2001

The year 2001 became the international year of volunteers. This year saw the release of the first of the Harry Porter Series, The Lord of the Rings, Ocean’s trilogy, Shrek and The Fast and the Furious.

2001

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was the highest grossing film followed by The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. According to Billboard chart, Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory was the best-selling album of the year.

George W. Bush took the oath of office on January 10, 2001. On a bright morning of September 11 a Tuesday, an American Airlines Boeing 767 full of 20,000 gallons of jet fuel flew into the World Trade Center's Northern Tower in New York City. President Bush on October 7 announced that the USA was going to war in Afghanistan and on the 26 of October signed the Patriot Act, an anti-terrorism law, following the September 11 attacks on the Pentagon and the world trade center.

During a soccer match on May 2001, in Accra Stadium in Ghana, over 126 fans lost their lives after an encounter with police and rowdy fans. The Accra Hearts of Oak was the home team and was leading against their arch rivals Asante Kotoko of Kumasi. The Kotoko fans started reaping seats and throwing them into the field. The police responded by launching tear gas into the crowd of fans leading to one of the biggest sports disasters in Africa’s history at the time.

December 15, 2001, saw the reopening of Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa. This was after a team mostly made up of experts spent 11 years and $27 million to fortify the 12th-century tower without eliminating the infamous lean. The Italian authorities closed the tower in 1990 after it leaned an extraordinary 15 feet from the perpendicular. It is a miracle it didn’t topple over.

This was a great year for science when Robert Tools received the world’s first self-contained heart. The infamous 2001 anthrax letters were the new form of terror that left five people dead and 17 others infected.

Discover how the world looked like in 2001

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Oscar

Oscar Winners

All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 74th edition of the Oscar ceremony


Best picture

A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind

Directed by: Ron Howard

Starring: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

Country: United States of America

Best director

Ron Howard

A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind

Directed by: Ron Howard

Starring: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

Country: United States of America

Best actor

Denzel Washington

Training Day

Training Day

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

Starring: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn, Tom Berenger

Country: United States of America

Best actress

Halle Berry

Monster's Ball

Monster's Ball

Directed by: Marc Forster

Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Taylor Simpson, Gabrielle Witcher

Best supporting actor

Jim Broadbent

Iris

Iris

Directed by: Richard Eyre

Starring: Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet, Hugh Bonneville

Best supporting actress

Jennifer Connelly

A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind

Directed by: Ron Howard

Starring: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

Country: United States of America

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Time Person of the Year

Who was the person of the year of 2001?


Rudy Giuliani
Giuliani was Mayor of New York City at the time of the September 11 attacks in 2001, was selected as a symbol of America's response to the attacks.

Books

Which were the most popular books released in 2001 ?
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Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

Tuesdays With Morrie

By:

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to …

Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides

Ghost Soldiers

By:

On January 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected U.S. troops slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines. Their mission: March thirty rugged miles to rescue 513 POWs languishing in a hellish camp, among

Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis

Founding Brothers

By:

In this landmark work of history, the National Book Award—winning author of American Sphinx explores how a group of greatly gifted but deeply flawed individuals–Hamilton, Burr, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Adams, and

Cane River by Lalita Tademy

Cane River

By:

A New York Times bestseller and Oprah's Book Club Pick-the unique and deeply moving saga of four generations of African-American women whose journey from slavery to freedom begins on a Creole plantation in Louisiana.Beginning

John Adams by David McCullough

John Adams

By:

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling biography of America’s founding father and second president that was the basis for the acclaimed HBO series, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough.In

Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 2001


Peace Prize

  • United Nations
  • Kofi Annan

Literature

  • V. S. Naipaul

Physics

  • Eric Allin Cornell
  • Wolfgang Ketterle
  • Carl Wieman

Economic Sciences

  • George Akerlof
  • Michael Spence
  • Joseph Stiglitz

Chemistry

  • William Standish Knowles
  • Ryōji Noyori
  • Karl Barry Sharpless

Physiology or Medicine

  • Leland H. Hartwell
  • Tim Hunt
  • Paul Nurse

Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

Country: United States of America

Spirited Away

Spirited Away

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise

Starring: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Country: United States of America

