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2001
January 1st
A black monolith measuring approximately nine feet tall appeared in Seattle's Magnuson Park, placed by an anonymous artist in reference to the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
January 6th
The U.S. Congress, presided over by Vice President Al Gore as President of the Senate, certified George W. Bush Jr. Electoral College victory and so became the winner of 2000 presidential election.
January 20th
George W. Bush Jr. succeeded Bill Clinton as President of the United States after being chosen over Al Gore by the supreme court in the disputed and controversial U.S. presidential election, 2000.
January 24th
The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Peter Mandelson resigned from the British cabinet for the second time.
January 26th
An earthquake hit Gujarat in India. More than 20,000 people were killed and most of the historical city was destroyed.
January 31st
The Scottish Court in the Netherlands convicted a Libyan and acquited another for their part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 which crashed in Lockerbie, Scotland on 21st December 1988.
February.
British and U.S. forces carred out bombing raids attempting to disable Iraq's air defense network.
February 6th
In Israel, Likud Party leader Ariel Sharon won the election was the new Prime Minister of the state of Israel.
February 12th
The NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft landed in the 'saddle' region of 433 Eros and became the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
February 16th
A suburb of Baghdad was bombed by US and UK war planes, which killed 3 people.
February 20th
FBI agent Robert Hanssen was arrested and charged with spying for Russia for 15 years.
February 20th
In Britain, panic struck farmers as the 'foot and mouth' crisis hit.
February 28th
In England, the Selby rail crash killed 10 people.
March 23rd
The Russian space station Mir was deliberately de-orbited and broke apart during atmospheric re-entry. It re-entered the atmosphere near Nadi, Fiji, and fell into the Pacific Ocean.
April 1st
An EP-3E American spyplane collided with a Chinese fighter jet and was forced to make an emergency landing in Hainan, China. The U.S. crew were detained for 10 days and the F-8 Chinese pilot, Wang Wei, was never found and was presumed dead.
April 1st
The former President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic surrendered to police special forces, to be tried on charges of war crimes.
May 7th
In Banja Luka, the second largest city in Bosnia, an attempt was made to reconstruct the Ferhadija mosque. The ceremony turned into a mass riot by Serb nationalists that beat and stoned three hundred elderly Bosnian Muslims.
May 11th
English author Douglas Adams of the comicial sci-fi series 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' died from a heart attack, aged 49.
June 1st
The Crown Prince Dipendra of Nepal killed his father, the king, his mother and other members of the royal family with an assault rifle and then shot himself. He died of his wounds on June 4th. King Gyanendra acceeded to the throne.
June 7th
The Labour Party won the British General Election and elected to serve for a second time in government and Tony Blair as the Prime Minister.
June 11th
In the United States Timothy James McVeigh was executed by lethal injection for the bombing of Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19th 1995. 168 people were killed, including 8 Federal Marshals and 19 children.
June 20th
In Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf became President of Pakistan after the resignation of Rafiq Tarar.
July 2nd
World's first self-contained artificial heart implanted in Robert Tools.
July 19th
British politician and novelist Jeffrey Archer was sentenced to four years in prison for perjury and perverting the course of justice.
July
20th - 22nd
The 27th G8 summit in Genoa, Italy. Massive demonstrations by anti-globalisation groups. One demonstrator, Carlo Giuliani, was shot dead by police. Several others were badly injured when the police attacked a school that the protesters were using as their headquarters.
August 2nd
In the United States, Robert Mueller was confirmed as the new director of the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation).
August 6th
President George W. Bush Jr. was informed in his President's Daily Brief that Osama bin Laden was determined to strike targets within the United States. The FBI believed activity consistent with preparations for hijacking US airplanes was underway.
August 9th
US President George W. Bush Jr. announced his support for federal funding of limited research on embryonic stem cells.
September 9th
Suicide bomber wounded Ahmed Shah Massoud, military commander of Northern Alliance in Afghanistan. He died September 14th.
September 10th
U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld held a press conference and disclosed that over US$2trillion in Pentagon funds in transactions could not be accounted for.
