Historical Events for Year 2001
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Jan 2nd - Sila Calderón becomes the first female Governor of Puerto Rico.
Jan 4th - Rapper Vanilla Ice spends night in jail after allegedly ripping out some of his wife's hair during a row
Jan 5th - A report reveals that former General Practioner Harold Shipman has potentially killed hundreds of patients
Jan 7th - 27th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Drew Carey & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)
Jan 8th - 28th American Music Awards: Faith Hill & Kid Rock win
Jan 8th - The identities of 2 boys who murdered a toddler in 1993 will be kept secret, the High Court rules
Jan 9th - ABC-TV deputs "The Mole" for the first time
Jan 9th - Shenzhou 2, an unmanned Chinese spacecraft, is launched.
Jan 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.
Jan 10th - A large piece of the chalk cliff at Beachy Head collapses into the sea.
Jan 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
Country Singer Faith Hill Jan 13th - Earthquake measuring magnitude 7.6 strikes El Salvador, killing more than 840 people
Jan 14th - Jennifer Lopez scored her first UK No.1 single with 'Love Don't Cost A Thing.'
Jan 15th - Wikipedia, a free Wiki content encyclopedia, goes online.
Jan 16th - Congolese President Laurent-Désiré Kabila is assassinated by one of his own bodyguards.
Jan 16th - US President Bill Clinton awards former President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish-American War.
Jan 16th - A fuel supply tanker runs aground off the island of San Cristobal, causing a 'ecological disaster'
Jan 17th - President Bill Clinton posthumously raises Meriwether Lewis' rank from Lieutenant to Captain.
Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez Jan 17th - OPEC agrees at a meeting of ministers in Vienna, to reduce members' oil production quotas by 1.5 million barrels per day
Jan 20th - President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada is ousted in the EDSA II Revolution and succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Jan 22nd - The British government launches pro-vaccine campaign
Jan 23rd - The Chinese Communist Party stages a self-immolation in Tiananmen Square to frame Falun Gong and escalate the persecution.
Jan 24th - Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Mandelson resigns
Jan 25th - A 50-year-old Douglas DC-3 crashes near Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela killing 24
Jan 26th - An earthquake hits Gujarat, India, causing more than 20,000 deaths.
Jan 28th - Super Bowl XXXV: Baltimore Ravens beat New York Giants, 34-7 at the Raymond James Stadium MVP: Ray Lewis, Baltimore, LB
Jan 28th - 89th Australian Open: Andre Agassi beats Arnaud Clement (6-4, 6-2, 6-2)
Tennis Player Martina Hingis Jan 28th - 89th Australian Open: Jennifer Capriati beats Martina Hingis (6-4, 6-3)
Jan 29th - Thousands of student protesters in Indonesia storm parliament and demand that President Abdurrahman Wahid resign due to alleged involvement in corruption scandals.
Jan 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.
Feb 4th - NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 38-17
Feb 9th - 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 11th - 50th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 111-110 at Washington
Feb 12th - NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
Golfer Tiger Woods Feb 12th - 9th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Marion Jones win
Feb 13th - An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter Scale hits El Salvador, killing at least 400.
Feb 15th - First draft of the complete Human Genome is published in Nature
Feb 18th - FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He was ultimately convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Feb 18th - Crash during Daytona 500 race on last lap claims life of Dale Earnhardt
Feb 18th - 43rd Daytona 500: Michael Waltrip wins (161.783 MPH)
Feb 19th - An Oklahoma City bombing museum is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
Feb 20th - 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
FBI Agent and Soviet Spy Robert Hanssen Feb 21st - 43rd Grammy Awards: Beautiful Day, Shelby Lynne wins
Feb 26th - The Taliban destroy two giant Buddha statues in Bamyan, Afghanistan.
Feb 28th - 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 28th - Six passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash.
