What Happened in October 2001

Historical Events

Battle9/11 Attack on New York's World Trade Towers

Oct 2 NATO backs US military strikes, following 9/11

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 2 "Scrubs", starring Zach Braff as Dr. John "J.D." Dorian, premieres on NBC

Actor Zach Braff
Zach Braff
  • Oct 4 Siberia Airlines Flight 1812: a Sibir Airlines Tupolev TU-154 crashes into the Black Sea after being struck by an errant Ukrainian S-200 missile. 78 people are killed.

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 4 Barry Bonds hits his 70th home run, tying Mark McGwire for the most home runs hit in a single season

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • Oct 5 Robert Stevens becomes the first victim in the 2001 anthrax attacks.

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Oct 5 Tom Ridge resigns as Governor of Pennsylvania to become President George W. Bush's Homeland Security Advisor

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • Oct 5 Barry Bonds hits his 71st home run, breaking Mark McGwire's record of 70 for the most home runs hit in a single season (Bonds would end up with 73 in total)
  • Oct 7 The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan starts with an air assault and covert operations on the ground
  • Oct 7 Crude oil resumes flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline after workers welded shut a bullet hole that caused 260,000 US gallons of oil to spill out
  • Oct 8 U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.
  • Oct 8 A twin engine Cessna and Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) jetliner collide in heavy fog during takeoff from Milan, Italy killing 118.
  • Oct 9 Second mailing of anthrax letters from Trenton, New Jersey in the 2001 anthrax attack
  • Oct 11 The Polaroid Corporation files for federal bankruptcy protection.

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Oct 14 52nd Formula One WDC: Michael Schumacher wins by 58 points

Formula 1 Racing Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Racing Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • Oct 15 NASA's Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles of Jupiter's moon Io.
  • Oct 15 The first tanker loading of the new $2.5-billion Kazakh-Russia Pipeline takes place
  • Oct 16 The US Coast Guard lifts a ban on liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers entering Boston Harbor to makes deliveries to Distrigas' Everett LNG terminal that had been imposed on September 26 in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11
  • Oct 18 Crude Oil for November delivery falls to its lowest level since August 1999 on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX)
  • Oct 19 SIEV-X, an Indonesian fishing boat en-route to Christmas Island, carrying over 400 asylum seekers, sinks killing 353

Music concertMusic Concert

Oct 21 "United We Stand" benefit concert for September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks victims, held at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Event organized and headlined by Michael Jackson, also featuring pop stars Aerosmith, Mariah Carey, The Backstreet Boys, and others.

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
  • Oct 21 MLB National League Championship: Arizona Diamondbacks beat Atlanta Braves, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 22 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Seattle Mariners, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 23 The Provisional Irish Republican Army of Northern Ireland commences disarmament after peace talks
  • Oct 23 Apple releases the iPod
  • Oct 25 Windows XP first became available.
  • Oct 26 The United States passes the USA PATRIOT Act into law.
  • Oct 27 13th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 21-17 in Chestnut Hill

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Oct 28 The indie cult hit "Donnie Darko", starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is released

  • Oct 29 ExxonMobil announces that a consortium it leads will spend $4 billion over 5 years to develop large offshore oil and natural gas fields in Russia's far eastern Sakhalin region

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 7 Princess Senate Seeiso, daughter of King Letsie III of Lesotho
  • Oct 18 Annelise Manojlovic, English actress
  • Oct 25 Princess Elisabeth of Belgium

Famous Weddings

  • Oct 5 "The Golden Boy" professional boxer Oscar De La Hoya (28) weds Puerto Rican pop singer Millie Corretjer (27) in a secret ceremony held at "El Invernino" in San Juan

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 5 F1 racing driver Ralf Schumacher (26) weds former model Cora Brinkmann at the church of Maria Plain in Salzburg, Austria

Formula 1 Racing Driver Ralf Schumacher
Formula 1 Racing Driver
Ralf Schumacher
  • Oct 14 Inspirational speaker Anthony Robbins (41) weds Sage Bonnie Humphrey
  • Oct 14 Actor Breckin Meyer (27) weds "Can't Hardly Wait" director Deborah Kaplan in Malibu

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 20 Actor Johnathon Schaech (32) weds actress Christina Applegate (29) at the three-acre Cree Estate in Palm Springs, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 22 Tennis champion Andre Agassi (31) weds fellow tennis champion Steffi Graf (32) in Las Vegas, Nevada

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Guy Beaulne, French-Canadian actor and theatre director (b. 1921)
  • Oct 1 Kathleen Ankers, American scenic designer (b. 1919)
  • Oct 2 Franz Biebl, German composer (b. 1906)
  • Oct 4 Blaise Alexander, American race car driver (b. 1976)
  • Oct 4 Ahron Soloveichik, Orthodox Jewish rabbi, dies at 84
  • Oct 5 Mike Mansfield, American politician (b. 1903)
  • Oct 6 Arne Harris, American television sports director (b. 1934)
  • Oct 7 Christopher Adams, British-born pro wrestler and judoka (b. 1955)
  • Oct 7 Herblock, American cartoonist (b. 1909)
  • Oct 7 Roger Gaudry, French Canadian chemist, businessman and corporate director (b. 1913)
  • Oct 9 Dagmar, American television personality (b. 1921)
  • Oct 9 Herbert Ross, American film director and producer (b. 1927)
  • Oct 10 Eddie Futch, American boxing trainer (b. 1911)
  • Oct 10 Vasily Mishin, Soviet rocket designer (b. 1917)
  • Oct 12 Quintin Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone, British politician (b. 1907)
  • Oct 13 Peter Doyle, Australian pop singer (The New Seekers) (b. 1949)
  • Oct 15 Zhang Xueliang, Chinese ruler of Manchuria (b. 1901)
  • Oct 17 Jay Livingston, American songwriter (b. 1915)
  • Oct 17 Rehavam Zeevi, Israeli politician (b. 1926)
  • Oct 18 Micheline Ostermeyer, French athlete and musician (b. 1922)
  • Oct 20 Ted Ammon, American financier (b. 1949)
  • Oct 22 Prof. Dr. Dkfm. Helmut Krackowizer, journalist and motorcycle racer (b. 1922)
  • Oct 23 Ronald William Kirby, British artist (b. 1928)
  • Oct 23 Daniel Wildenstein, French art dealer and racehorse owner (b. 1917)
  • Oct 24 Wolf Rüdiger Hess, German neo-Nazi (b. 1937)
  • Oct 28 Gerard Hengeveld, Dutch composer (b. 1910)
  • Oct 31 Régine Cavagnoud, French skier (b. 1970)
  • Oct 31 Liz Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter, dies at 81