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The year I was born: Penny Oleksiak

A look back at 2000...

Penny Oleksiak is the 16-year old Canadian Olympic swimmer who stole the show at the Rio Olympic Games. Altogether she has won two bronze medals in the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relays, a silver medal in the 100m butterfly and a gold medal in the 100m freestyle.

She was born in Scarborough, Ontario on June 13, 2000 - the new millennium. Ever wonder what the year 2000 was like? We thought it would be cool to crack open that time capsule to see what was happening back then. Let's take a look back to the year 2000, the year Penny was born:


Circuit board
Photo by Rob Swystyn licensed by CC BY 2.0

Y stands for “year” and K stands for “kilo” which means “thousand.” There were widespread fears and concerns of computer failures leading up to the new millennium. New Year’s eve came and went - and nothing happened (not surprisingly!).

Oops!...I did it again

Britney Spears singing.
Photo by Rhys Adams licensed by CC BY 2.0

After gaining international success with ...Baby One More Time, Britney Spears did it again with her second studio album with the same name.

“Well, in Whoville they say – that the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day”

The Grinch from the Grinch Whole Stole Christmas.
Photo by Loren Javier licensed by CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas is released in movie theatres. Canada’s famous comedian Jim Carrey plays the grinch and had to wear face prosthetic make-up and yellow eye contacts for (gulp!) 92 days of filming.

Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Lucy say good-bye

Charlie Brown figurine
Photo by Giulia van Pelt licensed by CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The final Peanuts comic strip was published following the death of creator Charles M. Shulz. The comic ran in newspapers from October 2, 1950 to February 13, 2000, making it one of the most popular and influential in the history of comic strips with a total of 17,897 strips published!

Playstation 2 is released in Japan

Playstation 2 game controller
Photo by Joey licensed by CC BY 2.0

Reconize it? This was the best selling gaming console in history, selling 155 million units worldwide. More than 3,874 games have been made for the PS2 since launch.

Olympic Games take place in Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia bridge with Olympic rings lit up.

For swimming, Inge de Brujin of the Netherlands captures gold in the 100m freestyle and Martina Moravcová from Slovakia lays claim to silver in the 100m butterfly.