Amélie

Amélie

Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta

Country: United States of America

A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind

Directed by: Ron Howard

Starring: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

Country: United States of America

Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko

Directed by: Richard Kelly

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne

Country: United States of America

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 2001 in the USA ?

world population

World Population

Demographic statistics of the year 2001


Population statistics

  • Total population: 6.2 billion (6,222,626,606 to be precise!)
  • Urban population: 2.9 billion, that is 47.0% of the total population of 2001 lives in cities
  • Yearly change: +79.3 million, corresponding to a percentage increase of +1.29%
  • Average density: 42.0 persons per km2
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 2001?


Events

  • 01 Jan 2001 A black monolith—dubbed the Seattle Monolith—measuring approximately tall appears in Seattle, Washington's Magnuson Park, placed by an anonymous artist in reference to the movie ''2001: A Space Odyssey''.
  • 02 Jan 2001 Sila Calderon becomes the first female Governor of Puerto Rico
  • 03 Jan 2001 The 107th United States Congress is sworn in, including incoming freshmen Senators Bill Nelson (Democrat-Florida), Tom Carper (Democrat-Delaware), Debbie Stabenow (Democrat-Michigan), John Ensign (Republican-Nevada), George Allen (Republican-Virginia), Maria Cantwell (Democrat-Washington), Ben Nelson (Democrat-Nebraska), Hillary Clinton (Democrat-New York), Jon Corzine (Democrat-New Jersey), Jean Carnahan (Democrat-Missouri), and Mark Dayton (Democrat-Minnesota).
  • 06 Jan 2001 The United States Congress, presided over by Vice President Al Gore as President of the Senate, certifies George Walker Bush's Electoral College victory and thus as the winner of the 2000 presidential election.
  • 09 Jan 2001 Shenzhou 2, an unmanned Chinese spacecraft, was launched.
  • 10 Jan 2001 Apple introduce their iTunes digital media player application at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco.
  • 11 Jan 2001 The U.S. Federal Trade Commission approves the merger of America Online and Time Warner to form AOL Time Warner.
  • 12 Jan 2001 Downtown Disney opens, in the Disneyland Resort, between Disneyland and the site of Disney's California Adventure. The 300,000 square foot site features restaurants, nightclubs, shops, and movie theaters.
  • 13 Jan 2001 An earthquake hits El Salvador, killing more than 800.
  • 15 Jan 2001 Wikipedia, a free Wiki content encyclopedia, goes online.
  • 16 Jan 2001 US President Bill Clinton awards former US President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service during the Spanish-American War. Eleven of Roosevelt's descendants accept the honor on his behalf.
  • 17 Jan 2001 U.S. President Bill Clinton posthumously raises Meriwether Lewis' rank from Lieutenant to Captain.
  • 20 Jan 2001 Philippine president Joseph Estrada is ousted in a nonviolent 4-day revolution, and is succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
  • 22 Jan 2001 Four of the ampquotTexas 7ampquot are caught at a convenience store in Woodland Park, Colorado, and a fifth killed himself inside a motor home.
  • 23 Jan 2001 January 25 – United Nations war crimes prosecutor Del Ponte demands that Serbia hand over Slobodan Milošević.
  • 24 Jan 2001 The last two of the ampquotTexas 7ampquot are taken into custody in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • 26 Jan 2001 An earthquake hits Gujarat, India, causing more than 20,000 deaths.
  • 27 Jan 2001 A plane crashes 40 miles east of Denver, Colorado, killing two players of the Oklahoma State University basketball team, six team staffers, and the two-person crew.
  • 28 Jan 2001 Super Bowl XXXV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida: Baltimore Ravens defeats the New York Giants, 34-7.
  • 29 Jan 2001 Thousands of student protesters in Indonesia storm parliament and demand that President Abdurrahman Wahid resign due to alleged involvement in corruption scandals.
  • 31 Jan 2001 In the Netherlands, a Scottish court convicts Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi and acquits another Libyan citizen for their part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.
  • 01 Feb 2001 Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman announced that they had separated.
  • 05 Feb 2001 Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman announced that they had separated.
  • 08 Feb 2001 In Anaheim, California, Disney's California Adventure theme park opens, next to Disneyland. The 55-acre site includes three areas: Paradise Pier, Hollywood Pictures Backlot, and the Golden State. The theme park cost US$1.4 billion to build. Admission prices are US$43 for adults, and US$33 for children.
  • 09 Feb 2001 The American submarine USS Greeneville accidentally strikes and sinks the Ehime-Maru, a Japanese training vessel operated by the Uwajima Fishery High School.
  • 11 Feb 2001 Three Rivers Stadium, 30-year-old home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is imploded.
  • 13 Feb 2001 An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter Scale hits El Salvador, killing at least 400.
  • 15 Feb 2001 First draft of the complete human genome is published in Nature.
  • 16 Feb 2001 British and U.S. forces carry out bombing raids, attempting to disable Iraq's air defense network. Three people are killed in a suburban area of Baghdad.
  • 17 Feb 2001 Iraq disarmament crisis: Baghdad is bombed by US and UK war planes, killing three people.
  • 18 Feb 2001 FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He is ultimately convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • 19 Feb 2001 The Oklahoma City bombing museum is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
  • 26 Feb 2001 Treaty of Nice
  • 28 Feb 2001 In Washington state, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake occurs. About 400 people injured and major damage in the Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia area. Damage estimate between US$1 and 4 billion.
  • 02 Mar 2001 The Taliban begins destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas.
  • 03 Mar 2001 It is the last day on the Howard Stern Show for Jackie Martling.
  • 04 Mar 2001 Hintze Ribeiro disaster: A bridge collapses in northern Portugal, killing up to 70 people.
  • 07 Mar 2001 The ''SpongeBob SquarePants You Wish'' TV special airs on Nickelodeon. Also, the episode of Dragonball Z called The Doomsday Broadcast was almost banned by the government, and that episode had viewers.
  • 08 Mar 2001 Died: Ninette de Valoisnbsp– founder of Royal Ballet, London
  • 09 Mar 2001 At an auction in Salt Lake City, Utah, Superior Galleries sells a US 1913 Liberty Head 5-cent coin to Dwight Manley for US$1.84 million.
  • 12 Mar 2001 The US Mint releases the North Carolina quarter dollar to circulation.
  • 14 Mar 2001 This day is the 686th term of the Leibniz series at 3:49:28. This term in both sequences are 0.785033732 and 3.140134928 respectively.
  • 18 Mar 2001 Died: John Phillipsnbsp– singer and songwriter
  • 22 Mar 2001 Died: William Hannanbsp– animator, director, producer, and co-founder of Hanna-Barbera Productions
  • 23 Mar 2001 The Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji.
  • 24 Mar 2001 Apple Computer releases Mac OS X version 10.0.
  • 29 Mar 2001 A chartered Gulfstream III jet crashes into a hillside during approach into Aspen, Colorado, killing 18 people.
  • 30 Mar 2001 Release of the game ''Tribes 2'' for the PC (Note that the video game was released two days earlier.)
  • 31 Mar 2001 Animated television series ''Invader Zim'' premieres.
  • 01 Apr 2001 An EP-3E United States Navy surveillance aircraft collides with a Chinese People's Liberation Army Shenyang J-8 fighter jet. The Navy crew makes an emergency landing in Hainan, People's Republic of China and is detained.
  • 06 Apr 2001 Film: ''Along Came a Spider'' starring Morgan Freeman