September 11th
World Trade Center towers, New York, USA, destroyed by Muslim extremists in a suicide attack which killed almost 3,000 people. Two hijacked airplanes were used as instruments of destruction.
September 11th
The Pentagon, Washington D.C., was also attacked on the same day, within an hour of the World Trade Towers. Muslim extremists again used a hijacked passenger airplane to cause the devastation.
September 11th
Flight 93 was hijacked by Muslim extremists but crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing all passengers and crew. The passengers stopped the plane from being used as a weapon.
September 17th
The New York Stock Exchange reopened following the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11th.
September 18th
The anthrax attacks began. Anthrax letters were mailed from Princeton, New Jersey to ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, the New York Post, and the National Enquirer.
October 4th
The first case of anthrax in the United States was announced by federal officials.
October 4th
Siberia Airlines Flight 1812 from Tel Aviv Israel to Novosibirsk Russia crashed over the Black Sea. 78 people were killed.
October 5th
Tom Ridge resigned as Governor of Pennsylvania to become the first director of the newly created United States Office of Homeland Security.
October 7th
The combined American and British attack on Taliban controlled Afghanistan began.
October 9th
The anthrax attacks continued as anthrax letters were mailed from Princeton, New Jersey to Senators Tom Daschle of South Dakota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont.
October 10th
US President George W. Bush Jr. presented a list of 22 the 'most wanted' terrorists in the World.
October 10th
Vasili Pavlovich Mishin died. Along with Sergei Korolev, Mishin played a key managerial role in the early developments of the Soviet space programme. A major supporter of the Soviet N1 Moon rocket.
October 15th
NASA's Galileo spacecraft passed within 112 miles of Jupiter's moon Io.
October 20th
A concert in New York City, 'a celebration of the strength, resilience, and pride of New York and America' which featured performances by The Who, Paul McCartney, David Bowie and Eric Clapton among many.
November 4th
The Police Service of Northern Ireland was established, which replaced the discredited RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary).
November 7th
The supersonic Concorde resumed flying after a 15-month break, after an Air France Concorde, Flight 4590, crashed after take off from Paris. The accident in France killed all 109 passengers and 5 people on the ground on July 25th 1996.
November 10th
China was admitted to the World Trade Organization after 15 years of negotiations.
November 12th
In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587 crashed minutes after take off from JFK International Airport. The disaster killed all 260 passengers. At first it was believed to be another terrorist attack.
November 12th
Taliban forces abandoned the Afghanistan capital Kabul, ahead of the advancing Northern Alliance troops. Kabul finally fell to the Northern Alliance fighters on November 14th.
November 13th
US President George W. Bush Jr. signed an executive order that allowed military tribunals against any foreigners suspected of having connections to terrorist acts or planned acts on the United States. The first time since World War II.
November.
Muslim extremists from the Al Qaeda organisation, led by Osma Bin Laden, announced responsibility for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Bin Laden video boasts of WTC attack.
November 20th
President George W. Bush Jr. declared war on global terrorism. "Terrorists are to be held accountable".
November 29th
English musician and composer and former Beatle George Harrison died. Harrison was part of the phenomenon that was The Beatles, who are still the one most influential and popular bands in music history.
December 2nd
Enron filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection five days after Dynegy cancelled a US$8.4 billion buy out bid. It became to date the largest bankruptcy in the history of the United States.
December 3rd
US officials announced that one of the Taliban prisoners captured after the prison uprising at Mazar-e Sharif was John Walker Lindh, an American citizen.
December 11th
The United States government indicted Zacarias Moussaoui for his involvement in the attacks on September 11th.
December 13th
The Indian Parliament was attacked by terrorists. The attack killed 14 people and increased tensions between India and Pakistan. Both nations have nuclear weapons and were on the brink of war.
December 13th
U.S. President George W. Bush Jr. announced the United States' withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
December 22nd
In Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai was sworn in as head of the interim government in Afghanistan.
December 22nd
Muslim extremist Richard Reid was arrested after he attempted to light his shoe that was filled with explosives. Reid was on a Paris-Miami flight which had to be diverted to Boston after he was subdued.
December 27th
The People's Republic of China was granted permanent normal trade status with the United States of America.
 

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