2001 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 187

  • Jan 2 Sila Calderón becomes the first female Governor of Puerto Rico.
  • Jan 5 A report reveals that former General Practioner Harold Shipman has potentially killed hundreds of patients
  • Jan 8 The identities of 2 boys who murdered a toddler in 1993 will be kept secret, the High Court rules
  • Jan 9 Shenzhou 2, an unmanned Chinese spacecraft, is launched.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 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 12 NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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 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 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 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 7 Mars Odyssey is launched.
  • 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.

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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 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.

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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 10 In Ghana, a stampede at a football game kills over 120 spectators.
  • May 13 Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing "House of Freedoms" coalition wins the Italian general election.

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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
  • 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 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 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 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
  • Jun 10 Pope John Paul II canonizes Lebanon's first female saint Saint Rafqa
  • 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 14 China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan form the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
  • 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 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 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
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 7 Princess Senate Seeiso, daughter of King Letsie III of Lesotho
  • Oct 25 Princess Elisabeth of Belgium
  • Dec 1 Aiko, Princess Toshi of Japan

Weddings in History

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Feb 2 Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg (54) weds media tycoon Barry Diller

Fashion Designer Diane von Furstenberg
Fashion Designer
Diane von Furstenberg
  • Aug 25 Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, eldest son of King Harald V & heir married commoner Mette-Marit Tjessem H
  • Oct 14 Inspirational speaker Anthony Robbins (41) weds Sage Bonnie Humphrey

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Dec 26 "Harry Potter" author J. K. Rowling (36) weds anesthesiologist Neil Murray (30) in Aberfeldy, Scotland

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 168

  • Jan 2 William P. Rogers, American politician (b. 1913)
  • Jan 9 Maurice Prather, American photographer (b. 1926)
  • Jan 11 Sir Denys Lasdun, English architect (b. 1914)
  • Jan 12 William Hewlett, American engineer and businessman (b. 1913)
  • Jan 14 Burkhard Heim, German physicist (b. 1925)
  • Jan 16 Laurent-Désiré Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (b. 1939)
  • Jan 16 Auberon Waugh, British author and journalist (b. 1939)
  • Jan 17 Gregory Corso, American poet (b. 1930)
  • Jan 21 Byron De La Beckwith, American white supremacist (b. 1921)
  • Jan 22 Roy Brown, American clown (b. 1932)
  • Jan 30 Johnnie Johnson, British fighter pilot (b. 1915)
  • Jan 30 Joseph Ransohoff, the father of modern neurosurgery (b. 1915)
  • Jan 31 Gordon R. Dickson, Canadian writer (b. 1923)
  • Feb 1 André D'Allemagne, Quebec teacher, political observer and essayist (b. 1929)
  • Feb 6 Filemon Lagman, Filipino Communist revolutionary (b. 1953)
  • Feb 6 Fulgence Charpentier, Quebec journalist (b. 1897)

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Feb 7 Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American author and aviator, dies of a stroke at 94

Aviation Pioneer and Author Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Aviation Pioneer and Author
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • Feb 9 Herbert Simon, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
  • Feb 10 Abraham Beame, Mayor of New York City (b. 1906)
  • Feb 16 William Masters, American gynecologist and sexologist (b. 1915)
  • Feb 17 Khalid Abdul Muhammed, American Nation of Islam spokesman (b. 1948)
  • Feb 18 Balthus, Polish-born painter (b. 1908)
  • Feb 19 Priscilla Davis, American socialite (b. 1942)
  • Feb 19 Stanley Kramer, American director (b. 1913)
  • Feb 24 Claude E. Shannon, American information theorist (b. 1916)
  • Feb 26 Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuelan writer (b. 1906)
  • Mar 2 John Diamond, British journalist (b. 1953)
  • Mar 4 Fred Lasswell, American cartoonist (b. 1916)
  • Mar 4 Jim Rhodes, Governor of Ohio (b. 1909)
  • Mar 4 Harold Stassen, American politician (b. 1907)
  • Mar 12 Morton Downey, Jr., American television talk show host (b. 1933)
  • Mar 12 Robert Ludlum, American author (b. 1927)
  • Mar 13 Encarnacion Alzona, Filipino historian (b. 1895)
  • Mar 13 Cranley Onslow, British politician (C, dies at 74
  • Mar 19 Charles K. Johnson, President of the Flat Earth Society (b. 1924)
  • Mar 21 Chung Ju-yung, Korean industrialist (b. 1915)

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Mar 22 William Hanna, American animator and studio founder, dies at 90

Animator William Hanna
William Hanna
  • Mar 23 Rowland Evans, American journalist (b. 1921)
  • Mar 24 Muriel Young, English TV entertainer (b. 1928)
  • Mar 29 Helge Ingstad, Norwegian explorer (b. 1899)
  • Mar 31 Clifford Shull, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1915)
  • Apr 1 Olivia Barclay, British astrologer (b. 1919)
  • Apr 2 Charles Daudelin, Canadian artist (b. 1920)
  • Apr 3 Michael Berry, Baron Hartwell, British newspaper proprietor and journalist, dies at 89
  • Apr 4 Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, American custom car designer (b. 1932)
  • Apr 5 Malcolm Shepherd [2nd Baron Shepherd], Politician (L) and Leader of the House of Lords (1974-76), dies at 82
  • 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 24 Leon Sullivan, African-American civil rights leader and pastor (b. 1922)
  • May 4 Bonnie Lee Bakley, American murder victim (b. 1956)
  • May 5 Clifton Hillegass, American writer and publisher

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

  • 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 17 Frank G. Slaughter, American novelist and physician (b. 1908)
  • May 26 Moven Enock Mahachi, Defence Minister of Zimbabwe (b. 1952)
  • May 28 Francisco Varela, Chilean biologist and philosopher (b. 1946)
  • May 28 Joe Moakley, American politician (b. 1927)
  • 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 Frank Stagg, Baptist Theologian (b. 1911)
  • Jun 4 Dipendra of Nepal (b. 1971)
  • Jun 5 Pedro Laín Entralgo, Spanish writer, medical and humanist
  • 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 15 Henri Alekan, French cinematographer (b. 1909)
  • Jun 17 Donald J. Cram, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1919)
  • Jun 23 Yvonne Dionne, one of the Canadian Dionne quintuplets (b. 1934)
  • Jun 27 Tove Jansson, Finnish author (b. 1914)
  • Jun 28 Mortimer Adler, American philosopher (b. 1902)
  • Jul 1 Nikolay Basov, Russian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1922)
  • Jul 3 Mordecai Richler, Canadian author (b. 1931)
  • Jul 7 Edward Fiennes-Clinton, Australian-born 18th Earl of Lincoln, dies at 88
  • Jul 16 Maurice De Bevere, Belgian cartoonist (b. 1923)
  • 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 20 Carlo Giuliani, Italian anarchist (b. 1978)
  • Jul 22 Indro Montanelli, Italian journalist and historian (b. 1909)
  • Jul 23 Eudora Welty, American author (b. 1909)
  • Jul 26 Rex Barber, American WWII aviator (b. 1917)
  • Jul 26 Peter von Zahn, German journalist (b. 1913)
  • 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)
  • Aug 5 Otema Allimadi, Prime Minister of Uganda (b. 1929)
  • Aug 6 Jorge Amado de Faria, Brazilian writer (b. 1912)
  • Aug 6 Wilhelm Mohnke, one of the original 120 members of the Nazi SS-Staff Guard (b. 1911)
  • 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 20 Sir Fred Hoyle, English astronomer and science fiction writer (b. 1915)
  • Aug 23 Peter Maas, American novelist (b. 1929)