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2001 ( MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2001st year of the Common Era (CE) and (AD) designations, the 1st year of the Anno Domini 3rd millennium, the 1st year of the 21st century, and the 2nd year of the 2000s decade.
2001 was designated as International Year of Volunteers.
January 1 – Kolkata officially restores name from Calcutta, West Bengal, India.
January 10 – The U.S. Federal Trade Commission approves the merger of America Online and Time Warner to form AOL Time Warner. 
January 13 – A 7.6 magnitude earthquake hits all of El Salvador, killing at least 800 people and leaving thousands homeless.
January 15 – Wikipedia is launched. 
January 23 – The Tiananmen Square self-immolation incident occurs.
January 26 – The 7.7 Gujarat earthquake shakes Western India with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X ( Extreme), leaving 13,805-20,023 dead and about 166,800 injured. January 26 – Diane Whipple, American lacrosse player and college coach, was mauled to death by two Presa Canarios, a large breed of dog.
June 5- 9 – Tropical Storm Allison produces 36 inches (900 mm) of rain in Houston, killing 22, damaging the Texas Medical Center, and causing more than US$5 billion of damage overall.
June 6 – U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords of Vermont leaves the Republican Party to caucus as an independent with Democrats, handing majority control of the Senate to the Democratic Party and Majority Leader Tom Daschle.
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.
June 19 – A missile hits a soccer field in northern Iraq (Tel Afr County), killing 23 and wounding 11. According to U.S. officials, it was an Iraqi missile that malfunctioned. 
June 21 – The world's longest train is set up by BHP Iron Ore and is recorded going between Newman and Port Hedland in Western Australia (a distance of 275 km (171 mi)) and the train consists of 682 loaded iron ore wagons and 8 GE AC6000CW locomotives, giving a gross weight of almost 100,000 tonnes and moves 82,262 tonnes of ore; the train is 7.353 km (4.569 mi) long. June 23 – The 8.4 southern Peru earthquake shakes coastal Peru with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII ( Severe). A destructive tsunami followed, leaving at least 75 people dead, and 2,687 injured.
September 1 – Nakai, the first captive orca to be born as a result of artificial insemination, is born at SeaWorld San Diego.
Belfast, Protestant loyalists begin a picket of Holy Cross, a Catholic primary school for girls. For the next 11 weeks, riot police escort the schoolchildren and their parents through hundreds of protesters, amid rioting and heightened violence. The United States, Canada and Israel withdraw from the U.N. Conference on Racism because they feel that the issue of Zionism is overemphasized.
September 4 – Tokyo DisneySea opens to the public as part of the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan.
September 5 – The piece As Slow as Possible, composed by John Cage, begins. It will last 639 years, finishing in the year 2640. 
September 6 – : The United States v. Microsoft Corp. 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 – Around 2,996 victims are killed or fatally injured in the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City, The Pentagon in Arlington County, 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. The World Trade Center towers collapse as a result of the crashes.
September 12 – Ansett Australia Airlines is placed into administration, the company's fleet is grounded 2 days later on September 14.
September 13 – Civilian aircraft traffic resumes in the United States after the September 11 attacks.
September 14 – Historic National Prayer Service held at Washington National Cathedral for victims of the September 11 attacks. A similar service is held in Canada on Parliament Hill, the largest vigil ever held in the nation's capital.
September 17 – The New York Stock Exchange reopens for trading after the September 11 attacks, the longest closure since the Great Depression.
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 , and the New York Post . Twenty-two people in total are exposed, with five resulting fatalities. National Enquirer
September 20 – In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush declares a " War on Terror".
September 27 – Zug massacre: In Zug, Switzerland, Friedrich Leibacher shoots 18 citizens, killing 14 and then himself.
October 1 – Militants attack the state legislature building in Srinagar, Kashmir, killing 38.
October 2 – Swissair seeks for bankruptcy protection and grounds its entire fleet, resulting in over 230 flights cancelled and stranding 18,000 people worldwide.
October 4 – Siberia Airlines Flight 1812 crashes over the Black Sea en route from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Novosibirsk, Russia; 78 are killed.
October 7 – War in Afghanistan: In response to the September 11 attacks, the United States invades Afghanistan, with participation from other nations, thus officially beginning the War on Terror.
October 9 – Second mailing of anthrax letters from Trenton, New Jersey in the 2001 anthrax attacks.
October 15 – NASA's Galileo spacecraft passes within 180 kilometres (110 mi) of Jupiter's moon Io.
October 17 – Israeli tourism minister Rehavam Ze'evi becomes the first Israeli minister to be assassinated in a terrorist attack.
October 19 – sinks en route to SIEV X Christmas Island, killing 353 people.
October 26 – U.S. President George W. Bush signs the Patriot Act into law.
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November 2 – The Glocal Forum, leading international organization in the field of city-to-city cooperation, is established by Ambassador Uri Savir.
November 7 – Sabena, the national airline of Belgium, goes bankrupt.
November 11 – Journalists Pierre Billaud, Johanne Sutton and Volker Handloik are killed in Afghanistan during an attack on the convoy they are traveling in.
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 14 – War in Afghanistan: Northern Alliance fighters take over the capital Kabul.
November 23 – The Convention on Cybercrime is signed in Budapest, Hungary.
November 27 – A hydrogen atmosphere is discovered on the extrasolar planet Osiris by the Hubble Space Telescope, the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet. November 30 – Gary Ridgway, a.k.a. The Green River Killer, is arrested outside 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.
January 1 – Angourie Rice, Australian actress
January 9 – Rodrygo Goes, Brazilian footballer
January 18 – Claire Engler, American actress
January 21 – Jackson Brundage, American actor
February 5 – Juan Karlos Labajo, Filipino singer and performer
February 7 – R. J. Hampton, American basketball player
February 15 – Haley Tju, American actress
February 19 – David Mazouz, American actor
February 21 – Isabella Acres, American actress
February 24 – Ramona Marquez, British actress
March 9 – Jeon So-mi, Canadian-South Korean-Dutch singer
March 17 – Pietro Pellegri, Italian footballer
March 30 – Anastasia Potapova, Russian tennis player
March 31 – James Wiseman, American basketball player
April 5 – Robbie Tucker, American actor
May 8 – Jordyn Huitema, Canadian soccer player
May 23 – Matthew Lintz, American actor
May 24 – Darren Espanto, Filipino singer and performer
June 1 – Ed Oxenbould, Australian actor
June 18 – Gabriel Martinelli, Brazilian footballer
June 19 – Ava Cantrell, American actress and dancer
June 24 – Mo'ne Davis, American athlete
July 1 – Chosen Jacobs, American actor, singer, and musician
July 8 – Yang Peiyi, Chinese singer
July 10 – Isabela Moner, American actress and singer
July 18 – Hailie Deegan, American racing driver
August 5 – Anthony Edwards, American basketball player
August 6 – Ty Simpkins, American actor
August 22 – LaMelo Ball, American basketball player
August 23 – Zaijian Jaranilla, Filipino actor
September 3 – Kaia Gerber, American model and actress
September 4 – Talitha Bateman, American actress
September 5 – Bukayo Saka, English footballer
September 6 – Julian Newman, American basketball player
September 10 – Ajna Késely, Hungarian swimmer
September 15 – Emma Fuhrmann, American actress
October 1 – Luna Blaise, American actress and singer
October 5 – Dalila Bela, Canadian actress
October 9 – Louis Hynes, British actor
October 12 – Raymond Ochoa, American actor and voice actor
October 13 – Caleb McLaughlin, American actor
October 14 – Rowan Blanchard, American actress October 17
October 19 – Art Parkinson, Irish actor
October 25 – Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant, daughter and Heiress Apparent of Philippe, King of the Belgians
November 22 – Zhong Chenle, South Korean singer
November 27 – Morgana Davies, Australian actress
December 1 – Aiko, Princess Toshi of Japan
December 8 – Tylen Jacob Williams, American actor
December 14 – Joshua Rush, American actor
December 18 – Billie Eilish, American singer December 28 – Madison De La Garza, American actress
February 9 - Herbert A. Simon, American economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1916)
February 10 - Lewis Arquette, American film actor, writer and producer (b. 1935)
February 13 - Ugo Fano, Italian-American physicist (b. 1912)
February 19 - Stanley Kramer, American film director (b. 1913)
February 20 - Rosemary DeCamp, American actress (b. 1910)
February 22 - John Fahey, American guitarist and composer (b. 1939)
February 24 - Claude Shannon, American mathematician (b. 1916) February 25 - Sir Don Bradman, Australian cricketer (b. 1908)
August 4 - Lorenzo Music, American actor, writer, producer, and musician (b. 1937)
August 15 - Richard Chelimo, Kenyan athlete (b. 1972)
August 19 - Donald Woods, South African journalist and anti-apartheid activist (b. 1933)
August 22 - Bernard Heuvelmans, Belgian-French cryptozoologist (b. 1916)
August 23 - Kathleen Freeman, American actress (b. 1919)
August 24 - Jane Greer, American actress (b. 1924)
August 26 - Marita Petersen, 8th Prime Minister of Faroe Islands (b. 1940) August 30 - A. F. M. Ahsanuddin Chowdhury, 9th President of Bangladesh (b. 1915)
December 5 - Sir Peter Blake, New Zealand yachtsman (b. 1948)
December 8 - Betty Holberton, American computer scientist (b. 1917)
December 10 - Ashok Kumar, Indian actor (b. 1911)
December 12 - Josef Bican, Czech-Austrian footballer (b. 1913)
December 16 - Stuart Adamson, Scottish singer and guitarist (b. 1958)
December 20 - Léopold Sédar Senghor, first president of Senegal (b. 1906)
December 23 - Jelle Zijlstra, Dutch politician and economist, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (b. 1918)
December 26 - Sir Nigel Hawthorne, British actor (b. 1929) December 31 - Eileen Heckart, American actress (b. 1919)
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