2000 in the United States
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The following lists events that happened during 2000 in the United States.
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Births
- 4 Deaths
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
- President: Bill Clinton (D-Arkansas)
- Vice President: Al Gore (D-Tennessee)
- Chief Justice: William Rehnquist (Wisconsin) 
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois)
- Senate Majority Leader: Trent Lott (R-Mississippi)
- Congress: 106th
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- January 4 – Alan Greenspan is nominated for a fourth term as U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman.
- January 5–8 – The 2000 al-Qaeda Summit of several high-level al-Qaeda members (including two 9/11 American Airlines hijackers) is held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- January 10 – America Online announces an agreement to purchase Time Warner for $162 billion (the largest-ever corporate merger).
- January 12 – Elián González affair: Attorney General Janet Reno rules that a child rescued by Coastguards must be returned to his father in Cuba.
- January 14 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 11,722.98 (at the peak of the Dot-com bubble).
- January 26 – The rap-metal band Rage Against the Machine plays in front of Wall Street, prompting an early closing of trading due to the crowds.
- January 30 – Super Bowl XXXIV: The St. Louis Rams win the NFL Championship for the first time since 1951, defeating the Tennessee Titans 23–16.
- January 31 – Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crashes in the Pacific Ocean, killing all 88 people on board.
- February 11 – A blast from an improvised explosive device in front of a Barclay's Bank, across from the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street, wounds dozens but kills none.
- February 13 – The final original Peanuts comic strip is published, following the death of its creator, Charles Schulz.
- February 17 – Microsoft releases Windows 2000.
- February 20 - Katherine Miller is born, a great ninja.
- March 7 – Texas Governor George W. Bush and U.S. Vice President Al Gore emerge victorious in the Republican and Democratic caucuses and primaries of the United States presidential election.
- March 9 – The FBI arrests art forgery suspect Ely Sakhai in New York City.
- March 10 – The NASDAQ Composite Index reaches an all-time high of 5,048.
- March 20 – Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown), a former Black Panther, is captured after a gun battle in Atlanta, Georgia that leaves a sheriff's deputy dead.
- March 21 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the government lacks authority to regulate tobacco as an addictive drug, throwing out the Bill Clinton administration's main anti-smoking initiative.
- March 27 – The Phillips explosion of 2000 kills one and injures 71 in Pasadena, Texas.
- April – The unemployment rate drops to a low of 3.8%, the lowest since December 1969.
- April – The labor force participation rate hits a historical peak of 67.4%.
- April – The employment-population ratio reaches an all-time high of 64.8%.
- April 1 – The 2000 United States Census determines the resident population of the United States to be 281,421,906.
- April 3 – United States v. Microsoft: Microsoft is ruled to have violated United States antitrust laws by keeping "an oppressive thumb" on its competitors.
- April 22 – In a predawn raid, federal agents seize 6-year old Elián González from his relatives' home in Miami, Florida and fly him to his Cuban father in Washington, DC, ending one of the most publicized custody battles in U.S. history.
- April 25 – The State of Vermont passes HB847, legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples.
- April 28 – Richard Baumhammers begins a two-hour racially motivated shooting spree in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, leaving five dead and one paralyzed.
- May 3 – In San Antonio, Texas, computer pioneer Datapoint files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
- May 24 – Five people are shot and killed during a robbery at a Wendy's in Queens, New York.
- May 28 – The comic strip Bringing Up Father ends its 87-year run in newspapers.
- June 1 – Expo 2000, the world's fair in Hanover, Germany, begins without the attendance of the United States.
- June 5 – 405 The Movie, the first short film widely distributed on the Internet, is released.
- June 7 – United States Microsoft antitrust case: A Court orders the breakup of the Microsoft corporation because of its monopoly in the computer software market.
- June 28 – Elián González affair: Elián González seized by the Immigration and Naturalization Service and returned to Cuba.
- July 31–August 3 – The Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania nominates Texas Governor George W. Bush for U.S. President and Dick Cheney for Vice President.
- August 8 – The Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor.
- August 14–17 – The Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles nominates U.S. Vice President Al Gore for President and Senator Joe Lieberman for Vice President.
- September 3 – The 5.0 Mw Yountville earthquake shook the North Bay area of California with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VII (Very strong), causing 41 injuries and $10–50 million in losses.
- September 6 – In Paragould, Arkansas, Breanna Lynn Bartlett-Stewart is stillborn to Jason Stewart and Lisa Bartlett. Breanna Lynn's stillbirth is notable for being the first stillbirth to be resolved by means of the Kleihauer-Betke test.
