Historical Events for Year 2001
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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 7th - 27th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Drew Carey & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)
Jan 8th - 28th American Music Award: Faith Hill & Kid Rock win
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
Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez 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.
NFL Legend Ray Lewis Jan 28th - Super Bowl XXXV: Baltimore Ravens beat New York Giants, 34-7 at the Raymond James Stadium MVP: Ray Lewis, Baltimore, LB
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 4th - NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 38-17
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.
Feb 12th - NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
Golfer Tiger Woods Feb 12th - 9th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Marion Jones win
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 18th - Crash during Daytona 500 race on last lap claims life of Dale Earnhardt
Feb 19th - An Oklahoma City bombing museum is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
Feb 21st - 43rd Grammy Awards: Beautiful Day, Shelby Lynne wins
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.
Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z Feb 28th - 15th Soul Train Music Awards: The Isley Brothers, Destiny's Child & Jay-Z win
Mar 4th - 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.
Mar 24th - 21st Golden Raspberry Awards: Battlefield Earth wins
Actor Russell Crowe Mar 25th - 73rd Academy Awards - "Gladiator", Russell Crowe & Julia Roberts win
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 8th - 65th Golf Masters Championship: Tiger Woods wins, shooting a 272
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.
May 5th - 127th Kentucky Derby: Jorge Chavez aboard Monarchos wins in 1:59.97
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 8th - 36th Academy of Country Music Awards: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill & Toby Keith wins
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 right-wing "House of Freedoms" coalition wins the Italian general election.
May 19th - 127th Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Point Given wins in 1:55.40
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 27th - Indianapolis 500: Hélio Castroneves wins in 3:31:54.180 (227.841 km/h)
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 3rd - 55th Tony Awards: The Producers & Proof win
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 8th - Ray Bourque plays the final game in his NHL career
Jun 9th - 133rd Belmont: Gary Stevens aboard Point Given wins in 2:26.80
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 13th - 35th TNN & CMT Country Weekly Music Awards: George Strait, Faith Hill & Alan Jackson wins
Jun 14th - China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan form the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
Jun 15th - 55th NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 4 games to 1
Jun 18th - Protests occur in Manipur over the extension of the ceasefire between Naga insurgents and the government of India.
Jun 18th - 101st US Golf Open: Retief Goosen shoots a 276 at Southern Hills CC OK
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 24th - 47th LPGA Championship won by Karrie Webb
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.
Tennis Player Venus Williams Jul 8th - 108th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Justine Henin (6-1 3-6 6-0)
Jul 9th - 115th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Goran Ivanišević beats P Rafter (6-3 3-6 6-3 2-6 9-7)
Jul 10th - 72nd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-1 at Safeco Field, Seattle
Jul 19th - Michael Brunet discovers the skull of Sahelanthropus tchadensis, thought to be the oldest known species in the human family tree, in the Djurab Desert, Chad. It lived 6-7 million years ago, about the same time as the last common ancestor to apes and humans.
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 22nd - 130th British Golf Open: David Duval shoots a 274 at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
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 19th - 83rd PGA Championship: David Toms shoots a 265 at Atlanta Athletic Club
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 6th - 18th MTV Awards: Lady Marmalade, Eve f/ Gwen Stefani & Moby f/ Gwen Stefani wins
Singer Gwen Stefani Sep 9th - Ahmed Shah Massoud, leader of the Northern Alliance, is assassinated in Afghanistan.
Sep 11th - Two passenger planes hijacked by terrorists crashes 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 the first and only time 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.
MLB Legend Barry Bonds Oct 4th - Barry Bonds hits his 70th home run, tying Mark McGwire for the most home runs hit in a single season
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 5th - Barry Bonds hits his 71st home run, breaking Mark McGwire's record of 70 for the most home runs hit in a single season (Bonds would end up with 73 in total)
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.
Oct 8th - A twin engine Cessna and Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) jetliner collide in heavy fog during takeoff from Milan, Italy killing 118.
Oct 9th - Second mailing of anthrax letters from Trenton, New Jersey in the 2001 anthrax attack.
Oct 11th - The Polaroid Corporation files for federal bankruptcy protection.
Oct 15th - NASA's Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles of Jupiter's moon Io.
Oct 19th - SIEV-X, an Indonesian fishing boat en-route to Christmas Island, carrying over 400 asylum seekers, sank in international waters with the loss of 353 people.
Singer Mariah Carey Oct 21st - "United We Stand" benefit concert for September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks victims, held at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. Event organized and headlined by Michael Jackson, also featuring pop stars Aerosmith, Mariah Carey, The Backstreet Boys, and others.
Oct 23rd - The Provisional Irish Republican Army of Northern Ireland commences disarmament after peace talks.
Oct 23rd - Apple releases the iPod.
Oct 25th - Windows XP first became available.
Oct 26th - The United States passes the USA PATRIOT Act into law.
Nov 4th - 53rd Emmy Awards: The West Wing, Sex and the City, James Gandolfini & Edie Falco win
Nov 7th - The supersonic commercial aircraft Concorde resumes flying after a 15-month hiatus.
Nov 7th - 35th Country Music Association Award: Tim McGraw, Lee Ann Womack & Toby Keith wins
Nov 11th - Journalists Pierre Billaud, Johanne Sutton and Volker Handloik are killed in Afghanistan during an attack on the convoy they were traveling on top off.
Nov 12th - 2001 Attack on Afghanistan: Taliban forces abandon Kabul, Afghanistan, ahead of advancing Afghan Northern Alliance troops.
Nov 12th - In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 on its way to the Dominican Republic, crashes minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board and five on the ground.
Nov 13th - Doha Round: The World Trade Organization ends a four-day ministerial conference in Doha, Qatar.
Nov 13th - War on Terrorism: In the first such act since World War II, US President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against foreigners suspected of connections to terrorist acts or planned acts on the United States.
Nov 14th - War in Afghanistan: Afghan Northern Alliance fighters takeover the capital Kabul.