Information for the Year 2000
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- Austria at center of European dispute after conservative People's Party forms coalition with the far-right Freedom Party, headed by xenophobe Jörg Haider (Feb. 3).
- Reformists win control of Iranian parliament for first time since 1979 Islamic revolution (Feb. 26).
- Governing of Northern Ireland passes back and forth between Britain and nascent Northern Irish parliament; major dispute over IRA's refusal to disarm (Feb-May).
- Former Indonesian president Suharto under house arrest, charged with corruption and abuse of power (May 29).
- Vicente Fox Quesada elected president of Mexico, ending 71 years of one-party rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) (July 2).
- Nationwide uprising overthrows Yugoslavian president Milosevic (Oct. 5); Vojislav Kostunica sworn in as president (Oct. 7).
- U.S. sailors on Navy destroyer Cole die in Yemen terrorist explosion (Oct. 12).
- Mad cow disease alarms Europe (Nov. 30 et seq.).
- Population: 6.08 billion
- Nobel Peace Prize: Kim Dae Jung (South Korea)
- Wary investors bring stock plunge; beginning of the end of the Internet stock boom (Feb. 25).
- Cuban boy Elián González, 6, at center of international dispute, reunited with his father after federal raid of Miami relatives' home (April 22).
- Presidential election closest in decades; Bush's slim lead in Florida leads to automatic recount in that state (Nov. 7-8). Republicans file federal suit to block manual recount of Florida presidential election ballots sought by Democrats (Nov. 11). Florida Supreme Court rules election hand count may continue (Nov. 21). U.S. Supreme Court orders halt to manual recount of Florida votes (Dec. 9). Supreme Court seals Bush victory by 5-4; rules there can be no further recounting (Dec. 12).
- President: William J. Clinton
- Vice President: Albert Gore, Jr
- Population: 281,421,906
- Life expectancy: 77.0 years
- US GDP (2002 dollars): $9,822.8 billion
- Federal spending: $1,788.83 billion
- Federal debt: $5,674.2 billion
- Median Household Income(current dollars): $50,890
- Consumer Price Index: 172.2
- Unemployment: 4.0%
- Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.34
- Super Bowl St. Louis Rams defeated Tennessee Titans (SCORE 23-16)
- World Series of Baseball New York Yankees defeat New York Mets
- National Basketball Association Championship Los Angeles defeats Indiana
- National Hockey League Stanley Cup New Jersey Devils defeat Dallas Stars
- Women Wimbledon Tennis Venus Williams defeats Lindsay Davenport (6-3 7-6)
- Men Wimbledon Tennis Pete Sampras defeated Patrick Rafter (6-7 7-6 6-4 6-2)
- Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion Fusaichi Pegasus
- National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship Michigan State defeated Florida (SCORE 89-76)
- National College Athletic Association Football Champions Oklahoma(RECORD 13-0)
- 2000 Summer Olympics held in Sydney, Australia
- In the biggest merger in the country's history, America Online agrees to buy Time Warner, the nation's largest traditional media company, for $165 billion. The mega-deal reflects the growing dominance of the Internet in areas including publishing, music, film, and broadcasting.
- Charles Schulz, the cartoonist who created the “Peanuts” comic strip, dies.
- Oprah Winfrey debuts O magazine.
- Stephen King's 66-page novella Riding the Bullet is available exclusively in electronic only as an "e-book.
- Madonna and director Guy Ritchie marry in an elegant ceremony at Scotland's Skibo Castle.
- Academy Award, Best Picture: American Beauty,
- Grammy Award - Record of the Year Smooth by Santana featuring Rob Thomas
- Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy Will & Grace - NBC
- Miss America: Heather French, Maysville, Kentucky.
- NEAR spacecraft becomes first to orbit an asteroid (Feb. 14).
- "I love you" computer virus disrupts computers worldwide (May 14).
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