Today in History for Year 2001
Events 1 - 100 of 133
Jan 2nd - Sila Calderón becomes the first female Governor of Puerto Rico.
Jan 4th - Rapper Vanilla Ice spends night in jail after allegedly ripping out some of his wife's hair during a row
Jan 9th - ABC-TV deputs "The Mole" for the first time
Jan 9th - Shenzhou 2, an unmanned Chinese spacecraft, is launched.
Jan 9th - Apple announced iTunes at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, for organizing and playing digital music and videos. Now widely used by Windows and Mac users.
Jan 10th - A large piece of the chalk cliff at Beachy Head collapses into the sea.
Jan 13th - Earthquake measuring magnitude 7.6 strikes El Salvador, killing more than 840 people
Jan 14th - Jennifer Lopez scored her first UK No.1 single with 'Love Don't Cost A Thing.'
Jan 15th - Wikipedia, a free Wiki content encyclopedia, goes online.
Jan 16th - Congolese President Laurent-Désiré Kabila is assassinated by one of his own bodyguards.
Jan 16th - US President Bill Clinton awards former President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish-American War.
Jan 17th - President Bill Clinton posthumously raises Meriwether Lewis' rank from Lieutenant to Captain.
Jan 20th - Philippine president Joseph Estrada is ousted in the EDSA II Revolution and is succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Jan 23rd - The Chinese Communist Party stages a self-immolation in Tiananmen Square to frame Falun Gong and escalate the persecution.
Jan 25th - A 50-year-old Douglas DC-3 crashes near Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela killing 24
Jan 26th - An earthquake hits Gujarat, India, causing more than 20,000 deaths.
Jan 29th - Thousands of student protesters in Indonesia storm parliament and demand that President Abdurrahman Wahid resign due to alleged involvement in corruption scandals.
Jan 31st - In the Netherlands a Scottish court convicts a Libyan and acquits another for their part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 which crashed into Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.
Feb 9th - The American submarine USS Greeneville accidentally strikes and sinks the Ehime-Maru, a Japanese training vessel operated by the Uwajima Fishery High School.
Recording Artist Jennifer Lopez Feb 12th - NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
Feb 13th - An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter Scale hits El Salvador, killing at least 400.
Feb 15th - First draft of the complete Human Genome is published in Nature
Feb 18th - FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He was ultimately convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Feb 19th - An Oklahoma City bombing museum is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
Feb 26th - The Taliban destroy two giant Buddha statues in Bamyan, Afghanistan.
Feb 28th - The Nisqually Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hits the Nisqually Valley and the Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia area of the U.S. state of Washington.
Feb 28th - Six passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash.
Mar 4th - 4 March 2001 BBC bombing: a massive car bomb explodes in front of the BBC Television Centre in London, seriously injuring 11 people. The attack was attributed to the Real IRA.
Mar 4th - Hintze Ribeiro disaster, a bridge collapses in northern Portugal, killing up to 70 people.
Mar 5th - In Mecca, 35 Muslim pilgrims are crushed to death during the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
Mar 19th - The Bank of Japan issued a monetary policy known as quantitative easing, which stimulated the Japanese economy after the burst of the dot-com bubble.
Mar 23rd - The Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji.
Apr 1st - 20th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: at St Louis
Apr 1st - Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands, which is the first country to allow it.
Apr 1st - Former president of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević surrenders to police special forces, to be tried on charges of war crimes.
Apr 2nd - 63rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: at Metrodome Minneapolis
Apr 7th - Mars Odyssey is launched.
Apr 11th - The detained crew of a United States EP-3E aircraft that landed in Hainan, People's Republic of China after a collision with an J-8 fighter is released.
Apr 28th - Millionaire Dennis Tito becomes the world's first space tourist.
Apr 30th - The Mitchell Report on the Arab-Israeli conflict is published.
May 3rd - The United States loses its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.
May 4th - The Milwaukee Art Museum addition, the first Santiago Calatrava-designed structure in the United States, opens to the public.
264th Pope John Paul II May 6th - During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.
May 9th - In Ghana 129 football fans die in what became known as the Accra Sports Stadium Disaster. The deaths were caused by a stampede (caused by the firing of teargas by police personnel at the stadium)that followed a controversial decision by the referee handling a crucial match between arch-rivals Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko.
May 10th - In Ghana, a stampede at a football game kills over 120 spectators.
May 13th - Silvio Berlusconi's House of Freedoms coalition wins the Italian general elections.
