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2001Angelina Jolie is named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva

2001108th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Justine Henin (6-1 3-6 6-0)

2001DreamWorks Pictures "Shrek", starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz in voice-over roles, debuts

2001"United We Stand" benefit concert for September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks victims, held at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. Event organized and headlined by Michael Jackson, also featuring pop stars Aerosmith, Mariah Carey, The Backstreet Boys, and others.

2001Despite suffering from lung cancer and Parkinson's disease, Jack Buck stirs emotions by reading a patriotic-themed poem during the pregame ceremonies on baseball's first night back after the September 11th terrorist attacks

2001Super Bowl XXXV: Baltimore Ravens beat New York Giants, 34-7 at the Raymond James Stadium MVP: Ray Lewis, Baltimore, LB

2001Barry Bonds hits his 71st home run, breaking Mark McGwire's record of 70 for the most home runs hit in a single season (Bonds would end up with 73 in total)

2001Josh Groban releases his debut album "Josh Groban"

2001Ray Bourque plays the final game in his NHL career

200118th MTV Awards: Lady Marmalade, Eve f/ Gwen Stefani & Moby f/ Gwen Stefani wins

200115th Soul Train Music Awards: The Isley Brothers, Destiny's Child & Jay-Z win

200165th Golf Masters Championship: Tiger Woods wins, shooting a 272

2001Shakira's fifth studio album and first English language album, "Laundry Service", is released

20019th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Marion Jones win

2001During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.

2001Pope John Paul II canonizes Lebanon's first female saint Saint Rafqa

2001Pope John Paul II beatifies 28 Ukrainian Greek Catholics, including 27 martyrs most of whom were killed by the Soviet secret police. Beatification takes place at the service in Lviv, western Ukraine during his first visit to this country.

2001Barry Bonds hits his 70th home run, tying Mark McGwire for the most home runs hit in a single season

2001Winona Ryder is arrested on shoplifting charges in Beverly Hills, California

2001US President George W. Bush announces his support for federal funding of limited research on embryonic stem cells.

2001The Princess Diaries, starring Anne Hathaway in her film debut, is released

2001The indie cult hit "Donnie Darko", starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is released

2001Jennifer Lopez scored her first UK No.1 single with 'Love Don't Cost A Thing.'

2001War on Terrorism: In the first such act since World War II, US President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against foreigners suspected of connections to terrorist acts or planned acts on the United States.

2001U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.

2001In Washington, D.C., U.S. President George W. Bush dedicates the United States Department of Justice headquarters building as the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Building, honoring the late Robert F. Kennedy on what would have been his 76th birthday.

200173rd Academy Awards - "Gladiator", Russell Crowe & Julia Roberts win

2001"Scrubs", starring Zach Braff as Dr. John "J.D." Dorian, premieres on NBC

2001Rapper Vanilla Ice spends night in jail after allegedly ripping out some of his wife's hair during a row

200127th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Drew Carey & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)

2001 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 2
Sila Calderón becomes the first female Governor of Puerto Rico. 
Jan 4
Rapper Vanilla Ice spends night in jail after allegedly ripping out some of his wife's hair during a row 
Jan 7
27th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Drew Carey & Jennifer Aniston win (TV) 
Jan 8
28th American Music Award: Faith Hill & Kid Rock win 
Jan 9
ABC-TV deputs "The Mole" for the first time 
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. Now widely used by Windows and Mac users. 
Jan 10
A large piece of the chalk cliff at Beachy Head collapses into the sea. 
Jan 10
The White House announces it will not designate the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a national monument; environmentalist groups had been pressing for national monument status for the ANWR to prevent oil drilling 
Jan 13
Earthquake measuring magnitude 7.6 strikes El Salvador, killing more than 840 people 
Jan 14
Jennifer Lopez scored her first UK No.1 single with 'Love Don't Cost A Thing.' 
Jan 15
Wikipedia, a free Wiki content encyclopedia, goes online. 
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 17
President Bill Clinton posthumously raises Meriwether Lewis' rank from Lieutenant to Captain. 
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 20
President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada is ousted in the EDSA II Revolution and succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. 
Jan 23
The Chinese Communist Party stages a self-immolation in Tiananmen Square to frame Falun Gong and escalate the persecution. 
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. 
Jan 28
Super Bowl XXXV: Baltimore Ravens beat New York Giants, 34-7 at the Raymond James Stadium MVP: Ray Lewis, Baltimore, LB 
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. 
Feb 4
NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 38-17 
Feb 9
The American submarine USS Greeneville accidentally strikes and sinks the Ehime-Maru, a Japanese training vessel operated by the Uwajima Fishery High School. 
Feb 12
NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid. 
Feb 12
9th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Marion Jones win 
Feb 13
An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter Scale hits El Salvador, killing at least 400. 
Feb 15
First draft of the complete Human Genome is published in Nature 
Feb 18
FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He was ultimately convicted and sentenced to life in prison. 
Feb 18
Crash during Daytona 500 race on last lap claims life of Dale Earnhardt 
Feb 19
An Oklahoma City bombing museum is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. 
Feb 20
The United States Supreme Court declines to consider an appeal by five major oil companies against Unocal's patent on production of cleaner "reformulated" gasoline sold in California 
Feb 21
43rd Grammy Awards: Beautiful Day, Shelby Lynne wins 
Feb 26
The Taliban destroy two giant Buddha statues in Bamyan, Afghanistan. 
Feb 28
The Nisqually Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hits the Nisqually Valley and the Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia area of the U.S. state of Washington. 
Feb 28
Six passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash. 
Feb 28
15th Soul Train Music Awards: The Isley Brothers, Destiny's Child & Jay-Z win 
Feb 28
The US Environmental Protection Agency announces that it intends to proceed with implementation of tighter restrictions on sulfur content in diesel fuel; the rule is opposed by many in the refining industry 
Mar 4
A massive car bomb explodes in front of the BBC Television Centre in London, seriously injuring 11 people. The attack was attributed to the Real IRA. 
Mar 4
Hintze Ribeiro disaster, a bridge collapses in northern Portugal, killing up to 70 people. 
Mar 4
Tests in recent days confirm the world's largest oil find in three decades in the Kashagan field in the Caspian Sea 
Mar 5
In Mecca, 35 Muslim pilgrims are crushed to death during the annual Hajj pilgrimage. 
Mar 6
US Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham establishes the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve, a 2-million-barrels government-owned reserve to be used in emergency circumstances 
Mar 15
The world's largest oil rig, located off Brazil and operated by Petrobras, suffers three explosions 
Mar 19
The Bank of Japan issued a monetary policy known as quantitative easing, which stimulated the Japanese economy after the burst of the dot-com bubble. 
Mar 20
Petrobras 36 Oil Platform, the world's largest oil rig, sinks with 400,000 US gallons of fuel and crude oil aboard, after suffering three explosions on March 15 
Mar 23
The Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji. 
Mar 24
21st Golden Raspberry Awards: Battlefield Earth wins 
Mar 25
73rd Academy Awards - "Gladiator", Russell Crowe & Julia Roberts win 
Mar 26
