Yuri Kadobnov/Shutterstock The Williams sisters have been a force to be reckoned with in tennis for years, and in 2000 Venus Williams became the first black woman to win the Women’s Singles title at Wimbledon since Althea Gibson (who won in both 1957 and 1958). ”This was meant to be,” she told the New York Times. ”I worked real hard all my life. I had a lot of sacrifices.” Don’t miss the empowering stories of women who changed the world.
ROB CARR/Shutterstock There was excitement on the golf course on August 21, 2000 at the PGA Championship. Tiger Woods became the first golf pro since Ben Hogan’s 1953 triumph to win three majors in a calendar year. To achieve this milestone, he tied the to-par record for the PGA with Bob May, then won in a playoff.