May 21st - French Taubira law officially recognizes the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity.
May 24th - Mountain climbing: 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest.
May 24th - The Versailles wedding hall disaster in Jerusalem, Israel, kills 23 and injures over 200 in Israel's worst-ever civil disaster.
May 24th - The Democrats gain control of the U.S. Senate for the first time since 1994 when Senator James Jeffords of Vermont abandons the Republican Party and declares himself an independent.
May 25th - 32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
May 29th - U.S. Supreme Court rules that disabled golfer Casey Martin can use a cart to ride in tournaments.
May 29th - International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers inaugurated.
Jun 1st - Dipendra of Nepal slaughters his family during dinner.
Jun 1st - Dolphinarium massacre: an Hamas suicide bomber kills 21 at a disco in Tel Aviv.
Jun 4th - Gyanendra, the last King of Nepal, ascends to the throne after the massacre in the Royal Palace.
Jun 5th - U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords leaves the Republican Party, an act which shifts control of the United States Senate from the Republicans to the Democratic Party.
Jun 5th - Tropical Storm Allison makes landfall on the upper-Texas coastline as a strong tropical storm and dumps large amounts of rain over Houston. The storm caused $5.5 billion in damages, making Allison the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history.
Jun 7th - Tony Blair's Labour Party wins another landslide victory in the General Election.
Jun 10th - Pope John Paul II canonizes Lebanon's first female saint Saint Rafqa
Jun 11th - Timothy McVeigh is executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Jun 14th - China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan form the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
Jun 18th - Protests occur in Manipur over the extension of the ceasefire between Naga insurgents and the government of India.
Jun 21st - Total solar eclipse in Madagascar-Indian Ocean (4m56s)
Jun 21st - A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, indicts 13 Saudis and a Lebanese in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 American servicemen.
Jun 27th - Pope John Paul II beatifies 28 Ukrainian Greek Catholics, including 27 martyrs most of whom were killed by the Soviet secret police. Beatification takes place at the service in Lviv, western Ukraine during his first visit to this country.
Jun 27th - The International Court of Justice finds against the United States in its judgement in the LaGrand Case.
Jul 2nd - AbioCor self contained artificial heart created.
Jul 3rd - A Vladivostok Avia Tupolev TU-154 jetliner crashes on approach to landing at Irkutsk, Russia killing 145 people.
Jul 20th - The London Stock Exchange goes public.
Jul 20th - Italy: The 27th Annual G8 summit opens in Genoa. An Italian protester in Genoa, Carlo Giuliani, is shot by police.
Jul 24th - Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the last Tsar of Bulgaria when he was a child, is sworn in as Prime Minister of Bulgaria, becoming the first monarch in history to regain political power through democratic election to a different office.
Aug 1st - An agreement is reached on the position of the minority Albanian language in the Republic of Macedonia.
Aug 1st - Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Malta, Slovenia and Slovakia join the European Environment Agency.
Aug 1st - Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has a Ten Commandments monument installed in the judiciary building, leading to a lawsuit to have it removed and his own removal from office.
Aug 3rd - The Real IRA detonate a car bomb in Ealing, London, U.K injuring seven people. (See 3 August 2001 Ealing bombing).
43rd US President George W. Bush Aug 9th - US President George W. Bush announces his support for federal funding of limited research on embryonic stem cells.
Aug 21st - NATO decides to send a peace-keeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Aug 21st - The Red Cross announces that a famine is striking Tajikistan, and calls for international financial aid for Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Aug 24th - Air Transat Flight 236 runs out of fuel over the Atlantic Ocean (en route to Lisbon from Toronto) and makes an emergency landing in the Azores.
Sep 9th - Ahmed Shah Massoud, leader of the Northern Alliance, is assassinated in Afghanistan.
Sep 11th - Terrorists hijack two passenger planes crashing them into New York's World Trade Towers causing the collapse of both & death of 2,752 people
Sep 11th - Terrorists hijack a passenger plane and crash it into the Pentagon causing the death of 125 people
Sep 11th - Attempt by passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 to retake control of their hijacked plane from terrorists causes plane to crash in Pennsylvania field killing all 64 people onboard
Sep 12th - Article V of the NATO agreement is invoked for only the second time (the other being in Bosnia) in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States of America.
Sep 12th - Ansett Australia, Australia's first commercial interstate airline, collapses due to increased strain on the international airline industry leaving 10000 people unemployed.
