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  • London, England
    Tuesday Jan 11, 2000

    George Weah

    Moving To Chelsea

    London, England
    Tuesday Jan 11, 2000

    Weah signed for Premier League club Chelsea on loan from Milan on 11 January 2000, in a deal which would keep him with the West London club until the end of the 1999–2000 English season. Although past his prime, Weah's time in England was deemed a success, especially at Chelsea where he instantly endeared himself to their fans by scoring the winner against rivals Tottenham Hotspur on his debut, and scored further league goals against Wimbledon and Liverpool. He also scored twice in Chelsea's victorious 1999–2000 FA Cup netting crucial goals against Leicester City and Gillingham. This led to him starting in the final, which Chelsea won 1–0.




  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Thursday Jan 13, 2000

    Microsoft

    Chief Software Architect

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Thursday Jan 13, 2000

    On January 13, 2000, Bill Gates handed over the CEO position to Steve Ballmer, an old college friend of Gates and employee of the company since 1980, while creating a new position for himself as Chief Software Architect.




  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Wednesday Jan 19, 2000

    Michael Jordan

    Not as a player

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Wednesday Jan 19, 2000

    On January 19, 2000, Jordan returned to the NBA not as a player, but as part owner and president of basketball operations for the Washington Wizards.




  • New York, U.S.
    Sunday Jan 23, 2000

    Dwayne Johnson

    Royal Rumble (2000)

    New York, U.S.
    Sunday Jan 23, 2000

    At Royal Rumble, on January 23, 2000, The Rock entered the Royal Rumble match and was one of the final two remaining, along with Big Show; In an attempt at a "false finish", Big Show intended to throw The Rock over the top rope in a running powerslam-like position, before The Rock countered the move on the ring apron, sending Big Show to the floor before re-entering the ring as the winner.




  • Chechnya, Russia
    Wednesday Jan 26, 2000

    Second Chechen War

    Russian government announced that 1,173 servicemen had been killed in Chechnya

    Chechnya, Russia
    Wednesday Jan 26, 2000

    On 26 January 2000, the Russian government announced that 1,173 servicemen had been killed in Chechnya since October, more than double the 544 killed reported just 19 days earlier.




  • Grozny, Chechnya, Russia
    Wednesday Feb 2, 2000

    Second Chechen War

    Russian army seized the city

    Grozny, Chechnya, Russia
    Wednesday Feb 2, 2000

    The Russian assault on Grozny began in early December, accompanied by a struggle for neighboring settlements. The battle ended when the Russian army seized the city on 2 February 2000.




  • Düsseldorf, Germany
    Thursday Feb 3, 2000

    Vodafone

    The Merge Agreement

    Düsseldorf, Germany
    Thursday Feb 3, 2000

    On 3 February 2000, the Mannesmann board agreed to merge with Vodafone with an increased offer of £112 billion, then the largest corporate merger ever.


  • Shali, Chechnya, Russia
    Wednesday Feb 9, 2000

    Second Chechen War

    Russian tactical missile hit a crowd of people who had come to the local administration building in Shali

    Shali, Chechnya, Russia
    Wednesday Feb 9, 2000

    On 9 February 2000, a Russian tactical missile hit a crowd of people who had come to the local administration building in Shali, a town previously declared as one of the "safe areas", to collect their pensions.


  • Chechnya, Russia
    Friday Feb 18, 2000

    Second Chechen War

    Russian army transport helicopter was shot down in the south

    Chechnya, Russia
    Friday Feb 18, 2000

    On 18 February 2000, a Russian army transport helicopter was shot down in the south, killing 15 men aboard, Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Rushailo announced in a rare admission by Moscow of losses in the war.


  • Russia
    Tuesday Feb 29, 2000

    Second Chechen War

    The counter-terrorism operation in Chechnya is over

    Russia
    Tuesday Feb 29, 2000

    On 29 February 2000, United Army Group commander Gennady Troshev said that "the counter-terrorism operation in Chechnya is over. It will take a couple of weeks longer to pick up splinter groups now".


