What Happened in January 2002

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 The Open Skies mutual surveillance treaty, initially signed in 1992, officially comes into force.
  • Jan 1 Euro banknotes and coins become legal tender in twelve of the European Union's member states.
  • Jan 1 Taiwan officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Chinese Taipei.
  • Jan 1 68th Sugar Bowl: #12 LSU beats #7 Illinois, 47-34
  • Jan 1 31st Fiesta Bowl: #2 Oregon beats #3 Colorado, 38-16
  • Jan 2 Eduardo Duhalde is appointed interim President of Argentina by the Legislative Assembly.
  • Jan 2 68th Orange Bowl: #5 Florida beats #6 Maryland, 56-23
  • Jan 3 4th BCS National Championship: #1 Miami beats #2 Nebraska, 37-14, at 88th Rose Bowl
  • Jan 3 The Palestinian freighter Karine A is seized by Israeli forces in the Red Sea
  • Jan 6 Daniel Bedingfield returns to No.1 on the UK singles chart for the second time with Gotta Get Thru This

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 8 President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act.

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 9 Michael Jackson receives the Artist of the Century award at the American music awards

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 9 29th American Music Awards: Janet Jackson & Lenny Kravitz win

  • Jan 11 7th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: A Beautiful Mind wins Best Film

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 13 28th People's Choice Awards: Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Kelsey Grammer, Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 13 In a controversial move, Marty Schottenheimer is fired as head coach of the Washington Redskins after just one season

  • Jan 14 UK declared free of foot-and-mouth cattle disease

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 16 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.

Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant & Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • Jan 17 Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people.
  • Jan 18 Sierra Leone Civil War was finally declared over.
  • Jan 19 "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 20 Photographs showing al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects shackled and masked are published by the United States military

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 20 59th Golden Globes: A Beautiful Mind, Russell Crowe, & Sissy Spacek win

  • Jan 20 18th Sundance Film Festival: "Personal Velocity: Three Portraits", directed by Rebecca Miller, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 21 The Canadian Dollar sets all-time low against the US Dollar (US$0.6179).
  • Jan 22 Kmart Corp becomes the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
  • Jan 23 Reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan. He was subsequently murdered .
  • Jan 23 "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh returns to the United States in Federal Bureau of Investigation custody.
  • Jan 25 Wikipedia switches to the new version of its software ("Phase II") aka Magnus Manske Day.
  • Jan 27 90th Men's Australian Open: Thomas Johansson beats Marat Safin (3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 27 90th Women's Australian Open: Jennifer Capriati beats Martina Hingis (4-6, 7-6, 6-2)

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Jan 27 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Pittsburgh Steelers 24-17
  • Jan 27 NFC Championship Game: St. Louis Rams beat Philadelphia Eagles 29-24
  • Jan 28 TAME Flight 120, a Boeing 727-100 crashes in the Andes mountains in southern Colombia killing 92.
  • Jan 29 US President George W. Bush in his State of the Union address describes "regimes that sponsor terror" an "Axis of Evil", which includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea
  • Jan 29 The San Diego Chargers hire Marty Schottenheimer as their 13th head coach

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 1 Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton (56) weds Melia McEnery (25) at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Surrey, London

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
  • Jan 5 Former Atomic Kitten member Kerry Katona (21) weds "Westlife" member Brian McFadden (21) at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Rathfeigh, County Meath, Republic of Ireland

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 12 TV Host Conan O'Brien (38) weds Liza Powel (31) at St. James Cathedral in Seattle, Washington

TV Host Conan O'Brien
TV Host
Conan O'Brien

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Julia Phillips, American film producer (b. 1944)
  • Jan 2 Armi Aavikko, Finnish singer (b. 1958)
  • Jan 3 Juan GarcĂ­a Esquivel, Mexican band leader (b. 1918)
  • Jan 3 Freddy Heineken, Dutch beer executive (b. 1923)
  • Jan 3 Zac Foley, English rock bassist (EMF "Unbelievable"), dies at 31
  • Jan 7 Avery Schreiber, American actor (b. 1935)
  • Jan 7 Jon Lee, Welsh musician (Feeder) (b. 1968)
  • Jan 8 Alexander Prochorow, Nobel Prize in Physics laureate (b. 1916)
  • Jan 8 Dave Thomas, American fast food entrepreneur (b. 1932)
  • Jan 10 W.A. Criswell, American (Baptist) preacher (b. 1909)
  • Jan 11 Henri Verneuil, French playwright and film director (b. 1920)
  • Jan 11 Struan Sutherland, Australian medical researcher (b. 1936)
  • Jan 12 Stanley Unwin, South African comedian (b. 1911)
  • Jan 12 Cyrus Vance, 57th U.S. Secretary of State (1977-80), dies at 84
  • Jan 13 Ted Demme, American film director (b. 1963)
  • Jan 13 Gregorio Fuentes, Cuban fisherman, reputed model for Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea (b. 1897)
  • Jan 13 Frank Shuster, Canadian comedian (b. 1916)
  • Jan 15 Steve Gromek, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Jan 16 Robert Hanbury Brown, British-Australian astronomer and physicist (b. 1916)
  • Jan 16 Michael Bilandic, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1923)
  • Jan 16 Bobo Olson, American boxer (b. 1928)
  • Jan 16 Eddie Meduza, Swedish composer (b. 1948)
  • Jan 16 Ron Taylor, American actor (b. 1952)
  • Jan 17 Bishop Karas, Sudanese-born American religious leader (b. 1955)
  • Jan 17 Camilo Jose Cela, Spanish writer, (Nobel Prize laureate 1989), dies at 85
  • Jan 17 Queenie Leonard, American actress (b. 1905)
  • Jan 20 Carrie Hamilton, actress and singer (b. 1963)
  • Jan 21 Peggy Lee, American singer (b. 1920)
  • Jan 22 Stanley Marcus, American business executive (b. 1905)
  • Jan 23 Pierre Bourdieu, French sociologist (b. 1930)
  • Jan 23 Paul Aars, American racecar driver (b. 1934)
  • Jan 23 Robert Nozick, American philosopher (b. 1938)
  • Jan 24 Elie Hobeika, Lebanese Forces militia commander (b. 1956)
  • Jan 24 Peter Gzowski, Canadian broadcaster, writer and reporter (b. 1934)
  • Jan 28 Astrid Lindgren, Swedish author (b. 1907)
  • Jan 29 Dick "Night Train" Lane, American football player (b. 1928)
  • Jan 29 Harold Russell, Canadian-born actor (b. 1914)
  • Jan 30 Ingeborg "Inge" Morath, Austrian born Magnum photographer and wife of Arthur Miller
  • Jan 31 Francis Gabreski, American fighter pilot (b. 1919)