Sep 13th - Civilian aircraft traffic resumes in the U.S. after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Sep 14th - Historic National Prayer Service held at Washington National Cathedral for victims of the September 11 attacks. A similar service is held in Canada on Parliament Hill, the largest vigil ever held in the nation's capital.
Sep 18th - First mailing of anthrax letters from Trenton, New Jersey in the 2001 anthrax attacks.
Sep 20th - In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush declares a "war on terror".
Sep 21st - Deep Space 1 flies within 2,200 km of Comet Borrelly.
Sep 21st - University of Roorkee, becomes India's 7th Indian Institute of Technology, rechristened as IIT Roorkee
Sep 21st - AZF chemical plant explodes in Toulouse, France, killing 29 people
Sep 29th - The Syracuse Herald-Journal, a U.S. newspaper dating back to 1839, ceases publication.
Oct 2nd - The NATO backs US military strikes, following 9/11.
Oct 4th - Siberia Airlines Flight 1812: a Sibir Airlines Tupolev TU-154 crashes into the Black Sea after being struck by an errant Ukrainian S-200 missile. 78 people are killed.
Oct 5th - Robert Stevens becomes the first victim in the 2001 anthrax attacks.
Oct 5th - Tom Ridge resigns as Governor of Pennsylvania to become President Bush's Homeland Security Advisor.
Oct 7th - The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan starts with an air assault and covert operations on the ground.
Oct 8th - U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.
Birthdays 1 - 4 of 4
Oct 7th - Princess Senate Seeiso, daughter of King Letsie III of Lesotho
Oct 18th - Annelise Manojlovic, English actress
Oct 25th - Princess Elisabeth of Belgium
Dec 1st - Aiko, Princess Toshi of Japan
Weddings 1 - 29 of 29
Jan 20th - "Fast Lane" actor Peter Facinelli (27) weds actress and director Jennie Garth (28) at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Montecito, California
Feb 18th - Comedian Kathy Griffin (37) weds computer administrator Matthew Moline (32) at the 360 Degree Restaurant in Hollywood
Apr 4th - Actress and model Brooke Shields (35) weds sitcom writer Chris Henchy (37) in Catalina Island, California
Apr 18th - NBA star player Kobe Bryant (22) weds Vanessa Laine at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church in Dana Point, California
May 6th - Actress-singer Billie Piper (18) weds media mogul Chris Evans (35) at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas
May 11th - Actress Suzanne Pleshette (64) weds actor Tom Poston (79) at Manhattan's City Hall
May 12th - American actor Eddie Cibrian (28) weds TV personality Brandi Glanville (28) at the beachfront Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
Jun 3rd - Writer and actress Tina Fey (31) weds "Saturday Night Live" composer Jeff Richmond (40) on a Greek Orthodox ceremony at The Merion Tribute House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jun 9th - "Law & Order" actress and model Angie Harmon (28) weds New York Giant NFL player Jason Sehorn (30) at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas
Jul 7th - "Charlie's Angels" star Drew Barrymore (26) weds actor-comedian Tom Green (29) in Malibu
Aug 4th - "James Bond" actor Pierce Brosnan (49) weds TV host and journalist Keely Shaye Smith (37) at the 785-year-old Ballintubber Abbey in County Mayo, Ireland
Aug 4th - "Northern Exposure" actor Joshua Morrow (27) weds Tobe Keeney
Aug 10th - "Dixie Chick's" Martie Maguire (31) weds actor Gareth Maguire in Kailua, Hawaii
Aug 25th - Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, eldest son of King Harald V & heir married commoner Mette-Marit Tjessem H
Sep 1st - "The Accidental Tourist" actress Geena Davis (45) weds Iranian American plastic surgeon Dr. Reza Jarrahy
Sep 1st - "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" actor Nicholas Brendon (30) weds Tressa Di Figlia in Carlsbad
Sep 1st - "Six Days Seven Nights" actress Anne Heche (32) weds cameraman Coleman Laffoon in Los Angeles, California
Sep 29th - Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez (32) weds dancer/choreographer Cris Judd (32) in Calabasas, California
