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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 18, 2001 – Seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt dies in an accident during the Daytona 500.
- May 25, 2001 – 32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
- June 1, 2001 – Dolphinarium massacre: A Hamas suicide bomber kills 21 at a disco in Tel Aviv.
- June 11, 2001 – Timothy McVeigh is executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
- July 24, 2001 – Bandaranaike Airport attack is carried out by 14 Tamil Tiger commandos, all died in this attack. They destroyed 11 Aircraft (mostly military) and damaged 15, there are no civilian casualties. This incident slowed down Sri Lankan economy.
- October 8, 2001 – U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.
- October 19, 2001 – SIEV-X, an Indonesian fishing boat en-route to Christmas Island, carrying over 400 asylum seekers, sinks in international waters with the loss of 353 people.
- November 30, 2001 – In Renton, Washington, United States, Gary Ridgway aka The Green River Killer is arrested.
- December 6, 2001 – The Canadian province of Newfoundland is renamed Newfoundland and Labrador.
Who Were Born On 2001?
- January 21, 2001 – Jackson Brundage, American actor
- February 21, 2001 – Isabella Acres, American actress
- April 3, 2001 – Sophie Delezio, Australian medical figure
- August 6, 2001 – Ty Simpkins, American actor
- 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
- November 21, 2001 – Samantha Bailey, American actress
- December 9, 2001 – Ronnie Paris, American child abuse victim (d. 2005)