May 2002 calendar

May 2002

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 2002?


  • 02 May 2002 Eight Hindus were killed in a massacre at Marad near Palakkad, Kerala.
  • 03 May 2002 Eight people were killed when a MiG-21 military aircraft crashed into the Bank of Rajasthan, India.
  • 04 May 2002 A EAS Airlines BAC 1-11-1500 crashed in a Kano suburb, Nigeria just after takeoff, killing more than 148 people.
  • 05 May 2002 After losing to SS Lazio (4-2), Internazionale squanders the Serie A Scudetto in an awkward handover to their bitter rivals Juventus.
  • 06 May 2002 Pim Fortuyn, a Dutch politician, is assassinated in the name of an animal rights activist.
  • 07 May 2002 One hundred and two people were killed when a China Northern Airlines MD-82 crashed into the Yellow Sea.
  • 08 May 2002 Feyenoord Rotterdam won the UEFA Final Cup, beating Borussia Dortmund 3-2.
  • 09 May 2002 The 38-day stand-off in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem comes to an end when the Palestinians inside agree to have 13 suspected terrorists among them deported to several different countries.
  • 10 May 2002 F.B.I. Agent Robert Hanssen sentenced to life imprisonment with no parole. He sold secrets from the United States to Moscow for $1.4million in cash and diamonds.
  • 12 May 2002 Fidel Castro arrives in Cuba to meet Jimmy Carter, the former President of the United States. This is the first time that a President of the United States has visited Cuba since Castro's 1959 revolution.
  • 15 May 2002 The Netherlands politics: There were general elections for the lower house. The Lijst Pim Fortuyn was the winner. It won 26 of the 150 seats. This is a remarkable achievement for a new party. Jan Peter Balkenende's CDA (Christen Democratisch Appel), was the most powerful party with 43 seats. The coalition parties of the ruling ampquotpurple coalitionampquot were the great losers (PvdA), labour party VVD and liberals D'66, leftist Liberals). These parties were
  • 16 May 2002 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones is now available in cinemas
  • 17 May 2002 In Ireland, the Fianna Fail/Progressive Democrats coalition was re-elected. This is the first time that a government has been reelected since 1969.
  • 19 May 2002 Conflict between Israel and Palestine: At least two Israeli soldiers are killed by a suicide bomber who pretends to be an Israeli soldier. More than 50 people are injured in Netanya.
  • 20 May 2002 Portugal officially recognizes East Timor's independence, ending 23 years of Indonesian rule. There was also 3 years of provisional UN administration. Portugal is the former colonizer of East Timor from 1976 to 1976.
  • 21 May 2002 The US State Department has released a report that names seven state sponsors of terror: Iran, Iraq and Libya, North Korea. Sudan.
  • 22 May 2002 The remains of Chandra Levy, who was missing from Washington, D.C., can be found in Rock Creek Park.
  • 23 May 2002 After the ratification of the Kyoto protocol by Iceland, the ''55 party'' clause has been reached.
  • 24 May 2002 The Moscow Treaty is signed by Russia and the United States.
  • 25 May 2002 China Airlines Flight 611: A Boeing 747 200 crashes in mid-air, plunges into Taiwan Strait, killing 225 people
  • 26 May 2002 A barge collides in eastern Oklahoma with the Interstate 40 bridge, crossing the Arkansas River. It left 14 people dead.
  • 28 May 2002 The Mars Odyssey discovered large ice deposits on Mars.
  • 30 May 2002 272 days after September 11 attacks, closing ceremonies take place for the cleanup/recovery efforts at New York City's World Trade Center. The last remaining steel beam of steel is taken down and moved to the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island.
  • 31 May 2002 Ampquotconditions at India's border with Pakistan have worsened, according to the United States Department of State.
  • 06 May 2002 Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn is assassinated following a radio-interview at the Mediapark in Hilversum.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Foolishyoutube
  2. - What's Luv?
  3. - I Need A Girl (Part One)
  4. - U Don't Have To Call
  5. - Ain't It Funny

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Unchained Melody
  2. - One Step Closer
  3. - Whenever Wherever
  4. - Kiss Kiss
  5. - How You Remind Meyoutube


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 2002?

Cancer Schmancer by Fran Drescher

Cancer Schmancer


Part inspirational cancer-survival story, part memoir-as-a-laughriot, picks up where Fran's last book left off.

Atonement by Ian McEwan



National Bestseller Ian McEwan's epic novel of love, war, childhood, class, guilt, and forgiveness is a symphonic work of fiction. It contains all the pleasures of a great narrative, as well as the provocations we have come to expect of …

Find Me by Rosie O'Donnell

Find Me


Part memoir, part mystery. 'Find Me is a story of a friendship between a young woman with a difficult past and a celebrity who is obsessed with her welfare. Rosie O'Donnell's candid story is a tale of misidentifications and bizarre …

The Villa by Nora Roberts

The Villa


#1 New York Times Bestseller Nora Roberts exposes the secrets of a proud family in this heartfelt tale about two Napa Valley rivals. Sophia Giambelli, PR executive, loves her job and never worries about competition.

The Summons by John Grisham

The Summons


Ray Atlee is an associate professor of law at University of Virginia. He is 43 years old, single and still dealing with the shocks of a surprise separation. Forrest, his younger brother, redefines the concept of a black sheep in …