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2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and also: The International Year of the Volunteer The United Nations Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations
January January 1 - A black monolith measuring approximately nine feet tall appears in Seattle's Magnuson Park, placed by an anonymous artist in reference to the movie . 2001: A Space Odyssey January 6 - The U.S. Congress, presided over by Vice President Al Gore as President of the Senate, certifies George W. Bush's Electoral College victory and thus as the winner of 2000 presidential election. January 13 - Major earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale hits all El Salvador. January 15 - Wikipedia, a Wiki free content encyclopedia, goes online (Wikipedia Day). January 20 - George W. Bush succeeds Bill Clinton as President of the United States after prevailing over Al Gore in the disputed U.S. presidential election, 2000. January 22 - Four of the " Texas 7" are caught at a convenience store in Woodland Park, Colorado and a fifth killed himself inside a motor home. January 23- 25 - UN war crimes prosecutor Del Ponte demands that Serbia hand over Slobodan Milosevic January 24 - The last two of the " Texas 7" are taken into custody in Colorado Springs, Colorado. January 24 - Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Peter Mandelson resigns from the British cabinet for the second time January 26 - A 50-year-old DC_3 crashes near Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela killing 24. January 26 - An earthquake hits Gujarat, India. More than 20,000 deaths and most of the historical city destroyed January 29 - Thousands of student protesters in Indonesia storm parliament and demand that President Abdurrahman Wahid resign due to alleged involvement in corruption scandals. January 31 - The Scottish Court in the Netherlands convicts a Libyan and acquits another for their part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 which crashed in Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.
June June 1 - Crown Prince Dipendra of Nepal kills his father, the king, his mother and other members of the royal family with an assault rifle and then shoots himself. He dies three days later June 5- June 9 - Houston, Texas is devastated by flooding when Tropical Storm Allison dumps 36 inches (900 mm) of rain on the city. Particularly hard hit are the downtown area and the Texas Medical Center, which lost years of research and data and thousands of lab animals. Twenty-two people die; damage exceeds five billion American dollars. June 5 - Senator Jim Jeffords leaves the Republican party, an act which changes control of the United States Senate from the Republican party to the Democratic party June 7 - Tony Blair's Labour Party elected for second term in UK General Election June 8 - Popular editorial site suck.com, one of the first original content sites on the internet, publishes its final article, "Gone Fishin'." June 9 - The Colorado Avalanche defeat the New Jersey Devils to win the Stanley Cup in the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals. June 11 - The United States carries out "the severest sentence for the gravest of crimes," fulfilling "the court order to execute inmate Timothy James McVeigh" for the Oklahoma City Bombing. President George W. Bush later says that McVeigh "met the fate he chose for himself six years ago." June 19 - 23 people killed and 11 wounded by an American missile hitting a Iraq, county of Tel Afr June 20 - Pervez Musharraf takes over as President of Pakistan. June 20 - Andrea Yates drowns her children in a bathtub and confesses to her crime. She would get life in prison for it. June 21 - Total solar eclipse
July-August July 2 - World's first self-contained artificial heart implanted in Robert Tools. July 16 - The FBI arrests Dmitry Sklyarov at a convention in Las Vegas for violating a provision of the DMCA. July 18 - In Baltimore, Maryland, a 60_car train derailment occurs in a tunnel sparking a fire that will last days and virtually shut down downtown Baltimore July 19 - UK politician and novelist Jeffrey Archer, sentenced to four years in prison for perjury and perverting the course of justice. July 20 - Vanessa Legget is found in contempt by a Federal Court for refusing to release notes made for her book on the Doris Angleton murder. July 20-22 - G8 meeting takes place in Genoa, Italy. Massive demonstrations against the meeting by anti-globalisation groups. One demonstrator is shot dead by the army and several others are beaten up during a night ride of the police in a school where the demonstator where living. August 1 - Law goes into effect in Germany legalizing same_sex marriages. August 2 - Robert Mueller confirmed as the new FBI director. August 9 - US President George W. Bush announces his support for federal funding of limited research on embryonic stem cells. August 25 - R&B singer Aaliyah, is killed in plane crash.
