2001 Fun Facts and Cool Trivia

Updated on June 17, 2019
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This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2001.
This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2001.

Random History Facts From 2001

What are some fun facts and cool trivia from 2001? For openers, a devastating terror attack took place on American soil on 9/11, President George W. Bush declared a "war on terror,” and the U.S. began bombing Afghanistan. During his first term in office, President Bush established the Office of Homeland Security, signed the USA PATRIOT Act into law, authorized a $1.35 trillion tax cut, and announced plans to auction six million acres of “potentially oil-and-gas-rich seabed in the Gulf of Mexico.”

In 2001, the Mars Odyssey spacecraft was launched, the Democrats gained control of the U.S. Senate, and the Bush Administration announced that it would allow oil companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico. The FTC approved Chevron's bid to buy Texaco, Phillips Petroleum and Conoco merged, and Enron filed for bankruptcy.

Back in 2001, Wikipedia was launched, Nevada became the first U.S. state to legalize online gambling, and Dell became the world’s largest PC maker. Microsoft released Internet Explorer 6.0, AOL was the most popular website, and Google launched “Image Search.”

In 2001, unemployment hovered around 4.2%, inflation averaged 2.85%, and the federal minimum wage was $5.15. The prime rate was 4.75%, one ounce of gold was $276.50, and the retail price for a gallon of gas averaged $1.46. A loaf of bread cost $1.82, a dozen eggs were 90 cents, and three pounds of bananas were $1.00.

Back in 2001, the average lifespan in the U.S. was 79.8 years for women and 74.4 years for men, Harry Potter was probably the most famous fictional person, and New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year.” The Baltimore Ravens were the Super Bowl champs, the Arizona Diamondbacks won the World Series, and the Colorado Avalanche clinched the Stanley Cup.

In 2001, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was the most popular film, Desecration was the most popular fiction book, and Friends (NBC) was the top TV show. Gladiator won an Oscar for Best Picture, Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich) won an Oscar for Best Actress, and Sex and the City won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Here are some more history facts from 2001: Joshua and Ashley were favorite baby names, puffy jackets and trucker hats were all the rage, and creme brûlée and cupcakes were real crowd-pleasers. Diane von Furstenberg married Barry Diller, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman parted ways, and Silly Putty and Tonka trucks were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

On the international stage, the London Stock Exchange went public, Lance Armstrong was disqualified from the 88th Tour de France, and the supersonic Concorde returned to the skies after a 15-month hiatus. Tony Blair won a second landslide victory in the UK’s general election, Newfoundland was renamed “Newfoundland and Labrador,” and Pope John Paul II became the first pope to enter a mosque.

Famous people in the news back in 2001 included George W. Bush, Jeb Bush, Tom Ridge, Rudy Giuliani, Tony Blair, Robert Hanssen, Captain Bill Compton, V.S. Naipaul, George Akerlof, Michael Spence, Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Drew Carey, Jennifer Anniston, Steven Spielberg, Faith Hill, Jennifer Lopez, Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, Marion Jones, Lance Armstrong, and Barry Bonds.

Whether you’re a millennial, a 50-something, or a baby boomer, this article teaches you fun facts and cool trivia from the year 2001. Find out about popular TV shows, movies, music, books, cars, interesting foods, random facts about sports, and other pop culture trends to get the right mix of questions and answers for your 2000s-themed trivia quiz.

Table of Contents

For your convenience, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Grocery Prices in 2001

  2. History Facts From the USA

  3. International News

  4. Random Sports Facts

  5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  6. Computer and Internet History Facts

  7. Most Popular Websites in 2001

  8. Nobel Prize Winners

  9. Most Popular Television Shows for 2001-2002

  10. Best-Selling Fiction and Nonfiction Books

  11. Most Popular Movies of the Year

  12. Biggest Pop Music Artists

  13. Number One Music Hits for the Year

  14. Cool Video Games

  15. Popular Foods and Beverages

  16. Famous Weddings and Divorces

  17. Famous People Who Died in 2001

  18. The 10 Best-Selling Cars in America

  19. America’s Largest Corporations

  20. Major Internet Companies Established

In 2001, Wikipedia was launched.
In 2001, Wikipedia was launched.

1. Grocery Prices in 2001

These facts from the American grocery industry have been made available courtesy of the Morris County Public Library in Whippany, NJ, and ThePeopleHistory.com.

