February 2002 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 6 52nd Berlin International Film Festival: "Spirited Away" and "Bloody Sunday" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 12 US Secretary of Energy makes the decision that Yucca Mountain is suitable to be the United States' nuclear waste repository.
  • Feb 12 An Iran Air Tupolev Tu-154 crashes prior to landing in Khorramabad, Iran, killing 119.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 12 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.

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic
  • Feb 14 Fishing vessel Tullaghmurray Lass sinks off the coast of Kilkeel, County Down, Northern Ireland killing three members of the same family on board
  • Feb 15 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 17 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 17 44th Daytona 500: Ward Burton wins (130.81 MPH)
  • Feb 19 NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system.
  • Feb 20 In Reqa Al-Gharbiya, Egypt, a fire on a train injures over 65 and kills at least 370.
  • Feb 22 Angolan political and rebel leader Jonas Savimbi is killed in a military ambush.
  • Feb 27 Godhra train burning, a Muslim mob kills 59 Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya
  • Feb 27 Ryanair Flight 296 catches fire in London Stansted Airport. Subsequent investigations criticize Ryanair's handling of the evacuation.

Weddings in History

  • Feb 2 Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (38) weds Argentinean born Maxima Zorreguieta (34) at the Beurs van Berlage

Deaths in History

  • Feb 2 Claude Brown, American writer (b. 1937)
  • Feb 6 Max Perutz, Austrian molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1914)
  • Feb 8 Joachim Hoffmann, German historian (b. 1930)
  • Feb 8 Ong Teng Cheong, President of Singapore (b. 1936)
  • Feb 9 Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom (b. 1930)
  • Feb 10 Traudl Junge, Adolf Hitler's secretary (b. 1920)
  • Feb 15 Howard K. Smith, American journalist (b. 1914)
  • Feb 21 Harold Furth, Austrian-born physicist (b. 1939)
  • Feb 21 A. L. [Audrey] Barker, English writer, dies at 83
  • Feb 22 Chuck Jones, American cartoonist (b. 1912)
  • Feb 22 Jonas Savimbi, Angolan rebel leader (b. 1934)
  • Feb 22 Roden Cutler, Australian diplomat and war hero (b. 1916)
  • Feb 22 Daniel Pearl, American journalist (b. 1963)