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Events in 2001
|14 January:|| ||The Julian calendar including its New Year's Day is delayed by 13 days.|
|15 January:|| ||The Wikipedia website is launched with an announcement by Larry Sanger on the Nupedia mailing list.|
|15 January:|| ||Martin Luther King Day is celebrated in the United States the third Monday each year since 1986.|
|20 January:|| ||George W. Bush is sworn in as the 43th president of the United States.|
|24 January:|| ||At this Chinese New Year the Dragon makes way for the Year of the Snake.|
|21 February:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice on the tenth day of the month Dhu al-Hijjah.|
|2 March:|| ||Taliban forces destroy two Buddha statues, measuring 55 and 37 metres and dating back to the 6th century, in the Bamyan valley in Afghanistan.|
|1 April:|| ||The first four same-sex couples are married in the Dutch city of Amsterdam.|
|9 April:|| ||Jews celebrate Pesach for the next seven or eight days.|
|15 April:|| ||The resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated on Easter Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox since the Council of Nicaea in 325.|
|28 April:|| ||Italian American millionaire Dennis Tito becomes the world's first space tourist, spending a week in the International Space Station.|
|3 June:|| ||Seven weeks after Easter Christians celebrate Pentecost, possibly since 68 AD.|
|27 June:|| ||Kees Stip, Dutch writer, dies in Winschoten at age 87.|
|30 June:|| ||The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe or WMAP is launched from Cape Canaveral to measure the cosmic microwave background radiation.|
|9 September:|| ||Ahmad Shah Massoud, engineering student turned military leader, named “the Afghan who won the Cold War” after the withdrawal of Soviet troops, is assassinated by two suspected Arab al-Qaeda suicide bombers in Khwaja Bahauddin in Takhar Province at age 48.|
|11 September:|| ||Terrorist attacks in New York and Washington kill three thousand civilians of all religions, ethnicities and nationalities, leading up to the “war on terror” and the US invasion of Afghanistan.|
|21 September:|| ||A large explosion destroys the AZF chemical factory in Toulouse, France, killing 29, injuring thousands, shattering most windows in the city and leaving the question what caused it unanswered.|
|27 September:|| ||Jews celebrate Yom Kippur since sunset last night.|
|7 October:|| ||The United States invades Afghanistan to destroy terrorist training camps and al-Qaeda in Operation Enduring Freedom.|
|4 November:|| ||The thirty days of Ramadan in the Islamic year 1422 begin at the first sighting of the lunar crescent.|
|4 December:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Conclusion of the Fast on the first day of the month Shawwal.|
|10 December:|| ||The movie “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” by Peter Jackson premieres in the United Kingdom.|
|24 December:|| ||Christmas Eve starts off the holidays celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.|
|31 December:|| ||Time announces its Person of the Year is “mayor of the world” Rudy Giuliani.|
People in 2001
New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Time Person of the Year.Bob Hope, Gerald Ford, Arthur C. Clarke, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Nelson Mandela, Kurt Waldheim, John Paul II, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Margaret Thatcher, Douglas Engelbart, Fidel Castro, Elizabeth II, Dario Fo, Gabriel García Márquez, Yasser Arafat, Neil Armstrong, Edsger Dijkstra, Boris Yeltsin, Mikhail Gorbachev, Elizabeth Taylor, John Barry, Rutger Kopland, The 14th Dalai Lama, Kofi Annan, Pelé, John Hurt, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Stephen Hawking, Johnny Hallyday, Mick Jagger, Lech Wałęsa, Gerrit Komrij, Johan Cruyff, Vladimir Putin, Benazir Bhutto, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Berners-Lee, Bill Gates, Osama bin Laden, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Diego Maradona, Barack Obama, Axl Rose and Louise Brown celebrated their birthday this year.
The year 2001 was a common year starting on a Monday, just like 1906, 1917, 1923, 1934, 1945, 1951, 1962, 1973, 1979 and 1990 in the century before it and 2007, 2018, 2029, 2035, 2046, 2057, 2063, 2074, 2085 and 2091 in the next.
The coloured days highlight
other historical milestones, and recurring events such as anniversaries and
icons indicate the phases of the moon and appear only for dates in the Gregorian calendar, i.e. after 14 October 1582. The Chinese calendar is available only from 1645 to 2644, the first millenium since the last reform. The coloured columns mark the Sundays, the last day of the week per standard ISO-8601.
The normal calendar page for the current /year?2017 contains an introduction to the intriguing history of the year as we know it. The Calendar Converter has more detail. The so called Perpetual Calendar uses a trick from before the age of computers to find the weekday for any Gregorian date. Also see an overview of all historical events in the last six thousand years.
URL: < http://4umi.com/year?2001 >, created 23 January 2011, changed 13 September 2012, served 25 May 2017.