THE YEAR OF 2000
Died : JAN 16 Zeljko Raznatovic (Arkan), Serb war criminal, assassinated.
Died : 20 Hedy Lamarr, Hollywood movie goddess.
Died : 27 Don Budge, US tennis player, first to win the Grand Slam (1938).
1 Peanuts cartoons will be no more - George Schulz retires.
2 A domino toppling record set by 50 Beijing students, 2 700 000.
3 Global cost to fix the millennium bug thought to be £400 billion.
4 Touch screen computers replaced paper tests for learner drivers.
5 Catherine Hartley & Fiona Thornwill became the first British
women to walk 700 miles to the South Pole.
6 Following huge Xmas sales, 40% of Britons now own a mobile phone.
7 Tesco decided to ban genetically modified food from it's shelves.
8 Johnny Ely won $100 000 000 on the New York lottery.
9 Hollywood 1999 saw 3182 film awards handed out at 322 ceremonies.
JAN 10 PM's wife Cherie Blair fined £10 for not buying a train ticket.
11 Madonna sold her Chelsea house for £4 mil - moved to Notting Hill
12 Earthquake (R4.3) in Japan shuts down a nuclear power station.
13 South Pacific nation of Tuvalu (population 9000 on 9 coral attols)
applied to become the 189th member of the United Nations.
14 The North Wales village with the longest name in Britain has set
a new record on the internet - the longest domain name -
The rules were bent specially - normally only 28 letters allowed
15 A car crashed into the Downing Street gates - police hold driver.
16 Milan, Italy, banned all private cars for 10hrs today as a trial.
17 A wallet 84 years old was found in Antarctica.
18 Whitney Huston caught with marijuana at Hawaii airport, however
JAN she took off before the police arrived.
19 Tesco announce the expansion of it's internet shopping service.
20 Total lunar eclipse - best viewing US, Canada and South America.
21 Dinosaur eggs 100 m years old found in S.Korea (size 16in by 4in)
22 President Mahuad deposed in Ecuador (adoption of US$ blamed)
23 President Jose Aznar led a Madrid protest against ETA violence.
24 Time Warner and EMI merge to become the world's biggest music Co.
25 Jaguar launch new F1 car - Jacki Stewart stands down as chairman.
26 January 27th named by European countries and UK as Holocaust Day.
27 Tamil Tiger rebels bomb Sri Lankan main post office, 11 dead.
28 Waitress Cindy Jay won $35 million on a Las Vegas slot machine.
29 Councillor Andrew Pennington was killed in a Samurai sword attack
at Cheltenham SD MP Nigel Jones surgery, Mr Jones was injured.
JAN 30 Super Bowl XXXIV, St Louis Rams beat the Tennessee Titans (23-16)
31 Dr Harold Shipman, found guilty at Manchester of murdering 15
women, suspected of 146 other deaths, given 15 life sentences.
Died : FEB 9 Bruce Bursford, world record fastest cyclist, in a road accident.
Died : 12 George Schulz, cartoonist, creator of Peanuts.
Died : 13 'Screamin' Jay Hawkins, US blues singer.
Died : 23 Stanley Matthews, footballer, played 56 England matches.
Died : 25 Betty Lou Beets, grandmother (62), murderer executed by injection
1 2 100 tonnes of spinning steel (Millennium Wheel) opens in London.
Designed by David Marks and Julia Barfield, 135m high, 6.5km
of cable, 32 capsules holding 25 people who can see for 40km.
2 First day for 1100 yrs ( 8/8/888 ) where all numbers are even.
3 Supermodel Naomi Campbell pleaded guilty to assault of assistant
4 Vodafone take over German Mannesmann to form world's biggest
mobile phone company, worth £200+ billion, 42 million customers.
5 Chinese police arrested 100 in Tiananmen Square during revelry
FEB to mark the start of the Chinese new year - Year of the Dragon.
6 Millennium Dome chief Jennie Page replaced by Pierre Yves-Gerbeau
of Disneyland Paris because of poor attendances.
7 Hijackers held 150 at Stansted Airport.
7 Tarja Halonen ( 56, SD ) became Finland's first female president.
8 Torrential rain in South Africa cause floods, 20 people dead.
9 Alun Michael, First Secretary of the Welsh Assembly, resigned.
9 Billionaire Steve Forbes ended US president bid, he spent £23 mil
10 Hijack of Afghan jet for 4 days ended peacefully at Stansted.
11 PM Tony Blair made his first internet broadcast from Downing St.
12 Shuttle Endeavor starts producing the finest map of Earth so far.
13 Diana Ross and her husband of 14 years Arne Naess divorce.
14 Asteroid Eros (size 20m x 10m), heading for near miss with Earth,
FEB orbited by spacecraft NEAR, on it's second attempt.
15 A 10 month strike by university students in Mexico ended.
16 A 130 ft South Wales cast-iron lighthouse went on sale for £1.
17 Prince Charles announced grants of £4.5 million aimed at
improving the health of Londoners.
18 GM food protesters dumped 4 tons of soya bean outside Downing St
18 King Letsie III of Lesotho married Karabo Motsoeneng, a commoner.
19 British nationals warned to leave Yugoslavia, Kosova in crisis.
19 Pacific state of Tuvalu nearly disappeared under spring tides.
20 Record for watching films broken by 14 Thai fans, 51 hours.
21 Unexploded 500 lb WW2 bomb was found in Hong Kong, 2000 evacuated
22 Population of Tokyo reached 11.95 mil, Kyodo news agency report.
23 Mexican University students used their own blood to paint slogans
FEB 24 Mayon Volcano in the Phillipines erupted, 28 000 evacuated.
25 Greenpeace ambush US ship carrying 60 000 tons of genetically
modified soya about to dock at Liverpool.
26 Driver ploughed into a French cycle race killing 4, 17 injured.
27 Iceland's Hekla Volcano erupts. (Mythological gate to hell)
28 Cyclone Steve hits already flood hit (6ins in 6hrs) NE Australia.
29 No Yen! Leap Day crashes 1200 Japanese Post Office cash machines.
Died : MAR 2 Odell Barnes, 10th Texas execution this year, pleaded innocent.
Died : 6 Eve Valois (Lolo Ferrari), EuroPorn star.
Died : 27 Ian Dury, singer with The Blockheads, famous raspberry ripple.
1 Millennium Wheel's first fee paying passengers after the freebies.
2 Mozambique floods make 1 million homeless.
3 Brit Awards - Special Award to the Spice Girls - Yyyeeeaaaahhh
4 Sony's Playstation 2 launched in Japan.
5 PM Blair and wife stopped Mail on Sunday printing nanny's memoirs
6 Orange Mobile Phones sign £70 mil deal with Arrows Formula 1 Cars
7 US presidential race Super Tuesday, 29 primaries and caucuses.
8 Lottery win by 26 Oklahoma airline mechanics, they share £31 mil.
9 Actress Joanna Lumley officially opened London's Millennium Wheel.
10 John McCain (R) and Bill Bradley (D) pull out of US presidential
MAR race leaving George W Bush (rep) and Al Gore (dem) as candidates.
11 The Birds of America (book c1830) made £5.5 mil at Christies NY.
12 M Schumacher (Ferrari) wins the Australian 2000 Grand Prix.
13 Daly River, Australia, evacuated when crocodile spotted in floods
14 Bezymyannyy Volcano in Russia erupted, no danger to population.
15 After 27yr legal wrangle, British chocolate can be sold in Europe
16 Montreal Police station windows smashed in anti violence demo.
17 Rover and MG Cars sold by current owners BMW to Alchemy for £2bn.
18 Chen Shui-bian (pro-independence) wins Taiwan president elections
19 Ugandan religious cult commits mass suicide, 1000+ bodies found.
20 The 55 Oscar statuettes stolen last week were found in central LA
21 Gordon Brown delivered his budget to GB.
22 Queen (Elizabeth II) visits the (Australian) outback.
MAR 23 A player in NSW Australia was paid damages by a golf club
after a kangaroo jumped up and down on him.
24 Stephenson's Rocket moved from York to the London Science Museum.
25 Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race no 146 won by Oxford.
26 Michael Schumaker wins the Brasilian 2000 F1 Grand Prix (Ferrari).
27 Phil Collins won best original song Oscar for Disney film Tarzan.
28 Ex-smoker awarded £12.5 mil damages against Philip Morris Tobacco
29 Towns near Mount Usu volcano, Japan, evacuated. (erupted 31.3.00)
30 Lawrence Godfrey awarded £250 000 libel damages against
Demon Internet, the remark deamed not to be innocent publication.
31 Four polar bears were shot dead after escaping from Nuremberg zoo
Died : APR 5 Charlie Kray, gangster, elder brother of Ron & Reg, in prison.
Died : 11 Larry Linville, actor. (Major Burns in MASH)
Died : 15 Anthony Cawley, rapist (the Beast), found hanging in his cell.
Died : 22 Andre Jarrot, WWII hero, decorated by UK, US, Belgium and France.
Died : 29 Antonio Buero Vallejo, playwright.
