wipes out hundreds of billions of dollars. The Dow drops 617 and Nasdaq falls 355 points. The latest plunge added to already substantial losses among the tech stocks, shares that had rocketed to unprecedented levels in January and February…. A federal appeals court rules that Elian Gonzalez must remain in America while it continues to assess his legal right to seek asylum. In Miami’s Little Havana community, a hundred people are keeping vigil outside the home where 6-year-old Elian is living… Elian Gonzalez Story 

 

April 23 - Another cabbie dead - The fatal shooting of a livery cab driver in New York City makes it the ninth such slaying this year…. Elian Gonzalez is reunited with his father after a SWAT team rushed the home of the Cuban’s boy’s Miami relatives and seized Elian from a back bedroom closet. …Richard Baumhammers, 34-year-old white attorney sped across two suburban counties in a killing rampage that killed five near Pittsburgh…

May 1 - President Clinton plans on requiring meat product companies to test their factories for the deadly Listeria bacterium in an effort to cut the number of deaths and illnesses from it – to half by 2005. Listeria strikes about 2000 people a year – about the same as E.coli bacterium – but more die from Listeria... Kinder? - The Irish Republican Army vows to put its weapons “completely and verifiably" out of commission and to allow regular inspections of its arms depots... Huge rally in Washington as hundreds of thousands gather for a show of pride for gay rights... Female sexual satisfaction just got a lift - The FDA has approved its first female sex aid. The eros device increases blood flow to the genital area... Secretary of State Madeleine Albright lashes the entire U.S diplomatic corps for a rash of security scandals. She said she is both humiliated and infuriated by the series of security breaches including the disappearance of a laptop full of top-secret information... The U.S unemployment rate hits 3.9% - a 30-year-low. That’s down from 4.1% in March... Passing – NY Cardinal John O’Connor – oldest active bishop. He was 80... In Colorado – 350-pound Darrell Moore is in jail for murder after he suffocated his wife by lying on her for 15 minutes. They were arguing over her drinking... The National Highway traffic safety Administration will require a new generation of air bags that is less likely to harm small children...

vladimir putin takes oath as russias president may 2000 facts history timelineMay 8 - Vladimir V. Putin takes the oath as Russia’s President at a Kremlin ceremony... Lethal postwar Yugo - More trouble in Yugoslavia as Bosko Peroseric – a senior member of Serbia’s ruling socialist party, has been gunned down at a farmers fair... The FDA rules that saline-filled breast implants made by two companies can stay on the market despite warnings that they break open at “alarmingly high” rates... Former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards, who was known for nod-and-a-wink politics but always escaped prosecutors, was convicted for the first time on charges he extorted hundreds of thousands of dollars from those who applied for riverboat casino licenses... Television evangelist Pat Roberson, a powerful voice in the Republican Party said that Sen. John McCain of Arizona would be a “dangerous” choice as Texas Gov. George W. Bush’s vice-presidential running mate. Robertson said on “Meet the Press” that McCain displayed an “intemperate” character during the primary season... Philip Duran – pleads guilty to helping Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold get one of the guns they used in the Columbine High School massacre... Six thousand people crammed a theater to show support for condemned murderer and radio journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal in New York. Meanwhile – off-duty police officers held a counter rally for the Philadelphia officer Abu-Jamal was convicted of killing... 

 May 15 - 54 soldiers – some of whom are U.N peacekeepers taken hostage by rebels in Sierra Leone, are freed… Mayor Rudolph Giuliani dropped out of the U.S. Senate race against Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying the pressures dealing with prostate cancer would prevent him from devoting full attention to his campaign… Another Hollywood “madam” – Jody “Babydoll” Gibson – will get 3 years in prison for her high-priced prostitution ring. …Bobby Frank Cherry and Thomas Blanton Jr. – are charged with murder in the infamous 1963 bombing of a black Birmingham church that killed four young girls…

 May 22 - Israeli troops pull out of southern Lebanon after a 22-year presence…. President Clinton meets with South African President Thabo Mbeki and agrees with him that the U.S. and other wealthy countries must do their part to help reverse the spread of AIDS in Africa….In Queens, NY - John Taylor and Craig Godineaux – accused of the execution-style slayings of five people during a robbery at a Wendy’s restaurant – are charged with multiple counts of murder…

June 1 - Summit in Moscow – President Clinton and President Vladimir V. Putin agree on the missile defense threat, but disagree on its solution... The Supreme Court strikes down a Washington state law that authorized a judge to order that a child be turned over to her grandparents for weekend visits. The Court says that parents have the fundamental right to decide what is best for their children... George W. Bush accused the federal government of mishandling and unfairly denying benefits for veterans... Gov. George W. Bush, campaigning for president as a “compassionate conservative,” blocked a scheduled execution of a convicted killer (Ricky McGinn) by approving his first reprieve in a Texas death penalty case... Vice President Al Gore announces a three-point proposal to make it easier for parents of find affordable and high-quality day care... Chicago/Robert Fulton Elementary School - A car drove into a school playground as a crowd gathered for an awards assembly. At least 11 were injured – mostly children... A federal appeals court rules that illegal immigrants seeking to stay in the U.S. can’t be disqualified simply because they used fake Social Security cards to work... Satellite slammed - The Compton Gamma Ray Observatory after nine years of studies of the universe, was deliberately slammed into the atmosphere where it broke up and fell in a shower of hot metal over a remote stretch of the Pacific Ocean...  Frank Bainimarama – Fiji’s new military ruler says that it might be years before democratic elections can be held... Unemployment rose to 4.1% last month – up from 3.9%. 

June 8 - U.S. District Judge Thomas Jackson orders Microsoft Corp. to be broken up into two companies for at least 10 years. Bill Gates calls the action unwarranted and will appeal...  Argentina - President Fernando de la Rua issues a formal apology for his country’s role in harboring nazi war criminals after World War II... Thousands of Syrians bid a somber farewell to President Hafez Assad, the man they called the “Lion of Damasus” and the only leader many here had ever known... In Tokyo - President Clinton pays his final respects to late Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi at a state funeral and met with South Korean President Kim Dae Jung in advance of next week’s summit between the leaders of North and South Korea... The Los Almos National Lab has suspended six managers and senior scientists as part of an investigation into the disappearance of two computer hard drives filled with nuclear weapons secrets... The Supreme Court says employees can’t  sue their HMO for putting cost concerns before the quality of medical care... The U.S. Court of Appeals agrees to hear Microsoft Corp’s appeal of the landmark antitrust case... More than 50 civilians are left dead in Congo strife as Rwandan and Ugandan troops trade fire... The House approves a Republican-backed plan to phase-out the death tax. Clinton could veto it, but it may have enough votes to succeed anyway... George W. Bush disagrees with a newspaper report that said that dozens of inmates have been executed although their defenses were marred by unreliable evidence, disbarred or suspended defense attorneys and questionable psychiatric testimony in his state of Texas... In Philadelphia – Texas governor George W. Bush chided the Clinton administration for failing short in its efforts to “reinvent government” and pledged to save $88 million over five years – a leaner government...  Rep. Rick Lazio is running neck-and-neck with Hillary Clinton for the New York senate seat

 June 15 - Enemies Ethiopia and Eritrea sign a U.S. backed cease-fire agreement designed to halt their two- year war…. The Supreme Court rejects student-led prayers in the public schools, insisting that the Constitution demands a strict separation of church and state… Rabbi Fred Neulander of New Jersey is indicted on a charge of capital murder in the killing of his wife. Two men pleaded guilty to killing Carol Neulander in 1994…

madeleine albright china meeting june 2000 timeline history factsJune 22 - Madeleine Albright meets with China’s top leaders in Beijing. They discussed improved relations between the two superpowers... A Chinese twin-engine turboprop, struck by lightning – explodes in midair and crashes in central China killing all 42 on board... Philip Morris – parent of Kraft food agrees to purchase Nabisco Holdings for $14.9 billion...  Not yet. Even though President Clinton had announced on July 2, 1999 that the bald eagle was back from the brink of extinction after a three-decade struggle, the U.S. fish and Wildlife Service is not ready to remove the American bald eagle from the endangered species list in time for Fourth of July... The House passes legislation to require the disclosure of secret donors and expenditures by tax-exempt political committees... Campaigning – George W. Bush said that Al Gore was being hypocritical for lambasting oil companies for high has prices when Gore himself advocated higher gas taxes to encourage conservation...  Al Gore releases a transcript of his sworn testimony to the Justice Department prosecutor who is recommending the appointment of an outside counsel to investigate whether gore told the truth about his 1996 campaign fundraising. He says – he did not lie... The Supreme Court rules that the constitution does require police to warn suspects their rights... Elian Gonzalas returns to his homeland of Cuba ending his highly politicized international battle... The Vatican unveils a 62-line hand-written account by Lucia de Jesus dos Santos of what she saw as a 10-year-old shepherd in a pasture near Fatima, Portugal on July 13, 1917... Gary Graham dies by lethal injection after a protracted last-ditch legal battle and clear evidence of a struggle before he entered the Texas death chamber. 

vladimir putin year 2000 trivia  history news  photo  mrpopculture timelineJuly 1 - President Vladimir V. Putin has ordered Russian security officials to improve their performance in Chechnya in the wake of bomb attacks that have killed more than 30 people in the breakaway province…. President-elect Vicente Fox of Mexico says his goal is to attack corruption and crime in the country. … Gov. George W. Bush of Texas joins a small-town Fourth of July parade in Belton. “I love the Fourth of July. I love Texas,” said Bush to the crowd of 2,000…. President Clinton presides over a large gathering of sailing and military vessels in New York’s harbor for the Fourth of July. Thousands of pleasure boats cruised the harbor…. Tens of thousands make their way to Washington to see – the Dalai Lama – who gave an hour-long discourse on Buddhist teaching. His appearance was the apex of a two-week Tibetan exhibit at the Smithsonian Folkife festival. The crowd on the Mall was estimated at 50,000…

July 8 - Protestant hard-liners in Belfast march by the tens of thousands and vowed to protest until they regain the right to parade past Roman Catholic areas... Peace summit at Camp David opens with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat... Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens is denied entry into Israel and gets deported. The government there says that during a 1988 trip to Israel, Islam delivered tens of thousands of dollars to Hamas – then enemy... Vice President Al Gore challenges Texas Gov. George W. Bush to pick up the phone, call the Republican leaders of Congress and ask them to break the logjam on issues ranging from raising the minimum wage to paying for prescription drug benefits under Medicare... Gloomy projections announced at the 13th international Aids Conference say that life expectancies in some African countries will soon drop below the age of 30 because of the staggering number of AIDS deaths.... Police fired bullets and tear gas at rioters who smashed bus windows and shouted slogans against Iran’s Islamic government in the latest outburst of political unrest in Tehran. 

