August 2001 in History

Events in History

  • 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 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 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
  • 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 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.

Weddings in History

  • 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

Deaths in History

  • Aug 5 Otema Allimadi, Prime Minister of Uganda (b. 1929)
  • Aug 6 Jorge Amado de Faria, Brazilian writer (b. 1912)
  • Aug 6 Wilhelm Mohnke, one of the original 120 members of the Nazi SS-Staff Guard (b. 1911)
  • Aug 14 Earl Anthony, American professional bowler (PBA money champ 1974-6, 1981-3), dies at 63
  • 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 20 Sir Fred Hoyle, English astronomer and sci-fi writer (b. 1915)
  • Aug 23 Peter Maas, American novelist (b. 1929)
  • 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 30 Ivor Spencer-Thomas, English farmer, entrepreneur and inventor, dies at 94