For other uses see 2001 (disambiguation).
2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar.
By traditional interpretation of the Gregorian Calendar, 2001 is also the first year of the 21st century and the 3rd millennium. Popular culture, however, views the year 2000 as holding this distinction.
Also see: Wikipedia's almanac of events for this year.
- January 1 - A black monolith measuring approximately 9 feet tall appears in Seattle, Washington's Magnuson Park, placed by an anonymous artist in reference to the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- January 8 - Noah, a gaur, is born, the first individual of an endangered species to be cloned.
- January 11 - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission approves the merger of America Online and Time Warner to form AOL Time Warner.
- January 13 - A 7.6 magnitude earthquake hits all of El Salvador, killing at least 800 people and leaving thousands homeless.
- January 16 - US President Bill Clinton awards former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service during the Spanish-American War; 11 of Roosevelt's descendants accept on his behalf.
- January 17 - Impeachment proceedings against Philippine President Joseph Estrada, accused of committing plunder, end prematurely and trigger the second EDSA People Power Revolution or People Power II.
- January 20 - Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is sworn in as the 14th President of the Philippines after the Armed Forces of the Philippines and several cabinet members withdraw support for Joseph Estrada.
- January 20 - George W. Bush succeeds Bill Clinton, becoming the 43rd President of the United States.
- January 22 - Four of the "Texas 7" are caught at a convenience store in Woodland Park, Colorado, and a fifth kills himself inside a motor home.
- January 23–25 - United Nations war crimes prosecutor Del Ponte demands that Serbia hand over Slobodan Milošević.
- January 23 - The Tiananmen Square self-immolation incident occurs.
- January 24 - The last 2 of the "Texas 7" are taken into custody in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
- January 24 - Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Mandelson resigns from the British cabinet for the second time.
- January 25 - A 50-year-old Douglas DC-3 crashes near Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela, killing 24.
- January 26 - An earthquake hits Gujarat, India, killing more than 12,000.
- January 28 - Super Bowl XXXV: The Baltimore Ravens defeat the New York Giants 34-7, winning their first Super Bowl title.
- April 1 - Hainan Island incident: A Chinese fighter jet bumps into a U.S. EP-3E surveillance aircraft, which is forced to make an emergency landing in Hainan, China. The U.S. crew is detained for 10 days and the F-8 Chinese pilot, Wang Wei, goes missing and is presumed dead.
- April 1 - Former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia President Slobodan Milošević surrenders to police special forces, to be tried on charges of war crimes.
- April 1 - In the Netherlands, the Act on the Opening up of Marriage goes into effect. The Act allows same-sex couples to marry legally for the first time in the world since the reign of Nero.
- April 7 - Timothy Thomas, a 19-year-old African-American, is shot by a police officer in Cincinnati, sparking riots in downtown Cincinnati from April 10 to April 12.
- April 21 - The small Kansas town of Hoisington is hit by a F-4 tornado destroying 1/3 of the city and killing 1.
- April 26 - Junichiro Koizumi becomes Prime Minister of Japan.
- April 28 - Soyuz TM-32 lifts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, carrying the first space tourist, American Dennis Tito.
- April 29 - The UK Census is conducted in the United Kingdom.
- April 30 - Blanche Barton, High Priestess of the Church of Satan, steps down and gives her position to Peter H. Gilmore and Peggy Nadramia.
- May 1 - The Japanese cities of Urawa, Omiya, and Yono merge to form the city of Saitama.
- May 6 - Space tourist Dennis Tito returns to Earth aboard Soyuz TM-31. (Soyuz TM-32 is left docked at the International Space Station as a new lifeboat.)
- May 7 - In Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, an attempt is made to reconstruct the Ferhadija mosque. However, the ceremony results in mass riots by Serb nationalists, who beat and stone 300 elderly Bosnian Muslims.
- May 13 - Silvio Berlusconi and the Italian House of the Liberties coalition win the general elections.
- May 22 - A large trans-Neptunian object (28978 Ixion) is found during the Deep Ecliptic Survey.
- May 22–23 - The Bahá'í Terraces officially open on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel (site of the Shrine of the Báb and the Bahá'í World Centre).
- May 23 - Bayern München wins the UEFA Champions League.
- May 24 - Sherpa Temba Tsheri, 16, becomes the youngest person to conquer Mount Everest.
- May 24 - The Versailles wedding hall disaster kills 23 in Jerusalem, Israel.
