- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission approves the merger of America Online and Time Warner to form AOL Time Warner.

- A 7.6 magnitude earthquake hits all of El Salvador, killing at least 800 people and leaving thousands homeless.

- George W. Bush is sworn into office, succeeding Bill Clinton as President of the United States, over candidate contender Al Gore in the disputed U.S. presidential election, 2000.

- The Congressional Budget Office of the United States forecasts a $5,600,000,000,000 budget surplus for the next 10 years.1


- The NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touches down in the “saddle” region of 433 Eros, becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.

- A 6.6 magnitude earthquake hits El Salvador, killing at least 400.

- Iraq disarmament crisis: British and U.S. forces carry out bombing raids, attempting to disable Iraq’s air defense network.

- FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested and charged with spying for Russia for 25 years.


- The Taliban begins destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas.

- The deorbit of Russian space station Mir is carried out near Nadi, Fiji, with Mir falling into the Pacific Ocean.


- 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. The U.S. crew is detained for 10 days and the F-8 Chinese pilot, Wang Wei, goes missing and is presumed dead.

- Former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia President Slobodan Milošević surrenders to police special forces, to be tried on charges of war crimes.


- In Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, an attempt is made to reconstruct the Ferhadija mosque. However, the ceremony results in mass riots by Serb nationalists, who beat and stone 300 elderly Bosnian Muslims.

- Silvio Berlusconi wins the general election and becomes Prime Minister of Italy for the second time.

- A large trans-Neptunian object (28978 Ixion) is found during the Deep Ecliptic Survey.


- 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 in the Nepalese royal massacre. Dipendra dies June 4, as King of Nepal. His uncle Gyanendra accedes to the throne.

- A Hamas suicide bomber kills 21, mostly teenagers, in the Dolphinarium disco in Tel Aviv, Israel.

- Tropical Storm Allison produces 36 inches (900 mm) of rain in Houston, killing 22, damaging the Texas Medical Center, and causing more than 5 billion American dollars of damage overall. George Foreman helps tow stranded motorists to safety.

- George W. Bush signs the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, the first tax cut of a series now known as the Bush tax cuts.

- In Terre Haute, Indiana, Timothy McVeigh is executed for the Oklahoma City bombing.

- Andrea Yates drowns all 5 of her young children in Houston, as a way to save them from Satan.


- The world’s first self-contained artificial heart is implanted in Robert Tools.

- Race riots erupt in Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom after members of a racist, UK extremist group, the National Front, reportedly stabbed an Asian man outside a pub.

- In Baltimore, Maryland, a 60-car train derailment occurs in a tunnel, sparking a fire that lasts days and virtually shuts down downtown Baltimore.

- Tamil Tigers attack Bandaranaika International Airport in Sri Lanka, causing an estimated $500 million of damages.


- Sbarro Restaurant in Jerusalem is attacked by a Palestinian militant, who kills 15 civilians and wounds 130.

- The World Conference against Racism 2001 is held in Durban, South Africa.


- A suicide bomber kills Ahmad Shah Massoud, military commander of the Afghan Northern Alliance.

- 2,977 victims are killed in the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City, New York, The Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, and in rural Shanksville, Pennsylvania after American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 are hijacked and crash into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, American Airlines Flight 77 is hijacked and crashes into the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93 is hijacked and crashes into grassland in Shanksville, due to the passengers fighting to regain control of the airplane. The World Trade Center towers collapse as a result of the crashes. The attacks remain the deadliest act of Terrorism in history in terms of casualties.

- 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. 22 in total are exposed; 5 of them die.


- U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.

- The Provisional Irish Republican Army of Northern Ireland commences disarmament after peace talks.

- U.S. President George W. Bush signs the Patriot Act into law.


- The People’s Republic of China is admitted to the World Trade Organization after 15 years of negotiations

- 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.

- Gary Ridgway, a.k.a. The Green River Killer, is arrested outside of the truck factory where he had worked in Renton, Washington. His arrest marked the end of one of the longest running homicide investigations in US history.


- Endron, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection 5 days after Dynegy cancels a US$8.4 billion buyout bid (to that point, the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history).

- 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.

- The United States government indicts Zacarias Moussaoui for involvement in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

- The Parliament of India is attacked; 12 are killed. This brings India and Pakistan to the brink of war.

- U.S. President George W. Bush announces the US withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

- A Paris–Miami flight is diverted to Boston after passenger Richard Reid attempts to set his shoe, filled with explosives, on fire.

- The People’s Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade status with the United States.


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