2000 Fun Facts and Trivia

Updated on July 4, 2020
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Gregory DeVictor is a trivia enthusiast who loves to write articles on American nostalgia.

This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and historical events from the year 2000.
This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and historical events from the year 2000.

Interesting Facts From 2000

What are some fun facts, trivia, and history events from the leap year 2000?

  1. Gisborne, New Zealand was the first city in the world to welcome in the new millennium.

  2. George W. Bush was elected 43rd president of the United States by defeating Al Gore, who was the incumbent vice president. Although Gore won the popular vote, Bush won 271 electoral votes to Gore's 266.

  3. Hillary Clinton was elected to the U.S. Senate. She became the first “first lady” to win public office and while still the First Lady.

  4. NASA reported that the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica had increased to a record size of 11 million square miles.

  5. The NASDAQ peaked at 5,048 just before the dot-com bubble burst.

  6. The retailer Montgomery Ward announced that it was closing its 250 remaining stores.

  7. In Kentucky and West Virginia, over 300 million gallons of sludge smothered 110 miles of waterways.

  8. Bill Gates stepped down as CEO of Microsoft 25 years after founding the company.

  9. Back in the year 2000, the Big Number Change took place throughout the UK, fragments of the Tagish Lake meteorite landed on Earth, and the UK was hit by one of the worst snow storms in over 50 years.

  10. Google launched Google AdWords—the first self-serve online advertising platform.

  11. The dot-com bubble burst and thousands of shopping and communications companies worldwide went bust. Casualties included Pets.com, North Point Communications, and Global Crossing. Companies that survived the crash included Amazon, Priceline, Adobe Systems, eBay, and Oracle.

  12. The use of mobile phones continued to grow as mobile devices became essential consumer products.

  13. The last Peanuts comic strip was published, and Charles Schulz—the cartoonist who created Peanuts—passed away.

  14. General Hospital was America’s favorite soap opera, and ER was the country’s most-watched primetime TV show.

  15. The Broadway musical Cats closed after 7,485 performances.

  16. The St. Louis Rams were the Super Bowl champs, the New York Yankees won the World Series, and the New Jersey Devils clinched the Stanley Cup.

  17. Barry Bonds became the first MLB player to hit a home run into the San Francisco Bay, and Tiger Woods became the youngest player to win a Grand Slam in golf.

  18. In 2000, the weekday morning circulation for newspapers was 46.8 million, and 59.4 million for the Sunday edition. Comparatively, in 2018, the circulation for newspapers—both print and digital—was 28.6 million on weekdays and 30.8 million on Sunday.

  19. A dozen eggs cost 89 cents, five pounds of russet potatoes were 79 cents, and spaghetti sauce was 99 cents for a 16-ounce jar.

  20. You still relied on a clock radio to wake you up because Google Assistant wasn’t around yet.

Here are the five most popular TV shows from 2000-01:

  1. ER (NBC)

  2. Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? (Wednesday) (ABC)

  3. Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? (Tuesday) (ABC)

  4. Friends (NBC)

  5. Monday Night Football (ABC)

Here are five companies that were launched during the year 2000:

  1. Boost Mobile: prepaid wireless services

  2. David and Goliath: clothing, shoes, and jewelry for men, women, and kids

  3. eHarmony: online dating site

  4. MGM Resorts International: hospitality

  5. Moe’s Southwest Grill: restaurant chain

Whether you’re a millennial, a 50-something, or a baby boomer, this article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the leap year 2000. Find out about popular TV shows, movies, music, famous authors and novels, cool sports facts, and other interesting pop culture trends to get the right mix of questions and answers for your 2000s-themed trivia quiz.

Table of Contents

For easier reading, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Retail Prices in the Year 2000
  2. History Facts From the USA
  3. Census 2000 Facts
  4. International News
  5. Sports Trivia
  6. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends
  7. Nobel Prize Winners
  8. Most Popular Television Shows From 2000-01
  9. Best-Selling Books
  10. Highest-Grossing Films
  11. Academy Award Winners
  12. Entries Into the National Film Registry
  13. Cool Pop Music Artists
  14. Number One Music Hits for the Year
  15. Grammy Award Winners
  16. Famous People Who Died in 2000
  17. America’s Largest Companies
  18. Companies and Brands Launched

In 2000, General Motors was one of America’s largest corporations.
In 2000, General Motors was one of America’s largest corporations.