Oct 5th - "The Golden Boy" professional boxer Oscar De La Hoya (28) weds Puerto Rican pop singer Millie Corretjer (27) in a secret ceremony held at "El Invernino" in San Juan
Recording Artist Jennifer Lopez (Sep 29th) Oct 14th - Inspirational speaker Anthony Robbins (41) weds Sage Bonnie Humphrey
Oct 14th - Actor Breckin Meyer (27) weds "Can't Hardly Wait" director Deborah Kaplan in Malibu
Oct 20th - Actor Johnathon Schaech (32) weds actress Christina Applegate (29) at the three-acre Cree Estate in Palm Springs, California
Oct 22nd - Tennis champion Andre Agassi (31) weds former World's No. 1 German tennis player Steffi Graf (32) in Las Vegas, Nevada
Nov 10th - "Four Weddings and A Funeral" actress Andie MacDowell (43) weds businessman Rhett Hartzog (42) at Central United Methodist Church in Asheville, North Carolina
Nov 20th - ABC News political analyst George Stephanopoulos (40) weds actress Alexandra Wentworth (36) at Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan
Nov 24th - "Angel" actor David Boreanaz (32) weds actress Jaime Bergman (26) at Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs, California
Dec 12th - Actress Ashley Judd (33) weds race car driver Dario Franchetti (28) at Skibo Castle in Scotland
Dec 26th - "Harry Potter" author J. K. Rowling (36) weds anesthesiologist Neil Murray (30) in Aberfeldy, Scotland
Dec 31st - Glamour model and actress Coco Austin (33) weds rapper-actor Ice-T (54) in Las Vegas, Nevada
Divorces 1 - 3 of 3
May 22nd - Actress and former fitness guru Jane Fonda (63) divorces CNN founder Ted Turner (62) due to irretrievably broken marriage 10 years after getting married
Jul 16th - "Kate & Leopold" actress Meg Ryan (38) divorces actor Dennis Quaid (46) after 9 years of marriage
Dec 13th - Oscar winning-actress Kate Winslet (26) divorces assistant film director Jim Threapleton (28) due to unreasonable behavior after 3 years of marriage
Deaths 1 - 100 of 345
Jan 1st - Ray Walston, American actor (b. 1914)
Jan 2nd - William P. Rogers, American politician (b. 1913)
Jan 2nd - Teri Diver, American actress (b. 1971)
Jan 4th - Les Brown, American bandleader (b. 1912)
Jan 5th - Nancy Parsons, American actress (b. 1942)
Jan 9th - Maurice Prather, American photographer (b. 1926)
Jan 11th - Sir Denys Lasdun, English architect (b. 1914)
Jan 11th - Michael Williams, British actor, husband of Judi Dench (b. 1935)
Jan 12th - Affirmed, American racehorse (b. 1975)
Jan 12th - Luiz Bonfá, Brazilian guitarist and composer (b. 1922)
Jan 12th - William Hewlett, American engineer and businessman (b. 1913)
Jan 13th - Michael Cuccione, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1985)
Jan 14th - Burkhard Heim, German physicist (b. 1925)
Jan 15th - Ted Mann, American screenwriter (b. 1916)
Jan 16th - Laurent-Désiré Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (b. 1939)
Jan 16th - Auberon Waugh, British author and journalist (b. 1939)
Jan 17th - Gregory Corso, American poet (b. 1930)
Jan 18th - Al Waxman, Canadian actor (b. 1935)
Jan 19th - Dario Vittori, Argentinean actor (b. 1921)
Jan 21st - Byron De La Beckwith, American white supremacist (b. 1921)
Jan 22nd - Roy Brown, American clown (b. 1932)
Jan 22nd - Tommie Agee, American baseball player (b. 1942)
Jan 26th - Al McGuire, American basketball coach (b. 1928)
Jan 27th - Stavros Damianides, Greek musician (b. 1941)
Jan 28th - Curt Blefary, American baseball player (b. 1943)
Jan 30th - Jean-Pierre Aumont, French actor (b. 1911)
Jan 30th - Johnnie Johnson, British fighter pilot (b. 1915)
Jan 30th - Joseph Ransohoff, the father of modern neurosurgery (b. 1915)
Jan 31st - Gordon R. Dickson, Canadian writer (b. 1923)
Feb 1st - André D'Allemagne, Quebec teacher, political observer and essayist (b. 1929)
Feb 4th - J. J. Johnson, American jazz trombonist and composer (b. 1924)
Feb 4th - Iannis Xenakis, Greek composer and architect (b. 1922)
Feb 6th - Filemon Lagman, Filipino Communist revolutionary (b. 1953)
Feb 6th - Fulgence Charpentier, Quebec journalist (b. 1897)
Feb 7th - Dale Evans, American actress and singer (b. 1912)
Feb 7th - Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American author and aviator (b. 1906)
Feb 8th - Ivo Caprino, Norwegian animated film director (b. 1920)
Feb 9th - Herbert Simon, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
Feb 10th - Abraham Beame, Mayor of New York City (b. 1906)
Feb 10th - George Holmes Tate, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist (b. 1913)
Feb 12th - Kristina Söderbaum, German actress (b. 1912)
Feb 16th - Howard W. Koch, American film director (b. 1916)
Feb 16th - William Masters, American gynecologist and sexologist (b. 1915)
Feb 16th - Bob Buhl, baseball player (b. 1928)
Feb 17th - Khalid Abdul Muhammed, American Nation of Islam spokesman (b. 1948)
Feb 17th - Bob Geary, Canadian football player and manager (b. 1933)
Feb 18th - Balthus, Polish-born painter (b. 1908)
Feb 18th - Dale Earnhardt, American race car driver (b. 1951)
Feb 18th - Eddie Mathews, American baseball player (b. 1931)
Feb 19th - Priscilla Davis, American socialite (b. 1942)
Feb 19th - Stanley Kramer, American director (b. 1913)
Feb 19th - Charles Trenet, French singer (b. 1913)
Feb 20th - Rosemary DeCamp, American actress (b. 1910)
Feb 23rd - Robert Enrico, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1931)
Feb 24th - Claude E. Shannon, American information theorist (b. 1916)
Feb 25th - Sir Donald Bradman, Australian cricketer (b. 1908)
Feb 26th - Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuelan writer (b. 1906)
Mar 2nd - John Diamond, British journalist (b. 1953)
Mar 3rd - Louis Edmonds, American actor (b. 1923)
Mar 4th - Glenn Hughes, American singer (The Village People) (b. 1950)
Mar 4th - Fred Lasswell, American cartoonist (b. 1916)
Mar 4th - Jim Rhodes, Governor of Ohio (b. 1909)
Mar 4th - Harold Stassen, American politician (b. 1907)
Mar 6th - Kim Walker, American actress (b. 1968)
Mar 7th - Frankie Carle, American pianist and bandleader (b. 1903)
Mar 8th - Edward Winter, American actor (b. 1937)
Mar 10th - Massimo Morsello, Italian musician and far right activist (b. 1958)
Mar 12th - Morton Downey, Jr., American television talk show host (b. 1933)
Mar 12th - Robert Ludlum, American author (b. 1927)
Mar 13th - Encarnacion Alzona, Filipino historian (b. 1895)
Mar 15th - Ann Sothern, American actress (b. 1909)
Mar 16th - Norma MacMillan, Canadian actress (b. 1921)
Mar 16th - Bob Wollek, French race car driver (b. 1943)
Mar 18th - John Phillips, American musician (The Mamas and the Papas) (b. 1935)
Mar 19th - Charles K. Johnson, President of the Flat Earth Society (b. 1924)
Mar 20th - Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player (b. 1949)
Mar 21st - Chung Ju-yung, Korean industrialist (b. 1915)
Mar 21st - Norma MacMillan, Canadian voice actress (b. 1921)
Mar 21st - Anthony Steel, English actor (b. 1920)
Animator William Hanna (Mar 22nd) Mar 22nd - William Hanna, American animator and studio founder, dies at 90
Mar 23rd - Rowland Evans, American journalist (b. 1921)
Mar 24th - Muriel Young, English TV entertainer (b. 1928)
Mar 28th - Moe Koffman, Canadian musician (b. 1928)
Mar 29th - Helge Ingstad, Norwegian explorer (b. 1899)
Mar 29th - John Lewis, American jazz pianist (b. 1920)
Mar 31st - Clifford Shull, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1915)
Apr 1st - Olivia Barclay, British astrologer (b. 1919)
Apr 1st - Trinh Cong Son, Vietnamese composer (b. 1939)
Apr 1st - Jo-Jo Moore, American baseball player (b. 1908)
Apr 2nd - Charles Daudelin, Canadian artist (b. 1920)
Apr 2nd - Jennifer Syme, American actress (b. 1972)
Apr 4th - Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, American custom car designer (b. 1932)
Apr 5th - Brother Theodore, German comedian (b. 1906)
Apr 6th - Charles Pettigrew, American singer (b. 1963)
Apr 7th - David Graf, American actor (b. 1950)
Apr 7th - Beatrice Straight, American actress (b. 1914)
Apr 9th - Willie Stargell, American baseball player (b. 1940)
Apr 11th - Sandy Bull, American musician (b. 1941)
Apr 11th - Harry Secombe, Welsh actor and comedian (b. 1921)
Apr 12th - Harvey Ball, American inventor (b. 1921)