What Happened on March 1, 2002

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • 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).
  • The peseta is discontinued as official currency of Spain and is replaced with the euro (€).
  • U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins in eastern Afghanistan.

Famous Divorces

  • "12 Angry Men" actor Edward James Olmos (55) divorces "Sopranos" actress Lorraine Bracco (47) after 8 years of marriage