Historical Events for Year 2002
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Jan 1st - The Open Skies mutual surveillance treaty, initially signed in 1992, officially comes into force.
Jan 1st - Euro banknotes and coins become legal tender in twelve of the European Union's member states.
Jan 1st - Taiwan officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Chinese Taipei.
Jan 2nd - Eduardo Duhalde is appointed interim President of Argentina by the Legislative Assembly.
Jan 6th - Daniel Bedingfield returns to No.1 on the UK singles chart for the second time with Gotta Get Thru This
Jan 8th - President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act.
Jan 9th - Michael Jackson receives the Artist of the Century award at the American music awards
Jan 16th - The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, and the remaining members of the Taliban.
Jan 17th - Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people.
Jan 18th - Sierra Leone Civil War was finally declared over.
Jan 21st - The Canadian Dollar sets all-time low against the US Dollar (US$0.6179).
Jan 22nd - Kmart Corp becomes the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Jan 23rd - Reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan. He was subsequently murdered .
Jan 23rd - "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh returns to the United States in Federal Bureau of Investigation custody.
Jan 25th - Wikipedia switches to the new version of its software ("Phase II") aka Magnus Manske Day.
Jan 28th - TAME Flight 120, a Boeing 727-100 crashes in the Andes mountains in southern Colombia killing 92.
Jan 29th - In his State of the Union Address, United States President George W. Bush describes "regimes that sponsor terror" as an Axis of Evil, in which he includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea.
Feb 3rd - Super Bowl XXXVI: New England Patriots beat St. Louis Rams, 20-17 at the Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB
Feb 8th - XIX Winter Olympics opens in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden Feb 12th - US Secretary of Energy makes the decision that Yucca Mountain is suitable to be the United States' nuclear waste repository.
Feb 12th - An Iran Air Tupolev Tu-154 crashes prior to landing in Khorramabad, Iran, killing 119.
Feb 12th - The trial of former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević begins at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. He eventually dies four years later before its conclusion.
Feb 14th - The Tullaghmurray Lass sinks off the coast of Kilkeel, County Down, Northern Ireland killing three members of the same family on board.
Feb 15th - At the Tri-State Crematory in La Fayette, Georgia, investigators find uncremated bodies disposed of in the woods and buildings on the crematorium's property. The discovery reveals one of the worst incidents of abuse in the funeral service industry.
Feb 17th - Westlife go to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'World Of Our Own.' The Irish boy band's 10th UK No.1 single.
Feb 17th - 'Always On Time' by R&B artist Ja Rule featuring Ashanti starts a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart.
Feb 19th - NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system.
Feb 20th - In Reqa Al-Gharbiya, Egypt, a fire on a train injures over 65 and kills at least 370.
Feb 22nd - Angolan political and rebel leader Jonas Savimbi is killed in a military ambush.
Feb 24th - XIX Winter Olympics closes in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Feb 24th - Canada defeats the United States 5-2 to win the men's ice hockey Olympic Gold Medal
Feb 27th - Godhra train burning, a Muslim mob kills 59 Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya;
Feb 27th - Ryanair Flight 296 catches fire in London Stansted Airport. Subsequent investigations criticize Ryanair's handling of the evacuation.
Mar 1st - The peseta is discontinued as official currency of Spain and is replaced with the euro (€).
Rapper Ja Rule Mar 1st - U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins in eastern Afghanistan.
Mar 1st - The Envisat environmental satellite successfully reaches an orbit 800 kilometers (500 miles) above the Earth on its 11th launch, carrying the heaviest payload to date at 8500 kilograms (9.5 tons).
Mar 2nd - U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins, (ending on March 19 after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters, with 11 Western troop fatalities).
Mar 3rd - Citizens of Switzerland narrowly vote in favor of their country becoming a member of the United Nations.
Mar 4th - Canada bans human embryo cloning but permits government-funded scientists to use embryos left over from fertility treatment or abortions.
Mar 4th - Multinational Force in Afghanistan: Seven American Special Operations Forces soldiers are killed as they attempt to infiltrate the Shahi Kot Valley on a low-flying helicopter reconnaissance mission.
Mar 19th - U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda ends (started on March 2) after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters with 11 allied troop fatalities.
Mar 21st - In Pakistan, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh along with three other suspects are charged with murder for their part in the kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
Mar 21st - British schoolgirl Amanda Dowler is abducted in broad daylight on her way home from Heathside School in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
Mar 27th - Passover Massacre: A suicide bomber kills 29 people in Netanya, Israel.
Mar 31st - 21st NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: at San Antonio
Apr 1st - 64th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: at Georgia Dome Atlanta
Apr 1st - The Netherlands legalizes euthanasia, becoming the first nation in the world to do so.
Apr 2nd - Israeli forces surround the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem into which armed Palestinians had retreated. A siege ensues.
Apr 4th - The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign a peace treaty ending the Angolan Civil War.
Consort of George VI & mother of Queen Elizabeth II Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother Apr 9th - Funeral of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at Westminster Abbey UK. More than a million people line the streets
Apr 11th - The Ghriba synagogue bombing by Al Qaeda kills 21 in Tunisia.
Apr 11th - An attempted coup d'état in Venezuela against President Hugo Chávez takes place.
Apr 12th - Pedro Carmona becomes interim President of Venezuela during the military coup against Hugo Chávez.
Apr 12th - Palestinian suicide bomber (female) kills 7 and injures 104 (among them 9 Arabs) at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem.
Apr 13th - Pedro Carmona, interim president of Venezuela, resigns one day after taking office.
Apr 14th - Tiger Woods becomes the third golfer to win The Masters in two consecutive years
Apr 14th - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returns to office two days after being ousted and arrested by the country's military.
Apr 15th - An Air China Boeing 767-200, flight CA129 crashes into a hillside during heavy rain and fog near Busan, South Korea, killing 128.
Apr 17th - Four Canadian Forces soldiers are killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire from two United States Air Force F-16s, the first deaths in a combat zone for Canada since the Korean War.
Apr 26th - Robert Steinhäuser infiltrates and kills 17 at Gutenberg-Gymnasium in Erfurt,Germany before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot.
Apr 27th - The last successful telemetry from the NASA space probe Pioneer 10.
Apr 29th - The United States is re-elected to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, one year after losing the seat it had held for 50 years.
Apr 30th - A referendum in Pakistan overwhelmingly approves the Presidency of Pervez Musharraf for another five years.
May 2nd - Marad massacre of eight Hindus near Palakkad in Kerala.
Golfer Tiger Woods May 3rd - A military MiG-21 aircraft crashes into the Bank of Rajasthan in India, killing eight.
May 4th - Barry Bonds hits his 400th home run as a Giant, leading his team to a 3-0 win over Cincinnati. Bonds is the first player to hit 400 homers for one team and 100 with another
May 6th - Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn is shot and killed by an animal rights activist.
May 7th - A China Northern Airlines MD-82 plunges into the Yellow Sea, killing 112 people.
May 9th - The 38-day stand-off in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem comes to an end when the Palestinians inside agree to have 13 suspected militants among them deported to several different countries.
May 9th - In Kaspiysk, Russia, a remote-controlled bomb explodes during a holiday parade killing 43 and injuring at least 130.
May 10th - Anaheim Angels crush the Chicago White Sox 19-0. The Angels join the 1923 Indians, 1939 Yankees and 1950 Red Sox as the only teams to beat two opponents by 19 or more runs in the same season
May 11th - Last performance of the musical Cats in London's West End.
May 11th - Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveils the Man With Two Hats monument in Ottawa and Apeldoorn (May 2), 2000, symbolically linking both the Netherlands and Canada for their assistance throughout the Second World War.
May 12th - Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution.
May 14th - Ten members of the Darwin-based Network Against Prohibition invade the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory of Australia.
May 20th - The independence of East Timor is recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and 3 years of provisional UN administration (Portugal itself was the former colonizer of East Timor until 1976).
May 22nd - In Washington, DC, the remains of the missing Chandra Levy are found in Rock Creek Park.
May 22nd - American civil rights movement: a jury in Birmingham, Alabama, convicts former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murders of four girls in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.
