On This Day

What Happened in January 2001

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 87th Rose Bowl: #4 Washington beats #14 Purdue, 34-24
  • Jan 1 30th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Oregon State beats #10 Notre Dame, 41-9
  • Jan 2 Sila Calderón becomes the first female Governor of Puerto Rico.
  • Jan 2 67th Sugar Bowl: #3 Miami beats #7 Florida, 37-20
  • Jan 3 College Football, 3rd BCS National Championship, Pro Player Stadium, Miami Gardens: #1 Oklahoma beats #2 Florida State, 13-2, at 67th Orange Bowl

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Jan 4 Rapper Vanilla Ice spends night in jail after allegedly ripping out some of his wife's hair during a row

Rapper Vanilla Ice
Rapper
Vanilla Ice

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Jan 4 Washington Wizards forward Michael Jordan becomes 4th player in NBA history to score 30,000 career points; hits a free throw in 2nd quarter of an 89-83 win against his old team, the Chicago Bulls

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Jan 5 A report reveals that former General Practioner Harold Shipman has potentially killed hundreds of patients

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Jan 6 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Roger Federer beats American Jan-Michael Gambill 6-4, 6-3 to clinch Switzerland's unassailable 2-0 lead, (ends 2-1)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 7 27th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Drew Carey & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)

Actress Jennifer Aniston
Actress
Jennifer Aniston
Actress Julia Roberts
Actress
Julia Roberts
Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 8 28th American Music Awards: Faith Hill & Kid Rock win

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
  • Jan 8 The identities of 2 boys who murdered a toddler in 1993 will be kept secret, the High Court rules
  • Jan 9 ABC-TV deputs "The Mole" for the first time
  • Jan 9 Shenzhou 2, an unmanned Chinese spacecraft, is launched.
  • Jan 9 Apple announced iTunes at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, for organizing and playing digital music and videos
  • 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 designated as a national monument, the White House announces; a move environmentalist groups had been pressing for to prevent oil drilling
  • Jan 11 New York Knicks hold an opponent under 100 points for NBA-record 29th straight game in a 76-75 loss to the Houston Rockets; streak snaps 46-year-old NBA record of 28 straight set by the Fort Wayne Pistons in 1954-55
  • Jan 12 Downtown Disney opens to the public in Anaheim

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Jan 12 Disney Channel series "Lizzie McGuire" premieres starring Hilary Duff

Actress/Singer Hilary Duff
Actress/Singer
Hilary Duff
  • Jan 13 Earthquake measuring magnitude 7.6 strikes El Salvador, killing more than 840 people
  • Jan 13 Atlanta Hawks retire Dominique Wilkins' No. 21 in pre-game ceremonies at Philips Arena; joins Bob Pettit and Lou Hudson as the only Hawks to have their numbers retired

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Jan 14 Jennifer Lopez scored her first UK No.1 single with 'Love Don't Cost A Thing'

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez
  • Jan 14 AFC Championship, Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland: Baltimore Ravens beat Oakland Raiders, 16-3
  • Jan 14 NFC Championship, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford: New York Giants beat Minnesota Vikings, 41-0
  • Jan 15 Wikipedia a free Wiki or content encyclopedia is launched by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger
  • 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 an 'ecological disaster'

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Jan 17 President Bill Clinton posthumously raises Meriwether Lewis' rank from Lieutenant to Captain

Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition Meriwether Lewis
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition
Meriwether Lewis
  • Jan 17 OPEC agrees at a meeting of ministers in Vienna, to reduce members' oil production quotas by 1.5 million barrels per day
  • Jan 18 New York's Mike Richter picks up his 267th career NHL win to become the winningest goaltender in team history; passes Ed Giacomin; Rangers beat the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-1 in overtime

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jan 19 Cult film "Donnie Darko" written and directed by Richard Kelly, starring Jake Gyllenhaal premieres at the Sundance Film Festival

Person of InterestEl Chapo Finally Recaptured

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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Mexican drug lord Joaquín
Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in American custody after being extradited to the United States

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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

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 21 58th Golden Globes: "Gladiator", Tom Hanks, & Julia Roberts win

Actor Tom Hanks
Actor
Tom Hanks
Actress Julia Roberts
Actress
Julia Roberts
  • Jan 21 Pittsburgh Penguins beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4-0 in first-ever NHL game featuring 2 European trained coaches; Czech Ivan Hlinka behind the bench for Pittsburgh, and Fin Alpo Suhonen, Chicago
  • 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.

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 27 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Jennifer Capriati wins her first Grand Slam title; beats Martina Hingis 6-4, 6-3

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis

Sport awardSuper Bowl

Jan 28 Super Bowl XXXV, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL: Baltimore Ravens beat New York Giants, 34-7; MVP: Ray Lewis, Baltimore, LB

NFL Legend Ray Lewis
NFL Legend
Ray Lewis

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 28 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Andre Agassi retains title; beats Frenchman Arnaud Clement 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 for his 3rd Australian trophy

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • Jan 28 17th Sundance Film Festival: "The Believer", directed by Henry Bean, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 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.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 31 Ahed Tamimi, Pakistani activist who slapped Israeli officer, born in Nabi Salih, West Bank

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

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Ray Walston, American actor (My Favorite Martian, Damn Yankees), dies at 86
  • Jan 2 William P. Rogers, American Republican politician & US secretary of state (1969-73), dies at 87
  • Jan 2 Teri Diver, American actress, dies at 29
  • Jan 4 Les Brown, American big band leader (His Band of Renown - "Sentimental Journey"), dies at 88
  • Jan 5 Nancy Parsons, American actress (b. 1942)
  • Jan 7 Frederick Baldwin Adams Jr., American librarian and director of the Pierpont Morgan Library, dies at 90
  • Jan 9 Maurice Prather, American photographer (b. 1926)
  • Jan 9 Paul Vanden Boeynants, Prime Minister of Belgium (1966-68, 1978-79), dies at 81
  • Jan 10 Jacques Marin, French character actor (The Vintage, Charade), dies at 81
  • Jan 11 Sir Denys Lasdun, English architect (b. 1914)
  • Jan 11 Michael Williams, British actor, husband of Judi Dench (b. 1935)
  • Jan 12 Affirmed, American racehorse (b. 1975)
  • Jan 12 Luiz Bonfá, Brazilian guitarist and composer (b. 1922)

Person of interestBill Hewlett

Jan 12 William Hewlett, American engineer and businessman (co-founder Hewlett-Packard), dies of a heart attack at 87

Electrical Engineer and Businessman Bill Hewlett
Electrical Engineer and Businessman
Bill Hewlett
  • Jan 13 Michael Cuccione, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1985)
  • Jan 14 Burkhard Heim, German physicist (b. 1925)
  • Jan 15 Ted Mann, American screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • Jan 15 Bob Braun, American TV and radio personality (Dotty Mack Show), dies at 71
  • Jan 16 Virginia O'Brien, American actress and singer (Meet the People, Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 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, dies of prostate cancer at 70
  • Jan 18 Al Waxman, Canadian actor (b. 1935)
  • Jan 18 Reg Prentice, British government minister, dies at 77
  • Jan 19 Dario Vittori, Argentinean actor (b. 1921)
  • Jan 20 Nico Assumpção, Brazilian bass player, dies at 46
  • Jan 21 Byron de la Beckwith, American white supremacist, dies at 80
  • Jan 22 Roy Brown, American clown (b. 1932)
  • Jan 22 Tommie Agee, American baseball player (b. 1942)
  • Jan 23 Eugene [Brother Jack] McDuff, American jazz organist (George Benson, Brother Jack), dies of heart failure at 74
  • Jan 24 Leif Thybo, Danish composer and organist, dies at 78
  • Jan 25 Margaret Scriven, English tennis player (French C'ships 1933-34), dies at 88
  • Jan 26 Al McGuire, American basketball coach (Marquette), dies at 72
  • Jan 27 Stavros Damianides, Greek musician (b. 1941)
  • Jan 27 André Prévost, Canadian composer, dies at 66
  • Jan 28 Curt Blefary, American baseball player, dies at 57
  • Jan 30 Jean-Pierre Aumont, French actor (Lili, Cat & Mouse, Happy Hooker), dies at 90
  • Jan 30 Johnnie Johnson, British fighter pilot (b. 1915)
  • Jan 30 Joseph Ransohoff, American neurosurgeon and pioneer in the modern neurosurgery, dies at 85
  • Jan 31 Gordon R. Dickson, Canadian-American sci-fi author (Genetic General), dies at 77