2000 (9 Fire Year / 4 Tree 9-Year Cycle / 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle)

February 9- Worst flooding in Mozambique in 50 years, which lasts until March and kills 800 people. Happened near the transition from Water to Fire. Noteworthy for this and Fire's proclivity to be record-breaking / newsworthy.
[famous / newsworthy / record breaking]
[naturally warm / tropical conditions]

February 11- Improvised explosive device explodes on Wall Street.
[expansive / explosive]

February 17- Microsoft releases Windows 2000.
[entertainment / communications / advertising]

March 27- Explosion of 2000 kills 1 and injures 71 in Texas.
[expansive / explosive]

April 3- United States v. Microsoft: Microsoft is ruled to have violated antitrust laws. The small beginnings of the 2000 "dot-com" market crash.
[expansive / explosive]
[entertainment / communications / advertising]

May 4- ILOVEYOU computer virus spreads quickly throughout the world.
[chaotic]
[expansive / explosive]

May 13- A fireworks factory disaster in Enschede Netherlands, kills 23.
[expansive / explosive]

July 10- In southern Nigeria, a petroleum pipeline explodes, killing about 250.
[expansive / explosive]

September 14- Microsoft releases Windows ME.
[entertainment / communications / advertising]

September 28- Ariel Sharon visits the Temple Mount, protected by a several-hundred-strong Israeli police force. Palestinian riots erupt, sparking the 2nd Intifada.
[chaotic]
[expansive / explosive]

October 12- The USS Cole is attacked two Al-Qaeda suicide bombers.
[expansive / explosive]

October 22- The Mainichi Shinbun newspaper exposes Japanese archeologist Shinichi Fujimura as a fraud.
[illumination / exposure]

October 31- Space becomes permanently and continuously inhabited.
[famous / newsworthy / record breaking]
[expansive]

November 7- Republican George W. Bush defeats Democratic Al Gore in the closest election in history, but the final outcome is not known for over a month because of disputed votes in Florida.
[famous / newsworthy / record breaking]
[chaotic]

December 24- 18 people are killed in multiple Islamist bomb attacks on churches across Indonesia.
[expansive / explosive]

December 25- A shopping center fire at Luoyang, Henan, China kills 309.
[notable observation]

December 30- Bombs explode in various places in Metro Manila, Philippines, within a span of a few hours, killing 22 and injuring about 100.
[expansive / explosive]