What Happened in 2001 (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 288 of 288

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

Sep 14 Historic National Prayer Service held at Washington National Cathedral for victims of the September 11 attacks. A similar service is held in Canada on Parliament Hill, the largest vigil ever held in the nation's capital.

  • Sep 15 26th Toronto International Film Festival: "Amelie" directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet wins the People's Choice Award

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 17 Despite suffering from lung cancer and Parkinson's disease, Jack Buck stirs emotions by reading a patriotic-themed poem during the pregame ceremonies on baseball's first night back after the September 11th terrorist attacks

Sportscaster Jack Buck
Jack Buck
  • Sep 17 Major trading markets in the United States, including the New York Stock Exchange and the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), reopen for the first time since September 11
  • Sep 18 First mailing of anthrax letters from Trenton, New Jersey in the 2001 anthrax attacks.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 20 In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush declares a "war on terror".

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • Sep 21 Deep Space 1 flies within 2,200 km of Comet Borrelly.
  • Sep 21 University of Roorkee, becomes India's 7th Indian Institute of Technology, rechristened as IIT Roorkee
  • Sep 21 AZF chemical plant explodes in Toulouse, France, killing 29 people
  • Sep 24 Crude oil and petroleum products futures fall to their lowest levels in nearly two years amid fears that a recession will reduce energy demand
  • Sep 27 At its two-day meeting in Vienna, OPEC decides to keep its production quotas unchanged at 23.2 million barrels per day, despite crude oil being at its lowest price levels since 1999
  • Sep 29 The Syracuse Herald-Journal, a U.S. newspaper dating back to 1839, ceases publication.
  • 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.
  • Oct 5 Tom Ridge resigns as Governor of Pennsylvania to become President George W. Bush's Homeland Security Advisor
  • 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Film release premierFilm Release

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

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

Nov 4 53rd Emmy Awards: The West Wing, Sex and the City, James Gandolfini & Edie Falco win

  • Nov 4 MLB World Series: Arizona Diamondbacks defeat New York Yankees to win 4-3
  • Nov 6 Crude oil for December delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) falls to a two-year low after OPEC members warn that a downward price spiral could occur if major non-OPEC oil exporters do not reduce oil production
  • Nov 7 The supersonic commercial aircraft Concorde resumes flying after a 15-month hiatus.
  • Nov 7 35th Country Music Association Award: Tim McGraw, Lee Ann Womack & Toby Keith wins
  • Nov 10 An agreement is reached at talks in Marrakech, Morocco, on rules for implementation of the Kyoto climate change treaty
  • Nov 11 Journalists Pierre Billaud, Johanne Sutton and Volker Handloik are killed in Afghanistan during an attack on the convoy they were traveling on top off.
  • Nov 12 2001 Attack on Afghanistan: Taliban forces abandon Kabul, Afghanistan, ahead of advancing Afghan Northern Alliance troops.
  • Nov 12 In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 on its way to the Dominican Republic, crashes minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board and five on the ground.
  • Nov 13 Doha Round: The World Trade Organization ends a four-day ministerial conference in Doha, Qatar.
  • Nov 13 War on Terrorism: In the first such act since World War II, US President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against foreigners suspected of connections to terrorist acts or planned acts on the United States.

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 13 Shakira's fifth studio album and first English language album, "Laundry Service", is released

Singer Shakira
  • Nov 13 US President George W. Bush orders that the Strategic Petroleum Reserve be filled to capacity over the next few years
  • Nov 14 War in Afghanistan: Afghan Northern Alliance fighters takeover the capital Kabul.
  • Nov 14 OPEC announces that it intends to cut its crude oil output quotas by 1.5 million barrels per day effective, but only if non-OPEC producers cut their output by 500,000 barrels per day as well.

Film release premierFilm Release

Nov 14 "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" the 1st film adaptation of the books by J. K. Rowling, is released starring Daniel Radcliffe

  • Nov 17 66th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 31-7 in Auburn
  • Nov 18 Phillips Petroleum and Conoco merge into a new company as 'ConocoPhillips', the third-largest oil and natural gas company in the US

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 20 US President George W. Bush dedicates the US Department of Justice headquarters as the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Building, honoring the late Robert F. Kennedy on what would have been his 76th birthday

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 20 Josh Groban releases his debut album "Josh Groban"