 July 15 -  Landmark class action case – the tobacco industry loses big in Florida – as a jury awards $145 billion in punitive damages to Florida smokers who became sick or died as a result of addiction to cigarette smoking….Tom Welch and Dave Johnson – two top officials of Salt Lake City’s bid for the 2002 Winter Olympic games are indicted on a range of criminal charges. Prosecutors say the bid included over $1 million in illegal gifts… 

July 24 -  The Israeli-Palestinian summit at Camp David is a bust. At issue was the future of Jerusalem.  The Republicans open their national convention in Philadelphia …Gov. George W. Bush chooses Dick Cheney as his vice presidential running mate….  Trailing fire – An Air France Concorde destined for New York crashes just after takeoff from Charles de Gaulle Airport near Paris, killing all 109 people on board and four more on the ground.  It was the first crash of a Concorde in its 30-year-history…

ABC-TV News - Concorde Crashes

August 1 - Republican convention in Philadelphia – Dick Cheney accepts the vice presidential nomination with a promise of “a better way and a stiff dose of truth”...  Vice presidential nominee Dick Cheney charges that Washington has grown increasingly dysfunctional in recent years because of “weak leadership” from a White House that is preoccupied with politics instead of policy... President Clinton vetoes a Republican-backed bill that would but taxes for most married couples – the so-called marriage penalty tax... A dead robin infected with the West Nile virus is found in a Boston neighborhood, confirming mosquitoes are spreading the potentially fatal disease locally... The FDA approves the Bristol-Myers Squibb’s new diabetes drug “Glucovance,” which helps patients control their blood sugar better than some existing pills... A military court in Wuerzburg, Germany sentences Army soldier Frank Ronghi to life in prison without parole for killing an 11-yearold ethnic Albanian girl while on peacekeeping duty in Kosovo... Sears, Roebuck & Co. suspends sales of several popular Firestone sport utility tires pending a federal probe of scores of accidents caused by tread failures... Speaking of SUV’s – Ford rolls out its next-general explorer – a redesign crucial to its efforts to maintain its market share of sport utility vehicles... Queen Elizabeth turns 100 – as tens of thousands of well wishers turn out at Buckingham Palace. 

al gore choses lieberman august 2000 timeline politics facts historyAugust 8Al Gore selects U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut to be his running mate. Lieberman thus becomes the first Jew in U.S. history to be part of a presidential ticket. Firestone Tires launches a giant tire recall – as some 6.4 million tires are being recalled... News Corp. agrees to buy BHC Communications and its 10 Chris-Craft TV stations for $5.5 billion in stock... FEMA Director James Lee Witt tours fire-blackened Montana where flames had swept through the small town of Wickes... Touring fire-damaged Idaho – President Clinton toured an area near the Payette National Forest by helicopter seeing firsthand one of dozens of blazes raging through 11 Western states..

 August 15 - Russia ends the search for submarine survivors on the Kursk and asks Norway to help retrieve the 118 men now dead in the flooded vessel... Democrat convention in Los Angeles –President Clinton appears on opening night and talks about his accomplishments...  Caroline Kennedy addresses the crowd - “As I look across this hall and across the country, I know that my father’s spirit lives on” said Ms. Kennedy in a rare appearance...  Al Gore says he is “my own man” and pledged to build a “better, fairer, more prosperous America.” Earlier, Joseph Lieberman accepted the Democratic v/p nomination a vowed to “break down the barriers” that limit the nation’s possibilities”... Performing at the convention – rockers “Rage Against the Machine"... Liberty Mutual agrees to purchase half of Sony’s Game Show Network for $275 million. .. President Clinton signs legislation pledging over $400 million to fight AIDS and other infectious diseases in Africa and around the world... The Justice Department awarded more than $7 million in grants to seven states to begin clearing a large backlog of DNA genetic samples obtained from convicted criminals and never analyzed...  

rudolph giuliani year 2000 trivia history  news  photo  timeline   mrpopcultureAugust 22 - George W. Bush says he welcomes prime-time debates with Democratic rival Al Gore and is not shying away from such debates... The Supreme Court halts Californians from legally giving marijuana to those who are sick or ill.  California passed an initiative four years ago that allowed seriously ill patients to obtain marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation and since, those who demonstrated a medical need were given the weed... President Clinton warns Nigerians that their impressive new democracy will be imperiled unless it gets AIDS under check “AIDS can rob a country of its future,” said Clinton in Abuja, Nigeria... South Korea - 63 former North Korean spies return to their homeland after decades in prison... Russian President Vladimir Putin assumed political responsibility for the deaths of 118 sailors after their nuclear submarine Kursk sank. He vowed to save Russia’s military from the post-Soviet “disintegration” that he said was promoted by some of his leading critics....  NY mayor Rudolph Giuliani is peeved at billboard ads taken out by PETA. They show him wearing a milk mustache and asking” “Got prostate cancer.” It’s tasteless and inappropriate to exploit my illness and it also takes advantage of my position as the mayor for advertising purposes,” said the Mayor. PETA is trying to link drinking milk with prostate cancer... Publishers Clearing House agrees to reform $16 million to customers under a settlement. The company had used deceptive sweepstakes promotions to get customers to buy magazines...Guadalupe Buendia – a Mexican political boss, is arrested on charges that she masterminded a riot last week that left 15 dead... The blast that took TWA flight 800 down, is believed to be that of a sparked or short circuit in the fuel tank.  

 September 1 - Over 150 dignitaries on hand - The United Nations hosts the largest gathering of world leaders. President Clinton told the gathering, that hopes with peace rest with them….   Republicans air an aid that mocks Al Gore for raising money in a Buddhist temple and saying he helped invent the Internet… Tape recordings released from President Kennedy’s library documented tension in the White House after the Cuban missile crisis as Kennedy debated whether the U.S. should promise not to invade Cuba. It clearly showed that Kennedy was in charge... President Clinton vetoes the Republican’s estate tax repeal – so – it’s on again... President Clinton announces he will leave the decision on deployment of a national missile shield to his successor... Over 150 dignitaries on hand - The United Nations hosts the largest gathering or world leaders. President Clinton told the gathering, that hopes with peace rest with them... Mitsubishi Motors Corp. President Katsuhiko Kawasoe plans to resign to take responsibility for a 20-year cover-up of customer complaints that led to the recall of million vehicles... A federal safety agency warned consumers that 1.4 million more Firestone tires are subject to the same deadly problems that forced the recall of about 6.4 million tires... Yolande Bobb – tried to approach First Lady Hillary during a parade in NYC and bit a Secret Service agent who stopped her. He’s OK... The Vatican instructs Roman Catholics to uphold the dogma that their church is the sole path to spiritual salvation for al humanity...  Republicans air an aid that mocks Al Gore for raising money in a Buddhist temple and saying he helped invent the Internet... A 5.2 quake hits the Napa Valley area of California. Not much damage. But 40 people were injured. 

September 8 - Los Alamos nuclear weapon scientist Wen Ho Lee is finally released from prison after being there for nine months and no trial.  Lee pleaded guilty to one felony charge if illegally retaining national defense information and was sentenced to the 278 days he was served since he was arrest. 58 other counts were dismissed... The European Union lifts diplomatic sanctions against Austria that have been in place for seven months...Firestone Tires says it takes full blame for producing defective tires and that quality control problems are factors in their tread failures. 

September 15 - After six years – Impendent counsel Robert W. Ray is ending the Whitewater investigation – and finds insufficient evidence they Clinton’s did anything criminal. … President Clinton said he was troubled that former Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee was kept in jail for months without bail and was released after a plea agreement….Dick Cheney accuses the Clinton-Gore administration of letting Saddam Hussein “slip off the Hook” by failing to maintain the “robust” weapon-inspection program imposed upon Iraq after the Persian Gulf War…

September 23 - The FDA gives final approval to the abortion pill RU-486, thus allowing more doctors to provide abortion “service”… Green Party candidate Ralph Nader draws more than 8,000 paying supporters at a Seattle rally. Said Nader - “This is a great turnout. This crowd is bigger than my whole hometown in Connecticut”…

milosevic defeated in yugoslavia election october 2000 facts history pop timeline imageOctober 1 - In Paris – Palestinian and Israeli leaders fail to reach a deal to pull back army units and a call to stop fighting. Earlier this week – Palestinian and Israeli forces clashed – with 12 dead and 500 hurt on the West Bank... In Boston – George W. and Al Gore debate. Hot topics were abortion, prescription drugs and taxes... President Slovodan Milosevic is defeated in Yugoslavia’s presidential elections He was defeated by Vojislav Kostunica... Debate – VP nominees Dick Cheney and Joseph Lieberman go at it in Kentucky... Mayor Rudolph Giuliani angrily denied reported Justice Department findings that a division of the New York Police department engaged in racial profiling while conducting an aggressive campaign of street searches... Inmates who claim they were wrongfully convicted have a constitutional right to request DNA testing that might prove their innocence, a federal judge ruled...

October 8 - Six sailors dead - A bomb carried by two on a small boat blasts a hole on the USS Cole in the port of Aden. President Clinton denounced the explosion as a “despicable and cowardly act” and vowed, “We will find out who was responsible and hold them accountable”… Palestinians tear apart a Jewish shrine in the West Bank and violence spreads to the northern border. Prime Minister Ehud Barak declares that Israel is in a fight for its life. He issued an ultimatum to PLO President Yasser Arafat to end the fighting within 48 hours... President Clinton vows to re-double his efforts to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord. This following the terrorist hit on a U.S Navy vessel that killed 6 U.S. sailors.... Space shuttle Discovery launches into orbit on NASA’s 100th shuttle flight, carrying seven astronauts on a crucial construction trip to the international space station... Both the Republicans and Democrats release new TV commercials as the race to President heats up. Both sides challenge candidates records among other things... Reflecting on nearly eight years in office, President Clinton said his tenure began with grand ideas such as health care reform that fell victim to political naiveté. It will end with a graceful step to the sidelines in January. “I don’t think the new president, whoever it is, will have problems with me acting like I wished I were still president,” said Clinton... Another debateGeorge W. and Al Gore go at it again. Hot topics were foreign policy issues and domestic affairs. The debate was at Wake-Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC... Several recent polls have shown Hillary R. Clinton edging ahead of Rick Lazio in the New York senate race.  

President Clinton Addresses USS Cole Attack

president clinton violence against women october 2000 facts history image timelineOctober 23  - Historic trip - Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and North Korean leader Kim Jon III meet in North Korea. U.S. officials say the talks were “very useful”... President Clinton vetoes a spending bill – just after House Republican leaders scuttled a bipartisan agreement on education funding... President Clinton, noting that a woman is beaten in America every 12 seconds, signed legislation reinforcing the violence Against Women Act by covering women abused by their boyfriends, helping battered immigrant women and attacking international traffic inhuman beings... President Clinton said that a Republican victory next month could move the Supreme Court “way to the right’ and lead to a new era of “ultraconservative judicial activism”... Their first free elections - Kosovo Albanian voters line up to cast ballots in municipal elections!... Speaking in South Bend, Joseph Lieberman called for a spiritual awakening, that there is unease about the moral future of the country... Russian divers – entering the wreck of the submarine Kursk and retrieved the first of dozens of bodies. The sub sank back in August... Campaigning – Al Gore is in Michigan and George W. is in Texas. Bush and Gore are deadlocked in the polls. The race is getting bitter. Aides to George W. denounced a phone-calling campaign that attacks his record on nursing home care and suggested his policies contributed to a man’s death... Just after proclaiming himself president of Abidjan on the Ivory Coast, Gen. Robert Guei is forced from power by a revolt... AT&T says it will split into three firms....  

November 1 - Vice President Al Gore rejects President Clinton’s proposal to appear with him in key voter states. Some say it’s Gore’s anxiety about associating too closely with Clinton…. In Iowa - George Bush quells controversy stemming from his 1976 drunken driving arrest…. George Bush appears on the “Tonight” show on Monday and both Bush and Al Gore are set to appear on “Presidential Bash 2000” - a special prime-time Saturday Night Live special on Sunday…

w bush george  year 2000 trivia news history  photo  mrpopcultureNovember 8Who Won The Presidential Election? - Florida mess - Hopes are fading for a quick resolution as to the outcome of the presidential election. It seems that George Bush’s margin is dwindling as some votes get recounted. The chairman of Gore’s campaign threatens to sue, if necessary, to block bush from taking the White House and demands a hand count of several thousand ballots…. Election officials in Palm Beach County order a manual recount of 460,000 ballots after a limited had recount showed Al Gore picking up 19 votes… George W. Bush loses a federal court fight to block a hand count of hundreds of thousands of disputed presidential ballots in Florida…. The Nasdaq slips below the 3,000 mark for the first time in more than a year, probably because of disappointing earnings from HP…

CNN November 10 - Election/Florida Recount/Dangling Chads

November 15  - Florida debacle – Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris freezes George W. Bush’s lead in Florida and says she will declare a winner in several days after the final overseas ballots are tallied. Last tally – Bush is leading by 300 votes in Florida….. The Florida Supreme Court rules that manual recounting of presidential ballots could continue for several more days, handing a victory to Al Gore. Earlier the court ruled that hand counting of paper ballots could go on despite George W. Bush’s continuing legal efforts to stop the tallying…. 

al gore election goes to court november 2000 facts history information image timelineNovember 23 - The State of Florida certifies George W. Bush as election winner with a 537-vote edge…. The Supreme Court steps into the election mess. At issue is whether the results of the hand recounts in certain Florida counties should be thrown out…. Republican vice-presidential nominee Dick Cheney is recovering from what doctors are calling “a slight” heart attack. He should be well enough to have Thanksgiving dinner with his family…. Al Gore’s lawyers go to court formally to contest Florida election results. He asks for the public’s patience. He says he wants a single, full count of all the votes cast in Florida…. Partial victory for Gore - A Florida state judge orders thousands of ballots driven from South Florida to the state capital in Tallahassee under tight security…

December 1 - For the first time in its history – The Supreme Court may help decide who the next President may be, or they could let the Florida legislature decide. A ruling is expected next week... Attorneys for Al Gore tries to convince a county judge to throw open the presidential race by resuming the vote counting in Florida and order a canvass of thousands of disputed ballots... For now, it’s still governor, not president-elect Bush, Bush told “60 Minutes II” that there would be no role for his younger brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in his administration...  Vice President Al Gore says that he believes he still has a 50-50 chance of winning the presidency. He believes his future rests almost entirely in the hands of the Florida Supreme Court... A judge flatly rejects Al Gore’s bid to overturn Florida’s certified results.... 

ABC News w/Peter Jennings - December 7, 2000

al gore year 2000 news history trivia  photo  timeline  mrpopcultureDecember 8 - The Florida Supreme Court throws the election into another turmoil and orders a statewide recount of selected ballots. George Bush leads by 154 votes. Bush moved to block the decision, asking the Supreme Court for a temporary delay in the recount until an appeal could be filed…. Calling a halt to the counting of Florida’s disputed votes - A divided U.S. Supreme Court clears the way for Texas Gov. George W. Bush to become the nation’s 43 rd president, overturning a Florida Supreme Court decision allowing the hand tabulations sought by Vice President Gore…. After 36 days - the wait is over as George Bush is named the next President of the United States. Bush said, “Our nation must rise above a house divided”…

