What Happened in October 2001

Historical Events


Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Oct 2 "Scrubs", starring Zach Braff as Dr. John "J.D." Dorian, premieres on NBC

Actor Zach Braff
Actor
Zach Braff

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 2 Cubs right fielder Sammy Sosa becomes first player in MLB history to total 60 home runs in three seasons; Chicago slugger connects off Reds starter Lance Davis to reach milestone in 5-4 loss

MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 3 After a 21-season career, Paul Coffey officially retires from the NHL, having won 4 Stanley Cups with Edmonton Oilers, finishing 2nd on all-time list for points by defensemen (1,531 in 1,409 games), and playing in 14 All-Star Games

NHL Star Paul Coffey
NHL Star
Paul Coffey

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 3 San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds Is walked for the 171st time in 11-8 win at Houston; breaks Babe Ruth's 1923 MLB single-season record for walks

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 3 San Diego outfielder Rickey Henderson scores a run in the 3rd inning of the Padres' 12-5 loss to LA Dodgers to tie the MLB record of 2,245 runs scored held by the legendary Ty Cobb

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Oct 4 Siberia Airlines Flight 1812: a Sibir Airlines Tupolev TU-154 crashes into the Black Sea after being struck by an errant Ukrainian S-200 missile. 78 people are killed.
  • Oct 4 SF Giants slugger Barry Bonds hits his 70th home run in 10-2 win v Houston; ties Mark McGwire for the most MLB home runs in a single season
  • Oct 4 Brendan Shanahan scores a hat trick in Red Wings 4-3 OT win at San Jose; becomes second player in NHL history to score an opening-night hat trick twice in his career

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Oct 4 Boston Bruins retire future Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman Ray Bourque's #77 jersey in the NHL season opener at Boston Garden; beat visiting Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 4-2

NHL Legend Ray Bourque
NHL Legend
Ray Bourque
  • Oct 5 Robert Stevens becomes the first victim in the 2001 anthrax attacks.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 5 Tom Ridge resigns as Governor of Pennsylvania to become President George W. Bush's Homeland Security Advisor

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • Oct 5 Barry Bonds hits his 71st and 72nd home runs in 11-10 loss v LA Dodgers at Pacific Bell Park; breaks Mark McGwire's MLB single season HR record
  • Oct 5 MLB's Atlanta Braves become first pro sports team to win 10 straight division titles after mauling the Marlins, 20-3 to clinch the NL East title; NBA's Boston Celtics (1957-65) & LA Lakers (1982-90) both won 9 in a row
  • Oct 7 The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan starts with an air assault and covert operations on the ground
  • Oct 7 Crude oil resumes flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline after workers welded shut a bullet hole that caused 260,000 US gallons of oil to spill out

  • Oct 8 U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.
  • Oct 8 A twin engine Cessna and Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) jetliner collide in heavy fog during takeoff from Milan, Italy killing 118.
  • Oct 9 Second mailing of anthrax letters from Trenton, New Jersey in the 2001 anthrax attack

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 11 Caribbean writer V.S. Naipaul is awarded the Noble Prize for Literature

Novelist V. S. Naipaul
Novelist
V. S. Naipaul
  • Oct 11 The Polaroid Corporation files for federal bankruptcy protection.

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Oct 11 Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences awarded to George Akerlof, Joseph E. Stiglitz and A. Michael Spence for "their analyses of markets with asymmetric information"

Economist George Akerlof
Economist
George Akerlof
Economist Michael Spence
Economist
Michael Spence
  • Oct 14 German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher wins his 4th World F1 Drivers Championship by 58 points from David Coulthard; takes out Japanese GP at Suzuka for 9th win of the season
  • Oct 15 NASA's Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles of Jupiter's moon Io.
  • Oct 15 The first tanker loading of the new $2.5-billion Kazakh-Russia Pipeline takes place
  • Oct 16 The US Coast Guard lifts a ban on liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers entering Boston Harbor to make deliveries to Distrigas' Everett LNG terminal that had been imposed on September 26 in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11
  • Oct 18 Crude Oil for November delivery falls to its lowest level since August 1999 on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX)
  • Oct 19 SIEV-X, an Indonesian fishing boat en-route to Christmas Island, carrying over 400 asylum seekers, sinks killing 353

Music concertMusic Concert

Oct 21 "United We Stand" benefit concert for September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks victims, held at RFK Stadium Washington, D.C. organized and headlined by Michael Jackson and featuring Aerosmith, Mariah Carey and The Backstreet Boys

