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.
2002 History

Famous Weddings

Eric Clapton

British guitar legend 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

About January 1, 2002

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 21 years, 5 months and 1 day
Leap Year: No

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

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: How You Remind Me - Nickelback
  • UK #1 Song: Somethin' Stupid - Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman