On This Day

What Happened on March 1, 2002

Historical Events

  • The Envisat environmental satellite successfully reaches an orbit 800 kilometers (500 miles) above the Earth on its 11th launch, carrying the heaviest payload to date at 8500 kilograms (9.5 tons).
  • The peseta is discontinued as official currency of Spain and is replaced with the euro (€).
  • U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins in eastern Afghanistan as US special operations forces infiltrate the Shahi-Kot Valley in Eastern Afghanistan

Famous Divorces

  • "12 Angry Men" actor Edward James Olmos (55) divorces "Sopranos" actress Lorraine Bracco (47) after 8 years of marriage
2002 Highlights

About March 1, 2002

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 19 years, 8 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Pisces