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The International Year of the Volunteer
- January 1 - A black monolith measuring approximately nine feet tall appears in Seattle's Magnuson Park, placed by an anonymous artist in reference to the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- January 6 - The United States Congress, presided over by Vice President Al Gore as President of the Senate, certifies George W. Bush's Electoral College victory and thus as the winner of 2000 presidential election.
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- January 20 - George W. Bush succeeds Bill Clinton as President of the United States of America after prevailing over Al Gore in the disputed U.S. presidential election, 2000.
- January 22 - Four of the "Texas 7" are caught at a convenience store in Woodland Park, Colorado and a fifth killed himself inside a motor home.
- January 24 - The last two of the "Texas 7" are taken into custody in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
- January 26 - A 50-year-old DC-3 crashes near Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela killing 24.
- January 26 - An earthquake hits Gujarat, India. More than 20,000 deaths.
- January 29 - Thousands of student protesters in Indonesia storm parliament and demand that President Abdurrahman Wahid resign due to alleged involvement in corruption scandals.
- January 31 - In the Netherlands a Scottish court convicts a Libyan and acquits another for their part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 which crash into Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.
- February - Iraq disarmament crisis: British and U.S. forces carry out bombing raids attempting to disable Iraq's air defense network
- February 5 - Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman announced that they had separated.
- February 6 - Likud Party leader Ariel Sharon was elected Prime Minister of Israel
- February 9 - American submarine USS Greeneville accidentally strikes and sinks Japanese fishing vessel Ehime-Maru.
- February 12 - NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
- February 13 - An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter Scale hits El Salvador, killing at least 400.
- February 16 - Baghdad suburb bombed by US and UK war planes, 3 people killed
- February 18 - During the Daytona 500 race, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, known as "The Intimidator" for his aggressive driving style, is killed in a crash.
- February 19 - A Oklahoma City bombing museum is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Center.
- February 20 - FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested and charged with spying for Russia for 15 years.
- February 26 - Treaty of Nice
- February 28 - An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter Scale hits the Northwest area of the United States. There were no reports of any deaths.
- April 1 - An American EP-3E spyplane collides with a Chinese F-8 fighter jet and is forced to make an emergency landing in China. The U.S. crew was detained for 10 days and the Chinese pilot, Wang Wei, went missing and presumed dead.
- April 1 - Former Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic surrenders to police special forces, to be tried on charges of war crimes.
- May 10 - In Ghana, a stampede at a soccer game kills over 120.
- May 19 - One child policy: Zhonghua Sun is put to death by PRC government officials because she refused to be sterilized.
- May 25 - Mountain climbing: 32-year old Erik Weihenmayer, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
- May 25 - Mountain climbing: 64-year old Sherman Bull, of New Canaan, Connecticut, becomes the oldest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
- June 19 - 23 people killed and 11 wounded by an American missile hitting a soccer field in northern Iraq, county of Tel Afr
- June 21 - Total solar eclipse
- July 2 - World's first self-contained artificial heart implanted in Robert Tools.
- September 11 - Over 3,000 killed in the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack on World Trade Center in New York City and The Pentagon
- September 17 - The Late Show with David Letterman is the first TV talk show to return to the airways six days after terrorists attack the United States in New York City and Washington D.C.
- October 4 - First case of anthrax in the US (attack) is announced by federal officials.
- October 7 - 2001 U.S. Attack on Afghanistan begins
- November - The Doha Declaration relaxes the grip of international intellectual property law by a bit.
- December 14 - Annular solar eclipse
- December 27 - The People's Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade status with the United States.
Art, Culture & Fashion
- January 12 - William Hewlett, cofounder of Hewlett-Packard
- January 16 - Laurent-Desire Kabila, president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (assassinated; death officially confirmed on January 18)
- January 30 - Jean-Pierre Aumont, actor
- January 31 - Gordon R. Dickson, science fiction writer
- February 4 - Iannis Xenakis, 78, Greek/French composer
- February 7 - Anne Morrow Lindbergh, author, aviator
- February 7 - Dale Evans, actress, singer
- February 18 - Balthus, 92, French painter
- February 18 - Dale Earnhardt - NASCAR race car driver
- February 19 - Stanley Kramer, 87, American movie director
- February 22 - Claude Elwood Shannon, mathematician (according to K. Devlin)
- February 25 - Sir Donald Bradman, cricketer
- March 4 - Glenn Hughes -- leather dude Popular Music group The Village People
- March 4 - Harold Stassen, politician
- March 12 - Morton Downey, Jr. - television personality
- March 12 - Robert Ludlum, author of spy novels
- March 15 - Ann Sothern - actress
- March 18 - John Phillips, cofounder of Popular Music group The Mamas and the Papas
- March 21 - Norma Macmillan, cartoon voice actress
- March 22 - William Hanna, cofounder (with Joseph Barbera) of famous Hanna-Barbera animation studio
- April 10 - Willie Stargell - baseball player, member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
- April 11 - Harry Secombe, 79, actor, comedian, member of The Goon Show
- April 15 - Joey Ramone, lead singer for The Ramones
- May 5 - Cliff Hillegass, 83, creator of Cliff Notes (stroke)
- May 11 - Douglas Adams, 49 (heart attack), author, works included Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Dirk Gently, Doctor Who
- May 12 - Perry Como, 87, singer
- May 28 - Francisco Varela, 54, biologist and philosopher
- June 1 - Hank Ketcham, 81, cartoonist, creator of Dennis the Menace
- June 1 - King Birendra and Queen Aiswarya of Nepal
- June 3 - Anthony Quinn, 86, actor
- June 10 - Princess Leila of Iran
- June 11 - Timothy McVeigh, 33, terrorist (executed by U.S. government)
- June 21 - John Lee Hooker, 83, Blues musician
- June 21 - Carroll O'Connor, 76, actor
- June 27 - Jack Lemmon, 76, actor and film director
- June 28 - Joan Sims, 71, actress
- June 30 - Chet Atkins, 77, country musician
- July 5 - Hannelore Kohl, 68, wife of ex-chancellor of Germany Helmut Kohl (suicide)
- July 11 - Herman Brood, 54, Dutch rock musician, painter and publicity freak (suicide)
- July 18 - Fabio Taglioni, automotive engineer
- July 27 - Leon Wilkeson, 49, Bassist for Lynyrd Skynyrd
- July 29 - Henryk Jablonski, president of Poland (1972-1985)
- July 29 - Wau Holland, 49, German hacker, founder of the CCC (heart attack)
- August 1 - Poul Anderson - fantasy / sci-fi author
- August 6 - Jorge Amado, 88, Brazilian writer
- August 20 - Fred Hoyle, Astronomer and science fiction writer
- August 25 - Aaliyah, 22, American singer and actress
- September 2 - Christiaan Barnard, 78, South African heart surgeon, first to perform a human-to-human heart transplant
- September 3 - Pauline Kael, 82, US movie critic
- September 9 - Ahmed Shah Massoud, Afghani Northern Alliance military commander.
- September 11 - Barbara K. Olson, 45, US conservative television commentator, died in terrorist attack on The Pentagon
- September 13 - Victor Wong, aged 74 -- US Movie Actor/Artist
- September 22 - Isaac Stern, 81, violinist
- October 12 - Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone, British politician
- November 10 - Ken Kesey, 66, author
- November 12 - Tony Miles, chess player
- November 29 - George Harrison, 58, musician and former member of The Beatles
- November 30 - Robert Tools, first recipient of a self-contained artificial heart, at age 59 after 151 days without a living heart.
- December 5 - Franco Rasetti, physicist