1. Retail Prices in the Year 2000

These facts from the American retail industry have been made available courtesy of the Morris County Public Library in Whippany, NJ.

Automobiles (new):

  1. 2000 Buick Regal: $19,999.00

  2. 2000 Chevy Malibu LS: $18,295.00

  3. 2000 Nissan Pathfinder 4x4: $27,999.00

Clothing:

  1. Juniors’ sweater: $19.99-$38.00 each

  2. Men’s coat (London Fog): $90.00-$550.00 apiece

  3. Men’s shirt (Van Heusen, sport): $17.99 each

  4. Men’s sport coat: $165.00-$250.00 apiece

  5. Men’s slacks (Dockers): $32.99-$49.99 a pair

  6. Men’s suit: $375.00-$475.00 each

  7. Sweatshirt (Russell Athletic): $18.00 apiece

  8. Women’s boots: $69.00-$125.00 a pair

  9. Women’s coat: $69.99-$585.00 each

  10. Women’s shoes (Enzo Angiolini pumps): $49.99 a pair

  11. Women’s suit: $99.99-$286.00 apiece

Food and beverages:

  1. Bacon (ShopRite brand): $1.39 per pound

  2. Bananas: Three pounds for $1.00

  3. Beef (bottom roast): $1.29 per pound

  4. Candy (M&M’s/Mars, fun-size for Halloween): $1.78-$2.99 a bag

  5. Cheese (Sorrento Mozzarella): $1.99 a pound

  6. Chicken (boneless, skinless cutlets): $1.89 per pound

  7. Coffee (Folgers): $2.00 for an 11-ounce can

  8. Fish (fresh cod): $6.99 per pound

  9. Frozen dinners (Stouffer’s): $1.49-$4.29 each

  10. Juice (Florida’s Natural): $2.00 for a 64-ounce carton

  11. Lettuce (Iceberg): 59 cents a head

  12. Macaroni (Ronzoni): $1.00 for three 16-ounce boxes

  13. Pork chops: $3.59 per pound

  14. Potatoes (Russet): 79 cents for a five-pound bag

  15. Spaghetti sauce (Ragu): 99 cents for a 16-ounce jar

Household and seasonal goods:

  1. Bed linen set (“Bed in a Bag”): $79.99 per set

  2. Christmas lawn ornaments (lighted deer): $49.99-$69.99 each

  3. Christmas lights (“ice” style): $19.99-$29.99 a strand

  4. Dishwasher (Maytag): $299.00 each

  5. Flower bulbs (lilies): Two packs for $5.00

  6. Laundry detergent (All): $5.99 for a 200-ounce container

  7. Lawn food (Frank’s): $6.99 for 16 pounds

  8. Microwave oven (General Electric): $89.95

  9. Paper towels (Scott): $11.99 for a 12-pack

  10. Refrigerator (General Electric): $999.95

  11. Shrubs (evergreens): $7.99-$149.99 each

  12. Toaster oven (Black & Decker): $27.99-$44.99

  13. Vacuum (Hoover): $99.88-$199.88

  14. Washing machine (Whirlpool, super capacity): $269.00

Recreation and amusements

  1. Camcorder (Sharp): $249.00

  2. Coin display unit (“50 States Quarters”): $10.00

  3. Computer (Dell Dimension, 64 MB with 15″ monitor): $899.00

  4. Dish network (10 channels): $10.99 a month

  5. MP3 player (Samsung): $399.00

  6. PlayStation (Sony): $299.00

  7. Snowboard: $299.00

  8. Telephone (Verizon, digital): $39.99

  9. Television (Sony, 53″ screen): $1,999.99-$2,299.99

  10. VCR (Sharp, Hi-Fi stereo): $49.00

  11. Walkman (Sony): $99.99 each

In 2000, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” (ABC) was a popular television show.
In 2000, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” (ABC) was a popular television show.

2. History Facts From the USA

  1. Bill Clinton was president of the United States, and Al Gore was vice president.

  2. The U.S. population was 281,421,906. Census.gov tells us that “Population growth varied significantly by region in the 1990s, with higher rates in the West (19.7 percent) and South (17.3 percent)[,] and much lower rates in the Midwest (7.9 percent) and Northeast (5.5 percent).”