  1. Bacon - $3.22 per pound

  2. Bananas - Three pounds for $1.00

  3. Beef (ground, 85% lean) - $1.49 a pound

  4. Beef (steak, Porterhouse) - $5.89 per pound

  5. Bread - $1.82 a loaf

  6. Butter (Hotel Bar) - $1.49 a pound

  7. Cereal (Kellogg’s Froot Loops) - $1.99 for a 15-ounce box

  8. Chicken (boneless) - $2.29 a pound

  9. Coffee (Maxwell House Master Blend) - $3.99-$4.99 for a 34.5-ounce can

  10. Cookies (Nabisco Chips Ahoy) - $1.74 for a 15-ounce package

  11. Eggs - 90 cents a dozen

  12. Flour (Pillsbury) - 89 cents for a five-pound bag

  13. Frozen dinner (Swanson’s Hungry Man) - $1.94 for a 12.75-ounce package

  14. Ham steaks - $2.89 a pound

  15. Juice (orange) - $4.00 for two half-gallon cartons

  16. Lamb chops (loin) - $5.99 a pound

  17. Lettuce (Dole Salad in a Bag) - $2.99 for a three-pound bag

  18. Peanut butter (Skippy) - 99 cents for an 18-ounce jar

  19. Pork chops (center cut) - $1.99 a pound

  20. Soup (Campbell’s Select) - 89 cents for a 19-ounce can

  21. Yogurt - $3.00 for eight six-ounce containers

In 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which intensified U.S. efforts to combat terrorism.
In 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which intensified U.S. efforts to combat terrorism.

2. History Facts From the USA

  1. In 2001, George W. Bush was President of the United States, and Dick Cheney was Vice-President. Bush’s presidency began on January 20 when he was inaugurated as the 43rd President of the United States. His term of office ended on January 20, 2009, when Barach Obama was inaugurated as the 44th U.S. President.

  2. Unemployment averaged 4.20%. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “As the nation moved into a recession, most states experienced rising unemployment rates. Compared with 2000, jobless rates in 2001 were higher in 42 states and the District of Columbia, lower in 7 states, and unchanged in 1 state.”

  3. The rate of inflation was 2.85%. In2013Dollars.com tells us that “Purchasing power decreased by 2.85% in 2001 compared to the previous year, 2000. On average, you would have to spend 2.85% more money in 2001 than in 2000 for the same item. In other words, $1 in 2000 is equivalent in purchasing power to $1.03 in 2001.”

  4. In 2001, a loaf of bread cost $1.82, a dozen eggs were 90 cents, Porterhouse steak was $5.89 a pound, and three pounds of bananas were $1.00.

  5. Here were the sticker prices for three best-selling 2001 cars: a Jeep Wrangler SE 4X4 cost $14,995.00, a Plymouth Voyager was $11,995.00, and a Toyota Corolla CE cost $10,995.00.

  6. In 2001, the prime rate was 4.75%, one ounce of gold was $276.50, and the average price for a gallon of gas was $1.46.

  7. The minimum wage was $5.15, the average median income was $42,350.00, and the average cost of a new car was $25,850.00.

  8. Throughout 2001, hundreds of thousands of California residents experienced rolling power blackouts.

  9. In January 2001, the median cost of a newly-built, single-family home in the United States was $171,300 while the average price was $209,000. Comparatively, in January 2018, the median cost of a newly-built, single-family home in the U.S. was $329,600 while the average price was $377,800. Please note that the sales price includes the land.

  10. On January 10, the White House announced that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would not become a national monument.

  11. On February 5, International Multifoods Corporation agreed “to acquire Pillsbury Co.'s desserts and specialty products business and General Mills' Robin Hood flour brand for $305 million in cash, a move that could help General Mills clear regulatory hurdles for its $10.5 billion acquisition of Pillsbury.”

  12. On March 6, U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham established the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve (NEHHOR). Energy.gov explains that NEHHOR is “a one million barrel supply of ultra low sulfur distillate (diesel) that provides protection for homes and businesses in the northeastern United States should a disruption in supplies occur. Of all the households in the United States that use heating oil to heat their homes, the majority reside in the Northeast region of the country - making this area especially vulnerable to fuel oil disruptions.”

