On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 2002

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

Eric Clapton

Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton (56) weds Melia McEnery (25) at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Surrey, London

Famous Deaths

  • Julia Phillips, American film producer, dies at 57
2002 Highlights

About January 1, 2002

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 19 years, 11 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: New Year's Day (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States)

Generation: Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Capricorn