2001 History, Fun Facts and Trivia

20012001 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 Bestselling books:
  • 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

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
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 BaBaraquio (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

Clear Channel banned many rock and pop songs after the attack.

Nascar Driver Death:
Dale Earnhart

Airplane Musician Death:

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

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

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 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

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

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

Before the 20th century, people reported mostly dreaming in color. But in the 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 1900’s.

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

The Habits:
iPod was released 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: April 22, 2007

Broadway Show – 42nd Street (Musical) Opened on May 2, 2001 and Closed: 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 3 – February 16:
It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy featuring Ricardo “RikRok” Ducent

February 17 – February 23:
Ms. Jackson – OutKast

February 24 – March 23:
Stutter – Joe

March 24 – April 6:
Butterfly – Crazy Town

April 7 – April 13:
Angel – Shaggy featuring Rayvon

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

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

July 7 – August 3:
U Remind Me – Usher

August 4 – August 17:
Bootylicious – Destiny’s Child

August 18 – September 28:
Fallin’ – Alicia Keys

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

November 3 – December 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