2000 (MM) was a leap year beginning on a Saturday in the Gregorian calendar. It was also the number 2000 anno Dómini or of the designation of the Christian Era, in addition to the last year of the last decade of the 20th century, of the 20th century and of the second millennium, the first year of the decade of the 2000s.
The year 2000 is sometimes abbreviated as "Y2K" (the "Y" stands for "year" and the "K" stands for "kilo," meaning "thousand"). The year 2000 was the subject of the Year 2000 Problem, as they feared that computers might not switch from 1999 to 2000 correctly. However, by the end of 1999, many companies had already converted to new or improved existing software. Some have even obtained Y2K certification. As a result of a massive effort, relatively few problems occurred.
The year 2000 was declared:
International Year of a Culture for Peace.
World Year of Mathematics.
Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese horoscope
For the Catholic Church, a great Jubilee for the two thousandth anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ (circa 4 BC).
The "catastrophic" failures of Y2K (year 2000) that had been predicted in computers around the world by this date do not manifest.
In Mexico, the first issue of the Milenio newspaper is published.
January 10: the American company AOL (America On-Line) announces an agreement to buy the Time Warner company for 162 billion dollars.
Pope John Paul II accepts the resignation of José María Setién, bishop of San Sebastián (Spain).
In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Mexican singer Gloria Trevi is arrested along with her chorus girl Mary Boquitas and her producer Sergio Andrade accused of abduction, kidnapping and rape of minors.
A United Nations tribunal sentences five Catholic Croats to more than 25 years in prison for the massacre of more than 100 Muslims in a Bosnian village in 1993.
In Guatemala, Alfonso Portillo assumes the presidency
January 19: total lunar eclipse, visible in the American continent. This phenomenon presented 77 minutes of totality, easily observed.
January 21: A popular revolt takes place in Ecuador – commanded by a group of colonels and indigenous people led by Lucio Gutiérrez and Antonio Vargas – which overthrows the government of Jamil Mahuad, in the midst of a deep economic and social crisis. A triumvirate of Government is formed that lasts three hours, so that on the morning of January 22, Vice President Gustavo Noboa Bejarano constitutionally assumes the profound.
February 1: in Spain the new Immigration Law comes into force.
In France, the police arrest the historic leader of the terrorist group ETA, Juan Carlos Iglesias Chouza (alias Gaddafi).
In Mexico, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, closed since April 1999, becomes the scene of a massive demonstration to protest the rise in tuition fees and to demand student participation in the restructuring of the main university in Ibero-America.
The German telecommunications group Mannesmann agrees to merge with the British Vodafone Airtouch.
The Russian army takes Grozny, the Chechen capital.
The Austrian federal president, Thomas Klestil, orders the formation of a new government with the popular Schüssel (People's Party -ÖVP-) and Haider's extreme right (Liberal Party -FPÖ-).
February 5: South of Grozny (capital of Chechnya), the Russian Army perpetrates the Novye Aldi massacre.
In the town of El Ejido (Spain), thousands of people violently confront the immigrants who live in the region.
In Finland, the social democrat Tarja Halonen defeated the centrist Esko Aho in the second round of the presidential elections.
In Mexico City, two thousand two hundred and sixty elements of the Federal Police Prevent