May 23rd - The "55 parties" clause of the Kyoto protocol is reached after its ratification by Iceland.
Cuban President Fidel Castro May 24th - Russia and the United States sign the Moscow Treaty.
May 25th - A train crash in Tenga, Mozambique kills 197 people.
May 25th - China Airlines Flight 611: A Boeing 747-200 breaks apart in mid-air and plunges into the Taiwan Strait killing 225 people.
May 26th - The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars.
May 26th - Álvaro Uribe becomes President of Colombia.
May 28th - NATO declares Russia a limited partner in the Western alliance.
May 31st - The New Jersey Nets defeat the Boston Celtics 96-88 in Game 6 of the NBA's Eastern Conference Championship, winning the series 4 games to 2 to advance to their first NBA Finals appearance.
Jun 6th - Eastern Mediterranean Event. A near-Earth asteroid estimated at 10 metres diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. The resulting explosion is estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, slightly more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb.
Jun 10th - The first direct electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans is carried out by Kevin Warwick in the United Kingdom.
Jun 11th - Antonio Meucci is acknowledged as the first inventor of the telephone by the United States Congress.
Jun 12th - Los Angeles Lakers beat New Jersey Nets 4-0 in NBA finals MVP: Shaquille O'Neal, L.A.
Jun 13th - The United States of America withdraws from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
Jun 15th - Near earth asteroid 2002 MN missed the Earth by 75,000 miles (120,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon
Jun 21st - Lennox Lewis retains boxing's WBC world Heavyweight crown with an eight round knockout over Mike Tyson
Jun 22nd - An earthquake in western Iran measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale kills more than 261 people.
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis Jun 24th - The Igandu train disaster in Tanzania kills 281, the worst train accident in African history.
Jun 29th - U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, serves as Acting President for two and a half hours, while President George W. Bush undergoes a colonoscopy procedure.
Jun 29th - Naval clashes between South Korea and North Korea lead to the death of six South Korean sailors and sinking of a North Korean vessel.
Jul 1st - The International Criminal Court is established to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.
Jul 1st - A Bashkirian Airlines (flight 2937) Tupolev TU-154 and a DHL (German cargo) Boeing 757 collide in mid-air over Ueberlingen, southern Germany, killing 71.
Jul 2nd - Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon.
Jul 7th - A scandal breaks out in the United Kingdom when news reports accuse MI6 of sheltering Abu Qatada, the supposed European Al Qaeda leader.
Jul 9th - The African Union is established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The first chairman is Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa.
Jul 10th - At a Sotheby's auction, Peter Paul Rubens' painting The Massacre of the Innocents is sold for £49.5million (US$76.2 million) to Kenneth, Lord Thomson.
Jul 14th - French President Jacques Chirac escapes an assassination attempt unscathed during Bastille Day celebrations.
Jul 15th - "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh pleads guilty to supplying aid to the enemy and to possession of explosives during the commission of a felony.
Jul 15th - Anti-Terrorism Court of Pakistan hands down the death sentence to British born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and life terms to three others suspected of murdering Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
Jul 20th - South America: A fire in a discotheque in Lima, Peru kills over twenty-five.
Jul 21st - Telecom giant WorldCom files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the largest such filing in United States history.
Jul 22nd - Israel assassinates Salah Shahade, the Commander-in-Chief of Hamas's military arm, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, along with 14 civilians.
46th US Vice-President Dick Cheney Jul 24th - James Traficant is expelled from the United States House of Representatives on a vote of 420 to 1.
Jul 27th - Ukraine airshow disaster: A Sukhoi Su-27 fighter crashes during an air show at Lviv, Ukraine killing 85 and injuring more than 100 others, the largest air show disaster in history.
Jul 28th - Nine coal miners trapped in the flooded Quecreek Mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, are rescued after 77 hours underground.
Jul 30th - The accounting law referred to as "The Sarbanes Oxley Act" is signed into law by President George W. Bush.
Aug 4th - Soham murders: 10 year old school girls Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells go missing from the town of Soham, Cambridgeshire.
