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The events of one terrible day cleaved 2001 into two distinct eras. The eight months prior to September 11 now seem like a distant dream. Below is a list of this year's top stories. >> Overview

1. September 11
2. War in Afghanistan
3. Failing economy
4. Anthrax scare
5. Mideast conflict
6. Stem cell research / cloning
7. Timothy McVeigh execution
8. Milosevic handed over to The Hague
9. Senate switch
10. American Airline crash (tie)
10. The case of Chandra Levy (tie)

CNN.com editors voted on the top stories of 2001. Now it's time for you to vote through our reader's poll. >> Take the poll

Visit our interactive timeline for a chronological look at some of the major events of 2001. (Flash plug-in required)
TIME Magazine features a gallery of the most compelling images of 2001. Click on the photo to start.
Recall the lives of some of the notables who died in 2001, and pay tribute to the thousands who perished on September 11.
How closely did you follow the news in 2001? Take our quiz and find out if you are a true news junkie.
N.Y. Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who rallied his city after the September 11 terrorist attacks, is Time magazine's Person of the Year.