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.

Famous Birthday

Famous Deaths

  • Milton Berle

    American comedian whose most successful medium was TV, which he practically dominated from 1948-1956, gaining the nicknames of "Mr.

  • American science fiction writer (Born 1914).

  • Quebecois member of Les Automatistes (d. 2002).

  • German philosopher of the continental tradition, best known for his 1960 magnum opus Truth and Method on hermeneutics.

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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?
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The Story of a Noble Family

The Story of a Noble Family

Release year: 2002



Release year: 2002

Directed by: Mark Roper

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

Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi

Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi

Release year: 2002

Home Room

Home Room

Release year: 2002

Directed by: Paul F. Ryan

Starring: Busy Philipps, Erika Christensen, Victor Garber, Raphael Sbarge


Which were the most popular books released in March 2002?
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1st to Die by James Patterson

1st to Die


Imagine a killer thinking, "What's the worst thing anybody has done?" The killer then thinks of the worst thing anyone has ever done. Imagine four women: a police detective, assistant DA and reporter. They work together to find criminals.

The Stone Monkey by Jeffery Deaver

The Stone Monkey


The Stone Monkey, Jeffery Deaver’s sequel to his huge bestseller The Bone Collector (now a feature movie starring Angelina Jolie & Denzel Washington), is "simply outstanding".

Time And Chance by Sharon Kay Penman

Time And Chance


Long-awaited sequel of Sharon Kay Penman’s bestseller When Christ and His Saints Sleep, Time and Chancerecounts Eleanor of Aquitaine's tempestuous marriage to Henry II in a stunning story.

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. . .

The Approaching Storm by Alan Dean Foster

The Approaching Storm


"ENTERTAINING and INTELLIGENT" . . This book is nothing but class. . . . The final page is a great climax."-StarburstThe