Feature Year: 2001 3pm ET

The hits and tunes of 2001

January 15 – Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, launches on the Internet.
March 18 – John Phillips, American singer (b. 1935) Died
April 15 – Joey Ramone, American musician and singer (b. 1951) Died
May 12 – Perry Como, American singer (b. 1912) Died
May 15 – The female American rock band The Go-Go’s release their first album in 17 years since the album Talk Show (1984).
June 21 – John Lee Hooker, American musician (b. 1917) Died
June 30 – Chet Atkins, American guitarist and record producer (b. 1924) Died
July 2 – The world’s first self-contained artificial heart is implanted in Robert Tools.
August 9 – U.S. President George W. Bush announces his limited support for federal funding of research on embryonic stem cells.
September 6 – United States v. Microsoft: The United States Justice Department announces that it no longer seeks to break up software maker Microsoft, and will instead seek a lesser antitrust penalty.
September 11 – Nearly 3,000 are killed in the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City; the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia; and in rural Shanksville, Pennsylvania after American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 crash into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93 crashes into grassland in Shanksville.
September 18 – The 2001 anthrax attacks commence as letters containing anthrax spores are mailed from Princeton, New Jersey to ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, the New York Post, and the National Enquirer. 22 in total are exposed; 5 of them die.
October 23 – The iPod was first introduced by Apple.
October 25 – Microsoft Windows XP is released.
October 26 – U.S. President George W. Bush signs the USA PATRIOT Act into law.
November 12 – In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, headed to the Dominican Republic, crashes in Queens minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board.
November 13 – In the first such act since World War II, U.S. President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against any foreigners suspected of having connections to terrorist acts or planned acts against the United States.
November 29 – George Harrison, former lead guitarist of The Beatles, dies of lung cancer at the age of 58.
December 13 – Chuck Schuldiner, American singer and guitarist (b. 1967) Died