  3. Inflation was 3.36%, and unemployment hovered around 4.0%.

  4. In March, gold was $293.75 per troy ounce.

  5. On May 17, the prime rate was 9.5%.

  6. The median price of a new house was $169,000, and the average price was $207,000.

  7. In 2000, the average yearly income was $40,343.

  8. A gallon of gas cost $1.26.

  9. The price of a first-class stamp was 34 cents.

  10. In January, America Online (AOL) bought Time Warner for $165 billion, which was the biggest corporate merger in U.S. history. ABC News tells us that “AOL needed access not only to Time Warner's media content machine—which produces films, music, TV shows and magazines—but also to Time Warner's large network of cable TV lines, which is second only to AT&T's and reaches 20 percent of U.S. households.”

  11. On January 13, Bill Gates stepped down as CEO of Microsoft 25 years after founding the company. He handed over the day-to-day operations of the software giant to Steve Ballmer, his longtime right-hand man.

  12. In February, the NEAR spacecraft became the first robotic space probe to orbit an asteroid.

  13. On March 10, the NASDAQ peaked at 5,048 just before the dot-com bubble burst.

  14. On March 10, the 1990s dot-com boom ended, and thousands of dotcoms worldwide went bust, including many shopping sites and communications companies. Casualties included Pets.com, Webvan, Boo.com, Worldcom, North Point Communications, and Global Crossing. Companies that survived the crash included Amazon, Priceline, Adobe Systems, ASML, Intuit, ARM, eBay, Oracle, and SanDisk.

  15. On May 1, Barry Bonds became the first MLB player to hit a home run into the San Francisco Bay.

  16. On May 14, the "I Love You" virus attacked tens of millions of computers worldwide. According to Commdocs.House.gov, “a number of people around the world began their day by reviewing their e-mails, including one with an attachment attractively entitled ‘I LOVE YOU.’ Upon opening the attachment, however, these unsuspecting victims soon learned that saying ‘I love you’ also meant having to say 'I'm sorry' as they became victims of the Love Bug computer virus. In one day's time, roughly 47 million people received the email worldwide and the virus looked for love in all the wrong places in over 10 million computers.”

  17. On May 22, California’s “electricity supply crisis” began. On an extremely hot day, the California Independent System Operator (ISO) declared “the first Stage 2 power alert when heavy usage contributes to power reserves dropping to 5 per cent.”

  18. On July 24, Tiger Woods became the youngest player to win a Grand Slam in golf. The Associated Press remarks that “Woods not only became the youngest player to win the career Grand Slam, he completed it faster than any of the four greats who did it before him.”

  19. In September, NASA reported that the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica had increased to a record size of 11 million square miles.

  20. In October, over 300 million gallons of sludge smothered 110 miles of waterways in Kentucky and West Virginia.

  21. In November, George W. Bush was elected 43rd president of the United States by defeating Al Gore, who was the incumbent vice president. Although Gore won the popular vote, Bush won 271 electoral votes to Gore's 266.

  22. Nevertheless, the outcome of the 2000 presidential race was unknown for several weeks because of a dispute over the vote totals in Florida. In Bush v. Gore, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Bush had won Florida's electoral votes “by a margin of only 537 votes out of almost six million cast.” As a result, George W. Bush became the president-elect.

  23. In November, Hillary Clinton was elected to the U.S. Senate. She became the first “First Lady” to win public office and while still the First Lady.

  24. In December, retailer Montgomery Ward announced that it was closing its 250 remaining stores. According to ABC News, “Wards pioneered mail-order catalogs [in 1872] when it came out with a single sheet of dry-good items for sale. It was the first U.S. mail-order house to sell general merchandise. Sears, Roebuck & Co. wasn’t founded until 1886 and didn’t put out its first general merchandise catalog until a decade after that.”

  25. In 2000, researchers at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh revealed that about 87% of the American population could be “uniquely identified” by only using their date of birth, gender, and ZIP code.

3. Census 2000 Facts

This data has been made available courtesy of Census.gov.

