What Happened in January 2001

Historical Events

  • 1st 87th Rose Bowl: #4 Washington beats #14 Purdue, 34-24
  • 1st 30th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Oregon State beats #10 Notre Dame, 41-9
  • 2nd Sila Calderón becomes the first female Governor of Puerto Rico.
  • 2nd 67th Sugar Bowl: #3 Miami beats #7 Florida, 37-20
  • 3rd 3rd BCS National Championship: #1 Oklahoma beats #2 Florida State, 13-2, at 67th Orange Bowl

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4th Rapper Vanilla Ice spends night in jail after allegedly ripping out some of his wife's hair during a row

Rapper Vanilla Ice
Vanilla Ice
  • 5th A report reveals that former General Practioner Harold Shipman has potentially killed hundreds of patients

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

7th 27th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Drew Carey & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)

Actress Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston
Actress Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson

Music awardsMusic Awards

8th 28th American Music Awards: Faith Hill & Kid Rock win

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
  • 8th The identities of 2 boys who murdered a toddler in 1993 will be kept secret, the High Court rules
  • 9th ABC-TV deputs "The Mole" for the first time
  • 9th Shenzhou 2, an unmanned Chinese spacecraft, is launched.
  • 9th Apple announced iTunes at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, for organizing and playing digital music and videos. Now widely used by Windows and Mac users.
  • 10th A large piece of the chalk cliff at Beachy Head collapses into the sea.
  • 10th The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will not be designatd as a national monument, the White House announces; a move environmentalist groups had been pressing for to prevent oil drilling
  • 12th Downtown Disney opens to the public in Anaheim
  • 13th Earthquake measuring magnitude 7.6 strikes El Salvador, killing more than 840 people

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14th Jennifer Lopez scored her first UK No.1 single with 'Love Don't Cost A Thing.'

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez
  • 14th AFC Championship Game: Baltimore Ravens beats Oakland Raiders 16-3
  • 14th NFC Championship Game: New York Giants beat Minnesota Vikings 41-0
  • 15th Wikipedia, a free Wiki content encyclopedia, goes online.
  • 16th Congolese President Laurent-Désiré Kabila is assassinated by one of his own bodyguards.
  • 16th US President Bill Clinton awards former President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish-American War.
  • 16th A fuel supply tanker runs aground off the island of San Cristobal, causing a 'ecological disaster'
  • 17th President Bill Clinton posthumously raises Meriwether Lewis' rank from Lieutenant to Captain.
  • 17th OPEC agrees at a meeting of ministers in Vienna, to reduce members' oil production quotas by 1.5 million barrels per day
  • 19th Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán escapes from Puente Grande maximum-security prison near Guadalajara by bribing prison guards and hiding in a laundry cart

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20th President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada is ousted in the EDSA II Revolution and succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada
President of the Philippines
Joseph Estrada
14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
14th President of the Philippines
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

21st 58th Golden Globes: Gladiator, Tom Hanks, & Julia Roberts win

Actor Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
Actress Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
  • 22nd The British government launches pro-vaccine campaign
  • 23rd The Chinese Communist Party stages a self-immolation in Tiananmen Square to frame Falun Gong and escalate the persecution.
  • 24th Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Mandelson resigns
  • 25th A 50-year-old Douglas DC-3 crashes near Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela killing 24
  • 26th An earthquake hits Gujarat, India, causing more than 20,000 deaths.

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28th Super Bowl XXXV: Baltimore Ravens beat New York Giants, 34-7 at the Raymond James Stadium MVP: Ray Lewis, Baltimore, LB

NFL Legend Ray Lewis
NFL Legend
Ray Lewis

Sport awardTennis Open

28th 89th Men's Australian Open: Andre Agassi beats Arnaud Clement (6-4, 6-2, 6-2)

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi

Sport awardTennis Open

28th 89th Women's Australian Open: Jennifer Capriati beats Martina Hingis (6-4, 6-3)

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • 28th 17th Sundance Film Festival: "The Believer", directed by Henry Bean, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 29th Thousands of student protesters in Indonesia storm parliament and demand that President Abdurrahman Wahid resign due to alleged involvement in corruption scandals.
  • 31st In the Netherlands a Scottish court convicts a Libyan and acquits another for their part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 which crashed into Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.

Famous Weddings

  • 20th "Fast Lane" actor Peter Facinelli (27) weds actress and director Jennie Garth (28) at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Montecito, California

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Ray Walston, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 2nd William P. Rogers, American politician (b. 1913)
  • 2nd Teri Diver, American actress (b. 1971)
  • 4th Les Brown, American bandleader (b. 1912)
  • 5th Nancy Parsons, American actress (b. 1942)
  • 9th Maurice Prather, American photographer (b. 1926)
  • 11th Sir Denys Lasdun, English architect (b. 1914)
  • 11th Michael Williams, British actor, husband of Judi Dench (b. 1935)
  • 12th Affirmed, American racehorse (b. 1975)
  • 12th Luiz Bonfá, Brazilian guitarist and composer (b. 1922)
  • 12th William Hewlett, American engineer and businessman (b. 1913)
  • 13th Michael Cuccione, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1985)
  • 14th Burkhard Heim, German physicist (b. 1925)
  • 15th Ted Mann, American screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • 16th Laurent-Désiré Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (b. 1939)
  • 16th Auberon Waugh, British author and journalist (b. 1939)
  • 17th Gregory Corso, American poet (b. 1930)
  • 18th Al Waxman, Canadian actor (b. 1935)
  • 19th Dario Vittori, Argentinean actor (b. 1921)
  • 21st Byron De La Beckwith, American white supremacist (b. 1921)
  • 22nd Roy Brown, American clown (b. 1932)
  • 22nd Tommie Agee, American baseball player (b. 1942)
  • 24th Leif Thybo, Danish composer, dies at 78
  • 26th Al McGuire, American basketball coach (b. 1928)
  • 27th Stavros Damianides, Greek musician (b. 1941)
  • 28th Curt Blefary, American baseball player, dies at 57
  • 30th Jean-Pierre Aumont, French actor (b. 1911)
  • 30th Johnnie Johnson, British fighter pilot (b. 1915)
  • 30th Joseph Ransohoff, the father of modern neurosurgery (b. 1915)
  • 31st Gordon R. Dickson, Canadian writer (b. 1923)