  • 07 Apr 2001 Timothy Thomas, a 19-year-old African-American, is shot by a police officer in Cincinnati, Ohio, sparking riots in downtown Cincinnati from April 10 to April 12.
  • 08 Apr 2001 Tiger Woods wins the 2001 Masters Tournament, completing the "Tiger Slam", with Woods becoming the first golfer to hold all four professional major titles simultaneously, having won the U.S. Open, Open Championship, and PGA Championship in 2000.
  • 11 Apr 2001 Film: ''Joe Dirt'' starring David Spade
  • 15 Apr 2001 Easter day (not again until 2063).
  • 16 Apr 2001 India and Bangladesh begin a five-day border conflict, but are unable to resolve the disputes about their border.
  • 20 Apr 2001 The anti-globalization movement holds a People's Summit and large protest marches, some of which are forcibly put down by police, against the FTAA summit in Quebec City, Quebec.
  • 21 Apr 2001 12th Annual Thunder Over Louisville is held in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • 22 Apr 2001 Gentry Underwood and Michelle Stevens are married in Carmel Valley, California
  • 28 Apr 2001 Soyuz TM-32 lifts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, carrying the first space tourist, American Dennis Tito.
  • 30 Apr 2001 Dennis Tito, the first 'space tourist' in space lifts off in a Russian rocket heading for the International Space Station.
  • 01 May 2001 Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares the existence of ''a state of rebellion'', hours after thousands of supporters of her arrested predecessor, Joseph Estrada, storm towards the presidential palace at the height of the EDSA III rebellion.
  • 03 May 2001 The United States loses its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.
  • 04 May 2001 The Milwaukee Art Museum addition, the first Santiago Calatrava-designed structure in the United States, opens to the public.
  • 06 May 2001 During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.
  • 09 May 2001 In Ghana 129 football fans die in what became known as the Accra Sports Stadium Disaster. The deaths are caused by a stampede (caused by the firing of teargas by police personnel at the stadium) that followed a controversial decision by the referee.
  • 11 May 2001 Died: Douglas Adams, author of the cult science fiction comedy The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, dies at the age of 49.
  • 12 May 2001 Died: Perry Como, singer, dies at the age of 89.
  • 15 May 2001 The female American rock band The Go-Go's release their first album in 17 years since the album ''Talk Show'' (1984).
  • 19 May 2001 First Apple Store opens.
  • 21 May 2001 The US Mint releases the 2001 Rhode Island quarter dollar to circulation.
  • 22 May 2001 Sherpa Temba Tsheri, 16, becomes the youngest person to summit Mount Everest.
  • 24 May 2001 Mountain climbing: 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest.
  • 25 May 2001 32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
  • 27 May 2001 The Oldham riots take place in Oldham, UK, after a string of events create tension between White and Asian communities. Lasted until May 28, 2001.
  • 29 May 2001 Barbara and Jenna Bush prosecuted for under-age drinking after posing as over 21 in a Texas drinking establishment.
  • 01 Jun 2001 Nepalese royal massacre : Crown Prince Dipendra of Nepal shoots and kills several members of his family including his father and mother, King Birendra of Nepal and Queen Aiswarya.
  • 04 Jun 2001 Gyanendra, the last King of Nepal, ascends to the throne after the massacre in the Royal Palace.
  • 05 Jun 2001 (to June 9) Houston, Texas is devastated by flooding when Tropical Storm Allison produces 36 inches (900 mm) of rain. Particularly hard hit are the downtown area and the Texas Medical Center, which loses years of research and data and thousands of lab animals. Twenty-two people die; damage exceeds US$5 billion.
  • 07 Jun 2001 Tony Blair's Labour Party elected for second term in UK general election.
  • 10 Jun 2001 Pope John Paul II canonizes Lebanon's first female saint, Saint Rafqa.
  • 11 Jun 2001 Nintendo launches the Game Boy Advance portable game system in the USA.
