July 2 - France beat Italy 2-1 at the final of the 2000 European Football Championship. July 10 - In southern Nigeria, a leaking petroleum pipeline explodes killing about 250 villagers who were scavenging for gasoline July 14 - At Pine Lake in Central Alberta a tornado tears through the Green Acres Campground killing 12 people and critically injuring more than 60. July 14 - The First series of Big Brother (UK) starts. July 14 - A powerful solar flare, later named the Bastille Day event, causes a geomagnetic storm on Earth. July 17, The 10th President of Syria, Bashar al Assad Assumed office. July 18 - Alex Salmond resigns as the leader of the Scottish National Party July 25 - A Concorde supersonic passenger jet crashes just after takeoff from Paris killing all 109 aboard and 5 on the ground.