February 2001 in History

Events in History

  • 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"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Fashion Designer Diane von Furstenberg
Fashion Designer
Diane von Furstenberg

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 AndrĂ© 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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)