January 2002 calendar

January 2002

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 2002?


  • 01 Jan 2002 Twelve member states of the European Union have made euro banknotes and euros coins legal tender.
  • 02 Jan 2002 The 2002 Tennessee quarter-dollar is now in circulation at the US Mint
  • 03 Jan 2002 Freddy Heineken, the beer brewer and grandfather of the brewery's founder, died at home at the age 78.
  • 04 Jan 2002 U.S. officials announced that they had custody of Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi
  • 05 Jan 2002 Charles Bishop, a 15-year-old student pilot crashes a light plane into a Tampa, Florida, building. This evokes fear of an imitating 9/11 terrorist attack.
  • 08 Jan 2002 IBM announced that it will cease manufacturing desktop personal computers in most parts of the globe. It will sell its desktop equipment in the US and Europe to Sanmina SCI.
  • 12 Jan 2002 The X (roller coaster), opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, Santa Clarita, California.
  • 14 Jan 2002 New York hears the asylum case of Adelaide Abankwah
  • 16 Jan 2002 John Ashcroft, the U.S. Attorney General, announces that John Walker Lindh, an American Taliban member will be tried in the United States.
  • 18 Jan 2002 The Sierra Leone Civil War has been ended.
  • 20 Jan 2002 Speed skating: world championships sprint, Hamar, Norway. Canada's Katriona Lemay Doan wins the women's competition (2. Andrea Nuyt, Neth., 3. Anzhela Kotyuaga, Bel. ), Jeremy Wotherspoon (also from Canada) becomes the male champion in the men’s competition (2. Casey Fitzrandolph, US, 3. Michael Ireland, Can. ).
  • 22 Jan 2002 Kmart is the first retailer to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in America's history.
  • 23 Jan 2002 Daniel Pearl, Wall Street Journal reporter, is kidnapped by his captors in Pakistan and accused of being an agent for the US Central Intelligence Agency.
  • 24 Jan 2002 Enron hearings begin.
  • 27 Jan 2002 A blast at a military storage unit in Lagos, Nigeria kills at most 1,100 people and causes more than 20,000 injuries.
  • 29 Jan 2002 Geography:
  • 31 Jan 2002 Large sections of the Antarctic Larsen Ice Shelf begin to disintegrate, taking about 35 days.
  • 08 Jan 2002 President of the United States George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act.
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Music charts

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

  1. - How You Remind Meyoutube
  2. - U Got It Badyoutube
  3. - Family Affairyoutube
  4. - Always On Time
  5. - Get The Party Started

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)
  2. - Gotta Get Thru This
  3. - Murder On The Dancefloor
  4. - If You're Not The One
  5. - Somethin' Stupid


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in January 2002?

The Cat Who Went Up The Creek by Lilian Jackson Braun

The Cat Who Went Up The Creek


Jim Qwilleran enjoys his stay at Nutcracker in Black Creek. Yum Yum Yum and Koko, his Siamese companions, aren't as happy with the accommodations... though Koko is.

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Two Towers


This is the second volume of J.R.R. The second volume in J.R.R. One Ring that will rule them all, One ring to find them, One ring to bring them together.

Crossing Over by John Edward

Crossing Over


John Edward brings his fans along on an extraordinary journey through his life. His TV show and his personal appearance arespoilt, funny, and surprisingly candidJohn Edward deals with the issues.

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 …

Kiss And Make-Up by Gene Simmons

Kiss And Make-Up


KISS was born in 1983, with a flurry of costumes, makeup, and attitude.