- June 1 - Crown Prince Dipendra of Nepal kills his father, the king, his mother and other members of the royal family with an assault rifle and then shoots himself in the Nepalese royal massacre. Dipendra dies June 4, as King of Nepal. His uncle Gyanendra accedes to the throne.
- June 1 - A Hamas suicide bomber kills 21, mostly teenagers, in the Dolphinarium disco in Tel Aviv, Israel.
- June 5–9 - Tropical Storm Allison produces 36 inches (900 mm) of rain in Houston, Texas, killing 22, damaging the Texas Medical Center, and causing more than 5 billion American dollars of damage overall.
- June 5 - U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords leaves the Republican party, an act which changes control of the United States Senate from the Republican party to the Democratic party.
- June 7 - The Bush tax cuts are signed into law by U.S. president George W. Bush.
- June 7 - Tony Blair's Labour Party wins the United Kingdom general election.
- June 8 - Mamoru Takuma murders 8 first and second grade students and wounds 15 others in Osaka, Japan.
- June 9 - The Colorado Avalanche wins their second Stanley Cup, and Ray Bourque wins his first Cup after a lengthy career.
- June 11 - In Terre Haute, Indiana, Timothy McVeigh is executed for the Oklahoma City Bombing.
- June 19 - An American missile hits a soccer field in northern Iraq (Tel Afr County), killing 23 and wounding 11.
- June 20 - Pervez Musharraf becomes President of Pakistan after the resignation of Muhammad Rafiq Tarar.
- June 20 - Andrea Yates drowns her children in a bathtub and confesses to her crime. She is sentenced to life in prison.
- June 21 - The world's longest train is set up by BHP Iron Ore and is recorded going between Newman and Port Headland in Western Australia (a distance of 275km, or 170 miles) and the train consists of 682 loaded iron ore wagons and 8 GE AC6000CW locomotives, giving a gross weight of almost 100,000 tonnes and moves 82,262 tonnes of ore; the train is 7.353 km (4.568 miles) long.
- June 23 - An earthquake (7.9 on the Richter scale) hits the south of Peru.
- July 2 - The world's first self-contained artificial heart is implanted in Robert Tools.
- July 3 - A Vladivostokavia Tupolev Tu-154 jetliner crashes on approach to landing at Irkutsk, Russia, killing 145.
- July 13 - Beijing wins the bid to host the 2008 Summer Olympics.
- July 16 - The People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation sign the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation.
- July 16 - The FBI arrests Dmitry Sklyarov at a convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, for violating a provision of the DMCA.
- July 17 - The Altamira caves's replica (created by Manuel Franquelo and Sven Nebel) is inaugurated.
- July 18 - In Baltimore, Maryland, a 60-car train derailment occurs in a tunnel, sparking a fire that lasts days and virtually shuts down downtown Baltimore.
- July 19 - UK politician and novelist Jeffrey Archer is sentenced to 4 years in prison for perjury and perverting the course of justice.
- July 20 - Vanessa Legget is found in contempt by a Federal Court for refusing to release notes made for her book on the Doris Angleton murder.
- July 20–22 - The 27th G8 summit takes place in Genoa, Italy. Massive demonstrations are held against the meeting by anti-globalisation groups. One demonstrator, Carlo Giuliani, is shot dead by a carabiniere. Several others are badly injured during a police attack on a school used by the protesters as their headquarters.
- July 24 - Tamil Tigers attack Bandaranaika International Airport in Sri Lanka, causing an estimated $500 million of damages.
- July 28 - Alejandro Toledo is sworn in as the new president of Peru, 8 months after a vote of no-confidence in former President Alberto Fujimori.
- August 1 - Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has a 2½ ton monument of the Ten Commandments installed in the Rotunda of the Judiciary Building. He is later sued to have it removed, and eventually removed from office.
- August 9 - U.S. President George W. Bush announces his limited support for federal funding of research on embryonic stem cells.
- August 9 - In the Comoros, the "Military Committee" of Major Mohamad Bacar seizes power in the island of Anjouan, which had declared independence. They plan to rejoin the Comoros.
- August 24 - The Heino murders in Finland: 4 teenagers assassinate businessman Martti Heino and his wife Elise.
- September 11 - Almost 3,000 are killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and in rural Shanksville, Pennsylvania after American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 crash into the World Trade Center's Twin Towers, American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93 crashes into a grassland in Shanksville.
- September 12 - Israel sends tanks into Jericho, West Bank, starting a new military operation.
- September 15 - The Queen Isabella Causeway in Texas collapses after being hit by a tugboat, killing 8.
