2000 Fun Facts, Trivia, and Major Events

Updated on March 22, 2019
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Gregory DeVictor is a trivia enthusiast who loves to write articles on American nostalgia.

Quick and Interesting Facts From 2000

What are some fun facts, trivia, and major events from 2000? For openers, George W. Bush was elected 43rd President of the United States, Bill Gates stepped down as CEO of Microsoft, and Barry Bonds hit a home run into the San Francisco Bay. America Online (AOL) bought Time Warner, the dot-com bubble burst, and the "I Love You" virus attacked tens of millions of computers worldwide.

In 2000, the average lifespan in the U.S was 77.5 years, Sony released the PlayStation 2, and the last original “Peanuts” comic strip was published. Microsoft released Windows 2000, Internet Explorer was a popular web browser, and eHarmony was launched. “Buzzin” meant blissfully happy, “Wazzup?” was another way of saying "What's up?" and a “newbie” was an inexperienced newcomer.

Back in 2000, unemployment averaged 4.0%, inflation was 3.36%, and the average cost of new house was $134,150.00. The retail price for a gallon of gas was $1.26, a dozen eggs were 89 cents, and a loaf of bread was $1.72.

In 2000, Matthew and Madison were popular baby names, creme brûlée was a crowd-pleaser, and Mary Jane shoes were all the rage. “Gladiator” won five Oscars including Best Picture, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” (ABC) was a favorite TV show, and the New York Yankees won the World Series.

Back in 2000, Albert Einstein was Time Magazine’s “Person of the Century,” Tiger Woods became the youngest player to win a Grand Slam in golf, and Heather French was crowned Miss America. Rosie O’Donnell took control of McCall’s Magazine, General Hospital was America’s favorite soap opera, and the Millennium Summer Olympics were held in Sydney, Australia.

On the international news stage, Gisborne, New Zealand was the first city in the world to welcome in the new millennium, the Euro fell to a record low against the U.S. dollar, and the Big Number Change took place throughout the UK. North and South Korea reached a symbolic peace agreement, fragments of the Tagish Lake meteorite landed on Earth, and control of the Panama Canal was turned over to Panama after 75 years of U.S. control.

Whether you’re a millennial, a 50-something, or a baby boomer, this article teaches you quick facts, trivia, and major news events from 2000.

Table of Contents

For your convenience, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Retail Prices in 2000

  2. Major News Events from the USA

  3. International News

  4. Interesting Sports Trivia

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

  6. Census 2000 Data for the United States

  7. Nobel Prize Winners

  8. Top 40 Television Shows for 2000-2001

  9. Bestselling Books

  10. Ten Most Popular Films

  11. Academy Award Winners

  12. Biggest Pop Music Artists

  13. Number One Music Hits for the Year

  14. Grammy Award Winners

  15. Hot Toys

  16. Heartthrobs & Hunks

  17. Famous People Who Died in 2000

  18. America’s Largest Companies

  19. Companies Launched

  20. Companies and Brands from 2000 That No Longer Exist

In 2000, Planters Cheez Balls were a crowd-pleaser.
In 2000, Planters Cheez Balls were a crowd-pleaser.

1. Retail Prices in 2000

These quick facts 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 & beverages:

  1. Bacon (ShopRite) - $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 & 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 & 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. Major News Events From the USA

  1. William J. Clinton was President of the United States and Albert Arnold Gore Jr. was Vice President.

  2. In 2000, the U.S. population was 281,421,906.

  3. Unemployment was 4.0%.

  4. Inflation was 3.36%.

  5. The prime rate hovered around 9.5%.

  6. The average cost of new house was $134,150.00.

  7. The average yearly income was $40,343.00.

  8. The average monthly rent was $675.00.

  9. A gallon of gas in 2000 cost $1.26.

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

  11. In January, America Online (AOL) bought Time Warner for $165 billion. It 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.”

  12. On January 13, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates stepped down as chief executive and promoted company president and close friend Steve Ballmer to the post.

  13. In February, the NEAR spacecraft became the first to orbit an asteroid.

  14. In March, the NASDAQ peaked at 5,048 just before the dot-com bubble burst.

  15. In 2000, the dot-com bubble burst and thousands of dotcoms worldwide went bust. Casualties included Pets.com, Webvan, Boo.com, Worldcom, North Point Communications, and Global Crossing. Companies that survived included Amazon.com, Priceline, Adobe Systems, ASML, Intuit, ARM, eBay, Oracle, and SanDisk.

  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. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved legislation that banned job discrimination based on height or weight. On May 26, Mayor Willie Brown signed the bill into law.

  19. On July 1, Vermont's Civil Unions Law went into effect.

  20. 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.”

  21. In October, the 100th Space Shuttle mission (STS-92) was flown.

  22. In November 2000, Republican George W. Bush won the presidential election by defeating Democrat Al Gore. It was the closest presidential election in decades. ThePeopleHistory.com points out that the results in Florida were so close that it triggered an automatic machine count of votes under Florida law. The results showed that less than 600 votes separated the two candidates.