  • 12 Jun 2001 Robert Edward Dyer is sentenced to 16 years' imprisonment for attempting to extort money from a British supermarket chain through a letter bomb campaign.
  • 14 Jun 2001 The black beret becomes the standard headgear for all United State Army soldiers.
  • 18 Jun 2001 Protests occur in Manipur over the extension of the ceasefire between Naga insurgents and the government of India.
  • 19 Jun 2001 23 people killed and 11 wounded by an American missile hitting a soccer field in northern Iraq, county of Tel Afr
  • 20 Jun 2001 Andrea Yates drowns her five children in a bathtub and confesses to her crimes.
  • 21 Jun 2001 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.
  • 23 Jun 2001 An earthquake (7.9 on the Richter scale) hits the south of Peru.
  • 28 Jun 2001 Slobodan Milosevic deported to ICTY to stand trial.
  • 29 Jun 2001 Died: Artist and writer Mary Barnes dies aged 78.
  • 01 Jul 2001 Alliant International University is formed by combining of United States International University and ...
  • 02 Jul 2001 The AbioCor self contained artificial heart is first implanted.
  • 03 Jul 2001 A Vladivostok Avia Tupolev Tu-154 jetliner crashes on approach to landing at Irkutsk, Russia killing 145 people.
  • 04 Jul 2001 The film Cats & Dogs is released.
  • 06 Jul 2001 The film Kiss of the Dragon is released.
  • 07 Jul 2001 Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the Pepsi 400 in the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at the Daytona International Speedway since the death of Dale Earnhardt. Teammate Michael Waltrip ran second, blocking for Jr., an exact mirror of the Daytona 500 where Jr. blocked for Waltrip en route to his first '500 win.
  • 09 Jul 2001 Goran Ivanišević won Wimbledon tennis tournament and became the first, and so far the last, wildcard to achieve that feature.
  • 10 Jul 2001 Sony CEA releases the Gran Turismo 3: A-spec game for the PlayStation 2 in the USA. Over one million copies are shipped in the first week.
  • 13 Jul 2001 The People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation sign the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation.
  • 18 Jul 2001 In Baltimore, Maryland, a 60-car train derailment occurs in a tunnel sparking a fire that will last days and virtually shut down downtown Baltimore (see Howard Street Tunnel fire).
  • 20 Jul 2001 Vanessa Leggett is found in contempt by a Federal Court for refusing to release notes made for her book on the Doris Angleton murder.
  • 21 Jul 2001 Akashi pedestrian bridge accident: At the conclusion of a fireworks display on Okura Beach in Akashi, Hyōgo, Japan, 11 people are killed and more than 120 are injured when a pedestrian footbridge connecting the beach to JR Asagiri railway station becomes overcrowded and people leaving the event fall down in a domino effect.
  • 23 Jul 2001 Honduras defeats Brazil in a soccer match by final result of 2–0.
  • 24 Jul 2001 Bandaranaike Airport attack is carried out by 14 Tamil Tiger commandos, all died in this attack. They destroyed 11 Aircraft (mostly military) and damaged 15, there are no civilian casualties. This incident slowed down Sri Lankan economy.
  • 26 Jul 2001 US Senate confirms Henrietta Holsman Fore as US Mint director.
  • 27 Jul 2001 The film Planet of the Apes is released.
  • 28 Jul 2001 Australian Ian Thorpe becomes the first swimmer to win six gold medals at a single World Championships.
  • 31 Jul 2001 Died: Poul Anderson
  • 01 Aug 2001 Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has a 2.5-ton monument of the Ten Commandments (dubbed by both detractors and the media as 'Roy's Rock') surreptitiously installed in the Rotunda of the Judiciary Building.
  • 02 Aug 2001 Robert Mueller is confirmed as the new FBI director.
  • 03 Aug 2001 The Real IRA detonates a car bomb in Ealing, London, UK injuring seven people.
  • 04 Aug 2001 The Seattle-based Windy Bay fishing vessel strikes a rock and sinks in Prince William Sound, 65km southwest of Valdez, Alaska. 133,000 litres of diesel fuel creates a sheen covering 10 square km, with about 36,800 litres recovered.
