- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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