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

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

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

Mulholland Dr.

Mulholland Dr.

Directed by: David Lynch

Starring: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Jeanne Bates

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in 2001 ?
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The Wild Blue by Stephen E. Ambrose

The Wild Blue

By:

Stephen E. Ambrose, acclaimed author of Band of Brothers and Undaunted Courage, carries us along in the crowded and dangerous B-24s as their crews fought to destroy the German war machine

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

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

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 …

Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

Seabiscuit: An American Legend

By:

Laura Hillenbrand, author of the runaway phenomenon Unbroken, brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story in this #1 New York Times bestseller.Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the …

Popular names

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

Top #10 male names
  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Matthew
  4. Joshua
  5. Christopher
  6. Nicholas
  7. Andrew
  8. Joseph
  9. Daniel
  10. William
Top #10 female names
  1. Emily
  2. Madison
  3. Hannah
  4. Ashley
  5. Alexis
  6. Sarah
  7. Samantha
  8. Abigail
  9. Elizabeth
  10. Olivia
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 2001?


Events

  • 01 Jan 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 Sila Calderon becomes the first female Governor of Puerto Rico
  • 03 Jan 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 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 Shenzhou 2, an unmanned Chinese spacecraft, was launched.
  • 10 Jan Apple introduce their iTunes digital media player application at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco.
  • 11 Jan The U.S. Federal Trade Commission approves the merger of America Online and Time Warner to form AOL Time Warner.
  • 12 Jan 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 An earthquake hits El Salvador, killing more than 800.
  • 15 Jan Wikipedia, a free Wiki content encyclopedia, goes online.
  • 16 Jan 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 U.S. President Bill Clinton posthumously raises Meriwether Lewis' rank from Lieutenant to Captain.
  • 20 Jan Philippine president Joseph Estrada is ousted in a nonviolent 4-day revolution, and is succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
  • 22 Jan 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 January 25 – United Nations war crimes prosecutor Del Ponte demands that Serbia hand over Slobodan Milošević.
  • 24 Jan The last two of the ampquotTexas 7ampquot are taken into custody in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • 26 Jan An earthquake hits Gujarat, India, causing more than 20,000 deaths.
  • 27 Jan 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 Super Bowl XXXV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida: Baltimore Ravens defeats the New York Giants, 34-7.
  • 29 Jan Thousands of student protesters in Indonesia storm parliament and demand that President Abdurrahman Wahid resign due to alleged involvement in corruption scandals.
  • 31 Jan 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 Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman announced that they had separated.
  • 05 Feb Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman announced that they had separated.
  • 08 Feb 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 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 Three Rivers Stadium, 30-year-old home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is imploded.
  • 13 Feb An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter Scale hits El Salvador, killing at least 400.
  • 15 Feb First draft of the complete human genome is published in Nature.
  • 16 Feb 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 Iraq disarmament crisis: Baghdad is bombed by US and UK war planes, killing three people.
  • 18 Feb FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He is ultimately convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • 19 Feb The Oklahoma City bombing museum is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
  • 26 Feb Treaty of Nice
  • 28 Feb 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 The Taliban begins destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas.
  • 03 Mar It is the last day on the Howard Stern Show for Jackie Martling.
  • 04 Mar Hintze Ribeiro disaster: A bridge collapses in northern Portugal, killing up to 70 people.
  • 07 Mar 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 Died: Ninette de Valoisnbsp– founder of Royal Ballet, London
  • 09 Mar 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 The US Mint releases the North Carolina quarter dollar to circulation.
  • 14 Mar 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 Died: John Phillipsnbsp– singer and songwriter
  • 22 Mar Died: William Hannanbsp– animator, director, producer, and co-founder of Hanna-Barbera Productions
  • 23 Mar The Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji.
  • 24 Mar Apple Computer releases Mac OS X version 10.0.
  • 29 Mar A chartered Gulfstream III jet crashes into a hillside during approach into Aspen, Colorado, killing 18 people.
  • 30 Mar Release of the game ''Tribes 2'' for the PC (Note that the video game was released two days earlier.)
  • 31 Mar Animated television series ''Invader Zim'' premieres.
  • 01 Apr 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 Film: ''Along Came a Spider'' starring Morgan Freeman
