Year 2000 arrives on the West Coast
The CBC rang in the new millennium across all six Canadian time zones with star-studded performances, fantastic fireworks and multiple renditions of Auld Lang Syne. CBC Television's marathon 26-hour New Year's worldwide special, 2000 Today, was the most ambitious live project in the corporation's history. CBC Radio ushered in the 21st century with its 20-hour live broadcast, "Champagne, Moose and Maple Syrup."
• International millennium celebration highlights included a performance by French musician Jean Michel Jarre at the Great Pyramids, a papal mass in Rome and a huge party in New York's Time Square complete with a 1,000-pound crystal ball drop.
• Ross Rebagliati is the gold medal snowboarder who was temporarily stripped of his 1998 Olympic medal after testing positive for marijuana. Rebagliati kept his medal after the decision was overturned.
• 2000 Today host Peter Mansbridge signed off on Saturday Jan. 1, 2000, around 3:05 a.m. PST.
• Some 1.6 million Canadians tuned into CBC's 2000 Today broadcast according to Nielsen Media Research. (CBC News Release Jan. 21, 2000)
• 2000 Today won a Gemini Award, honouring the best in Canadian television, for best live special event.
Program: CBC Television News Special
Broadcast Date: Dec. 31, 1999
Guest(s): Ross Rebagliati
Host: Laurie Brown, Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Charmaine Crooks
Last updated: March 16, 2012
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