What Happened on January 1, 2002

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • 31st Fiesta Bowl: #2 Oregon beats #3 Colorado, 38-16
  • 68th Sugar Bowl: #12 LSU beats #7 Illinois, 47-34
  • Euro banknotes and coins become legal tender in twelve of the European Union's member states.
  • Taiwan officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Chinese Taipei.
  • The Open Skies mutual surveillance treaty, initially signed in 1992, officially comes into force.

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Famous Deaths

  • Julia Phillips, American film producer (b. 1944)