On This Day

Historical Events in January 2001

  • 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

Music History

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

NBA Record

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

  • Jan 5 A report reveals that doctor and former GP Harold Shipman has potentially killed hundreds of patients

Hopman Cup

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)

Film 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)

Music Awards

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

  • Jan 8 The identities of 2 boys who murdered a toddler in 1993 will be kept secret, the High Court rules
  • Jan 9 American version of Belgian reality game show "The Mole" premieres on ABC-TV
  • 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

Music History

Jan 12 Disney Channel series "Lizzie McGuire" premieres starring 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

Music History

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

  • 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'

Historic Expedition

Jan 17 President Bill Clinton posthumously raises William Clark's rank from Lieutenant to Captain, and gave the titles of Honorary Sergeant to Sacagawea, a Shoshone woman who served as guide, and York, a person enslaved by William Clark, who assisted the expedition party

  • 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 Premiere

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

El 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

Historic Event

Jan 20 President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada is ousted in the EDSA II Revolution and succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

President Inaugurated

Jan 20 George W. Bush inaugurated as 43rd US President, Dick Cheney becomes 46th Vice President

  • 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.

Australian 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

Super Bowl

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

Australian 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

  • 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.