What Happened in August 2001

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 An agreement is reached on the position of the minority Albanian language in the Republic of Macedonia.
  • Aug 1 Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Malta, Slovenia and Slovakia join the European Environment Agency.
  • Aug 1 Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has a Ten Commandments monument installed in the judiciary building, leading to a lawsuit to have it removed and his own removal from office.
  • Aug 3 The Real IRA detonate a car bomb in Ealing, London, U.K injuring seven people. (See 3 August 2001 Ealing bombing).

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Aug 3 The Princess Diaries, starring Anne Hathaway in her film debut, is released

Actress Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway

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Aug 3 US President George W. Bush signs into law the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA) Extension Act of 2001

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • Aug 3 8th World Championships in Athletics open at Edmonton, Canada
  • Aug 9 US President George W. Bush announces his support for federal funding of limited research on embryonic stem cells.
  • Aug 10 US and UK reject a proposal by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to permit the Iraqi government to use $1 billion per year to fund infrastructure improvements and to increase oil production capacity
  • Aug 12 8th World Championships in Athletics close at Edmonton, Canada
  • Aug 19 83rd PGA Championship: David Toms shoots a 265 at Atlanta Athletic Club
  • Aug 21 NATO decides to send a peace-keeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
  • Aug 21 The Red Cross announces that a famine is striking Tajikistan, and calls for international financial aid for Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
  • Aug 24 Air Transat Flight 236 runs out of fuel over the Atlantic Ocean (en route to Lisbon from Toronto) and makes an emergency landing in the Azores.

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Aug 27 Angelina Jolie is named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva

  • Aug 29 58th Venice Film Festival: "Monsoon Wedding" directed by Mira Nair wins Golden Lion

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Aug 4 "James Bond" actor Pierce Brosnan (49) weds TV host and journalist Keely Shaye Smith (37) at the 785-year-old Ballintubber Abbey in County Mayo, Ireland

  • Aug 4 "Northern Exposure" actor Joshua Morrow (27) weds Tobe Keeney
  • Aug 10 "Dixie Chick's" Martie Maguire (31) weds actor Gareth Maguire in Kailua, Hawaii
  • Aug 25 Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, eldest son of King Harald V & heir married commoner Mette-Marit Tjessem H

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Korey Stringer, American football player (b. 1974)
  • Aug 2 Ron Townson, American singer (The Fifth Dimension) (b. 1933)
  • Aug 3 Christopher Hewett, British actor (b. 1922)
  • Aug 4 Lorenzo Music, American actor (b. 1937)
  • Aug 5 Otema Allimadi, Prime Minister of Uganda (b. 1929)
  • Aug 6 Jorge Amado de Faria, Brazilian writer (b. 1912)
  • Aug 6 Dorothy Tutin, English actress (b. 1930)
  • Aug 6 Wilhelm Mohnke, one of the original 120 members of the Nazi SS-Staff Guard (b. 1911)
  • Aug 10 Lou Boudreau, American baseball player and manager (b. 1917)
  • Aug 11 Percy Stallard, English racing cyclist (b. 1909)
  • Aug 13 Otto Stuppacher, Austrian racing driver (b. 1947)
  • Aug 15 Richard Chelimo, Kenyan athlete (b. 1972)
  • Aug 18 David Peakall, British scientist (b. 1931)
  • Aug 19 Donald Woods, South African journalist and anti-apartheid activist (b. 1933)
  • Aug 19 Betty Everett, American singer and pianist (b. 1939)
  • Aug 20 Sir Fred Hoyle, English astronomer and science fiction writer (b. 1915)
  • Aug 20 Kim Stanley [Patricia Reid], American actress (Frances), dies at 76
  • Aug 21 Calum MacKay, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1927)
  • Aug 23 Kathleen Freeman, American actress (b. 1919)
  • Aug 23 Peter Maas, American novelist (b. 1929)
  • Aug 24 Jane Greer, American actress (b. 1924)
  • Aug 25 Aaliyah, American singer and actress (b. 1979)
  • Aug 25 Carl Brewer, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • Aug 25 Ken Tyrrell, former race driver and founder of Tyrrell Racing (b. 1924)
  • Aug 25 Philippe LĂ©otard, French actor and singer (b. 1940)
  • Aug 26 Louis Muhlstock, Canadian painter (b. 1904)
  • Aug 27 Abu Ali Mustafa, leader of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (assassinated) (b. 1938)
  • Aug 27 Michael Dertouzos, Greek internet pioneer, Director of the M.I.T. Laboratory for Computer Science (b. 1936)
  • Aug 29 Graeme "Shirley" Strachan, Australian singer (Skyhooks), TV and radio star (b. 1952)
  • Aug 29 Francisco Rabal, Spanish actor (b. 1926)
  • Aug 30 Ivor Spencer-Thomas, English farmer, entrepreneur and inventor (b. 1907)