February 2001

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February 2001 was the second month of that common year. The month, which began on a Thursday, ended on a Wednesday after 28 days.

Portal:Current events[edit]

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from February 2001.

  • American submarine USS Greeneville accidentally strikes and sinks Japanese fishing vessel Ehime-Maru.
  • FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested and charged with spying for Russia for 25 years.
  • On the final lap of the Daytona 500 race, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, known as "The Intimidator" for his aggressive driving style, is killed in a crash. Earlier, an 18 car wreck happened on lap 173 when Tony Stewart flipped in mid-air causing a major wreck. The race had come to a stop to take a 17 lap break because of the debris scattered on the track. The red flag was out to clean up the mess on the backstretch.
  • Major League Baseball Hall of famer, Eddie Mathews, dies in La Jolla, California due to complications of pneumonia. Mathews is the only player in Braves history to have played for the Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta teams. He is tied with Ernie Banks with 512 career home runs.
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