Total U.S. population: 281,421,906

  1. New York, NY: 8,008,278

  2. Los Angeles, CA: 3,694,820

  3. Chicago, IL: 2,896,016

  4. Houston, TX: 1,953,631

  5. Philadelphia, PA: 1,517,550

  6. Phoenix, AZ: 1,321,045

  7. San Diego, CA: 1,223,400

  8. Dallas, TX: 1,188,580

  9. San Antonio, TX: 1,144,646

  10. Detroit, MI: 951,270

  11. San Jose, CA: 894,943

  12. Indianapolis, IN: 781,870

  13. San Francisco, CA: 776,733

  14. Jacksonville, FL: 735,617

  15. Columbus, OH: 711,470

  16. Austin, TX: 656,562

  17. Baltimore, MD: 651,154

  18. Memphis, TN: 650,100

  19. Milwaukee, WI: 596,974

  20. Boston, MA: 589,141

In 2000, Sony released the PlayStation 2, which became “the best selling gaming console in history.”
In 2000, Sony released the PlayStation 2, which became “the best selling gaming console in history.”

4. International News

  1. Gisborne, New Zealand was the first city in the world to welcome in the new millennium.

  2. Very few computer malfunctions were reported worldwide when the clocks rolled over into the year 2000.

  3. In January, the Euro fell to a record low against the U.S. dollar, “slipping below the 99-cent mark for the first time.” Money.CNN.com confirms that the fall below parity resulted from expectations that the “buoyant U.S. economy” would “spur higher interest rates,” and would “lure investors away from the single currency to dollar-denominated securities.”

  4. In January, fragments of the Tagish Lake meteorite landed on Earth. According to Astrobiology.NASA.gov, “Around 9:48 on the morning of January 18, 2000, a 150-ton space rock plunged into the earth’s atmosphere. As it approached the Canadian remote territories, the meteor traveled at the speed of a fast highway car (67 miles per hour).”

  5. In January, Dr. Harold Shipman received a life sentence for murdering 15 of his patients, and “making him Britain's most prolific convicted serial killer.”

  6. In March, the Constitution of Finland was rewritten.

  7. In April 2000, the Big Number Change took place throughout the UK. Chris Smith explains that the switchover “saw a permanent change to 02x dialing codes in a number of regions. For example, London changed to 020. Alongside the changes to the dialling [sic] codes, some local numbers grew to eight digits (starting with 7 in inner and 8 in outer London), which resulted in a five-fold increase in local capacity. The change affected 11.5 million local telephone lines around the UK, but created a reserve of nine billion telephone numbers for future use.”

  8. In May, Ken Livingstone became London's first-elected mayor by defeating Conservative Steve Norris, Labour candidate Frank Dobson, and Susan Kramer, the Liberal Democrat. Voter turnout was 33.6%.

  9. In June, Kim Jong-il and Kim Dae Jung—the presidents of North and South Korea—signed a symbolic peace accord, thus ending over 50 years of antagonism between the two nations.

  10. In June, the new Millennium Bridge opened in London, but was closed two days later because of safety concerns.

  11. In July, a Concorde crash killed 113 people near Paris.

  12. In July, the Oresund Bridge—connecting Sweden and Denmark—opened for traffic.

  13. In September, as the price of crude oil reached $35 a barrel, fuel protests took place in the UK. According to BBC.co.uk, “Inspired by the successful protests in France a week earlier, about 100 farmers and lorry drivers from Wales and north-west England blockade[d] the Stanlow Shell Oil Refinery in Cheshire.”

  14. In September, Pierre Trudeau, a Liberal politician and the 15th Prime Minister of Canada, passed away. Britannica.com explains that “His terms in office were marked by the establishment of diplomatic relations with China (1970) and improved relations with France, the defeat of the French separatist movement, constitutional independence from the British Parliament, and the formation of a new Canadian constitution with the principal additions of a bill of rights and an amending formula.”

  15. In December, the UK was hit by one of the worst snow storms in over 50 years, bringing public transit to a halt.

5. Sports Trivia

This information has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

  1. World Series Champions: New York Yankees

  2. Super Bowl XXXIV Champions: St. Louis Rams

  3. NBA Champions: Los Angeles Lakers

  4. Stanley Cup Champs: New Jersey Devils

  5. NCAA Basketball Champions: Michigan State

  6. NCAA Football Champions: Oklahoma

  7. U.S. Open Golf: Tiger Woods

  8. U.S. Tennis (men/women): Marat Safin/Venus Williams

  9. Wimbledon (men/women): Pete Sampras/Venus Williams

  10. Kentucky Derby: Fusaichi Pegasus

6. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  1. In 2000, popular baby names were Jacob, Aiden, Ethan, Matthew, Emily, Emma, Madison, and Hannah.