Kazakhstan's Prime Minister opens an oil pipeline from the giant Tengiz Field to the Russian port of Novorossiysk on Monday, giving the Central Asian producer its first direct link to international markets 
Apr 1
20th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: at St Louis 
Apr 1
Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands - first country in the world. 
Apr 1
Former president of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević surrenders to police special forces, to be tried on charges of war crimes. 
Apr 2
63rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: at Metrodome Minneapolis 
Apr 7
Mars Odyssey is launched. 
Apr 8
65th Golf Masters Championship: Tiger Woods wins, shooting a 272 
Apr 11
The detained crew of a United States EP-3E aircraft that landed in Hainan, People's Republic of China after a collision with an J-8 fighter is released. 
Apr 17
A letter between Gale Norton and Jeb Bush is released, stating that the Bush administration has decided to go ahead with plans to auction 6 million acres of potentially oil-and-gas-rich seabed in the Gulf of Mexico 
Apr 28
Millionaire Dennis Tito becomes the world's first space tourist. 
Apr 30
The Mitchell Report on the Arab-Israeli conflict is published. 
Apr 30
US Vice-President Cheney calls fors increased domestic production of fossil fuels and increased usage of nuclear power to meet America's energy demand 
May 3
The United States loses its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947. 
May 4
The Milwaukee Art Museum addition, the first Santiago Calatrava-designed structure in the United States, opens to the public. 
May 5
127th Kentucky Derby: Jorge Chavez aboard Monarchos wins in 1:59.97 
May 6
During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque. 
May 8
36th Academy of Country Music Awards: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill & Toby Keith wins 
May 9
In Ghana 129 football fans die in what became known as the Accra Sports Stadium Disaster. The deaths were caused by a stampede (caused by the firing of teargas by police personnel at the stadium)that followed a controversial decision by the referee handling a crucial match between arch-rivals Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko. 
May 10
In Ghana, a stampede at a football game kills over 120 spectators. 
May 13
Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing "House of Freedoms" coalition wins the Italian general election. 
May 17
President Bush calls for reduced regulations to encourage more oil, gas, and nuclear production 
May 18
DreamWorks Pictures "Shrek", starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz in voice-over roles, debuts 
May 18
Saudi Arabia selects the eight foreign companies to take part in its "Gas Initiative," three core venture gas projects that have an anticipated worth of $25 billion 
May 21
French Taubira law officially recognizes the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity. 
May 21
The Enron Corporation's power generating venture in India, the Dabhol Power Company, serves formal notice that it will terminate its power supply contract and pull out 
May 24
Mountain climbing: 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest. 
May 24
The Versailles wedding hall disaster in Jerusalem, Israel, kills 23 and injures over 200 in Israel's worst-ever civil disaster. 
May 24
The Democrats gain control of the U.S. Senate for the first time since 1994 when Senator James Jeffords of Vermont abandons the Republican Party and declares himself an independent. 
May 25
32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. 
May 27
Indianapolis 500: Hélio Castroneves wins in 3:31:54.180 (227.841 km/h) 
May 29
U.S. Supreme Court rules that disabled golfer Casey Martin can use a cart to ride in tournaments. 
May 29
International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers inaugurated. 
May 29
Natural gas futures plunge 6% to a 10-month low on speculation that growing US inventories will help power plants meet summer demand for air-conditioning 
Jun 1
Dipendra of Nepal slaughters his family during dinner. 
Jun 1
Dolphinarium massacre: an Hamas suicide bomber kills 21 at a disco in Tel Aviv. 
Jun 3
55th Tony Awards: The Producers & Proof win 
Jun 3
Iraq announces that it will halt crude oil exports in response to the UN's resolution that extends the oil-for-food program by only 1 month, instead of the normal 6-month period 
Jun 4
Gyanendra, the last King of Nepal, ascends to the throne after the massacre in the Royal Palace. 
Jun 5
U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords leaves the Republican Party, an act which shifts control of the United States Senate from the Republicans to the Democratic Party. 
Jun 5
Tropical Storm Allison makes landfall on the upper-Texas coastline as a strong tropical storm and dumps large amounts of rain over Houston. The storm caused $5.5 billion in damages, making Allison the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history. 
Jun 5
