As the world celebrated a momentous occasion, Aussies everywhere were anxiously awaiting the opportunity to celebrate our own special momentous occasion with the Sydney Olympics. But perhaps no one was feeling the pressure more than a slight and speedy aboriginal girl with a big smile and the weight of a nation resting on her shoulders…

The year 2000 also saw:

– The world’s technology and computers continue to function normally as the new millennium is welcomed in with massive celebrations around the world

– The new $6.6 million Redcliffe City Art Gallery opens to the public as well as the new Redcliffe Botanical Gardens

– 250,000 people walk across the Sydney Harbor Bridge in support of reconciliation with Australian Aboriginals. The Prime Minister John Howard is not one of them

– 15 backpackers perish in the Childers hostel fire

– The Brisbane Broncos win their 5th premiership from 9 years, with a dour 14-6 victory over the Sydney Roosters

– The Sydney Olympics are held in September and are immediately hailed an outstanding success. Cathy Freeman delivers upon the dreams of a nation by winning gold in the 200m running final. IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch hails the games as “the best Olympics EVER”

– The President’s of North and South Korea sign a peace accord, symbolically ending 50 years of animosity

– After the horror and turmoil of events in the region of Kosovo, a nationwide uprising usurps Yogoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic

– The US Presidential election, which is the closest in decades, descends into controversy when, after weeks of manual recounts, the Supreme Court orders a halt to the recount process, thereby awarding the Presidency to George. W. Bush, scion of the Bush Political Dynasty, over Vice President Al Gore

Traffic, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Gladiator, Thirteen Days, Wonder Boys, The Dish and Looking for Alibrandi are released

Deaths: Sir John Gielgud (21 May), Walter Matthau (1 July), Sir Alec Guinness (5 August), Charlie Perkins (19 October), Jason Robards (26 December)