– The one-dollar bill is replaced by the “loonie” l Baywatch, starring Pamela Anderson, and Seinfeld both premiere on NBC


The Simpsons premieres on Fox in the U.S.

– Tim Berners-Lee publishes a formal proposal for the World Wide Web; the first web page is published


– Release of Nirvana’s Nevermind signals start of the “grunge” era

– Operation Desert Storm begins, with an aerial bombardment of Iraq


– The Toronto Blue Jays become the first team based outside the U.S. to win the World Series

– The U.S. and Russia officially declare an end to the Cold War


– Jean Chrétien is elected as Canada’s 20th prime minister

– The Maastricht Treaty takes effect on Nov. 1, establishing the European Union


– Nelson Mandela is elected president in South Africa’s first multiracial election

– O.J. Simpson leads police on a low-speed chase in Los Angeles


– The Canadian Navy boards a Spanish trawler, launching the Turbot War

– Quebecers narrowly reject sovereignty in a referendum


– The English Patient wins the Oscar for Best Picture

– Donovan Bailey wins Olympic gold in the 100-metre dash in Atlanta


– Diana, Princess of Wales, is killed in a car crash in Paris

– At 21 years of age, Tiger Woods becomes the youngest golfer to win the Masters


– The Great Ice Storm in eastern Ontario, southern Quebec and Nova Scotia leaves millions of people without hydro

– Google search engine is founded


– Lance Armstrong wins his first Tour de France

– Speculation about a Y2K bug fuels fears that computers and systems will stop working on Jan. 1, 2000


– The new Millennium Bridge across the Thames River opens in London, U.K.

– George W. Bush named U.S. president after Florida recount


– On Sept. 11, terrorists crash jetliners into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York and into the Pentagon in Arlington, Va.


– The euro becomes the official currency of 12 EU member states

– Team Canada wins Olympic gold in men’s and women’s hockey in Salt Lake City, Utah


– The World Health Organization issues a travel advisory against Toronto because of the SARS virus

– Apple launches iTunes


– The Expos play their last game in Montreal on Sept. 29

– Janet Jackson has a “wardrobe malfunction” during Super Bowl XXXVIII’s half-time show


– Hurricane Katrina devastates New Orleans and much of the southeastern U.S.

– Terrorists conduct co-ordinated suicide attacks in London, U.K.


– Google purchases YouTube for US$1.65 billion in stock

– Stephen Harper is elected as Canada’s 22nd prime minister on Jan. 23


– Apple revolutionizes mobile communication with the introduction of the iPhone

– The Tesla Roadster electric car makes its début at auto shows


– Fidel Castro resigns as president of Cuba

– Barack Obama is elected as the 44th U.S. president and the first African-American to hold that office


– Pop icon Michael Jackson dies in Los Angeles

– US Airways Flight 1549 makes an emergency landing in the Hudson River


– The Winter Olympics are held in Vancouver

– Rob Ford is elected mayor of Toronto

– The Arab Spring begins in Tunisia


– Last U.S. troops leave Iraq

– Tsunami causes a nuclear accident in Japan

– Osama bin Laden is killed by U.S. Special Forces in Pakistan


– Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee

– Lionel Messi breaks 39-year-old European record with 68 goals for Barcelona Football Club


– U.S. National Security Agency admits it snooped on tens of thousands of personal emails

– Unrest in Ukraine leads to Russia’s annexation of Crimea

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