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2001 Historical Event(s)
- January 2, 2001 – Sila María Calderón becomes the first female Governor of Puerto Rico
- January 24, 2001 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Snake in Chinese astrology.
- February 12, 2001 – NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the “saddle” region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
- April 1, 2001 – Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands, the first country to allow it.
- April 28, 2001 – Millionaire Dennis Tito becomes the world’s first space tourist.
- July 28, 2001 – Australian Ian Thorpe becomes the first swimmer to win six gold medals at a single World Championships.
- October 2, 2001 – NATO backs U.S. military strikes following 9/11.
- November 12, 2001 – In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 en route to the Dominican Republic, crashes minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board and five on the ground.
- December 1, 2001 – Captain Bill Compton brings Trans World Airlines Flight 220, an MD-83, into St. Louis International Airport bringing to an end 76 years of TWA operations following TWA’s purchase by American Airlines.
- December 13, 2001 – The King of Perlis has has sweared and signed the proclamation of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong,thus became the de jure 12th Yang Di-Pertuan Agong,the head of state of Malaysia.He replaced the Sultan of Selangor,whose died in office for five years.
Who Were Born On 2001?
- January 2, 2001 – Christopher Barrios Jr., American murder victim (d. 2007)
- March 6, 2001 – Aryana Engineer, Canadian actress
- June 12, 2001 – John Bigelow IV, golf prodigy from North Philadelphia
- August 4, 2001 – Seishiro Kato, Japanese actor
- August 23, 2001 – Zaijian Jaranilla, Filipino actor
- September 19, 2001 – Taylor Geare, American actress
- October 12, 2001 – Raymond Ochoa, American actor
- October 18, 2001 – Annelise Manojlovic, English actress
- October 25, 2001 – Princess Elisabeth of Belgium
- November 21, 2001 – Samantha Bailey, American actress