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Jan6 "Please be advised that inmate Malcolm Rent Johnson was executed Jan. 6, 2000. The time of death was 12:13 a.m." - Warden Gary E. Gibson, Oklahoma State Prison The message denotes the first U.S. execution of the 21st Century.
Jan11 The trawler "Solway Harvester" sank off the Isle of Man. The seven crew members who died were from the Machars area of Galloway, which includes the villages of Isle of Whithorn, Whithorn and Garlieston.
Jan 31 Dr Harold Shipman a doctor from Greater Manchester is found guilty of murdering 15 of his patients and is sentenced to life imprisonment . A police report suspects that the figure could be as many as 365. He is dubbed Britain's most prolific serial killer
Mar14 Istabraq wins the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle for the third time and a race at the Cheltenham National Hunt Festival for the fourth time
Mar27 The film "American Beauty" wins five Oscars (from eight nominations) 
May1 Events protesting against global capitalism are held throughout Europe and USA. In London peaceful protest is subverted and widespread rioting occurs
  Mark Williams beats Matthew Stevens 18 - 16 in the Embassy World Snooker Final that was held at The Crucible in Sheffield
May2 An American woman who killed her two children is due to be executed. Christina Marie Riggs will be the first female to be executed in the US state of Arkansas for more than 150 years
May18 European online clothing retailer collapsed through lack of funds, just six months after it launched 
Jun1 Jockeys Frankie Dettori and Ray Cochrane escaped without serious injury when their light aircraft crashed on taking off at Newmarket. The pilot died in the crash.
Jun10 The opening game of Euro2000 that is held in Belgium/Holland. The tournament was eventually won by France who defeated Italy in the Final
Jun18 Tiger Woods completes the greatest one-man show in the 140-year history of major championship golf at Pebble Beach, winning the US Open Golf championship by 15 shots. On 23rd July he won the British Open at St Andrews by 8 shots and became the youngest ever winner of the Grand Slam
Jun30 Nine people died and another 26 people were injured during a set by the American band Pearl Jam at the Roskilde Festival near Copenhagen.
Jul18 Alex Salmond resigns as Leader of the Scottish National Party after ten years
Jul25 An Air France Concorde crashes just after take-off from Charles De Gaule Airport Paris killing 114 people. Subsequent investigation reveals that the plane suffered a burst wheel which in turn led to an explosion in the fuel tanks
Aug12 Russian Northern Fleet command loses contact with the nuclear submarine Kursk in the Barents Sea. Despite belated attempts to rescue the crew all 118 men aboard die in what must have been horrific circumstances
Sep4 England win the fifth and final test against the West Indies at The Oval. In winning the test series 3 - 1 they became the first English test side to beat the West Indies in a Series since 1969
Sep7 The first protests against high fuel prices appear outside oil refineries in the UK - in less than a week the country grinds to a halt and is only alleviated when the protests are called off (14th Sep 2000)
Sep15 The 27th Olympic Games of the modern era begin in Sydney. The Games are widely recognised as the best ever and are a credit to the people of Sydney in particular and Australia in general
Sep23 Steve Redgrave wins his fifth  Olympic gold medal after the British coxless fours rowing team - comprising Redgrave, Matthew Pinsent, Tim Foster and James Cracknell - beat Italy by 0.38 second. Pinsent went on to win his fourth Olympic gold at the 2004 Games in Athens.
Oct1 Reggie Kray died aged 66 from terminal cancer after serving 31 years in jail. He was buried alongside his brothers in Chingford Mount Cemetery
Oct3 After 41 years of production that involved the manafacture of 5,387,862 vehicles the last Mini rolls off the production line and is promptly placed in a heritage museum
Oct4 President Slobidan Milosevic leaves office after widespread demonstrations throughout Serbia and the withdrawal of Russian support
Oct7 The final football match is played at Wembley - a World Cup qualifier between England and Germany which England lose 1 - 0. The stadium and 77 years of sporting history are to be totally demolished (commencing 05.11.2000)and a new stadium built in its place.
Oct9 In the Cisco World MatchPlay Golf Championship held at Wentworth Lee Westwood defeats Colin Montgomerie in a sudden death play-off. He later went on to win the European Order of Merit Title
Oct11  Donald Dewar, Labour politician and the First Minister of the Scottish Parliament dies in Edinburgh's Western General Hospital after a fall outside his official residence
Oct17 The 12.10 GNER train from Kings Cross (London) to Leeds is derailed near Hatfield, Herts. Four people die and another 34 are injured in an accident that was precipitated by inadequate maintenance and safety standards by Railtrack and its contractors.
Nov3 Widespread flooding throughout England and Wales following days of heavy rain. Cities and towns as far apart as Shrewsbury and York are submerged as rivers and streams burst their banks
Nov4 Kevin Darley became the first northern-based rider to clinch the British Flat Jockey's title since Elijah Wheatley in 1905. In a season that began in March he had a final total of 152 winners
Nov7 The US Presidential Elections end in stalemate between the two main protaginists Al Gore (Democrat) and George W Bush (Republican). After a prolonged legal battle the Courts eventually decide in favour of Governor Bush who is inaugurated on 20.01.2001
  A raid at the Millennium Dome to steal The Millenium Star diamond would have been the world's biggest ever robbery- "the robbery of the millennium". It was thwarted by a police surveillance operation that caught the gang red handed who eventually received long prison sentences (18th February 2002)
Nov22 Emil Zatopek the great Czech athlete died at the age of 78. Zatopek won the 10,000m gold at the London Olympics in 1948 and at Helsinki in 1952, where he also added the 5,000m and the Marathon titles


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