What Happened in 2001

Significant Events

  • Feb 12 NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
  • Feb 15 First draft of the complete human genome is published in the journal "Nature"
  • Apr 1 Netherlands becomes the first country in the world to make same-sex marriage legal
  • Sep 11 Two passenger planes hijacked by terrorists crash into New York's World Trade Towers causing the collapse of both and death of 2,752 people
  • Sep 11 Terrorists hijack a passenger plane and crash it into the Pentagon causing the death of 125 people
  • Sep 11 Attempt by passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 to retake control of their hijacked plane from terrorists causes plane to crash in Pennsylvania field killing all 64 people on board
  • Sep 20 In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush declares a "war on terror".
  • Oct 7 The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan starts with an air assault and covert operations on the ground
  • Oct 8 U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.
  • Oct 23 The Provisional Irish Republican Army of Northern Ireland commences disarmament after peace talks
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Did You Know?

During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.

On May 6, 2001


World Leaders in 2001

Famous People in 2001

Famous People Born in 2001

  • Oct 7 Princess Senate Seeiso, daughter of King Letsie III of Lesotho
  • Oct 18 Annelise Manojlovic, English actress
  • Oct 25 Princess Elisabeth of Belgium
  • Dec 1 Aiko, Princess Toshi of Japan

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 20 "Fast Lane" actor Peter Facinelli (27) weds actress and director Jennie Garth (28) at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Montecito, California
  • Feb 2 Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg (54) weds media tycoon Barry Diller
  • Feb 8 MLB outfielder David Justice (34) weds model Rebecca Villalobos
  • Feb 10 Singer-comedian Weird Al Yankovic (41) weds Suzanne Krajewski
  • Feb 18 Comedian Kathy Griffin (37) weds computer administrator Matthew Moline (32) at the 360 Degree Restaurant in Hollywood

Famous Divorces

  • May 22 Actress and former fitness guru Jane Fonda (63) divorces CNN founder Ted Turner (62) due to irretrievably broken marriage 10 years after getting married
  • Jul 16 "Kate & Leopold" actress Meg Ryan (38) divorces actor Dennis Quaid (46) after 9 years of marriage
  • Dec 13 Oscar winning-actress Kate Winslet (26) divorces assistant film director Jim Threapleton (28) due to unreasonable behavior after 3 years of marriage
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