On This Day

What Happened on January 17, 2002

Historical Events

  • Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people.

Famous Deaths

  • Bishop Karas, Sudanese-born American religious leader (b. 1955)
  • Camilo Jose Cela, Spanish writer, (Nobel Prize laureate 1989), dies at 85
  • H├ęctor Tosar, Uruguayan pianist and composer, dies at 78
  • Queenie Leonard, American actress (b. 1905)
2002 Highlights

About January 17, 2002

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 19 years, 10 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

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