December 12, 2000 CNN Report

george w bush winner december 2000 presidential elections facts timelineDecember 15 - 106th Congress ends – as a final budget package is approved. The $1.8 trillion package includes increases in education and health care... California electricity crisis – blackouts could occur this weekend and power rationing is being discussed. Gov Gray Davis acknowledged that a rate hike is needed to save electrical utilities... President Clinton and First Lady Hillary salute the winners of this year’s National  Medal of the Arts and the National Humanities Medal.  Some of the 12 winners include Barbra Streisand, poet Maya Angelou, dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and jazz master Benner Carter... Jesse Jackson calls for a week of “moral outrage and indignation’ in response to what is being called the disenfranchisement of thousands of Florida voters during the presidential election’s aftermath. Is there a deep rift towards George W. Bush?... George W. Bush nominates retired general Colin Powell to be his secretary of State... President Clinton said that he is prepared to "stand and fight” if he is indicted after leaving office... George W. Bush visits Washington D.C for the first time since he was elected President and proposes a new energy policy and his tax-cut with congressional leaders...  Laura Bush meets with First Lady Hillary for tea at the White House... Meanwhile – Joseph Lieberman stops at Connecticut diners to thank voters for reelecting him to the senate while he ran as Al Gore’s running mate... New York City officials proposed a ban o the use of hand-held cellular phones while driving – the forefront of a nationwide move... New York Sen.-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton agreed to accept $8 million from publisher Simon & Schuster for a memoir dealing with her eight tumultuous years as first lady... Using just a hook and their gloved hands, space walking astronauts Carols Noriega and Joe Tanner tightened an overly slack solar wing on the international space station with surprising ease....

December 23 - President-elect George W. Bush chooses John Ashcroft to be attorney general…. President Clinton grants a pardon to Dan Rostenkowski - who use to chair the House ways and Means Committee before his conviction on fraud charges for mis-using office accounts to buy gifts for friends. 58 others were also pardoned….President Clinton signs legislation banning shark fining - the process of removing the fin from live sharks at sea and dumping the animals back into the water to die - all off U.S. waters…. Montgomery Ward announces will be closing all 250 stores - ending 128 years of business…

Year 2000  In Technology News And Information

January - Y2K FREE - Federal officials say that the rollover to year 2000 is “a major managerial accomplishment” well worth the effort and billions of dollars spent on it (Video Here) …. Microsoft just offered a $400 rebate to those buying their Internet access for $21.95 per month – but you had to agree on a three-year deal…. A big fizzle - Moving on – as technicians are putting Y2K behind them. At the height of the big scare, technicians, economists and doomsday analysts mobilized and toiled to fix programs with a stream of dire predictions. Critics say of course – that companies overreacted. About $225 billion was spent on the problem….   American Online and Time Warner announce they will merge in the largest business transaction in history - $163.4 billion… Walt Disney Co says its go.com will not longer compete as an all-purpose web portal with yahoo and AOL. The site has been around about a year. It will now focus on entertainment and leisure…

disney  go.com year 2000 trivia tech history  mrpopculture February -  Walt Disney’s go.com is losing money for Disney with a pro forma net loss during the quarter at $265 million… Microsoft unveils Windows 2000, the long-awaited program has been three years in the making and cost an estimated $1 billion in development costs. The launch was timed to coincide with a three-day Windows 2000 conference in San Francisco... Microsoft appeals to Congress to oppose a breakup of the company as talks to settle the government’s landmark antitrust case against the software giant have failed so far to produce the agreement 

March -  Playstation 2 goes on sale in Japan – and is being billed as a powerful new kind of video game player… Microsoft Corp. plans to spend more money to promote its new entertainment device – the X-Box. Though the X-Box won’t be available for sale until fall 2001, Microsoft has already been approaching advertising agencies to talk about its planned marketing blitz…. Nintendo has agreed to provide protective gloves to owners of a video game blamed for cuts, blisters and other hand injuries. It’s the “Mario party” game on the Nintendo 64 home game system. It can cause hand injury because players are encouraged to rapidly rotate a joystick with a grooved tip. Consumers report having to use the palms of their hands to rotate the joystick. … Pepsi-Cola is teaming up with Yahoo. In the deal – Pepsi will place Yahoo’s logo on 1.5 billion bottles of Pepsi soft drinks as well as on television and radio spots and on in-store displays. Yahoo will provide computerized systems that enable consumers who buy 20-ounce Pepsi and Mountain dew bottles to instantly redeem points printed inside bottle tops…. April -  GoTo.com – is a search engine providing users to a list of Web sites ranked in the order of how much money companies pay to have their web sites listed at the top of GoTo.com’s search results (bad idea)….  Sirius Satellite Radio will launch the first of three broadcast satellites for its audio service - Sirius-1 on June 28, Sirius-2 will follow in September and Sirius-3 in October. The company has line-up Ford, BMW, Jaguar, Maza, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and others to get radios in cars… A federal judge rules that MP3.com violates U.S copyright law – and the result – a dropping the stock $4.63 to $7… Qualcomm buys a 10% stake in NetZero for $144 million. … Amazon.com reports another big loss – but has a better forecast - $121.5 million. … Direct TV says it will offer high speed Internet service...

June - U.S. District Judge Thomas Jackson orders Microsoft Corp. to be broken up into two companies for at least 10 years. Bill Gates calls the action unwarranted and will appeal… . The U.S. Court of Appeals agrees to hear Microsoft Corp’s appeal of the landmark antitrust case…  Walt Disney and 11 other entertainment companies seek to shut down recordtv.com - a site that enables users to record television shows and watch them online… Microsoft unveils Microsoft.net – an attempt to incorporate the PC into an Internet-based world that is moving away from PC’s and instead – use a host of new devices that rely on more powerful servers and less computing power…Microsoft unveils Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA Server 2000) – a new Web software for businesses – to shield Web servers from attacks that can crash computer systems....  The FCC clears the way for AT&T to purchase MediaOne Group Inc for $54.7-billion.... AOL reports that vandals had broken into its AOL service and gained access to an undisclosed number of member accounts...  Walt Disney and 11 other entertainment companies seek to shut down recordtv.com – a site that enables users to record television shows and watch them online. The site began three months ago by one person... More AOL – says it has submitted a proposal to the Internet Engineering Task Force outlining how it could make its instant-messaging system work with competing systems. The FCC, in reviewing AOL’s planned merger with Time Warner, had asked the companies to address concerns raised by rivals regarding AOL’s practice of blocking instant messages from consumers using other software. AOL said it submitted a proposal to the Internet Engineering Task Force – a volunteer organization that makes recommendations for tech standards...    Oracle Corp – the second largest software maker admits it hired a detective agency to investigate groups that supported rival Microsoft... Amazon.com shares fall 19% after a brokerage firm warned investors that the company’s financial outlook may be weakened... DVD’s creating new market for older movies. For example “Ghostbusters” was recently released on DVD and 400,000 sold. Fewer than 10% of U.S. households now have a DVD player – so the potential is enormous... Microsoft unveils Microsoft.net – an attempt to incorporate the PC into an Internet-based world that is moving away from PC’s and instead – use a host of new devices that rely on more powerful servers and less computing power... New domain extension - .tv is getting used more and more.

Microsoft Commercial - Internet Software

apple year 2000 history  colored imac  tech  trivia  mrpopculture July -  Apple Computer introduces new colored iMacs.Time Warner wants to offer Internet service over its cable network… Filing-sharing site, Napster is ordered to shut down or stop allowing its 20 million users to stop swapping copyrighted material. The company has until midnight the same day. But wait - Napster is granted a last-minute reprieve by a federal appeal court, reversing a judge’s order that would have shut down the service by midnight…

August - Soon to be introduced - over 1,600 companies are now committed to the universal Bluetooth standard. Bluetooth is a wireless technology that links electronic devices together. One of the first devices is a wireless cell phone headset….  September - A federal judge rules that mp3.com violated music copyrights and awards Universal Music Group at least $117 million in damages. It’s the largest copyright award ever…. Now available - The Nomad Juke MP-3 player. This small portable features a 6-gig hard drive that can store the equivalent of 150 CD’s/four days of music/2000 songs! Just $499. You can play the songs in order or make your own playlist… Another hand-held device – as Microsoft revisits hand-held computers with its PC 2000… As a part of its Bluetooth product line - Motorola introduces the Timeport 270 phone - the first Bluetooth-capable mobile phone. Bluetooth is a new short-distance wireless technology that eliminates the need for cables between electronic devices such as mobile phones, PC’s, headsets, printers and hand-held computer… Microsoft says it will begin selling a high speed online service at RadioShack stores. Look for MSN High Speed service for about $39.95 a month for a phone-line connection and $59.95 for a satellite link…Napster Inc said that a federal court judge erred last month by issuing a preliminary injunction that would have virtually shut down the popular music-sharing software company. 

October - Yahoo Inc. reports better-than-expected earnings and revenue for the third quarter as earnings jumped to $81.1 million… . Sony launches its PlayStation 2 console in the U.S. It’s already a hit in Japan, having sold 3 million…. Icebox.com says it has sold one of its online series, “Zombie College,” to Fox - marking the first time show created for the Net has been purchased by a major television network…

November - Sony says it received 40,000 orders for an updated version of its popular Aibo pet robot in less than four weeks after its launch on Nov. 16. The new Aibo, equipped with a camera on its nose, also is considered cheaper than its predecessor, commanding $1,334 a head compared with $2,216 for the original version. Sony has sold 45,000 of the original Aibo robot dogs since its debut in 1999....  

December - Another Internet failure - Garden.com is no more…. MP3.com relaunches its online music locker service. This time, it’ll cost $50-a-year for consumers who want to store and play more than a few dozen CD’s…. EarthLink unveils a new campaign that portrays it as the “No. 1 provider of the real Internet. Earthlink has 4.6 million subs, a distant second to AOL with 25 million… RealNetworks - a leading provider of software for delivering audio and video over the Internet, is expected to release upgrades that will improve the reliability and quality of Web broadcasts. “RealSystem IQ” will allow webcasters to reach larger audiences by increasing the number of viewers who can connect to each server while enabling multiple networks of servers to deliver the same feed…

Year 2000 In Sports News And Other Fascinating Facts

January - Ted Turner and Jane Fonda are separating. They’ve been together for eight years…. Passing - Sam Jaffe - movie producer/agent. He was 98… Super Bowl XXXIV – St Louis Rams beat the Tennessee Titans 23-16 with a frantic 23 minutes left in the game – which almost went into overtime…

wayne gretzky year 2000 sports news trivia  history  photo  mrpopcultureFebruary - The NHL retires Wayne Gretzky’s familiar 99 throughout the league… KRON-TV (channel 4) in San Francisco, says it is dropping NBC after its contract is up on Dec. 31, 2001. Why/ NBC use to pay KRON $7 million a year for carriage. Now – it wants KRON to pay them $10 million a year… Tonya Harding is in trouble again. The former figure skater is arrested for allegedly throwing a hubcap at her live-in boyfriend and punching him in the face…. Oscar de La Hoya KO’s Derrell Coley in the 7th round at Madison Square Garden…

 March - Clear Channel agrees to buy SFX Entertainment Inc. for $3 billion in stock. It’s a deal that takes Clear Channel into the content business… .  Charles Barkley will become a regular NBA studio analyst for TNT and TBS next season… Passing – Durward Kirby(88)…

April - CBS puts a call out for a new reality show – “Big Brother.” They seek 10 people willing to be sequestered in a house together for more than three months and have their moves chronicled by cameras and mics…  House of Blues Digital launches HOBcountry.com. The site offers country music news, CD previews, concert-on-demand archives and a country radio station that will broadcast a continuous five-hour loop