1 National minimum wage came into effect in Ireland IR£4.40 / hour.
2 HSBC agree to take over Credit Commercial de France for £6.6 bil.
3 Ann Summers chain buys Knickerbox from receivers.
4 Russian mission to Mir Space Station after 14 months disuse.
5 Stock Exchange computer crash keeps investors in the dark all day
6 The post-it note invented by Art Fry of 3M, is 20 years old today
7 Aurora Borealis visible in Britain and North America.
8 Pacific island Tuvalu sells internet extention .tv for $50 mil.
APR 9 M Schumaker wins the San Marino 2000 F1 Grand Prix in a Ferrari.
10 The British basic state pension increased today by 75p to £67.50.
11 Record custard pie fight at Millennium Dome,3312 pies in 3 minutes
12 Police patrolling London's Royal Parks were issued roller blades.
13 The London Science museum unveils a new 2.5 ton computer printer
built according to Charles Babbages 150 year old designs.
14 Russia approved the Start II treaty banning thousands of missiles
15 Florence Nightingales 150 yr old diary now show at Claydon House.
16 Tall ships (50) leave Southampton bound for America, they were
replaced by the first docking of P&Os £200m Aurora luxury liner.
17 International Monetary Fund Meeting in Washington disrupted by
anti-capitalism protesters (World Bank 3rd world debt protest).
18 Stock exchange recovers after black Monday of high-tech falls.
APR 19 Thousands of Moldovan students in capital Chisinau protest
against introduction of public transport charges, Mayor concedes.
20 Four businessmen were sentenced to 6 months jail for smuggling
the claimed anti-impotency drug viagra into the USA.
21 Philippines re-enactment of Jesus death saw 13 nailed to crosses.
22 11 million people in Britain woke up with new phone numbers this
morning, numbers were changed due to the avalanche of new mobiles
23 David Coulthard wins the British 2000 F1 Grand Prix in a MClaren
24 A women only internet cafe in Mecca,Saudi Arabia, was closed by
police after complaints that it's use was for 'Immoral purposes'.
25 Los Angeles caretakers returned to work after 3 week strike.
26 Kentucky Fried Chicken closed in Beijing Park - style unsuitable.
27 British 1st class post goes up 1p to 27p, 2nd class still 19p.
APR 27 British govt raises £22.5 billion from 5 mobile phone licenses.
28 Guatemala protest over bus fare increases left 2 dead,20 injured
28 Liner Aurora christened by The Princess Royal at Southampton.
29 Famous HMV Music Store in London's Oxford St closed today.
29 Sotheby's and Christie's were asked by China to stop the sale of
several items looted from the Imperial Palace 140 years ago.
30 A sponsored row across the English Channel attracted 90 entrants.
30 Oaxaca City in Mexico celebrates its' 468th birthday.
Born : MAY 20 Leo Blair, PM's son, born while Tony Blair was Prime Minister.
Died : 3 Christina Riggs, child murderer, executed by lethal injection.
Died : 4 Cardinal John O'Connor, spiritual leader of 2.2m catholics in NY.
Died : 7 Douglas Fairbanks Jnr., actor.
Died : 14 Keizo Obuchi, ex Japanese Prime Minister.
Died : 18 Lord Coggan, former Archbishop of Canterbury.
Died : 20 Sir Larry Lamb, editor of the Sun, brought page 3 girls to page 3
Died : 22 Dame Barbara Cartland, writer, 723 books, 1 bn sold, 36 languages
Died : 22 Mahmud al-Zohbi, ex-Syrian PM, shot himself awaiting fraud charge
Died : 22 Mark Hughes, founder of Herbalife health food empire, aged 44.
Died : 22 Sir John Gielgud, actor (Shakespearean).
Died : 29 Albert Patton, co-founder of Harlem Globetrotters, stabbed.
1 Anti-capitalism demo in London - 96 arrested, 21 injured.
MAY 1 First ever round-the-world classic car rally started from London.
1 Opposition bodyguards shoot dead 2 Guatemala government ministers
2 Cruise Liner Aurora breaks down 18 hours into her maiden voyage.
2 Formula 1's David Coulthard and his girlfriend Heidi Winchelski
escape death in Lear Jet landing crash, pilot and co-pilot dead.
3 Four arrested in China on suspicion of smuggling 59 dinosaur eggs
3 Two Meghna River ferries sank in a storm in Bangladesh, 150+ dead
4 Queen opens new wing of the National Portrait Gallery.
4 The "ILOVEYOU" virus causes havoc across the computer world.
5 Another 40 white farms taken over in Zimbabwe by black reformers.
5 Ken Livingstone elected London Mayor. (first ever elected mayor)
6 Classic Car rally began 1400 ml run around Scottish distilleries.
6 It's National Mild Day, says CAMRA anyway (Campaign for Real Ale)
MAY 6 Legalise cannabis march through London by 4000 .
6 Queen opened a new £17 million grandstand at Newmarket racecourse
7 Classical Brit awards name Charlotte Church Artist of the Year.
7 Mike Hakkinen wins the Spanish F1 GP, Coulthard 2nd (MClaren).
7 Vladimir Putin sworn in as the new president of Russia.
8 Ken Livingstone sworn in as London's first elected Mayor.
9 A Claude Monet painting sold in New York auction for £13 million.
9 BMW sell Rover and MG to it's managers - Phoenix Group - for £10.
9 Queen opens The Millennium Bridge over the Thames - unfinished.
10 Record lottery prize of $363 million in US shared by two winners.
10 Trams return to London after 50 years, Croyden Tramlink opened.
11 Catrin Finch (20 of Llanon) appointed Harpist to Prince of Wales.
11 HMV "Dog and Trumpet" is 100 years old. Given Century TM Award.
MAY 11 Queen opens Tate Modern art gallery on London's Southbank.
11 Tate Modern opens, built in 6 yrs, cost $134 m, largest in world
12 India's population passed 1 billion (calculated from 1991 census)
12 Los Alamos, White Rock and Espanola evacuated due to brush fire.
13 Denmark's Olsen Bros win Eurovision with Fly on the Wings of Love
13 Miss India - Lara Dutta (21) - crowned Miss Universe in Cypress.
13 Spacewatch, Arizona rediscovers "lost" planet - 719 Albert.
14 Anti-gun demonstration - Million-Mom March - in Washington.
14 Caroline Aherne won two BAFTA awards for comedy the Royle Family.
14 Ex-Zimbabwe Premier Ian Smith's ranch occupied by reformers.
14 Faisaliah Tower opened, Saudi Arabia's first skyscraper at 267 mt
14 Fireworks factory explodes Enschede, Netherlands, 500 hurt 20 dead
15 Britain's Garden of Eden, a big greenhouse, opened in Cornwall.
MAY 15 Fireworks factory in Rafelcofer, Spain explodes, 5 dead.
15 Friends actors pay rise takes them to $750 000 each per episode.
16 Elizabeth Taylor made Dame Commander of the British Empire.
16 Los Alamos site of the Manhatten Project destroyed by fire.
17 First Lady Hilary Clinton adopted as NY Democratic candidate.
17 Princess Royal opens the new British Embassy in Moscow.
18 Internet sportswear shop boo.com, once worth £250 ml, goes broke.
18 Nine shot in Istanbul after Galatasaray's defeat of Arsenal.
19 A Chicago family claimed half of a record $363 mil lottery prize.
19 China signs trade agreement with EU, leading to joining the WTO.
19 Fireworks factory explosion,3rd in a week in Europe,Verola,Italy.
19 Shuttle Atlantis takes off to repair International Space Station.
19 Skating champion Tonya Harding punched boyfriend, 3 days jail.
MAY 19 South Korean PM Park Taejoon resigns over tax evasion.
20 Pete Townshend's Fender Stratocaster guitar sold for £75000.
20 PM Tony Blair and wife (45) gave birth to their 4th baby, Leo
20 Wembley Stadium's 72nd and last FA Cup, Chelsea 1 Aston Villa 0.
21 Boats in Turkish festival capsize drowning 32 women and children.
21 M Schummaker wins the European 2000 F1 Grand Prix (Ferrari)
21 Sherpa Babu Chhiri climbed Everest in record time of 15 hr 56 ms.
22 Bjork won Best Actress award in "Dancer in the Dark" at Cannes.
22 Britney Spears voted World's Sexiest Woman by female FHM readers.
22 Iceland's Pres. Olafur Grimssom won unopposed with no elections.
22 New Royal Mail stamp features anyones face next to a 1st class.
22 Tomb of Bahareya Oasis ruler of Egypt's 26th Dynasty, unearthed.
22 Yugoslavia jails 143 Albanians up to 13 years each for terrorism.
MAY 23 FirstGroup Bus Co offering £1000 travel for scrapping an old car.
23 Great Council of Chiefs in Fiji refused to back an armed coup.
23 Lloyd's to search for £142m in diamonds lost in plane crash.
23 Marks & Spencer cut it's dividend for first time in it's history.
23 NASA puts a 20 000 picture photo album of Mars on the internet.
23 Pearl Taylor of Kinnersley, Herts named AA Landlady of the Year.
24 BMW sold Land Rover to Ford for £1.8 billion.
24 Ching porcelain found in 1820 Indonesia shipwreck, 300 000 pieces
24 New island, Kavachi volcano, formed 20 miles from Soloman Isles.
24 Troubled Millennium Dome gains another chairman, David Quarmby.
24 UK's first new botanic garden for 200 years opened in Llanarthne.
24 United Airlines bought US Airways for £7.7 billion.
25 Celebrations in Lebanon marking Israels withdrawal after 20 years
MAY 25 Somerset House on the Thames re-opened by the Queen Mother.
