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January 1, 2001
- Greece adopts the euro as its currency.
- A black monolith measuring approximately nine feet tall appears in Seattle's Magnuson Park, placed by "Some People", a group of anonymous artists; the monolith is in reference to the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
January 6, 2001
- The United States Congress, presided over by Vice President Al Gore as President of the Senate, certifies George Walker Bush's Electoral College victory and thus as the winner of the U.S. presidential election.
January 9, 2001
- Shenzhou 2, an unmanned Chinese spacecraft, was launched.
January 10, 2001
- Apple introduce their iTunes digital media player application at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco
January 11, 2001
January 15, 2001
January 20, 2001
- George Walker Bush succeeds Bill Clinton as President of the United States after prevailing over Al Gore in the disputed U.S. presidential election, 2000.
January 23, 2001
- Five Falun Gong members set themselves on fire in a protest in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China. However, the incident has been widely disputed by Falun Gong, claiming the incident was staged by the Chinese government in order to make Falun Gong hated in China.
January 24, 2001
- The last two of the "Texas 7" are taken into custody in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
- Following the Hinduja affair, Peter Mandelson is forced to resign from the Government of the United Kingdom for a second time.
January 26, 2001
- A 50-year-old DC-3 crashes near Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela, killing 69.
- An earthquake hits Gujarat, India. More than 69,000 deaths.
January 28, 2001
- Super Bowl XXXV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida: Baltimore Ravens defeats the New York Giants, 34-7.
January 29, 2001
- Thousands of student protesters in Indonesia storm parliament and demand that President Abdurrahman Wahid resign due to alleged involvement in corruption scandals.
January 31, 2001
- In the Netherlands a Scottish court convicts a Libyan and acquits another for their part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 which crashed into Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988.
- Sega officially announces that they are going to discontinue their Dreamcast system on March 30. They also said that they vowed never to make another video game system ever again and to make only video games.
- Greece joins euro (retrieved 3 Duly 2011)