  • 06 Aug 2001 Died: Dick Rehbein, in his second year as a quarterbacks coach for the New England Patriots in the NFL, dies of heart failure at the age of 45.
  • 09 Aug 2001 U.S. President George W. Bush announces his support for federal funding of limited research on embryonic stem cells.
  • 10 Aug 2001 Film: Osmosis Jones played by Chris Rock, starring Bill Murray
  • 16 Aug 2001 Rosario Marin begins term as 41st Treasurer of the US.
  • 20 Aug 2001 TV series: Oswald
  • 21 Aug 2001 The Red Cross announces that a famine is striking Tajikistan, and calls for international financial aid for Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
  • 24 Aug 2001 Film: Bubble Boy
  • 25 Aug 2001 Died: Aaliyah, contemporary R&B and pop singer, dies in a plane crash at the age of 22.
  • 27 Aug 2001 Intel releases the 2-GHz Pentium 4 processor.
  • 31 Aug 2001 September 1 - The 2001 Vancouver TV realignment occurs in British Columbia, Canada.
  • 01 Sep 2001 The German national football team lose a World Cup qualifier for only the second time at home in their history (including as West Germany) by a heavy 1-5 margin to an England team managed by Sven-Göran Eriksson in the Olympic Stadium in Munchen (Munich), ending a significant run of England losses to Germany.
  • 03 Sep 2001 The United States, Canada and Israel withdraw from the U.N. Conference on Racism because they feel that the issue of Zionism is overemphasized.
  • 04 Sep 2001 Hewlett-Packard announces it will acquire Compaq Computer in a stock swap worth about US$25 billion.
  • 07 Sep 2001 Michael Jackson performs his first 30th anniversary (of his career) concert in New York City.
  • 09 Sep 2001 Ahmed Shah Massoud, leader of the Northern Alliance, is assassinated in Afghanistan by two al Qaeda assassins who claimed to be Arab journalists wanting an interview.
  • 10 Sep 2001 US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld calls a meeting of hundreds of Pentagon senior staff, giving a speech calling the Pentagon bureaucracy an adversary to the security of the USA. He says "... today we declare war on bureaucracy".
  • 11 Sep 2001 The September 11 attacks take place in the United States. Airplane hijackings result in the collapse of the World Trade Center in New York City, damage to The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and the crashing of a passenger airliner near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
  • 12 Sep 2001 Ansett Australia, Australia's first commercial interstate airline, collapses due to increased strain on the international airline industry, leaving 10,000 people unemployed.
  • 13 Sep 2001 Due the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Major League Baseball postpones all games through September 17.
  • 14 Sep 2001 US President George W Bush stands with firefighters and rescue workers at Ground Zero in New York.
  • 15 Sep 2001 President George W. Bush says that the United States of America is at war against terror.
  • 17 Sep 2001 The New York Stock Exchange reopens for trading after the September 11 Attacks, the longest closure since the Great Depression.
  • 18 Sep 2001 First mailing of anthrax letters from Trenton, New Jersey in the 2001 anthrax attacks.
  • 19 Sep 2001 In the light of the New York attack by terrorists the German Bundestag votes full support and solidarity with the USA, including military support.
  • 20 Sep 2001 In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush declares a ''war on terror''.
  • 21 Sep 2001 Deep Space 1 flies within 2,200 km of Comet Borrelly.
  • 22 Sep 2001 A ship and a barge collide at Barbour's Cut in La Porte, Texas, USA, leaking about 137,000 litres of fuel oil into the channel.
  • 25 Sep 2001 The national satellite radio service XM went live.
  • 26 Sep 2001 The fifth Star Trek television series Enterprise debuts on UPN.
  • 27 Sep 2001 Zug massacre: In Zug, Switzerland, Friedrich Leibacher shoots 18 citizens, killing 14 and then kills himself.
  • 28 Sep 2001 Film: ''Don't Say a Word'' starring Michael Douglas, ''Zoolander'' starring Ben Stiller