25 Thieves in Khabarovsk made off with half a mile of railway track.
25 US approves new trade agreement with China allowing easier access
26 Phillipines hijacker, parachuted out at 6000ft, found dead.
26 Russian soldiers dead in the Chechen conflict now exceeds 2000.
26 Storms in Columbia make 200 000 homeless.
27 A priest in China sentenced to 6 years jail for printing Bibles.
27 Australian Corroboree 2000 weekend - promoting racial harmony.
27 The Hong Kong Standard newspaper ceased publication after 50 yrs.
28 Eastenders won the battle of the soaps at the British Soap Awards
28 Longest line of Rolls-Royces record broken - 450 - at Chester.
28 Rupert Bear 1973 annual - cost 53p new - sold for £16 500.
28 Tosio Yamamoto became the oldest man (63) ever to climb Everest.
MAY 29 F1 driver Jenson Button fined £700 for speeding in France(140mph)
29 Shuttle Atlantis lands (in the dark) after repairing the ISS.
30 A square in St Petersburg has been named after Igor Sikhorsky.
30 Bank manager in Shaoguan, China executed for embezzling £180 000.
30 France Telecom buys mobile phone company Orange for £25 billion.
31 China's richest man sent to prison for life for £20 mil fraud.
31 Mother's Day amnesty for 110 (of 300) Nicaraguan women prisoners.
31 Raymond Hanna became the third death at Isle of Man TT races.
Died : JUN 1 Goran Zugic, security advisor to Montenegro Pres.Djukanovic, shot
Died : 6 Seiroku Kajiyama, Japanese Liberal Democrat politician.
Died : 7 Lt General Thomas Kelly, Pentagon's Gulf War spokesman.
Died : 10 George Segal, US pop artist.
Died : 11 Hafez al-Assad, President of Syria, heart attack.
Died : 15 Attilio Bertolucci, poet, father of film director Bernardo.
Died : 19 Noboru Takeshita, ex Japanese Prime Minister.
Died : 20 Nancy Marchand, actress.
Died : 20 Olivier Reverdin, chairman of Rolex Watches.
Died : 24 David Tomlinson, actor. (Father in Mary Poppins)
Died : 29 John Aspinall, animal park owner.
Died : 29 Lady Jane Birdwood, maybe the most right wing person in England.
1 Ethiopia pelted with thousands of fish swept up from Indian Ocean
JUN 1 Minimum wage for 18-21 year olds raised from £3 to £3.20.
1 World's first 24 hr news channel CNN, 20 yrs old and 1 bn veiwers
2 About 100 whales beached themselves at Yucatan peninsula,80 died.
2 David Hempleman-Adams first to fly over north pole in a balloon.
2 Man holding 25 infants hostage in Luxemburg school shot by police
2 Microsoft offices in South Africa shattered by a bomb blast.
2 Peter Littke refused £4.7 million offer for net name e-buy.com
3 Zimbabwe Herald listed 804 white farms to be given back to blacks
4 Awards to Tim Rice and Elton John for Aida at USA's Tony Awards
4 David Coulthard wins the Monaco 2000 F1 Grand Prix (McClaren)
4 Single-handed transatlantic race, 70 start from Plymouth.
5 Anti-capitalists fought with police at Windsor, Canada.
5 Damaged $400 mil satellite brought down in Pacific by NASA.
JUN 5 Massive Sumatra earthquake measures 7.9 Richter - only 51 killed.
5 Pakistan police fired tear gas at traders in anti-sales tax riot.
5 Ten Norwegian divers broke underwater monopoly record of 3 days.
6 Earthquake in Turkey, Richter 5.9, few casualties.
6 Eurostar train de-railed at 155 mph, Paris-London, no-one hurt.
6 Pontoon overturns at a dragon-boat race in China, 13 drowned.
7 George Schultz posthumously awarded Congressional Gold Medal.
7 Spanish mobile phone virus threatens to bring down the network.
7 Suicide bomber in Sri Lanka kills 21 including a cabinet minister.
7 Unilever paid £13.4 billion for the US company Bestfoods.
8 Australians evacuated from the Soloman Islands due to rebellion.
8 Indonesia hit by second earthquake - Richter 6.2.
8 Olympic flame reached Ayers Rock, 100 days to Sydney Olympics.
JUN 9 Millennium Bridge Walkway, London, opened with firework display.
9 Millennium Wheel (London Eye) gets it's 1 millionth visitor.
9 Phillippe Monnet sets record -wrong-way-round-the-world- 151 days
10 Business conference in Brussels disrupted by anti-capitalists.
10 Millenium Bridge closed on first day due to 'structural problems'
11 Earthquake in Taiwam measures Richter 6.7, few cassualties.
11 Power boat Spirit of Cardiff breaks round-Britain record 5dy 6hr
12 Abbey National's net bank, Cahoot, launched, crashed 90 mins later
12 Internet bank Egg floated on stock exchange, 9 x over subscribed.
13 Amstrad tycoon Alan Sugar knighted by the Queen.
14 Iceland Freezer Centres to sell only organic vegetables.
14 Major U-turn by Jehovah's Witnesses allowing blood transfusions.
15 Britain's oldest twins Alice and Nellie Clarke 100 today.
JUN 15 Germany decides to phase out all nuclear power stations (by 2030)
15 New York police arrest 120 in Wall St mafia fraud investigation.
15 Three dozen earthquakes rock southern California, no-one hurt.
16 FBI arrest 200 Mexicans involved in large drug smuggling ring.
16 First edition signed Through the Looking Glass sold for £8625.
16 Navy defuse 300 2nd World War explosive devices on Normandy Beach
16 Two cosmonauts, aboard Mir station for 2 months, returned home.
17 British fans riot in Belgium at footballs Euro 2000, 500 arrested
17 Carol Vorderman, highest paid woman on British TV, gets an MBE.
17 Leaning Tower of Pisa was re-opened to the public after 10 years.
17 Michael Caine gets a Knighthood - and not many people know that.
17 Russian media magnate Vladimir Gusinsky arrested on fraud charge.
17 World nettle-eating championships held at Marshwood, Dorset.
JUN 18 Annual London-Brighton (58 ml) cycle ride attracted 27 000 riders
18 Bodies of 58 Chinese illegal immigrants found in a Dover lorry.
18 Earthquake in Iceland (richter 6.6), widespread damage.
18 M Schumacher wins the Canadian 2000 F1 Grand Prix (Ferrari).
18 Ron Dennis of F1 (McLaren) receives CBE.
19 Britain's Post Office lost £264 mil, it's first loss for 24 years
19 British national lottery creates it's 1000th millionaire.
19 Lorry at Dover found entering with 58 dead illegal immigrants.
20 Chris Gent, Vodafone Airtouch chief executive, gets £10 mil bonus
20 Riots in Los Angeles as LA Lakers win NBA championship.
20 Stonehenge opened on summer solstice after 16 years of closure.
20 USA ceased North Korea trade sanctions after North-South summit.
21 Dictator General Pinochet's 2 armoured Mercedes sold for £750 000
JUN 21 Duncan Fairfax-Lucy gives Ben Nevis (the mountain) to charity.
21 England exited football's Euro 2000 championship, lost to Romania
21 Second earthquake (richter 6.6) in Iceland, no damage.
21 Yugoslavia's late president Tito's yacht sold for $750 000.
22 A 50km square locust cloud destroying crops in Peru.
22 Ladies Day at Royal Ascot, hats threatened by winds up to 45 mph.
23 Arson at a backpackers hostel in Childers, Australia killed 15.
23 Glastonbury in the grip of the music festival for next 3 days.
24 Friends can watch London Register Office weddings on a web camera
24 Indian cinema's Oscars equivalent held in The Millenium Dome.
25 100 000 at Glastonbury Festival joined by 15000 fence jumpers.
25 Election by 101m Japanese returns Yoshiro Mori as Prime Minister.
26 ~Announcement in Washington and London that the Human Genome
JUN 26 French air traffic controllers on strike, all flights cancelled.
~has been de-coded, first draft of the 3 billion instructions.
27 Earthquake on outskirts of Rome, people sent running, no-one hurt
27 First Olympic Torch to burn underwater, at The Great Barrier Reef
27 Volcano Oyama on Japan's Miyakjima Island errupts, 2300 evacuated
28 Queen opens £50 mil extention to the London Science Museum.
28 Zimbabwe election returns Mugabe promising continued land reform.
29 IBM announced it has built the world's most powerful computer,
106 tons, 12.3 trillion ops, 9920 sq ft,for the US Dept of Energy
30 A work by 13th C artist Cimabue (£7.2m) given to National Gallery
30 Fireworks factory explosion, Jiangmen, China, 30 dead, 200 hurt.
30 First print of the Declaration of Independence 1776 sold for £5m.
30 Forest fire threatens nuclear waste site in Washington State.
Died : JUL 1 Walter Matthau, actor.
