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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 – 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.
- April 28, 2001 – Millionaire Dennis Tito becomes the world’s first space tourist.
- May 4, 2001 – The Milwaukee Art Museum addition, the first Santiago Calatrava-designed structure in the United States, opens to the public.
- June 5, 2001 – Tropical Storm Allison makes landfall on the upper-Texas coastline as a strong tropical storm and dumps large amounts of rain over Houston. The storm caused $5.5 billion in damages, making Allison the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history.
- June 11, 2001 – Timothy McVeigh is executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
- August 21, 2001 – NATO decides to send a peace-keeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
- September 10, 2001 – Charles Ingram cheats his way into winning one million pounds on a British version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
- October 17, 2001 – Israeli tourism minister Rehavam Ze'evi became the first Israeli minister to be assassinated in a terrorist attack.
- November 13, 2001 – War on Terrorism: In the first such act since World War II, US President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against foreigners suspected of connections to terrorist acts or planned acts on the United States.
Who Were Born On 2001?
- January 2, 2001 – Christopher Barrios Jr., American murder victim (d. 2007)
- January 21, 2001 – Jackson Brundage, American actor
- March 6, 2001 – Aryana Engineer, Canadian actress
- April 3, 2001 – Sophie Delezio, Australian medical figure
- 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 12, 2001 – Raymond Ochoa, American actor
- October 25, 2001 – Princess Elisabeth of Belgium