  • 07 Apr 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 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 Film: ''Joe Dirt'' starring David Spade
  • 15 Apr Easter day (not again until 2063).
  • 16 Apr India and Bangladesh begin a five-day border conflict, but are unable to resolve the disputes about their border.
  • 20 Apr 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 12th Annual Thunder Over Louisville is held in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • 22 Apr Gentry Underwood and Michelle Stevens are married in Carmel Valley, California
  • 28 Apr Soyuz TM-32 lifts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, carrying the first space tourist, American Dennis Tito.
  • 30 Apr Dennis Tito, the first 'space tourist' in space lifts off in a Russian rocket heading for the International Space Station.
  • 01 May 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 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 The Milwaukee Art Museum addition, the first Santiago Calatrava-designed structure in the United States, opens to the public.
  • 06 May During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.
  • 09 May 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 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 Died: Perry Como, singer, dies at the age of 89.
  • 15 May The female American rock band The Go-Go's release their first album in 17 years since the album ''Talk Show'' (1984).
  • 19 May First Apple Store opens.
  • 21 May The US Mint releases the 2001 Rhode Island quarter dollar to circulation.
  • 22 May Sherpa Temba Tsheri, 16, becomes the youngest person to summit Mount Everest.
  • 24 May Mountain climbing: 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest.
  • 25 May 32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
  • 27 May 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 Barbara and Jenna Bush prosecuted for under-age drinking after posing as over 21 in a Texas drinking establishment.
  • 01 Jun 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 Gyanendra, the last King of Nepal, ascends to the throne after the massacre in the Royal Palace.
  • 05 Jun (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 Tony Blair's Labour Party elected for second term in UK general election.
  • 10 Jun Pope John Paul II canonizes Lebanon's first female saint, Saint Rafqa.
  • 11 Jun Nintendo launches the Game Boy Advance portable game system in the USA.
  • 12 Jun 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 The black beret becomes the standard headgear for all United State Army soldiers.
  • 18 Jun Protests occur in Manipur over the extension of the ceasefire between Naga insurgents and the government of India.
  • 19 Jun 23 people killed and 11 wounded by an American missile hitting a soccer field in northern Iraq, county of Tel Afr
  • 20 Jun Andrea Yates drowns her five children in a bathtub and confesses to her crimes.
  • 21 Jun 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 An earthquake (7.9 on the Richter scale) hits the south of Peru.
  • 28 Jun Slobodan Milosevic deported to ICTY to stand trial.
  • 29 Jun Died: Artist and writer Mary Barnes dies aged 78.
  • 01 Jul Alliant International University is formed by combining of United States International University and ...
  • 02 Jul The AbioCor self contained artificial heart is first implanted.
  • 03 Jul A Vladivostok Avia Tupolev Tu-154 jetliner crashes on approach to landing at Irkutsk, Russia killing 145 people.
  • 04 Jul The film Cats & Dogs is released.
  • 06 Jul The film Kiss of the Dragon is released.
  • 07 Jul 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 Goran Ivanišević won Wimbledon tennis tournament and became the first, and so far the last, wildcard to achieve that feature.
  • 10 Jul 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 The People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation sign the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation.
  • 18 Jul 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 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 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 Honduras defeats Brazil in a soccer match by final result of 2–0.
  • 24 Jul 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 US Senate confirms Henrietta Holsman Fore as US Mint director.
  • 27 Jul The film Planet of the Apes is released.
  • 28 Jul Australian Ian Thorpe becomes the first swimmer to win six gold medals at a single World Championships.
  • 31 Jul Died: Poul Anderson
  • 01 Aug 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 Robert Mueller is confirmed as the new FBI director.
  • 03 Aug The Real IRA detonates a car bomb in Ealing, London, UK injuring seven people.
  • 04 Aug 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 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 U.S. President George W. Bush announces his support for federal funding of limited research on embryonic stem cells.
  • 10 Aug Film: Osmosis Jones played by Chris Rock, starring Bill Murray
  • 16 Aug Rosario Marin begins term as 41st Treasurer of the US.
  • 20 Aug TV series: Oswald
  • 21 Aug The Red Cross announces that a famine is striking Tajikistan, and calls for international financial aid for Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
  • 24 Aug Film: Bubble Boy
  • 25 Aug Died: Aaliyah, contemporary R&B and pop singer, dies in a plane crash at the age of 22.
  • 27 Aug Intel releases the 2-GHz Pentium 4 processor.
  • 31 Aug September 1 - The 2001 Vancouver TV realignment occurs in British Columbia, Canada.