Died : 2 Joey Dunlop, 5 times world motorcycle racing champion.
Died : 12 Lord Runcie, former Archbishop of Canterbury.
Died : 17 Paul Young, singer, heart attack. (Sad Cafe, Mike and Mechanics)
Died : 18 Jose Angel Valente, Spanish poet.
Died : 23 Milton W Garland, "Mr Refrigeration", held 41 cooling patents.
Died : 26 Harry Halford, died at 109, the world's oldest man, in Leicester.
Died : 30 Rene Favaloro, Argentinian heart by-pass inventor, shot himself.
Died : 30 Tony Stuart, actor and writer.
1 Crowd surge at Copenhagen rock festival crushes 8 fans to death.
1 France takes the 6 mth rolling European presidency from Portugal.
1 New 16 km bridge and tunnel link between Sweden and Denmark opens
1 US law passed making electronic signatures as valid as ink ones.
JUL 2 David Coulthard wins the French 2000 F1 Grand Prix (McLaren) and
2 France won the Euro 2000 soccer trophy 2-1 against Italy.
2 Honda demonstrated a human-like robot, the P3, 5ft 7in, 20 stone.
2 Re-match staged at Buckingham Palace between Bjorn Borg and
John McEnroe for charity NSPCC, McEnroe wins, £1.5 mil raised.
3 56 000 penguins evacuated from Dassen Is, SA, after oil spill.
3 Communists re-elected in Mongolia after 4 years of coalition.
3 Mexico's PRI beaten after 71 years, Vicente Fox (NAP) elected.
4 A Michelangelo drawing (Risen Christ) sold for £8 mil in London.
4 Largest known giant squid washed up in Antarctica, 7ft, 63lbs.
4 The Civil List (Queen's income from the govt) pegged at £8 mil.
5 Earthquake near Tokyo shook a string of volcanic islands (5.5 R).
5 Sean Connery knighted by the Queen at Holyroodhouse Palace.
JUL 6 Lt Col Andy Buxton caught in Pristina brothel, relieved of duties
6 PM Tony Blair's son (16) arrested for drunkeness in Leicester Sq.
7 Spitting Image puppet of Mrs Thatcher auctioned on net for £1400.
7 The Queen registered Sandringham and Balmoral as trade marks.
8 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling published.
8 Pres. Castro (Cuba) sent box of cigars to new Pres. Fox (Mexico).
8 Two typhoons in the Philippines leave 700 000 homeless.
8 Venus Williams wins Wimbledon singles title (v Lindsay Davenport)
9 A test costing $100 mil of a new US missile defence system fails.
9 Earthquake (R6.1) 100 mls south of Tokyo, eruption on Miyakejima.
9 Party in the Park (100 000 at Hyde, London) for Princes Trust.
9 Pete Sampras bt Pat Rafter to win Wimbledon for the 7th time.
10 3rd biggest plane builder formed by French, German and Spanish Co
JUL 10 Sisters Serena and Venus Williams win doubles title at Wimbledon.
11 Fatty Arbuckles goes broke. (Chain of 50 UK diners)
11 Last reactor at Chernobyl switched off; 8000 have died, so far.
12 Earthquake (R5.1) rocks Java and Sumatra.
12 Fuel thieves from a Nigerian pipeline cause explosion, 200 dead.
12 Powerful car bomb exploded in the centre of Madrid, Eta blamed.
12 Russia launched the ISS service module from Baikonur.
13 Miss Nepal contest in Katmandu hit by protest, 200 arrested.
13 Wimbledon website during the championship received 2.3 bn 'hits'
14 Carphone Warehouse floated on Stock Exchange at £1.6 billion
14 First 400 female Police Officers took to the streets of Iran.
14 Ian Rushbrook paid £100 000 for one of Mrs Thatcher's handbags.
14 Intelligent Finance launch, Halifax's on-line bank, hit by bug.
JUL 14 Joanne Rowling and Harry Potter receive honarary degree (Exeter)
14 Lord Callaghan unveils Peter Pan statue at Great Ormond St Hosp.
14 Millions of French celebrated Bastille Day with a 600 mile picnic
14 Taiwan hit by three earthquakes, little damage. (R5.7)
15 Abdul Salam made the world's biggest curry, a 3.1 ton veggie.
15 Edible and poisonous mushrooms mix-up in Russia, 1000 in hospital
15 Japanese island of Niijima rocked by earthquake (R6.2).
16 Bomb explodes on crowded train in Pakistan, 10 dead, 25 injured.
16 Hakinnen wins the Austrian 2000 F1 Grand Prix (McCalren).
16 Street battles in Indonesian Malaku Islands, Christian v Muslim.
16 Tornado struck Pine Lake campsite in Canada, 9 dead, 130 hurt.
16 Total lunar eclipse - best viewing Asia and Australia.
17 A Mexico taxi driver won a car for staying awake for 64 hours.
JUL 17 Over 3000 evacuated from Montreal suburb after acid factory leak.
17 Second fuel pipeline explosion in Nigeria this week, 50+ dead.
17 Tina Turner gave a farewell concert to England at Wembley Stadium
17 World's largest sailing ship, Royal Clipper,sailed up the Thames
on it's maiden voyage, 439ft, 5 masts, 333 passengers and crew.
18 Round-the-World vintage car rally finished in London after 80 days and 21k miles.
18 The Queen opened new British embassy in Berlin. (was in Bonn)
19 London on bomb alert after device found and exploded by police.
19 Number of people using London Tube hit 20 million per week.
19 Shirley Bassey made a Dame (Millennium Honours) by the Queen.
19 The G7-8 summit of world leaders gather in Okinawa, Japan.
(US, UK, Japan, Canada, Germany, Italy and France: + Russia)
20 ~High Court rules that Equitable Life must be sold as it
JUL 20 More earthquakes rattle islands off tokyo, Japan. (R5.1)
~cannot honour it's bonus commitments to 90 000 pensioners.
21 Earthquakes recorded in Tokyo and Mexico, little damage. (R6.1)
21 The last Ford Escort exited Halewood plant. (sold 4.5 million +)
21 The US voted to lift Cuban sanctions allowing trade and travel
21 Workers on strike at a Strasbourg brewery flooded the streets
with 10 000 litres of beer.
22 Spitting Image puppets (200) sold at Sotheby's for £370 000.
22 Tons of insecticide dropped on New York to kill "West Nile" virus
23 Arizona Uni. Spacewatch finds 17th Jupiter moon - named S/1999 J1
23 Comet Linear-S4 comes closest to earth today.
23 Ex-PM of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, sentenced to 14 yrs hard labour.
23 Over 5000 bikers protested in London against increased fuel taxes
JUL 23 Tiger Woods wins the 129th St Andrews Open Golf Championship.
24 First Wal-Mart Superstore opens in Britain - at Bristol.
24 Internet survey names most annoying song as - The Birdie Song.
25 Electronic signatures used on the internet became legally binding
25 First ever Concorde crashed after take-off at Charles de Gaulle
25 Third fuel pipeline explosion in Nigeria kills 40.
Airport, 100 passengers, 9 crew and 4 on the ground killed.
26 Betty Boothroyd retired after 8 years as House of Commons Speaker
26 Chinese archaeologists found a 2000 yr old toilet, with flusher.
26 The ISS linked up with Zvezda module allowing first crew to board
27 Cuban Pres Castro led a million strong march against US sanctions
27 Napster, an illegal music website, ordered to close by US court.
27 Oasis abandon a Geneva concert after bottles and cans were thrown
JUL 28 mp3.com signs copyright deal with EMI, others to follow.
28 Pres Ratu Josefa Iloila sworn in on Fiji after months of unrest.
28 The Millenium Dome was sold to a Japanese company for £106 mil.
29 Actress Penelope Keith made High Sheriff of Surry by the Queen.
29 Earthquake in Taiwan (R6.1), little damage, no-one hurt.
29 Sea Launch, a converted oil rig near Hawaii to be used for
launching satellites into orbit, made first succesful lift-off.
30 First disposable hearing aids sold, by Songbird. (last 40 days)
30 Jennifer Aniston married Brad Pitt.
30 Rubens Barrichello wins the German 2000 F1 Grand Prix.
31 Ontario students set solar powered cars distance record, 7043km.
31 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez re-elected for a sixth term.
Died : AUG 1 Sir Leslie Hall, architect. (Royal Festival Hall, London)
Died : 5 Lala Amarnath, first cricket captain of an independent India.
Died : 6 Sir Alec Guinness, actor, from Shakespeare to Star Wars.
Died : 7 Sir Alec Guinness, actor. (86)
Died : 8 Sir Robin Day, television interviewer, broadcaster.
Died : 12 Loretta Young, actress.
Died : 14 Edward "Pops" Bernard, one of the world's oldest people, at 111.
Died : 16 Edward Craven Walker, inventor of the 60's Lava Lamp.
Died : 20 Harry Oppenheimer, South African mining magnate.
Died : 27 Henry Austin, tennis player, died on his birthday.
Died : 31 Euan Uglow, South London artist.
1 150 garden gnomes were left outside Australia'a central bank.
1 Barclay's Online goes offline due to 'security' problems.
AUG 1 Shoal of giant Basking Sharks entered the Bristol Channel.