- September 18 - The 2001 anthrax attacks commence as letters containing anthrax spores are mailed from Princeton, New Jersey to ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, the New York Post, and the National Enquirer. 5 are killed and 17 others fall ill.
- September 21 - The AZote Fertilisant chemical factory in Toulouse, France explodes, killing 29 and seriously wounding over 2,500.
- November - The Doha Declaration relaxes the grip of international intellectual property law.
- November 2 - The Glocal Forum, leading international organization in the field of city-to-city cooperation, is established by Ambassador Uri Savir.
- November 4 - Hurricane Michelle hits Cuba, destroying crops and thousands of homes.
- November 4 - The Police Service of Northern Ireland is established, replacing the controversial Royal Ulster Constabulary.
- November 10 - The People's Republic of China is admitted to the World Trade Organization after 15 years of negotiations.
- November 10 - Australian Prime Minister John Howard is elected to a third term.
- November 10 - Heavy rains and mudslides in Algeria kill more than 900.
- November 12 - In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, headed to the Dominican Republic, crashes in Queens, New York minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board.
- November 13 - Doha Round: The World Trade Organization ends a 4-day ministerial conference in Doha, Qatar.
- November 13 - Symbionese Liberation Army member Kathleen Soliah (Sara Jane Olsen) withdraws her previous guilty plea.
- November 13 - In the first such act since World War II, U.S. President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against any foreigners suspected of having connections to terrorist acts or planned acts against the United States.
- November 22 - Pope John Paul II sends the first papal e-mail from a laptop in his office.
See main article: Deaths in 2001.
- January 1 - Ray Walston, American actor (My Favorite Martian) (b. 1914)
- January 2 - Teri Diver, American actress (b. 1971)
- January 3 - José Greco, Italian-born flamenco dancer (b. 1918)
- January 5 - Nancy Parsons, American actress (b. 1942)
- January 9 - Maurice Prather, American motion picture and still photographer (b. 1926)
- January 12 - William Reddington Hewlett, American businessman (b. 1913)
- January 12 - Vladimir Semichastny, Soviet former head of the KGB (b. 1924)
- January 12 - Giovanni Luigi Bonelli, Italian comic book author and writer (b. 1908)
- January 16 - Laurent-Désiré Kabila, president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (b. 1939)
- January 19 - Dario Vittori, Argentine actor (b. 1921)
- January 27 - Marie-José of Belgium, last Queen of Italy (b. 1906)
- January 28 - Curt Blefary, American baseball player (b. 1943)
- January 30 - Jean-Pierre Aumont, French actor (b. 1911)
- January 30 - Johnnie Johnson, English pilot (b. 1915)
- January 30 - Joseph Ransohoff, American neurosurgeon (b. 1915)
- January 31 - Gordon R. Dickson, Canadian writer (b. 1923)
- February 4 - Iannis Xenakis, Greek composer (b. 1922)
- February 6 - Filemon Lagman, Filipino Communist revolutionary (b. 1953)
- February 7 - Dale Evans, American actress and singer (b. 1912)
- February 7 - Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American author and aviator (b. 1906)
- February 9 - Herbert Simon, American economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1916)
- February 10 - Abraham Beame, American mayor of New York City (b.1906)
- February 12 - Kristina Söderbaum, German actress and photographer (b. 1912)
- February 16 - Bob Buhl, American baseball player (b. 1928)
- february 17 - Khalid Abdul Muhammad, American Black Nationalist leader (b. 1948)
- February 18 - Balthus, French painter (b. 1908)
- February 18 - Dale Earnhardt, American race car driver (b. 1951)
- February 18 - Eddie Mathews, American baseball player (b. 1931)
- February 19 - Priscilla Davis, American socialite (b. 1942)
- February 19 - Stanley Kramer, American film director (b. 1913)
- February 19 - Charles Trenet, French singer (b. 1913)
- February 24 - Claude Elwood Shannon, American mathematician (b. 1916)
- February 25 - Sir Donald Bradman, Australian cricketer (b. 1908)
