What Happened in 2001 (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 288

  • May 13 Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing "House of Freedoms" coalition wins the Italian general election.
  • May 13 47th British Academy Television Awards: "Da Ali G Show" Best Comedy, "Clocking Off" Best Drama

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May 17 US President George W. Bush calls for reduced regulations to encourage more oil, gas, and nuclear production

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush

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May 18 DreamWorks Pictures "Shrek", starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz in voice-over roles, debuts

  • May 18 Saudi Arabia selects the eight foreign companies to take part in its "Gas Initiative," three core venture gas projects that have an anticipated worth of $25 billion
  • May 19 126th Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Point Given wins in 1:55.40
  • May 21 French Taubira law officially recognizes the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity.
  • May 21 The Enron Corporation's power generating venture in India, the Dabhol Power Company, serves formal notice that it will terminate its power supply contract and pull out
  • May 21 NHL Western Conference Final: Colorado Avalanche beat St. Louis Blues, 4 games to 1
  • May 22 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Pittsburgh Penguins, 4 games to 1
  • May 23 9th UEFA Champions League Final: Bayern Munich beats Valencia (1-1, 5-4 on penalties) at Milan
  • May 24 Mountain climbing: 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest.
  • May 24 The Versailles wedding hall disaster in Jerusalem, Israel, kills 23 and injures over 200 in Israel's worst-ever civil disaster.
  • May 24 The Democrats gain control of the U.S. Senate for the first time since 1994 when Senator James Jeffords of Vermont abandons the Republican Party and declares himself an independent.
  • May 25 32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
  • May 25 54th Cannes Film Festival: "The Son's Room" directed by Nanni Moretti wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Hélio Castroneves wins in 3:31:54.180 (227.841 km/h)
  • May 29 U.S. Supreme Court rules that disabled golfer Casey Martin can use a cart to ride in tournaments.
  • May 29 International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers inaugurated.
  • May 29 Natural gas futures plunge 6% to a 10-month low on speculation that growing US inventories will help power plants meet summer demand for air-conditioning
  • Jun 1 Dipendra of Nepal slaughters his family during dinner.
  • Jun 1 Dolphinarium massacre: an Hamas suicide bomber kills 21 at a disco in Tel Aviv.
  • Jun 3 55th Tony Awards: The Producers & Proof win
  • Jun 3 Iraq announces that it will halt crude oil exports in response to the UN's resolution that extends the oil-for-food program by only 1 month, instead of the normal 6-month period
  • Jun 4 Gyanendra, the last King of Nepal, ascends to the throne after the massacre in the Royal Palace.
  • Jun 5 U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords leaves the Republican Party, an act which shifts control of the United States Senate from the Republicans to the Democratic Party.
  • Jun 5 Tropical Storm Allison makes landfall on the upper-Texas coastline as a strong tropical storm and dumps large amounts of rain over Houston. The storm caused $5.5 billion in damages, making Allison the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history.
  • Jun 5 OPEC ministers agree to leave the cartel's oil production quotas unchanged for at least a month, until a scheduled emergency meeting July 3
  • Jun 7 Tony Blair's Labour Party wins another landslide victory in the General Election
  • Jun 7 BP announces that it will build a new $600-million platform offshore Trinidad that is expected to double the company's production of natural gas there by 2004

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Jun 8 Ray Bourque plays the final game in his NHL career

NHL Legend Ray Bourque
NHL Legend
Ray Bourque
  • Jun 9 133rd Belmont: Gary Stevens aboard Point Given wins in 2:26.80
  • Jun 9 Stanley Cup: Colorado Avalanche defeat New Jersey Devils 4-3

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Jun 10 Pope John Paul II canonizes Lebanon's first female saint Saint Rafqa

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Jun 10 100th Men's French Open: Gustavo Kuerten beats Alex Corretja (6-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-0)
  • Jun 10 100th Women's French Open: Jennifer Capriati beats Kim Clijsters (1-6, 6-4, 12-10)
  • Jun 11 Timothy McVeigh is executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • Jun 11 Saudi Arabia seizes ownership, effective June 7, of the 1.6-million-barrels-per-day IPSA pipeline that had carried Iraqi crude oil to the Saudi Red Sea port of Mu'jiz prior to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jun 13 35th TNN & CMT Country Weekly Music Awards: George Strait, Faith Hill & Alan Jackson wins

