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2001 Historical Event(s)
- January 24, 2001 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Snake in Chinese astrology.
- April 7, 2001 – Mars Odyssey is launched.
- April 28, 2001 – Millionaire Dennis Tito becomes the world’s first space tourist.
- May 6, 2001 – During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.
- July 3, 2001 – A Vladivostok Avia Tupolev Tu-154 jetliner crashes on approach to landing at Irkutsk, Russia killing 145 people.
- July 21, 2001 – At the conclusion of a fireworks display on Okura Beach in Akashi, Hyōgo, Japan, 11 people are killed and more than 120 are injured when a pedestrian footbridge connecting the beach to JR Asagiri railway station becomes overcrowded and people leaving the event fall down in a domino effect.
- July 24, 2001 – 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.
- August 24, 2001 – 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.
- September 13, 2001 – Civilian aircraft traffic resumes in the U.S. after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
- December 13, 2001 – The Indian Parliament Sansad is attacked by terrorists. 15 people are killed, including all the terrorists.
Who Were Born On 2001?
- February 21, 2001 – Isabella Acres, American actress
- April 3, 2001 – Sophie Delezio, Australian medical figure
- July 8, 2001 – Yang Peiyi, Chinese singer
- August 4, 2001 – Seishiro Kato, Japanese actor
- August 6, 2001 – Ty Simpkins, American actor
- August 30, 2001 – Emily Bear, American pianist and composer
- October 7, 2001 – Princess Senate Seeiso, daughter of King Letsie III of Lesotho
- October 12, 2001 – Raymond Ochoa, American actor
- October 25, 2001 – Princess Elisabeth of Belgium
- December 9, 2001 – Ronnie Paris, American child abuse victim (d. 2005)