March 2002 calendar

March 2002

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of March 2002?


  • 01 Mar 2002 Space Shuttle Columbia flies Hubble Space Telescope service mission. This is its last flight before STS-107.
  • 02 Mar 2002 U.S. invades Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda starts (ending March 19, after 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters have been killed, and 11 Western troop deaths).
  • 03 Mar 2002 Conflict between Israel and Palestine: A Palestinian sniper fires from a hill close to Ofra, killing seven soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces and three Israeli settlers. Six more are injured. Later, he is captured and sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • 04 Mar 2002 Afghanistan: Seven American Special Operations Forces soldiers die trying to infiltrate Shahi Kot Valley with a low-flying helicopter reconnaissance mission.
  • 11 Mar 2002 Robert Mugabe won the Zimbabwe election with 54% vote, compared to Morgan Tsvangirai’s 40%. This was a 55.9% turnout. His win is controversial. It comes amid allegations that many people were prevented from voting and that there was an intimidation campaign. However, observers from South Africa and Organisation of African Unity believe that the result is valid.
  • 12 Mar 2002 Andrea Yates, a Houston, Texas mother, is found guilty in June 2000 of drowning five children. Later, she is sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • 14 Mar 2002 A massive pileup of 125 vehicles is taking place on Interstate 75 in Ringgold (Georgia), USA.
  • 18 Mar 2002 U.S. invasion in Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda is over (started March 2), after 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters were killed. There were 11 allied troop deaths.
  • 19 Mar 2002 After a chaotic presidential election, Zimbabwe was suspended from the Commonwealth.
  • 20 Mar 2002 The McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform legislation is passed 60-40 by the U.S. Senate.
  • 21 Mar 2002 Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and three other suspects were charged in Pakistan with murder in connection to the kidnapping, killing, and attempted murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
  • 23 Mar 2002 Two to three million members of trade unions gathered in Rome to protest the labor legislation filed by Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy, and the assassination by the reformed Red Brigades of Marco Biagi (an advisor to the Labor Minister). If the legislation is not passed, labor leaders will threaten a general strike.
  • 24 Mar 2002 Whoopi Goldberg hosts the 74th Academy Awards. The Kodak Theatre is located in Hollywood, California. Best Picture was won by ''A Beautiful Mind.
  • 27 Mar 2002 Passover Massacre: 29 Passover-eaters in Netanya, Israel are killed by a suicide bomber from Palestine.
  • 28 Mar 2002 Arab-Israeli Conflict: The summit of the Arab League endorses the plan of Crown Prince Abdullah, Saudi Arabia, for a "land for peace" plan.
  • 29 Mar 2002 Israel launched Operation Defensive Shield, its largest military operation since 1967 Six-Day War, in response to the Passover massacre.
  • 30 Mar 2002 Conflict between Israel and Palestine: A suicide bomber detonates in My Coffee Shop, Tel Aviv's cafe, killing 32 people.
  • 31 Mar 2002 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Israeli troops engage in gunfire with Yasir Arafat guards in Ramallah. Shadi Tubasi (a refugee from Jenin) is the suicide bomber who kills 14 people and injures more than 40 others in Haifa. Later, four people were injured in an attack by a suicide bomber in Efrat. One of them was critically. According to the Associated Press 1262 Palestinians have been killed in the last 18 months and 401 Israelis.
  • 01 Mar 2002 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins in eastern Afghanistan.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Always On Time
  2. - Ain't It Funny
  3. - How You Remind Meyoutube
  4. - In The End
  5. - Hey Baby

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Hero
  2. - Anything Is Possible / Evergreen
  3. - Get The Party Started
  4. - Whenever Wherever
  5. - Caught In The Middle


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in March 2002?

Tishomingo Blues by Elmore Leonard

Tishomingo Blues


"Leonard is a master of twisted ingenuity. He transcends his own bad self ....Tishomingo blues to make a great ."--Baltimore."

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

The Eyre Affair


Jasper Fforde's New York Times bestseller series of Thursday Next novels features the first installment. This book introduces literary detective Thursday Next, and her alternate reality in literature-obsessed England. Fans of Douglas Adams

The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus

The Nanny Diaries


Needed: A young lady to care for a four-year-old boy. You must be enthusiastic, cheerful, and selfless. You must be able to work sixteen hours with a preschooler who is deprived of sleep.

The Death Of The West by Patrick J. Buchanan

The Death Of The West


The Death of the West, the national bestseller that stunned the nation, is an honest look at the decline of Western culture and power.

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

The Corrections


Enid Lambert was awarded the 2001 National Book Award in Fiction. After almost fifty years of being a mother and wife, Enid is ready for some fun. Alfred, her husband is suffering from Parkinson's disease and Enid Lambert's children are …