What Happened in August 2001

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 An agreement is reached on the position of the minority Albanian language in the Republic of Macedonia
  • Aug 1 Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Malta, Slovenia and Slovakia join the European Environment Agency.
  • Aug 1 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 3 The Real IRA detonate a car bomb in Ealing, London, injuring 7 people

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Aug 3 The Princess Diaries, starring Anne Hathaway in her film debut, is released

Actress Anne Hathaway
Actress
Anne Hathaway

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Aug 3 US President George W. Bush signs into law the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA) Extension Act of 2001

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • Aug 3 8th Athletics World Championships open at Edmonton, Canada
  • Aug 3 Olympic champion Gezahegne Abera of Ethiopia becomes first athlete to achieve Olympics-World Championships marathon double; runs 2:12:42 to beat Kenya's Simon Biwott by just 0.1s in Edmonton World Championships
  • 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
  • Aug 5 Cleveland Indians tie a MLB record in erasing a 12 run Seattle lead to win 15-14, also preventing the Mariners from reaching a record 117 season wins

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Aug 6 Two-time champion Marion Jones is disqualified and has her string of 42 consecutive 100m final victories snapped by Zhanna Pintusevich-Block of Ukraine at the World Athletics Championships in Edmonton, Canada

Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones
  • Aug 9 US President George W. Bush announces his support for federal funding of limited research on embryonic stem cells.

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Aug 10 US and UK reject a proposal by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to permit the Iraqi government to use $1 billion per year to fund infrastructure improvements and to increase oil production capacity

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
UN Secretary-General
Kofi Annan

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Aug 19 PGA Championship, Atlanta Athletic Club: David Toms wins his first major title by 1 stroke from Phil Mickelson

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Aug 19 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Angus Glen GC: Annika Sörenstam wins by 2 from Kelly Robbins

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins
  • Aug 19 German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher wins the Hungarian Grand prix at the Hungaroring to clinch his 4th World F1 Drivers title and equal Alain Prost's record of 51 Grand Prix victories
  • Aug 21 NATO decides to send a peace-keeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
  • Aug 21 The Red Cross announces that a famine is striking Tajikistan, and calls for international financial aid for Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
  • Aug 21 "How You Remind Me" single released by Nickelback (Billboard Song of the Year 2002)
  • Aug 24 Air Transat Flight 236 runs out of fuel over the Atlantic Ocean (en route to Lisbon from Toronto) and makes an emergency landing in the Azores.
  • Aug 25 Singer Aaliyah and 8 others killed in an air crash in the Bahamas

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Aug 27 Angelina Jolie is named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva

  • Aug 29 58th Venice Film Festival: "Monsoon Wedding" directed by Mira Nair wins Golden Lion

Famous Weddings


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Aug 4 "James Bond" actor Pierce Brosnan (49) weds TV host and journalist Keely Shaye Smith (37) at the 785-year-old Ballintubber Abbey in County Mayo, Ireland

  • Aug 4 "Northern Exposure" actor Joshua Morrow (27) weds Tobe Keeney
  • Aug 10 "Dixie Chick's" Martie Maguire (31) weds actor Gareth Maguire in Kailua, Hawaii
  • Aug 25 Crown Prince Haakon of Norway (28), eldest son of King Harald V weds commoner Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby (28) at Oslo Cathedral in Norway

Famous Divorces

  • Aug 8 Actor Tom Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman divorce after 10 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Korey Stringer, American football player (b. 1974)
  • Aug 2 Ron Townson, American singer (The 5th Dimension), dies of kidney failure at 68
  • Aug 3 Christopher Hewett, British actor (b. 1922)
  • Aug 4 Lorenzo Music, American writer, actor and voice actor (Carlton-Rhoda,Garfield), dies at 64
  • Aug 5 Otema Allimadi, Prime Minister of Uganda (b. 1929)
  • Aug 6 Jorge Amado de Faria, Brazilian writer (b. 1912)
  • Aug 6 Dorothy Tutin, British actress (Importance of Being Ernest, Cromwell), dies at 71
  • Aug 6 Wilhelm Mohnke, one of the original 120 members of the Nazi SS-Staff Guard (b. 1911)
  • Aug 10 Lou Boudreau, American baseball player and manager (b. 1917)
  • Aug 11 Percy Stallard, English racing cyclist (b. 1909)
  • Aug 13 Otto Stuppacher, Austrian racing driver (b. 1947)
  • Aug 14 Earl Anthony, American professional bowler (PBA money champ 1974-6, 1981-3), dies at 63
  • Aug 15 Richard Chelimo, Kenyan athlete (b. 1972)
  • Aug 18 David Peakall, British scientist (b. 1931)
  • Aug 19 Donald Woods, South African journalist, anti-apartheid activist and author (Biko, Asking for Trouble), dies at 67
  • Aug 19 Betty Everett, American singer and pianist (b. 1939)
  • Aug 20 Sir Fred Hoyle, English astronomer and sci-fi writer (b. 1915)
  • Aug 20 Kim Stanley [Patricia Reid], American actress (Séance on a Wet Afternoon, The Chase, Right Stuff), dies at 76
  • Aug 21 Calum MacKay, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1927)
  • Aug 22 Tatyana Averina, Russian speed skater 1K, 3K (Olympic gold 1976), dies at 61
  • Aug 23 Kathleen Freeman, American actress (Beverly Hillbillies, 3 Ring Circus), dies of lung cancer at 82
  • Aug 23 Peter Maas, American novelist (b. 1929)
  • Aug 24 Bettejane "Jane" Greer, American actress (Out of the Past, Prisoner of Zenda, Clown), dies at 76
  • Aug 24 Raymond Wilding-White, American composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 25 Aaliyah [Haughton], American singer and actress, dies in a plane crash in the Bahamas at 22
  • Aug 25 Carl Brewer, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • Aug 25 Ken Tyrrell, English race driver and founder of Tyrrell Racing, dies at 77
  • Aug 25 Philippe Léotard, French actor and singer (b. 1940)
  • Aug 26 Louis Muhlstock, Canadian painter (b. 1904)
  • Aug 27 Abu Ali Mustafa, leader of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (assassinated) (b. 1938)
  • Aug 27 Michael Dertouzos, Greek internet pioneer, Director of the M.I.T. Laboratory for Computer Science (b. 1936)
  • Aug 29 Graeme "Shirley" Strachan, Australian singer (Skyhooks), TV and radio star (b. 1952)
  • Aug 29 Francisco Rabal, Spanish actor (b. 1926)
  • Aug 30 Ivor Spencer-Thomas, English farmer, entrepreneur and inventor, dies at 94
  • Aug 30 Julie Bishop [Jacqueline Wells], American actress (My Hero, Northern Pursuit, Threat), dies of pneumonia at 87