  13. On April 7, the Mars Odyssey spacecraft was launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force station in Florida. Mars.NASA.gov tells us that Odyssey’s goal was to make “the first global map of the amount and distribution of many chemical elements and minerals that make up the Martian surface.”

  14. On April 17, President Bush announced plans to auction six million acres of “potentially oil-and-gas-rich seabed in the Gulf of Mexico.”

  15. On April 30, Vice-President Cheney called for “increased domestic production of fossil fuels and increased use of nuclear power to meet America's energy demand.”

  16. On May 17, President Bush called for reduced regulations “to encourage more oil, gas, and nuclear production.”

  17. On May 24, the Democrats gained control of the U.S. Senate for the first time since 1994, after Senator James Jeffords of Vermont left the Republican Party and declared himself an independent.

  18. On June 7, President Bush signed a $1.35 trillion tax cut into law. Politico.com confirms that “As the first major tax cut in 20 years, the legislation cut income tax rates across the board, reducing the lowest rate from 15 percent to 10 percent, and the highest rate from 39.6 percent to 35 percent. The 10 percent tax rate was made retroactive to Jan. 1, 2001.”

  19. On June 21, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo became the first Hispanic woman to be featured on a U.S. postage stamp.

  20. On July 2, the Bush Administration announced that it would allow oil companies to drill on about 1.5 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico.

  21. On September 7, the Federal Trade Commission approved Chevron's bid to buy Texaco.

  22. On September 11, now referred to as 9/11, nineteen terrorists who were members of the Islamic group al-Qaeda simultaneously hijacked four U.S. passenger air carriers. Two of the planes crashed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. The third plane crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense) in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth plane crashed into a rural field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The 9/11 attacks killed nearly 2,700 people and injured over 6,000 others.

  23. On September 17, the New York Stock Exchange and the New York Mercantile Exchange both reopened for the first time since the 9/11 attacks.

  24. On September 18, the anthrax attacks began when five contaminated letters were sent from Trenton, New Jersey to media companies and congressional offices. More letters laced with anthrax were sent from Trenton on October 9.

  25. On September 20, President George W. Bush declared a "war on terror” while addressing both Congress and the American people.

  26. On October 5, Tom Ridge resigned as Governor of Pennsylvania to become President Bush's Homeland Security Advisor.

  27. On October 7, the U.S. began bombing Afghanistan, targeting both bin Laden's al-Qaeda fighters and the Taliban.

  28. On October 7, crude oil began flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline again after workers repaired a bullet hole that had caused 260,000 gallons of oil to spill out.

  29. On October 8, President Bush established the Office of Homeland Security.

  30. On October 11, the Polaroid Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

  31. On October 26, President Bush signed the USA PATRIOT Act into law. Britannica.com points out that the PATRIOT Act “made numerous changes to existing statutes relating to the privacy of telephone and electronic communications, the operation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, money laundering, immigration, and other areas. It also defined a host of new crimes and increased penalties for existing ones.”

  32. On November 13, President Bush ordered that the Strategic Petroleum Reserve “be filled to capacity over the next few years.”

  33. On November 18, Phillips Petroleum and Conoco merged and created a new company known as “ConocoPhillips.” As a result of the merger, ConocoPhillips became the third-largest oil and natural gas company in the U.S.

  34. On December 2, Enron filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

  35. On December 24, New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was chosen as Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year,” for his leadership role in the 9/11 attacks.

3. International News

  1. On January 17, OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) agreed to reduce oil production by 1.5 million barrels per day.

  2. On March 4, the Kashagan oil field in the Caspian Sea became “the world's largest oil find in three decades.”

  3. On May 6, while visiting Syria, Pope John Paul II became the first pope to enter a mosque.

  4. On June 7, Tony Blair won a second landslide victory in the UK’s general election.

  5. On June 10, Pope John Paul II canonized St. Rafqa (Arabic for Rebecca), Lebanon's first female saint.

  6. On July 20, the London Stock Exchange went public.

  7. On July 29, Lance Armstrong was disqualified from the 88th Tour de France.

  8. On August 1, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Malta, Slovenia, and Slovakia joined the European Environment Agency (EEA).

  9. On November 7, the Concorde, the world’s only supersonic jetliner, returned to the skies after a 15-month hiatus. CNN.com remarks that “Revamped to address safety concerns, an Air France Concorde, with 71 passengers aboard, took off from Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris at 10.47 a.m. (0947 GMT) for the flight to New York and made a safe landing at around 1315 GMT.”

  10. On December 6, an amendment was made to the Constitution of Canada to change Newfoundland’s official name to “Newfoundland and Labrador.”

  11. On December 11, the People's Republic of China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO).

  12. On December 27, to normalize trade relations between the United States and China, President Bush signed a proclamation granting “permanent normal trading relations (PNTR) status to the People's Republic of China.”

In 2001, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" premiered in U.S. theaters.
In 2001, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" premiered in U.S. theaters.

4. Random Sports Facts

This information has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us. Generally suitable for all age groups, sports trivia questions and answers are a welcome addition to any party game.

  • World Series Champions - Arizona Diamondbacks

  • Super Bowl Champs - Baltimore Ravens

  • NBA Champions - Los Angeles Lakers

  • Stanley Cup Champs - Colorado Avalanche

  • NCAA Basketball Champions - Duke

  • NCAA Football Champs - Miami

  • U.S. Open Golf - Retief Goosen

  • U.S. Tennis (men/women) - Lleyton Hewitt/Venus Williams

  • Wimbledon (men/women) - Goran Ivanisevic/Venus Williams

  • Orange Bowl - Oklahoma

  • Rose Bowl - Washington

  • Sugar Bowl - Miami

  • Kentucky Derby - Monarchos

5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  1. In 2001, popular baby names were Jacob, Michael, Matthew, Joshua, Ashley, Emily, Hannah, and Madison.

  2. The average lifespan in the U.S. was 79.8 years for women and 74.4 years for men.

  3. The cost of a Super Bowl ad was $2,100,000.

  4. Popular holiday gifts included PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, Harry Potter toys, Bob the Builder toys, and iPods.

  5. Fashion trends in 2001 included Rocawear, Sean John, Ecko, “Chinese slippers,” oversized jerseys, tight-fitting jersey dresses, puffy jackets and vests, patched jackets, trucker hats, long denim skirts, and butterfly hair clips.

  6. Silly Putty and Tonka trucks were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

  7. Angela Perez BaBaraquio of Honolulu, HI won the Miss America crown.

  8. Kandace Krueger of Texas became Miss USA.

  9. Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” was New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani for his leadership role in the 9/11 attacks.

  10. At the 73rd Academy Awards, Gladiator won an Oscar for Best Picture, Russell Crowe (Gladiator) won an Oscar for Best Actor, and Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich) won an Oscar for Best Actress.

  11. At the 53rd Primetime Emmy Awards, Sex and the City won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and The West Wing (NBC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. Likewise, Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

  12. On April 19, the musical The Producers opened on Broadway.

  13. On May 2, a revival of the musical 42nd Street opened on Broadway.

  14. On July 16, Jurassic Park III, starring Sam Neill and William H Macy, premiered in the U.S.

  15. On October 2, Scrubs, starring Zach Braff as Dr. John Dorian, premiered on NBC.

  16. On November 4, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, starring Daniel Radcliffe, premiered in U.S. theaters.

  17. In 2001, Harry Potter was probably the most famous fictional person in America.

  18. Finally, The Rotters’ Club, a 2001 novel by Jonathan Coe, contained a 13,955-word sentence.

In 2001, Apple’s first iPod went on sale.
In 2001, Apple’s first iPod went on sale.

6. Computer and Internet History Facts

These fun facts have been made available courtesy of ComputerHope.com.

  1. In 2001, the most popular websites were AOL, MSN, Yahoo!, Lycos, Vivendi, About, Amazon, eBay, InfoSpace, and CNET. In 2018, the most popular websites included Google, YouTube, Facebook, Baidu, Yahoo!, Instagram, Twitter, Znxx.com, VK.com, and Wikipedia.

  2. The average Internet user spent 83 minutes online each day.

  3. Popular web browsers were Internet Explorer, Lynx, Mozilla, Netscape, and Opera.

  4. Only 3% of Internet users received information about the 9/11 attacks from the web.

  5. Microsoft released FrontPage 2002.

  6. Top Google searches for the year were Nostradamus, CNN, World Trade Center, Harry Potter, and anthrax.

  7. Software companies founded in 2001 included Acrocat Software, Aliasworlds Entertainment, Bitdefender, ChannelAdvisor, ClearSale, Digital Keystone, Digital Rapids Corporation, EMCO Software, Exclaimer, Foxit Software, GTB Technologies, Guidewire Software, Hands-On Mobile, Metalogix Software, Metanet Software, Workfront, Xandros, and Zugara.

