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 9th - 29th American Music Award: Janet Jackson & Lenny Kravitz win
Jan 13th - 28th People's Choice Awards: Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Kelsey Grammer, Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)
Jan 13th - In a controversial move, Marty Schottenheimer is fired as head coach of the Washington Redskins after just one season
NFL Coach Marty Schottenheimer Jan 14th - UK declared free of foot-and-mouth cattle disease
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 19th - "Tuck Rule Game", with less than two minutes to play in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game, the New England Patriots trailed the Oakland Raiders, 13-10, in a game played mostly under a driving snowstorm, when a Tom Brady fumble was instead ruled an incomplete pass because of the "tuck rule". The Patriots would win 16-13 in overtime and go on to win the Super Bowl
Jan 20th - Photographs showing al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects shackled and masked are published by the United States military
Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden 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.
43rd US President George W. Bush Jan 29th - The San Diego Chargers hire Marty Schottenheimer as their 13th head coach
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
Feb 9th - NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 38-30
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 - Fishing vessel Tullaghmurray Lass sinks off the coast of Kilkeel, County Down, Northern Ireland killing three members of the same family on board
NFL Quarterback Tom Brady 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.
Rapper Ja Rule 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.
Feb 27th - 44th Grammy Awards: Walk On, Alicia Keys wins
Mar 1st - The peseta is discontinued as official currency of Spain and is replaced with the euro (€).
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).
Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys 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 9th - Joe Sakic plays his 1,000th career game
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.
NHL Legend Joe Sakic Mar 20th - 16th Soul Train Music Awards: The O'Jays, Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys wins
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 23rd - 22nd Golden Raspberry Awards: Freddy Got Fingered wins
Mar 24th - 74th Academy Awards - "A Beautiful Mind", Denzel Washington & Halle Berry win
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
Actor Denzel Washington 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.
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 takes place in Venezuela against President Hugo Chávez .
Apr 12th - Pedro Carmona becomes interim President of Venezuela during the military coup against Hugo Chávez.
President of Venezuela 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 - 66th Golf Masters Championship: Tiger Woods becomes the third golfer to win in two consecutive years
Apr 14th - Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez 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 23rd - Pope John Paul II meets with U.S. Catholic Church leaders at Vatican regarding sexual abuse of minors
264th Pope John Paul II 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.
May 3rd - A military MiG-21 aircraft crashes into the Bank of Rajasthan in India, killing eight.
May 3rd - "Spider-Man", starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin, premieres
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
MLB Legend Barry Bonds May 4th - 128th Kentucky Derby: Victor Espinoza aboard War Emblem wins in 2:01.13
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.
Cuban President Fidel Castro 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 18th - 128th Preakness: Victor Espinoza aboard War Emblem wins in 1:56.36
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 - 37th Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride & Alan Jackson wins
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.
NHL Coach Mike Babcock May 22nd - Mike Babcock is named head coach of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks
May 23rd - The "55 parties" clause of the Kyoto protocol is reached after its ratification by Iceland.
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 26th - Indianapolis 500: Hélio Castroneves wins in 3:00:10.871 (267.954 km/h)
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 2nd - 56th Tony Awards: Thoroughly Modern Millie & The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? win
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 8th - 134th Belmont: Edgar Prado aboard Sarava wins in 2:29.71
LPGA Golfer Se Ri Pak Jun 9th - 48th LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak
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 12th - 36th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride & Kenny Chesney wins
Jun 12th - 56th NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat New Jersey Nets, 4 games to 0
Jun 13th - The United States of America withdraws from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
NHL Coach Scotty Bowman Jun 13th - Scotty Bowman wins his 9th Stanley Cup as a coach, an NHL record, and retires
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 16th - 102nd US Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 277 at Bethpage State Park NY
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.
Jun 24th - The Igandu train disaster in Tanzania kills 281, the worst train accident in African history.
Jun 28th - In South Africa, the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the Treatment Action Campaign table a national HIV/AIDS treatment plan in the National Economic, Development and Labour Council
46th US Vice-President Dick Cheney 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.
Jun 30th - Brazil beats Germany 2-0 for soccer's 17th World Cup in South Korea & Japan
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.
Tennis Player Serena Williams Jul 7th - 109th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams (7-6 6-3)
Jul 7th - 116th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Lleyton Hewitt beats D Nalbandian (6-1 6-3 6-2)
Jul 9th - The African Union is established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The first chairman is Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa.
Jul 9th - 73rd All Star Baseball Game: 7-7 tie when both teams ran out of available pitchers at Miller Park, Milwaukee
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 10th - 10th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Venus Williams win
Jul 14th - French President Jacques Chirac escapes an assassination attempt unscathed during Bastille Day celebrations.
Tennis Player Venus Williams 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 21st - 131st British Golf Open: Ernie Els shoots a 278 at Muirfield Golf Links
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.
Jul 24th - James Traficant is expelled from the United States House of Representatives on a vote of 420 to 1.
Author Alexandre Dumas Jul 24th - On 200th anniversary of his birth French author Alexandre Dumas' ('The Three Musketeers') ashes are interred in the Panthéon in Paris in a televised ceremony.
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.
Jul 31st - Polaroid Corporation is purchased by One Equity Partners, creating a new company that now operates under the Polaroid Corporation name, launching a new era for Polaroid.
Aug 4th - Soham murders: 10 year old school girls Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells go missing from the town of Soham, Cambridgeshire.