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Subject: The new '20 Years Ago' thread

Written By: nally on 12/31/19 at 6:18 pm

Can you believe it? 2000 was 20 years ago already!!

January 1st 2000 - the world was ringing in the new year and finding out that the Y2k bug was a minor issue. (I.O.W., the most anti-climactic event in computer history as all computers managed to fully function, just as they should have been doing.)

Subject: Re: The new '20 Years Ago' thread

Written By: wagonman76 on 12/31/19 at 10:12 pm

Yes 20 years ago tonight I was at what was supposed to be an all night new years eve party.  About 5 hours from home.  About 3am things turned sour and I had to leave.  So as I was driving home half asleep I was praying there would be no issues with my bank account or gas pumps or whatever.  No issues.  Arrived home about 8am new years day and zonked out most of the day.

Physical devices ceasing to function seemed outlandish.  But I expected more software glitches than there were.  Even my Tandy 386SX/33 I was using at the time worked perfectly, and even years later when I plugged it in for kicks.

I knew people who bought generators and stockpiled food and gas fearing Y2K.  Which isn't a bad idea in general considering all the winter storms we get.

20 years ago I was alone and it was my first winter in my first house.  Now this is my first winter alone in my next house.  In some ways not much has changed.

Subject: Re: The new '20 Years Ago' thread

Written By: Slim95 on 01/01/20 at 3:02 am

On January 1, 2000, I was heading back home from a big New Years Eve Party at my parents friends house as a 5 year old lol.

Subject: Re: The new '20 Years Ago' thread

Written By: nally on 01/03/20 at 6:16 pm

The final edition of the Peanuts comic strip was published on January 3rd 2000.

A month later, its creator Charles Schulz would pass away.

Subject: Re: The new '20 Years Ago' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/10/20 at 1:23 am

January 10th 2000 - America Online announces it is buying Time Warner, in a stock-trade deal valued at $160 billion, the largest in corporate history. The new firm, AOL Time Warner, will have a combined value of $350 billion.

Subject: Re: The new '20 Years Ago' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/11/20 at 6:59 am


January 10th 2000 - America Online announces it is buying Time Warner, in a stock-trade deal valued at $160 billion, the largest in corporate history. The new firm, AOL Time Warner, will have a combined value of $350 billion.
January 11th 2000 - The merger between AOL and Time Warner was approved by the U.S. government with restrictions.

Subject: Re: The new '20 Years Ago' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/11/20 at 8:08 am

January 11th 2000 - The U.S. Postal Service unveiled the second Vietnam Veterans Memorial commemorative stamp in a ceremony at The Wall.

Subject: Re: The new '20 Years Ago' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/11/20 at 5:44 pm

January 11th 2000, It was reported that Whitney Houston was under investigation after allegedly trying to smuggle 15.2 grams of Marijuana out of Hawaii. A security officer found the drug in the singer's handbag, Houston then walked away when he tried to detain her.

Subject: Re: The new '20 Years Ago' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/12/20 at 7:09 am

January 12th 2000 - The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, gave police broad authority to stop and question people who run at the sight of an officer.

Subject: Re: The new '20 Years Ago' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/14/20 at 2:17 pm

January 14th 2000 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 11,722.98, a level never reached before (the peak of the Dot-com bubble).

Subject: Re: The new '20 Years Ago' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/16/20 at 7:30 am

January 16th 2000 - In Sacramento, California, a commercial truck carrying evaporated milk is driven into the State Capitol building, killing the driver.

Subject: Re: The new '20 Years Ago' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/16/20 at 8:14 am

January 16th 2000 - Ricardo Lagos was elected Chile's first socialist president since Salvador Allende.

Subject: Re: The new '20 Years Ago' thread

Written By: nally on 01/16/20 at 5:47 pm


January 14th 2000 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 11,722.98, a level never reached before (the peak of the Dot-com bubble).

It wouldn't get back to that level again for another six years, due to a "bear market" that followed.

Subject: Re: The new '20 Years Ago' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/21/20 at 12:28 pm

January 21st 2000 – Ecuador: After the Ecuadorian Congress is seized by indigenous organizations, Col. Lucio Gutiérrez, Carlos Solorzano and Antonio Vargas depose President Jamil Mahuad. Gutierrez is later replaced by Gen. Carlos Mendoza, who resigns and allows Vice-President Gustavo Noboa to succeed Mahuad.

Subject: Re: The new '20 Years Ago' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/22/20 at 5:39 am

January 22nd 2000 - Elian Gonzalez's grandmothers met privately with U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno as they appealed for help in removing the boy from his Florida relatives and reuniting him with his father in Cuba.

Subject: Re: The new '20 Years Ago' thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/22/20 at 9:39 am

January 22nd 2000 - In San Francisco, California, Microsoft unveils the Windows 2000 operating system. 1.5 million copies are sold in the first two months.

Subject: Re: The new '20 Years Ago' thread

Written By: nally on 01/30/20 at 2:00 pm

January 30th 2000: Super Bowl XXXIV was played at Georgia Dome in Atlanta; the St. Louis Rams defeated the Tennessee Titans by a score of 23 to 16.

(The Rams had left L.A. after the 1994 season, but would later return there in the 2010s.)

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