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
  • Jun 14 China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan form the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
  • Jun 15 55th NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 4 games to 1
  • Jun 15 ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum sign a letter of intent for a natural gas to liquids (GTL) project that would be the largest in the world.
  • Jun 18 Protests occur in Manipur over the extension of the ceasefire between Naga insurgents and the government of India.
  • Jun 18 101st US Golf Open: Retief Goosen shoots a 276 at Southern Hills CC OK
  • Jun 21 Total solar eclipse in Madagascar-Indian Ocean (4m56s)
  • Jun 21 A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, indicts 13 Saudis and a Lebanese in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 American servicemen.
  • Jun 21 Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is the 1st Hispanic woman to be honored on a US postage stamp
  • Jun 24 47th LPGA Championship won by Karrie Webb
  • Jun 27 Pope John Paul II beatifies 28 Ukrainian Greek Catholics, including 27 martyrs most of whom were killed by the Soviet secret police. Beatification takes place at the service in Lviv, western Ukraine during his first visit to this country.
  • Jun 27 The International Court of Justice finds against the United States in its judgement in the LaGrand Case.
  • Jun 30 ENI of Italy signs a $550 million contract to develop Iran's Darquain field, expected to produce 160,000 barrels of petroleum per day
  • Jul 2 AbioCor self contained artificial heart created.
  • Jul 2 Bush Administration announce that it will seek to let oil companies drill on about 1,500,000 acres of the Gulf of Mexico
  • Jul 2 UN Security Council, facing an almost certain Russian veto, agrees to postpone indefinitely a vote on the US-led "smart sanctions" package for Iraq
  • Jul 3 A Vladivostok Avia Tupolev TU-154 jetliner crashes on approach to landing at Irkutsk, Russia killing 145 people.
  • Jul 3 At a meeting of its oil ministers, OPEC agrees to maintain current production quotas; ministers indicate that, if Iraqi oil returns to the market, they may cut production in response to maintain their desired level of prices
  • Jul 5 Australia and East Timor sign an agreement to share royalties from oil and natural gas production in the Timor Sea, which separates the two countries

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 8 108th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Justine Henin (6-1 3-6 6-0)

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • Jul 9 115th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Goran Ivanišević beats Pat Rafter (6-3 3-6 6-3 2-6 9-7)
  • Jul 10 72nd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-1 at Safeco Field, Seattle
  • Jul 10 Amerada Hess agrees to acquire Triton Energy for $2.7 billion in cash
  • Jul 11 Iraq resumes oil exports, ending a 5-week halt in protest of a US and British-sponsored UN Security Council resolution

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 16 "Jurassic Park III", starring Sam Neill and William H Macy, premieres in the US

Actor Sam Neill
Sam Neill
  • Jul 19 Michael Brunet discovers the skull of Sahelanthropus tchadensis, thought to be the oldest known species in the human family tree, in the Djurab Desert, Chad. It lived 6-7 million years ago, about the same time as the last common ancestor to apes and humans.
  • Jul 19 34th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 20 The London Stock Exchange goes public.
  • Jul 20 Italy: The 27th Annual G8 summit opens in Genoa. An Italian protester in Genoa, Carlo Giuliani, is shot by police.
  • Jul 22 130th British Golf Open: David Duval shoots a 274 at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
  • Jul 24 Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the last Tsar of Bulgaria when he was a child, is sworn in as Prime Minister of Bulgaria, becoming the first monarch in history to regain political power through democratic election to a different office.
  • Jul 24 An Iranian warship in the Caspian Sea threatens a BP oil exploration ship off the coast of Azerbaijan
  • Jul 25 Faced with declining oil prices, OPEC ministers agree to cut crude oil production quotas by about 4%, or 1 million barrels per day

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Jul 29 88th Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)

Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor
Lance Armstrong
  • Aug 1 An agreement is reached on the position of the minority Albanian language in the Republic of Macedonia.
  • Aug 1 Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Malta, Slovenia and Slovakia join the European Environment Agency.
  • Aug 1 Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has a Ten Commandments monument installed in the judiciary building, leading to a lawsuit to have it removed and his own removal from office.
  • Aug 3 The Real IRA detonate a car bomb in Ealing, London, U.K injuring seven people. (See 3 August 2001 Ealing bombing).

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Aug 3 The Princess Diaries, starring Anne Hathaway in her film debut, is released

Actress Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway
  • Aug 3 US President George W. Bush signs into law the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA) Extension Act of 2001
  • Aug 3 8th World Championships in Athletics open at Edmonton, Canada
  • Aug 9 US President George W. Bush announces his support for federal funding of limited research on embryonic stem cells.
  • Aug 10 US and UK reject a proposal by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to permit the Iraqi government to use $1 billion per year to fund infrastructure improvements and to increase oil production capacity
  • Aug 12 8th World Championships in Athletics close at Edmonton, Canada
  • Aug 19 83rd PGA Championship: David Toms shoots a 265 at Atlanta Athletic Club
  • Aug 21 NATO decides to send a peace-keeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
  • Aug 21 The Red Cross announces that a famine is striking Tajikistan, and calls for international financial aid for Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
  • Aug 24 Air Transat Flight 236 runs out of fuel over the Atlantic Ocean (en route to Lisbon from Toronto) and makes an emergency landing in the Azores.

