History Quiz / February 2001

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Can you name the events that took place during February 2001?

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1 FebruaryPutrajaya is declared the third Federal Territory of this Asian country, after Kuala Lumpur and Labuan.
2 FebruaryThis United Nations organisation issues a special alert calling attention to the worst Mongolian winter in decades.
3 FebruaryThe Daily Mail incorrectly quotes President George W. Bush as saying that this rapper is 'the most dangerous threat to American children since polio.'
4 FebruaryThis pope delivers a speech in celebration of the 23rd Pro-Life Day in Italy
5 FebruaryThis Nintendo 64 game, which welcomed its third sequel in November 2011, is first released outside of Japan.
6 FebruaryThis man is elected 11th Prime Minister of Israel.
7 FebruaryTen European countries decide to place heavy restrictions on beef sales amidst concerns about the spread of this disease.
8 FebruaryA Norwegian effort to cull a pack of these animals enters legal proceedings.
9 FebruaryThis United States submarine strikes the commercial Japanese fishing vessel Ehime Maru off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, leading to the deaths of nine people, including four high-school students.
10 FebruaryElections are held in this Australian state, resulting in the biggest change of seats in the state since 1911.
11 FebruaryA presidential election in this African country is held but ends inconclusively, with no candidate able to achieve outright victory.
12 FebruaryThe robotic space probe NEAR Shoemaker becomes the first spacecraft to land on this type of celestial object.
13 FebruaryMicrosoft publicly unveils 'Luna,' the default visual theme for this (at the time) soon-to-be-released operating system.
14 FebruaryA referendum begins in this Asian country, in which citizens overwhelmingly vote to return to constitutional rule.
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15 FebruaryThe 'first draft' of the complete human genome is published in this scientific journal.
16 FebruaryAlbanian terrorists orchestrate a bus bombing in this modern-day European country (then a part of Yugoslavia) that kills twelve Serbian civilians and injures 44 others.
17 FebruaryThe Los Angeles Times reports that negligence on the part of this branch of the United States military led to the deaths, originally thought accidental, of four civilian sailors off the coast of South Carolina in December 1997.
18 FebruaryA crash at the Daytona 500 kills this NASCAR driver.
19 FebruaryThe National Memorial Museum in this city is dedicated to the victims of the 19 April 1995 bombing of the city.
20 FebruaryThe United States Justice Department announces the arrest of this Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, charged with spying for the Soviet Union and, after its dissolution, Russia.
21 FebruaryAt the 43rd Grammy Awards, this song by Destiny's Child wins Song of the Year.
22 FebruaryAn international tribunal sentences this Bosnian commander to 28 years in prison for various crimes against humanity.
23 FebruaryThis French film director of 'Le Vieux Fusil' ('The Old Gun') and ''Incident at Owl Creek' dies.
24 FebruaryThis fugitive financier speaks out for the first time since being pardoned by President Bill Clinton on Clinton's last day in office, calling the pardon a 'humanitarian act.'
25 FebruaryThe second round of the presidential election mentioned in the 11 February clue is held, with this man defeating Carlos Veiga by just twelve votes, 75,827-75,815.
26 FebruaryThis treaty, an effort to prepare the European Union for enlargement, is signed.
27 FebruaryThis United States law, which allows for certain foreign-born children to become U.S. citizens, takes effect.
28 FebruaryThis train accident, the worst 21st-century rail disaster in the United Kingdom, kills ten and severely injures 82.

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