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2001 was the 130th year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.


Luis Jiminez's "Steelworker" was acquired by the Birmingham Museum of Art in 2001





  • February 2: WRRS-FM switched formats to "modern rock/adult contemporary", becoming "101.1 the Spot".




Condoleezza Rice






John Rhoden

See also List of Birmingham homicides in 2001


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  • The Cost of Courage: The Journey of An American Congressman (reprint) by Carl Elliott and Micheal D'Orso
  • Murder Boogies with Elvis by Anne George


Blount Hall


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In 2001, the Federal Trade Commission approved the merger of America Online and Time Warner to form AOL Time Warner. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, launched on the Internet. George W. Bush succeeded Bill Clinton as the 43rd President of the United States. Seven times Nascar Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt died after an accident in the last turn of the Daytona 500. The Russian space station Mir de-orbited. Terrorists used commercial airliners in suicide attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000. Letters containing anthrax spores are mailed to major news outlets. The U.S. and other countries invaded Afghanistan. Enron filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Notable films in 2001 included Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Monsters, Inc., Shrek, and Ocean's Eleven. The Academy Award for Best Picture went to A Beautiful Mind, as did Best Director (Ron Howard). Best Actor was awarded to Denzel Washington for Training Day while Best Actress went to Halle Berry for Monster's Ball.

Notable pop music hits in 2001 included "Independent Women Part I" by Destiny's Child, "Stutter" by Joe featuring Mystikal, "All for You" by Janet Jackson, "Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa & Pink, "U Remind Me" by Usher, "Fallin'" by Alicia Keys, "I'm Real" by Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule, and "Family Affair" by Mary J. Blige. The biggest Grammy Award winner was Alicia Keys, winning five Grammys, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for "Fallin'". U2 won four awards including Record of the Year and Best Rock Album. Best Album went to the soundtrack of O Brother, Where Art Thou? (various artists).

Notable births in 2001 included actor Raymond Ochoa. Notable deaths included businessman William Redington Hewlett, race car driver Dale Earnhardt, animator William Hanna, author Douglas Adams, singer Perry Como, actor Anthony Quinn, terrorist Timothy McVeigh (executed), actor Jack Lemmon, guitarist Chet Atkins, author Poul Anderson, and musician George Harrison.

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