October 2001 calendar

October 2001

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in October 2001.
The US president was George W. Bush (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Tony Blair (Labour), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on October 2001: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 2001?


  • 02 Oct 2001 NATO backs the U.S. military strike after 9/11.
  • 04 Oct 2001 A hunter blows a hole through the trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline, which causes a leakage of 1.1 Million Liters of oil in the wilderness.
  • 05 Oct 2001 Tom Ridge, the Governor of Pennsylvania, resigns to become the first director of United States Office of Homeland Security.
  • 07 Oct 2001 With participation from the United Kingdom, the United States invades Afghanistan with its armed forces.
  • 08 Oct 2001 118 people were killed when a twin-engine Cessna and Scandinavian Airlines System jetliner (SAS), collided in heavy fog while taking off from Milan, Italy.
  • 09 Oct 2001 Anthrax letters continue to be mailed from Princeton (New Jersey) to the U.S. Senators Tom Daschle from South Dakota and Patrick Leahy from Vermont.
  • 10 Oct 2001 The 22 most wanted terrorists are listed by President George W. Bush.
  • 11 Oct 2001 The Polaroid Corporation applies for federal bankruptcy protection.
  • 15 Oct 2001 NASA's Galileo spacecraft passes close to Jupiter's moon Io at 112 miles.
  • 19 Oct 2001 SIEV-X, an Indonesian fishing vessel en-route from Christmas Island carrying more than 400 asylum seekers, sinks at sea with 353 people.
  • 20 Oct 2001 The Concert for New York City is "a celebration of strength, resilience and pride of New York City and America". It features performances by The Who and Backstreet Boys, Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton.
  • 21 Oct 2001 The What More Can You Give benefit concert was held in Washington D.C. and featured performances by Aerosmith, Mariah Carey (Michael Jackson), Al Green, Carole King. Also, there were performances from the Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync and P!nk.
  • 23 Oct 2001 Apple Computer unveils the iPod portable music player. It has a 5 GB hard drive and FireWire ports. The price is US$399.
  • 25 Oct 2001 Microsoft has launched Windows XP in the USA. It is based on Windows NT, Windows 2000 and includes a Compatibility mode that allows software written for older Windows versions of Windows to work correctly. The prices for the Home Edition are US$199 and US$299 respectively.
  • 26 Oct 2001 The USA PATRIOT Act is now law.
  • 30 Oct 2001 Died: Famous Arab encyclopedist M. A. Benyounis died.
  • 31 Oct 2001 Two-thirds of $230 million worth of gold and silver were recovered from vaults of Bank of Nova Scotia, amongst rubble of the World Trade Center that was destroyed in New York City.

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Music charts

Which were the top hits in October 2001?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Fallin'youtube
  2. - I'm Real
  3. - Where The Party At
  4. - Family Affairyoutube
  5. - Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Can't Get You Out Of My Head
  2. - Hey Baby
  3. - What Would You Do
  4. - Chain Reaction / One For Sorrow
  5. - Because I Got High


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Release year: 2001

Directed by: Iain Softley

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack, Alfre Woodard

Edges of the Lord

Edges of the Lord

Release year: 2001

Directed by: Yurek Bogayevicz

Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Willem Dafoe, Richard Banel, Liam Hess

Country: Poland

The Last Castle

The Last Castle

Release year: 2001

Directed by: Rod Lurie

Starring: Robert Redford, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Burton



Release year: 2001

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Starring: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, Troy Garity

Country: United States of America

Little Secrets

Little Secrets

Release year: 2001

Directed by: Blair Treu

Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Michael Angarano, David Gallagher, Vivica A. Fox


Which were the most popular books released in October 2001?
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Ava'S Man by Rick Bragg

Ava'S Man


Rick Bragg's personal history of the Deep South continues with the same emotional generosity as All Over But the Shoutin', and the same compelling storytelling.

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

Tuesdays With Morrie


Perhaps it was a grandparent or teacher or a friend. For those who are older and more patient, wiser, and can help you navigate the world, they will be able to give you sound advice and help you find your …

Islam by Karen Armstrong



Islam is the most misunderstood and feared religion in modern times. It is a dangerous faith that encourages terror, authoritarian government and female oppression.

Shock by Robin Cook



Two graduate students make a decision to help their financial problems and become egg donors at a highly profitable fertility clinic in Boston's North Shore.

Total Recall by Sara Paretsky

Total Recall


The bestselling V.I. The bestselling V.I. Warshawski novels have captivated readers and won the praise of critics around the world. "V.I. Newsweek calls Warshawski the "V.I.