  23. On November 7, 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. On November 16, Bill Clinton became the first U.S. President to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War.

  25. In December, retailer Montgomery Ward announced that it was closing its 250 stores after being in business for nearly 128 years. 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.”

3. 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 when the clocks rolled over into the year 2000.

  3. The Euro fell to a record low against the U.S. dollar.

  4. 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.”

  5. Ken Livingstone became London's first elected mayor in 2000 by defeating Conservative Steve Norris, Labour candidate Frank Dobson, and Susan Kramer, the Liberal Democrat. Voter turnout was 33.6%.

  6. Control of the Panama Canal was turned over to Panama after 75 years of U.S. control. (The Panama Canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.)

  7. In 2000, the UK was hit by one of the worst snow storms in over 50 years, bringing public transit to a halt.

  8. 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).”

  9. In January, the flu outbreak in Britain put pressure on the National Health Service (NHS).

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

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

  12. 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.”

  13. In May, India's population reached one billion.

  14. In June, the Presidents of North and South Korea signed a peace agreement that symbolically ended over 50 years of antagonism between the two nations.

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

  16. In July, a Concorde crash killed 113 near Paris.

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

  18. 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.”

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. Interesting Sports Trivia

This sports news from the year 2000 has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

  • World Series Champions - New York Yankees
  • Super Bowl XXXIV Champions - St. Louis Rams
  • NBA Champions - Los Angeles Lakers
  • Stanley Cup Champs - New Jersey Devils
  • NCAA Basketball Champions - Michigan State
  • NCAA Football Champions - Oklahoma
  • U.S. Open Golf - Tiger Woods
  • U.S. Tennis (men/women) - Marat Safin/Venus Williams
  • Wimbledon (men/women) - Pete Sampras/Venus Williams
  • Kentucky Derby - Fusaichi Pegasus

5. 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 bacon, brown butter pasta, cake pops, creme brûlée, cupcakes, fruit smoothies, giant hunks of meat, Planters Cheez Balls, sliders, and sushi.

  3. Fashion trends in 2000 included bell-bottoms, cargo pants, flip-flops, hoodies, leggings, cardigans, denim skirts, Mary Jane shoes, leg warmers, ponchos, and Nehru jackets.

  4. The average lifespan in the U.S was 77.5 years.

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

  6. Microsoft released Windows 2000.

  7. Internet Explorer was a popular web browser.

  8. Online dating site eHarmony was launched.

  9. In March, Sony released the PlayStation 2 gaming console. ThePeopleHistory.com explains that “The Playstation [sic] 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.”

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

  11. In February, Charles Schulz, the cartoonist who created the "Peanuts" comic strip, 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. The "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.”

  12. Oprah Winfrey launched “O, The Oprah Magazine.”

  13. In 2000, General Hospital was America’s favorite soap opera.

  14. Barry Bonds was the first MLB player to hit a home run into the San Francisco Bay.

  15. In September, the XXVII Millennium Summer Olympics began 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.

  16. 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.”

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

6. Census 2000 Data for the United States

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

7. Nobel Prize Winners

This Nobel Prize news has 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. Top 40 Television Shows for 2000-2001

These fun facts and trivia from 2000 have been made available courtesy of Frank Bibler at FBibler.Chez.com.

  1. Survivor (CBS)

  2. ER (NBC)

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

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

  5. Friends (NBC)

  6. Monday Night Football (ABC)

  7. Law & Order (NBC)

  8. Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)

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

  10. The Practice (ABC)

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

  12. C.S.I. (CBS)

  13. The West Wing (NBC)

  14. Will & Grace (NBC)

  15. 60 Minutes (CBS)

  16. Becker (CBS)

  17. Temptation Island (Fox)

  18. Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? (Friday) (ABC)

  19. Just Shoot Me (NBC)

  20. Frasier (NBC)

  21. Judging Amy (CBS)

  22. The Weber Show (NBC)

  23. N.Y.P.D. Blue (ABC)

  24. Touched by an Angel (CBS)

  25. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)

  26. J.A.G. (CBS)

  27. King of Queens (CBS)

  28. Yes, Dear (CBS)

  29. The District (CBS)

  30. The Weakest Link (NBC)

  31. Family Law (CBS)

  32. CBS Sunday Night Movie (CBS)

  33. 60 Minutes II (CBS)

  34. Dharma & Greg (ABC)

  35. Three Sisters (NBC)

  36. 20/20 (ABC)

  37. The Drew Carey Show (ABC)

  38. Providence (NBC)

  39. The Simpsons (Fox)

  40. Dateline NBC (Friday) (NBC)

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

9. Bestselling 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

  11. The Wedding by Danielle Steel

  12. Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwartz

  13. Before I Say Good-Bye by Mary Higgins Clark

  14. Deck the Halls by Mary and Carol Higgins Clark

  15. Gap Creek by Robert Morgan

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.

