Year 2002 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 29 US President George W. Bush in his State of the Union address describes "regimes that sponsor terror" an "Axis of Evil", which includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea
  • Mar 2 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: US conventional forces first deployed as part of Operation Anaconda
  • May 12 Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution.
  • Jul 9 The African Union is established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The first chairman is Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa.
  • Nov 8 Iraq disarmament crisis: UN Security Council under Resolution 1441 unanimously approves a resolution on Iraq, forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face "serious consequences"
  • Dec 13 The European Union announces that Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia will become members from May 1, 2004
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Historical Figures Born in 2002

  • Jun 3 Prince Tirso of Bulgaria, titular Bulgarian royal family
  • Jul 22 Prince Felix of Denmark, born in Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Jul 30 Prince Hridayendra of Nepal, Nepalese royal, born in Kathmandu, Nepal

Historical Marriages

  • Jan 5 Former Atomic Kitten member Kerry Katona (21) weds "Westlife" member Brian McFadden (21) at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Rathfeigh, County Meath, Republic of Ireland
  • Feb 2 Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (34) weds Argentinean born Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti (30) at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Mar 21 King Mohammed VI of Morocco (38) weds information services engineer Salma Bennani (23) in Rabat, Morocco

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