- September 8 – The United Nations Millennium Declaration is made in New York City.
- October 11 – 250 million US gallons (950,000 m3) of coal sludge spill in Martin County, Kentucky (considered a greater environmental disaster than the Exxon Valdez oil spill).
- October 12 – In Aden, Yemen, the USS Cole is badly damaged by two Al-Qaeda suicide bombers, who place a small boat laden with explosives alongside the United States Navy destroyer, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39.
- October 16 – Mel Carnahan, Democratic Governor of Missouri and US Senate candidate, dies in a plane crash in Jefferson County, Missouri, three weeks before the election for that office. Lieutenant Governor Roger B. Wilson succeeds Carnahan as Missouri's Governor.
- October 23 – Madeleine Albright holds talks with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il.
- October 26 – The New York Yankees defeat the New York Mets in Game 5 of the 2000 World Series, 4–1, to win their 26th World Series title. This is the first Subway Series matchup between the two crosstown rivals. It is their 4th World Series win in the last five years under Manager Joe Torre.
- November 7
- United States presidential election, 2000: Republican candidate Texas Governor George W. Bush defeats Democratic Vice President Al Gore in the closest election in history, but the final outcome is not known for over a month because of disputed votes in Florida.
- Hillary Clinton is elected to the United States Senate, becoming the first First Lady of the United States to win public office.
- Just three weeks after his death, Mel Carnahan is posthumously elected to the United States Senator defeating Republican incumbent John Ashcroft. Then-Governor Roger B. Wilson appoints his widow, Jean Carnahan, to fill the seat for him.
- November 8 – U.S. presidential election, 2000: Per Florida law, an automatic recount begins in the state due to the narrow margin of the outcome.
- November 16 – Bill Clinton becomes the first sitting U.S. President to visit Vietnam.
- November 17 – U.S. presidential election, 2000: The Supreme Court of Florida prevents Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris from certifying the election results, allowing recounting to continue.
- December 8 – U.S. presidential election, 2000: The Supreme Court of Florida orders a statewide manual recount of the votes in the presidential election. The next day the U.S. Supreme Court places a stay on this order.
- December 12 – U.S. presidential election, 2000 – Bush v. Gore: The U.S. Supreme Court overturns the ruling by the Florida Supreme Court, ending the recount and effectively giving the state, and the Presidency, to Texas Governor George W. Bush. The following day, U. S. Vice President Al Gore concedes the election and suspends the activities of his recount committee.
- December 13 – The Texas Seven escape from their prison unit in Kenedy, Texas, and start a crime spree.
- December 20 – Brothers Reginald and Jonathan Carr break into a house in Wichita, Kansas, subjecting the occupants to rape and torture, and eventual murder. Only one of the occupants survived and the brothers were caught the next day. The event became known as the Wichita massacre.
- December 24 – The Texas Seven rob a sports store in Irving, Texas; police officer Aubrey Hawkins is shot dead.
- December 26 – Wakefield Massacre. Michael McDermott kills 7 coworkers at Edgewater Technology in Wakefield, Massachusetts.
- December 28 – U.S. retail giant Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of business after 128 years.
- December 31 – President Bill Clinton signs the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
- January 4 – Rhiannon Leigh Wryn, actress
- January 8 – Noah Cyrus, actress
- January 26 – Piper Mackenzie Harris, actress and model
- February 5 – Jordan Nagai, actor
- February 10 – Yara Shahidi, actress
- February 25
- Linda Jacques
- Tristan Williams
- May 10 – Noah M
- June 1 – Willow Shields, actress
- June 2 – Andy Lopez, student (d. 2013)
- June 8 – Hayes Grier, Internet personality
- June 9 – Laurie Hernandez, artistic gymnast
- June 15 – Kid Chef Eliana, chef
- June 23 – Brandon Weaver, race car driver
- July 7 – Chloe Csengery, actress
- July 8
- July 16 – Jonathan Morgan Heit, actor
- July 24 – Ame Deal, murder victim (d. 2011)
- July 25
- July 28 – Emily Hahn, actress
- August 5 – Maya Bond, singer, songwriter, and musician
- August 12 – Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece and Denmark, son of Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece
- August 13 – Piper Reese, journalist
- August 15 – Umi Garrett, pianist
- August 20 – Fátima Ptacek, actor and model
- August 28 – Jaylen Arnold, activist, philanthropist, and actor
- August 29 – Adam Nash, notable child
- September 2 – Maria Quilty
- September 22 – Tallan Latz, guitar player
- September 28 – Frankie Jonas, actor
- October 6 – Jazz Jennings, teenage trans woman
- October 9 – Reveille VII, notable mascot (d. 2013)
- October 12 – Aedin Mincks, actor
- October 26 – Ellery Sprayberry, actress
- October 30 – Aveen Forman, Resident of Swampscott MA
- October 31 – Willow Smith, actress, singer, and the daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith
- November – Laurel Homer, daughter of LeRoy Homer, Jr.