  2. Food trends included brown butter pasta, cake pops, creme brûlée, cupcakes, fruit smoothies, giant meat slices, sliders, and sushi.

  3. Fashion statements were bell-bottoms, cargo pants, flip-flops, hoodies, leggings, cardigans, denim skirts, Mary Jane shoes, leg warmers, ponchos, and Nehru jackets.

  4. Hot toys for the year included Barbie as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Celebration Barbie, the Harry Potter Trivia Game, Harry Potter puzzles, Huffy scooters, the LEGO Soccer Championship Challenge, Pokemon cards, Rocket the Wonder Dog, and the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Board Game. Of course, the Sony PlayStation 2 was also popular, but this toy was sometimes unavailable because of a huge consumer demand.

  5. The average lifespan in the United States was 76.9 years. According to CDC.gov, “The age-adjusted death rate in the United States reached an all-time low in 2000 of 872 deaths per 100,000 population.”

  6. In 2000, the weekday morning circulation for newspapers was 46.8 million, and 59.4 million for the Sunday edition. Comparatively, in 2018, the circulation for newspapers—both print and digital—was 28.6 million on weekdays and 30.8 million on Sunday.

  7. Consumers bought 943 million CDs.

  8. Companies and brands from 2000 that no longer exist include AltaVista, Blockbuster, Boo.com, Borders, Circuit City, Compaq Computers, the Concorde (a supersonic passenger airliner), eToys, Ford Mercury, Ford Saturn, GM Oldsmobile, GM Pontiac, GeoCities, Minolta, Napster, Pets.com, Polaroid, Radio Shack, Sam Goody, Sharper Image, Tower Records, Waldenbooks, and Wang Laboratories.

  9. General Hospital was America’s favorite soap opera, and ER was the country’s most-watched primetime TV show.

  10. Heather French (Kentucky) was crowned Miss America.

  11. Lynnette Cole (Tennessee) became Miss USA.

  12. Fashion icons included Christina Aguilera, Jessica Biel, Penelope Cruz, Brittany Daniel, Melissa Joan Hart, Kate Hudson, Mia Kirshner, Heidi Klum, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Brittany Murphy, Amanda Peet, Jaime Pressly, Jessica Simpson, Amy Smart, Kim Smith, Britney Spears, Hilary Swank, and Reese Witherspoon.

  13. Microsoft released Windows 2000, and Internet Explorer and Netscape were popular web browsers.

  14. In 2000, the last original Peanuts comic strip was published. The end date was January 3 for daily newspapers and February 13 for the Sunday edition.

  15. In February, Charles Schulz, the cartoonist who created Peanuts, passed away. InfoPlease.com tells us that “In a career that spanned nearly 50 years, Schulz drew more than 18,250 Peanuts comic strips, which expressed a droll philosophy through the precocious children. Peanuts debuted in 1950 and went on to be the most widely read comic strip in the world, with an audience of 355 million in 75 countries. It ran in 2,600 newspapers and was published in 21 languages, including Serbo-Croatian, Chinese, and Tlingit.”

  16. In March, Sony released the PlayStation 2 gaming console. ThePeopleHistory.com explains that “The PlayStation 2 went on to become the best selling gaming console in history, selling over 155 million units worldwide. Part of its success relied on the system’s backward compatibility, allowing users to play games on the console from the previous model.” (Back in 2000, a Sony PlayStation cost $299.00.)

  17. On July 29, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston tied the knot.

  18. In August, the online dating site eHarmony was launched.

  19. In September, the XXVII Millennium Summer Olympics were held in Sydney, Australia. A total of 10,651 athletes from 199 countries participated in 300 events. The United States won 97 medals, including 40 gold medals.

  20. In September, the Broadway musical Cats closed after 7,485 performances. It was the fourth longest-running Broadway show, surpassed only by The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, and The Lion King.

  21. In October, Google launched Google AdWords—the first self-serve online advertising platform. Wordstream.com explains that AdWords was initially launched “on a pay-per-impression basis and only on the right-hand side of the search results. Users would sign up on a completely self-serve basis and set how much they were willing to pay per thousand impressions (or times the ad showed); whoever was bidding the most would appear higher up on the page.”

  22. Back in 2000, you still relied on a clock radio to wake you up because Google Assistant wasn’t around yet.

  23. You had five more hours in your day because you only had a tiny flip phone. (Remember, flip phones could only do so much.)

