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2001 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
2001 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
Superbowl XXXV Champions
National Basketball Association Champions
|Los Angeles Lakers|
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Lleyton Hewitt/Venus Williams|
|Goran Ivanisevic/Venus Williams|
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 3, 2001 - Oklahoma over
Rose Bowl: January 1, 2001 - Washington over Purdue
Sugar Bowl : January 2, 2001 - Miami over Florida
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|Special Times Just Right|
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
|Angela Perez BaBaraquio (Honolulu, HI)|
|Kandace Krueger (Texas)|
2001's Fresh Faces and Top Celebrities
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Aaliyah, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Alba, Krista Allen, Gillian Anderson, Victoria Beckham, Kate Beckinsale, Monica Bellucci, Elsa Benitez, Beyonce, Thora Birch, Jordana Brewster, Gisele Bundchen, Brooke Burke, Rachael Leigh Cook, Penélope Cruz, Rosario Dawson, Amanda Detmer, Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Shannon Elizabeth, Nelly Furtado, Carla Gugino, Kate Hudson, Jaime King, Mia Kirshner, Heidi Klum, Mila Kunis, Ali Larter, Adriana Lima, Drea de Matteo, Mandy Moore, Anna Paquin, Amanda Peet, Natalie Portman, Monica Potter, Laura Prepon, Tara Reid, Michelle Rodriguez, Roselyn Sanchez, Xenia Seeberg, Victoria Silvstedt, Jessica Simpson, Molly Sims, Kim Smith, Lee Lee Sobieski, Shannyn Sossamon, Britney Spears, Julia Stiles, Mena Suvari, Sofia Vergara, Estella Warren, Rachelle Weisz, Reese Witherspoon, Alicia Witt, Sarah Wynter|
2001 Pop Culture History
CC, short for Carbon Copy or Copy Cat (depending on who you ask)
was the world's first cloned cat, born December 22, 2001.
The voice of Boo from Monsters, Inc., Mary Gibbs, was just
a toddler during production. The crew couldn't get her to sit still
and read her lines, so they had her play in the studio while following
her around with a mic
War on Terror
|Number of Deaths on the 9/11 attack:
American Airlines Flight 11 (hit the North Tower, NYC)
-87 passengers and crew, 5 hijackers
United Airlines Flight 175 (hit the South Tower, NYC)
-60 passengers and crew, 5 hijackers
Total World Trade Center
- 2,606 people
1366+ in North Tower
618+ in South Tower
18 was the guesstimate pedestrians killed on the street below
411 emergency workers were killed
341 firefighters, 60 police officers, 10 paramedics & EMTs
United Airlines Flight 90 (Crashed near Shanksville, PA)
-40 passengers and crew, 4 hijackers
American Airlines Flight 77 (hit the Pentagon)
-59 passengers and crew, 5 hijackers
Henryk Siwiak, a Polish immigrant, was murdered on September 11th 2001 and is widely described as "the last person killed in New York on 9/11".
Officer John Perry of the NYPD went to headquarters to file retirement paperwork. When he heard the explosion at the world trade center he immediately responded and was later killed when one of the towers collapsed. He was the only off-duty officer killed on 9/11.
Clear Channel banned many rock and pop songs after the attack.
Seth MacFarlane (of Family Guy, American Dad, and Ted fame) missed boarding American Airlines Flight 11 by fifteen minutes on September 11, 2001. He was reportedly late because of a hangover.
Synth-pop band "I Am the World Trade Center" released their debut album "Out of the Loop" in July 2001 with the 11th track of the album being "September".
A live album from the band Dream Theater was released on 9/11/2001, which had the skyline of NYC (with the World Trade Center) in flames on its album art. The album was recalled and re-released a short time later, but the incident remains one of the most bizarre coincidences in music.
The pilot episode of the Lone Gunmen was about a conspiracy of the US government to hijack an airline and fly it into the World Trade Center to start a profit making war. It aired March 4, 2001.
In August 2001, actor James Woods reported to authorities 4 suspicious males on his flight. Those males were the 911 hijackers on a dry run.
