2001 History, Fun Facts and Trivia

2001 History, Fun Facts, and Trivia

Quick Facts from 2001:

  • World Changing Event: September 11 terrorist attack in New York City
  • The Top Song was All For You by Janet Jackson
  • The Movies to Watch include Shrek, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Monsters Inc, Legally Blonde and Ocean’s 11
  • The Most Famous Fictional Person in America was probably Harry Potter
  • The Most Famous Real Person in America was probably Angelina Jolie
  • The 21st century didn’t begin on January 1st, 2000. It actually began on January 1st, 2001. This is because the first year of a century is the year 01, never 00.
  • Price of Playstation 2: $299.97
    Game Boy Advance: $89.97
    iPod (1st Generation): $399.00
  • The Funny Late Night Host: Jay Leno
    The Controversial Funny Guy: Gilbert Gottfried
  • The Longest English Sentence Written: The longest sentence in a book is believed to appear in the 2001 novel The Rotters’ Club by Jonathan Coe which consisted of 13,955 words.
  • Creepypasta: Although short, horror-themed stories have been told forever, the first Creepypasta story was Ted the Caver on an Angelfire website.
Top Ten Baby Names of 2001:
Emily, Madison, Hannah, Ashley, Alexis, Jacob, Michael, Matthew, Joshua, Chris, Topher
Fashion Icons and Sex Symbols:
Jessica Alba, Gisele Bündchen, Amanda Peet, Beyonce Knowles, Eliza Dushku, Eva Longoria, Britney Spears, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Hudson, Mena Suvari
Leading Men and Hunks:
Russell Crowe, David Beckham, George Clooney, Ryan Reynolds, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise
Time Magazine’s Person of the Year:
Rudolph Giuliani
Miss America:
Angela Perez Baraquio (Honolulu, HI)
Miss USA:
Kandace Krueger (Texas)

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
The Pentagon
-125 employees

Nascar Driver Death:
Dale Earnhart
Airplane Musician Death:
Julia Roberts and Benjamin Bratt
Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise
Enron, due to financial misdeeds
Arthur Anderson Accounting, due to covering up Enron’s financial misdeeds

The Scandals:
Angelina Jolie gave a passionate open-mouth kiss to her brother, James, which made many people almost forget Bjork’s goose dress.

Barry Bonds hit 73 Home Runs*.
* steroid use was allegedly involved

Enron’s accounting scandal cost investors something close to $60 Billion, and their accounting firm, Arthur Anderson, went out of business

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 looked bad, but he didn’t; Ingmar Guandique, a Salvadoran immigrant had killed her.

Renee Zellweger was in the bathroom when Hugh Grant called her up for her Golden Globe Award.

US Politics:
January 20, 2001 (Saturday) First inauguration of George W. Bush

Back From The Brink:
The rarest insect in the world is the Lord Howe Island stick insect. It was believed to be extinct since 1920 until some were found again in 2001. In 2006 there were only about 50 of them, but only 2 years later their population increased to 700!

While on a trip in Kenya, the pilot of an airplane with actor-passenger Rowan Atkinson fainted, so Atkinson took control and flew it, until the pilot recovered.

On the evening of September 11, 2001, a man named Henryk Siwiak was murdered in New York City. Since the entire police department was focused on the attacks, very little police investigation took place. Siwiak’s death is the only homicide recorded in New York City on that date. His death remains unsolved and the killer was never found.
A Little Late:
The 20 people accused of witchcraft and executed during the Salem witch trials in 1692 and 1693 were all found innocent in 2001.
World News:
In the UK, 390,127 people (almost 0.8%) stated their religion as Jedi on their 2001 Census forms, surpassing Sikhism, Judaism, and Buddhism, and making it the fourth largest reported religion in the country.
Pop Culture Facts & History:
The longest musical performance in history is currently taking place in the church of St. Burchardi in Halberstadt, Germany. The performance of John Cage’s Organ²/ASLSP (As Slow As Possible) started on Sept. 5, 2001, and is set to finish in 2640.

Millions watched Britney Spears dance with a python at the MTV’s Music Video Awards

Christopher Walken trained as a dancer and tap-dancer before starting his acting career. That’s why he was featured in the Weapon Of Choice music video. The music video won 6 awards at the MTV VMAs in 2001.
Island in the Sun by Weezer was originally not planned to be on the 2001’s Green Album, but producer Ric Ocasek fought for its inclusion. It is the most-licensed track in the Weezer catalog.
The character, Machete, as played by Danny Trejo from the B-movie of the same name and the then-fake trailer attached to the Grindhouse (2007) double feature, is in fact the exact same character that debuted (Uncle Machete, also played by Trejo) in Spy Kids (2001).

HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey got his name; it’s not IBM minus one. Both Clarke and 2001 director Stanley Kubrick characterized this idea as “utter nonsense! I thought that by now every intelligent person knew that H-A-L is derived from Heuristic ALgorithmic computer”.

In 2001, 269 newborn baby boys in the US were named ‘Keanu’.

In 2001 Stan Lee was given the opportunity to ‘re-imagine’ DC’s heroes and he made Batman black, Wonder Woman Hispanic, and The Flash a teenage girl.

