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 begins to map the surface of Mars 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 political and rebel leader Jonas Savimbi is killed 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.
  • 01 Feb 2002 Daniel Pearl, American journalist and South Asia Bureau Chief of The Wall Street Journal, kidnapped on January 23, is beheaded and mutilated by his captors.
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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?


Which were the most popular books released in February 2002?

Thursday'S Child by Sandra Brown

Thursday'S Child


Sandra Brown, one of the most beloved romance authors, has forty-four New York Times bestseller novels. Rendezvous magazine has praised Brown as an author who is "larger than life."

Under Fire by W. E. B. Griffin

Under Fire


Griffin sends his Marine Corps heroes to Korea in this bestselling account of the Marine Corps. It has been published eight times.

Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss

Sacred Contracts


Caroline Myss, a New York Times bestseller and medical intuitive, has discovered that people who don't know their purpose in life can suffer from depression, anxiety and fatigue.

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.

The Final Days by Barbara Olson

The Final Days


Olson gives a razor-sharp view of the shocking Clintons' excesses in the final days of their office. These include the outrageous pardons of political cronies, friends, and the looting the White House.