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    Updated on Jan 16, 2020. Posted on Jan 9, 2020

    55 Things That Happened In 2000 That'll Make You Say, "Yikes, I Can't Believe That Was 20 Years Ago"

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    1. Jennifer Lopez caused a commotion when she wore the iconic green Versace dress to the Grammys.

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    2. Speaking of the Grammys, Christina Aguilera won Best New Artist, beating out fellow pop princess Britney Spears for the award.

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    3. And the big winner of the night was Carlos Santana, who won nine Grammys (including Album of the Year) for Supernatural.

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    4. Julia Roberts was named one of People's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World...

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    5. ...while Brad Pitt was was named People's Sexiest Man Alive.

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    6. Speaking of Brad, he and Jennifer Aniston got married in a lavish wedding in Malibu.

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    7. "Last Resort" by Papa Roach and "Kryptonite" by 3 Doors Down were two of the biggest alternative rock songs of the year.

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    8. Richard Hatch won the first ever season of Survivor — which was also the most popular show on television.

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    9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas was the biggest movie released that year.

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    10. Disney released its 39th animated feature, Dinosaur (which was also one of the biggest movies of the year),...

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    11. ...and its 40th animated feature, The Emperor's New Groove.

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    12. After 15 years, Kathie Lee Gifford left Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.

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    13. Regis Philbin continued to host the wildly successful Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. He also started a fashion trend of wearing monochromatic ties and shirts (which is what he wore on the show).

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    14. NSYNC became the biggest boy band in the world...

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    15. ...and released their sophomore album, No Strings Attached (which is the second biggest selling album of the 2000s).

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    16. Abercrombie & Fitch was the coolest store that teens could shop at.

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    17. Oprah published the very first issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.

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    18. Sony's PlayStation 2 officially went on sale and due to shortages, immediately sold out (with people reselling them on eBay for $1,000).

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    The console was huge because it included a DVD player (which was a lot of people's first DVD player).

    19. Pepsi Twist was released and it was very divisive.

    20. U2 made a huge comeback with their song "Beautiful Day" and their critically acclaimed album, All That You Can't Leave Behind.

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    21. Peanuts published its final original comic strip.

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    Its creator, Charles Schulz, died one day before the final Sunday comic strip was published.

    22. Heinz introduced purple and green ketchup.

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    23. Maude Flanders was killed off on The Simpsons.

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    24. Angelina Jolie made headlines when she kissed her older brother, James Haven, on the lips at the Golden Globes.

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    25. Speaking of Angelina, she also won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar that year for her role as Lisa Rowe in Girl, Interrupted.

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    26. And in case you forgot, that year's Oscars was hosted by Billy Crystal (it was his seventh time hosting).

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    27. Gladiator was released and became one of the biggest movies of the year. The movie helped bring back epic-scale historical drama films.

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    28. X-Men was released and helped usher in a new era in superhero movies.

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    29. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was published and for the first time, a Harry Potter book was published in both the UK and the US simultaneously.

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    30. Charlie's Angels was released into theaters...

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    31. ...and "Independent Women" by Destiny's Child from the film's soundtrack was one of the biggest songs of the year.

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    32. The Beatles' 1 was released and it would go on to become the biggest selling album of the 2000s.

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    33. Dawson's Creek made TV history when it showed the first gay kiss.

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    34. Friends was the most popular sitcom on TV and this was the year that Reese Witherspoon made her appearance as Rachel's sister, Jill.

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    35. The Sopranos aired its second season and was the most critically acclaimed show on television.

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    36. Girlfriends made its debut on UPN.

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    37. Britney Spears dropped her second album, Oops!... I Did It Again...

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    38. ...and gave one of the most memorable performances ever at that year's VMAs.

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    39. The Sims was released and had everyone creating families named after their friends and crushes.

    40. Aaliyah had the biggest song of that summer with "Try Again," off the soundtrack to her film, Romeo Must Die.

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    41. Carson Daly and Tara Reid announced they were engaged.

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    42. The Nokia 3390 was the coolest cellphone you could have (even if it was ubiquitous).

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    43. Cartoon Network launched its Boomerang network (to air old school cartoons).

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    44. Al Gore and George W. Bush ran for president of the United States...

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    45. ...which came down to a Florida recount and the Supreme Court stepping in and deciding who won the election. Also, the phrase "hanging chad" entered the lexicon.

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    46. The internet still had not taken over — only 41.5% of the US population had internet connection in their homes at the time.

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    47. LimeWire launched and had everyone doing searches like "Vertical_Horizon_Everything_You_Want_Real_(NOT_A_BLEND)_HQ.mp3."

    48. Metallica sued Napster for copyright infringement. The band's drummer, Lars Ulrich, also testified in front US Senate Judiciary Committee about how peer-to-peer websites were stealing from artists.

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    49. The first flash drives hit the market.

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    50. Razor scooters were the most popular toy of that year with kids (it was also equally popular with adults).

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    51. Sex and the City inadvertently started the whole cupcake trend after it featured an episode where Miranda and Carrie eat cupcakes in front of Magnolia Bakery.

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    52. MTV started airing Cribs and had everybody saying, "This is where the magic happens" every time they walked into their bedroom.

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    Also, you can thank Robbie Williams for making the phrase famous. He said it on the very first episode of Cribs.

    53. "Breathe" by Faith Hill was the biggest song of the year.

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    54. Boy Meets World aired its final episode after being on for seven seasons.

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    55. And finally, it was announced the newcomers Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, and Rupert Grint had been cast in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone film.

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