… • January 8 : Noah, a gaur, is born, the first animal of an endangered species to be cloned • January 13 : A 7.6 magnitude earthquake hits all of El Salvador, killing at least 800 people • January 15 : Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, launches on the Internet • January 17 : Impeachment proceedings against Philippine President Joseph Estrada, accused of playing Jueteng, end preeminently and trigger the second EDSA People Power Revolution or People Power II • January 20 : George W. Bush succeeds Bill Clinton as President of the United States • January 23 : The Tiananmen Square self-immolation incident occurs • January 25 : A 50-year-old Douglas DC-3 crashes near Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela, killing 24 • January 26 : An earthquake hits Gujarat, India, killing almost 20,000 • January 31 : The Congressional Budget Office of the United States forecasts a $5,600,000,000,000 budget surplus for the next ten years • February 9 : The submarine USS Greeneville accidentally strikes and sinks the Japanese fishing vessel Ehime-Maru near Hawaii • February 13 : A 6.6 magnitude earthquake hits El Salvador, killing at least 400 • February 20 : The 2001 UK foot-and-mouth crisis begins • March 1 : The Taliban begins destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas • March 23 : The World Wrestling Federation purchases rival organization World Championship Wrestling for an estimated $7 million • March 23 : The deorbit of Russian space station Mir was carried out near Nadi, Fiji, with Mir falling into the Pacific Ocean • March 31 : Former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia President Slobodan Milošević surrenders to police special forces, to be tried on charges of war crimes • April 1 : Hainan Island incident : A Chinese fighter jet bumps into a U.S. EP-3E surveillance aircraft, which is forced to make an emergency landing in Hainan, China. • April 7 : An M-17 helicopter crashes into mountain in south of Hanoi, Vietnam, killing 16 • April 11 : Malik Deenar Islamic Academy was established • April 20 : The anti-globalization movement holds a People’s Summit and large protest marches, some of which are forcibly put down by police, Quebec • April 26 : The Japanese politician Junichiro Koizumi becomes the 87th Prime Minister of Japan • April 28 : Soyuz TM-32 lifts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, carrying the first space tourist, American Dennis Tito • May 7 : In Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, an attempt is made to reconstruct the Ferhadija mosque • May 13 : Silvio Berlusconi won the general election and became Prime Minister of Italy for the second time • June 1 : Crown Prince Dipendra of Nepal kills his father, the king and other members of the royal family and then shoots himself in the Nepalese royal massacre • June 1 : A Hamas suicide bomber kills 21, mostly teenagers, in the Dolphinarium disco in Tel Aviv, Israel • June 5 – June 9 : Tropical Storm Allison produces 36 inches (900 mm) of rain in Houston, Texas, killing 22, damaging the Texas Medical Center, and causing more than 5 billion American dollars of damage overall • June 11 : In Terre Haute, Indiana, Timothy McVeigh is executed for the Oklahoma City bombing • June 15 : Göteborg European Council with protests during the summit • June 19 : 23 people killed and 11 wounded by an American missile hitting a soccer field in northern Iraq • June 20 : Pervez Musharraf becomes the 10th President of Pakistan • June 21 : The world’s longest train is set up by BHP Iron Ore and is recorded going between Newman and Port Hedland in Western Australia • June 23 : An earthquake (7.9 on the Richter scale) hits the south of Peru • June 30 : WMAP mission • July 2 : The world’s first self-contained artificial heart is implanted in Robert Tools • July 20 : The 27th G8 summit takes place in Genoa, Italy. Massive demonstrations are held against the meeting by anti-globalisation groups • July 21 : Carlo Giuliani, is shot dead by a carabiniere • July 24 : Tamil Tigers attack Bandaranaika International Airport in Sri Lanka • August 9 : Sbarro Restaurant in Jerusalem is attacked by a Palestinian militant, killing 15 civilians and wounding 130 • August 31-September 8 : World Conference against Racism 2001 • September 9 : A suicide bomber kills Ahmad Shah Massoud, military commander of the Afghan Northern Alliance • September 10 : Norwegian parliamentary election, 2001 • September 10 : Donald Rumsfeld warns of $2,300,000,000,000 of Pentagon spending that cannot be accounted for • …

… • September 11 : 2,996 people are killed in the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon • September 17 : The New York Stock Exchange reopens following the terrorist attacks in New York • September 18 : The 2001 anthrax attacks commence as letters containing anthrax spores are mailed from Princeton, New Jersey to ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, the New York Post, and the National Enquirer • September 20 : Address of President Bush to a joint session of Congress: Freedom at War with Fear • September 21 : English teenager Ross Parker stabbed to death in racially motivated attack by a gang of Muslim Asians in Peterborough, England • September 21 : In Toulouse, France, the AZote Fertilisant chemical factory explodes, killing 29 and seriously wounding over 2,500 • October 2 : Swissair seeks for bankruptcy protection and grounds its entire fleet • October 4 : Siberia Airlines Flight 1812 crashes over the Black Sea en route from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Novosibirsk, Russia; 78 are killed • October 5 : George W. Bush created the Office of Homeland Security within the White House, and named Tom Ridge to head it • October 7 : War in Afghanistan : The United States invades Afghanistan, with participation from other nations • October 8 : Flight SK686 of Scandinavian Airlines collides first with a private plane and then a building in Milano Airport, 118 are killed • October 15 : NASA’s Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles (180 km) of Jupiter’s moon Io • October 19 : SIEV X sinks en route to Christmas Island, killing 353 people • October 23 : The iPod was first introduced by Apple • October 25 : Microsoft releases Windows XP • October 26 : U.S. President George W. Bush signs the Patriot Act into law • November 1 : The Doha Declaration relaxes the grip of international intellectual property law • November 2 : The Glocal Forum, leading international organization in the field of city-to-city cooperation, is established by Ambassador Uri Savir • November 4 : Hurricane Michelle hits Cuba, destroying crops and thousands of homes • November 10 : The People’s Republic of China is admitted to the World Trade Organization after 15 years of negotiations • November 12 : In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, headed to the Dominican Republic, crashes in Queens minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board • November 13 : In the first such act since World War II, U.S. President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against any foreigners suspected of having connections to terrorist acts or planned acts against the United States • November 13 : The World Trade Organization ends a four-day ministerial conference in Doha, Qatar • November 29 : George Harrison, English musician (member of the Beatles) • December 2 : Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection five days after Dynegy cancels a US$8.4 billion buyout bid • December 3 : Officials announce that one of the Taliban prisoners captured after the prison uprising at Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan is John Walker Lindh, an American citizen • December 11 : The United States government indicts Zacarias Moussaoui for involvement in the September 11, 2001 attacks • December 11 : Law enforcement raid members of DrinkOrDie in Operation Buccaneer • December 13 : U.S. President George W. Bush announces the United States’ withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty • December 13 : The Parliament of India is attacked; 12 are killed. This brings India and Pakistan to the brink of war • December 14 : Annular solar eclipse • December 16 : Battle of Tora Bora fought between Coalition Forces and Terrorist Allies and Osama Bin Laden and remaining Taliban forces escape by mule to Pakistan • December 18 : Two men, Ahmed Agiza and Muhammad al-Zery, are secretly deported to Egypt from Sweden after a request from the United States in what is believed to be a CIA-led operation • December 20 : The Argentine government of President Fernando De la Rúa collapses amidst rioting and violence throughout the country • December 22 : Hamid Karzai becomes the president of Afghanistan • December 22 : Paris–Miami, Florida flight is diverted to Boston, Massachusetts after passenger Richard Reid attempts to set his shoe, filled with explosives, on fire • …