More Information for the Terrorist 911 Attacks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Pacific Gas and Electric in California Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection
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
Fire In Gotthard Road Tunnel Joining Switzerland to Northern Italy Under The Alps kills 39
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
IRA Dismantles it's weapons arsenal after years of fighting
2001 becomes known as "Summer of the Shark" after a number of shark attack fatalities.
'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
Richard C. Reid, dubbed by the press as the shoe bomber, attempts to blow up an American Airlines plane
The US Pulls Out Of 1972 Anti Ballistic Missile Treaty
Pharmaceutical Companies Agree to sell Aids drugs for cost price in Africa a discount of up to 90% to help the fight against Aids.
The 27th G8 summit takes place in Genoa, Italy. Massive demonstrations against the meeting by anti-globalization groups
Cincinnati Mayor Charles Luken declares a state of emergency after the third night of Riots
Selby Rail Crash in Northern England
120 people killed in stampede at football game in Ghana
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.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years repairs to stop it falling over
TGeneral 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
How Much things cost in 2001
Average Cost of new house $136,150.00
Average Income per year $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
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Mummy Returns
Jurassic Park III
Planet of the Apes
A Beautiful Mind
Manic Street Preachers
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Malcolm in the Middle
The Weakest Link (UK)
Absolutely Fabulous (UK)
Only Fools and Horses (UK)
Touched by an Angel
The Drew Carey Show
Everybody Loves Raymond
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Dharma & Greg
King of the Hill
Sex and the City
That '70s Show
The King of Queens
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Will & Grace
The West Wing
Ethnic Albanian extremists carry out a bomb attack on a bus convoy in Kosovo
Gunman Kills 14 in Swiss government building
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
Foot and Mouth Disease Is Found In UK after 20 years
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
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
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 AmatoTill 11 June
Italy Prime Minister Silvio BerlusconiFrom This Day In History June 11th
Japan Prime Minister Yoshiro MoriTill 26 April
Japan Prime Minister Junichiro KoizumiFrom 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 ClintonTill January 20,
United States President George W. BushFrom January 20,
United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair