2001 al-Qaeda Terrorists attack the United States using hijacked passenger aircraft to bring down the Twin Towers in New York and crashing an aircraft into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia leaving nearly 3,000 people dead. the attacks become known simply as 911 due to the date of the attack September 11th. Due to the attacks a number of things happen, America Declares War on Terrorism and invades Afghanistan where the leader of al-Qaeda Osama bin Laden was believed to be hiding , Security increases for all aspects of American life including Airline Security.

Cost of Living 2001

How Much things cost in 2001 Average Cost of new house $136,150.00
Average Median Income $42,350.00
Average Monthly Rent $715.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas $1.46
Average cost of new car $25,850.00
US Postage Stamp 34 cents
1 LB of Bacon $3.22
Ground Coffee per IB $3.06
Loaf of Bread $1.82
Dozen Eggs 90 cents

Events 2001

  • An earthquake hits Gujarat, India, causing more than 20,000 deaths
  • 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
  • British and U.S. forces carry out bombing raids attempting to disable Iraq's air defense network
  • Timothy James McVeigh is executed for the Oklahoma City Bombing.
  • Congress passes the aviation security bill requiring that all airport screeners would undergo criminal background checks and would have to be U.S. citizens
  • The US ( George W Bush ) refuses to sign the Kyoto Agreement on Climate Change

United States - Genesis Spacecraft Launched
  • NASA launches the Genesis space probe.
More Information for NASA Genesis
1. NASA launches the Genesis spacecraft during August of 2001.
2. The mission of Genesis was to examine and collect samples of solar wind.
3. This mission was the first to collect and return materials to Earth since the Apollo program.
4. NASA thought that the samples could provide more accurate information about the composition of the Sun and improve upon theories about the creation of the Sun and the planets.
5. Genesis crash-landed back on Earth in September of 2004.
6. Due to a design flaw in the parachute several samples were damaged in the crash, but there were still some left intact that NASA was able to study.

Italy -- Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy re-opens to the public during December of 2001. The popular tourist destination was built in 1360 and closed in 1990 for repairs. It opened 11 years later after a team of engineers, architects, and soil experts successfully stabilized it without removing its famous tilt. There were multiple attempts to fix the sinking tower and it was accomplished by removing soil underneath it to counter the tilt. The repairs cost about $27 million and the experts who worked on it estimated that the 12th century building would last at least another 200 years before toppling over.
  • The US Pulls Out Of 1972 Anti Ballistic Missile Treaty
  • 2001 becomes known as "Summer of the Shark" after a number of shark attack fatalities.
  • Pharmaceutical Companies Agree to sell Aids drugs for cost price in Africa a discount of up to 90% to help the fight against Aids.
Northern Ireland
  • IRA Dismantles it's weapons arsenal after years of fighting

  • The 27th G8 summit takes place in Genoa, Italy. Massive demonstrations against the meeting by anti-globalization groups
  • Known simply as 9/11. On September 11, 2001 Nineteen hijackers simultaneously took control of four U.S. domestic commercial airliners. The hijackers crashed two planes into the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York City one into each of the two tallest towers. Within two hours, both towers collapsed. The hijackers crashed the third aircraft into the U.S. Department of Defense headquarters, the Pentagon, in Arlington County, Virginia. The fourth plane crashed into a rural field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, following apparent passenger resistance.
  • The United States invades Afghanistan, with some participation from the UK. Marking the beginning of the US "War on Terrorism" campaign. Seeking to oust the Taliban and find Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden
  • California suffers more Rolling Blackouts and electricity rate hikes of up to 46 percent
  • Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
  • Cincinnati Mayor Charles Luken declares a state of emergency after the third night of Riots
  • Pacific Gas and Electric in California Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

NEAR Shoemaker Spacecraft

NASA’s NEAR (Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous) Shoemaker spacecraft became the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid when it touches down in the “saddle” region of 433 Eros. The spacecraft initially launched in February of 1996 and ended its mission after landing on the asteroid which was approximately 355 kilometers away from Earth. While visiting the asteroid, the spacecraft took photos of its descent, and measured data relating to mineralogy, morphology, the composition of it, its magnetic field, and other properties.


United States - iTunes Released by Apple

The Apple Computer Company releases the iTunes program during January of 2001. The purpose of the software was to organize and manage digital multimedia files, primarily music and video files on a computer. It was used primarily by users to store and organize their digital music collections, rip songs off of CDs, and to upload their music and video collections onto devices like an iPod. In 2003, Apple introduced the iTunes Store which made it even easier for iTunes users to add to their digital music collection.


Russia - Mir Space Station De-Orbits

1. The Russian space station Mir was de-orbited during March.
2. The space station plunged into the South Pacific in a controlled re-entry that was monitored by several space agencies.
3. Mir was originally assembled in 1986 and placed in low Earth orbit by the Soviet Union.
4. It was the first modular space station and had a larger mass than any other spacecraft that had been launched at that point in time.
5. Russia chose to de-orbit the Mir space station as they lacked the funding to continue operations and had been devoting more time and resources to the new International Space Station that was launched in 1998.


  • Dennis Tito becomes the first space tourist during May of 2001.
More Information for Dennis Tito and Space Tourism
U.S. business man and multimillionaire Dennis Tito returns from his space flight in May of 2001. Tito was considered to be the very first “space tourist’ having paid his way for a trip to the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Tito reportedly paid $20 million to Space Adventures, a company that facilitated his training in Russia and subsequent flight to the ISS. Tito originally tried to plan his trip through NASA but NASA officials did not approve of Tito’s flight as they did not believe he would have enough training. Dennis Tito’s space journey lasted for about six days during which he helped conduct experiments before he returned to Earth.

