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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.
- February 28, 2001 – Six passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash.
- April 1, 2001 – Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands, the first country to allow it.
- May 9, 2001 – In Ghana 129 football fans die in what became known as the Accra Sports Stadium Disaster. The deaths are caused by a stampede (caused by the firing of teargas by police personnel at the stadium) that followed a controversial decision by the referee.
- May 21, 2001 – French Taubira law officially recognizes the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity.
- June 21, 2001 – 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.
- September 9, 2001 – At exactly 01:46:40 UTC, the Unix billenium is reached, marking the beginning of the use of 10-digit decimal Unix timestamps.
- November 13, 2001 – 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.
- November 14, 2001 – War in Afghanistan: Afghan Northern Alliance fighters take over the capital Kabul.
- December 6, 2001 – The Canadian province of Newfoundland is renamed Newfoundland and Labrador.
Who Were Born On 2001?
- January 2, 2001 – Christopher Barrios Jr., American murder victim (d. 2007)
- January 21, 2001 – Jackson Brundage, American actor
- March 6, 2001 – Aryana Engineer, Canadian actress
- April 3, 2001 – Sophie Delezio, Australian medical figure
- June 12, 2001 – John Bigelow IV, golf prodigy from North Philadelphia
- July 8, 2001 – Yang Peiyi, Chinese singer
- October 7, 2001 – Princess Senate Seeiso, daughter of King Letsie III of Lesotho
- October 18, 2001 – Annelise Manojlovic, English actress
- December 1, 2001 – Aiko, Princess Toshi, Japanese royalty
- December 9, 2001 – Ronnie Paris, American child abuse victim (d. 2005)