Singer Josh Groban
Josh Groban
  • Nov 23 Convention on Cybercrime is signed in Budapest, Hungary.
  • Nov 23 53rd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jeff Gordon wins
  • Nov 25 89th CFL Grey Cup: Calgary Stampeders defeats Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 27-19
  • Nov 27 A hydrogen atmosphere is discovered on the extrasolar planet Osiris by the Hubble Space Telescope, the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet.
  • Nov 29 UN Security Council unanimously approves a resolution extending the Oil-for-Food program in Iraq for another six-month period
  • Dec 1 Captain Bill Compton brings Trans World Airlines Flight 220, an MD-83, into St. Louis International Airport bringing to an end 76 years of TWA operations following TWA's purchase by American Airlines.
  • Dec 2 Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the Southern District of New York
  • Dec 6 The Canadian province of Newfoundland is renamed Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Dec 8 10th SEC Championship Game: #21 LSU beats #2 Tennessee, 31-20

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 10 "The Fellowship of the Ring" Lord of the Rings film directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in London

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
Actor Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood
Actor Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
  • Dec 10 67th Heisman Trophy Award: Eric Crouch, Nebraska (QB)
  • Dec 11 The People's Republic of China joins the World Trade Organization.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 12 Winona Ryder is arrested on shoplifting charges in Beverly Hills, California

Actress Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder
  • Dec 13 the Indian Parliament Sansad is attacked by terrorists. 15 people are killed, including all the terrorists.

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 13 "A Beautiful Mind" based on the bio by Sylvia Nasar, directed by Ron Howard and starring Russell Crowe premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 2002)

  • Dec 15 The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 to fortify it, without fixing its famous lean.
  • Dec 19 A record high barometric pressure of 1085.6 hPa (32.06 inHg) is recorded at Tosontsengel, Khövsgöl Province, Mongolia.
  • Dec 19 Argentine economic crisis: December 2001 riots - Riots erupt in Buenos Aires after Domingo Cavallo's corralito measures restrict the withdrawal of cash from bank deposits.
  • Dec 19 "The Fellowship of the Ring", 1st Lord of the Rings film is released. Makes US$47 million US opening weekend, $871 million total worldwide.
  • Dec 20 Argentine economic crisis: President of Argentina Fernando de la Rúa is forced out of office.
  • Dec 20 90th Davis Cup: France beats Australia in Melbourne (3-2)
  • Dec 22 Burhanuddin Rabbani, political leader of the Afghan Northern Alliance, hands over power in Afghanistan to the interim government headed by President Hamid Karzai.
  • Dec 22 Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63.
  • Dec 26 Crude oil prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) record one of their largest 1-day jumps of the year as traders become convinced that OPEC will follow through on production cuts
  • Dec 27 The People's Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade relations with the United States.
  • Dec 28 OPEC oil ministers meeting in Cairo agree to reduce their crude oil output quotas by a combined 1.5 million barrels per day
  • Dec 29 Mesa Redonda shopping center fire, Lima, Peru, at least 291 killed.

