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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.
- January 25, 2001 – A 50-year-old Douglas DC-3 crashes near Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela killing 24.
- March 4, 2001 – Hintze Ribeiro disaster: A bridge collapses in northern Portugal, killing up to 70 people.
- 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.
- June 4, 2001 – Gyanendra, the last King of Nepal, ascends to the throne after the massacre in the Royal Palace.
- June 10, 2001 – Pope John Paul II canonizes Lebanon’s first female saint, Saint Rafqa.
- September 11, 2001 – The September 11 attacks take place in the United States. Airplane hijackings result in the collapse of the World Trade Center in New York City, damage to The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and the crashing of a passenger airliner near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
- September 21, 2001 – Deep Space 1 flies within 2,200 km of Comet Borrelly.
- December 27, 2001 – The People’s Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade relations with the United States.
Who Were Born On 2001?
- January 2, 2001 – Christopher Barrios Jr., American murder victim (d. 2007)
- 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 12, 2001 – Raymond Ochoa, American actor
- October 25, 2001 – Princess Elisabeth of Belgium
- November 21, 2001 – Samantha Bailey, American actress
- December 28, 2001 – Madison De La Garza, American child actress