February 2002 calendar

February 2002

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of February 2002?


  • 01 Feb 2002 Daniel Pearl, a Wall Street Journal reporter kidnapped, is killed in Karachi (Pakistan).
  • 03 Feb 2002 Costa Rica holds both presidential and congressional elections.
  • 04 Feb 2002 Cancer Research UK is the largest independent charity dedicated to cancer research in the world.
  • 05 Feb 2002 According to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, the United States would be willing to sign a treaty on strategic nuclear weapons with Russia. This indicates a shift in policy by the administration after it resigned from the 1972 Antiballistic Missile Treaty. In May, President George W. Bush will host a summit on arms reduction in Moscow with President Vladimir Putin.
  • 06 Feb 2002 Golden Jubilee to Elizabeth II on the 50th anniversary of King George VI's murder in 1952
  • 08 Feb 2002 February 24, 2002 ampndash Salt Lake City hosts the 2002 Winter Olympics.
  • 09 Feb 2002 From February 24 to 24, the XIX Olympic Winter Games will be held in Salt Lake City (Utah), USA.
  • 10 Feb 2002 Al-Shorta, an Iraqi club, won the 2001-02 Umm Al Ma'arak Cup (mother of all Battles) Cup by beating Al-Talaba 1-0.
  • 11 Feb 2002 British Telecommunications plc begins its US federal court case regarding a controversial patent it claims grants it a monopoly in the technology of web-links.
  • 12 Feb 2002 A Tupolev Tu-154 from Iran Air Tours crashes in the mountains near Khorramabad, Iran, while it descends for landing at Khorramabad Airport. It killed 119 people.
  • 14 Feb 2002 Shaker Aamer, a prisoner, was transferred to Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp. Aamer is currently being held without charge, despite having been released in 2007 and 2009.
  • 15 Feb 2002 On the 50th anniversary of her father’s funeral, Princess Margaret, Countess Snowdon will be buried.
  • 16 Feb 2002 According to Rowan Scarborough's book Rumsfeld's War, George W. Bush signed a secret directive from the National Security Council establishing the goals for going to war against Iraq. The Guardian
  • 19 Feb 2002 NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe starts to map Mars' surface using its thermal emission imaging system.
  • 20 Feb 2002 Robert William Pickton, the most prolific serial killer of Canadian history, is being charged with the first two (27) counts of first-degree killing.
  • 22 Feb 2002 Angolan rebel leader Jonas Savimbi is shot dead in a military ambush
  • 26 Feb 2002 12 Shiite Muslims were killed in a mosque at Rawalpindi in Pakistan.
  • 27 Feb 2002 Ryanair Flight 296 is set on fire at London Stansted Airport. Investigations into the incident have revealed that Ryanair was not responsible for its handling.
  • 28 Feb 2002 Gulbarg Society massacre: A mob attacked the Gulbarg Society in Chamanpura (Ahmedabad) during the 2002 Gujarat riots. This is a Muslim lower-middle-class neighbourhood. The majority of the houses were destroyed and 35 of the victims, including Ehsan Jafri (a former Congress Member of Parliament), were burned alive. 31 other victims were later found to be missing, making the death toll at 69.

Famous Birthday

Famous Deaths

  • American journalist stationed in Pakistan when he was kidnapped on 1/23/2002 after arranging to meet members of a shadowy group of Islamic...

  • Hildegard Knef

    German actress who had been in 56 films by 1978, most notably the movie "Fedora.

  • George Nader

    American actor, Universal Studio's leading man in 1950.

  • American animator producer and screenwriter (d. 2002).

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Music charts

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

  1. - U Got It Badyoutube
  2. - Always On Time
  3. - How You Remind Meyoutube
  4. - Ain't It Funny
  5. - Get The Party Started

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Gotta Get Thru This
  2. - Hero
  3. - Murder On The Dancefloor
  4. - Get The Party Started
  5. - Somethin' Stupid


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Release year: 2002

Directed by: Mark Roper

The Man Without a Past

The Man Without a Past

Release year: 2002

Directed by: Aki Kaurismäki

Starring: Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen, Annikki Tähti, Juhani Niemelä

No Boundaries

No Boundaries

Release year: 2002

Directed by: Violet Mendoza

Ice Age

Ice Age

Release year: 2002

Directed by: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

Starring: Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Ray Romano, Goran Visnjic

Country: United States of America

The Tracker

The Tracker

Release year: 2002

Directed by: Rolf de Heer

Starring: David Gulpilil, Gary Sweet, Damon Gameau, Grant Page


Which were the most popular books released in February 2002?
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Three Weeks In Paris by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Three Weeks In Paris


Barbara Taylor Bradford's new novel is set in the most romantic city of the world. It tells the story of four women who are at pivotal points in their lives.

John Adams by David McCullough

John Adams


This Pulitzer Prize-winning biography about America's founder father and second president is a bestseller. It was brilliantly written by David McCullough, master historian.

Good To Great by Jim Collins

Good To Great


The Challenge:Built To Last, the most important management study of the nineties showed how great companies can triumph over time and how long term sustained performance can be incorporated into a company's DNA.

Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris

Theodore Rex


Theodore Rex is Theodore Roosevelt's story, which has never been told fully before. It tells the story of two world-changing terms that Theodore Roosevelt held as President of The United States. "TR" was successful 100 years before the September 11th …

One Door Away From Heaven by Dean Koontz

One Door Away From Heaven


Michelina Bellsong, #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER is on a mission. She is on a mission to find a family that has disappeared and bring them back to America. . .