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2001 Historical Event(s)
- January 2, 2001 – Sila María Calderón becomes the first female Governor of Puerto Rico
- January 12, 2001 – Downtown Disney opens to the public as part of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
- January 24, 2001 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Snake in Chinese astrology.
- February 18, 2001 – Inter-ethnic violence between Dayaks and Madurese breaks out in Sampit, Indonesia, that will ultimately result in more than 500 deaths and 100,000 Madurese displaced from their homes.
- March 23, 2001 – The Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji.
- April 1, 2001 – An EP-3E United States Navy surveillance aircraft collides with a Chinese People’s Liberation Army Shenyang J-8 fighter jet. The Navy crew makes an emergency landing in Hainan, People’s Republic of China and is detained.
- June 1, 2001 – Nepalese royal massacre: Crown Prince Dipendra of Nepal shoots and kills several members of his family including his father and mother, King Birendra of Nepal and Queen Aiswarya.
- September 17, 2001 – The New York Stock Exchange reopens for trading after the September 11 Attacks, the longest closure since the Great Depression.
- September 21, 2001 – America: A Tribute to Heroes is broadcast by over 35 network and cable channels, raising over $200 million for the September 11 attack victims.
- December 19, 2001 – A record high barometric pressure of 1085.6 hPa (32.06 inHg) is recorded at Tosontsengel, Khövsgöl Province, Mongolia.
Who Were Born On 2001?
- January 21, 2001 – Jackson Brundage, American actor
- February 21, 2001 – Isabella Acres, American actress
- March 6, 2001 – Aryana Engineer, Canadian actress
- June 21, 2001 – Alexandra Obolentseva, Russian chess player
- July 8, 2001 – Yang Peiyi, Chinese singer
- August 23, 2001 – Zaijian Jaranilla, Filipino actor
- August 30, 2001 – Emily Bear, American pianist and composer
- October 7, 2001 – Princess Senate Seeiso, daughter of King Letsie III of Lesotho
- October 25, 2001 – Princess Elisabeth of Belgium
- December 9, 2001 – Ronnie Paris, American child abuse victim (d. 2005)