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Major Events of 2001

2001 (Roman Numerals: MMI) was the 1st year of the 21st century, and also the first year of the 3rd millennium. However, in popular culture, the previous year, 2000, become widely known as the "millennium year". 2001 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Monday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 2001.
News Events of 2001

AOL announces agreement to buy Time Warner for $162 billion, the largest corporate merger in history.

Former Soviet/Russian space station, Mir, re-enters atmosphere.


Former Yugoslav President, Slobodan Milosevic surrenders to face war crimes charges.

Slobodan Milosevic

Tony Blair is re-elected in British General Election.

Terrorists hijack four US airlines, and crash them. World Trade Center in New York City destroyed.

World Trade Center

USA Patriot Act becomes law in the USA.

Windows XP is officially released by Microsoft.

Microsoft releases the Xbox console.


Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Nintendo GameCube released.

Apple introduces the iPod.

Apple iPod

Wikipedia, an online free encyclopedia is launched.

Polaroid Corporation files for federal bankruptcy protection.

NEAR Shoemaker is the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.

First draft of complete human genome published in Nature.

Apple opens its first Apple Stores.

Sports in 2001
Fiction set in 2001

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