• July 2 - World's first self-contained artificial heart implanted in Robert Tools.

  • August 9 - U.S. President George W. Bush announces his support for limiting federal research on embryonic stem cells.

  • July 13 - Afghanistan's Taliban bans internet access country-wide, including from government offices, in an attempt to control access to its content.

  • September 4 - Google Inc. is awarded a patent, number 6,285,999, for the PageRank search algorithm used in the Google search engine.

  • September 9 - Ahmed Shah Massoud, leader of the Northern Alliance, is assassinated in Afghanistan.

  • September 21- The NASDAQ technology index hits 1,423.19, just 28% of its peak 18 months ago, at the heart of the dot.com "bubble." Billions of dollars of paper wealth has evaporated.

  • September 23 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) hits 8,235.81, down 30% from its high 18 months before.

  • September 11 - Around 3,000 people are killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, through the hijacking and crashing of three passenger jets into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in rural Pennsylvania.

  • October 4 - First case of anthrax in the U.S. is announced by federal officials.

  • October 7 - 2001 U.S. Attack on Afghanistan begins.

  • October 15 - NASA's Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles of Jupiter's moon Io.

  • November 12 - In New York City, an Airbus A300 carrying American Airlines Flight 587 crashes minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 onboard.

  • November 13 - In the first such act since World War II, U.S. President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals to try any foreigner suspected of having connections to terrorist acts or planned acts on the United States.

  • December 2 - Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. At the time, this is the largest bankruptcy in the history of the United States.

  • December 13 - The Indian Parliament is attacked by terrorists. While there are no casualties, the event brings India and Pakistan to the brink of war.

  • 2001 - Western pharmaceutical companies begin offering AIDS drugs to poor countries at a discount. The U.N. estimates that during 2001 there are 3 million deaths worldwide from AIDS, of which 2.3 million are in Sub-Saharan Africa. There are five million new infections this year, bringing the total to 40 million infected; Africa has the most infected people (more than 16 million), followed by South and Southeast Asia (more than 6 million).

  • December 27, 2001- The People's Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade status with the United States.

  • January 1, 2002 - Introduction of Euro banknotes and coins in the European Union.

  • January 17 - Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people.

  • January 27 - Several explosions at a military dump in Lagos, Nigeria kill more than 1,000.

  • February 8 through February 24 - 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • February 12 - The trial of former President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic begins at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

  • February 12 - U.S. Secretary of Energy makes the decision that Yucca Mountain is suitable to be the United States' nuclear repository.

  • February Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos, with fortune down to $1.5 billion, now ranks 293 on Forbes global rich list. Yahoo founders David Filo and Jerry Yang no longer rate as billionaires.

  • February 19 - NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars, using its thermal emission imaging system.

  • February 27 - 59 Hindu pilgrims die aboard a train burned by a Muslim mob in Godhra, India, sparking a series of riots which leave hundreds dead.

  • April 2 - Israeli forces surround the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, in which 200 Palestinians, including both militants and civilians, have taken refuge. Inside the church complex are also approximately 75 monks and nuns. A siege ensues.

  • April 25 - South African Mark Shuttleworth blasts off from the Baikonur cosmodrome - he has paid £15 million for the trip.

  • April 26 - Federally recognized Native American tribes become eligible to register under .gov.

  • May 9 - The 38-day stand-off in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem comes to an end when the Palestinians inside agree to have 13 suspected militants among them deported to several different countries. The standoff began on April 2.

  • May 22 - A jury in Birmingham, Alabama convicts former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murders of four girls in the16th Street Baptist Church bombing.

  • May 26 - The Mars Odyssey finds signs of huge water ice deposits on the planet Mars.

  • June 6 - The United States House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee announces that it is probing Martha Stewart's ImClone stock sales.

More Technology News 2001-2002

  • What's Hip: Having your own Blog
  • Emerging Technologies: Grid Computing, P2

Prizes 2001-2002

  • Nobel Prize for Literature - V.S. Naipaul
  • Nobel Peace Prize - United Nations, Kofi Annan

Source for world timeline: www.wikipedia.org. Source for internet timeline: Hobbes' Internet Timeline 7.0

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