  8. By 2001, about eight million people had already participated in online gambling. Popular Internet casinos at the time were Jackpot City, Spin Palace, InterCasino, English Harbour, and The Gaming Club. (High Stakes Database confirms that “Online gambling ran smoothly until 2006, which is the year the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) was passed into law in the United States. This had a huge impact in the industry.”)

  9. On January 1, Microsoft announced that Windows 95 “was now a legacy item and would no longer be sold or shipped to any more customers.”

  10. On January 9, Apple released iTunes for Mac users.

  11. On January 13, Wikipedia.org came online. According to their website, “Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia, written collaboratively by the people who use it. It is a special type of website designed to make collaboration easy, called a wiki. Many people are constantly improving Wikipedia, making thousands of changes per hour.”

  12. In February, Napster had over 26 million users.

  13. On February 13, Google Groups was established following Google's acquisition of Deja.com’s archived discussions. Deja.com, “a site for searching and participating in discussion groups carried on the Internet's Usenet network,” had been online since 1995.

  14. On March 8, AOL announced that it had over 28 million members.

  15. On March 9, McAfee released the first “handheld virus protection software.”

  16. On April 20, Dell became the world’s largest PC maker.

  17. In June, there were 479 million Internet users, representing 7.9% of the world’s population. By 2018, the number of Internet users was 4.021 billion, or 55% of the global population.

  18. On June 5, Nevada became the first U.S. state to legalize online gambling.

  19. In July, there were nearly 29,254,370 websites and an average of 17 users per site. (In July 1996, there were 257,601 websites and an average of 301 users per site. Today, there are over 1.5 billion websites, 75% of which are not active.)

  20. In July, Google launched “Image Search” that offered users access to over 250 million images.

  21. On August 18, Egghead Software filed for bankruptcy protection.

  22. On August 27, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 6.0.

  23. On August 27, Compaq introduced the Presario line of computers.

  24. On September 6, Hewlett-Packard announced that it would buy Compaq.

  25. On September 25, XM radio was launched. Computer Hope tells us that “Now known as Sirius XM radio, XM is a paid satellite radio service. It provides the listener with hundreds of commercial free [sic] music and talk radio [sic] stations.”

  26. On October 23, Apple’s first iPod went on sale.

  27. On November 4, social networking site StumbleUpon came online.

  28. November 15 marked the 30th anniversary of the microprocessor. Computer Hope points out that “In those 30 years, the speed of the processor has increased more than 18,500 times (from 0.108 MHz to 2 GHz).”

  29. On November 15, Microsoft released the Xbox game console.

  30. In December, digital music service Rhapsody was launched.

  31. On December 4, the “Goner” email virus began to spread throughout the Internet. ABCNews.Go.com explains that “Like other so-called computer worms, Goner spreads through Microsoft's popular Outlook e-mail program. The file arrives as an attachment to an e-mail with the subject line of ‘Hi.’ The e-mail message reads: ‘How are you? When I saw this screen saver, I immediately thought about you I am in a harry [sic], I promise you will love it.’"

7. Most Popular Websites in 2001

These Internet history facts have been made available courtesy of Tech.co.

  1. AOL

  2. MSN

  3. Yahoo!

  4. Lycos

  5. Vivendi

  6. About

  7. Amazon

  8. eBay

  9. InfoSpace

  10. CNET

  11. Google

  12. American Greetings

  13. eUniverse

  14. Excite

  15. Disney

  16. Viacom

  17. Gator

  18. Ask Jeeves

  19. Real

  20. Classmates

In 2001, cupcakes were real crowd-pleasers.
In 2001, cupcakes were real crowd-pleasers.

8. Nobel Prize Winners

This Nobel Prize news has been made available courtesy of InfoPlease.com.

