This page is a chronology of events in year 2001 directly related to Wikipedia and Wikipedians, both within Wikipedia and in the whole wide world. Wikimedia events and events in sister projects (Wiktionary, Wikibooks, etc.) are listed as long as they are related to Wikipedia.
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- January 16, Wikipedia's oldest survived article and edit created by account eiffel.demon.co.uk, later known as user:Eiffel
- January 17: First known named user: User:ScottMoonen 
- February 12, 1,000 articles reached.
- March 17, The first contribution in a non-English article, at 01:41 UTC in the article ca:Àbac made by the anonymous user 194.158.80.xxx.
- May 19, first recorded data in French Wikipedia: 
- November 2001: Wikipedia:Friends of Wikipedia was created to list webpages which link to wikipedia. It was deleted in 2005 after outliving its utility, then restored as an archive.
- December 11: The page Wikipedia:Brilliant prose was created by Larry Sanger, which had eventually evolved into Wikipedia:Featured articles (renamed on January 21, 2004). At present, there are 4849 featured articles, of a total of 5,267,338 pages on English Wikipedia. Thus, about one in 1,080 articles is featured.
- January 13, wikipedia.org online (according to alexa)
- March 17
- March 2001,
- May 2001, Spanish Wikipedia created
- May 20, Russian Wikipedia created
- June 2001, Portuguese Wikipedia created
- June 19, Dutch Wikipedia created
- September 26, Polish Wikipedia created
- November 16, Afrikaans Wikipedia (Afrikaans) created
- November 26, Norwegian Wikipedia created, allowing articles in any language standard
- December 2001, Esperanto Wikipedia created
It is difficult to establish start dates for these early days of wikipedia. Most of the information in monthly format is taken from Wikipedia:List of Wikipedians in order of arrival/2001.
- WojPob (inactive since June 2003)
- Josh Grosse
- AyeSpy (inactive since before the move to phase III)
- Tim Shell - And I can prove it :)
- BryceHarrington - Joined up with Wikipedia after the brief GNUPedia episode and its mention on Slashdot. Did some of the first Britannica copying. Pimped wikipedia a bit on Indymedia and some other sites.
- Larry Sanger (earliest edits as LarrySanger)
- Jimbo Wales
- ScottMoonen (talk · contribs) (01:16) (ScottMoonen page created on January 17)
- Lee Daniel Crocker (inactive since June 2003)
- Stephen Gilbert
- Rob Salzman (is he still around?) (yes - but cannot login as Rob Salzman - so am now justrob) (inactive since August 2003)
- Geronimo Jones (inactive since March 2001)
- Mathijs read about it in the newspaper (inactive since February 2002)
- Erdem Tüzün (inactive since prior to the move to phase III)
- Andre Engels
- Malcolm Farmer - after a slashdotting. Every other article back then was either an Atlas Shrugged or a Larry Sanger philosophy article. How far it's come since then...
- Phil Bordelon I'd be lying if I remembered why I came here originally; I hacked a bit on some Settlers of Catan stuff, went back to lurk mode, and only recently have started to really edit again.
- Gareth Owen Also can't remember why I came, but noticed it lacked my favourite musicians, so resolved to add them.
- The Cunctator (July 26, the day of the big Slashdotting)
- AxelBoldt (July 26, the day of the big Slashdotting)
- BrantEaton (July 26, Slashdot effect was my first article!)
- Dmerrill, another one from the Slashdotting
- James F., yet another Slashdotter (though the account is newer)
- Tim Goodwin (guess which well-known blog appears on my Personal Toolbar)
- Simon J Kissane (thinks he arrived just before slashdotting)
- Kowloonese as anonymous 24.4.254.xxx et al. (since first week of July, 2001)
- Claudine not from Slashdot, but from the Kuro5hin article that might have led to it
- snoyes (k5 article)
- DrBob Due to either the Kuro5hin or Slashdot articles
- sodium sometime in August.
- MichaelTinkler (it was before school started...)
- Zundark (on 6th or 7th, not sure which)
- Anatoly Vorobey (arrived probably during the slashdotting, first contribution early August)
- BenBaker (2nd wave of slashdotting, 1st or 2nd, I think.)
- Alan Millar the big slashdotting...
- Bryan Derksen
- THERESA KNOTT now known as theresa knott from a post by someone (I forget who) on usenet (sci.physics)
- Jagged first contribution listed on 15 August, 2001.
- Paul Melville Austin; now PabsP (talk · contribs) for whatever wikiDB reason the first edit logged as July 26, 2002; PabsP userpage created April 3, 2005.
- the Epopt
- Dreamyshade (at least that's when I first contributed)
- The Anome
- Mark - as an anon, but the account Mark Ryan didn't come for another 3 months, in January 2002.
- Wesley (must have been early to middle of 2001 - how it's changed since then)
- David Parker (Dec. 12)
- User:Szopen (probably since beginning of December or end of November 2001)
- Robert Merkel - probably earlier, but I can't tell exactly when I arrived.
- Eloquence (05:47, first logged edit on December 8)
- SimonP (11:20, first logged edit) (Dec. 9 - from segment in New York Times Magazine)
- Slrubenstein (03:33, first logged edit on December 13)
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