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey
  • Oct 21 MLB National League Championship: Arizona Diamondbacks beat Atlanta Braves, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 22 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Seattle Mariners, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 23 The Provisional Irish Republican Army of Northern Ireland commences disarmament after peace talks
  • Oct 23 Apple releases the iPod
  • Oct 25 Windows XP first becomes available
  • Oct 26 The United States passes the USA PATRIOT Act into law.
  • Oct 27 13th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 21-17 in Chestnut Hill
  • Oct 27 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Belmont Park; winners: Tiznow, Johannesburg, Unbridled Elaine, Fantastic Light, Val Royal, Banks Hill, Tempera, Squirtle Squirt

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 28 The indie cult hit "Donnie Darko", starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is released

  • Oct 29 ExxonMobil announces that a consortium it leads will spend $4 billion over 5 years to develop large offshore oil and natural gas fields in Russia's far eastern Sakhalin region

Famous Birthdays

  • 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
  • Oct 18 Annelise Manojlovic, English actress
  • Oct 25 Princess Elisabeth of Belgium

Famous Weddings

  • Oct 5 "The Golden Boy" professional boxer Oscar De La Hoya (28) weds Puerto Rican pop singer Millie Corretjer (27) in a secret ceremony held at "El Invernino" in San Juan

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 5 F1 racing driver Ralf Schumacher (26) weds former model Cora Brinkmann at the church of Maria Plain in Salzburg, Austria

Formula 1 Driver Ralf Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Ralf Schumacher

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 12 Singer Natalie Cole marries Kenneth H. Dupree

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • Oct 14 Inspirational speaker Anthony Robbins (41) weds Sage Bonnie Humphrey
  • Oct 14 Actor Breckin Meyer (27) weds "Can't Hardly Wait" director Deborah Kaplan in Malibu

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 20 Actor Johnathon Schaech (32) weds actress Christina Applegate (29) at the three-acre Cree Estate in Palm Springs, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 22 Tennis champion Andre Agassi (31) weds fellow tennis champion Steffi Graf (32) in Las Vegas, Nevada

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Guy Beaulne, French-Canadian actor and theatre director (b. 1921)
  • Oct 1 Kathleen Ankers, American scenic designer (b. 1919)
  • Oct 2 Franz Biebl, German composer (b. 1906)
  • Oct 4 Blaise Alexander, American race car driver (b. 1976)
  • Oct 4 Ahron Soloveichik, Orthodox Jewish rabbi, dies at 84
  • Oct 5 Mike Mansfield, American politician (b. 1903)
  • Oct 5 Lou Zara, American writer (Stump the Authors), dies at 91
  • Oct 6 Arne Harris, American television sports director (b. 1934)
  • Oct 7 Christopher Adams, British-born pro wrestler and judoka (b. 1955)
  • Oct 7 Herblock [Herbert Lawrence Block], American cartoonist, dies at 91
  • Oct 7 Roger Gaudry, French Canadian chemist, businessman and corporate director (b. 1913)
  • Oct 7 Polly Rowles, American actress (Sweet Liberty, Jamie), dies at 87
  • Oct 9 Dagmar [Virginia Ruth Egnor], American actress, model, and television personality (Broadway's Open House), dies at 79
  • Oct 9 Herbert Ross, American film director and producer (b. 1927)
  • Oct 10 Eddie Futch, American boxing trainer (b. 1911)
  • Oct 10 Vasily Mishin, Soviet rocket designer (b. 1917)
  • Oct 12 Quintin Hogg, British politician, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone, dies at 94 (b. 1907)
  • Oct 13 Peter Doyle, Australian pop singer (The New Seekers) (b. 1949)
  • Oct 15 Zhang Xueliang, Chinese ruler of Manchuria (b. 1901)
  • Oct 16 Etta Jones, American jazz singer (Don't Go to Strangers), dies of cancer at 72
  • Oct 17 Jay Livingston, American composer (Buttons & Bows, Mona Lisa, Tammy), dies at 86
  • Oct 17 Rehavam Zeevi, Israeli politician (b. 1926)
  • Oct 18 Micheline Ostermeyer, French athlete and musician (b. 1922)
  • Oct 19 Jagernath Lachmon, Surinamese politician, dies at 85
  • Oct 20 Ted Ammon, American financier and investment banker, bludgeoned to death at 52
  • Oct 22 Prof. Dr. Dkfm. Helmut Krackowizer, journalist and motorcycle racer (b. 1922)
  • Oct 23 Ronald William Kirby, British artist, dies at 72
  • Oct 23 Daniel Wildenstein, French art dealer and racehorse owner, dies at 84
  • Oct 24 Wolf Rüdiger Hess, German neo-Nazi (b. 1937)
  • Oct 28 Gerard Hengeveld, Dutch composer (b. 1910)
  • Oct 31 Régine Cavagnoud, French skier (b. 1970)
  • Oct 31 Art Wall Jr, American golfer (Masters 1959), dies of respiratory failure at 77