The year 2000 was very eventful. The world collapsed due to the Y2K bug, snow became a thing of the past, and the North Pole melted for the first time in 50 million years.
The North Pole is melting.
August 19, 2000
The thick ice that has for ages covered the Arctic Ocean at the pole has turned to water, recent visitors there reported yesterday. At least for the time being, an ice-free patch of ocean about a mile wide has opened at the very top of the world, something that has presumably never before been seen by humans and is more evidence that global warming may be real and already affecting climate.
The last time scientists can be certain the pole was awash in water was more than 50 million years ago.