Feb 28th - 15th Soul Train Music Awards: The Isley Brothers, Destiny's Child & Jay-Z win
Feb 28th - 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 4th - IRA explode a bomb in front of the BBC Television Centre in London, injuring 11 people
Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z Mar 4th - Hintze Ribeiro disaster, a bridge collapses in northern Portugal, killing up to 70 people.
Mar 4th - Tests in recent days confirm the world's largest oil find in three decades in the Kashagan field in the Caspian Sea
Mar 5th - In Mecca, 35 Muslim pilgrims are crushed to death during the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
Mar 6th - US Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham establishes the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve to be used in emergency circumstances
Mar 15th - The world's largest oil rig, located off Brazil and operated by Petrobras, suffers three explosions
Mar 19th - 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 20th - 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 23rd - The Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji.
Mar 24th - 21st Golden Raspberry Awards: Battlefield Earth wins
Actor Russell Crowe Mar 25th - 73rd Academy Awards - "Gladiator", Russell Crowe & Julia Roberts win
Mar 26th - 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 1st - 20th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Notre Dame beats Purdue 68-66
Apr 1st - Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands - first country in the world.
Apr 1st - Former president of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević surrenders to police special forces, to be tried on charges of war crimes.
Apr 2nd - 63rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Arizona 82-72
Apr 7th - Mars Odyssey is launched.
Apr 7th - 154th Grand National: Richard Guest aboard Red Marauder wins
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic Apr 8th - 65th Golf Masters Championship: Tiger Woods wins, shooting a 272
Apr 11th - 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 17th - 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
Apr 21st - 2001 NFL Draft: Michael Vick from Virginia Tech first pick by Atlanta Falcons
Apr 28th - Millionaire Dennis Tito becomes the world's first space tourist.
Apr 30th - The Mitchell Report on the Arab-Israeli conflict is published.
Apr 30th - US Vice-President Cheney calls fors increased domestic production of fossil fuels and increased usage of nuclear power to meet America's energy demand
May 3rd - 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 4th - The Milwaukee Art Museum addition, the first Santiago Calatrava-designed structure in the United States, opens to the public.
May 5th - 127th Kentucky Derby: Jorge Chavez aboard Monarchos wins in 1:59.97
264th Pope John Paul II May 6th - During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.
May 8th - 36th Academy of Country Music Awards: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill & Toby Keith win
May 9th - In Ghana 129 football fans die in what became known as the Accra Sports Stadium Disaster. The deaths were caused by a stampede (caused by the firing of teargas by police personnel at the stadium)that followed a controversial decision by the referee handling a crucial match between arch-rivals Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko.
May 10th - In Ghana, a stampede at a football game kills over 120 spectators.
May 13th - Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing "House of Freedoms" coalition wins the Italian general election.
May 17th - President Bush calls for reduced regulations to encourage more oil, gas, and nuclear production
Actor Eddie Murphy May 18th - DreamWorks Pictures "Shrek", starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz in voice-over roles, debuts
May 18th - 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 19th - 127th Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Point Given wins in 1:55.40
May 21st - French Taubira law officially recognizes the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity.
May 21st - 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 23rd - UEFA Champions League: Bayern Munich of Germany beat Valencia of Spain 5-4 on penalties in Milan
May 24th - Mountain climbing: 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest.
May 24th - The Versailles wedding hall disaster in Jerusalem, Israel, kills 23 and injures over 200 in Israel's worst-ever civil disaster.
May 24th - 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 25th - 32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
May 27th - Indianapolis 500: Hélio Castroneves wins in 3:31:54.180 (227.841 km/h)
May 29th - U.S. Supreme Court rules that disabled golfer Casey Martin can use a cart to ride in tournaments.
May 29th - International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers inaugurated.
May 29th - 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 1st - Dipendra of Nepal slaughters his family during dinner.
Jun 1st - Dolphinarium massacre: an Hamas suicide bomber kills 21 at a disco in Tel Aviv.