  1. Peace: United Nations

  2. Physics: Wolfgang Ketterle (Germany), Eric A. Cornell (U.S.), and Carl E. Wieman (U.S.)

  3. Medicine: Leland H. Hartwell (U.S.), R. Timothy Hunt (UK), and Paul M. Nurse (UK)

  4. Chemistry: William S. Knowles (U.S.) and Ryoji Noyori (Japan)

  5. Literature: Sir V. S. Naipaul (UK)

  6. Economics: George A. Akerlof (U.S.), A. Michael Spence (U.S.), and Joseph E. Stiglitz (U.S.)

9. Most Popular Television Shows for 2001-2002

This TV trivia from 2001-2002 has been made available courtesy of FBibler.Chez.com.

  1. Friends (NBC)

  2. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS)

  3. ER (NBC)

  4. Law & Order (NBC)

  5. Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)

  6. Survivor (CBS)

  7. The West Wing (NBC)

  8. Monday Night Football (ABC)

  9. Will & Grace (NBC)

  10. Leap of Faith (NBC)

  11. Becker (CBS)

  12. Law & Order: SVU (NBC)

  13. 60 Minutes (CBS)

  14. Inside Schwartz (NBC)

  15. J.A.G. (CBS)

  16. Frasier (NBC)

  17. Judging Amy (CBS)

  18. Just Shoot Me (NBC)

  19. Crossing Jordan (NBC)

  20. King of Queens (CBS)

  21. The Practice (ABC)

  22. Yes, Dear (CBS)

  23. The Guardian (CBS)

  24. N.Y.P.D. Blue (ABC)

  25. Baby Bob (CBS)

In 2001, “Gladiator” won an Oscar for Best Picture.
In 2001, “Gladiator” won an Oscar for Best Picture.

10. Best-Selling Fiction and Nonfiction Books

This information has been made available courtesy of PublishersWeekly.com.

Fiction:

  1. Desecration by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim La Haye

  2. Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

  3. A Painted House by John Grisham

  4. Dreamcatcher by Stephen King

  5. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

  6. Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub

  7. The Kiss by Danielle Steel

  8. Valhalla Rising by Clive Cussler

  9. A Day Late and a Dollar Short by Terri McMillan

  10. Violets Are Blue by James Patterson

  11. P is for Peril by Sue Grafton

  12. He Sees You When Your Sleeping by Mary and Carol Higgins Clark

  13. A Common Life by Jan Karon

  14. Isle of Dogs by Patricia Cornwell

  15. Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson

Nonfiction:

  1. The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson

  2. Secrets of the Vine by Bruce Wilkinson

  3. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

  4. John Adams by David McCullough

  5. Guinness World Records 2002

  6. Prayer for Jabez for Women by Darlene Wilkinson

  7. The No-Spin Zone by Bill O’Reilly

  8. Body for Life by Bill Phillips

  9. How I Play Golf by Tiger Woods

  10. Jack by Jack Welch

  11. I Hope You Dance by Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers

  12. Self Matters by Dr. Phil McGraw

  13. The Blue Day Book by Bradley Trevor Greive

  14. The Road to Wealth by Suze Orman

  15. America’s Heroes: Inspiring Stories of Courage, Sacrifice and Patriotism by the editors of SP LLC

11. Most Popular Movies of the Year

This movie news has been made available courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

  3. Shrek

  4. Monsters, 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)

In 2001, “Sex and the City” won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.
In 2001, “Sex and the City” won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.

12. Biggest Pop Music Artists

These quick facts and trivia from 2001 have been made available courtesy of Billboard.com.

Popular artists included Alicia Keyes, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Destiny's Child, Faith Hill, Ginuwine, Incubus, Jagged Edge, Janet Jackson, Ja Rule, Jay-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Lifehouse, Lil Kim, Ludacris, Mary J. Blige, Michelle Branch, Mya, Nelly Fortado, Nickleback, Outkast, Pink, R. Kelly, Shaggy, Toby Keith, Uncle Kracker, and Usher.

