April 2002 calendar

April 2002

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 2002.
The US president was George W. Bush (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Tony Blair (Labour), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on April 2002: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 2002?


  • 02 Apr 2002 Israeli forces surround the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem. A siege ensues.
  • 04 Apr 2002 Angola's government and UNITA rebels sign an agreement to end the Angolan Civil War.
  • 05 Apr 2002 Layne Staley, the lead singer and colyricist of Alice In Chains, was found dead at home.
  • 06 Apr 2002 340,000 litres crude oil are spilled by a ship off the coast of southeast Louisiana, USA.
  • 07 Apr 2002 Reports suggest that Martin Dunwoody may have solved the Poincare conjecture.
  • 08 Apr 2002 Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing changes its name to 3M Company.
  • 11 Apr 2002 Al Qaeda bombs the Ghriba synagogue killing 21 Tunisians.
  • 12 Apr 2002 Coup d'etat in Venezuela. Hugo Chavez is taken to military barracks. Military announces transitional government made up of civilians and military, headed by Pedro Carmona, leader of the Chamber of Commerce (Venezuelan Federation of Chambers of Commerce), who immediately repeals the constitution and dissolves parliament.
  • 14 Apr 2002 Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's President, returns to office just two days after he was ousted by the military.
  • 15 Apr 2002 Los Angeles, California: The Alameda corridor transportation project opens to rail traffic. This will stop freight trains operating on the 120-year old BNSF Harbour Subdivision.
  • 17 Apr 2002 Two US F-16s open fire on four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan, killing four of their infantrymen.
  • 18 Apr 2002 Mantophasmatodea is a new insect family.
  • 21 Apr 2002 Chirac (19.88%), Le Pen (16.86%), Jospin (16.18%), Bayrou (6.5%), Lauguiller (5.72%), Mamere (5.25%), Chevenement (5.32%), Besancenot (4.5%), Saint-Josse (4.0%), Hue(3.6%). Turnout 75%
  • 22 Apr 2002 Cyberscore, a video game score tracking website, is created.
  • 23 Apr 2002 Through April 24, Pope John Paul II will meet with American cardinals at Vatican regarding the sexual abuse of children perpetrated by priests or religious workers.
  • 25 Apr 2002 Lisa Lopes, singer/rapper, is killed in a car accident in Honduras.
  • 26 Apr 2002 Robert Steinhauser infiltrates Gutenberg-Gymnasium in Erfurt and kills 17. He then dies from a self-inflicted gunshot.
  • 27 Apr 2002 Three people are killed in the Laughlin, Nevada River Run Riot.
  • 28 Apr 2002 Recent celebrity deaths: Alexander Lebednbsp - Russian General who ran against Boris Yeltsin Ruth Handlernbsp - inventor of Barbie Doll
  • 02 Apr 2002 Israeli forces surround the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, into which armed Palestinians had retreated.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in April 2002?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Ain't It Funny
  2. - Foolishyoutube
  3. - What's Luv?
  4. - In The End
  5. - U Don't Have To Call

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Unchained Melody
  2. - I'm Not A Girl Not Yet A Woman
  3. - Whenever Wherever
  4. - How You Remind Meyoutube
  5. - Me Julie


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in April 2002?

A Kiss Remembered by Sandra Brown

A Kiss Remembered


Shelley Browning leaves her unhappy marriage behind and returns to college to earn her degree. She meets an extraordinary man from her past.

Hope Through Heartsongs by Mattie J. T. Stepanek

Hope Through Heartsongs


Mattie Stepanek, 11, is an award-winning poet whose poetry has touched the lives and hearts of thousands. Mattie's poetry has been published in many formats, including Heartsongs and Prayer for a Journey.

The English Assassin by Daniel Silva

The English Assassin


Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and spy who is also a sometime spy, is asked to visit Zurich to clean the works of an Old Master in order to make it look good for a millionaire banker.

The Golden One by Elizabeth Peters

The Golden One


The new year 1917 is here, and the Great War which has ravaged the world continues unabated. Amelia Peabody, her mother and her father answered the call of Egypt again by answering the siren call.

The Pursuit by Johanna Lindsey

The Pursuit


Melissa MacGregor's grand adventure -- a escape from her Scottish home to the bustle of London's social scene -- turned out to be a great adventure.