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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- July 28, 2001 – Australian Ian Thorpe becomes the first swimmer to win six gold medals at a single World Championships.
- August 3, 2001 – The Real IRA detonates a car bomb in Ealing, London, United Kingdom injuring seven people.
- August 21, 2001 – NATO decides to send a peace-keeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
- September 9, 2001 – Pärnu methanol tragedy occurs in Pärnu County, Estonia.
- September 10, 2001 – Antonio da Costa Santos, mayor of Campinas, Brazil was assassinated.
- October 8, 2001 – A twin engine Cessna and Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) jetliner collide in heavy fog during takeoff from Milan, Italy killing 118.
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
- April 3, 2001 – Sophie Delezio, Australian medical figure
- June 21, 2001 – Alexandra Obolentseva, Russian chess player
- October 7, 2001 – Princess Senate Seeiso, daughter of King Letsie III of Lesotho
- October 12, 2001 – Raymond Ochoa, American actor
- October 18, 2001 – Annelise Manojlovic, English actress
- October 25, 2001 – Princess Elisabeth of Belgium
- December 9, 2001 – Ronnie Paris, American child abuse victim (d. 2005)