13. Number One Music Hits for the Year

This music news has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

  • November 18, 2000 - February 2, 2001: Destiny's Child - Independent Women

  • February 3 - February 16: Shaggy featuring Ricardo “Rikrok” Ducent - It Wasn't Me

  • February 17 - February 23: Outkast - Ms. Jackson

  • February 24 - March 23: Joe featuring Mystikal - Stutter

  • March 24 - March 30: Crazy Town - Butterfly

  • March 31 - April 13: Shaggy featuring Rayvon - Angel

  • April 14 - June 1: Janet Jackson - All For You

  • June 2 - July 6: Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and Pink - Lady Marmalade

  • July 7 - August 3: Usher - U Remind Me

  • August 4 - August 17: Destiny's Child - Bootylicious

  • August 18 - September 7: Alicia Keys - Fallin'

  • September 8 - November 2: Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule - I'm Real

  • November 3 - December 14: Mary J. Blige - Family Affair

  • December 15 - December 21: Usher - U Got It Bad

  • December 22, 2001 - February 22, 2002: Nickelback - How You Remind Me

14. Cool Video Games

Favorite video games from 2001 included Grand Theft Auto III, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Silent Hill 2, Halo: Combat Evolved, Devil May Cry, Black & White, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Final Fantasy X, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, Conker's Bad Fur Day, Max Payne, Aliens versus Predator 2, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, and Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance.

Other popular video games were Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Sonic Adventure 2, James Bond 007: Agent Under Fire, Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies, Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, Civilization III, Clive Barker's Undying, Myst III: Exile, ICO, Dark Age of Camelot, Onimusha: Warlords, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Twisted Metal: Black, and Advance Wars.

In 2001, sliders were real crowd-pleasers.
In 2001, sliders were real crowd-pleasers.

15. Popular Foods and Beverages

These quick facts and trivia have been made available courtesy of TheKitchn.com.

  1. Bachman’s Pretzel Stix

  2. Bacon

  3. Brown butter pasta

  4. Cake pops

  5. Coffee and tea

  6. Comfort foods (for example, chicken pot pies, meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, and pizza)

  7. Creme brûlée

  8. Cupcakes and mini-cupcakes

  9. Favorite flavors back in 2001 included bacon, blueberry, cranberry, ginger, hibiscus, mint, pomegranate, and wasabi.

  10. French Toast Crunch Cereal

  11. Fruit smoothies (for example, mango yogurt smoothies)

  12. Giant hunks of meat (influenced by the Atkins diet)

  13. Hi-C fruit drinks (for example, Blazin' Blueberry, Boppin’ Strawberry, Strawberry Kiwi Kraze, Orange Lavaburst, and Wild Cherry)

  14. Lunchables Fun Snacks

  15. Olive oil

  16. Planters Cheez Balls

  17. Planters Cheez Curls

  18. Popsicle Cookies & Cream (dairy dessert)

  19. Scooby-Doo! Fruit Flavored Snacks

  20. Sliders (small hamburgers)

  21. Superfruits such as pomegranates and blueberries

  22. Sushi

  23. Watermelon and feta cheese salad

  24. Whole grains

  25. Yoplait Trix Yogurt

16. Famous Weddings and Divorces

This celebrity news has been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

Weddings:

  1. On February 2, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg married media tycoon Barry Diller.

  2. On February 8, MLB outfielder David Justice wed model Rebecca Villalobos.

  3. On March 17, NFL quarterback Peyton Manning married Ashley Thompson.

  4. On April 4, actress and model Brooke Shields wed sitcom writer Chris Henchy.

  5. On June 3, actress and writer Tina Fey married Saturday Night Live composer Jeff Richmond.

  6. On July 7, Charlie's Angels star Drew Barrymore wed actor and comedian Tom Green.

  7. On August 4, actor Pierce Brosnan married TV host and journalist Keely Shaye Smith.

  8. On September 1, actress Anne Heche wed cameraman Coleman Laffoon.

  9. On September 1, singer and songwriter Stevie Wonder married fashion designer Kai Millard Morris.

  10. On September 29, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez wed dancer and choreographer Cris Judd.

  11. On October 12, singer Natalie Cole married Kenneth H. Dupree.

  12. On October 20, actor Johnathon Schaech wed actress Christina Applegate.

  13. On October 22, tennis champion Andre Agassi married tennis champion Steffi Graf.

  14. On December 26, Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling wed anesthesiologist Neil Murray.

  15. On December 31, singer Prince Rogers Nelson married Manuela Testolini.

Divorces:

