Welcome to the year 2001!
Below you will find the list I compiled of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 2001. I hope this helps you with the baby book, time capsule, or commemorative project you’re working on. The blog post is fairly long, so if you don’t feel like writing down all the information check out the printable options.
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Printables for 2001:
World Around Me / 1 Page / Full Post
2001 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):
Gallon of Milk~ $2.90 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
Dozen Eggs(Large, Grade A)~ $.98 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
Loaf of white bread~ $.99 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
U.S. Postage Stamp~ $.34
New Car Price~ $25,800 (nada.org)
Gallon of Gas~ $1.45(Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
Movie Ticket~ $5.66 (Boxofficemojo.com)
Median sales price of new house~ $175,200 (Census.gov)
2001 Top Celebrities:
Catherine Zeta Jones
David and Victoria Beckham
2001 Top Athletes:
2001 Top Sporting Events:
Super Bowl: Baltimore Ravens won 34-7 against the New York Giants
Daytona 500: Bill Elliott
The Kentucky Derby: Monarchos
The Masters: Tiger Woods
NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers won series 4-1 against Philadelphia 76ers
Wimbledon: Gentlemen’s singles: Goran Ivanisevic Ladies’ singles: Venus Williams
World Cup: n/a
World Series: Arizona Diamondbacks won against the New York Yankees 4 to 3 in a seven-series game.
2001 Top Songs:
Hanging by A Moment~ Lifehouse
Fallin’~ Alicia Keys
All for You~ Janet Jackson
Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me) ~ Train
I’m Real~ Jennifer Lopez feat. Ja Rule
If You’re Gone~ Matchbox Twenty
Let Me Blow Ya Mind~ Eve feat. Gwen Stefani
Thank You~ Dido
Again~ Lenny Kravitz
Independent Women~ Destiny’s Child
U Remind Me~ Usher
The Way You Love Me~ Faith Hill
2001 Top Television Shows:
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Will & Grace
Sex and the City
Band of Brothers
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
That 70’s Show
2001 Top Movies:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Rush Hour 2
The Mummy Returns
Jurassic Park III
Planet of the Apes (2001)
A Beautiful Mind
American Pie 2
The Fast and the Furious
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Dr. Dolittle 2
Black Hawk Down
The Princes Diaries
2001 Top Books:
Skipping Christmas~ John Grisham
Violets Are Blue~ James Patterson
Journey Through Heartsongs~ Mattie J.T. Stepanek
He Sees You When You’re Sleeping~ Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark
Desecration~ Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
Last Man Standing~ David Baldacci
The Corrections~ Jonathan Frazen
The No Spin Zone~ Bill O’Reilly
John Adams~ David McCullough
The Final Days~ Barbara Olson
13 Jack: Straight From the Gut~ Jack Welch and John A. Byrne
Theodore Rex~ Edmund Morris
The Universe in a Nutshell~ Stephen Hawking
2001 Top Fashion and Trends:
Flared leg jeans with heals
Platform heals and boots
Tall boots with skirt
Large ‘JLo’ Sunglasses
Head to Toe Denim
Long Maxi Skirt
Flared shirt sleeves
Men’s skinny pants paired with high-top sneakers
Hair dyed in chunks and layers of contrasting colors
2001 World Population:
6,201,245,231 and counting…
2001 World Leaders:
Bill Clinton until January 20th, then George W. Bush, President of the United States.
Al Gore and then Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States
Jiang Zemin, President of China.
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia.
Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Pope John Paul II, Of Vatican City.
Jacques Chirac, President of France.
Madeleine Albright and then Colin Powell, United States Secretary of State.
Kofi Atta Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
2001 Major Events:
January 20 – 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.
January 26 – An earthquake hits Gujarat, India, killing almost 20,000.
February 18 – FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested and charged with spying for Russia for 25 years.
March 2 – The Taliban begins destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas.
April 1 – In the Netherlands, the Act on the Opening up of Marriage goes into effect. The Act allows same-sex couples to marry legally for the first time in the world since the reign of Nero.
May 13 – Silvio Berlusconi wins 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, 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.
June 7 – 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.