  • 29 Sep 2001 The Syracuse Herald-Journal, a U.S. newspaper dating back to 1839, ceases publication.
  • 02 Oct 2001 NATO backs U.S. military strikes following 9/11.
  • 04 Oct 2001 A hunter shoots a hole in the trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline, causing a leak of 1.1 million litres of oil into the wilderness.
  • 05 Oct 2001 Tom Ridge resigns as Governor of Pennsylvania to become the first director of the newly created United States Office of Homeland Security.
  • 07 Oct 2001 The United States armed forces invade Afghanistan, with participation from the United Kingdom.
  • 08 Oct 2001 A twin engine Cessna and Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) jetliner collide in heavy fog during takeoff from Milan, Italy killing 118.
  • 09 Oct 2001 The 2001 anthrax attacks continue as anthrax letters are mailed from Princeton, New Jersey, to U.S. Senators Tom Daschle of South Dakota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont.
  • 10 Oct 2001 U.S. President George W. Bush presents a list of 22 most wanted terrorists.
  • 11 Oct 2001 The Polaroid Corporation files for federal bankruptcy protection.
  • 15 Oct 2001 NASA's Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles of Jupiter's moon Io.
  • 19 Oct 2001 SIEV-X, an Indonesian fishing boat en-route to Christmas Island, carrying over 400 asylum seekers, sinks in international waters with the loss of 353 people.
  • 20 Oct 2001 The Concert for New York City, "a celebration of the strength, resilience, and pride of New York and America" is held, featuring performances by The Who, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Backstreet Boys, Billy Joel, Destiny's Child, Eric Clapton, Adam Sandler, Bon Jovi, Elton John and many more.
  • 21 Oct 2001 What More Can I Give benefit concert held in Washington D.C., featuring performances by Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, Mariah Carey, James Brown, Al Green, Carole King, the Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, P!nk, and others.
  • 23 Oct 2001 Apple Computer introduces the iPod portable music player. It features 5 GB hard drive, and FireWire port. Price is US$399.
  • 25 Oct 2001 Microsoft launches the Windows XP operating system in the USA. The software is based on Windows NT and Windows 2000, but includes a Compatibility Mode allowing most software written for older Windows versions to operate correctly. Prices are US$199 (Home Edition) and US$299 (Professional Edition).
  • 26 Oct 2001 The USA PATRIOT Act becomes law.
  • 30 Oct 2001 Died: Famous Arab encyclopedist M. A. Benyounis died.
  • 31 Oct 2001 Searchers recover $230 million in gold and silver from vaults of the Bank of Nova Scotia among rubble of the destroyed World Trade Center in New York City.
  • 02 Nov 2001 Microsoft and the US Department of Justice and nine US states reach a settlement in their antitrust case. Microsoft is to license Windows uniformly, and cannot make exclusive contracts that compel companies to use to not use certain competing software products.
  • 04 Nov 2001 Establishment of the Police Service of Northern Ireland
  • 06 Nov 2001 Twentieth Century Fox's anti-terrorist drama action show ''24 (TV series)'' premieres.
  • 11 Nov 2001 Journalists Pierre Billaud, Johanne Sutton and Volker Handloik are killed in Afghanistan during an attack on the convoy they are traveling in.
  • 12 Nov 2001 In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 en route to the Dominican Republic, crashes minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board and five on the ground.
  • 13 Nov 2001 In the first such act since World War II, U.S. President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against any foreigners suspected of having connections to terrorist acts or planned acts against the United States.
  • 15 Nov 2001 Microsoft launches the Xbox video game system in North America. Price is US$299. The system features four controller ports, one controller, 8 GB hard drive, 733 MHz Intel main processor, 250 MHz NVidia XGP graphics processor, 64 MB RAM, 3D audio support, Ethernet port, broadband Internet connection. Games come on dual-layer DVD-ROM discs that can store 9 GB of data. The system can also play DVD movies. 500,000 units are sold in the first seven days; 1.5 million in the first month.