  1. On May 22, actress Jane Fonda divorced CNN founder Ted Turner.

  2. On July 16, actress Meg Ryan divorced actor Dennis Quaid.

  3. On August 8, actor Tom Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman divorced.

  4. On December 13, actress Kate Winslet divorced film director Jim Threapleton.

17. Famous People Who Died in 2001

These quick facts have been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

  1. January 12 - William Hewlett (American engineer and entrepreneur and co-founder Hewlett-Packard)

  2. February 7 - Dale Evans (American actress and singer)

  3. February 7 - Anne Morrow Lindbergh (American author and aviator)

  4. February 10 - Abraham Beame (former Mayor of New York City)

  5. March 12 - Morton Downey, Jr. (American television talk show host)

  6. March 15 - Ann Sothern (American actress)

  7. April 9 - Willie Stargell (American baseball Hall of Fame outfielder)

  8. May 12 - Perry Como (American singer)

  9. May 13 - R.K. Narayan (Indian novelist)

  10. June 2 - Imogene Coca (American actress)

  11. June 27 - Jack Lemmon (American actor)

  12. June 30 - Joe Henderson (American jazz saxophonist)

  13. July 3 - Johnny Russell (American country singer and songwriter)

  14. July 17 - Katharine Graham (American publisher)

  15. July 22 - Frances Horwich (American educator and television personality)

  16. September 11 - Alice Stewart Trillin (American author)

  17. September 11 - David Angell (American sitcom creator)

  18. September 11 - Garnet Bailey (Canadian hockey player and scout)

  19. September 11 - John Ogonowski (the pilot for American Airlines Flight 11)

  20. September 11 - Barbara Olson (American political commentator)

  21. September 22 - Isaac Stern (American-Ukrainian violinist)

  22. October 9 - Herbert Ross (American film director and producer)

  23. October 16 - Etta Jones (American jazz singer)

  24. November 22 - Mary Kay Ash (American entrepreneur and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)

  25. November 29 - George Harrison (English pop star and Beatle)

In 2001, Dell became the world’s largest PC maker.
In 2001, Dell became the world’s largest PC maker.

18. The 10 Best-Selling Cars in America

This auto news has been made available courtesy of FactMonster.com.

  1. Ford F-Series

  2. Chevrolet Silverado

  3. Ford Explorer

  4. Honda Accord

  5. Toyota Camry

  6. Ford Taurus

  7. Dodge Ram Pickup

  8. Honda Civic

  9. Ford Ranger

  10. Ford Focus

19. America’s Largest Corporations

  1. Exxon Mobil

  2. Walmart

  3. General Motors

  4. Ford Motor

  5. General Electric

  6. Citigroup

  7. Enron

  8. IBM

  9. At&T

  10. Verizon Communications

20. Major Internet Companies Established

Startups included Acclaimed Music, Adequacy.org, Baseball Think Factory, Basque Wikipedia, Box Office Prophets, BrandChannel, Broken Newz, Buzzgrinder, Catalan Wikipedia, ChessGames.com, Chinese Wikipedia, Democratic Underground, Drugs.com, Dutch Wikipedia, English Wikipedia, EquiLend, Esperanto Wikipedia, Expedia, French Wikipedia, German Wikipedia, Gigwise, Google News, Hebrew Wikipedia, and HistoryWorld.

Other startups were Internet Archive, Italian Wikipedia, Japanese Wikipedia, Jumpdates, MacMinute, MillionaireMatch, My Opera, Norwegian Wikipedia, Orbitz, PartyPoker, Polish Wikipedia, Portuguese Wikipedia, RateMyTeachers, RealGM, Russian Wikipedia, Spanish Wikipedia, StumbleUpon, Swedish Wikipedia, TV Acres, VirtualCourthouse.com, Wikipedia, WiseNut, and Yahoo! Music.

In 2001, “Friends” was the most popular TV show.
In 2001, “Friends” was the most popular TV show.

© 2019 Gregory DeVictor

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    Gregory DeVictor 

    4 months ago from Squirrel Hill, PA

    Liz, thank you for the comment. I vividly remember the day of the terror attacks. What I obviously didn’t know was that Google launched its “Image Search” in 2001. Also, I didn’t know that XM radio was founded that year.

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    Liz Westwood 

    4 months ago from UK

    Another collection of fascinating facts. This year will always be remembered for the terror attacks. But I had forgotten Venus Williams won Wimledon then. It just goes to show how long the Williams sisters have been top of their sport. Recent research sbows that Friends is still popular with young people in the UK.

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