Historical Events in 2001

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

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Jan 4 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
  • Jan 5 A report reveals that former General Practioner Harold Shipman has potentially killed hundreds of patients

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 7 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

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

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
  • Jan 8 The identities of 2 boys who murdered a toddler in 1993 will be kept secret, the High Court rules
  • Jan 9 ABC-TV deputs "The Mole" for the first time
  • Jan 9 Shenzhou 2, an unmanned Chinese spacecraft, is launched.
  • Jan 9 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.
  • Jan 10 A large piece of the chalk cliff at Beachy Head collapses into the sea.
  • Jan 10 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
  • Jan 12 Downtown Disney opens to the public in Anaheim
  • Jan 13 Earthquake measuring magnitude 7.6 strikes El Salvador, killing more than 840 people

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Jan 14 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
  • Jan 14 AFC Championship Game: Baltimore Ravens beats Oakland Raiders 16-3
  • Jan 14 NFC Championship Game: New York Giants beat Minnesota Vikings 41-0
  • Jan 15 Wikipedia, a free Wiki content encyclopedia, goes online.
  • Jan 16 Congolese President Laurent-Désiré Kabila is assassinated by one of his own bodyguards.
  • Jan 16 US President Bill Clinton awards former President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish-American War.
  • Jan 16 A fuel supply tanker runs aground off the island of San Cristobal, causing a 'ecological disaster'
  • Jan 17 President Bill Clinton posthumously raises Meriwether Lewis' rank from Lieutenant to Captain.
  • Jan 17 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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Jan 19 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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Jan 20 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

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

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

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Jan 28 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

Jan 28 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

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

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Jan 28 17th Sundance Film Festival: "The Believer", directed by Henry Bean, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 29 Thousands of student protesters in Indonesia storm parliament and demand that President Abdurrahman Wahid resign due to alleged involvement in corruption scandals.
  • Jan 31 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.
  • Feb 4 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 38-17
  • Feb 4 51st NHL All-Star Game: North America beats World 14-12 at Denver, Colorado
  • Feb 7 51st Berlin International Film Festival: "Intimacy" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 9 American submarine USS Greeneville accidentally strikes and sinks the Ehime-Maru, a Japanese training vessel operated by the Uwajima Fishery High School; nine the Ehime-Maru's crew members were killed, including four high school students.
  • Feb 11 50th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 111-110 at Washington
  • Feb 12 NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.

Sport awardSports Awards

Feb 12 9th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Marion Jones win

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones
  • Feb 13 An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter Scale hits El Salvador, killing at least 400.
  • Feb 15 First draft of the complete human genome is published in the journal "Nature"

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Feb 18 FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He was ultimately convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

FBI Agent and Soviet Spy Robert Hanssen
FBI Agent and Soviet Spy
Robert Hanssen
  • Feb 18 Crash during Daytona 500 race on last lap claims life of Dale Earnhardt
  • Feb 18 43rd Daytona 500: Michael Waltrip wins (161.783 MPH)
  • Feb 19 An Oklahoma City bombing museum is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
  • Feb 20 The United States Supreme Court declines to consider an appeal by five major oil companies against Unocal's patent on production of cleaner "reformulated" gasoline sold in California
  • Feb 21 43rd Grammy Awards: Beautiful Day, Shelby Lynne wins
  • Feb 23 32nd NAACP Image Awards: "Remember the Titans" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Feb 25 54th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Gladiator" Best Film, Ang Lee Best Director
  • Feb 26 The Taliban destroy two giant Buddha statues in Bamyan, Afghanistan.
  • Feb 28 The Nisqually Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hits the Nisqually Valley and the Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia area of the U.S. state of Washington.
  • Feb 28 Six passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 28 15th Soul Train Music Awards: The Isley Brothers, Destiny's Child & Jay-Z win

Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
  • Feb 28 The US Environmental Protection Agency announces that it intends to proceed with implementation of tighter restrictions on sulfur content in diesel fuel; the rule is opposed by many in the refining industry
  • Mar 4 IRA explode a bomb in front of the BBC Television Centre in London, injuring 11 people
  • Mar 4 Hintze Ribeiro disaster, a bridge collapses in northern Portugal, killing up to 70 people.
  • Mar 4 Tests in recent days confirm the world's largest oil find in three decades in the Kashagan field in the Caspian Sea
  • Mar 5 In Mecca, 35 Muslim pilgrims are crushed to death during the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
  • Mar 6 US Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham establishes the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve to be used in emergency circumstances
  • Mar 10 22nd Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Boston College beats Pittsburgh, 79-57
  • Mar 11 48th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #3 Duke beats #6 North Carolina, 79-53
  • Mar 11 42nd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Ole Miss, 77-55
  • Mar 15 The world's largest oil rig, located off Brazil and operated by Petrobras, suffers three explosions
  • Mar 17 OPEC decides to cut output by 4% or 1 million barrels per day, effective April 1
  • Mar 19 The Bank of Japan issued a monetary policy known as quantitative easing, which stimulated the Japanese economy after the burst of the dot-com bubble.
  • Mar 20 Petrobras 36 Oil Platform, the world's largest oil rig, sinks with 400,000 US gallons of fuel and crude oil aboard, after suffering three explosions on March 15
  • Mar 23 The Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji.
  • Mar 24 21st Golden Raspberry Awards: Battlefield Earth wins

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 25 73rd Academy Awards: "Gladiator", Russell Crowe & Julia Roberts win

  • Mar 26 Kazakhstan's Prime Minister opens an oil pipeline from the giant Tengiz Field to the Russian port of Novorossiysk on Monday, giving the Central Asian producer its first direct link to international markets
  • Apr 1 20th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Notre Dame beats Purdue 68-66
  • Apr 1 Netherlands becomes the first country in the world to make same-sex marriage legal

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Apr 1 Former president of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević surrenders to police special forces, to be tried on charges of war crimes.

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic
  • Apr 2 63rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Arizona 82-72
  • Apr 7 Mars Odyssey is launched.
  • Apr 7 154th Grand National: Richard Guest aboard Red Marauder wins
  • Apr 8 65th Masters Golf Tournament: Tiger Woods wins, shooting a 272
  • Apr 11 The detained crew of a United States EP-3E aircraft that landed in Hainan, People's Republic of China after a collision with an J-8 fighter is released.
  • Apr 16 105th Boston Marathon: Lee Bong-Ju of South Korea 1st man in 2:09:43 and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya 1st woman in 2:23:53

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Apr 17 A letter between Gale Norton and Jeb Bush is released, stating that the Bush administration has decided to go ahead with plans to auction 6 million acres of potentially oil-and-gas-rich seabed in the Gulf of Mexico

US Governor Jeb Bush
US Governor
Jeb Bush
  • Apr 21 2001 NFL Draft: Michael Vick from Virginia Tech first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • Apr 28 Millionaire Dennis Tito becomes the world's first space tourist.
  • Apr 30 The Mitchell Report on the Arab-Israeli conflict is published.
  • Apr 30 US Vice President Cheney calls for increased domestic production of fossil fuels and increased usage of nuclear power to meet America's energy demand
  • May 3 The United States loses its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.
  • May 4 The Milwaukee Art Museum addition, the first Santiago Calatrava-designed structure in the United States, opens to the public.
  • May 5 127th Kentucky Derby: Jorge Chavez aboard Monarchos wins in 1:59.97

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May 6 During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • May 8 36th Academy of Country Music Awards: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill & Toby Keith win
  • May 9 Accra Sports Stadium Disaster: 129 Ghanian football fans die in a stampede caused by the firing of teargas by police following a decision by the referee in a crucial match between arch-rivals Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko
  • May 10 In Ghana, a stampede at a football game kills over 120 spectators.
  • May 12 46th Eurovision Song Contest: Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL for Estonia wins singing "Everybody" in Copenhagen
  • 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
  • Jun 10 Pope John Paul II canonizes Lebanon's first female saint Saint Rafqa
  • 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
  • Jun 13 35th TNN & CMT Country Weekly Music Awards: George Strait, Faith Hill & Alan Jackson wins
  • 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 in the Djurab Desert, Chad. One of the oldest known species in the human family tree, 6-7 million years ago years old
  • 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).

Film release premierFilm Release

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