What Happened in February 2001

Historical Events

  • Feb 4 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 38-17
  • Feb 4 51st NHL All-Star Game: North America beats World 14-12 at Denver, Colorado
  • Feb 7 51st Berlin International Film Festival: "Intimacy" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 9 American submarine USS Greeneville accidentally strikes and sinks the Ehime-Maru, a Japanese training vessel operated by the Uwajima Fishery High School; nine the Ehime-Maru's crew members were killed, including four high school students.
  • Feb 11 50th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 111-110 at Washington
  • Feb 12 NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.

Sport awardSports Awards

Feb 12 9th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Marion Jones win

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones
  • Feb 13 An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter Scale hits El Salvador, killing at least 400.
  • Feb 15 First draft of the complete human genome is published in the journal "Nature"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 18 FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He was ultimately convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

FBI Agent and Soviet Spy Robert Hanssen
FBI Agent and Soviet Spy
Robert Hanssen
  • Feb 18 Crash during Daytona 500 race on last lap claims life of Dale Earnhardt
  • Feb 18 43rd Daytona 500: Michael Waltrip wins (161.783 MPH)
  • Feb 19 An Oklahoma City bombing museum is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
  • Feb 20 The United States Supreme Court declines to consider an appeal by five major oil companies against Unocal's patent on production of cleaner "reformulated" gasoline sold in California
  • Feb 21 43rd Grammy Awards: Beautiful Day, Shelby Lynne wins
  • Feb 23 32nd NAACP Image Awards: "Remember the Titans" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Feb 25 54th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Gladiator" Best Film, Ang Lee Best Director
  • Feb 26 The Taliban destroy two giant Buddha statues in Bamyan, Afghanistan.
  • Feb 28 The Nisqually Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hits the Nisqually Valley and the Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia area of the U.S. state of Washington.
  • Feb 28 Six passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 28 15th Soul Train Music Awards: The Isley Brothers, Destiny's Child & Jay-Z win

Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
  • Feb 28 The US Environmental Protection Agency announces that it intends to proceed with implementation of tighter restrictions on sulfur content in diesel fuel; the rule is opposed by many in the refining industry

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 2 Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg (54) weds media tycoon Barry Diller

Fashion Designer Diane von Furstenberg
Fashion Designer
Diane von Furstenberg

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 8 MLB outfielder David Justice (34) weds model Rebecca Villalobos

MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 10 Singer-comedian Weird Al Yankovic (41) weds Suzanne Krajewski

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • Feb 18 Comedian Kathy Griffin (37) weds computer administrator Matthew Moline (32) at the 360 Degree Restaurant in Hollywood

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 André D'Allemagne, Quebec teacher, political observer and essayist (b. 1929)
  • Feb 4 J. J. Johnson, American jazz trombonist and composer (b. 1924)
  • Feb 4 Iannis Xenakis, Greek composer and architect (b. 1922)
  • Feb 6 Filemon Lagman, Filipino Communist revolutionary (b. 1953)
  • Feb 6 Fulgence Charpentier, Quebec journalist (b. 1897)
  • Feb 7 Dale Evans, American actress and singer (b. 1912)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 7 Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American author and aviator, dies of a stroke at 94

Aviation Pioneer and Author Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Aviation Pioneer and Author
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • Feb 8 Ivo Caprino, Norwegian animated film director (b. 1920)
  • Feb 9 Herbert Simon, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
  • Feb 10 Abraham Beame, Mayor of New York City (b. 1906)
  • Feb 10 George Holmes Tate, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist (b. 1913)
  • Feb 12 Kristina Söderbaum, German actress (b. 1912)
  • Feb 16 Howard W. Koch, American film director (b. 1916)
  • Feb 16 William Masters, American gynecologist and sexologist (b. 1915)
  • Feb 16 Bob Buhl, baseball player (b. 1928)
  • Feb 17 Khalid Abdul Muhammed, American Nation of Islam spokesman (b. 1948)
  • Feb 17 Bob Geary, Canadian football player and manager (b. 1933)
  • Feb 18 Balthus, Polish-born painter (b. 1908)
  • Feb 18 Dale Earnhardt, American race car driver dies in car crash at Daytona 500 race (b. 1951)
  • Feb 18 Eddie Mathews, American hall of fame third baseman (Milwaukee Brave) who hit 512 home runs, dies at 69
  • Feb 19 Priscilla Davis, American socialite (b. 1942)
  • Feb 19 Stanley Kramer, American director (b. 1913)
  • Feb 19 Charles Trenet, French singer (b. 1913)
  • Feb 20 Rosemary DeCamp, American actress (b. 1910)
  • Feb 23 Robert Enrico, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1931)
  • Feb 24 Claude E. Shannon, American information theorist (b. 1916)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 25 Donald Bradman, Australian cricketer, dies at 92

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Feb 26 Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuelan writer (b. 1906)