  24. You patiently printed out map directions from MapQuest.

  25. You had a monthly subscription to Netflix to rent DVDs.

In 2000, Internet Explorer was a popular web browser.
In 2000, Internet Explorer was a popular web browser.

7. Nobel Prize Winners

These history facts have been made available courtesy of InfoPlease.com.

  1. Peace: Kim Dae Jung, President of South Korea

  2. Physics: Jointly to Zhores I. Alferov (Russia) and Herbert Kroemer (U.S.)

  3. Medicine: Arvid Carlsson (Sweden), Paul Greengard (U.S.), and Eric Kandel (U.S.)

  4. Chemistry: Alan J. Heeger (U.S.), Alan G. MacDiarmid (U.S.), and Hideki Shirakawa (Japan)

  5. Literature: Gao Xingjian (China)

  6. Economics: James J. Heckman (U.S.) and Daniel L. McFadden (U.S.).

8. Most Popular Television Shows From 2000-01

These fun facts have been made available courtesy of Frank Bibler at FBibler.Chez.com. Generally suitable for all age groups, television trivia questions and answers are a welcome addition to any party game.

  1. ER (NBC)

  2. Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? (Wednesday) (ABC)

  3. Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? (Tuesday) (ABC)

  4. Friends (NBC)

  5. Monday Night Football (ABC)

  6. Law & Order (NBC)

  7. Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)

  8. Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? (Sunday) (ABC)

  9. The Practice (ABC)

  10. Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? (Thursday) (ABC)

In 2000, Moe’s Southwest Grill was founded.
In 2000, Moe’s Southwest Grill was founded.

9. Best-Selling Books

This book trivia from the year 2000 has been made available courtesy of PublishersWeekly.com.

Fiction:

  1. The Brethren by John Grisham

  2. The Mark by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye

  3. The Bear and the Dragon by Tom Clancy

  4. The Indwelling by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye

  5. The Last Precinct by Patricia Cornwell

  6. Journey by Danielle Steel

  7. The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks

  8. Roses Are Red by James Patterson

  9. Cradle and All by James Patterson

  10. The House on Hope Street by Danielle Steel

Nonfiction:

  1. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

  2. Guinness World Records 2001

  3. Body for Life by Bill Phillips

  4. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

  5. The Beatles Anthology by The Beatles

  6. The O’Reilly Factor by Bill O’Reilly

  7. Relationship Rescue by Dr. Phil McGraw

  8. The Millionaire Mind by Thomas J. Stanley

  9. Ten Things I Wish I’d Known--Before I Went Out into the Real World by Maria Shriver

  10. Eating Well for Optimum Health by Andrew Weil, M.D.

10. Highest-Grossing Films

This film news from 2000 has been made available courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  1. How The Grinch Stole Christmas

  2. Cast Away

  3. Mission Impossible II

  4. Gladiator

  5. What Women Want

  6. The Perfect Storm

  7. Meet The Parents

  8. X-Men

  9. Scary Movie

  10. What Lies Beneath

11. Academy Award Winners

This information has been made available courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  1. Best Picture: Gladiator

  2. Best Director: Steven Soderbergh (Traffic)

  3. Best Actor: Russell Crowe (Gladiator)

  4. Best Actress: Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich)

  5. Best Supporting Actor: Benicio Del Toro (Traffic)

  6. Best Supporting Actress: Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock)

  7. Best Original Screenplay: Almost Famous

  8. Best Adapted Screenplay: Traffic

  9. Best Editing: Traffic

  10. Best Cinematography: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

  11. Best Art Direction: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

  12. Best Costume Design: Gladiator

  13. Best Makeup: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

  14. Best Visual Effects: Gladiator

  15. Best Sound: Gladiator

  16. Best Sound Editing: U-571

  17. Best Original Score: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

  18. Best Original Song: Things Have Changed (Wonder Boys)

  19. Best Foreign Language Picture: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

  20. Best Documentary - Feature: Into the Arms of Strangers

12. Entries Into the National Film Registry

  1. A Star Is Born (1954)

  2. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

  3. Apocalypse Now (1979)

  4. Dracula (1931)

  5. Five Easy Pieces (1970)

  6. Goodfellas (1990)

  7. Koyaanisqatsi (1983)

  8. Let’s All Go to the Lobby (1957)

  9. Little Caesar (1930)

  10. Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)

