What Happened in February 2002

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 52nd NHL All-Star Game: World beats North America 8-5 at Los Angeles, California

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Feb 3 Super Bowl XXXVI: New England Patriots beat St. Louis Rams, 20-17 at the Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • Feb 6 52nd Berlin International Film Festival: "Spirited Away" and "Bloody Sunday" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 8 19th Winter Olympic games open at Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  • Feb 9 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 38-30
  • Feb 10 51st NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 135-120 at Philadelphia
  • Feb 12 US Secretary of Energy makes the decision that Yucca Mountain is suitable to be the United States' nuclear waste repository.
  • Feb 12 An Iran Air Tupolev Tu-154 crashes prior to landing in Khorramabad, Iran, killing 119.

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Feb 12 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.

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic
  • Feb 14 Fishing vessel Tullaghmurray Lass sinks off the coast of Kilkeel, County Down, Northern Ireland killing three members of the same family on board
  • Feb 15 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 17 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.

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Feb 17 'Always On Time' by R&B artist Ja Rule featuring Ashanti starts a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart.

Rapper Ja Rule
Ja Rule
  • Feb 17 44th Daytona 500: Ward Burton wins (130.81 MPH)
  • Feb 19 NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system.
  • Feb 20 In Reqa Al-Gharbiya, Egypt, a fire on a train injures over 65 and kills at least 370.
  • Feb 22 Angolan political and rebel leader Jonas Savimbi is killed in a military ambush.
  • Feb 24 Canada defeats the United States 5-2 to win the men's ice hockey Olympic Gold Medal
  • Feb 24 19th Winter Olympic Games close at Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Feb 24 55th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" Best Film, Peter Jackson Best Director

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
  • Feb 27 Godhra train burning, a Muslim mob kills 59 Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya
  • Feb 27 Ryanair Flight 296 catches fire in London Stansted Airport. Subsequent investigations criticize Ryanair's handling of the evacuation.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 27 44th Grammy Awards: Walk On, Alicia Keys wins

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 2 Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (38) weds Argentinean born Maxima Zorreguieta (34) at the Beurs van Berlage
  • Feb 17 Actress Joan Collins (68) weds theater company manager Percy Gibson at Claridge's Hotel in London
  • Feb 23 "Blue" country and pop singer LeAnn Rimes (19) weds backup dancer Dean Sheremet (21) at Perkins Chapel in Dallas, Texas

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (b. 1925)
  • Feb 2 Paul Baloff, American singer (Exodus) (b. 1960)
  • Feb 2 Claude Brown, American writer (b. 1937)
  • Feb 4 George Nader, American film and television actor (b. 1921)
  • Feb 6 Max Perutz, Austrian molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1914)
  • Feb 7 Jack Fairman, British racing driver (b. 1913)
  • Feb 8 Joachim Hoffmann, German historian (b. 1930)
  • Feb 8 Ong Teng Cheong, President of Singapore (b. 1936)
  • Feb 9 Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom (b. 1930)
  • Feb 9 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (b. 1937)
  • Feb 10 Traudl Junge, Adolf Hitler's secretary (b. 1920)
  • Feb 10 Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer/songwriter (b. 1936)
  • Feb 11 Barry Foster, British actor (b. 1931)
  • Feb 11 Frank Crosetti, baseball player (b. 1910)
  • Feb 13 Waylon Jennings, American musician (b. 1937)
  • Feb 14 Nándor Hidegkuti, Hungarian footballer (b. 1922)
  • Feb 15 Howard K. Smith, American journalist (b. 1914)

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Feb 15 Kevin Smith, New Zealand actor (Ares-Hercules), dies at 38 after falling from a prop tower

  • Feb 16 Walter Winterbottom, England football manager (b. 1913)
  • Feb 21 Harold Furth, Austrian-born physicist (b. 1939)
  • Feb 21 John Thaw, English actor (Inspector Morse), dies of cancer at 60
  • Feb 21 Harold Pruett, American actor (Sybil, Embrace of the Vampire), dies of a drug overdose at 32
  • Feb 21 A. L. [Audrey] Barker, English writer, dies at 83
  • Feb 22 Chuck Jones, American cartoonist (b. 1912)
  • Feb 22 Jonas Savimbi, Angolan rebel leader (b. 1934)
  • Feb 22 Roden Cutler, Australian diplomat and war hero (b. 1916)
  • Feb 22 Daniel Pearl, American journalist (b. 1963)
  • Feb 24 Arthur Lyman, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player (b. 1932)
  • Feb 24 Leo Ornstein, Russian-born composer and pianist (b. 1912)
  • Feb 26 Lawrence Tierney, American actor (b. 1919)

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Feb 27 Spike Milligan, Irish-British actor and comedian (Digby, 3 Musketeers), dies of kidney failure at 83

Comedian and author Spike Milligan
Comedian and author
Spike Milligan
  • Feb 28 Mary Stuart, American actress (b. 1926)
  • Feb 28 Helmut Zacharias, German violinist (b. 1920)