2001 in History – What happened in year 2001

In history, year 2001 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 2001.

Top Historical Events of the Year 2001:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
13 januaryIn El Salvador 850 people were killed due to landslide and earthquake.
13 januaryThe first of two large earthquakes struck El Salvador, killing at least 944 people and destroy over 100,000 homes.
20 januaryGeorge Bush sworn in as the 43rd President of U.S.
23 januaryFive people attempted to set themselves on fire in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, an act that many people later claimed was staged by the Communist Party of China to frame Falun Gong and thus escalate their persecution.
26 januaryBhuj in India is hit by Earthquake causing great damage. Nearly 20,000 people were killed.
31 januaryScottish judges sitting in court in the Netherlands convicted Libyan national Abdelbaset al-Megrahi of 270 counts of murder in thebombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
09 februaryThe American submarine USS Greeneville accidentally collided with the Ehime Maru, a Japanese training vessel operated by the Uwajima Fishery High School.
12 februaryNASA's robotic space probe NEAR Shoemaker touched down on Eros, becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
14 februaryNEAR known as Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous was a spacecraft that Leeame the first vehicle to land on asteroid.
18 februaryInter-ethnic violence between Dayaks and Madurese broke out inSampit, Indonesia, that would ultimately result in more than 500 deathsand 100,000 Madurese displaced from their homes.
21 februaryU2, Steely Dan, Macy Gray and Sting win major awards at 43rd Grammy Awards.
28 februaryA high-speed train accident occurred at Great Heck near Selby,North Yorkshire, England, killing ten passengers and injuring 82 others.
23 marchMir Space Station of Russia is crashed into the pacific during a controlled re-entry.
02 aprilAt Metrodome Minneapolis the 63rd NCAA men’s baseball championship was held.
07 aprilNASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey , currently the longest-surviving continually active spacecraft in orbit around a planet other than Earth, launched from Cape Canaveral.
16 aprilIndia and Bangladesh began a five-day conflict over their disputed border, which ended in a stalemate.
28 aprilDennis Tito became the world's first fee-paying space tourist,riding the Russian Soyuz TM-32 spacecraft to the International Space Station.
03 mayThe United States lost its seat on the United Nations Human Rights Commission on May 3, 2001 due to resentment raised in many countries on the poor US voting record on several issues like land mines and the availability of Aid drugs. This was the first time the US was not the member of the UN body since it was set up in 1947.
09 mayThe worst stadium disaster in the history of Africa occurred on May 9, 2001 at Ohene Djan Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana what better remember as Accra Sports Stadium Disaster. Disappointed Football fan started throwing plastic seats and bottles onto the pitch that later caused stampede resulting from police reaction of firing tear gas into the crowd that ultimately led to the death of 127 people
21 mayFrench Taubira Law came into action on May 21, 2001, officially abolishing the Atlantic slave trade and slavery and considered it as crimes against humanity.
25 mayErik Weihenmayer, 32 years old, became the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Erik Weihenmayer is an American athlete, adventurer, author, activist and motivational speaker, and the only blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
05 juneTropical Storm Allison made landfall in southeast Texas,causing $5.5 billion in damage to make it the costliest tropical stormin US history.
12 juneRobert Edward Dyer was sentenced to 16 years' imprisonment for conducting a six-month long letter bomb campaign against the British supermarket chain Tesco.
20 julyTwenty-three-year-old Italian anti-globalist Carlo Giuliani wasshot dead by a police officer while protesting during the 27th G8 summitin Genoa, Italy.
23 julyMegawati Sukarnoputri became the first female president of Indonesia after the People's Consultative Assembly removed Abdurrahman Wahid.
01 augustThe prohibition on human cloning is not voted into law, even with The United States House of Representatives voting for it since the Democratic led Senate was antagonistic towards it.
08 augustA company by the name, Clonaid in the Bahamas has revealed that they might be cloning human beings. Clonaid debates that it is ethical to clone human genetic material and the complications of cloning, like congenital defects or fetal death do not scare Ms. Boisseller, president of the company. She will abstain from confirming whether a human has been cloned in her laboratory.
13 augustInternational Aid Agencies in Congo including Save the Children, Oxfam and Christian Aid are asking for more assistance from the International Community for the war ruined Congo.
25 augustAmerican singer Aaliyah and various members of her recordcompany were killed when their overloaded airplane crashed shortly aftertakeoff from Marsh Harbour Airport in Marsh Harbour, The Bahamas.
30 augustThe new Euro currency is introduced in Frankfurt, Germany, before its formal introduction, which is supposed to be next year.


Famous birthdays in the year 2001:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
14 OctoberRowan Blanchard / Actress / United States of America
17 OctoberThomas Strudwick / Motorcycle Racer / United Kingdom
19 February David Mazouz / Actor / United States of America
27 JulyShin Ki-joon / Actor / South Korea

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