  • A series of Anthrax attacks spreads fear amongst the American Public and several people are infected by handling infected letters
  • 120 people killed in stampede at football game in Ghana
  • Selby Rail Crash in Northern England
Galapagos Islands
  • 'Jessica' runs aground on the Island of San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands causing an Ecological Disaster when 180,000 gallons of oil are leaked into the sea
  • Gunmen attack the parliament building in the Indian capital, New Delhi leaving At least 12 dead and 22 injured
  • Hotel fire at Manila, Philippines causes the death of over 100 people.
  • Ethnic Albanian extremists carry out a bomb attack on a bus convoy in Kosovo
  • The legendary racing driver Dale Earnhardt who had won a record seven Nascar championships dies in a last-lap crash during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway
  • Gunman Kills 14 in Swiss government building
  • Fire In Gotthard Road Tunnel Joining Switzerland to Northern Italy Under The Alps kills 39
  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years repairs to stop it falling over
  • On June 8th Tony Blair and the British labour party are elected for a second term.
  • 13 of the most popular museums in England are now free to visit
  • General Pervez Musharraf Takes Power on June 21st and takes on the role of president and chief executive in Pakistan and banning opposition parties political rallies.
  • The Eden Project in Cornwall, England Opened ( the worlds largest greenhouse ) trying to help save the worlds largest collection of plants
  • Foot and Mouth Disease Is Found In UK after 20 years
  • Soccer Fans Stampede in Ghana leaving 126 fans dead
  • Richard C. Reid, dubbed by the press as the shoe bomber, attempts to blow up an American Airlines plane
  • The Republican controlled House voted for the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act
  • A humanitarian crisis of epic proportions occurs in DR Congo with over 16 million Congolese starving
  • 7.9 magnitude earthquake strikes the city of Arequipa and surrounding areas in Southern Peru
  • Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic is arrested and charged with corruption and theft of state funds and war crimes charges
  • A Scandinavian airline, SAS aircraft crashes into an airport building at Linate airport killing 118

Technology 2001

  • Wikipedia, a Wiki free content encyclopedia, goes online
  • Napster is closed down by court order following an injunction on behalf of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),
  • 50 countries sign the Convention on Cybercrime hoping to cut the amount of crime commited through the Internet
  • Russian space station Mir is decommissioned and re-enters the atmosphere landing in the Pacific
  • Mars Odyssey is launched
  • The Mars Odyssey spacecraft reaches Mars on October 24, 2001 It's Mission to answer the question of whether life has ever existed on Mars.
  • The code red ( WORM ) virus attacks 1/4 million web sites running on Microsoft's IIS web server
  • Apple Computer releases the iPod.
  • HP ( Hewlett Packard ) and Compaq Merge
  • Remains of what may be the oldest ancient human are found in Ethiopia estimated to be 5.5 million years old
  • The unmanned solar aircraft Helios reaches a record height of over 18 miles above the earth
  • Microsoft releases Windows XP
  • The worlds first Contraceptive Patch ( Ortho-Evra ) goes on the market

Popular Culture 2001

Popular Films

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Shrek
  • Ocean's Eleven
  • Pearl Harbor
  • The Mummy Returns
  • Jurassic Park III
  • Planet of the Apes
  • Hannibal
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Training Day
  • Monster's Ball
  • Moulin Rouge!

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Popular Musicians

  • Janet Jackson
  • Destiny's Child
  • Feeder
  • Ash
  • New Order
  • Eddy Grant
  • U2
  • Robbie Williams
  • Alicia Keys
  • Missy Elliott
  • Stereophonics
  • Dido
  • Texas
  • Elton John
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • R.E.M.
  • Weezer
  • Aerosmith
  • Radiohead
  • Manic Street Preachers
  • Missy Elliott
  • Gabrielle
  • Aaliyah
  • Travis
  • Wheatus
  • Dido
  • Creed

Popular Television

  • Boston Public
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • Ed
  • Malcolm in the Middle
  • Survivor
  • The District
  • The Weakest Link (UK)
  • Yes, Dear
  • Absolutely Fabulous (UK)
  • Crossroads (UK)
  • Only Fools and Horses (UK)
  • The Simpsons
  • ER
  • Friends
  • Touched by an Angel
  • The Drew Carey Show
  • 7th Heaven
  • Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Judge Judy
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Dharma & Greg
  • King of the Hill
  • South Park
  • Becker
  • Charmed
  • Dawson's Creek
  • Sex and the City
  • That '70s Show
  • The King of Queens
  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
  • Will & Grace
  • Family Feud
  • Family Guy
  • Futurama
  • Judging Amy
  • The Sopranos
  • The West Wing

2001 Calendar

Major World Political Leaders 2001

Australia Prime Minister John Howard Brazil President Fernando Henrique Cardoso Canada Prime Minister Jean Chrétien

China Chairman of the People's Republic of China Jiang Zemin

France President Jacques Chirac

Germany Chancellor Gerhard Schröder
India Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Italy Prime Minister Giuliano Amato Till 11 June
Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi From This Day In History June 11th
Japan Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori Till 26 April
Japan Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi From 26 April
Mexico President Vicente Fox Russia / Soviet Union
General Secretary of the CPSU Vladimir Putin South Africa State President Thabo Mbeki United States President Bill Clinton Till January 20,
United States President George W. Bush From January 20,
United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair

Political Elections 2001

British General Election 2001 Tony Blair ( Labour ) defeats William Hague ( Conservative ) and Charles Kennedy ( Liberal Democrat )