  • 01 Sep 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 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 Hewlett-Packard announces it will acquire Compaq Computer in a stock swap worth about US$25 billion.
  • 07 Sep Michael Jackson performs his first 30th anniversary (of his career) concert in New York City.
  • 09 Sep 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 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 Following four plane crashes in the USA, Disney Chairman Michael Eisner and Disney President Robert Iger decide to stage an orderly closing of Walt Disney World, and not open Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure for the day.
  • 12 Sep 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 Due the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Major League Baseball postpones all games through September 17.
  • 14 Sep US President George W Bush stands with firefighters and rescue workers at Ground Zero in New York.
  • 15 Sep President George W. Bush says that the United States of America is at war against terror.
  • 17 Sep The New York Stock Exchange reopens for trading after the September 11 Attacks, the longest closure since the Great Depression.
  • 18 Sep First mailing of anthrax letters from Trenton, New Jersey in the 2001 anthrax attacks.
  • 19 Sep 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 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 Deep Space 1 flies within 2,200 km of Comet Borrelly.
  • 22 Sep 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 The national satellite radio service XM went live.
  • 26 Sep The fifth Star Trek television series Enterprise debuts on UPN.
  • 27 Sep Zug massacre: In Zug, Switzerland, Friedrich Leibacher shoots 18 citizens, killing 14 and then kills himself.
  • 28 Sep Film: ''Don't Say a Word'' starring Michael Douglas, ''Zoolander'' starring Ben Stiller
  • 29 Sep The Syracuse Herald-Journal, a U.S. newspaper dating back to 1839, ceases publication.
  • 02 Oct NATO backs U.S. military strikes following 9/11.
  • 04 Oct 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 Tom Ridge resigns as Governor of Pennsylvania to become the first director of the newly created United States Office of Homeland Security.
  • 07 Oct The United States armed forces invade Afghanistan, with participation from the United Kingdom.
  • 08 Oct A twin engine Cessna and Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) jetliner collide in heavy fog during takeoff from Milan, Italy killing 118.
  • 09 Oct 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 U.S. President George W. Bush presents a list of 22 most wanted terrorists.
  • 11 Oct The Polaroid Corporation files for federal bankruptcy protection.
  • 15 Oct NASA's Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles of Jupiter's moon Io.
  • 19 Oct 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 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 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 Apple Computer introduces the iPod portable music player. It features 5 GB hard drive, and FireWire port. Price is US$399.
  • 25 Oct 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 The USA PATRIOT Act becomes law.
  • 30 Oct Died: Famous Arab encyclopedist M. A. Benyounis died.
  • 31 Oct 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 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 Establishment of the Police Service of Northern Ireland
  • 06 Nov Twentieth Century Fox's anti-terrorist drama action show ''24 (TV series)'' premieres.
  • 11 Nov Journalists Pierre Billaud, Johanne Sutton and Volker Handloik are killed in Afghanistan during an attack on the convoy they are traveling in.
  • 12 Nov 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 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 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 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 The animated Justice League cartoon premieres on Cartoon Network in America.
  • 18 Nov The World Wrestling Federation defeated the ECW–WCW alliance at Survivor Series in Greensboro, North Carolina (The ampquotMiracle in Greensboroampquot)
  • 19 Nov Now 50 That's What I Call Music is released!
  • 20 Nov 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 Disney's popular acclaimed animated series, ''Recess'' ends production.
  • 23 Nov The Convention on Cybercrime is signed in Budapest, Hungary.
  • 24 Nov 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 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 George Harrison of the Beatles dies at the age of 58 from lung cancer in Hollywood, California.
  • 30 Nov In Renton, Washington, United States, Gary Ridgway aka The Green River Killer is arrested.
  • 01 Dec 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 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 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 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 The Canadian province of Newfoundland is renamed Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • 11 Dec The United States government indicts Zacarias Moussaoui for involvement in the September 11, 2001 attacks.
  • 13 Dec U.S. President George W. Bush announces the United States' withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
  • 14 Dec Annular solar eclipse
  • 16 Dec 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 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 The Argentine government of President Fernando De la Rúa collapses amidst rioting and violence throughout the country. See December 2001 riots (Argentina)
  • 22 Dec 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 The People's Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade relations with the United States.
  • 29 Dec A fire at the Mesa Redonda shopping center in Lima, Peru, kills at least 291.