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Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 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 December 2002: find out below

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 2002?


Events

  • 03 Dec 2002 Football (soccer): Real Madrid has defeated Olimpia Paraguay to win the Intercontinental Cup.
  • 05 Dec 2002 Today is the Islamic festival of Eid ul-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan for Muslims worldwide.
  • 06 Dec 2002 The Chechen separatist Akhmed Zakayev has returned to London, where he is expected to seek asylum. He was arrested but released soon afterwards on bail paid by Vanessa Redgrave.
  • 07 Dec 2002 Two paintings by Vincent van Gogh were stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam overnight. Coming shortly after a large diamond theft from an exhibition at the Museon in The Hague, it casts doubt on the high-tech security systems.
  • 08 Dec 2002 The Caribbean Community Heads of Government meet with the Government of Cuba and declare the date to be ''CARICOM-Cuba Day''--to celebrate diplomatic ties between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba.
  • 09 Dec 2002 United Airlines, the second largest airline in the world, files under the United States Bankruptcy Code Chapter 11.
  • 10 Dec 2002 Venezuela's Supreme Court announced it was suspending its services, citing political harassment and condemning deadly violence during a general strike by opponents of President Hugo Chávez.
  • 11 Dec 2002 Chile government concludes bilateral trade agreement with the USA.
  • 13 Dec 2002 Enlargement of the European Union: 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.
  • 15 Dec 2002 The Capital Center (formerly US Airways Arena) is demolished.
  • 16 Dec 2002 Former Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavšić pled guilty to one count of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague for her part in atrocities against Bosnian Muslims and Croats during the 1992–95 Bosnian War.
  • 17 Dec 2002 Second Congo War: The Congolese parties of the Inter Congolese Dialogue sign a peace accord which makes provision for transitional governance and legislative and presidential elections within two years.
  • 18 Dec 2002 2003 California recall: Then Governor of California Gray Davis announces that the state would face a record budget deficit of $35 billion, roughly double the figure reported during his reelection campaign one month earlier.
  • 19 Dec 2002 U.S. plan to invade Iraq: After reviewing a 12,000 page Iraqi weapons declaration document, U.S. officials state that Iraq has failed to account for all its chemical and biological agents and that Iraq is in material breach of a United Nations Security Council resolution.
  • 20 Dec 2002 Barbara Joyce Williams Ferrell, daughter of baseball player Ted Williams, has dropped her lawsuit to have the body of her father removed from a cryonics storage facility and cremated.
  • 21 Dec 2002 In the Côte d'Ivoire, units of the French Foreign Legion, based at the city of Duekoue on Sassandra River have come into contact with rebels advancing southward from the city of Man. Colonel Emmanuel Maurin, commander of the French force, states ampquotBetween what we have here and the river, they shall not pass.ampquot
  • 22 Dec 2002 Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat announced that he has called off presidential and legislative elections scheduled for next month, as he feels that continued Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory will make a free election impossible.
  • 23 Dec 2002 A MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25, making it the first time in history that an aircraft and an unmanned drone had engaged in combat.
  • 24 Dec 2002 A number of US Muslim groups have initiated a class action lawsuit against the US Attorney General, John Ashcroft and the US immigration services over the arrest and detention of Muslim men.
  • 25 Dec 2002 Kicker Katie Hnida of the University of New Mexico makes history by becoming the first woman to participate in a NCAA division 1 football game, missing a kick for her team during the Las Vegas Bowl game.
  • 26 Dec 2002 North Korea is reactivating a plutonium producing nuclear power plant north of Pyongyang after removing United Nations seals on the reactor and degrading the capability of surveillance cameras. This same reactor is thought by U.S. officials as the source for plutonium for two previously produced atomic bombs. North Korea has been named by the George W. Bush Administration as part of the so-called ampquotaxis of evilampquot.
  • 27 Dec 2002 Two truck bombs kill 72 and wound 200 at the pro-Moscow headquarters of the Chechen government in Grozny, Chechnya.
  • 29 Dec 2002 The Kenyan electoral commission confirms that the opposition National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) has won landslide victories over the ruling KANU party in Friday's elections, ending 40 years of single party rule and 24 years of rule by Daniel arap Moi. The NARC's presidential candidate, Mwai Kibaki, led by more than 30 percentage points over the KANU's official candidate.
  • 30 Dec 2002 In Yemen, Abed Abdel Razzak Kamel kills three American missionaries.
  • 31 Dec 2002 The first trial of a member of the Russian military for human rights violations in Chechnya concludes controversially, with Col. Yuri Budanov found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to a psychiatric hospital for further evaluation and treatment. Budanov was charged with murder and abduction after being accused of raping and strangling Heda Kungayeva, an 18 year old Chechen girl whom Budanov contends was a rebel sniper.

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Movies

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Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can

Release year: 2002

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

Country: United States of America

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25th Hour

25th Hour

Release year: 2002

Directed by: Spike Lee

Starring: Edward Norton, Barry Pepper, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rosario Dawson

Country: United States of America

The Hours

The Hours

Release year: 2002

Directed by: Stephen Daldry

Starring: Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Stephen Dillane

Gangs of New York

Gangs of New York

Release year: 2002

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Broadbent

Country: United States of America

Books

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Sandy Koufax by Jane Leavy

Sandy Koufax

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“The incomparable and mysterious Sandy Koufax is revealed…. This is an absorbing book, beautifully written.” —Wall Street Journal “Leavy has hit it out of the park…A lot more than a biography.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones

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When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed these things didn't happen.

Prey by Michael Crichton

Prey

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In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles—micro-robots—has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience.

Esther'S Gift by Jan Karon

Esther'S Gift

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Readers flocked home to Mitford last Christmas, making The Mitford Snowmen a New York Times bestseller. In Esther's Gift, Esther Bolick is filled with the holiday spirit as she prepares

Benjamin Franklin by Edmund S. Morgan

Benjamin Franklin

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Benjamin Franklin is perhaps the most remarkable figure in American history: the greatest statesman of his age, he played a pivotal role in the formation of the American republic.