Historical Events in January 2002

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

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8th 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

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

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
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Martina Hingis
  • 27th AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Pittsburgh Steelers 24-17
  • 27th NFC Championship Game: St. Louis Rams beat Philadelphia Eagles 29-24
  • 28th TAME Flight 120, a Boeing 727-100 crashes in the Andes mountains in southern Colombia killing 92.
  • 29th 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
  • 29th The San Diego Chargers hire Marty Schottenheimer as their 13th head coach