July 18 – In Baltimore, a 60-car train derailment occurs in a tunnel, sparking a fire that lasts days and virtually shuts down downtown Baltimore.
August 31–September 1 – The 2001 Vancouver TV realignment occurs in British Columbia, Canada.
September 6 – United States v. Microsoft Corp.: The United States Justice Department announces that it no longer seeks to break up software maker Microsoft, and will instead seek a lesser antitrust penalty.
September 11 – 2,997 people are killed in the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City, The Pentagon in Arlington, 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.
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. 22 in total are exposed; 5 of them die.
October – U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.
October 7 – War in Afghanistan (2001–present): The United States invades Afghanistan, with participation from other nations.
October 23 – The Provisional Irish Republican Army of Northern Ireland commences disarmament after peace talks.
October 26 – U.S. President George W. Bush signs the Patriot Act into law.
November – The Doha Declaration relaxes the grip of international intellectual property law.
November 4 – The Police Service of Northern Ireland is established, replacing the controversial Royal Ulster Constabulary.
November 10 – The People’s Republic of China is admitted to the World Trade Organization after 15 years of negotiations.
November 10 – Australian Prime Minister John Howard is elected to a third term.
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 30 – 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.
December 2 – Enron 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).
December 2 -During economic crisis in Argentina government effectively froze all bank accounts for twelve months which led to riots.
December 11 -The United States government indicts Zacarias Moussaoui for involvement in the September 11, 2001 attacks.
December 13 -The Parliament of India is attacked; 12 are killed. This brings India and Pakistan to the brink of war.
December 13 – U.S. President George W. Bush announces the US withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
December 22 – A Paris–Miami flight is diverted to Boston after passenger Richard Reid attempts to set his shoe, filled with explosives, on fire.
December 27 – The People’s Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade status with the United States.
2001 Pop Culture:
January 21 – Renee Zellweger was in the bathroom when Hugh Grant called her to stage to receive her Golden Globe Award.
February 18 – Beloved NASCAR driver, Dale Earnhardt dies at the Daytona 500 in an accident during the last lap of the race.
February – Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman divorce after 10 years of marriage.
March 23 – The World Wrestling Federation (WWF/now WWE) purchases rival organization World Championship Wrestling (WCW) for an estimated US$7 million.
May 24 – Sherpa Temba Tsheri, 16, becomes the youngest person to summit Mount Everest.
July – Julia Roberts and Benjamin Bratt end their four year relationship.
August 25 – Recording artist Aaliyah and 8 others are killed in an airplane crash in The Bahamas.
September 6 – Britney Spears Dances with a live Python at the MTV Music Video Awards.
September 26 – The fifth and final Star Trek TV series Enterprise premieres on UPN.
October 7 – Barry Bonds break MLB record by hitting 73 home runs. Steroid use is later uncovered.
2001 Technology and Science:
Tablets & Readers:
Online Social Communities:
Windows Media Player 6.4
PlayStation & PlayStation 2
Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance
January 11 – The U.S. Federal Trade Commission approves the merger of America Online and Time Warner to form AOL Time Warner.
January 15 – Wikipedia launches on the internet.
February – The publicly funded Human Genome Project, led by Francis Collins and the privately funded Celera effort, led by Craig Venter simultaneously publish their decoding of the human genome (in Nature and Science, respectively).
February 12 – The NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touches down in the “saddle” region of 433 Eros, becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
March 21, 2001 – The Game Boy Advance, a handheld video game console by Nintendo is released.
April 28 – Soyuz TM-32 lifts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, carrying the first space tourist, American Dennis Tito.
July 2 – The world’s first self-contained artificial heart is implanted in Robert Tools.
August 24 – Windows XP is launched by Microsoft.
September 14, 2001 – Nintendo releases the Gamecube.
October 15 – NASA’s Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles (180 km) of Jupiter’s moon Io.
October 23 – The iPod is first introduced by Apple.
November 15 – The Microsoft Xbox is introduced.
December 27 -Typhoon Vamei forms within 1.5 degrees of the equator. No other tropical cyclone in recorded history has come as close to the equator.
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