Portal:Current events/January 2000

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January 2000 was the first month of that century leap year. The month, which began on a Saturday, ended on a Monday after 31 days. It was the first month of the 2000s decade.

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This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from January 2000.

Arts and culture
  • For popular culture, it was the first day of the new millennium and new century.
  • Year 2000 problem
    • Y2K passes without the serious, widespread computer failures and malfunctions that had been predicted.
  • It is the first day of the 2000s decade.
  • The piece Longplayer begins. It will last 1000 years, finishing on December 31, 2999.
  • Following the creation of Ottawa "megacity", the city adopts a new flag.
Education
Law and crime
Religion
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Law and crime
Technology
  • Adam Kontras posts a video alongside a blog entry, marking the first post on what would later become the longest-running video blog in history.
Arts and culture
  • The final daily original Peanuts comic strip is published.
Business and economy
  • Yahoo! stocks closing at an all-time high of $118.75 a share.
International relations
Arts and culture
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • Åsta accident
    • In Åsta, Åmot, Norway, two diesel passenger trains collide, killing 19, while 67 survives. The fire after the collision lasts nearly six hours.
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Sports
Technology
Disasters and accidents
Environment
  • The last Pyrenean ibex, a female named Celia, is found dead. She was killed by a fallen tree.
Technology
Business and economy
Sports
  • Music City Miracle
    • During the 1999–2000 NFL playoffs, one of the most memorable and debated plays in NFL history takes place at then-Adelphia Coliseum. The "Music City Miracle" was a last-minute trick play on a kickoff return that resulted in a touchdown and catapulted the Tennessee Titans past the Buffalo Bills to the Divisional Playoffs. It also ensured that the Titans would go undefeated in the first season in the team's new home. The victory is seen in front of a franchise-record crowd of 66,782.
Economy
Sports
Arts and culture
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
  • Singer Whitney Houston is caught with 15.2 grams of marihuana in her bag at a Hawaii airport. She boards her flight to San Francisco before police can arrive to arrest her.
Disasters and accidents
  • The Maputo and Incomati River burst their banks, directly affecting some 40,000, and flooding along the Incomati affected about 20,000 several days later.
Law
  • In the United Kingdom, the Ministry of Defence's policy since this day is to allow homosexual men, lesbians and transgender personnel to join any of the British Armed Forces, and discrimination on a sexual orientation basis is forbidden. It is also forbidden for someone to pressure LGBT people to come out.
Business
Disasters and accidents
  • 2000 Marsa Brega Short 360 crash
    • A full-loaded Swiss-registered Short 360 leased by Avisto ditched into the sea near Marsa Brega in Libya. The aircraft was chartered by Sirte Oil Company to transport oil workers to the city. It was carrying 38 passengers and 3 crews. As both engines failed in mid-flight, the crew chose to ditch the aircraft. The crash claimed the lives of 21 people.
Sports
  • 66-year-old Raymond York becomes the first jockey to ride in seven different decades.
Business and economy
Disasters
  • 2000 Yunnan earthquake
    • An earthquake measuring 5.9 in magnitude occurres in the Yunnan province in southwest China, killing 7 people and injuring at least 2,528 more. Almost 41,000 homes were levelled by the earthquake.
Sports
Technology
  • U.S. Government announce restrictions on export of cryptography are relaxed (although not removed). This allows many US companies to stop the long running process of having to create US and international copies of their software.
Law and crime
  • Željko Ražnatović, better known as Arkan, is assassinated in the lobby of Belgrade's elite InterContinental Hotel. He was on Interpol's most wanted list in the 1970s and 1980s for robberies and murders committed in a number of countries across Europe. Until her death, he was the most powerful crime boss in the Balkans.
Politics and elections
Arts and culture
Environment
Law and crime
  • Maxim Petrov, nicknamed Doctor Death by the media, a Russian serial killer, is arrested, convicted for the killing of 12 people in St. Petersburg between 1999 and 2000.
Business

Woody Johnson purchases the New York Jets for $635 million, the third-highest price for a professional sports team and the highest for one in New York.

Science
Arts and culture
  • Hedy Lamarr, Austrian actress and inventor, dies at age of 85.
Law and crime
Technology
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
Politics
Science
Politics
Sport
Arts and culture
Sport
Disasters and accidents
Sports
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
  • Dr. Harold Shipman is sentenced to life in prison for murder of at least 15 of his patients out of 365 suspected victims.
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