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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)
  • 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)