OPEC ministers agree to leave the cartel's oil production quotas unchanged for at least a month, until a scheduled emergency meeting July 3 
Jun 7
Tony Blair's Labour Party wins another landslide victory in the General Election 
Jun 7
BP announces that it will build a new $600-million platform offshore Trinidad that is expected to double the company's production of natural gas there by 2004 
Jun 8
Ray Bourque plays the final game in his NHL career 
Jun 9
133rd Belmont: Gary Stevens aboard Point Given wins in 2:26.80 
Jun 10
Pope John Paul II canonizes Lebanon's first female saint Saint Rafqa 
Jun 11
Timothy McVeigh is executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing. 
Jun 11
Saudi Arabia seizes ownership, effective June 7, of the 1.6-million-barrels-per-day IPSA pipeline that had carried Iraqi crude oil to the Saudi Red Sea port of Mu'jiz prior to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait 
Jun 13
35th TNN & CMT Country Weekly Music Awards: George Strait, Faith Hill & Alan Jackson wins 
Jun 14
China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan form the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. 
Jun 15
55th NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 4 games to 1 
Jun 15
ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum sign a letter of intent for a natural gas to liquids (GTL) project that would be the largest in the world. 
Jun 18
Protests occur in Manipur over the extension of the ceasefire between Naga insurgents and the government of India. 
Jun 18
101st US Golf Open: Retief Goosen shoots a 276 at Southern Hills CC OK 
Jun 21
Total solar eclipse in Madagascar-Indian Ocean (4m56s) 
Jun 21
A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, indicts 13 Saudis and a Lebanese in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 American servicemen. 
Jun 24
47th LPGA Championship won by Karrie Webb 
Jun 27
Pope John Paul II beatifies 28 Ukrainian Greek Catholics, including 27 martyrs most of whom were killed by the Soviet secret police. Beatification takes place at the service in Lviv, western Ukraine during his first visit to this country. 
Jun 27
The International Court of Justice finds against the United States in its judgement in the LaGrand Case. 
Jun 30
ENI of Italy signs a $550 million contract to develop Iran's Darquain field, expected to produce 160,000 barrels of petroleum per day 
Jul 2
AbioCor self contained artificial heart created. 
Jul 2
Bush Administration announce that it will seek to let oil companies drill on about 1,500,000 acres of the Gulf of Mexico 
Jul 2
UN Security Council, facing an almost certain Russian veto, agrees to postpone indefinitely a vote on the US-led "smart sanctions" package for Iraq 
Jul 3
A Vladivostok Avia Tupolev TU-154 jetliner crashes on approach to landing at Irkutsk, Russia killing 145 people. 
Jul 3
At a meeting of its oil ministers, OPEC agrees to maintain current production quotas; ministers indicate that, if Iraqi oil returns to the market, they may cut production in response to maintain their desired level of prices 
Jul 5
Australia and East Timor sign an agreement to share royalties from oil and natural gas production in the Timor Sea, which separates the two countries 
Jul 8
108th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Justine Henin (6-1 3-6 6-0) 
Jul 9
115th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Goran Ivanišević beats P Rafter (6-3 3-6 6-3 2-6 9-7) 
Jul 10
72nd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-1 at Safeco Field, Seattle 
Jul 10
Amerada Hess agrees to acquire Triton Energy for $2.7 billion in cash 
Jul 11
Iraq resumes oil exports, ending a 5-week halt in protest of a US and British-sponsored UN Security Council resolution 
Jul 19
Michael Brunet discovers the skull of Sahelanthropus tchadensis, thought to be the oldest known species in the human family tree, in the Djurab Desert, Chad. It lived 6-7 million years ago, about the same time as the last common ancestor to apes and humans. 
Jul 20
The London Stock Exchange goes public. 
Jul 20
Italy: The 27th Annual G8 summit opens in Genoa. An Italian protester in Genoa, Carlo Giuliani, is shot by police. 
Jul 22
130th British Golf Open: David Duval shoots a 274 at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club 
Jul 24
Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the last Tsar of Bulgaria when he was a child, is sworn in as Prime Minister of Bulgaria, becoming the first monarch in history to regain political power through democratic election to a different office. 
Jul 24
An Iranian warship in the Caspian Sea threatens a BP oil exploration ship off the coast of Azerbaijan 
Jul 25
Faced with declining oil prices, OPEC ministers agree to cut crude oil production quotas by about 4%, or 1 million barrels per day 
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, U.K injuring seven people. (See 3 August 2001 Ealing bombing). 
Aug 3
The Princess Diaries, starring Anne Hathaway in her film debut, is released 
