2000 in history

2000 in history

Here are some light-hearted facts about 2000, designed to serve as a prep sheet for a radio feature on 2000.

I created this page because when I needed some notes to create a few talking points about 2000 in Ireland I couldn't find any suitable sources, so I thought I'd share what I did find. It applies to 2000 in Britain too.

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2000

  • The Weakest Link began on BBC Two - good for audio

  • The first series of Big Brother opened in the UK. It was billed as a social experiment and Craig Phillips was the winner (he's now a TV presenter). It also created Nasty Nick.

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm, Malcolm In The Middle, MTV Cribs and The Ali G Show first shown on TV.

  • Google started working on Google Images after they were inundated with people searching for Jennifer Lopez's green dress that she wore to the Grammy's this year.

  • The film Gladiator was released - good for audio

  • Meet the Parents, Mission Impossible 2, The Grinch and Billy Elliot were released.

  • The Summer Olympics were held in Australia. The Spanish Paralympic basketball team were ordered to return their gold medals after nearly all of their players were found to have no disability.

  • The Nokia 3310 was released: famously the strongest phone ever made, and with the simple and popular Snake game.

  • An advert for Budweiser has everybody saying 'Wassup' - good for audio

  • London's new Millennium Bridge opened. Two days later it closed for two years for repairs following complaints that it was "too wobbly".

    The Millennium Dome was a bit of a flop as well. It was a popular attraction, but not popular enough, and soon went into liquidation.

  • A powerful blizzard hit North America, causing several days of shut-down.

  • New Catchphrase host Nick Weir fell down the stairs while running through the audience at the start of the show. The incident was shown in a later episode to explain why he was now on crutches.

  • It was the wettest year on record for the UK, and there was widespread flooding in Autumn.

  • Friends Reunited was created.

  • Madonna maried Guy Ritchie.

  • Judith Keppel became the first person to win £1,000,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? - good for audio

  • Tiger Woods became the youngest player to win a Grand Slam in golf. He also signed a $100m deal to extend his agreement with Nike - which was the biggest endorsement contract in the history of sport.

  • The Olympic Games were held in Sydney.

  • New licensing laws in Ireland meant that pubs no longer had to close between 2 and 4 on a Sunday, ending the so-called Holy Hour.

  • The first Lidl opened in Ireland.


While these facts about 2000 have been checked against third-party sources (and have been used on air before!), they are provided in good faith to inspire your research and no guarantee is made about their accuracy or their uniqueness.

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I write about media, exploring, heavy machinery and lists. I produce radio with an attitude accurately described as "amusingly surly".

I don't pretend to be anything close to a big player in the media industry. I'd like to think that's an advantage. Instead I try to remain well-read and approach things from a considered viewpoint, even if I absolutely hate the way the industry is going.

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