| Share
 

January 2001

World

  • Israelis Rally in Jerusalem (Jan. 8): Religious and nationalist groups gather to “pledge allegiance” to the Holy City and protest an American plan for its division.
  • Iran Sentences Reformists (Jan. 13): Metes harsh jail terms to several leaders and a prominent journalist for attending “un-Islamic” conference in Germany.
  • Congo President Assassinated (Jan. 16): Laurent Kabila shot dead by bodyguard. He had overthrown dictator Mobutu Sese Seko in 1997 but led country into increasing instability and a brutal civil war.
  • Britain Outlaws Fox Hunting (Jan. 17): Parliament votes to ban traditional sport despite opposition.
  • Pope Appoints New Cardinals (Jan. 21): John Paul II names a record 37, including three Americans, in move to shape future of Roman Catholic Church. (Jan. 28): In unexpected move, pontiff appoints seven more cardinals.
  • Libyan Convicted in Flight 103 Bombing (Jan. 31): Scottish court finds Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, an intelligence officer, guilty of murder in deaths of 270 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988. Court convened in Netherlands. A second defendant is released. In Washington, White House says verdict will not end sanctions on Libya.

Nation

  • Bush Names Democrat to Cabinet (Jan. 2): Fills cabinet by picking Norman Mineta, Clinton's commerce secretary, to head Department of Transportation.
  • INS Moves to Protect Jailed Immigrants (Jan. 2): Agency sets new standards in response to complaints and lawsuits concerning alleged mental abuse of prisoners.
  • Logging of Oldest Trees Banned (Jan. 8): Head of Clinton's Forest Service halts harvesting of old-growth timber on public lands.
  • Bush Cabinet Choice Withdraws (Jan. 9): Linda Chavez withdraws her nomination to be labor secretary after admitting to providing shelter and financial assistance to an illegal immigrant in the early 1990s.
  • Clinton Presents Final Message (Jan. 14): Departing president urges Congress to enact broad program to promote racial unity between whites and minorities.
  • Clinton Settles Long Legal Battle (Jan. 19): Forges deal with Independent Counsel Robert W. Ray to avoid a possible indictment by admitting that he gave false testimony about relationship with White House intern. He also agrees to give up law license for five years.
  • In Final Days, Clinton Issues 140 Pardons (Jan. 20): List includes Marc Rich, billionaire fugitive financier, and other prominent figures.
  • George W. Bush Sworn In as 43rd President (Jan. 20): In inaugural speech he plans to unite nation after one of most-disputed elections in history. He says “civility is not a tactic or a sentiment” but “a choice of trust over cynicism.”
  • Bush Bars Abortion Aid Overseas (Jan. 22): Moves to deny federal funds to groups that provide abortion counseling or help women to have abortions.
  • Gore Says He Plans to Teach (Jan. 24): Defeated Democratic candidate to take posts at three universities—Middle Tennessee State, Fisk, and Columbia. He also plans to write book with his wife, Tipper.
  • Bush Seeks to Fund Church Groups that Offer Social Services (Jan. 28): Sets up first federal office to promote integration of religious and government programs.

Business/Science/Society

  • Federal Reserve Cuts Rates (Jan. 3): Alan Greenspan reduces rates by one half a percentage point to stem an economic slowdown. (Jan. 31): Fed slashes rates another half a percentage point. More cuts expected.
  • Louisiana Ex-Governor Sentenced (Jan. 8): U.S. judge sentences Edwin W. Edwards, 73, to 10 years in prison and fines him $250,000 for extortion from casinos.
  • AOL–Time Warner Merger Approved (Jan. 11): F.C.C. sanctions creation of world's largest media business but imposes conditions to prevent monopoly.
  • Earthquake Rocks Central America (Jan. 13 et seq.): Landslide buries hundreds of houses in El Salvador. (Jan. 17): Death toll reaches 700. Hundreds missing.
  • Oil Spill Threatens Pacific Wildlife (Jan. 16 et seq.): Tanker rams reef off San Cristobal Island in the Galápagos. Spill estimated 144,000 gallons. Rescue crews struggle to prevent environmental disaster.
  • Power Crisis Hurts California Business (Jan. 19): Workers and consumers also suffer from wide interruptions at major electrical plants.
  • Earthquake Kills Thousands in India (Jan. 26 et seq.): Massive temblor, registering 6.9 on scientific scale, rocks subcontinent. Thousands missing. (Jan. 29): Search for survivors gives way to excavating the dead. Homes and other buildings in ruins.

Information Please® Database, © 2007 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

2001 Month-By-MonthFebruary 2001

More on January 2001 from Infoplease:

  • January 2001 - January 2001 1 Ray Walston, versatile, eccentric actor who won a Tony Award for his role as the ...
  • 2001 Disasters - 2001 Disasters January 2001 Disasters February 2001 Disasters March 2001 Disasters April 2001 ...
  • Henry Cisneros - Henry Cisneros Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Clinton Administration Born: 6/11/1947 ...
  • Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo - Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo President of the Philippines Born: April 5, 1947 Daughter of the late ...
  • The Year in Entertainment: 2001 - The Year in Entertainment: 2001 January 2001 February 2001 March 2001 April 2001 May 2001 June 2001 ...

Premium Partner Content
HighBeam Research
Documents Images and Maps Reference
(from Newspapers, Magazines, Journals, Newswires, Transcripts and Books)

Research our extensive archive of more than 80 million articles from 6,500 publications.

Additional search results provided by HighBeam Research, LLC. © Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.

24 X 7

Private Tutor

Click Here for Details
24 x 7 Tutor Availability
Unlimited Online Tutoring
1-on-1 Tutoring