  • Grozny, Chechnya, Russia
    Thursday Mar 2, 2000

    Second Chechen War

    OMON unit from Podolsk opened fire on a unit from Sergiyev Posad in Grozny

    Grozny, Chechnya, Russia
    Thursday Mar 2, 2000

    On 2 March 2000, an OMON unit from Podolsk opened fire on a unit from Sergiyev Posad in Grozny; at least 24 Russian servicemen were killed in the incident.


  • Japan
    Saturday Mar 4, 2000

    Sony Corporation

    Releasing PlayStation 2

    Japan
    Saturday Mar 4, 2000

    Sony released the PlayStation 2 in 2000, which was even more successful than the first one . The console has become the most successful of all time, selling over 150 million units as of 2011.


  • Tokyo, Japan
    Saturday Mar 4, 2000

    PlayStation Network

    PlayStation 2

    Tokyo, Japan
    Saturday Mar 4, 2000

    Launched in the year 2000, Sony's second home console, the PlayStation 2, had rudimentary online features in select games via its online network. It required a network adaptor, which was available as an add-on for original models and integrated into the hardware on slimline models. However, Sony provided no unified service for the system, so support for network features was specific to each game and third-party server, and there was no interoperability of cross-game presence.


  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Monday Mar 6, 2000

    Shaquille O'Neal

    O'Neal scored a career-high 61 points

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Monday Mar 6, 2000

    On March 6, 2000, O'Neal scored a career-high 61 points to go along with 23 rebounds and 3 assists in a 123–103 win over the LA Clippers.


  • East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.
    Monday Mar 13, 2000

    Dwayne Johnson

    The Right to Face the Wwf Champion, Triple H

    East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.
    Monday Mar 13, 2000

    The Rock then defeated Big Show, on the March 13 episode of Raw Is War, to regain the right to face the WWF Champion, Triple H, at WrestleMania 2000 in a Fatal Four-way elimination match, also including Big Show and Mick Foley.


  • Zhani-Vedeno, Chechnya, Russia
    Wednesday Mar 29, 2000

    Second Chechen War

    Separatist ambush on an OMON convoy

    Zhani-Vedeno, Chechnya, Russia
    Wednesday Mar 29, 2000

    On 29 March 2000, about 23 Russian soldiers were killed in a separatist ambush on an OMON convoy from Perm in Zhani-Vedeno.


  • Mountain View, California, U.S.
    Saturday Apr 1, 2000

    Google LLC

    The First April Fools' Day Jokes

    Mountain View, California, U.S.
    Saturday Apr 1, 2000

    Google has a tradition of creating April Fools' Day jokes. Its first on April 1, 2000 was Google MentalPlex which allegedly featured the use of mental power to search the web.


  • U.S.
    Monday Apr 3, 2000

    Microsoft

    Judgement Handed Down The Case

    U.S.
    Monday Apr 3, 2000

    On April 3, 2000, a judgment was handed down in the case of United States v. Microsoft Corp.


  • Oxfordshire, England
    Tuesday Apr 4, 2000

    David Cameron

    PPC for Witney

    Oxfordshire, England
    Tuesday Apr 4, 2000

    On 4 April 2000, Cameron was selected as PPC for Witney in Oxfordshire.


  • New York, U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 4, 2000

    Vodafone

    Completed Merges

    New York, U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 4, 2000

    The merger of Vodafone's US wireless assets with Bell Atlantic Corp to form Verizon was completed on 4 April 2000, just a few months prior to Bell Atlantic's merger with GTE to form Verizon Communications, Inc.


  • U.S.
    Friday Apr 7, 2000

    Sherry Dyson

    Death

    U.S.
    Friday Apr 7, 2000

    Sherry died on 7 April 2000.