  11. The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson, Multnomah

  12. Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley with Ron Powers

  13. A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen

  14. On Writing by Stephen King

  15. Nothing Like It in the World by Stephen E. Ambrose

10. Ten Most Popular 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.

  • Best Picture: Gladiator

  • Best Director: Steven Soderbergh (Traffic)

  • Best Actor: Russell Crowe (Gladiator)

  • Best Actress: Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich)

  • Best Supporting Actor: Benicio Del Toro (Traffic)

  • Best Supporting Actress: Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock)

  • Best Original Screenplay: Almost Famous

  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Traffic

  • Best Editing: Traffic

  • Best Cinematography: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

  • Best Art Direction: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

  • Best Costume Design: Gladiator

  • Best Makeup: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

  • Best Visual Effects: Gladiator

  • Best Sound: Gladiator

  • Best Sound Editing: U-571

  • Best Original Score: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

  • Best Original Song: "Things Have Changed" (Wonder Boys)

  • Best Foreign Language Picture: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

  • Best Documentary - Feature: Into the Arms of Strangers

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

12. Biggest 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.

13. 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

14. 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.

15. Hot Toys

These fun facts and trivia from 2000 have been made available courtesy of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

  1. Barbie as Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz"

  2. Celebration Barbie

  3. Digimon cards by Bandai America

  4. Flick Trix by Spin Master

  5. Golden Retriever Puppet by Folkmanis

  6. Harry Potter Quidditch Card Game by Mattel

  7. Harry Potter Trivia Game by Mattel

  8. Harry Potter puzzles

  9. HitClips Micro Music Personal Player by Hasbro

  10. Huffy scooters

  11. Jewel Girl Barbie

  12. LEGO Soccer Championship Challenge by LEGO

  13. Let's Pretend Elmo by Fisher-Price/Mattel

  14. Lincoln Logs by K'Nex

  15. Me and My Shadow by MGA Entertainment

  16. Meow-Chi by Hasbro

  17. Pokemon cards

  18. Poo-Chi by Hasbro

  19. Razor scooters

  20. Road Champs BXS Trick Stick Bikes by JAKKS Pacific

  21. Robotic Puppy by Manley Toy Quest

  22. Rocket the Wonder Dog by Fisher-Price

  23. Sony PlayStation 2 (This toy was sometimes unavailable because of a huge demand.)

  24. Tech Bikes/Boards by Tech Deck

  25. Tonka Tucker My Talkin' Truckbot by Hasbro

  26. Top It and Bop It Extreme by Hasbro

  27. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Board Game

16. Heartthrobs & Hunks

Heartthrobs in 2000 included Christina Aguilera, Gillian Anderson, Jessica Biel, Jordana Brewster, Charisma Carpenter, Rachael Leigh Cook, Penelope Cruz, Brittany Daniel, Melissa Joan Hart, Kate Hudson, Mia Kirshner, Heidi Klum, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Jenny McCarthy, Brittany Murphy, Thandie Newton, Jessica Pare, Amanda Peet, Daniela Pestova, Laura Prepon, Jaime Pressly, Tara Reid, Chloe Sevigny, Jessica Simpson, Amy Smart, Kim Smith, Britney Spears, Julia Stiles, Hilary Swank, Kristy Swanson, Robin Tunney, and Alicia Witt.

Hunks back in 2000 included Sean Faris, Tom Welling, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Klein, Jesse Metcalfe, Shane West, Chad Michael Murray, Ryan Cabrera, Jesse Bradford, and Jared Padalecki.


17. Famous 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)

In 2000, the dot-com bubble burst and thousands of dotcoms worldwide went bust. Boo.com, an online fashion retailer, was “one of the greatest dot-com busts in history.”
In 2000, the dot-com bubble burst and thousands of dotcoms worldwide went bust. Boo.com, an online fashion retailer, was “one of the greatest dot-com busts in history.”

18. 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

  11. Bank of America

  12. SBC Communications

  13. Hewlett-Packard

  14. Kroger

  15. State Farm Insurance

  16. Sears Roebuck

  17. American International Group

  18. Enron

  19. TIAA-CREE

  20. Compaq Computer

  21. Home Depot

  22. Lucent Technologies

  23. Procter & Gamble

  24. Albertsons

  25. MCI Communications

19. Companies 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

20. Companies and Brands from 2000 That No Longer Exist

  1. AltaVista

  2. Blockbuster Video

  3. Boo.com

  4. Borders

  5. Broadcast.com

  6. Circuit City

  7. Compaq Computers

  8. Concorde (supersonic passenger airliner)

  9. eToys

  10. Flooz

  11. Ford Mercury

  12. Ford Saturn

  13. Friends Reunited

  14. GM Oldsmobile

  15. GM Pontiac

  16. GeoCities

  17. Iomega

  18. Kozmo

  19. Minolta

  20. Napster

  21. Palm

  22. Pets.com

  23. Polaroid

  24. Radio Shack

  25. Sam Goody

  26. Sharper Image

  27. Syquest

  28. TheGlobe.com

  29. Tower Records

  30. Vertu

  31. Waldenbooks

  32. Wang Laboratories

  33. Webvan

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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