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 Kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is murdered in Karachi, Pakistan.
  • 03 Feb 2002 Costa Rica holds presidential and congressional elections.
  • 04 Feb 2002 Cancer Research UK, the world's largest independent cancer research charity, is founded.
  • 05 Feb 2002 Secretary of State Colin L. Powell says that the United States is willing to sign a treaty with Russia on limiting strategic nuclear weapons, indicating a possible shift in administration policy after withdrawing, last December, from the Antiballistic Missile Treaty of 1972. President George W. Bush and President Vladimir Putin are set to hold an arms reduction summit meeting in Moscow in May.nbsp– ''Background material: nuclear disarmament, nuclear warfare, nuclear proliferation.''
  • 06 Feb 2002 Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II upon 50th Anniversary of King George VI's death in 1952
  • 08 Feb 2002 February 24 ampndash The 2002 Winter Olympics are held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • 09 Feb 2002 (to February 24) The XIX Olympic Winter Games are held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
  • 10 Feb 2002 Iraqi club Al-Shorta win the 2001–02 Umm Al Ma’arak (mother of all battles) Cup by defeating Al-Talaba 1-0 in the final.
  • 11 Feb 2002 British Telecommunications plc starts its US federal court case relating to a controversial patent that it claims gives it a monopoly on the technology of web links.
  • 12 Feb 2002 An Iran Air Tours Tupolev Tu-154 crashes in the mountains outside Khorramabad, Iran while descending for a landing at Khorramabad Airport, killing 119.
  • 14 Feb 2002 risoner Shaker Aamer moved to Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Aamer has been held since without charge and despite being cleared for release in 2007 and 2009.
  • 15 Feb 2002 The funeral of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon takes place on the 50th anniversary of her father's funeral.
  • 16 Feb 2002 George W. Bush signs a secret national security council directive establishing the goals and objectives for going to war with Iraq, according to the book Rumsfeld's War by Rowan Scarborough. Bush 'wanted war in 2002' | The Guardian
  • 19 Feb 2002 NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system.
  • 20 Feb 2002 Robert William Pickton the most prolific serial killer in Canadian history is arrested and charged with the first two (of twenty-seven) counts of first-degree murder.
  • 22 Feb 2002 Angolan political and rebel leader Jonas Savimbi is killed in a military ambush.
  • 26 Feb 2002 12 Shiite Muslims are killed in a mosque in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
  • 27 Feb 2002 Ryanair Flight 296 catches fire at London Stansted Airport. Subsequent investigations criticize Ryanair's handling of the evacuation.
  • 28 Feb 2002 Gulbarg Society massacre : During the 2002 Gujarat riots, a mob attacked the Gulbarg Society, a lower middle-class Muslim neighbourhood in Chamanpura, Ahmedabad. Most of the houses were burnt, and at least 35 victims including a former Congress, Member of Parliament, Ehsan Jafri, were burnt alive, while 31 others went missing after the incident, later presumed dead, bringing the total of the dead to 69.

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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

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

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The Tracker

The Tracker

Release year: 2002

Directed by: Rolf de Heer

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


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The Oath by John Lescroart

The Oath


When HMO executive Tim Markham is hit by a car during a morning jog through his exclusive San Francisco neighborhood, he has the bad luck to be transported to one of

The Millionaires by Brad Meltzer

The Millionaires


Two brothers. Three secret service agents. And millions for the taking. Charlie and Oliver Caruso are brothers who work at Greene and Greene, a private bank so exclusive there's a $2

Desecration by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins



His Excellency Global Community Potentate Nicolae Carpathia, no longer pretending to be a pacifist, has ordered every Morale Monitor armed as he prepares to travel along the Via Dolorosa and then onward to the temple, where shocking surprises await.

Up Country by Nelson DeMille

Up Country


The last thing Paul Brenner wanted to do was return to work for the Army's Criminal Investigative Division, an organization that thanked him for his many years of dedicated service by

The Universe In A Nutshell by Stephen Hawking

The Universe In A Nutshell


Stephen Hawking’s phenomenal, multimillion-copy bestseller, A Brief History of Time, introduced the ideas of this brilliant theoretical physicist to readers all over the world.