What Happened in December 2001

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 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.
  • Dec 2 Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the Southern District of New York

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Dec 2 Tony Fernandes' company Tune Air Sdn Bhd buys the heavily indebted AirAsia for 1 MYR (about USD 0.26 at the time)

Entrepreneur Tony Fernandes
Tony Fernandes
  • Dec 4 Marike de Klerk, ex-wife of former President F.W. de Klerk is murdered at her home in Cape Town.
  • Dec 6 The Canadian province of Newfoundland is renamed Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Dec 8 10th SEC Championship Game: #21 LSU beats #2 Tennessee, 31-20

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Dec 10 "The Fellowship of the Ring" Lord of the Rings film directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in London

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
Actor Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood
Actor Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
  • Dec 10 67th Heisman Trophy Award: Eric Crouch, Nebraska (QB)
  • Dec 11 The People's Republic of China joins the World Trade Organization.

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Dec 12 Winona Ryder is arrested on shoplifting charges in Beverly Hills, California

Actress Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder
  • Dec 13 the Indian Parliament Sansad is attacked by terrorists. 15 people are killed, including all the terrorists.

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Dec 13 "A Beautiful Mind" based on the bio by Sylvia Nasar, directed by Ron Howard and starring Russell Crowe premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 2002)

  • Dec 15 The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 to fortify it, without fixing its famous lean.
  • Dec 19 A record high barometric pressure of 1085.6 hPa (32.06 inHg) is recorded at Tosontsengel, Khövsgöl Province, Mongolia.
  • Dec 19 Argentine economic crisis: December 2001 riots - Riots erupt in Buenos Aires after Domingo Cavallo's corralito measures restrict the withdrawal of cash from bank deposits.
  • Dec 19 "The Fellowship of the Ring", 1st Lord of the Rings film is released. Makes US$47 million US opening weekend, $871 million total worldwide.
  • Dec 20 Argentine economic crisis: President of Argentina Fernando de la Rúa is forced out of office.
  • Dec 20 90th Davis Cup: France beats Australia in Melbourne (3-2)
  • Dec 22 Burhanuddin Rabbani, political leader of the Afghan Northern Alliance, hands over power in Afghanistan to the interim government headed by President Hamid Karzai.
  • Dec 22 Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63.
  • Dec 26 Crude oil prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) record one of their largest 1-day jumps of the year as traders become convinced that OPEC will follow through on production cuts
  • Dec 27 The People's Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade relations with the United States.
  • Dec 28 OPEC oil ministers meeting in Cairo agree to reduce their crude oil output quotas by a combined 1.5 million barrels per day
  • Dec 29 Mesa Redonda shopping center fire, Lima, Peru, at least 291 killed.

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Aiko, Princess Toshi of Japan

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 12 Actress Ashley Judd (33) weds race car driver Dario Franchetti (28) at Skibo Castle in Scotland

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 26 "Harry Potter" author J. K. Rowling (36) weds anesthesiologist Neil Murray (30) in Aberfeldy, Scotland

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
  • Dec 31 Glamour model and actress Coco Austin (33) weds rapper-actor Ice-T (54) in Las Vegas, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 31 Singer Prince (Rogers Nelson) (43) weds Manuela Testolini

Famous Divorces

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Dec 13 Oscar winning-actress Kate Winslet (26) divorces assistant film director Jim Threapleton (28) due to unreasonable behavior after 3 years of marriage

Actress Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Ellis R Dungan, American born Indian film director (b. 1909)
  • Dec 3 Grady Martin, American country music guitarist (The Nashville A-Team), dies at 72
  • Dec 5 Franco Rasetti, Italian physicist (b. 1901)
  • Dec 6 Sir Peter Blake, New Zealand yachtsman & winner of numerous Whitbread and America's Cup sailing contests, killed by pirates on the Amazon River at age 53
  • Dec 6 Charles McClendon, Hall of Fame college football coach (b. 1923)
  • Dec 7 Charles McClendon, LSU Tigers head football coach (b. 1923)
  • Dec 8 Don Tennant, American advertising executive (b. 1922)
  • Dec 9 Michael Carver, British soldier (b. 1915)
  • Dec 10 Ashok Kumar, Indian actor (b. 1911)
  • Dec 12 Jean Richard, French actor (b. 1921)
  • Dec 13 Chuck Schuldiner, American musician (Death) (b. 1967)
  • Dec 14 W. G. Sebald, German writer (b. 1944)
  • Dec 15 Russ Haas, American professional wrestler (b. 1974)
  • Dec 15 Rufus Thomas, American musician (b. 1917)
  • Dec 16 Stuart Adamson, English-born Scottish musician (The Skids, Big Country) (b. 1958)
  • Dec 16 Stefan Heym, German author (b. 1913)
  • Dec 18 Gilbert Bécaud, French singer (b. 1927)
  • Dec 18 Dimitris Dragatakis, Greek composer (b. 1914)
  • Dec 19 Marcel Mule, French saxophonist. (b. 1901)
  • Dec 20 Foster Brooks, American actor and comedian (b. 1912)
  • Dec 20 Léopold Sédar Senghor, first President of Senegal (b. 1906)
  • Dec 21 Dick Schaap, American sports journalist (b. 1934)
  • Dec 23 Bola Ige, Nigerian politician (b. 1930)
  • Dec 26 Nigel Hawthorne, English actor (b. 1929)
  • Dec 28 Samuel A. Goldblith, American food scientist (b. 1919)
  • Dec 28 William X. Kienzle, American novelist (b. 1928)
  • Dec 29 Takashi Asahina, Japanese conductor (b. 1908)
  • Dec 31 Eileen Heckart, American actress (b. 1919)