2001 events in history

Jan 12 Downtown Disney opens to the public as part of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California
Jan 13 An earthquake hits El Salvador, killing more than 800
Jan 15 Wikipedia, a free Wiki content encyclopedia, goes online
Jan 16 Congolese President Laurent-Désiré Kabila is assassinated by one of his own bodyguards
Jan 16 US President Bill Clinton awards former President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish–American War
Jan 17 U.S. President Bill Clinton posthumously promotes William Clark from Lieutenant to Captain
Jan 20 Philippine president Joseph Estrada is ousted in a nonviolent 4-day revolution, and is succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Jan 23 Five people attempt to set themselves on fire in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, an act that many people later claim is staged by the Communist Party of China to frame Falun Gong and thus escalate their persecution
Jan 26 An earthquake hits Gujarat, India, causing more than 20,000 deaths
Jan 29 Thousands of student protesters in Indonesia storm parliament and demand that President Abdurrahman Wahid resign due to alleged involvement in corruption scandals
Jan 31 In the Netherlands, a Scottish court convicts Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi and acquits another Libyan citizen for their part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988
Feb 1 Putrajaya, the Malaysian administrative city, is declared a Federal Territory
Feb 9 The American submarine USS Greeneville accidentally strikes and sinks the Ehime-Maru, a Japanese training vessel operated by the Uwajima Fishery High School
Feb 11 A Dutch programmer launched the Anna Kournikova virus infecting millions of emails via a trick photo of the tennis star
Feb 12 NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touches down in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros, becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid
Feb 13 An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter Scale hits El Salvador, killing at least 400
Feb 15 First draft of the complete human genome is published in Nature
Feb 18 FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He is ultimately convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment
Feb 18 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
Feb 18 Seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt dies in an accident during the Daytona 500
Feb 19 The Oklahoma City bombing museum is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial
Feb 28 Six passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash
Feb 28 The Nisqually Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hits the Nisqually Valley and the Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia area of the U.S. state of Washington
Mar 4 4 March 2001 BBC bombing: a massive car bomb explodes in front of the BBC Television Centre in London, seriously injuring one person. The attack was attributed to the Real IRA
Mar 4 Hintze Ribeiro disaster: A bridge collapses in northern Portugal, killing up to 70 people
Mar 23 The Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji
Apr 1 Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands, the first contemporary country to allow it
Apr 1 Former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević surrenders to police special forces, to be tried on war crimes charges
Apr 1 An EP-3E United States Navy surveillance aircraft collides with a Chinese People's Liberation Army Shenyang J-8 fighter jet. The Navy crew makes an emergency landing in Hainan, China and is detained
Apr 7 Mars Odyssey is launched
Apr 11 The detained crew of a United States EP-3E aircraft that landed in Hainan, China after a collision with a J-8 fighter, is released
Apr 16 India and Bangladesh begin a five-day border conflict, but are unable to resolve the disputes about their border
Apr 25 Michele Alboreto is killed while testing an Audi R8 at the Lausitzring in Germany
Apr 28 Millionaire Dennis Tito becomes the world's first space tourist
May 1 Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares the existence of "a state of rebellion", hours after thousands of supporters of her arrested predecessor, Joseph Estrada, storm towards the presidential palace at the height of the EDSA III rebellion
May 3 The United States loses its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947
May 6 During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque
May 9 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
May 21 French Taubira law is enacted, officially recognizing the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity
May 24 Mountain climbing: Temba Tsheri, a 16-year-old Sherpa, becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest
May 24 The Versailles wedding hall disaster in Jerusalem, Israel kills 23 and injures over 200
May 25 Erik Weihenmayer, 32 years old, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest
May 27 Members of the Islamist separatist group Abu Sayyaf seize twenty hostages from an affluent island resort on Palawan in the Philippines; the hostage crisis would not be resolved until June 2002
May 29 The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the disabled golfer Casey Martin can use a cart to ride in tournaments
Jun 1 Nepalese royal massacre: Crown Prince Dipendra of Nepal shoots and kills several members of his family including his father and mother, King Birendra of Nepal and Queen Aiswarya
Jun 4 Gyanendra, the last King of Nepal, ascends to the throne after the massacre in the Royal Palace
Jun 5 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 causes $5.5 billion in damages, making Allison the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history
Jun 10 Pope John Paul II canonizes Lebanon's first female saint, Saint Rafqa
Jun 11 Timothy McVeigh is executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing
Jun 15 Leaders of the People's Republic of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan formed the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation