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2001 World Events



January 13: An earthquake hits Lima, Peru.  Over 5000 are reported dead.

January 16:
The Baltimore Ravens defeat the New York Giants, 34-7, in Super Bowl XXXV.

January 20: George W. Bush is sworn in as the 43rd President of the United States.

January 26: An earthquake strikes Gujarat, India.  Over 20,000 are reported dead.

February 12: NASA's NEAR space probe touches down on the asteroid Eros.

February 18: NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt is killed during a crash while racing in the Daytona 500.

February 26: The Taliban in Bamiyan, Afghanistan destroys two Buddha statues.  These statues were archeological treasures from the ancient world.


March 25: The Best Picture Oscar is awarded to "Gladiator" at the Academy Awards.  The movie wins a total of 5 Oscars that night.


April 2: US EP-3E spy plane collides F-8 with Chinese fighter jet off the coast of China.  The US crew makes an emergency landing in Hainan, China and is held captive for 11 days.


April 30: Dennis Tito lifts off in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft as the first space tourist.

May 24: Fifteen year-old Sherpa, Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person ever to make it to the summit of Mount Everest.

May 27: Helio Castroneves wins the Indianapolis 500.

June 7:
In an effort to stimulate the flagging economy, President Bush signs a new tax cut law, which is the largest in 20 years.

September 11: Terrorist followers of Usama Bin Laden seize control of 4 passenger planes in the US.  The terrorists crash 2 of these planes into the World Trade Center towers in New York City.  The subsequent fire causes the buildings to collapse.  Thousands of innocent people are killed.  The third hijacked jetliner is crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, DC.  The fourth jetliner is crashed in a field in Pennsylvania after the heroic passengers fight back against the terrorists.

October 7: In response to the terrorist attacks, the US and British governments begin a bombing campaign against the Taliban government in Afghanistan which has been sheltering the terrorist Usama Bin Laden and his followers.

October 15: NASA's Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles of the surface of Jupiter's moon IO.

December 9: Taliban government in Afghanistan collapses after two months of intensive bombing.

December 9: The Taliban government in Afghanistan collapses after two months of intensive bombing
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