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October 2001 in History

Events in History

Battle of Interest9/11 Attack on New York's World Trade Towers

Oct 2 NATO backs US military strikes, following 9/11

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UA Flight 175 flies toward the South Tower of the World Trade Center while the North Tower burns
UA Flight 175 flies toward the South Tower of the World Trade Center while the North Tower burns
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  • 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 5 Robert Stevens becomes the first victim in the 2001 anthrax attacks.

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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 7 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 US 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

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

Novelist V. S. Naipaul
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
George Akerlof
Economist Michael Spence
Michael Spence
  • 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
  • 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 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

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 7 Princess Senate Seeiso, daughter of King Letsie III of Lesotho, born in Maseru, Lesotho
  • Oct 25 Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant, heir apparent to the Belgian throne, born in Erasmus Hospital, Anderlecht, Brussels

Weddings in History

  • Oct 14 Inspirational speaker Anthony Robbins (41) weds Sage Bonnie Humphrey

Deaths in History

  • Oct 1 Kathleen Ankers, American scenic designer (b. 1919)
  • 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 7 Herblock [Herbert Lawrence Block], American cartoonist, dies at 91
  • Oct 7 Roger Gaudry, French Canadian chemist, businessman and corporate director (b. 1913)
  • Oct 10 Eddie Futch, American boxing trainer, dies at 90
  • 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 15 Zhang Xueliang, Chinese ruler of Manchuria (b. 1901)
  • Oct 16 Gotthold Gloger, German writer and painter, dies at 77
  • Oct 17 Rehavam Zeevi, Israeli politician (b. 1926)
  • Oct 19 Jagernath Lachmon, Surinamese politician, dies at 85
  • Oct 20 Ted Ammon, American financier and investment banker, bludgeoned to death at 52
  • Oct 23 Ronald William Kirby, British artist, dies at 72
  • Oct 24 Wolf Rüdiger Hess, German neo-Nazi (b. 1937)
  • Oct 31 Régine Cavagnoud, French skier (b. 1970)