September September 4 - Google Inc. is awarded a patent, number 6,285,999, for the PageRank search algorithm used in the Google search engine September 5 - Peru's attorney general files homicide charges against ex-President Alberto Fujimori September 6 - Microsoft antitrust case: The United States Justice Department announces that it was no longer seeking to break_up software maker Microsoft and will instead seek a lesser antitrust penalty September 9 - Ahmed Shah Massoud, leader of the Northern Alliance, is assassinated in Afghanistan September 11 - Around 3,000 killed in the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack on the World Trade Center in New York City, The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and rural Pennsylvania. September 17 - The New York Stock Exchange reopens following the terrorist attacks in New York.
October October 4 - First case of anthrax in the US ( attack) is announced by federal officials. October 7 - The American attack on Afganistan begins. The United Kingdom participates. October 8 - MD-87 of SAS collides first with a private plane and then a building in Milano airport - 100 dead October 10 - War on Terrorism: US President George W. Bush presents a list of 22 most wanted terrorists October 12 - War on Terrorism: Prompted by a request by US President George W. Bush, an episode of America's Most Wanted aired featuring 22 most wanted terrorists October 14 - Ukrainian military missile shoots down an Israeli passenger plane over Black Sea _ 76 dead October 15 - NASA's Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles of Jupiter's moon Io October 20 - The Concert for New York City a celebration of the strength, resilience, and pride of New York and America is held featuring performances by The Who, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Billy Joel, Destiny's Child, Eric Clapton, Adam Sandler, Bon Jovi, Elton John and many more. October 23 - Apple Computer releases the now famous iPod. October 25 - Microsoft releases Windows XP
November November - The Doha Declaration relaxes the grip of international intellectual property law by a bit. November 4 - Cuba destroying crops and thousands of homes. November 4 - The Police Service of Northern Ireland is established. November 4 - The Arizona Diamondbacks defeat the New York Yankees 4 games to 3 in the World Series. November 7 - The super-sonic commercial aircraft Concorde resumes flying after a 15-month break. November 8 - Microsoft releases the Xbox console gaming system to the public. November 10 - China is admitted to the World Trade Organization after 15 years of negotiations. November 10 - John Howard, prime minister of Australia, is elected to a third term. November 11 - Mark McGwire announces his retirement from professional baseball. November 12 - In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587 crashes minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on_board November 12 - 2001 Attack on Afghanistan: Taliban forces abandon Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, ahead of advancing Northern Alliance troops (Northern Alliance fighters took Kabul on November 14) November 13 - Doha Round: The Qatar. November 13 - Symbionese Liberation Army member Kathleen Soliah (Sara Jane Olsen) withdraws her previous guilty plea. November 13 - 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 any foreigners suspected of having connections to terrorist acts or planned acts on the United States November 16 - The first Harry Potter film, , is released, grossing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone US $975.8 million, becoming the second highest grossing film around the world of all time. November 18 - Nintendo releases the GameCube console gaming system to the public. November 22 - Pope John Paul II sends the first papal email from a laptop in his office.
For more deaths see: Deaths in 2001
January-February January 12 - William Hewlett, cofounder of Hewlett_Packard (b. 1913) January 16 - Laurent_Desire Kabila, president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (assassinated; death officially confirmed on January 18) January 30, Jean_Pierre Aumont, French actor (b. 1911) January 31, Gordon R. Dickson, Canadian science fiction writer (b. 1923) February 4 - Iannis Xenakis, Greek composer (b. 1922) February 7 - Dale Evans, American actress, singer February 7 - Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American author, aviator (b. 1906) February 12 - Kristina Söderbaum, German actress and photographer February 18 - Balthus, French painter February 18 - Dale Earnhardt, American NASCAR race car driver (b. 1951) February 19 - Priscilla Davis, Fort Worth, Texas socialite (b. 1942) February 19 - Stanley Kramer, American movie director (b. 1913) February 19 - Charles Trenet, popular French singer February 24 - Claude Elwood Shannon, mathematician (b. 1916) February 25 - Sir Donald Bradman, cricketer (b. 1908)
