Historical Events For Year 2001

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January 11, 2001

AOL Time Warner is formed upon the approval of the merger of America Online and Time Warner by the United States Federal Trade Commission.
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January 15, 2001

The launching of Wikipedia as The Free Online Encyclopedia takes place. Read More

January 20, 2001

The disputed election for President of the United States ends in the succession of George W. Bush over President Bill Clinton, defeating component Al Gore.
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January 31, 2001

The prediction of a budget surplus of $5,600,000,000,000 over the next 10 years is made by the Congressional Budget Office of the United States.
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February 18, 2001

The arrest of FBI agent Robert Hanssen occurs for being a spy for Russia for 25 years. Read More

March 4, 2001

The BBC Television Center experiences a bomb explosion in London, UK. Read More

March 23, 2001

World Championship Wrestling is bought by their rival, the World Wrestling Federation for around $7 million.
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April 28, 2001

Dennis Tito is aboard the Soyuz TM-32 as it launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome as the first space tourist.
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May 24, 2001

The youngest person to reach the peak of Mount Everest is 16 year old Sherpa Temba Tsheri.
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June 7, 2001

The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act is signed by President George W. Bush as the first of the Bush tax cuts.
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June 21, 2001

A BHP Iron Ore train is set up as the longest train in the world traveling between Newman and Port Hedland in Australia.
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July 2, 2001

Robert Tools receives the implantation of the first self-supporting artificial heart. Read More

July 16, 2001

The signing of the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation takes place between the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation.
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August 24, 2001

Microsoft launches Windows XP. Read More

September 11, 2001

The September 11 attacks take place with the hijacking and crashing of the AA Flight 11 and United Flight 175 into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, resulting in the death of 2,997 people that day.
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September 26, 2001

Star Trek: Enterprise premieres on UPN as the fifth and final season of the Star Trek TV series.
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October , 2001

The formation of the Office of Homeland Security is announced by President George Bush. Read More

October 7, 2001

The invasion of Afghanistan by the United States with aid from other nations takes place, starting the War in Afghanistan.
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October 23, 2001

The initiation of the disarmament of the Provisional Irish Republican Army of Northern Ireland takes place following peace talks.
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October 23, 2001

Apple, Inc. introduces the first iPod. Read More

October 26, 2001

The singing of the Patriot Act by President Bush takes place, making it law. Read More

November 4, 2001

The controversial Royal Ulster Constabulary is replaced by Northern Ireland's Police Service.
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November 10, 2001

The World Trade Organization admits the People's Republic of China after negotiating for 15 years.
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December 2, 2001

All bank accounts in Argentina are frozen by the government for a year as a result of an economic crisis.
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December 13, 2001

The announcement that the United States has withdrawn from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty established in 1972 is made by President Bush.
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