May - In Colorado – 350-pound Darrell Moore is in jail for murder after he suffocated his wife by lying on her for 15 minutes. They were arguing over her drinking….  Passing – Steve Reeves – Movie strongman known as “Mr. Universe”… Shaquille O’Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers is the NBA’s 1999-2000 most valuable player….  At the touch of a button, the Clinton campaign accidentally sent out the personal e-mail addresses of hundreds of reporters and members of the campaign’s inner circle. The addresses appeared a the top of a message intended to offer an update on a visit the first lady was planning to Manhattan. The list was then forwarded to Internet gossip maven Matt Drudge, who posted a report about it on his site…. Mass suspension as 19 members of the LA Dodgers are suspended for a total of 84 games and $72,000 in fines after a melee with fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago…

mike tyson year 2000 sports trivia history  news  mrpopcultureJune - Passing – Latin jazz bandleader Tito Puente….Bruce Springsteen sings his new song about the 1999 New York City Police killing of Amadou Diallo at his Madison Square Garden concert – to some cheers and some boos. The song is called “41 Shots” and takes a shot at New York City police …  Shane Mosely defeats Oscar De La Hoya in a 12 th round TKO… Passing - Nancy Marchand - the scheming Mafia family matriarch of “The Sopranos” on the eve of her 72 nd birthday… of lung cancer…. Philip Morris – parent of Kraft food agrees to purchase Nabisco Holdings for $14.9 billion….  Atlanta Braves relief pitcher John Rocker comes to Shea Stadium as his team battles the Mets. He’s in the doghouse by NY fans for ridiculing a segment of the city’s population. … The Los Angeles Lakers take the Indiana Pacers 4 games to 2 in the NBA Championship... Stanley Cup - The New Jersey Devils win it - defeating the Dallas Stars in game 6... At Glascow – Mike Tyson takes out Lou Savarese with a left hook in only 38 seconds….A quarter-million people take to the LA streets to celebrate the world champion Los Angeles Lakers…

NBA Championship - Game 6

July - Venus and Serena Williams compete at Wimbledon – Looks like Venus prevails in the semi-finals…. Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens is denied entry into Israel and gets deported. The government there says that during a 1988 trip to Israel, Islam delivered tens of thousands of dollars to Hamas – then enemy… Venus Williams becomes the second African-American woman to win at Wimbledon… Passing – Meredith MacRae(56) of brain cancer… Passing - Actor sir Alec Guinness (86)…

August - Venus Williams wins her third consecutive tennis title with a win at La Costa over Monica Seles.... Jerry West is leaving/retiring from the Los Angeles Lakers – a team which he has been associated with for 40 years... News Corp. agrees to buy BHC Communications and its 10 Chris-Craft TV stations for $5.5 billion in stock…. Tiger Woods wins the PGA Championship in Louisville, KY – his third major victory in 2000… Dennis Rodman launches a website that uses cameras to follow him around in his house. It’s at rodmantv.com... The Justice Department approves the $23.8-billion merger of Clear Channel Inc. and AMFM Inc. into the largest radio broadcaster in the United States. After the merger, Clear Channel would own/operate about 900 stations. In July, Clear Channel and AMFM agreed under government pressure to sell 99 radio stations and so far, have divested 85 of the stations.   

bobby knight sports year 2000 trivia  news mrpopcultureSeptember -  Greg Maddux pitches a four-hitter for his second-consecutive shutout as the Atlanta Braves beat the Florida marlins 4-0... Venus Williams wins the women’s side of the U.S. Open, beating Lindsay Davenport. It’s her second Grand Slam tennis title.... Passing – Songwriter/producer Jack Nitzsche. He was 63….. Coach Bobby Knight is fired as coach of Indiana. Reason – he violated a zero-tolerance conduct policy…

October - In Game 5 - The Yankees win the World Series, beating the Mets in the first-ever subway series….  Six month strike - Hollywood’s longest strike (so far) – may be over as actors and ad agencies have reached a deal. The ad industry has agreed to two major demands from SAG and AFTRA  - they are… rate of payments to actors for advertising on cable-TV and cable-TV stations and ads made for the Internet… Shaquille O’Neal gets a three-year, $88.4 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers....  

 November - Ann Bancroft of Minnesota and Liv Arnesen of Norway push off across the ice and snow of Antarctica to try to become the first women to ski across the world’s coldest continent

December - The Texas Rangers sign Seattle shortstop Alex Rodriquez to the largest contact in the history of pro-sports - $252 million over 10 years…. Passing - Actor George Montgomery. He was 84…. Passing – John V. Lindsay – former mayor of New York. He was 79….  Sony says it received 40,000 orders for an updated version of its popular Aibo pet robot in less than four weeks after its launch on Nov. 16… Passing – Werner Klemperer – Col. Klink in “Hogan’s Heroes.’ He was 80…. New York Sen.-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton agreed to accept $8 million from publisher Simon & Schuster for a memoir dealing with her eight tumultuous years as first lady… . Passing - Actor Jason Robards. He was 78… Passing - Victor Borge - the pianist with a comedy flair. He was 91… Montgomery Ward announces will be closing all 250 stores - ending 128 years of business.

 

Top Movie For Year 2000 - Mission Impossible 2

 

Top Pop Hit Music Single - Year 2000 - "Bent" - Matchbox 20

 

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