- 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
"12 Angry Men" actor Edward James Olmos (55) divorces "Sopranos" actress Lorraine Bracco (47) after 8 years of marriage
Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 21 years, 6 months and 21 days
Leap Year: No
- #1 Song: Always On Time - Ja Rule Featuring Ashanti
- #1 Song: World Of Our Own - Westlife