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.
  • 01 Oct 2001 Militants attack the state legislature building in Kashmir, killing 38.
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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?


Which were the most popular books released in October 2001?

Marie Antoinette by Antonia Fraser

Marie Antoinette


France's queen beleaguered, Marie Antoinette was wrongly accused of saying the infamous "Let them eat cake" - she was ridiculed and curious even before her death. She has since been the center of much of France's ridicule.

Isle Of Dogs by Patricia Cornwell

Isle Of Dogs


Patricia Cornwell's novel of big-city cops has elevated this genre to new heights. With this #1 New York Times bestseller, she surpasses herself with a humorous tale about life behind the blue walls.

The Best-Loved Poems Of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis by Caroline Kennedy

The Best-Loved Poems Of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis


The publication of A Family of Poems, an illustrated children+s book by the author, coincided with the release of A Family of Poems. This gift edition is specially priced.

Cane River by Lalita Tademy

Cane River


The New York Times Bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club Pick-the remarkable and deeply moving story of four generations African-American women who journey from slavery to freedom on a Louisiana Creole plantation.

Suzanne'S Diary For Nicholas by James Patterson

Suzanne'S Diary For Nicholas


Katie Wilkinson finally finds the right man. But he disappears one day, leaving behind only a journal written by Suzanne, a new mother, for Nicholas.