- February 26 - Stan Cullis, English footballer and manager (b. 1915)
- March 4 - Harold Stassen, American politician (b. 1907)
- March 4 - Fred Lasswell, American cartoonist (b. 1916)
- March 4 - Glenn Hughes, American singer (b. 1950)
- March 12 - Morton Downey Jr., American television personality (b. 1932)
- March 12 - Robert Ludlum, American author (b. 1927)
- March 12 - Ann Sothern, American actress (b. 1909)
- March 13 - Encarnacion Alzona, Filipino historian (b. 1895)
- March 18 - John Phillips, American singer (b. 1935)
- March 21 - Norma Macmillan, Canadian voice actress (b. 1921)
- March 22 - William Hanna, American animation studio executive (b. 1910)
- March 23 - Sully Boyar, American actor (b. 1923)
- March 28 - Vulo Radev, Bulgarian film director (b. 1923)
- March 31 - Clifford Shull, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1915)
- March 31 - David Rocastle, English footballer (b. 1967)
- April 7 - David Graf, American actor (b. 1950)
- April 7 - Beatrice Straight, American actress (b. 1914)
- April 10 - Willie Stargell, American baseball player (b. 1940)
- April 11 - Graciela Naranjo, Venezuelan singer and actress (b. 1916)
- April 11 - Harry Secombe, Welsh entertainer (b. 1921)
- April 12 - Harvey Ball, American designer (b. 1921)
- April 14 - Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japanese director (b. 1927)
- April 15 - Joey Ramone, American musician and singer (b. 1951)
- April 20 - Giuseppe Sinopoli, Italian conductor and composer (b. 1946)
- April 20 - Bert Sutcliffe, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1923)
- May 2 - Ted Rogers, British comedian (b. 1935)
- May 2 - Gina Mastrogiacomo, American actress (b. 1961)
- May 5 - Clifton Hillegass, American businessman and publisher (b. 1918)
- May 9 - James E. Myers, American songwriter (b. 1919)
- May 9 - Nikos Sampson, Cypriot president and journalist (b. 1935)
- May 11 - Douglas Adams, English author (b. 1952)
- May 12 - Perry Como, American singer (b. 1912)
- May 13 - R.K. Narayan, Indian novelist (b. 1906)
- May 20 - Renato Carosone, Italian musician and singer (b. 1920)
- May 24 - Javier Urruticoechea, Spanish footballer (b. 1952)
- May 27 - Ramon Bieri, American actor (b. 1929)
- May 28 - Francisco Varela, Chilean biologist and philosopher (b. 1946)
- June 1 - Hank Ketcham, American cartoonist (b. 1920)
- June 1 - Queen Aiswarya of Nepal (b. 1949)
- June 1 - King Birendra of Nepal (b. 1945)
- June 2 - Imogene Coca, American actress (b. 1908)
- June 2 - Joey Maxim, American boxer (b. 1922)
- June 3 - Anthony Quinn, Mexican actor (b. 1915)
- June 4 - King Dipendra of Nepal (b. 1971)
- June 4 - John Hartford, American musician and composer (b. 1937)
- June 7 - Víctor Paz Estenssoro, President of Bolivia (b. 1907)
- June 10 - Princess Leila of Iran (b. 1970)
- June 10 - Betty Neels, English novelist (b. 1910)
- June 11 - Timothy McVeigh, American terrorist (b. 1968)
- June 13 - Marcelo Fromer, Brazilian musician (b. 1961)
- June 15 - Henri Alekan, French cinematographer (b. 1909)
- June 17 - Donald J. Cram, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1919)
- June 17 - Thomas Winning, Scottish cardinal (b. 1925)
- June 19 - John Heyer, Australian documentary filmmaker (b. 1916)
- June 21 - John Lee Hooker, American musician (b. 1917)
- June 21 - Carroll O'Connor, American actor (b. 1924)
- June 21 - Souad Hosni, Egyptian actress (b. 1942)
- June 26 - Peter von Zahn, German journalist (b. 1913)
- June 27 - Tove Jansson, Finnish author (b. 1914)
- June 27 - Jack Lemmon, American actor and director (b. 1925)
- June 28 - Mortimer Adler, American philosopher (b. 1902)
- June 28 - Joan Sims, British actress (b. 1930)
- June 30 - Chet Atkins, American country guitar player and producer (b. 1924)
- July 1 - Nikolay Basov, Russian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1922)
- July 5 - Hannelore Kohl, wife of German chancellor Helmut Kohl (b. 1933)
- July 7 - Fred Neil, American singer-songwriter (b. 1936)
- July 11 - Herman Brood, Dutch musician and painter (b. 1946)
- July 12 - Paul Magloire, President of Haiti (b. 1907)
- July 18 - Fabio Taglioni, Italian automotive engineer (b. 1920)
- July 20 - Milt Gabler, American record producer (b. 1911)