March_May March 4 - Glenn Hughes -- leather dude Popular Music group The Village People March 4 - Harold Stassen, American politician (b. 1907) March 12 - Morton Downey Jr., American television personality (b. 1933) March 12 - Robert Ludlum, author of spy novels (b. 1927) March 12 - Ann Sothern, actress March 18 - John Phillips, American singer, co-founder of popular music group The Mamas and the Papas (b. 1935) March 21 - Norma Macmillan, cartoon voice actress (b. 1921) March 22 - William Hanna, cofounder (with Joseph Barbera) of the Hanna-Barbera animation studio April 7 - Beatrice Straight, Academy Award-winning actress (b. 1914) April 10 - Willie Stargell - baseball player, member of the Baseball Hall of Fame (b. 1940) April 11 - Harry Secombe, actor, comedian, member of The Goon Show (b. 1921) April 12 - Harvey Ball, American inventor (b. 1921) April 14 - Hiroshi Teshigahara, director (b. 1927) April 15 - Joey Ramone, lead singer for The Ramones (b. 1951) April 20 - Giuseppe Sinopoli, Italian conductor, composer (b. 1946) May 5 - Cliff Hillegass, creator of Cliff Notes (stroke) May 9 - James E. Myers (a.k.a. Jimmy DeKnight), songwriter (" Rock Around the Clock") May 11 - Douglas Adams, author (heart attack) (b. 1952) May 12 - Perry Como, American singer (b. 1912) May 13 - R.K. Narayan, Indian novelist (b. 1906) May 20 - Renato Carosone, Italian musician and singer May 28 - Francisco Varela, biologist and philosopher (b. 1946)
June-July June 1 - Hank Ketcham, cartoonist, creator of Dennis the Menace June 1 - King Birendra (b. 1945) and Queen Aiswarya of Nepal June 2 - Imogene Coca, actress (b. 1908) June 2 - Joey Maxim, boxer, world light heavyweight champion June 3 - Anthony Quinn, actor (b. 1915) June 4 - King Dipendra of Nepal June 4 - John Hartford, musician, composer (b. 1937) June 10 - Princess Leila of Iran (b. 1970) June 11 - Timothy McVeigh, Oklahoma City bomber (executed) (b. 1968) June 21 - John Lee Hooker, Blues musician June 21 - Carroll O'Connor, American actor June 27 - Tove Jansson, author of the Moomin books (b. 1914) June 27 - Jack Lemmon, American actor and director June 28 - Mortimer Adler, American Philosopher (b. 1902) June 28 - Joan Sims, British actress (b. 1930) June 30 - Chet Atkins, country musician July 5 - Hannelore Kohl, wife of ex-chancellor of Germany Helmut Kohl (suicide) July 11 - Herman Brood, Dutch rock musician, painter (suicide) July 18 - Fabio Taglioni, automotive engineer July 20 - Milt Gabler, record producer (" Rock Around the Clock") July 27 - Leon Wilkeson, American bassist July 29 - Edward Gierek, Polish politician July 29 - Wau Holland, German hacker
August-October August 1 - Poul Anderson, American fantasy and science fiction writer August 1 - Korey Stringer, American football player (b. 1974) August 3 - Christopher Hewett, British actor August 6 - Jorge Amado de Faria, Brazilian writer August 15 - Richard Chelimo, Kenyan athlete, (brain tumour) August 20 - Fred Hoyle, British astronomer and science fiction writer August 25 - Aaliyah, American singer and actress ( plane crash) September 2 - Christiaan Barnard, South African heart surgeon September 3 - Pauline Kael, American movie critic September 3 - Thuy Trang, American actress September 7 - Spede Pasanen, Finnish television star September 9 - Ahmed Shah Massoud, Afghani Northern Alliance military commander September 11 - Barbara K. Olson, American television commentator September 11 Casualties of the September 11, 2001 attacks September 13 - Victor Wong, American actor, artist September 22 - Isaac Stern, Ukrainian violinist (b. 1920) October 12 - Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone (Quintin Hogg), British lawyer and politician October 15 - Zhang Xueliang, Chinese warlord and military figure
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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) (947 words)
I just watched ' 2001: A Space Odyssey,' and I didn't really understand what was happening.
Instead of trying to give my opinion of the what it means and what my idea of 2001's meaning in general is, I'd like to discuss the fact that the ending serves to leave the movie open-ended.
The beauty of 2001 is that the ending need not mean anything deep, it can just be a purely plot driven explanation and the entire movie can be viewed as an entertaining journey through space.
SPACE.com -- SPECIAL REPORT: 2001 Leonid Meteor Shower (1384 words)
The 2001 Leonid meteor shower peaked early Sunday, Nov. 18 and was the best shooting star show in 35 years.
This Leonid fireball was caught on video by George Varros on Nov. 17, 2001, from Mount Airy, MD. The bright dot at the top is Jupiter.
Though not likely to rival the 1966 spectacle, the 2001 version of the Leonids may offer a meteor storm unlike anything since, with hundreds or even thousands of meteors -- on a per hour basis -- raining down at the busiest stretch.
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