Historical Events for Year 2001
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Jan 1st - 87th Rose Bowl: #4 Washington beats #14 Purdue, 34-24
Jan 1st - 30th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Oregon State beats #10 Notre Dame, 41-9
Jan 2nd - Sila Calderón becomes the first female Governor of Puerto Rico.
Jan 2nd - 67th Sugar Bowl: #3 Miami beats #7 Florida, 37-20
Jan 3rd - 3rd BCS National Championship: #1 Oklahoma beats #2 Florida State, 13-2, at 67th Orange Bowl
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.
Country Singer Faith Hill 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
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 14th - AFC Championship Game: Baltimore Ravens beats Oakland Raiders 16-3
Jan 14th - NFC Championship Game: New York Giants beat Minnesota Vikings 41-0
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.
Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez 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.
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 21st - 58th Golden Globes: Gladiator, Tom Hanks, & Julia Roberts win
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.
Actor Tom Hanks 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 Men's Australian Open: Andre Agassi beats Arnaud Clement (6-4, 6-2, 6-2)
Jan 28th - 89th Women's Australian Open: Jennifer Capriati beats Martina Hingis (6-4, 6-3)
Jan 28th - 17th Sundance Film Festival: "The Believer", directed by Henry Bean, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
Jan 29th - Thousands of student protesters in Indonesia storm parliament and demand that President Abdurrahman Wahid resign due to alleged involvement in corruption scandals.
Tennis Player Martina Hingis 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 4th - 51st NHL All-Star Game: North America beats World 14-12 at Denver, Colorado
Feb 7th - 51st Berlin International Film Festival: "Intimacy" wins the Golden Bear
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 23rd - 32nd NAACP Image Awards: "Remember the Titans" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
Feb 25th - 54th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Gladiator" Best Film, Ang Lee Best Director
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
Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z Mar 4th - IRA explode a bomb in front of the BBC Television Centre in London, injuring 11 people
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 10th - 22nd Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Boston College beats Pittsburgh, 79-57
Mar 11th - 48th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #3 Duke beats #6 North Carolina, 79-53
Mar 11th - 42nd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Ole Miss, 77-55
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 Masters Golf Tournament: 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 16th - 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
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 12th - 46th Eurovision Song Contest: Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL for Estonia wins singing "Everybody" in Copenhagen
May 13th - Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing "House of Freedoms" coalition wins the Italian general election.
May 13th - 47th British Academy Television Awards: "Da Ali G Show" Best Comedy, "Clocking Off" Best Drama
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 - 126th 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 21st - NHL Western Conference Final: Colorado Avalanche beat St. Louis Blues, 4 games to 1
May 22nd - NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Pittsburgh Penguins, 4 games to 1
May 23rd - 9th UEFA Champions League Final: Bayern Munich beats Valencia (1-1, 5-4 on penalties) at 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 25th - 54th Cannes Film Festival: "The Son's Room" directed by Nanni Moretti wins the Palme d'Or
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 Men's French Open: Gustavo Kuerten beats Alex Corretja (6-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-0)
Jun 10th - 100th Women's 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