What the sky looked like on 2001
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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.
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.
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