2001 - the Year the World Changed Forever; LEADER: The Second Half of 2001 Was Dominated by the US Terror Attacks, as FELICITY NEWSON Reports .
Byline: FELICITY NEWSON
UNEMPLOYED loner Barry George was jailed for life for murdering Jill Dando.
Millionaire novelist Lord Archer was imprisoned for four years for perverting the course of justice and perjury.
At Wimbledon, Goran Ivanisevic won a memorable five-set final against Pat Rafter, becoming the only 'wild card' player ever to win the championship.
Anti-capitalist protesters clashed with police in Genoa, as world leaders arrived for the G8 summit. One demonstrator was killed.
Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills announced their engagement.
Liverpool airport was renamed Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Yoko Ono unveiled the new logo.
Everton F.C. won the bid for the Queen's Dock site.
Schizophrenic Andrew Kernan died after being shot by police marksmen. He had burst out of his Wavertree home, brandishing a sword.
The Cammell Laird shipyard was to be mothballed and most of the 361 workers were made redundant.
Army Green Goddess vehicles were drafted in to cover for striking Merseyside firemen.
And Bob Dylan, Shirley Bassey and Tom Jones were among the stars who headlined at the Summer Pops at the King's Dock.
The Queen Mother celebrated her 101st birthday with a walkabout, despite having suffered from anaemia and needing a blood transfusion in hospital.
Neil and Christine Hamilton were arrested following accusations of 'serious sexual assault'. The action was later dropped.
Northern Ireland secretary John Reid hit out at the IRA after terrorists withdrew a plan to put their weapons beyond use.
Shipbuilders A&P bought Cammell Laird's, causing fears about asset-stripping.
Revellers enjoyed a marathon three days of pop over the Bank Holiday weekend, thanks to Creamfields, the Party at the Pier and the Mathew Street festival.
Thousands were killed when terrorists directed two hijacked passenger planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, which burst into flames and collapsed.
A third hijacked plane destroyed part of the Pentagon.
Osama bin Laden, who was being protected by the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, was identified as the mastermind behind the outrage.
President Bush announced that there would be no hiding place for Bin Laden and told troops to prepare for retaliation.
Tony Blair pledged Britain's full backing in any strikes made against those responsible.
Other news included Iain Duncan Smith beating Kenneth Clarke in the race for the Tory leadership.
England celebrated a 5-1 trouncing of Germany in the World Cup qualifier. All goals were scored by Liverpool players, including a Michael Owen hat-trick.
Terrified Catholic youngsters ran the gauntlet of abuse from Protestants trying to prevent them from going to school in the Ardoyne.
In Liverpool businessman John Ritchie from Halewood told how he and wife Dot had a miracle escape from the New York atrocity.
A memorial service at the Metropolitan Cathedral was attended by 2,000. And Liverpudlians queued at the Town Hall to sign three books of condolence.
And Girobank staff arrived at work to find 400 jobs were to be axed.
The US gave compelling evidence to NATO of the complicity of Bin Laden and the Al Qaida network in the New York terrorist attack. …