People on the Millennium Bridge walking toward Tate Modern

People on the Millennium Bridge walking toward Tate Modern
© Tate

  • World celebrates third millennium
  • George W. Bush wins US elections despite accusations of electoral fraud
  • Napster, a free system for downloading music, is launched
  • May Day violence erupts in London
  • Ken Livingstone elected first Mayor of London
  • London Eye and Millennium Bridge open
  • Tate Gallery is renamed Tate Britain
  • Tate Modern opens
  • Launch of the arts award Beck’s Futures by the ICA, open to any contemporary emerging young artist
  • First series of Big Brother airs