Aug 3
US President George Bush signs into law the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA) Extension Act of 2001 
Aug 9
US President George W. Bush announces his support for federal funding of limited research on embryonic stem cells. 
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 
Aug 19
83rd PGA Championship: David Toms shoots a 265 at Atlanta Athletic Club 
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. 
Aug 27
Angelina Jolie is named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva 
Sep 6
18th MTV Awards: Lady Marmalade, Eve f/ Gwen Stefani & Moby f/ Gwen Stefani wins 
Sep 7
The US Federal Trade Commission approves Chevron's bid to buy Texaco 
Sep 9
Ahmed Shah Massoud, leader of the Northern Alliance, is assassinated in Afghanistan. 
Sep 11
Two passenger planes hijacked by terrorists crashes into New York's World Trade Towers causing the collapse of both & death of 2,752 people 
Sep 11
Terrorists hijack a passenger plane and crash it into the Pentagon causing the death of 125 people 
Sep 11
Attempt by passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 to retake control of their hijacked plane from terrorists causes plane to crash in Pennsylvania field killing all 64 people onboard 
Sep 12
Article V of the NATO agreement is invoked for the first and only time in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States of America. 
Sep 12
Ansett Australia, Australia's first commercial interstate airline, collapses due to increased strain on the international airline industry leaving 10000 people unemployed. 
Sep 13
Civilian aircraft traffic resumes in the U.S. after the September 11, 2001 attacks. 
Sep 13
Relative calm returns to world oil markets as US retail gasoline prices return to normal levels; energy trading by Houston energy companies resumes and limited commercial aviation starts 
Sep 14
Historic National Prayer Service held at Washington National Cathedral for victims of the September 11 attacks. A similar service is held in Canada on Parliament Hill, the largest vigil ever held in the nation's capital. 
Sep 17
Despite suffering from lung cancer and Parkinson's disease, Jack Buck stirs emotions by reading a patriotic-themed poem during the pregame ceremonies on baseball's first night back after the September 11th terrorist attacks 
Sep 17
Major trading markets in the United States, including the New York Stock Exchange and the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), reopen for the first time since September 11 
Sep 18
First mailing of anthrax letters from Trenton, New Jersey in the 2001 anthrax attacks. 
Sep 20
In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush declares a "war on terror". 
Sep 21
Deep Space 1 flies within 2,200 km of Comet Borrelly. 
Sep 21
University of Roorkee, becomes India's 7th Indian Institute of Technology, rechristened as IIT Roorkee 
Sep 21
AZF chemical plant explodes in Toulouse, France, killing 29 people 
Sep 24
Crude oil and petroleum products futures fall to their lowest levels in nearly two years amid fears that a recession will reduce energy demand 
Sep 27
At its two-day meeting in Vienna, OPEC decides to keep its production quotas unchanged at 23.2 million barrels per day, despite crude oil being at its lowest price levels since 1999 
Sep 29
The Syracuse Herald-Journal, a U.S. newspaper dating back to 1839, ceases publication. 
Oct 2
NATO backs US military strikes, following 9/11. 
Oct 2
"Scrubs", starring Zach Braff as Dr. John "J.D." Dorian, premieres on NBC 
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 4
Barry Bonds hits his 70th home run, tying Mark McGwire for the most home runs hit in a single season 
Oct 5
Robert Stevens becomes the first victim in the 2001 anthrax attacks. 
Oct 5
Tom Ridge resigns as Governor of Pennsylvania to become President Bush's Homeland Security Advisor. 
Oct 5
Barry Bonds hits his 71st home run, breaking Mark McGwire's record of 70 for the most home runs hit in a single season (Bonds would end up with 73 in total) 
Oct 7
The 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
U.S. 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. 
Oct 11
The Polaroid Corporation files for federal bankruptcy protection. 
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 makes 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, sank in international waters with the loss of 353 people. 
Oct 21
"United We Stand" benefit concert for September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks victims, held at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. Event organized and headlined by Michael Jackson, also featuring pop stars Aerosmith, Mariah Carey, The Backstreet Boys, and others. 
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 became available. 
Oct 26
The United States passes the USA PATRIOT Act into law. 
Oct 28
The indie cult hit "Donnie Darko", starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is released 
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 
