1. Viagra went on sale in the U.S.
2. Geri left the Spice Girls.
3. The Parent Trap was released.
As was There's Something About Mary.
And Shakespeare in Love.
4. And Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels made a mockney out of everyone.
5. Dana International won the Eurovision.
6. Billie Piper went to No. 1 with "Because We Want To."
As did all these songs:
7. The Corrs had the best-selling album of the year with Talk On Corners.
And Madonna released "Ray of Light."
8. A goal turned Michael Owen into a superstar.
9. Posh and Becks got engaged.
10. The £2 coin was introduced into circulation.
11. A cardboard box became a vital piece of equipment in Metal Gear Solid.
12. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire debuted.
13. The final Father Ted episode was broadcast.
14. Texas and Method Man collaborated at the BRIT Awards.
And the world wondered why.