Hidden within the files to the 2001 Spiderman game, there are numerous angry rants targeted towards an employee named ‘Matt’.

Before the 20th century, people reported mostly dreaming in color. But in 1942, 70% of college sophomores “rarely/never” had color dreams. By 2001 that rate had dropped to 17%. The change is thought to be because of the influence of black and white media in the mid-1900s.

Ten-year-old named Laura Buxton released a balloon with her name and address in the hope of finding a pen pal. The balloon traveled 140 miles before coming down and was found by an almost-ten-year old also named Laura Buxton. They share a number of other similarities.

In 1986, nurse Sandra Clarke could not stay with a patient who asked her to stay. When she returned, the patient had died alone. In 2001, she was key in starting No One Dies Alone, a program where volunteers sit with terminal patients who have no one else. The program is now world-wide.

Pizza Hut Delivered a Pizza to the International Space Station. It cost over a million dollars.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 2001: $2,100,000

The Habits:
iPod was released in October 2001.

The X-Box came out in November 2001.

…Everybody else was watching SpongeBob Squarepants

Nobel Prize Winners:
Physics – Eric Allin Cornell, Wolfgang Ketterle, and Carl Wieman
Chemistry – William Standish Knowles, Ryōji Noyori, and Karl Barry Sharpless
Medicine – Leland H. Hartwell, Tim Hunt, and Paul Nurse
Literature – V. S. Naipaul
Peace – United Nations, Kofi Annan
Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel – George Akerlof, Michael Spence, and Joseph Stiglitz
2001 Toys inducted to the National Toy Hall of Fame:
Silly Putty, Tonka Trucks
1st Appearances & 2001’s Most Popular Christmas Gifts, Toys and Presents:
iPod, Harry Potter, K’NEX BattleTech/MechWarrior, Bob the Builder toys
Broadway Show:
The Producers (Musical) Opened on April 19, 2001, and closed on April 22, 2007
42nd Street (Musical) Opened on May 2, 2001, and closed on January 2, 2005 (revival)
The Bomb (Film):
Glitter starring Mariah Carey
Best Film Oscar Winner:
Gladiator (presented in 2001)
2001 Entries to The National Film Registry:
All That Jazz (released in 1979)
All the King’s Men (released in 1949)
America, America (released in 1963)
Cologne: From the Diary of Ray and Esther (released in 1939)
The Evidence of the Film (released in 1913)
Hoosiers (released in 1986)
The House in the Middle (released in 1954)
It (released in 1927)
Jam Session (released in 1942)
Jaws (released in 1975)
Manhattan (released in 1979)
Marian Anderson: the Lincoln Memorial Concert (released in 1939)
Memphis Belle (released in 1944)
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (released in 1944)
Miss Lulu Bett (released in 1922)
National Lampoon’s Animal House (released in 1978)
Planet of the Apes (released in 1968)
Rose Hobart (released in 1936)
Serene Velocity (released in 1970)
The Sound of Music (released in 1965)
Stormy Weather (released in 1943)
The Tell-Tale Heart (released in 1953)
The Thin Blue Line (released in 1988)
The Thing from Another World (released in 1951)
The Big Movies: (according to boxofficemojo)
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
3. Shrek
4. Monster’s Inc
5. Rush Hour 2
6. The Mummy Returns
7. Pearl Harbor
8. Ocean’s Eleven
9. Jurassic Park III
10. Planet of the Apes
2001 Most Popular TV Shows:
1. Friends (NBC)
2. CSI (CBS)
3. ER (NBC)
4. Survivor: Marquesas (CBS)
5. Survivor: Africa (CBS)
6. Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)
7. Law & Order (NBC)
8. Will & Grace (NBC)
9. The West Wing (NBC)
10. Monday Night Football (ABC)

2001 Billboard Number One Songs:
November 18, 2000 – February 2, 2001:
Independent Women – Destiny’s Child

February 3February 16:
It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy Featuring Ricardo “RikRok” Ducent

February 17February 23:
Ms. Jackson – OutKast

February 24March 23:
Stutter – Joe

March 24 – April 6:
Butterfly – Crazy Town

April 7April 13:
Angel – Shaggy Featuring Rayvon

April 14 – July 1:
All For You – Janet Jackson

June 2July 6:
Lady Marmalade – Christina Aguilera / Lil’ Kim / Mya / Pink

July 7August 3:
U Remind Me – Usher

August 4August 17:
Bootylicious – Destiny’s Child

August 18September 28:
Fallin’ – Alicia Keys

September 29November 2:
I’m Real – Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule

November 3December 14:
Family Affair – Mary J. Blige

December 15, 2001 – January 25, 2002:
U Got It Bad – Usher

World Series Champions: Arizona Diamondbacks
Superbowl XXXV Champions: Baltimore Ravens
NBA Champions: Los Angeles Lakers
Stanley Cup Champs: Colorado Avalanche
U.S. Open Golf Retief Goosen
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Lleyton Hewitt/Venus Williams
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Goran Ivanisevic/Venus Williams
NCAA Football Champions: Miami
NCAA Basketball Champions: Duke
Kentucky Derby: Monarchos