The name of the 'USA Patriot Act' is an acronym; "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001"
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
|Angelina Jolie gave a passionate open-mouth kiss to
her brother, James, which made many people almost forget Bjork's goose
Recordings revealed that Enron shut down a power station in California and created an artificial power shortage, deliberately aggravating the 2001 California Energy Crisis, so they could raise prices and cost residents billions in surcharges. Enron's accounting scandal cost investors something close to $60 Billion, and their accounting firm, Arthur Anderson, went out of business. Earning short-term cash, Enron cost the state of California as much as $40 billion by causing artificial rolling blackouts in 2000 and 2001.
Continuum, a magazine devoted to the idea that AIDS is a conspiracy, went out of print in 2001 after all the editors died of AIDS.
Gary Condit, a Democrat California congressman, had an affair with his intern, Chandra Levy, which was alleged may have also led to her murder. It didn't - Ingmar Guandique, a Salvadoran immigrant had killed her.
Mattel sold a Harry Potter 'Nimbus 2000' flying broom that vibrated when kids rode it. They pulled it from stores after adult stores began selling the toy.
Nascar Driver Death: Dale Earnhart
Airplane Celebrity Death: Aaliyah
Julia Roberts and Benjaman Bratt
Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise
Enron, due to financial misdeeds
Arthur Anderson Accounting, due to covering up Enron's financial misdeeds
Renee Zellweger was in the bathroom when Hugh Grant called her up for her Golden Globe Award. Millions watched Britney Spears dance with a python at the MTV's Music Video Awards.
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
Microsoft Xbox, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, iPod, Harry Potter toys, K'NEX BattleTech/MechWarrior, Bob the Builder toys, Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec video game
Mental Floss Magazine (2001-2016)
|iPod was released October, 2001.
The X-Box came out in November, 2001
Reading Desecration by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
...Everybody else was watching SpongeBob Squarepants
United States 2001 Census
2001/2 Biggest Television Shows
|according to Nielsen
1. Friends (NBC)
2. CSI (CBS)
3. ER (NBC)
4. Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)
5. Law & Order (NBC)
7. Monday Night Football (ABC)
8. The West Wing (NBC)
9. Will & Grace (NBC)
10. Leap of Faith (NBC)
Popular Music Artists
|The Biggest Pop Artists of 2001 include
Alicia Keyes, Mariah Carey, Case, Christina Aguilera, Destiny's Child, Dido, Faith Hill, Ginuwine, Incubus, Jagged Edge, Janet Jackson, Ja Rule, Jay-Z, Ja Rule, Jennifer Lopez, Joe, Lifehouse, Lil Kim, Ludacris, Mary J. Blige, Michelle Branch, Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott, Mya, Nelly, Nelly Fortado, Nickleback, 112, Outkast, Pink, R. Kelly, Shaggy, Toby Keith, Uncle Kracker, Usher
(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)
Number One Hits of 2001
|November 18, 2000 - February 2, 2001: Destiny's Child
- Independent Women
February 3, 2001 - February 16, 2001: Shaggy featuring Ricardo 'Rikrok' Ducent - It Wasn't Me
February 17, 2001 - February 23, 2001: Outkast - Ms. Jackson
February 24, 2001 - March 23, 2001: Joe featuring Mystikal - Stutter
March 24, 2001 - March 30, 2001: Crazy Town - Butterfly
March 31, 2001 - April 13, 2001: Shaggy featuring Rayvon - Angel
April 14, 2001 - June 1, 2001: Janet Jackson - All For You
June 2, 2001 - July 6, 2001: Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mưa and Pink - Lady Marmalade
July 7, 2001 - August 3, 2001: Usher - U Remind Me
August 4, 2001 - August 17, 2001: Destiny's Child - Bootylicious
August 18, 2001 - September 7, 2001: Alicia Keys - Fallin'
September 8, 2001 - November 2, 2001: Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule - I'm Real
November 3, 2001 - December 14, 2001: Mary J. Blige - Family Affair
December 15, 2001 - December 21, 2001: Usher - U Got It Bad
December 22, 2001 - February 22, 2002: Nickelback - How You Remind Me
(according to boxofficemojo)
A Beautiful Mind, American Pie 2, Black Hawk Down, Donnie Darko, Dr. Dolittle 2, The Fast and the Furious, Hannibal, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Jurassic Park III, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Legally Blonde, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Monsters Inc., Moulin Rouge!, The Mummy Returns, Ocean's Eleven, The Others, Pearl Harbor, Planet of the Apes, The Princess Diaries, Rat Race, Rush Hour 2, Shrek, Spy Kids, Vanilla Sky
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