On This Day

January 2002 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 The Open Skies mutual surveillance treaty, initially signed in 1992, officially comes into force.
  • Jan 1 Euro banknotes and coins become legal tender in twelve of the European Union's member states.
  • Jan 1 Taiwan officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Chinese Taipei.
  • Jan 2 Eduardo Duhalde is appointed interim President of Argentina by the Legislative Assembly.
  • Jan 3 The Palestinian freighter Karine A is seized by Israeli forces in the Red Sea
  • Jan 6 Daniel Bedingfield returns to No.1 on the UK singles chart for the second time with Gotta Get Thru This

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Jan 8 President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act.

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • Jan 14 UK declared free of foot-and-mouth cattle disease

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Jan 16 UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and freezes assets of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, and the members of the Taliban

Islamic Militant and Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant and Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • Jan 17 Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people.
  • Jan 18 Sierra Leone Civil War finally declared over.
  • Jan 20 Photographs showing al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects shackled and masked are published by the United States military
  • Jan 21 The Canadian Dollar sets all-time low against the US Dollar (US$0.6179).
  • Jan 22 Kmart Corp becomes the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
  • Jan 23 Reporter Daniel Pearl kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan, and subsequently murdered.
  • Jan 23 "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh returns to the United States in Federal Bureau of Investigation custody.
  • Jan 25 Wikipedia switches to the new version of its software ("Phase II") aka Magnus Manske Day.
  • Jan 28 TAME Flight 120, a Boeing 727-100 crashes in the Andes mountains in southern Colombia killing 92.
  • 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

Weddings in History

  • 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

Deaths in History

  • Jan 3 Freddy Heineken, Dutch beer brewer (Heineken), dies at 78
  • Jan 8 Alexander Prochorow, Nobel Prize in Physics laureate (b. 1916)
  • Jan 8 Dave Thomas, American businessman who founded Wendy's Restaurants, dies at 69
  • Jan 10 W.A. Criswell, American (Baptist) preacher (b. 1909)
  • Jan 10 John Buscema, American comics artist (Conan the Barbarian), dies at 74
  • Jan 11 Struan Sutherland, Australian medical researcher (b. 1936)
  • Jan 12 Cyrus Vance, 57th U.S. Secretary of State (1977-80), dies at 84
  • Jan 16 Robert Hanbury Brown, British-Australian astronomer and physicist (b. 1916)
  • Jan 16 Michael Bilandic, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1923)
  • Jan 17 Bishop Karas, Sudanese-born American religious leader (b. 1955)
  • Jan 17 Camilo Jose Cela, Spanish writer, (Nobel Prize laureate 1989), dies at 85
  • Jan 22 Stanley Marcus, American business executive (b. 1905)
  • Jan 22 Kenneth Armitage, English sculptor, dies at 85
  • Jan 23 Pierre Bourdieu, French sociologist and anthropologist, dies at 71
  • Jan 23 Robert Nozick, American philosopher (Anarchy, State, and Utopia), dies at 63
  • Jan 24 Elie Hobeika, Lebanese Forces militia commander (b. 1956)
  • Jan 24 Kurt Schaffenberger, American comics artist (Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane), dies at 81
  • Jan 28 Astrid Lindgren, Swedish author (b. 1907)
  • Jan 29 James Marjoribanks, British ambassador to the European Economic Community, dies at 90
  • Jan 30 Ingeborg "Inge" Morath, Austrian born Magnum photographer and wife of Arthur Miller
  • Jan 31 Francis Gabreski, American fighter pilot (b. 1919)