  11. Multiple SIDosis (1970)

  12. Network (1976)

  13. Peter Pan (1924)

  14. Porky in Wackyland (1938)

  15. President McKinley Inauguration Footage (1901)

  16. Regeneration (1915)

  17. Salomé (1923)

  18. Shaft (1971)

  19. Sherman’s March (1986)

  20. The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)

  21. The Land Beyond the Sunset (1912)

  22. The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

  23. The Living Desert (1953)

  24. The Tall T (1957)

  25. Why We Fight (1943/1945)

  26. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)

In 2000, “Gladiator” won five Oscars including Best Picture.
In 2000, “Gladiator” won five Oscars including Best Picture.

13. Cool Pop Music Artists

These fun facts and trivia from 2000 have been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Carl Thomas, Christina Aguilera, Creed, Destiny's Child, Dixie Chicks, DMX, Donell Jones, Eminem, Enrique Iglesias, Faith Hill, Jagged Edge, Ja Rule, Jay-Z, Keith Urban, Lil Bow Wow, Lonestar, Ludacris, Madonna, Matchbox Twenty, Mya, Mystikal, Nelly, *NSYNC, Outkast, Pink, Rascal Flatts, R. Kelly, Santana, Savage Garden, Sisqo, 3 Doors Down, Tim McGraw, Toni Braxton, and Whitney Houston.

14. Number One Music Hits for the Year

This pop culture news has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

  • October 23, 1999 - January 14, 2000: Santana featuring Rob Thomas, Smooth
  • January 15 - January 28: Christina Aguilera, What a Girl Wants
  • January 29 - February 18: Savage Garden, I Knew I Loved You
  • February 19 - March 3: Mariah Carey featuring Joe and 98 Degrees, Thank God I Found You
  • March 4 - March 17: Lonestar, Amazed
  • March 18 - April 7: Destiny's Child, Say My Name
  • April 8 - June 16: Santana featuring The Product G&B, Maria Maria
  • June 17 - June 23: Aaliyah, Try Again
  • June 24 - July 14: Enrique Iglesias, Be With You
  • July 15 - July 21: Vertical Horizon, Everything You Want
  • July 22 - July 28: Matchbox Twenty, Bent
  • July 29 - August 11: 'N Sync, It's Gonna Be Me
  • August 12 - August 25: Sisqó, Incomplete
  • August 26 - September 15: Janet Jackson, Doesn't Really Matter
  • September 16 - October 13: Madonna, Music
  • October 14 - November 10: Christina Aguilera, Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)
  • November 11 - November 17: Creed, With Arms Wide Open
  • November 18, 2000 - February 2, 2001: Destiny's Child, Independent Women

15. Grammy Award Winners

This music trivia from the year 2000 has been made available courtesy of Grammy.com.

  1. Record of the Year: Beautiful Day (U2)

  2. Song of the Year: Beautiful Day (U2)

  3. Album of the Year: Two Against Nature (Steely Dan)

  4. Best New Artist: Shelby Lynne

  5. Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: I Try (Macy Gray)

  6. Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: She Walks This Earth (Soberana Rosa) (Sting)

  7. Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Cousin Dupree (Steely Van)

  8. Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals: Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't (My Baby) (B.B. King & Dr. John)

  9. Best Pop Instrumental Performance: Caravan (Brian Setzer)

  10. Best Dance Recording: Who Let the Dogs Out (Baha Men)

  11. Best Pop Instrumental Album: Symphony No. 1 (Joe Jackson)

  12. Best Pop Vocal Album: Two Against Nature (Steely Dan)

  13. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell)

  14. Best Female Rock Vocal Performance: There Goes The Neighborhood (Sheryl Crow)

  15. Best Male Rock Vocal Performance: Again (Lenny Kravitz)

  16. Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Beautiful Day (U2)

  17. Best Hard Rock Performance: Guerrilla Radio (Rage Against the Machine)

  18. Best Metal Performance: Elite (Deftones)

  19. Best Rock Instrumental Performance: The Call Of Ktulu (Metallica & Michael Kamen)

  20. Best Rock Song: With Arms Wide Open (Mark Tremonti & Scott Stapp)

  21. Best Rock Album: There Is Nothing Left to Lose (Foo Fighters)

  22. Best Alternative Music Album: Kid A (Radiohead)

  23. Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: He Wasn’t Man Enough (Toni Braxton)

  24. Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Untitled (How Does It Feel) (D’Angelo)

  25. Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Say My Name (Destiny’s Child)

In 2000, American retailer Montgomery Ward announced that it was closing its 250 stores.
In 2000, American retailer Montgomery Ward announced that it was closing its 250 stores.