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 300 of 360

  • Aug 1 Korey Stringer, American football player (b. 1974)
  • Aug 2 Ron Townson, American singer (The Fifth Dimension) (b. 1933)
  • Aug 3 Christopher Hewett, British actor (b. 1922)
  • Aug 4 Lorenzo Music, American actor (b. 1937)
  • Aug 5 Otema Allimadi, Prime Minister of Uganda (b. 1929)
  • Aug 6 Jorge Amado de Faria, Brazilian writer (b. 1912)
  • Aug 6 Dorothy Tutin, English actress (b. 1930)
  • Aug 6 Wilhelm Mohnke, one of the original 120 members of the Nazi SS-Staff Guard (b. 1911)
  • Aug 10 Lou Boudreau, American baseball player and manager (b. 1917)
  • Aug 11 Percy Stallard, English racing cyclist (b. 1909)
  • Aug 13 Otto Stuppacher, Austrian racing driver (b. 1947)
  • Aug 15 Richard Chelimo, Kenyan athlete (b. 1972)
  • Aug 18 David Peakall, British scientist (b. 1931)
  • Aug 19 Donald Woods, South African journalist and anti-apartheid activist (b. 1933)
  • Aug 19 Betty Everett, American singer and pianist (b. 1939)
  • Aug 20 Sir Fred Hoyle, English astronomer and science fiction writer (b. 1915)
  • Aug 20 Kim Stanley [Patricia Reid], American actress (Frances), dies at 76
  • Aug 21 Calum MacKay, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1927)
  • Aug 23 Kathleen Freeman, American actress (b. 1919)
  • Aug 23 Peter Maas, American novelist (b. 1929)
  • Aug 24 Jane Greer, American actress (b. 1924)
  • Aug 25 Aaliyah, American singer and actress (b. 1979)
  • Aug 25 Carl Brewer, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • Aug 25 Ken Tyrrell, former race driver and founder of Tyrrell Racing (b. 1924)
  • Aug 25 Philippe Léotard, French actor and singer (b. 1940)
  • Aug 26 Louis Muhlstock, Canadian painter (b. 1904)
  • Aug 27 Abu Ali Mustafa, leader of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (assassinated) (b. 1938)
  • Aug 27 Michael Dertouzos, Greek internet pioneer, Director of the M.I.T. Laboratory for Computer Science (b. 1936)
  • Aug 29 Graeme "Shirley" Strachan, Australian singer (Skyhooks), TV and radio star (b. 1952)
  • Aug 29 Francisco Rabal, Spanish actor (b. 1926)
  • Aug 30 Ivor Spencer-Thomas, English farmer, entrepreneur and inventor (b. 1907)
  • Sep 1 Brian Moore British sports commentator (b. 1932)
  • Sep 2 Jay Migliori, American saxophonist (Supersax), dies at 70
  • Sep 2 Christiaan Barnard, South African heart surgeon (b. 1922)
  • Sep 2 Troy Donahue, American actor (b. 1936)
  • Sep 3 Pauline Kael, American film critic (b. 1919)
  • Sep 3 Thuy Trang, American actress (b. 1973)
  • Sep 4 Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf, American radio personality (b. 1962)
  • Sep 5 Vladimir Žerjavić, Croatian UN statistician (b. 1912)
  • Sep 5 Justin Wilson, American Cajun chef and humorist (b. 1914)
  • Sep 5 Heywood Hale Broun, American TV commentator and sports correspondent, dies at 83
  • Sep 6 Carl Crack, German musician (Atari Teenage Riot) (b. 1971)
  • Sep 7 Spede Pasanen, Finnish television personality (b. 1930)
  • Sep 7 Billie Lou Watt, American actress (b. 1924)
  • Sep 9 Ahmed Shah Massoud, Afghani military leader (b. 1953)
  • Sep 10 DJ Uncle Al (b.1969)
  • Sep 11 Alice Stewart Trillin, American author (b. 1938)
  • Sep 11 Marwan Al-Shehhi, 9/11 terrorist (b. 1978)
  • Sep 11 David Angell, American sitcom creator (b. 1946)
  • Sep 11 Mohamed Atta, 9/11 terrorist (b. 1968)
  • Sep 11 Garnet Bailey, Canadian hockey player and scout (b. 1948)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 11 Todd Beamer, passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 (b. 1968)

Passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 Todd Beamer
Passenger on United Airlines Flight 93
Todd Beamer
  • Sep 11 Berry Berenson, widow of Anthony Perkins (b. 1948)
  • Sep 11 Mark Bingham, passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 (b. 1970)
  • Sep 11 Tom Burnett, American businessman (b. 1963)
  • Sep 11 Peter J. Ganci, Jr., Chief of Department, FDNY (b. 1946)
  • Sep 11 Hani Hanjour, 9/11 terrorist (b. 1972)
  • Sep 11 Ziad Jarrah, 9/11 terrorist (b. 1975)
  • Sep 11 Father Mychal F. Judge, Chaplain, FDNY (b. 1933)
  • Sep 11 Angel L. Juarbe, Jr., American firefighter (b. 1966)
  • Sep 11 John P. O'Neill, American anti-terrorism FBI agent (b. 1952)
  • Sep 11 John Ogonowski, pilot for American Airlines Flight 11 (b. 1951)
  • Sep 11 Barbara Olson, American political commentator (b. 1955)
  • Sep 11 Daniel M. Lewin, founder of Akamai Technologies (b. 1970)
  • Sep 12 Victor Wong, Chinese-American actor (b. 1927)
  • Sep 13 Dorothy McGuire, American actress, dies of cardiac arrest following a short illness at 85
  • Sep 14 Stelios Kazantzidis, Greek singer (b. 1931)
  • Sep 16 Samuel Z. Arkoff, American film producer (b. 1918)
  • Sep 17 Lou Dog, Sublime mascot.
  • Sep 18 Ernie Coombs, Canadian entertainer (b. 1927)
  • Sep 19 Jan Koplowitz, German writer, dies at 91
  • Sep 22 Isaac Stern, Ukrainian violinist (b. 1920)
  • Sep 23 Ron Hewitt, Welsh footballer (b. 1928)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 29 Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, President of South Vietnam (b. 1923)

Vietnamese Politican Nguyen Van Thieu
Vietnamese Politican
Nguyen Van Thieu
  • 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)