Aug 19th - A Russian Mi-26 helicopter carrying troops is hit by a Chechen missile outside of Grozny, killing 118 soldiers.
Aug 20th - A group of Iraqis opposed to the regime of Saddam Hussein take over the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin for five hours before releasing their hostages and surrendering.
Aug 26th - Earth Summit 2002 begins in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Sep 8th - Texas Rangers set a major league record by homering in their 26th consecutive game as Texas falls to the Tampa Bay
Sep 9th - Pitcher Randy Johnson reaches 300 strikeouts for the fifth consecutive season, extending his major league record
Sep 10th - Switzerland, traditionally a neutral country, joins the United Nations.
Sep 11th - Through extreme and coordinated effort, The Pentagon is rededicated after repairs are completed, exactly one year after the attack on the building.
Sep 20th - The Kolka-Karmadon rock/ice slide started.
Sep 23rd - The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox ("Phoenix 0.1") is released.
Sep 25th - The Vitim event, a possible bolide impact in Siberia, Russia.
Sep 26th - The overcrowded Senegalese ferry MV Joola capsizes off the coast of Gambia killing more than 1,000.
Sep 27th - Timor-Leste (East Timor) joins the United Nations.
Oct 2nd - The Beltway sniper attacks begin, extending over three weeks.
Oct 6th - The French oil tanker Limburg is bombed off Yemen.
Oct 6th - Opus Dei founder Josemaría Escrivá is canonized.
Oct 11th - A bomb attack in a shopping mall in Vantaa, Finland kills seven.
Oct 12th - Terrorists explode two bombs in Bali's nightclub district killing 202 and injuring 209 mostly foreign tourists
Oct 16th - Bibliotheca Alexandrina in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity, is officially inaugurated.
Oct 23rd - Moscow Theatre Siege begins: Chechen rebels seize the House of Culture theater in Moscow and take approximately 700 theater-goers hostage.
Oct 24th - Police arrest spree killers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, ending the Beltway sniper attacks in the area around Washington, DC.
Oct 26th - Moscow Theatre Siege: Approximately 50 Chechen rebels and 150 hostages die when Russian Spetsnaz storm a theater building in Moscow, which had been occupied by the rebels during a musical performance three days before.
Oct 27th - Anaheim Angels defeat San Francisco Giants 4-3 in baseball's World Series championship, MVP: Troy Glaus, Anaheim
Oct 27th - The ITV Network aired a constant regional service for the last time in England and Wales, but LWT lost its identity completely. All companies (except UTV, Channel, Scottish TV & Grampian TV) formed the national ITV1 with regional references only before regional programmes.
Oct 29th - Ho Chi Minh City ITC Inferno, a fire destroys a luxurious department store with 1500 people shopping. Over 60 people died and over 100 are missing. It is the deadliest disaster in Vietnam during peacetime.
Oct 30th - British Digital terrestrial television (DTT) Service Freeview begins transmitting in parts of the United Kingdom.
Oct 31st - A federal grand jury in Houston, Texas formally indicted former Enron Corp. chief financial officer Andrew Fastow on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice related to the collapse of his ex-employer.
Nov 4th - Chinese authorities arrest cyber-dissident He Depu for signing pro-democracy letter to the 16th Communist Party Congress
Nov 6th - 12 people are killed in a fire on board a train headed for Vienna from Paris.
Nov 7th - Iran bans advertising of United States products.
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein Nov 8th - Iraq disarmament crisis: UN Security Council Resolution 1441 - The United Nations Security Council unanimously approves a resolution on Iraq, forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face "serious consequences".
Nov 13th - The oil tanker Prestige sinks off the Galician coast and causes a huge oil spill.
Nov 13th - Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq agrees to the terms of the UN Security Council Resolution 1441.
Nov 13th - Eminem releases single 'Lose Yourself' from soundtrack of 8 Mile, 1st rap song to win Academy Award Best Original Song
Nov 14th - Argentina defaults on an $805 million World Bank payment.
Nov 14th - The United States House of Representatives votes not to create an independent commission to investigate the September 11 attacks.
Nov 15th - Hu Jintao becomes general secretary of the Communist Party of China.