2 Violence at the Republican Party convention, 230 arrested.
3 Earthquake in the Soloman Islands (R6.8), little damage.
3 First artifacts salvaged from SS Titanic, 90 years after it sank.
3 George W Bush nominated for president at Republican Convention.
4 Philadelphia Republican party convention ends.
4 Planet spotted at another sun, Epsilon Eridani, 10.5 light years
4 Queen Mothers 100th birthday party paralyses Central London.
5 Bagpipers in Edinburgh beat record for number of pipers, 10 000.
5 Floods in Assam area, India, 1 million made homeless.
6 Anti-nuclear protest at Aldermaston to mark Hiroshima Day.
6 Earthquake 270 miles from Tokyo (R7.3).
7 20 000 try to control forest fires across 11 US states.
AUG 7 Russia successfully launched a supply ship for the ISS.
8 Anwar Ibrahim, ex Malysian deputy PM, 9 yrs jail on sex offences.
8 Joseph Lieberman chosen as Democratic VP candidate.(first Jew)
8 Kendall Francois convicted of murdering 8 prostitutes in NY, US.
9 Earthquake in Mexico (R7.1), no injuries.
9 Latest Cambridge guess at age of the universe - 14 billion years.
9 Powerful explosion near Moscow's Kremlin, 8 killed 50 injured.
9 US tyre maker Firestone recalls 20 million defective tyres.
9 Vauxhall unveiled the VX220, their first sports car for 90 years.
10 Port of Split, Croatia, stopped while mother whale and calf left.
10 Protesters of savings fund collapse in Romania attack police.
10 Two light planes collide over New Jersey, USA, 10 killed.
11 Latest version of English dictionary now includes "white-van man"
AUG 11 Woolong Panda Reserve, China, celebrated birth of 6 new pandas.
12 World record hot air balloon take off at Bristol - 132 in 1 hour.
13 Mike Hakinnen wins the Hungarian 2000 F1 Grand Prix. (McLaren)
13 The Edinburgh Festival began, cities population doubles.
14 North and South Korea re-open border offices after 4 years.
14 Yahoo's internet site banned in Saudi Arabia as too pornographic.
15 Pres. Bill Clinton opened the 43rd Democratic Convention in LA.
15 Scots university new student offers delayed due to grades mix-up.
15 Tsar Nicholas II made a saint by the Russian Orthodox Church.
16 Concord fleet grounded for safety reasons following recent crash.
17 Cousins share £265 000 for Roman coin hoard found at Glastonbury.
17 Girls beat the Boys as the 'A' Level results were released.
17 Los Angeles Democratic convention ends.
AUG 18 Briton Jason Lewis arrived Australia in pedal boat voyage from US
18 Germany auctioned new mobile phone licences and raised £30 bn.
19 Pirate radio ship Caroline, sank in 1980, is back - legally.
19 Rescue of 118 on a Russian submarine, damaged on 12th, abandoned.
20 Romes's World Youth Day sees 2 million addressed by the Pope.
21 Carribean islands warned of the approach of Hurricane Debby.
21 Worcestershire cave(3 rooms no electric or water) sold for £30 000
22 Martin Strel (45) swims entire Danube (1850 m in 8 wks).
22 The Queen's head chef contracts food poisoning.
23 Bass sold 223 year old beer brewery to Interbrew for £2.3 bn.
24 A Gulf Air Airbus crashed trying to land at Bahrein, 143 dead.
24 Festival in Bunol, Spain, a fight with 120 tons of tomatoes.
24 Volvo recalls 116 000 cars with a suspected suspension problem.
AUG 25 Four days torrential rain in South India leave 100 000 homeless.
25 New see-thru Marks & Spencer staff blouses hastily replaced.
25 President Mugabe of Zimbabwe named 509 white farms to be seized.
26 Cyanide leak into the Trent canal near Stone killed 100 000 fish.
26 The Reading Festival begins for another year of mayhem and noise.
27 Australian time adjusted 2 months early to help at Olympics.
27 Finnish President Tarja Halonen married Pennti Arajarvi.
27 Gangster Reggie Kray out of prison (30 yrs) with terminal cancer
27 Mike Hakkinen (McLaren) wins the Belgian F1 Grand Prix.
28 Australian police fired tear gas into an illegal immigrant centre
28 Moscow's Ostankino TV tower (1772 ft high) destroyed by fire.
28 Notting Hill's Carnival, day of fun for 1 500 000 (approx).
28 Swiss Nestle Co. agrees to pay £10.45m to WW II Jewish slaves.
AUG 29 Unknown British artist Andrew Vicari sold 125 Gulf War paintings
to Saudi Arabian Prince Khaled for £17 million, for a new museum.
30 Bronze Age temple, similar to Stonehenge, discovered at Deliztsch
Germany, built c 5000 BC it is 2000 years older than Stonehenge.
31 Chinese in large scale planting of genetically modified tomatoes.
31 French fishermen blockade cross channel ports.
Died : SEP 4 Godfrey Talbot, one of the BBC voices for over 30 years.
Died : 6 Desmond Wilcox, documentary maker. (married to Esther Rantzen)
Died : 13 Stanley Turrentine, jazz saxophonist. (sugar)
Died : 14 Cheng Kejie, top Chinese politician, executed for corruption.
Died : 14 Gary Olsen, actor. (2.4 Children)
Died : 17 Paula Yates, TV presenter.
Died : 21 Gherman Titov, cosmonaut, second man to orbit Earth.
Died : 21 Jean Louis Sieff, French fashion photographer.
Died : 26 R S Thomas, Welsh poet, ardent Welsh nationalist.
Died : 28 Francis the Belgian, last of the Marseille mobsters,shot in Paris
Died : 28 Frank Wills, Watergate security guard who caught the culprits.
Died : 29 Pierre Trudeau, ex Prime Minister (15th for 16 years) of Canada.
Died : 30 Carl Sigman, songwriter. (Theme to 1950's Robin Hood series)
Died : SEP 30 Lady Plowden, former governor of the BBC, etc.
Died : 30 Pete Gennaro, choreographer. (Tony for musical Annie)
1 China launched it's first nationwide weekly lottery.
1 Tartarstan started to teach latin alphabet instead of cyrillic.
2 Australia opened the Olympic Village.
2 Pres Clinton put the US "Star Wars" MDS project on hold.
3 Annual anti-earthquake drill in Japan.
3 Tornado giving 30 hours of rain ripped through Jiangsu in China.
4 Earthquake in California (R5.2), no injuries, little damage.
4 Last Miyakejima Island evacuees near Tokyo left. (eruption due)
5 England won a test match against West Indies, after 31 years.
5 Fuel rationing in France as lorry drivers protest at high prices.
6 China withdrew 27 Olympic athletes because of drug irregularities
SEP 6 Colin Bodill became first circumnavigator in a microlight.
6 Pacific Island of Tuvalu (pop 9000) became 189th member of the UN
7 Record set for riding the Blackpool Big Dipper - 2000 hours.
7 Sony's Playstation 2 hit the shops - in plenty of time for Xmas.
8 Pres Kawasoe of Mitsubishi resigns over defective cars cover-up.
8 Shuttle Atlantis with seven astronauts on mission to the ISS.
8 UN Millenium Summit - Presidents Castro and Clinton shook hands.
9 UN Millennium summit ends.
10 BT Global Challenge, 12 racing yachts leave Southampton.
10 Ecuador says goodbye to the Sucre currency to use the US dollar.
10 Michael Schumaker wins the Italian 2000 F1 Grand Prix.(Ferrari)
10 Shuttle Atlantis docks with the ISS.
11 Petrol shortages due to truck drivers protest at high fuel prices
SEP 11 Tropical storm Wukong leaves 10 000 homeless in Hanoi.
11 US and Russian astronauts from Atlantis perform maintenace on ISS
12 Australian police charged anti-capitalist mob at Melborne meeting
12 First Scrabble cafe opened in London to launch a "new look" game.
12 Torrential rain in central Japan make 200 000 homeless.
13 Chase Manhattan Corp has bought JP Morgan for $36 billion
13 Essex resort Frinton-on-Sea opened it's first pub.
13 Hilary Rodham Clinton became first First Lady to win an election
in a Democratic primary for the Senate.
14 British fuel price protest ends, European protest continues.
14 Car bomb exploded at the Jakarta Stock Exchange, 15 killed.
14 Flooding in Cambodia makes 600 000 homeless.
15 27th Olympic Games opened in Sydney, 11 600 athletes in 28 sports
SEP 16 Britain's 1st Olympic gold - Jason Queally - timed 1km cycling.
16 Eddie Jordan paid £5m for a Sunseeker yacht, the biggest in UK.
16 Scots Trish Heywood made world president of the Mothers Union.
17 Britney Spears had a tattoo of a fairy put on her bum.
17 Munich Mayor Christian Ude opened the 167th Oktoberfest.
17 Temperatures in Southern California reach 112F, a new record.
18 ISS stocked with 3 tons of food and other supplies from Atlantis.
18 Peter Salsbury resigned as Marks & Spencer CE after 20 years.
19 Mexico City lifted it's 70 yr old booze ban on public holidays.
20 Elton John played a Silicon Valley fundraiser for US VP Al Gore.
20 Shuttle Atlantis arrived back at Cape Canaveral.
21 Britain's 2nd Olympic gold - R Faulds - double trap shooting
21 Lord Snowdon divorced his second wife Lucy.
SEP 21 Missile hits the MI6 building in London, only slight damage.