- July 20 - Carlo Giuliani, Italian anarchist (b. 1978)
- July 22 - Frances Horwich American television show host (b. 1907)
- July 27 - Leon Wilkeson, American musician (b. 1952)
- July 29 - Edward Gierek, Polish politician (b. 1913)
- July 29 - Wau Holland, German hacker (b. 1951)
- August 1 - Poul Anderson, American author (b. 1926)
- August 1 - Korey Stringer, American football player (b. 1974)
- August 3 - Christopher Hewett, British actor (b. 1922)
- August 6 - Jorge Amado, Brazilian writer (b. 1912)
- August 15 - Richard Chelimo, Kenyan athlete (b. 1972)
- August 19 - Les Sealey, English footballer (b. 1957)
- August 20 - Fred Hoyle, British astronomer and writer (b. 1915)
- August 21 - Calum MacKay, Canadian hockey player (b. 1927)
- August 25 - Ken Tyrrell, founder of the Tyrrell F1 team. (b.1924)
- August 25 - Aaliyah, American singer and actress (b. 1979)
- August 30 - Ivor Spencer-Thomas, English entrepreneur and inventor (b. 1907)
- September 1 - Bobby Evans, Scottish football player (b. 1927)
- September 2 - Christiaan Barnard, South African surgeon (b. 1922)
- September 3 - Pauline Kael, American film critic (b. 1919)
- September 3 - Thuy Trang, Vietnamese-American actress (b. 1973)
- September 4 - Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf, American radio personality and actor (b. 1962)
- September 7 - Spede Pasanen, Finnish television personality (b. 1930)
- September 9 - Ahmed Shah Massoud, Afghan military commander (b. 1953)
- September 11 - David Angell, American television producer (b. 1946)
- September 11 - Garnet Bailey, Canadian ice hockey player and scout (b. 1948)
- September 11 - Todd Beamer, American airline passenger (b. 1968)
- September 11 - Berry Berenson, American actress and photographer (b. 1948)
- September 11 - Mark Bingham, American airline passenger (b. 1970)
- September 11 - Tom Burnett, American airline passenger (b. 1963)
- September 11 - Jeremy Glick, American airline passenger (b. 1970)
- September 11 - Barbara Olson, American television commentator (b. 1955)
- September 11 - Alice Stewart Trillin, American author and film producer (b. 1938)
- September 12 - Victor Wong, American actor (b. 1927)
- September 22 - Isaac Stern, Ukrainian violinist (b. 1920)
- November 7 - Nida Blanca, Philippine actress (b. 1936)
- November 9 - Niels Jannasch, Canadian historian and museum curator (b. 1924)
- November 10 - Ken Kesey, American author (b. 1935)
- November 12 - Tony Miles, English chess player (b. 1955)
- November 12 - Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, American-born Hindu guru (b. 1927)
- November 17 - Michael Karoli, German guitarist (Can) (b. 1948)
- November 21 - Salahuddin of Malaysia, King of Malaysia (b. 1926)
- November 24 - Melanie Thornton, American-born singer (b. 1967)
- November 25 - Gohar Shahi, Pakistani spiritual leader (b. 1941)
- November 28 - William Kienzle, American author (b. 1928)
- November 29 - George Harrison, English musician (b. 1943)
- November 29 - John Knowles, American author (b. 1926)
- December 4 - Perdita Huston, American journalist (b. 1936)
- December 5 - Sir Peter Blake, New Zealand sailor and environmentalist (b. 1948)
- December 5 - Franco Rasetti, Italian physicist (b. 1901)
- December 6 - Charles McClendon, American football coach (b. 1923)
- December 8 - Don Tennant, American advertising executive (b. 1922)
- December 8 - Betty Holberton, American programmer (b. 1917)
- December 12 - Josef Bican, Austrian footballer (b. 1913
- December 13 - Chuck Schuldiner, American singer and guitarist (b. 1967)
- December 15 - Rufus Thomas, American singer (b. 1917)
- December 15 - Russ Haas, American professional wrestler (b. 1974)
- December 16 - Stuart Adamson, British musician (b. 1958)
- December 20 - Foster Brooks, American actor and comedian (b. 1912)
- December 20 - Léopold Sédar Senghor, First president of Senegal (b. 1906)
- December 26 - Nigel Hawthorne, British actor (b. 1929)
- December 29 - Takashi Asahina, Japanese conductor (b. 1908)
- December 29 - Florian Fricke, German musician (b. 1944)
- December 29 - Cassia Eller, Brazilian singer (b. 1962)
- December 30 - Eileen Heckart, American actress (b. 1919)
Notes and References
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