16. Well-Known People Who Died in 2000

This celebrity news has been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

  1. Al Grey: American jazz trombonist (Snap Your Fingers)

  2. Alec Guinness: British actor

  3. Alfred Gross: American inventor who created the walkie-talkie

  4. Carl Rowan: American journalist

  5. Charles M. Schulz: American cartoonist who created the Peanuts comic strip

  6. Claire Trevor: American actress

  7. Craig Claiborne: American food columnist (New York Times Cookbook)

  8. David Dukes: American actor

  9. David Merrick: American theatrical producer

  10. Douglas Fairbanks Jr.: American actor and decorated naval officer

  11. Gail Fisher: African-American actress (Mannix)

  12. Gwendolyn Brooks: American poet

  13. Hedy Lamarr: Austrian-American actress

  14. Jason Robards: American actor (A Thousand Clowns, Any Wednesday)

  15. Jimmie Davis: American singer and songwriter (You Are My Sunshine)

  16. John Joseph Cardinal O'Connor: Catholic Archbishop of New York

  17. John Lindsay: American politician

  18. Julius J. Epstein: American screenwriter (Casablanca)

  19. Loretta Young: American actress

  20. Maurice Richard: Canadian NHL star

  21. Phil Katz: American computer programmer who created the zip file format

  22. Pierre Trudeau: 15th Prime Minister of Canada

  23. Robert Granville "Bob" Lemon: American baseball player (Cleveland Indians)

  24. Steve Allen: American comedian

  25. Tom Landry: American football coach (Dallas Cowboys)

  26. Victor Borge (Borge Rosenbaum): Danish-American comedian and pianist

  27. Walter Matthau: American actor and comedian (The Odd Couple)

17. America’s Largest Companies

This corporate trivia from the year 2000 has been made available courtesy of Archive.Fortune.com.

  1. General Motors

  2. Walmart

  3. Exxon Mobil

  4. Ford Motor Company

  5. General Electric

  6. IBM

  7. Citigroup

  8. AT&T

  9. Altria Group

  10. Boeing

18. Companies and Brands Launched

This entrepreneurial news has been made available courtesy of Ranker.com.

  1. AT&T Mobility: Wireless telecommunications

  2. After Hours Press: Comics

  3. American Seafoods Company: According to their website, American Seafoods “Harvests, processes, distributes and markets a diverse array of seafood products from sustainably managed fisheries in U.S. waters off Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.”

  4. Amusement Vision: Video games

  5. Atlantis Records: Independent record label

  6. Benecaid: Canadian financial services company

  7. Bid Shopping: English broadcaster that “operated a portfolio of falling price shopping television channels to over 12 million homes in the UK.”

  8. Boost Mobile: Prepaid wireless services

  9. Circus: Video games

  10. Cray: Supercomputer manufacturer

  11. DB Schenker Rail: European railway cargo carrier

  12. David and Goliath: Clothing, shoes, and jewelry for men, women, and kids

  13. Double Fine Productions: Video game developer

  14. eHarmony: Online dating site

  15. Fizzy Lizzy: According to their website, Fizzy Lizzy is “a winning blend of fruit juice and fizzy water, with no added sugars or preservatives, and containing an average of 60% juice per bottle.”

  16. Home Retail Group: One of the UK’s “leading home and general merchandise retailers.”

  17. MGM Resorts International: Hospitality

  18. Moe’s Southwest Grill: Restaurant chain

  19. Progress Energy, Inc.: Prior to its merger with Duke Energy, Progress Energy was “a Fortune 500 energy company with more than 21,000 megawatts of generation capacity and $9 billion in annual revenues.”

  20. Qvale: Italian car manufacturer

  21. Raidmax: Manufacturer of computer cases

  22. ShareASale: Affiliate marketing

  23. Snapfish: Photo-sharing and photo-printing services

  24. Steam Whistle Brewing: Canadian brewery

  25. Verizon Communications: Telephone communications

In 2000, the last original “Peanuts” comic strip was published.
In 2000, the last original “Peanuts” comic strip was published.

© 2018 Gregory DeVictor

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