21 PM Blair & Pres Clinton found guilty of war crimes, in Yugoslavia
22 Bulgarian weightlifters left Olympics after drug test failures.
22 Flooding in West Bengal, India, 10 million cut off.
22 Hundreds of towns across Europe (except UK) had a car-free day.
23 Britain's 3rd Olympic gold - coxless fours (rowing).
23 Earthquake (R4.2) in Warwickshire, England, no damage or injuries
23 Flooding in Mekong delta, Vietnam, 75 000 relocated.
23 G7 nations throw billions at the Euro to stabilise exchange rate.
23 Letter dated Oct 1724 by outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor sold for £14000
23 Steve Redgrave wins his 5th olympic gold in consecutive games.
24 Britain's 4th Olympic gold - Denise Lewis - heptathlon.
24 Britain's 5th Olympic gold - men's rowing eight.
SEP 24 Flooding in Bangladesh, 60 000 homeless.
24 Mike Schumaker wins USA F1 2000 at Indianapolis in a Ferrari.
24 Patsy Kensit divorced Liam Gallagher.
25 Britain's 6th Olympic gold - John Edwards - triple jump.
25 France voted to reduce the presidential term from 7 to 5 years.
25 Second fatal shark attack in two days west of Adelaide, Australia
26 Author Lord (Jeffrey) Archer charged with perjury in libel trial.
26 Fuel shortages in Greece due to truck driver fuel price protest.
26 Violent protesters at IMF and World Bank summit in Prague.
27 Butlins Holiday Camps sold to Haven Leisure for £700 million.
27 Gale sinks Greek ferry - 62 dead, captain arrested for negligence
28 French transport workers on strike, country halted.
28 Reformed stripper, Anna Nicole Smith (32), was awarded $449 mil in the estate of late billionaire husband J Howard Marshall.
SEP 29 All 75 districts of Nepal celebrated Condom Day.
29 Britain's 7th Olympic gold - Shirley Robertson - Europe sailing
29 Britain's 8th Olympic gold - Brian Ainslie - Laser sailing.
29 Denmark votes 'NO' in referendum on joining the Euro currency.
29 In Spain Grapo terrorist left bomb at El Mundo office, 2 injured.
30 Britain's 9th Olympic gold - Iain Percy - Finn sailing.
30 Britain equaled it's best ever performance at the 1924 games.
30 Northern Ireland's notorious Maze prison (used for IRA) closed.
30 Pete Goss's huge £4 mil catamaran Team Philips launched (again).
Died : OCT 1 Nat Fein, pulitzer prize winning photographer.
Died : 1 Reginald Kray, London gangster.
Died : 2 Lea Parkinson, head of Lowry Arts Centre, jumped off it's roof.
Died : 2 Sir Fred Pontin, holiday camp mogul.
Died : 7 Richard Farnesworth, actor, former stuntman, shot himself aged 80
Died : 10 Sirimava Bandaranaike, world's first female premier - Sri Lanka.
Died : 11 Donald Dewar, Scottish First Minister.
Died : 17 Gus Hall, leader of the American Communist Party.
Died : 19 Ivan Owen, gave puppet Basil Brush his voice.
Died : 19 Julie London, singer. (Cry Me a River)
Died : 20 Walter Shenson, film producer. (The Beatles - A hard Days Night)
Died : 28 Hans Ertl, Hitler's photographer. (aged 93 in Bolivia)
Died : 29 Trevor Radford, amateur jockey.
Died : OCT 31 Muriel Evans, western (cowboy) actress.
1 Britain's 10th Olympic gold - Audley Harrison - s'h'weight boxing
1 Britain's 11th Olympic gold - Stephanie Cook - modern pentathlon.
1 Hundreds of Falungong arrested in Tianenmen Square, Beijing.
1 The 27th Olympiad at Sydney ended.
1 The Netherlands legalised brothels.
1 The UK national minimum wage increased by 10p to £3.70 .
1 Two Dover-Calais hovercraft made last crossings after 32 years.
2 Start of the Conservative Party conference (in Bournemouth).
3 Dyson wins patent battle with Hoover, sales of Hoover to stop.
3 The European Convention on Human Rights became law in the UK.
4 After 41 yrs the 5 387 862nd, and last, Mini left Longbridge.
4 Gary Sobers cricket bat, which hit 6 6's in a row, sold at £54257
OCT 5 Craig David, at 19yrs old, won 3 prizes in the annual MOBO awards
5 Lunar Embassy Real Estates are selling moon craters for £18 each.
5 Russia and India sign co-operation agreement.
5 The Dixie Chicks took 4 awards at Country Music Association bash.
5 Yugoslav Parliament set on fire by anti Milosovic demonstrators.
6 A £100 note "lost" in a desk for 200 years auctioned for £40 250.
6 Conservative Party conference in Bournemouth ended - hooraayyy.
6 Earthquake in Japan (R7.3), landslides and homes destroyed.
6 Long queues formed as Harry Potter books went on sale in China.
7 Crown Prince Henri sworn in as Luxebourg's king, father abdicated
7 Hague war crimes tribunal asked for Milosevic to be handed over.
7 Last match at 'Twin Towers' Wembley Stadium (Eng. 0 v Germany 1).
7 Slobodan Milosevic conceded Yugoslav election defeat on Serb TV.
OCT 7 Thousands evacuated from Ascot racecourse after bomb alert.
7 Yugoslav president-elect Vojislav Kostunica given army backing.
8 England won the World Conker Contest at Ashton, Northamptonshire.
8 Gary Kasparov v Vladimir Kramnik start World Chess Champ., London
8 Kevin Keegan, England football team manager, resigned.
8 Michael Schummaker wins the Japanese F1 2000 GP (Ferrari).
8 Record mushroom weighing 28.8kg found at Mayres, France.
8 Yugoslavia's ex-leader Milosovic's playboy son escapes to Moscow.
9 Lorry drivers in fuel price protest at Australian parliament.
9 President Aleksander Kwasniewski re-elected in Poland for 5 years
9 The EU ended most of the sactions it had imposed on Yugoslavia.
10 Nobel Physics prize to Jack Kilby, worked on pocket calculator
10 Sattelite launched from the underside of an aircraft - the HETE-2
OCT 10 UK govt launches much cricised £2 m campaign promoting virginity.
11 Chairman of Japan Bridgestone Tyres resigned over safety scandal.
11 In Granada, Spain, 100 000 attend an anti-terrorism rally.
11 National school milk day - 100 000 schoolchildren had free milk.
11 Nobel Economics Prize to US's James Heckman and Daniel McFadden.
12 Former Indian Premier Narasimha Rao jailed, 3 years for bribery.
12 Nobel Literature Prize to Gao Xingjian from China.
12 Shuttle Discovery blasted off on NASA's 100th flight, 7 onboard.
12 South East England flooded by 2mths rain in 24hrs, £4bn damage.
13 After 30 years, the BBC 9 o'clock news came to an end.
13 British embassy in Yemen attacked with a bomb.
13 Chandrika Kumaratunga elected president of war torn Sri Lanka.
13 Suicide attack from a raft on the USS Cole in Yemen, 17 dead.
OCT 14 Saudi airliner hi-jacked on route to Heathrow, diverted to Syria.
14 The Battle of Hastings was re-enacted, same place, same time.
15 Angela Perez Baraquio was crowned Miss America in Alantic City.
15 Gabrielle Zimmer elected PDS leader (ex-East German communists).
16 BMW unveiled it's replacement Mini at the Birmingham Motor Show.
16 Boots Ltd buy Clearasil Ltd, world's no 1 acne cure, for £233 mil
16 Chevron Oil Co bought Texaco for $34 billion. (now 4th largest)
16 Floods in Northern Italy, 12000 evacuated, 13 dead.
16 Hijacked Saudi airliner released, 40 Britons fly home.
16 Slovenian Davo Karnicar skied down Everest (29035ft) in 5 hours.
17 Calif. website offers pres. votes for sale, fraud investigation.
17 High speed train derailment at Hatfield, Herts, 33 hurt, 4 dead.
17 Man who 'found' 55 Oscars charged with receiving stolen property.
OCT 17 Russia and US sign agreement protecting polar bears.
18 John Lennons's Steinway piano bought by George Michael for £1.45m
18 Stolen Enigma cypher machine sent by parcel to BBCs Jeremy Paxman
18 Xu Yunhong, Chinese Communist Party, 10 yrs jail, abuse of power.
19 The Dalai Lama began his first tour of Northern Ireland.
19 The Euro crashed to a record low against all other currencies.
20 British Telecom (at last) offer free local calls.
20 Greenpeace mouse mats withdrawn due to a fungal contamination.
21 Polio vaccine given to 7 million linked to Mad Cow disease.
21 UK's 12 nuclear powered submarines recalled after fault found.
21 World Monopoly championships start in Canada.
22 Ferrari win F1 2000 Constructor's Championship (first since 1979)
22 Michael Schumacher wins Malaysia F1 GP and the World Championship
OCT 22 Russian Proton rocket launched a US telecommunications satellite.