Nov 4
53rd Emmy Awards: The West Wing, Sex and the City, James Gandolfini & Edie Falco win 
Nov 6
Crude oil for December delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) falls to a two-year low after OPEC members warn that a downward price spiral could occur if major non-OPEC oil exporters do not reduce oil production 
Nov 7
The supersonic commercial aircraft Concorde resumes flying after a 15-month hiatus. 
Nov 7
35th Country Music Association Award: Tim McGraw, Lee Ann Womack & Toby Keith wins 
Nov 10
An agreement is reached at talks in Marrakech, Morocco, on rules for implementation of the Kyoto climate change treaty 
Nov 11
Journalists Pierre Billaud, Johanne Sutton and Volker Handloik are killed in Afghanistan during an attack on the convoy they were traveling on top off. 
Nov 12
2001 Attack on Afghanistan: Taliban forces abandon Kabul, Afghanistan, ahead of advancing Afghan Northern Alliance troops. 
Nov 12
In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 on its way to the Dominican Republic, crashes minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board and five on the ground. 
Nov 13
Doha Round: The World Trade Organization ends a four-day ministerial conference in Doha, Qatar. 
Nov 13
War on Terrorism: In the first such act since World War II, US President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against foreigners suspected of connections to terrorist acts or planned acts on the United States. 
Nov 13
Shakira's fifth studio album and first English language album, "Laundry Service", is released 
Nov 13
US President Bush orders that the Strategic Petroleum Reserve be filled to capacity over the next few years 
Nov 14
War in Afghanistan: Afghan Northern Alliance fighters takeover the capital Kabul. 
Nov 14
OPEC announces that it intends to cut its crude oil output quotas by 1.5 million barrels per day effective, but only if non-OPEC producers cut their output by 500,000 barrels per day as well. 
Nov 18
Phillips Petroleum and Conoco merge into a new company as 'ConocoPhillips', the third-largest oil and natural gas company in the US 
Nov 20
In Washington, D.C., U.S. President George W. Bush dedicates the United States Department of Justice headquarters building as the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Building, honoring the late Robert F. Kennedy on what would have been his 76th birthday. 
Nov 20
Josh Groban releases his debut album "Josh Groban" 
Nov 23
Convention on Cybercrime is signed in Budapest, Hungary. 
Nov 25
89th CFL Grey Cup: Calgary Stampeders defeats Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 27-19 
Nov 27
A hydrogen atmosphere is discovered on the extrasolar planet Osiris by the Hubble Space Telescope, the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet. 
Nov 29
UN Security Council unanimously approves a resolution extending the Oil-for-Food program in Iraq for another six-month period 
Dec 1
Captain Bill Compton brings Trans World Airlines Flight 220, an MD-83, into St. Louis International Airport bringing to an end 76 years of TWA operations following TWA's purchase by American Airlines. 
Dec 2
Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the Southern District of New York 
Dec 6
The Canadian province of Newfoundland is renamed Newfoundland and Labrador. 
Dec 11
The People's Republic of China joins the World Trade Organization. 
Dec 12
Winona Ryder is arrested on shoplifting charges in Beverly Hills, California 
Dec 13
the Indian Parliament Sansad is attacked by terrorists. 15 people are killed, including all the terrorists. 
Dec 15
The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 to fortify it, without fixing its famous lean. 
Dec 19
A record high barometric pressure of 1085.6 hPa (32.06 inHg) is recorded at Tosontsengel, Khövsgöl Province, Mongolia. 
Dec 19
Argentine economic crisis: December 2001 riots - Riots erupt in Buenos Aires after Domingo Cavallo's corralito measures restrict the withdrawal of cash from bank deposits. 
Dec 20
Argentine economic crisis: President of Argentina Fernando de la Rúa is forced out of office. 
Dec 20
90th Davis Cup: France beats Australia in Melbourne (3-2) 
Dec 22
Burhanuddin Rabbani, political leader of the Afghan Northern Alliance, hands over power in Afghanistan to the interim government headed by President Hamid Karzai. 
Dec 22
Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63. 
Dec 26
Crude oil prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) record one of their largest 1-day jumps of the year as traders become convinced that OPEC will follow through on production cuts 
Dec 27
The People's Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade relations with the United States. 
Dec 28
OPEC oil ministers meeting in Cairo agree to reduce their crude oil output quotas by a combined 1.5 million barrels per day 
Dec 29
Mesa Redonda shopping center fire, Lima, Peru, at least 291 killed. 
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