  • Germany
    Monday Apr 10, 2000

    Angela Merkel

    The first female leader of a German party

    Germany
    Monday Apr 10, 2000

    She was subsequently elected to replace Schäuble, becoming the first female leader of a German party on 10 April 2000. Her election surprised many observers, as her personality offered a contrast to the party she had been elected to lead; Merkel is a centrist Protestant originating from predominantly Protestant northern Germany, while the CDU is a male-dominated, socially conservative party with strongholds in western and southern Germany, and its Bavarian sister party, the CSU, has deep Catholic roots.


  • Serzhen-Yurt, Chechnya, Russia
    Sunday Apr 23, 2000

    Second Chechen War

    22-vehicle convoy carrying ammunition and other supplies to an airborne unit was ambushed near Serzhen-Yurt

    Serzhen-Yurt, Chechnya, Russia
    Sunday Apr 23, 2000

    On 23 April 2000, a 22-vehicle convoy carrying ammunition and other supplies to an airborne unit was ambushed near Serzhen-Yurt in the Vedeno Gorge by an estimated 80 to 100 "bandits", according to General Troshev.


  • Reggio Calabria, Italy
    Wednesday Apr 26, 2000

    Francesco Totti

    First goal for Italy

    Reggio Calabria, Italy
    Wednesday Apr 26, 2000

    Totti scored his first goal for Italy on 26 April 2000 in a 2–0 friendly win over Portugal in Reggio Calabria.


  • Washington, D.C., U.S.
    Sunday Apr 30, 2000

    Dwayne Johnson

    Backlash (2000)

    Washington, D.C., U.S.
    Sunday Apr 30, 2000

    In the following weeks, The Rock continued his feud with Triple H and eventually won his fourth WWF Championship, which he won on April 30, at Backlash, after Stone Cold Steve Austin intervened on his behalf.


  • Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
    Monday May 1, 2000

    Dwayne Johnson

    Johnson Successfully Defended His Title

    Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
    Monday May 1, 2000

    The following night on Raw, Johnson successfully defended his title against Shane McMahon in a Steel Cage match.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 5, 2000

    James Bond

    DoubleShot was published

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 5, 2000

    DoubleShot, first published in 2000, was the sixth novel by Raymond Benson featuring Ian Fleming's secret agent, James Bond.


  • Moscow, Russia
    Sunday May 7, 2000

    Vladimir Putin

    A President

    Moscow, Russia
    Sunday May 7, 2000

    The inauguration of President Putin occurred on 7 May 2000. Putin appointed the Minister of Finance, Mikhail Kasyanov, as the Prime Minister.


  • California, U.S.
    Monday May 8, 2000

    Java (programming language)

    J2SE 1.3

    California, U.S.
    Monday May 8, 2000

    On May 8, 2000, Sun Microsystems released J2SE 1.3.


  • Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
    Sunday May 21, 2000

    Dwayne Johnson

    Judgment Day (2000)

    Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
    Sunday May 21, 2000

    On May 21, at Judgment Day, The Rock faced Triple H in an Iron Man match with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee. With the score tied at five falls each, and with seconds left on the time limit, The Rock was disqualified when The Undertaker attacked Triple H, thus giving Triple H the 6–5 win and the title.


  • California, U.S.
    Tuesday May 23, 2000

    Eminem

    The Marshall Mathers LP

    California, U.S.
    Tuesday May 23, 2000

    The Marshall Mathers LP was released in May 2000. It sold 1.76 million copies in its first week, breaking US records held by Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle for fastest-selling hip hop album and Britney Spears' ...Baby One More Time for fastest-selling solo album.


  • Seattle, Washington, U.S.
    Monday Jun 19, 2000

    Amazon

    Amazon's logotype

    Seattle, Washington, U.S.
    Monday Jun 19, 2000

    Since June 19, 2000, Amazon's logotype has featured a curved arrow leading from A to Z, representing that the company carries every product from A to Z, with the arrow-shaped like a smile.


  • Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Sunday Jun 25, 2000

    Dwayne Johnson

    King of the Ring (2000)

    Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Sunday Jun 25, 2000

    The Rock won the WWF Championship for a fifth time at King of the Ring on June 25 by scoring the winning pin in a six-man tag team match, teaming with Kane and The Undertaker against Shane McMahon, Triple H and Vince McMahon, whom he pinned.


  • Dili, Timor-Leste
    Sunday Jul 2, 2000

    Xanana Gusmão

    2nd Marriage

    Dili, Timor-Leste
    Sunday Jul 2, 2000

    In 2000, he married Australian Kirsty Sword, with whom he had three sons: Alexandre, Kay Olok and Daniel.


  • Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Sunday Jul 2, 2000

    Zinedine Zidane

    UEFA Euro 2000

    Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Sunday Jul 2, 2000

    UEFA Euro 2000 Final was a football match played on 2 July 2000 at Feijenoord Stadion in Rotterdam, Netherlands, to determine the winner of UEFA Euro 2000. France won the match, defeating Italy 2–1.


  • Tokyo, Japan
    Friday Jul 7, 2000

    PlayStation

    PS One

    Tokyo, Japan
    Friday Jul 7, 2000

    Released on July 7, 2000, concurrently with its successor the PlayStation 2, the PS One (stylized as PS one) was a considerably smaller, redesigned version of the original PlayStation video game console. The PS one went on to outsell all other consoles, including its successor, throughout the remainder of the year.


  • Dallas, Texas, U.S.
    Sunday Jul 23, 2000

    Dwayne Johnson

    Fully Loaded (2000)

    Dallas, Texas, U.S.
    Sunday Jul 23, 2000

    The Rock successfully defended the championship against Chris Benoit, on July 23, at Fully Loaded.


  • Newbury, England, U.K.
    Friday Jul 28, 2000

    Vodafone

    The Former Name

    Newbury, England, U.K.
    Friday Jul 28, 2000

    On 28 July 2000, the Company reverted to its former name, Vodafone Group plc.


  • Venezuela
    Sunday Jul 30, 2000

    Hugo Chávez

    The presidential election of 2000

    Venezuela
    Sunday Jul 30, 2000

    Under the new constitution, it was legally required that new elections be held in order to re-legitimize the government and president. This presidential election in July 2000 would be a part of a greater "megaelection", the first time in the country's history that the president, governors, national and regional congressmen, mayors and councilmen would be voted for on the same day. Going into the elections, Chávez had control of all three branches of government. For the position of president, Chávez's closest challenger proved to be his former friend and co-conspirator in the 1992 coup, Francisco Arias Cárdenas, who since becoming governor of Zulia state had turned towards the political centre and begun to denounce Chávez as autocratic. Although some of his supporters feared that he had alienated those in the middle class and the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy who had formerly supported him, Chávez was re-elected with 60% of the vote (the equivalent of 3,757,000 people), a larger majority than his 1998 electoral victory, again primarily receiving his support from the poorer sectors of Venezuelan society.


  • Israel
    Monday Jul 31, 2000

    Shimon Peres

    2000 Israeli presidential election

    Israel
    Monday Jul 31, 2000

    In 2000, Peres ran for a seven-year term as Israel's President, a ceremonial head of state position which usually authorizes the selection of Prime Minister. However, he lost to Likud candidate Moshe Katsav.


  • Manchester, England
    Tuesday Aug 1, 2000

    George Weah

    Moving To Manchester City

    Manchester, England
    Tuesday Aug 1, 2000

    Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli did not make Weah's move permanent, and, on 1 August 2000, he officially left Milan, and signed for newly promoted English Premier League side Manchester City on a free transfer on a two-year contract worth £30,000 a week, declining the offer of a £1 million pay-off from Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi.


  • Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.
    Sunday Aug 27, 2000

    Dwayne Johnson

    SummerSlam (2000)

    Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.
    Sunday Aug 27, 2000

    The next month, The Rock successfully defended his title against Kurt Angle and Triple H at SummerSlam.