23 General Electric bought Honeywell for $31 bn.
23 Glasgow MP Michael Martin elected Speaker of the House of Commons
23 Kasparov 4 - Kramnik 5, so far in the World Chess Championship.
24 Actors strike ends in America after 6 months.
24 Barbie the doll now has her own internet radiosite, www.barbie.fm
24 Employers given rights in law to monitor staff e-mails and calls.
24 French town of Lanouaille baked world record apple pie, 2.5 tons.
24 TV group Carlton bought Harlech TV from Granada for £181m.
25 Shuttle Discovery back to earth after 10 days completing the ISS.
25 Solar panels were put onto the medieval Dutch parliament building
25 US Madeline Albright (S of S) in Seoul for N-S Korea discussions.
26 Bruce Willis and Demi Moore divorced in Idaho.
OCT 26 Euro falls to an all-time low in confidence crisis - £0.58.
26 Farmer Bernard Matthews buys back his fast-food-farm for £232m.
26 IR closes 1 million 1997 files because 'information is missing'.
26 Kramnik (6-4 up) wins another game in World Chess Championship.
27 FBI investigate hacking originating in St Petersurg on Microsoft.
27 Four new moons (now 22 in total) discovered orbitting Saturn.
27 Henry McLeish new Scot's First Minister (on Donald Dewar's death)
27 The somoni replaced the rouble in Tajikstan.
28 German women may now legally serve in their army's combat units.
28 Thousands attend Anti-Eurostate rally in Trafalgar Square.
29 Dubai opens 'free-trade Internet City', cost £400m, 100% tax free
29 Hacker compromises integrity of Microsoft's new operating system.
29 Record sausage, 35 miles long, 15.5 tonnes, made in Sheffield.
OCT 30 Ferries, trains, roads closed across Britain, severe 90mph gales.
30 Internet fashion site, boo.com, resurected by US Co.
30 Spice Girls become the first female group to have 9 no.1 singles.
30 Tornado hits near Bognor Regis, caravan park severely damaged.
31 Distance Selling Regulations for the internet came into effect.
31 First permanent crew of the ISS took off from Baikonur cosmodrone
31 SA 747 crashed taking off on the wrong runway at Taiwan, 81 died.
31 Sirs Frederick and David Barclay were double dubbed by the Queen
31 Third day of severe storms and flooding over the UK.
Died : NOV 1 Steve Allen, late night TV pioneer, The Tonight Show.
Died : 5 Amalia Hernandez, founder of the Mexican Ballet Folklorico.
Died : 5 Stephanie Lawrence, West End and Broadway star.
Died : 6 Jimmie Davies, ex-Louisiana gov.,songwriter (You Are My Sunshine)
Died : 8 Queen Mother Ingrid of Netherlands.
Died : 9 Eric Morley, organised the Miss World contests since 1951.
Died : 17 Russ Conway, pianist, entertainer.
Died : 21 Ernest Lluch, Spanish health minister, assassinated by ETA.
Died : 22 Emil Zatopek, Czech Olympic athlete, (nicknamed Locomotive).
Died : 26 Florizel Augustus Glasspole, ex governor-general of Jamaica.
Died : 28 Malcolm Bradbury, author. (The History Man)
1 China started biggest census ever, of a population around 1 billion.
1 Fixed penalty speeding tickets increased to £60, parking to £30.
NOV 1 Jaguar unveiled it's new X-type 'baby jag'.
1 Over 75's get free TV licences from now on, 3 million of them.
2 British Airways Trolley Dollys can in future wear trousers.
2 Sweden's Sven-Goran Eriksson became England's soccer coach.
2 Third day of heavy rain brings the UK worst floods for 50 years.
2 Yuri Gidzenko, Sergei Krikalev (Russia), Bill Shepherd (US)
dock with the ISS and become it's first crew (for next 4 months).
3 Countrywide floods continue in the UK, global warming blamed.
3 Typhoon Bebinca ripped through the Phillipines at 95 mph, 20 dead
3 Viacom buys BET (only cable TV aimed at black America) for £2bn.
4 Scottish school exam board resign after sending out wrong results
4 Worst flooding for 50 years continues in UK, with more to come.
5 Haile Salassie, Ethiopia's last emperor, reburied in Addis Ababa.
NOV 5 Hijacker of a bus in Greece with 30 Japanese commits suicide.
5 Iraq resumed internal flights, stopped in 1991 after the Gulf war
5 London to Brighton vintage car rally took place with 400 entrants
5 Smirnov Vodka Co HQ in Moscow stormed by masked gunmen.
6 Egyptian women win the right to travel abroad without husbands.
6 Genetically modified maize found in supermarket tortilla chips.
6 Michael Ashley given 5 yrs prison for blackmailing Sainsbury's.
7 A new £10 note entered circulation, replacing Dickens with Darwin
7 Election day for George W Bush (rep) or Al gore (dem) as president.
7 Smash and grab attempted at Millenium Dome of £350m in diamonds,
Bulldozer used to smash through to the Millenium Jewels.
8 Canadian Margaret Atwood wins Booker Prize for The Blind Assassin
8 First First Lady to become a Senator, Hilary Clinton in New York.
NOV 8 Huge South Korean conglomerate Daewoo officially became bankrupt.
8 US TV calls the presidential race a dead heat - recounts ordered.
9 Les Manning of Crewe wins Fish & Chip Shop of the Year award.
9 Pablo Picasso's Woman With Crossed Arms auctioned for £36m in NY.
9 Re-count of Florida's votes in presidential race 'may take days'.
10 }... US presidential race is still on - 3 days after polls closed.
10 George Bush leads by 327 votes out of 2.9 million counted, so far
11 } ...... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
11 674th Lord Mayor of London David Howard swore loyalty to Queen
11 EU countries ban French beef as 'mad cow' disease worsens.
12 } ...... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
12 Australian state of Queensland legalises witchcraft, by one vote.
12 Ski cable car fire inside a tunnel at Mt Kitzsteinhorn, 170 dead.
NOV 12 Teletubbies (Telepuziki) invade Russia, RTR to show 365 episodes.
13 } ...... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
13 Beatles album 1, their first for 30 years, went on sale.
13 Biggest poker game in the world, top prize £1m, in Isle of Man.
13 Buckingham Palace staff ordered to switch off mobile phones.
13 Over 400 dead foetuses, awaiting experiments, found at Alder Hey.
14 } ...... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
14 Selling products with dog or cat fur is now illegal in the US.
14 Vodafone pre-tax profit was £3.3 billion.
15 } ...... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
15 Budget Airline Easyjet floated on stock exchange at £3.10 (£777m)
15 Bush leads Gore by 300 votes in Florida, postal votes awaited.
15 First edition 1997 copy of first Harry Potter book sold for £6000
NOV 16 } ...... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
16 Supermodel Kate Moss London home burgled, £300 000 jewels missing
16 The Queen knighted Sir Maurice Micklewhite - or Michael Caine.
17 } ...... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
17 All Saints were named Best Pop Act at the MTV Music Awards.
17 The 21st BBC Children in Need Appeal broadcast, raised £12.5 mil
18 }... the USA's new president still unknown. Bush leads Gore by 927
18 Catherine Zeta-Jones married Michael Douglas at New York's Plaza.
18 Russian cargo ship docks with the ISS.
18 World's first rotating bridge completed in Gateshead.
19 } ...... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
19 Beatles album 1 made Uk no 1 in first week on sale.
19 Sunday Times names Bernie Ecclestone as UK's top earner, £617m.
NOV 19 TV puppet Postman Pat retired by the Post Office after 20 yrs.
20 } ...... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
20 Four Green protesters occupy UK's only GM soya processing mill.
20 John Duthie won a £1 mil poker tournament on the Isle of Man.
20 Judith Keppel first UK millionaire of Wants to be a Millionaire.
21 } ...... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
21 Author Beryl Bainbridge made a Dame by the Queen at Buck House.
21 Large scale flooding in New South Wales, Australia.
21 President Alberto Fujimori of Peru resigned amid fraud scandal.
21 Two feet of snow fell in Buffalo New York.
22 } ...... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
22 Manager Jonathan Shalit sues 14 yr old Charlotte Church for £2m.
22 Spain's first case of Mad Cow Disease reported.
NOV 22 The Gutenburg Bible scanned onto the net by the British library.
23 } ...... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
23 Express Newspaper sold to Richard Desmond's OK magazine for £125m
23 Former King Constantine of Greece wins £1bn of his property back.
23 New to Cornish dictionary - internet(kesroesweyth), site(gwiasva)
23 Prostitutes in Brasil can now have pensions and maternity leave.
23 Vice-President nominee Dick Cheney (Rep) suffers a heart attack.
24 } ...... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
24 About 1 million gathered in Barcelona to protest ETA killings
24 Beatles album 1 made no 1 in the USA, made UK no 1 last Sunday.
24 Javier Perez de Cuellar made new PM of Peru (Fujimori resigned).
24 Sony Playstation 2 went on sale in UK, priced 50% higher than USA
25 } ...... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
NOV 25 English schools to use US scientific spellings (sulphate-sulfate)
25 First 2 German Mad Cow disease cattle were diagnosed.
25 Over 100 Norfolk farms declared free of Swine Fever, started 1996
26 } ...... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
26 Bush lead over Gore in crucial Florida recount down to 327.
26 London premier of Charlies Angels, attended by Prince Charles.
26 World conference in the Hague on global warming ends in chaos.
27 } ...... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
27 After 4 days of landslides on Sumatra Island 119 people are dead.
27 Britain had the wettest autumn since records began 300 years ago.
27 Norway's King Harald opened longest road tunnel (24km Laerdal).
28 } ...... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
28 Actress Wendy Richards was awarded an MBE by the Queen.
NOV 28 Holland became the first country to legalise euthanasia.
