2000 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

2000 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

Quick Facts from 2000:

  • World Changing Event: HotorNot.com was founded. It was the first major participation site on the internet.
  • The Top Song was Independent Woman by Destiny’s Child
  • Influential Songs include: Goodbye Earl by The Dixie Chicks, Stan by Eminem and Graduation by Vitamin C
  • The Movies to Watch include Cast Away, Erin Brockovich, Remember the Titans, Unbreakable, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Emperor’s New Groove and The Perfect Storm
  • People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive: Brad Pitt
  • Notable books include: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling and Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • Price of Russet Potatoes, 5 pounds in 2000: 79 cents
    Dell Dimension computer, 64 MB, with monitor: $899.00
    Samsung MP3 player: $399.00
    Sony Playstation: $299.00
  • The Funny Guy was: Lewis Black
  • According to a poll in 2000, the Japanese believe that their best invention of the 20th century was instant noodles.
  • Athletes in the Olympic Village reportedly used 70,000 condoms at the 2000 games, and 100,000 at the 2008 games. About 450,000 were provided in 2016.
  • The Unexpected Paycheck: A prisoner named James Carter was leading the men in a song called Po’ Lazarus. While chopping logs, it was recorded by Alan Lomax and Shirley Collins. In 2000 it was used in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, which won a Grammy. Carter was tracked down and given thousands in royalties.
  • The Conversation: “So, why were we so worried about Y2K again…?”

Top Ten Baby Names of 2000:
Emily, Hannah, Madison, Ashley, Sarah, Jacob, Michael, Matthew, Joshua, Chris, Topher

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Gisele Bündchen, Jessica Beil, Claudia Schiffer, Britney Spears, Heidi Klum, Estella Warren, Shannon Elizabeth, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Alba, Piper Perabo

The Hot Guys:
Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Bon Jovi, Mel Gibson, Ricky Martin, Mark Wahlberg, Casper Casper Van Dien, Jessie L. Martin, Tyrese, Derek Jeter, Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Tom Cruise, Alex Rodriguez, and Prince William turned 18.

“The Quote:”
“I have nipples Greg, could you milk me?”
– Robert De Nero in Meet The Parents

Time Magazine’s Man of the Year:
George W. Bush

Time Magazine’s Person of the Century:
Albert Einstein

Miss America:
Heather French (Maysville, KY)

Miss USA:
Lynnette Cole (Tennessee)

The Scandals:
Jenifer Lopez’s Versace Grammy Dress.

Meg Ryan left hubby Dennis Quaid for what turned out to be a fling with Russell Crowe

The fuzz found cocaine and valium in Robert Downey Jr.’s Merv Griffin Hotel room.

Hip Hop Obesity Death:
Big Pun

Beloved Mad Magazine Cartoonist Death:
Don Martin

Pop Culture News:
2000 was the first year Martin Luther King Jr. Day was officially observed in all 50 states

Air travel was practically unaffected on January 1, 2000, even though there was a fair amount of panic about the Y2K bug.

Lowest PGA score of 63 played by Jose Maria Olazabal.

Spain’s Paralympic basketball team were ordered to return their gold medals won in Sydney after nearly all of their players were found to have no disability at all.

Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton got married on May 5, 2000.

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were married on July 29, 2000

After nearly two weeks of planning, Pop Culture Madness.com went online on January 8, 2000.

A naked man, Richard Hatch, won $1,000,000 in the first season of CBS’s Survivor.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 2000: $2,200,00

2000 Toys inducted to the National Toy Hall of Fame:
Bicycle, Jacks, Jump Rope, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky

1st appearances & 2000’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Who wants to be a Millionaire Board Game , Barbie, Addams Family gift set

Best Film Oscar Winner:
American Beauty (presented in 2000)

2000 Entries to The National Film Registry:
Apocalypse Now (released in 1979)
Dracula (released in 1931)
The Fall of the House of Usher (released in 1928)
Five Easy Pieces (released in 1970)
Goodfellas (released in 1990)
Koyaanisqatsi (released in 1983)
The Land Beyond the Sunset (released in 1912)
Let’s All Go to the Lobby (released in 1957)
The Life of Emile Zola (released in 1937)
Little Caesar (released in 1930)
The Living Desert (released in 1953)
Love Finds Andy Hardy (released in 1938)
Multiple SIDosis (released in 1970)
Network (released in 1976)
Peter Pan (released in 1924)
Porky in Wackyland (released in 1938)
President McKinley Inauguration Footage (released in 1901)
Regeneration (released in 1915)
Salomé (released in 1923)
Shaft (released in 1971)
Sherman’s March (released in 1986)
A Star Is Born (released in 1954)
The Tall T (released in 1957)
Why We Fight (released in 1943/1945)
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (released in 1957)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (released in 1948)

The Big Movies: (according to boxofficemojo)
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

Broadway Show – Contact (Dance Musical) Opened on March 30, 2000 and Closed: September 1, 2002

2000’s Most Popular TV shows:
1. Survivor: The Australian Outback (CBS)
2. ER (NBC)
3. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire(ABC)
4. Friends (NBC)
5. Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)
6. NFL Monday Night Football (ABC)
7. The Practice (ABC)
8. CSI (CBS)
9. Law & Order (NBC)
10. Will & Grace (NBC)

2000 Billboard Number One Songs:
October 23, 1999- January 14, 2000:
Smooth – Santana featuring Rob Thomas

January 15 – January 28:
What A Girl Wants – Christina Aguilera

January 29 – February 18:
I Knew I Loved You – Savage Garden

February 19 – February 25:
Thank God I Found You – Mariah Carey featuring Joe and 98 Degrees

February 26 – March 3:
I Knew I Loved You – Savage Garden

March 4 – March 17:
Amazed – Lonestar

March 18 – April 7:
Say My Name – Destiny’s Child

April 8 – June 16:
Maria Maria – Santana featuring Wyclef Jean and The Product G&B

June 17 – July 23:
Try Again – Aaliyah

June 24 – July 14:
Be With You – Enrique Iglesias

July 15 – July 21:
Everything You Want – Vertical Horizon

July 22 – July 28:
Bent – Matchbox Twenty

July 29 – August 11:
It’s Gonna Be Me – *NSYNC

August 12 – August 25:
Incomplete – Sisqó

August 26 – September 15:
Doesn’t Really Matter – Janet Jackson

September 16 – October 13:
Music – Madonna

October 14 – November 10:
Come on Over (All I Want Is You) – Christina Aguilera

November 11 – November 17:
With Arms Wide Open – Creed

November 18, 2000 – February 2, 2001:
Independent Women – Destiny’s Child

2000 United States Census:
Total US Population: 281,421,906
1. New York, New York – 8,008,278
2. Los Angeles, California – 3,694,820
3. Chicago, Illinois – 2,896,016
4. Houston, Texas – 1,953,631
5. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 1,517,550
6. Phoenix, Arizona – 1,321,045
7. San Diego, California – 1,223,400
8. Dallas, Texas – 1,188,580
9. San Antonio, Texas – 1,144,646
10. Detroit, Michigan – 951,270

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




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