  • 16 Nov 2001 The first Harry Potter film, ''Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'', is released, grossing US , becoming the second highest grossing film around the world of all time, behind ''Titanic''.
  • 17 Nov 2001 The animated Justice League cartoon premieres on Cartoon Network in America.
  • 18 Nov 2001 The World Wrestling Federation defeated the ECW–WCW alliance at Survivor Series in Greensboro, North Carolina (The ampquotMiracle in Greensboroampquot)
  • 19 Nov 2001 Now 50 That's What I Call Music is released!
  • 20 Nov 2001 In Washington, D.C., US President George W. Bush dedicates the United States Department of Justice headquarters building as the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building, honoring the late Robert F. Kennedy on what would have been his 76th birthday.
  • 21 Nov 2001 Disney's popular acclaimed animated series, ''Recess'' ends production.
  • 23 Nov 2001 The Convention on Cybercrime is signed in Budapest, Hungary.
  • 24 Nov 2001 Melanie Thornton, the German/American Pop singer, also the former member of La Bouche, dies in a plane crash going to Zürich, Switzerland,along with Maria Serreno-Serreno and Nathaly Van Het Ende of the German dance band Passion Fruit (band).
  • 27 Nov 2001 A hydrogen atmosphere is discovered on the extrasolar planet Osiris by the Hubble Space Telescope, the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet.
  • 29 Nov 2001 George Harrison of the Beatles dies at the age of 58 from lung cancer in Hollywood, California.
  • 30 Nov 2001 In Renton, Washington, United States, Gary Ridgway aka The Green River Killer is arrested.
  • 01 Dec 2001 Captain Bill Compton brings Trans World Airlines Flight 220, an MD-83, into St. Louis International Airport bringing to an end 76 years of TWA operations following TWA's purchase by American Airlines.
  • 02 Dec 2001 Enron Corporation, based in Houston, Texas, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a New York court, five days after Dynegy cancels a US$8.4 billion buyout bid. At the time this is the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.
  • 03 Dec 2001 Officials announce that one of the Taliban prisoners captured after the prison uprising at Mazari Sharif, Afghanistan is John Walker Lindh, an American citizen.
  • 04 Dec 2001 Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah Al-Haj, Sultan of Selangor and 11th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia dies in office.
  • 06 Dec 2001 The Canadian province of Newfoundland is renamed Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • 11 Dec 2001 The United States government indicts Zacarias Moussaoui for involvement in the September 11, 2001 attacks.
  • 13 Dec 2001 U.S. President George W. Bush announces the United States' withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
  • 14 Dec 2001 Annular solar eclipse
  • 16 Dec 2001 Battle of Tora Bora fought between Coalition Forces and Terrorist Allies and Osama Bin Laden and remaining Taliban forces escape by mule to Pakistan reported by former Delta Force commander going by the alias Dalton Fury.
  • 18 Dec 2001 Two men, Ahmed Agiza and Muhammad al-Zery, are secretly deported to Egypt from Sweden after a request from the United States in what is believed to be a CIA-led operation. (Washington Post)
  • 20 Dec 2001 The Argentine government of President Fernando De la Rúa collapses amidst rioting and violence throughout the country. See December 2001 riots (Argentina)
  • 22 Dec 2001 A flight from Paris, France to Miami, Florida is diverted to Boston, Massachusetts after passenger Richard Reid attempts to set his shoe, filled with explosives, on fire.
  • 27 Dec 2001 The People's Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade relations with the United States.
  • 29 Dec 2001 A fire at the Mesa Redonda shopping center in Lima, Peru, kills at least 291.