28 Jean Chretian (Canadian PM) won a record third term for Liberals.
29 } ...... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
29 China launched Pioneer, the first walking talking hominine robot.
29 Queen opened the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art's HQ in Bloomsbury
30 } ...... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
30 Jean-Bertrand Aristide re-elected president of Haiti.
30 Priyanka Chopra (India) crowned Miss World at the Millenium Dome.
30 The Princess Royal was appointed Lady of the Order of the Thistle
Died : DEC 5 Lord (Colin) Cowdrey, cricketer.
Died : 9 Ionatana Ionatana, prime minister of South Pacific isle of Tuvalu
Died : 19 Kirsty MacColl, singer-songwriter, boating accident in Mexico.
Died : 21 Adrien Henri, Mersey poet.
Died : 22 George Alcock, British astronomer. (found 5 comets)
Died : 23 Allan Smethurst, singing Postman. (Hev Yew Gotta Loight Boy ?).
Died : 23 Sir Jimmy Shand, world famous accordionist of the 50s and 60s.
Died : 24 Victor Borge, entertainer. (The clown prince of Denmark)
Died : 27 Jason Robards, actor, once married to Lauren Bacall.
Died : 27 Walter Hayes, ex-chairman of Aston Martin.
Died : 28 Nick Massi, bass vocalist with the original Four Seasons. (73)
1 } .... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
1 El Salvadore became the 3rd S American country to adopt the US $.
DEC 1 Intelligent Finance, launched by Halifax on July 14, came online.
1 Royal Scottish Assurance fined £2m, mis-selling endowment loans.
1 Shuttle Endeavor left for the ISS with 5 people and 2 solar wings
1 Vicente Fox inaugurated as Mexican president.
2 } .... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
2 After Washington State re-count the US Senate will be split 50-50
2 Lawyers march through Paris demanding legal aid reform.
2 The Odyssey Arena in Belfast's dockland opened.
2 UK government writes off the debt of 21 poorest countries, £1bn.
3 } .... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
3 Australian cricket team win record 12 consecutive test matches.
3 Endeavor astronauts attached world's largest solar panels to ISS.
3 Smashing Pumpkins played a 4.5 hour farewell concert in Chicago.
DEC 4 } .... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
4 Endeavor astronauts complete fixing new solar panels to the ISS.
4 Hackers destroy Turkish PM's web site as protest over wage freeze
4 Pepsi paid £9.3 billion for the makers of Gatorade, Quaker Oats.
5 } .... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
5 Bank of England governor Eddie George knighted by the Queen.
5 Plain English Soc gobbledygook award goes to Alicia Silverstone.
5 Radio Times drops Santa on it's Xmas cover for Harry Potter.
5 US Supreme Court refuses to 'pick a president'; back to Florida.
6 } .... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
6 Beatles album 1 became fastest seller ever, 3.6 m in 1 week.
6 Dixon's web company Freeserve sold to French Wanadoo for £1.65 bn
6 Malfunction at the last Chernobyl reactor closes plant for good.
DEC 6 Queen's speech emphasised law and order, no more street drinking.
6 Two baby pandas arrive at US National Zoo from China in $10m deal
6 US businessman Edmund Pope jailed for 20 yrs in Russia for spying
7 } .... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
7 Thomas Cook Travel Agent sold to German C&N Touristic for £550m
7 UK's first off-shore wind farm fired up off Northumberland coast.
8 } .... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
8 Bronze statue of John Lennon was unveiled in Havana, Cuba.
8 Manchester Triangle complex opened, rebuilt after 1996 IRA bomb.
8 Severe rain in the UK caused the return of widespread flooding.
8 Tesco employed ex-soldiers to guard 600 acres of Xmas trees.
9 } .... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
9 Florida Supreme Court orders re-count of votes - Gore lives again
DEC 9 Gunman fired and kills 20 with dozens injured in Khartoum mosque
10 } .... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
10 Beijing police raid internet cafes for porn, 56 PCs seized of 800
10 Brasil joined the space race with launch of a Sonda rocket.
10 Fireworks factory in Sichuan, China exploded killing 11.
10 Shuttle Endeavor leaves the ISS after a successful flight.
11 } .... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
11 Hydrogel breast implants withdrawn for 'safety' reasons. ??
11 Playboy withdrawn from sale in Brasil because of a Santa cover.
11 Steve Redgrave named Sports Personality of the Year by the BBC.
12 } .... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
12 Ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn costumes auctioned for £640 000.
12 Diplomatic relations with North Korea restored after 50 year gap.
DEC 12 Shuttle Endeavor returned to earth after a successful 11 days.
13 } .... and the USA's new president is still unknown.
13 Bill Clinton made a last trip to Northern Ireland as US President
13 Portrait of a Lady by Rembrandt sold for £19.8 mil at Christie's.
13 US Supreme Court rejects Florida Supreme Court's recount decision
14 ....... and the USA's new president is NOW KNOWN.
14 Following Supreme Court recount decision Al Gore concedes defeat.
14 George W Bush (rep), senator for Texas, is the 43rd US president.
14 US spy Edmond Pope pardoned by Russian president Vladimir Putin.
15 Bosnia and Yugoslavia establish diplomatic relations.
15 Popacatepetl volcano sent gentle rain of ash down on Mexico City.
16 Dublin's National Library paid £1m for James Joyce Ullyses script
16 Relentless snow storms cause power failures across US and Canada.
DEC 16 River Severn became England's biggest lake, covering 30 sq mls.
17 George Bush appoints General Colin Powell as Secretary of State.
17 Popacatepetl volcano near Mexico City smolders, 30000 evacuated.
18 Australia's new $5 note no longer has an image of the Queen.
18 Liz Hurley fined £70 000 for working during a US actors strike.
18 Millenium cities created - Wolverhampton, Inverness and Brighton.
19 Camelot awarded the National Lottery licence for 2nd 7 year term.
19 The 555 seat A3XX European Airbus, officially given the go-ahead.
19 UK's 4th largest Internet Service Provider Breathe.com bankrupt.
20 British drinks giant Diageo bought Canadian Seagrams for £5.5 bn
20 Guatemala became the 4th S American country to adopt the US $.
21 Turkish protesters arrested as Millenium Wheel brought to a halt.
22 Madonna Cicionne married Guy Ritchie at Skibo Castle, Scotland.
DEC 22 New York's Rockefeller Centre sold (by the family) for £1.25bn.
22 Turkey shortage in Germany following 5 cases of 'Mad Cow Disease'
23 A Rembrandt and 2 Renoirs stolen from Sweden's National Museum.
23 The IMF cancelled £22bn of third world debts in 22 countries.
24 French gynaecologists went on strike.
24 This year's Xmas no 1 is Can We Fix It ? - by Bob the Builder
25 The real 2000th birthday of Jesus Christ.
25 There was a white Christmas in Scotland - and Leeds.
26 Red, white and blue tricolors made the state flag of Russia.
26 With it's new solar panels the ISS became 3rd brightest 'star'.
27 All royal warrants were removed from Harrods stores after 62 yrs.
27 US internet firm employee Michael McDermott shot 7 dead at work.
28 Arctic weather over Britain, first snow in London for 4 years.
DEC 28 Cyclone and monsoon rains hit Sri Lanka, 500 000 homeless.
29 Europe's oldest currency, the drachma, traded for the last time.
29 Gastro-enteritis epidemic hits 1 million people in France.
29 LetsBuyIt.com shares were suspended pending a refunding request.
29 Most stolen car in UK is 1985 Nissan Laurel, Porche 911 was 2nd.
30 All of Britain's gold medal winners received a New Year Honour.
30 Astronomer Patrick Moore became a knight.
30 Meteorite smashes into the Island of Tahiti, little damage.
30 Olympic oarsman (5 gold) Steve Redgrave given knighthood.
30 Rival Iranian soccer fans riot in Tehran.
30 Spike Milligan given an honorary (he's Irish) knighthood.
30 Steven Spielberg (US) made a Knight (honorary) of British Empire.
31 A sudden thaw in Moscow sent icicles raining into the streets.
DEC 31 British driver Allan McNish won the 12 race US Le Mans title.
31 Double celebration in Australia, it's their 100th birthday.
31 Messagelabs detected 155 528 e-mail viruses in year 2000.
31 Millenium Dome closed after 1 year and much controversy over cost
31 NASA's Cassini spacecraft, launched 1997, took photos of Jupiter.
31 Series of bombs (5) in Phillipines capital Manila killed 13.