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Events concerning the Grand Theft Auto series in 2001.
Real World Events
- The September 11 Attacks occur, delaying Grand Theft Auto III's release by three weeks and causing minor tweaks to be done to the game.
- Grand Theft Auto III is released in October in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
- The Dreamcast gets discontinued due to mediocre sales.
- The Microsoft Xbox is released in North America on November 15.
- The Nintendo GameCube is released in Japan on September 14.
- The GameCube is released in North America on November 18.
- The Nintendo Game Boy Advance is released in Japan on March 21.
- The Game Boy Advance is released in North America on June 11.
- The Game Boy Advance is released in the PAL region on June 22.
- Boris Mirsh is born (Possible).
- George W Bush is making Liberty City his first stop on a big city tour in after being elected president in January 20th.
- Barry Harcross returns to the United States after all his charges from his 1997 incident have been dropped.
- A Rocket launcher incident in Trenton has been followed by a outbreak of disturbances in the city. The reasons for the rocket launcher attack are unknown.
- Representatives of Love Inc have been buying property across Liberty City, while Donald Love opened casinos and cleared slums across America.
- Citizen's groups in Liberty City started petitioning the Mayor's Office in an attempt to revamp the city's aging Red Light District.
- Salvatore Leone, who had been on trial for tax evasion, walked free from a federal court in March 31th, as the case against him collapsed.
- A new fleet of police helicopters has been purchased to help patrol the city streets.
- Equanox is unvailed by Zaibatsu Corporation at the city's annual Beneficial Chemicals Trade Show in March 31th.
- A government body said the recent oil spill in Liberty City harbor "would cause no lasting damage to Liberty City inhabitants, as long as they don't swim, or drink tap water."
- Cheung Industries of Shanghai announced that they were to expand the factory production of mackerel in Liberty City.
- Chatterbox FM first aired in August.
- Internal Affairs at the LCPD investigates links between the Yakuza and police.
- Porter Tunnel is delayed due to financial problems.
- The Old Oriental Gentleman is arrested in October after arriving in Liberty City on a private jet plane from an "unknown departure point somewhere in East Asia", for "failing to satisfy the INS that he had a valid reason for entering the country" and having no proper travel documents. As a result, he was set to be delivered to a high security penitentiary before he is to be deported back later in the same month.
- Liberty Tree wins the "Most Absorbent Newsprint Award" at the Cleaning and Tidying Association of America annual awards ceremony in October 18th.
- The events of Grand Theft Auto III take place in late October.
- Claude is arrested for robbing Liberty City Bank.
- Claude escapes with 8-Ball on the ride to prison and the Callahan Bridge is damaged by a bomb.
- Mike Forelli is killed by Claude.
- Lee Chong is killed by Claude.
- The Bank of Liberty is robbed.
- The Triad fish factory is destroyed by Claude.
- The Cartel Ship is destroyed by Claude and 8-Ball.
- Mrs. Chonks is killed by Marty Chonks.
- Marty Chonks is killed by Carl.
- Salvatore Leone is killed by Claude.
- Tanner is killed by Claude.
- Ray Machowski's unnamed partner is killed by Claude.
- Leon McAffrey is killed by Claude.
- Kenji Kasen is killed by Claude.
- Donald Love disappears.
- Ray Machowski leaves Liberty City and flies to Miami, Florida.
- Asuka Kasen and Miguel are killed by Catalina.
- Catalina is killed by Claude.
- Maria Latore is presumably shot and killed by Claude.
- Gardening with Maurice is cancelled, as mentioned by a caller on Chatterbox FM.
- Gary Schaffer is cleared of corruption charges as stated by Andee on LIPS 106.
- The Maibatsu Monstrosity is released, originally named "Monstroso" according to the Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories manual.
- Mayor Miles O'Donovan is reelected for a second term.
- July 7th: Law firm Goldberg, Ligner & Shyster constructs an lawsuit against Mark Eastman, making him resign from his position as Betta Pharmaceuticals's CEO and ruining his life.
- William Hambrough is arrested for possession of controlled substance: cocaine, aged 31.
- Rudy D'Avanzo is arrested for hijacking and arson, aged 47.
- Willy Valerio is arrested for possession of crack cocaine, aged 22.
- Ashley Butler is arrested for possession of cocaine, aged 20.
- Steven Jabowitz is arrested for fraud, aged 36.
- Johnny Barbosa is arrested for grand larceny, aged 18.
- Heathcliff Waterstreet is arrested for possession of methamphetamine, aged 26.
- Cherise McCormic is arrested for possession of cocaine, aged 31.
- Lazlow Jones is arrested for bribery, aged 39.
- Wu Lee is arrested for grand larceny, aged 41.
- Tyler Dixon is arrested for possession of controlled substance with intent to sell, aged 18.
- Luis Fernando Lopez is arrested for assault, aged 18.
- Real Badman is arrested for armed robbery, aged 20.
- Elizabeta Torres is arrested for criminal sexual act: minor, aged 24.
- Brucie Kibbutz is arrested for patronize prostitute, aged 24.
- Little Jacob is arrested for armed robbery, aged 19.
- Jeremy St. Ives is arrested for patronize prostitute, aged 25.
- Mark Lupisella, Sonny Honorato, Moe Schwartz and Vincent Lupisella are all arrested together for racketeering, aged 43, 58, 62 and 72.
- Charles Matteo is arrested for racketeering, aged 53.
- Arthur Zapulla is arrested for possession of controlled substance: Crack Cocaine, aged 33.
- Joseph DiLeo is arrested for promotion gambling, aged 20.
- Alfonso Vasquez is arrested for possession of controlled substance: Intent to Sell, aged 52.
- The Los Santos Panic Basketball Team became champions.
- Grotti manufactured the Turismo, according to the Auto Eroticar website.
- It is alluded that an in-universe version of the September 11 attacks occur, presumably in Liberty City.
- The War on Terror begins.
- "'The W' to Drop in on Liberty City" - by Paul Civille, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
- "Business Man Cleared of all Charges Returns to Liberty City" - by Jayne Kwiatowski, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
- "From Baseball Bats to Rocket Launchers" - by Chris Carruthers, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
- "Donald Love coming to Liberty" - by Paul Marchiando, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
- "'Red Light' Licenses up for Renewal" - by Thomas Shaw, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
- "Salvatore Leone: Just a Business Man" - by Julius Cohen, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
- "Police Helicopters To Help Fight Crime" - by Trudy Fink, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
- "Medicine and Healthcare: Zaibatsu Release Equanox" - by Brian Robinson, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
- Pollution "not bad for health" - by Thomas Stewart, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
- "Mackerel Factory to Expand" - by Kristen Burns, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
- "Love to Chat?" - by Louie Schaffer, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
- "Internal Affairs Investigate Links Between Yakuza and Police" - by Clint Glen, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
- "Porter Tunnel Delayed (Again)" - by Ken Dellamonica, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
- "Elderly Asian Man Held After Failing to Satisfy Immigration" - by Amy Salzburg, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
- "Liberty Tree Wins Award. No New Information." - by Adam Tedman, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
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