- November 10 – Mackenzie Foy, model and actress
- November 18 – Chloe Arrasmith, daughter of Tony L. Arrasmith
- November 30 – Destiny Norton, murder victim (d. 2006)
- December 24 – Ethan Bortnick, singer, composer, songwriter, actor, and musician
- December 26 – Samuel Sevian, chessmaster
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- January 15 – Fran Ryan, actress (b. 1916)
- January 25 – Herta Freitag, Austrian-born American mathematician (b. 1908)
- January 26
- February 4 – Phil Tonken, radio and television announcer (b. 1919)
- February 7 – Big Pun, rapper (b. 1971)
- February 8 – Derrick Thomas, American football player (b. 1967)
- February 9
- February 10
- February 12
- February 29 – Dennis Danell, musician (b. 1961)
- March 10 – Barbara Cooney, author and illustrator (b. 1917)
- March 14 – Tommy Collins, country musician (b. 1930).
- March 24 – Al Grey, American jazz trombonist (b. 1925).
- April 5 – Lee Petty, race car driver (b. 1914)
- April 10 – Larry Linville, actor (b. 1939)
- April 11 – Opaline Deveraux Wadkins, African American nurse educator (b. 1912)
- April 25 – David Merrick, stage producer, died in London, United Kingdom (b. 1911)
- May 8 – Henry Nicols, HIV/AIDS activist (b. 1973)
- May 12 – Adam Petty, race car driver (b. 1980)
- May 20 – Edward Bernds, director (b. 1905)
- May 21 – Mark R. Hughes, businessman (b. 1956)
- May 31 – John Coolidge, businessman and son of President Calvin Coolidge (b. 1906)
- June 14 – Robert Trent Jones, British-born golf course designer, died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (b. 1906)
- June 18 – Nancy Marchand, actress (b. 1928)
- June 21 – Alan Hovhaness, composer (b. 1911)
- July 1 – Walter Matthau, actor (b. 1920)
- July 7 – James C. Quayle, newspaper publisher (b. 1921)
- July 14 – Meredith MacRae, actress (b. 1944)
- July 27 – Gordon Solie, wrestling commentator (b. 1929)
- August 9
- August 12
- August 25 – Carl Barks, cartoonist (b. 1901)
- September 2
- September 4 – David Brown, American bass guitarist (Santana) (b. 1950)
- September 5 – George Musso, American football player (Chicago Bears) and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (b. 1910).
- September 6 – Breanna Lynn Bartlett-Stewart, notable stillborn baby girl (b. 2000)
- September 17 – Nicole Reinhart, cyclist (b. 1976)
- September 26 – Carl Sigman, songwriter (b. 1909)
- October 4 – George Huntston Williams, American theologian (b. 1914)
- October 6 – Richard Farnsworth, American actor (b. 1920)
- October 8 – Timothy P. Sheehan, American politician (b. 1909).
- October 16 – Mel Carnahan, American politician from Missouri
- October 22 – Rodney Anoa'i, wrestler, died in Liverpool, United Kingdom (b. 1966)
- October 30 – Steve Allen, comedian, composer, talk show host, and author (b. 1921)
- November 6 – L. Sprague de Camp, writer (b. 1907)
- November 14 – Robert Trout, American journalist (b. 1908)
- November 25 – Hugh Alexander, American baseball player and scout (b. 1917)
- November 28
- December 23 – Victor Borge, comedian, conductor and pianist (b. 1909 in Denmark)
- December 24
- December 25
- December 26 – Jason Robards, actor (b. 1922).
- December 28 – Robert Williams, baseball player (b. 1917).
- December 29 – Adele Stimmel Chase, artist (b. 1917)
- December 30 – Julius J. Epstein, screenwriter (b. 1909)
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- "Helmut Werner, Chair Of Supervisory Board Of Expo 2000: The World's Fair Is Financially Sound". Market Wire. 2005. Retrieved 27 October 2010.
- Tony Sutin. "A timeline of major legal events in the 2000 Florida recount". Presidential Election Law. JURIST. Archived from the original on 24 January 2008. Retrieved 27 October 2010.
- "Election 2000: The postelection events day by day". U.S. News & World Report. Archived from the original on 26 October 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2010.
- Media related to 2000 in the United States at Wikimedia Commons