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Aug 27 Angelina Jolie is named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva

  • Aug 29 58th Venice Film Festival: "Monsoon Wedding" directed by Mira Nair wins Golden Lion

Music awardsMusic Awards

Sep 6 18th MTV Video Music Awards: Lady Marmalade, Eve f/ Gwen Stefani & Moby f/ Gwen Stefani win

Singer Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani
  • Sep 7 The US Federal Trade Commission approves Chevron's bid to buy Texaco
  • Sep 9 Ahmed Shah Massoud, leader of the Northern Alliance, is assassinated in Afghanistan

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9 121st Men's U.S. Open: Lleyton Hewitt beats Pete Sampras (7-6, 6-1, 6-1)

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras

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

Sep 11 Two passenger planes hijacked by terrorists crash into New York's World Trade Towers causing the collapse of both and death of 2,752 people

  • Sep 11 Terrorists hijack a passenger plane and crash it into the Pentagon causing the death of 125 people
  • Sep 11 Attempt by passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 to retake control of their hijacked plane from terrorists causes plane to crash in Pennsylvania field killing all 64 people on board
  • Sep 12 Article V of the NATO agreement is invoked for the first and only time in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States of America.
  • Sep 12 Ansett Australia, Australia's first commercial interstate airline, collapses due to increased strain on the international airline industry leaving 10000 people unemployed.
  • Sep 13 Civilian aircraft traffic resumes in the U.S. after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
  • Sep 13 Relative calm returns to world oil markets as US retail gasoline prices return to normal levels; energy trading by Houston energy companies resumes and limited commercial aviation starts

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 200 of 360

  • Apr 7 Beatrice Straight, American actress, dies of pneumonia at 86
  • Apr 9 Willie Stargell, American baseball player (b. 1940)
  • Apr 11 Sandy Bull, American musician (b. 1941)
  • Apr 11 Harry Secombe, Welsh actor and comedian (b. 1921)
  • Apr 12 Harvey Ball, American inventor (b. 1921)
  • Apr 13 Robert Moon, American postal inspector (b. 1917)
  • Apr 14 Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japanese director (b. 1927)
  • Apr 14 Jim Baxter, Scottish footballer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 15 Joey Ramone, American musician and singer (The Ramones) (b. 1951)
  • Apr 16 Alec Stock, English football manager (b. 1917)
  • Apr 20 Giuseppe Sinopoli, Italian conductor and composer (b. 1946)
  • Apr 24 Al Hibbler, American singer (b. 1915)
  • Apr 24 Leon Sullivan, African-American civil rights leader and pastor (b. 1922)
  • Apr 25 Michele Alboreto, Italian race car driver (b. 1956)
  • May 2 Ted Rogers, British comedian (b. 1935)
  • May 2 Gina Mastrogiacomo, American actress (b. 1961)
  • May 3 Billy Higgins, American drummer (b. 1936)
  • May 4 Bonnie Lee Bakley, American murder victim (b. 1956)
  • May 5 Clifton Hillegass, American writer and publisher
  • May 9 James E. Myers, American songwriter (Rock Around the Clock) and producer (b. 1919)
  • May 10 Deborah Walley, American actress (b. 1943)

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May 11 Douglas Adams, English author (b. 1952)

  • May 12 Perry Como, American singer (b. 1912)
  • May 12 Alexei Tupolev, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1925)

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May 13 R.K. Narayan, Indian novelist (b. 1906)

