What Happened in 2001

Significant Events

  • Jan 15 Wikipedia a free Wiki or content encyclopedia is launched by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger
  • Feb 12 NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
  • Feb 15 First draft of the complete human genome is published in the journal "Nature"
  • Apr 1 Netherlands becomes the first country in the world to make same-sex marriage legal
  • Sep 11 Two passenger planes hijacked by terrorists crash into New York's World Trade Towers causing the collapse of both and deaths of 2,752 people
  • Sep 11 Terrorists hijack a passenger plane and crash it into the Pentagon causing the deaths 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 20 In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush declares a "war on terror".
  • Oct 7 The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan starts with an air assault and covert operations on the ground
  • Oct 8 U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.
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2001 in Film & TV

2001 in Music

  • Aug 21 "How You Remind Me" single released by Nickelback (Billboard Song of the Year 2002)
  • Sep 8 Kylie Minogue releases her single "I Just Can't Get You Out of My Head", the biggest of her career

2001 in Sport

  • Feb 18 Crash during Daytona 500 race on last lap claims life of Dale Earnhardt, prompting sport to implement new safety procedures
  • 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
  • Aug 4 Australian cricket spinner Shane Warne skittles England (162) with 6/33 to guide tourists to a 7 wicket 3rd Test victory at Trent Bridge; Aussies regain Ashes with record 7th straight Test win v England

Did You Know?

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

On July 19, 2001


World Leaders in 2001

Famous People in 2001

Famous People Born in 2001

  • Jan 31 Ahed Tamimi, Pakistani activist who slapped Israeli officer, born in Nabi Salih, West Bank
  • Jun 10 Sasha [Natasha] Obama, American daughter of Barack and Michelle Obama, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 24 Mo'ne Davis, American Little League baseball pitcher, 1st girl to pitch a shutout, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 7 Princess Senate Seeiso, daughter of King Letsie III of Lesotho
  • Oct 14 Rowan Blanchard, American actress (Girl Meets World) and activist, born in Los Angeles, California
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Would You Believe?

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.

On July 24, 2001

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 20 "Fast Lane" actor Peter Facinelli (27) weds actress and director Jennie Garth (28) at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Montecito, California
  • Feb 2 Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg (54) weds media tycoon Barry Diller
  • Feb 8 MLB outfielder David Justice (34) weds model Rebecca Villalobos
  • Feb 10 Singer-comedian Weird Al Yankovic (41) weds Suzanne Krajewski
  • Feb 18 Comedian Kathy Griffin (37) weds computer administrator Matthew Moline (32) at the 360 Degree Restaurant in Hollywood

Famous Divorces

  • May 22 Actress and former fitness guru Jane Fonda (63) divorces CNN founder Ted Turner (62) due to irretrievably broken marriage 10 years after getting married
  • Jul 16 "Kate & Leopold" actress Meg Ryan (38) divorces actor Dennis Quaid (46) after 9 years of marriage
  • Aug 8 Actor Tom Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman divorce after 10 years of marriage
  • Dec 13 Oscar winning-actress Kate Winslet (26) divorces assistant film director Jim Threapleton (28) due to unreasonable behavior after 3 years of marriage
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