  • New York City, New York, U.S.
    Wednesday Sep 6, 2000

    United Nations

    Millennium Summit

    New York City, New York, U.S.
    Wednesday Sep 6, 2000

    The Millennium Summit was held in 2000 to discuss the UN's role in the 21st century. The three-day meeting was the largest gathering of world leaders in history and culminated in the adoption by all member states of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a commitment to achieve international development in areas such as poverty reduction, gender equality, and public health. Progress towards these goals, which were to be met by 2015, was ultimately uneven.


  • Sydney, Australia
    Saturday Sep 16, 2000

    Michael Phelps

    2000 Summer Olympics

    Sydney, Australia
    Saturday Sep 16, 2000

    Phelps' rapid improvement culminated when he qualified for the 2000 Summer Olympics at the age of 15, as became the youngest male (since Ralph Flanagan in 1932) to make a U.S. Olympic swim team in 68 years.


  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Sunday Sep 24, 2000

    Dwayne Johnson

    Unforgiven (2000)

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Sunday Sep 24, 2000

    The Rock had another successful title defense against Benoit, Kane and The Undertaker, on September 24, at Unforgiven.


  • Serbia
    Sunday Sep 24, 2000

    Slobodan Milošević

    The 2000 Presidential Election

    Serbia
    Sunday Sep 24, 2000

    Ironically, Milošević lost his grip on power by losing in elections he scheduled prematurely (that is, before the end of his mandate) and that he did not even need to win in order to retain power, which was centered in the parliaments that his party and its associates controlled. In the five-man presidential race held on 24 September 2000, Milošević was defeated in the first round by opposition leader Vojislav Koštunica, who won slightly more than 50% of the vote.


  • Belgrade, Serbia (Then Yugoslavia)
    Thursday Oct 5, 2000

    Slobodan Milošević

    The Bulldozer Revolution

    Belgrade, Serbia (Then Yugoslavia)
    Thursday Oct 5, 2000

    Milošević initially refused to acquiesce, claiming that no one had won a majority. The Yugoslav constitution called for a runoff between the top two candidates in the event that no candidate won more than 50% of the vote. Official results put Koštunica ahead of Milošević but at under 50 percent. The internationally financed CeSID claimed otherwise, though its story changed throughout the two weeks between 24 September and 5 October. This led to mass demonstrations in Belgrade on 5 October, known as the Bulldozer Revolution.


  • Belgrade, Serbia (Then Yugoslavia)
    Friday Oct 6, 2000

    Slobodan Milošević

    Milošević met with Koštunica and publicly accepted defeat

    Belgrade, Serbia (Then Yugoslavia)
    Friday Oct 6, 2000

    Milošević was forced to accept this when VJ commanders he had expected to support him had indicated that in this instance they would not, and would permit the violent overthrow of the Serbian government. On 6 October, Milošević met with Koštunica and publicly accepted defeat.


  • Belgrade, Serbia (Then Yugoslavia)
    Saturday Oct 7, 2000

    Slobodan Milošević

    Koštunica finally took Office as Yugoslav President

    Belgrade, Serbia (Then Yugoslavia)
    Saturday Oct 7, 2000

    Koštunica finally took office as Yugoslav president on 7 October following Milošević's announcement.


  • Aden, Yemen
    Thursday Oct 12, 2000

    Ayman al-Zawahiri

    The USS Cole bombing

    Aden, Yemen
    Thursday Oct 12, 2000

    On 12 October 2000, the USS Cole bombing encouraged several members to depart. Mohammed Atef went to escape Kandahar, Zawahiri to Kabul, and Bin Laden fled to Kabul, later joining Atef when he realised no American reprisal attacks were forthcoming.


  • Albany, New York, U.S.
    Sunday Oct 22, 2000

    Dwayne Johnson

    No Mercy (2000)

    Albany, New York, U.S.
    Sunday Oct 22, 2000

    The Rock lost the WWF Championship to Kurt Angle, at No Mercy, in October.


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