Novelist R.K. Narayan
R.K. Narayan
  • May 13 Jason Miller, American playwright (b. 1939)
  • May 16 Brian Pendleton, English musician (The Pretty Things) (b. 1944)
  • May 17 Frank G. Slaughter, American novelist and physician (b. 1908)
  • May 17 Ikuma Dan, Japanese composer (Yūzuru), dies at 77
  • May 19 Susannah McCorkle, American singer (b. 1946)
  • May 20 Renato Carosone, Italian musician (b. 1920)
  • May 26 Vittorio Brambilla, Italian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • May 26 Anne Haney, American actress (Mrs. Sellner in Mrs. Doubtfire, Greta the secretary in Liar Liar), dies at 67
  • May 26 Moven Enock Mahachi, Defence Minister of Zimbabwe (b. 1952)
  • May 27 Ramon Bieri, American actor (b. 1929)
  • May 28 Francisco Varela, Chilean biologist and philosopher (b. 1946)
  • May 28 Joe Moakley, American politician (b. 1927)
  • May 30 Tony Ashton, British musician (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), dies of cancer at 55
  • May 31 Arlene Francis, American television personality (d. 1907)
  • Jun 1 Queen Aiswarya of Nepal (b. 1949)
  • Jun 1 King Birendra of Nepal (b. 1945)
  • Jun 1 Hank Ketcham, American cartoonist (b. 1920)
  • Jun 2 Imogene Coca, American actress (b. 1908)
  • Jun 2 Frank Stagg, Baptist Theologian (b. 1911)
  • Jun 2 Joey Maxim, American boxer (b. 1922)
  • Jun 3 Anthony Quinn, Mexican-born actor (b. 1915)
  • Jun 4 Dipendra of Nepal (b. 1971)
  • Jun 4 John Hartford, American musician (b. 1937)
  • Jun 5 Pedro Laín Entralgo, Spanish writer, medical and humanist
  • Jun 7 Carole Fredericks, American singer (Fredericks Goldman Jones) (b. 1952)
  • Jun 7 Víctor Paz Estenssoro, President of Bolivia (b. 1907)
  • Jun 10 Princess Leila of Iran (b. 1970)
  • Jun 10 Mike Mentzer, American bodybuilder (b. 1951)
  • Jun 11 Timothy McVeigh, American terrorist (by execution; b. 1968)
  • Jun 11 Amalia Mendoza, Mexican singer (b. 1923)
  • Jun 15 Henri Alekan, French cinematographer (b. 1909)
  • Jun 15 Leif Kayser, Danish composer and organist, dies at 83
  • Jun 17 Donald J. Cram, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1919)
  • Jun 19 John Heyer, Australian documentary filmmaker (b. 1916)
  • Jun 21 John Lee Hooker, American musician (b. 1916)
  • Jun 21 Carroll O'Connor, American actor (b. 1924)
  • Jun 21 Souad Hosni, Egyptian actress (b. 1942)
  • Jun 23 Yvonne Dionne, one of the Canadian Dionne quintuplets (b. 1934)
  • Jun 26 Soccer (dog actor) (b. 1988)
  • Jun 27 Tove Jansson, Finnish author (b. 1914)

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Jun 27 Jack Lemmon, American actor (b. 1925)

  • Jun 28 Mortimer Adler, American philosopher (b. 1902)
  • Jun 28 Joan Sims, English actress (b. 1930)
  • Jun 30 Chet Atkins, American country guitar player and producer (b. 1924)
  • Jun 30 Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1937)
  • Jul 1 Nikolay Basov, Russian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1922)
  • Jul 3 Mordecai Richler, Canadian author (b. 1931)
  • Jul 3 Johnny Russell, American country singer and songwriter (b. 1940)
  • Jul 4 Keenan Milton, Professional Skater (b. 1974)
  • Jul 5 Ernie K-Doe, African-American singer (Mother-in-Law), dies of cirrhosis at 65
  • Jul 7 Fred Neil, American singer-songwriter (b. 1936)
  • Jul 7 Edward Fiennes-Clinton, Australian-born 18th Earl of Lincoln, dies at 88
  • Jul 8 John O'Shea, New Zealand film director (b. 1920)
  • Jul 11 Herman Brood, Dutch singer and artist (b. 1946)
  • Jul 16 Maurice De Bevere, Belgian cartoonist (b. 1923)
  • Jul 16 Terry Gordy, American professional wrestler (b. 1961)
  • Jul 17 Katharine Graham, American publisher (b. 1917)
  • Jul 18 James Hatfield, American author (b. 1958)
  • Jul 18 Fabio Taglioni, Italian automotive engineer (b. 1920)
  • Jul 19 Judy Clay [Guions], American soul and gospel singer, dies from complications from a car accident at 62
  • Jul 20 Carlo Giuliani, Italian anarchist (b. 1978)
  • Jul 21 Steve Barton, American actor (b. 1954)
  • Jul 21 Sivaji Ganesan, South Indian Tamil actor (b. 1927)
  • Jul 22 Indro Montanelli, Italian journalist and historian (b. 1909)
  • Jul 23 Eudora Welty, American author (b. 1909)
  • Jul 24 Georges Dor, Canadian author, composer, singer and playwright (b. 1931)
  • Jul 26 Rex Barber, American WWII aviator (b. 1917)
  • Jul 26 Peter von Zahn, German journalist (b. 1913)
  • Jul 27 Leon Wilkeson, American guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (b. 1952)
  • Jul 27 Rhonda Singh, professional wrestler (b. 1961)
  • Jul 29 Edward Gierek, Polish politician (b. 1913)
  • Jul 29 Wau Holland, German computer hacker (b. 1951)
  • Jul 31 Poul Anderson, American author (b. 1926)
  • Jul 31 Francisco da Costa Gomes, 16th President of Portugal (b. 1914)
  • Jul 31 Friedrich Franz, Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (b. 1910)