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2000

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U.S. Facts

  • President: William J. Clinton
  • Population: 281,421,906
  • Life Expectancy: 77.1 years
  • Unemployment: 4.0%
  • Average Annual Salary:
  • Minimum Wage: $5.15 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $24,750
  • Gasoline: $1.26 per gallon
  • House: $134,150
  • Bread: $1.72 per loaf
  • Milk: per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.34

Major U.S. Events

  • Cuban boy Elián González, 6, at center of international dispute, reunited with his father after federal raid of Miami relatives' home
  • In New York City, the United Nations Millennium Summit begins with more than 180 world leaders present
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton is elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first First Lady of the U.S. to win public office

Major World Events

  • Israel withdraws IDF troops from southern Lebanon after 22 years
  • Vicente Fox Quesada elected president of Mexico, ending 71 years of one-party rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party
  • Mad cow disease alarms Europe

January-March

  • Charles Schulz, the cartoonist who created the “Peanuts” comic strip dies
  • Vladimir Putin elected President of Russia

April-July

  • The State of Vermont passes HB847, legalizing Civil Unions for same-sex couples
  • The volcano Mount Cameroon erupts

August-December

  • Anti-globalization protests in Prague (some 15,000 protesters) turned violent during the IMF and World Bank summits
  • 250 million gallons of coal sludge spill in Martin County, Kentucky

Top Songs

  • Say My Name by Destiny's Child
  • Bye Bye Bye by N'Sync
  • The Real Slim Shady by Eminem
  • The Bad Touch by The Bloodhoung Gang
  • Everything You Want by Vertical Horizon

Other New Songs

  • Kryptonite by 3 Doors Down
  • It Wasn't Me by Shaggy with Ricardo Ducent
  • Steal My Kisses by Ben Harper
  • Country Grammer by Nelly
  • Graduation by Vitamin C

Top Movies

  • Almost Famous
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Gladiator
  • Erin Brockovich
  • Traffic

Top Books

  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  • Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz
  • Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Human Stain by Phillip Roth

Top TV Shows (1999-2000)

  • Who Wants To Be a Millionaire
  • E.R.
  • Friends
  • Law and Order
  • The Practice
  • Frasier

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • New York Yankees d. New York Mets

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: St. Louis Rams d. Tennessee Titans

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • New Jersey Devils d. Dallas Stars

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Los Angeles Lakers d. Indiana Pacers

NCAA Champions

  • Football: University of Oklahoma Sooners
  • Basketball: Michigan State Spartans

Other Champions

  • Summer Olympics: Sydney, Australia
  • Golf: Tiger Woods is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Marat Safin and Pete Sampras win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Fusaichi Pegasus wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Juan Pablo Montoya wins Indianapolis 500
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