What Happened on August 3, 2001

Historical Events

The Princess Diaries

"The Princess Diaries", starring Anne Hathaway in her film debut, is released nationwide

  • 8th Athletics World Championships open at Edmonton, Canada
  • 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
  • The Real IRA detonate a car bomb in Ealing, London, injuring 7 people

Event of Interest

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

2001 History

Famous Deaths

  • Christopher Hewett, British actor (Mr. Belvedere; The Producers) and theater director, dies of complications from diabetes at 80
  • Lars Johan Werle, Swedish avant-garde composer (Pentagram; Resan - The Journey), singer, and jazz musician, dies at 75

About August 3, 2001

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 22 years and 2 months
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Leo

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Bootylicious - Destiny's Child
  • UK #1 Song: Eternal Flame - Atomic Kitten