Jun 3rd - 55th Tony Awards: The Producers & Proof win
Jun 3rd - 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 4th - Gyanendra, the last King of Nepal, ascends to the throne after the massacre in the Royal Palace.
Jun 5th - 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 5th - 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 5th - 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 7th - Tony Blair's Labour Party wins another landslide victory in the General Election
Jun 7th - 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
NHL Legend Ray Bourque Jun 8th - Ray Bourque plays the final game in his NHL career
Jun 9th - 133rd Belmont: Gary Stevens aboard Point Given wins in 2:26.80
Jun 9th - Stanley Cup: Colorado Avalanche defeat New Jersey Devils 4-3
Jun 10th - Pope John Paul II canonizes Lebanon's first female saint Saint Rafqa
Jun 10th - 100th French Open: Gustavo Kuerten beats Alex Corretja (6-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-0)
Jun 10th - 100th French Open: Jennifer Capriati beats Kim Clijsters (1-6, 6-4, 12-10)
Jun 11th - Timothy McVeigh is executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Jun 11th - 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 13th - 35th TNN & CMT Country Weekly Music Awards: George Strait, Faith Hill & Alan Jackson wins
Jun 14th - China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan form the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
Jun 15th - 55th NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 4 games to 1
Jun 15th - 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 18th - Protests occur in Manipur over the extension of the ceasefire between Naga insurgents and the government of India.
Jun 18th - 101st US Golf Open: Retief Goosen shoots a 276 at Southern Hills CC OK
Jun 21st - Total solar eclipse in Madagascar-Indian Ocean (4m56s)
Jun 21st - 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 21st - Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is the 1st Hispanic woman to be honored on a US postage stamp
Jun 24th - 47th LPGA Championship won by Karrie Webb
Jun 27th - 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 27th - The International Court of Justice finds against the United States in its judgement in the LaGrand Case.
Jun 30th - 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 2nd - AbioCor self contained artificial heart created.
Jul 2nd - Bush Administration announce that it will seek to let oil companies drill on about 1,500,000 acres of the Gulf of Mexico
Jul 2nd - 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 3rd - A Vladivostok Avia Tupolev TU-154 jetliner crashes on approach to landing at Irkutsk, Russia killing 145 people.
Jul 3rd - 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 5th - 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
Tennis Player Venus Williams Jul 8th - 108th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Justine Henin (6-1 3-6 6-0)
Jul 9th - 115th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Goran Ivanišević beats P Rafter (6-3 3-6 6-3 2-6 9-7)
Jul 10th - 72nd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-1 at Safeco Field, Seattle
Jul 10th - Amerada Hess agrees to acquire Triton Energy for $2.7 billion in cash
Jul 11th - Iraq resumes oil exports, ending a 5-week halt in protest of a US and British-sponsored UN Security Council resolution
Jul 16th - "Jurassic Park III", starring Sam Neill and William H Macy, premieres in the US
Jul 19th - 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.
Actor Sam Neill Jul 20th - The London Stock Exchange goes public.
Jul 20th - Italy: The 27th Annual G8 summit opens in Genoa. An Italian protester in Genoa, Carlo Giuliani, is shot by police.
Jul 22nd - 130th British Golf Open: David Duval shoots a 274 at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
Jul 24th - 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 24th - An Iranian warship in the Caspian Sea threatens a BP oil exploration ship off the coast of Azerbaijan
Jul 25th - Faced with declining oil prices, OPEC ministers agree to cut crude oil production quotas by about 4%, or 1 million barrels per day
Aug 1st - An agreement is reached on the position of the minority Albanian language in the Republic of Macedonia.
Aug 1st - Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Malta, Slovenia and Slovakia join the European Environment Agency.
Aug 1st - 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 3rd - The Real IRA detonate a car bomb in Ealing, London, U.K injuring seven people. (See 3 August 2001 Ealing bombing).