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 1st - 68th Sugar Bowl: #12 LSU beats #7 Illinois, 47-34
Jan 1st - 31st Fiesta Bowl: #2 Oregon beats #3 Colorado, 38-16
Jan 2nd - Eduardo Duhalde is appointed interim President of Argentina by the Legislative Assembly.
Jan 2nd - 68th Orange Bowl: #5 Florida beats #6 Maryland, 56-23
Jan 3rd - 4th BCS National Championship: #1 Miami beats #2 Nebraska, 37-14, at 88th Rose Bowl
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 Awards: Janet Jackson & Lenny Kravitz win
Singer Janet Jackson Jan 11th - 7th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: A Beautiful Mind wins Best Film
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
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
Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden Jan 20th - Photographs showing al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects shackled and masked are published by the United States military
Jan 20th - 59th Golden Globes: A Beautiful Mind, Russell Crowe, & Sissy Spacek win
Jan 20th - 18th Sundance Film Festival: "Personal Velocity: Three Portraits", directed by Rebecca Miller, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
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.
Actor Russell Crowe Jan 25th - Wikipedia switches to the new version of its software ("Phase II") aka Magnus Manske Day.
Jan 27th - 90th Men's Australian Open: Thomas Johansson beats Marat Safin (3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6)
Jan 27th - 90th Women's Australian Open: Jennifer Capriati beats Martina Hingis (4-6, 7-6, 6-2)
Jan 27th - AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Pittsburgh Steelers 24-17
Jan 27th - NFC Championship Game: St. Louis Rams beat Philadelphia Eagles 29-24
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.
NFL Coach Marty Schottenheimer Jan 29th - The San Diego Chargers hire Marty Schottenheimer as their 13th head coach
Feb 2nd - 52nd NHL All-Star Game: World beats North America 8-5 at Los Angeles, California
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 6th - 52nd Berlin International Film Festival: "Spirited Away" and "Bloody Sunday" win the Golden Bear (tie)
Feb 8th - 19th Winter Olympic games open at Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Feb 9th - NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 38-30
Feb 10th - 51st NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 135-120 at Philadelphia
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.
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic 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
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 17th - 44th Daytona 500: Ward Burton wins (130.81 MPH)
Rapper Ja Rule 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.
Feb 24th - Canada defeats the United States 5-2 to win the men's ice hockey Olympic Gold Medal
Feb 24th - 19th Winter Olympic Games close at Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Feb 24th - 55th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" Best Film, Peter Jackson Best Director
Feb 27th - Godhra train burning, a Muslim mob kills 59 Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya
Film Director Peter Jackson 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).
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).
Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys Mar 3rd - Citizens of Switzerland narrowly vote in favor of their country becoming a member of the United Nations.
Mar 3rd - 33rd NAACP Image Awards: "Ali" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
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 10th - 49th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #3 Duke beats NC State, 91-61
Mar 10th - 43rd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Mississippi State beats Alabama, 61-58
Mar 12th - Animated film "Ice Age" directed by Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha, with voices by Denis Leary and John Leguizamo premieres
NHL Legend Joe Sakic 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.
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.
Actor Denzel Washington Mar 31st - 21st NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Oklahoma 82-70
Apr 1st - 64th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Maryland beats Indiana 64-52
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 6th - 155th Grand National: Jim Culloty aboard Bindaree wins
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.
President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez 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.
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 Masters Golf Tournament: 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.
Golfer Tiger Woods Apr 15th - 106th Boston Marathon: Rodgers Rop of Kenya 1st man in 2:09:02 and Margaret Okayo of Kenya 1st woman in 2:20:43
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 20th - 2002 NFL Draft: David Carr from Fresno State first pick by Houston Texans
Apr 21st - 48th British Academy Television Awards: "The Sketch Show" Best Comedy, "Cold Feet" Best Drama
Apr 23rd - Pope John Paul II meets with U.S. Catholic Church leaders at Vatican regarding sexual abuse of minors
Apr 26th - Robert Steinhäuser infiltrates and kills 17 at Gutenberg-Gymnasium in Erfurt, Germany before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot.
264th Pope John Paul II 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 Revolutionary and 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 15th - "Bowling for Columbine", a documentary directed by Michael Moore has its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival
May 15th - 10th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at Glasgow
May 16th - Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman opens in cinemas
May 18th - 127th 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).
Film Director George Lucas May 22nd - 37th Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride & Alan Jackson win
May 22nd - The remains of the missing Chandra Levy are found in Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C.
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.
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 - 47th Eurovision Song Contest: Marie N for Latvia wins singing "I Wanna" in Tallinn
NHL Coach Mike Babcock 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 26th - 55th Cannes Film Festival: "The Pianist" directed by Roman Polanski wins the Palme d'Or
May 28th - NATO declares Russia a limited partner in the Western alliance.
May 28th - NHL Eastern Conference Final: Carolina Hurricanes beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 2
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.
May 31st - NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 3
Jun 2nd - 56th Tony Awards: Thoroughly Modern Millie & The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? win
Pop Singer and Songwriter Avril Lavigne Jun 4th - Canadian singer Avril Lavigne releases debut album, "Let Go"
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
Jun 9th - 48th LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak
Jun 9th - 101st Men's French Open: Albert Costa beats Juan Carlos Ferrero (6-1, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3)
Jun 9th - 101st Women's French Open: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams (7-5, 6-3)
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.
Recording Executive Simon Cowell Jun 11th - "American Idol" created by Simon Fuller with judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson premieres on Fox
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 win
Jun 12th - 56th NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat New Jersey Nets, 4 games to 0