November 2002 calendar

November 2002

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of November 2002?


  • 01 Nov 2002 29 people were killed in an earthquake in San Giuliano di Puglia in Campobasso (Molese), Italy. 26 of the victims were children who died when the roof of their school fell. It is estimated that 5,500 Italians have been left homeless.
  • 02 Nov 2002 Recent celebrity deaths: Charles Sheffield (science fiction author and physicist) dies from brain cancer at the age of 67
  • 03 Nov 2002 Central Alaska experiences a magnitude 7.9 earthquake, which was the largest in 2002. There were no deaths or injuries, but roads sustained extensive damage. It was felt as far as Seattle, Washington.
  • 04 Nov 2002 Chinese authorities have arrested He Depu, a cyber-dissident who signed a pro-democracy petition to the 16th Communist Party Congress.
  • 05 Nov 2002 The Republican Party retains control of US elections and regains control of United States Senate.
  • 06 Nov 2002 The U.S. Federal Reserve System reduces its primary discount rate 50 basis points to 0.75 per cent, which puts the real interest rate well below the inflation rate.
  • 07 Nov 2002 Iran bans advertising for products from the United States.
  • 08 Nov 2002 Iraq disarmament crisis: UN Security Council resolution 1441 - The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a resolution regarding Iraq. This forces Saddam Hussein into disarmament or face'serious consequences.
  • 09 Nov 2002 Los Angeles, California: Television and film actor Merlin Santana is killed.
  • 10 Nov 2002 According to the Guardian newspaper Gauthier Hulot, a Paris Geophysical Institute researcher, has found evidence of a decrease in the Earth's magnetic fields over the past two hundred years. This could be an indication of a possible reversal in the polarity of Earth's magnetic fields over the next few hundred year.
  • 11 Nov 2002 Three-day general strike in Nepal begins. According to "Outlook India", Kathmandu was virtually at a standstill for three days. The strike was called by Maoists to protest the King's appointment Lokendra Bahadur Chand... to the post of prime minister, after the dismissal of Sher Bahadur deuba's government. Also, 30 Maoist rebel guerrillas were killed as part of a renewed attack on the revolutionary forces that the government is fighting to overthrow. Also see politics of Nepal.
  • 12 Nov 2002 Ethiopian famine: Meles Zewi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, is reported to have said that the Ethiopian famine could be worse than that of 1984. According to reports, he said that ampquotif that were a nightmare, this would be too ghastly for me to contemplateampquot and appealed for Ethiopian famine relief.
  • 13 Nov 2002 The massive oil spillage that resulted from the sinking of the oil tanker Prestige off the Galician coast is caused by the Prestige.
  • 14 Nov 2002 Microsoft launches Xbox Live, an online gaming service for the USA.
  • 15 Nov 2002 Former Secretary of the Secretariat Hu Jintao is named General Secretary of Communist Party of China, replacing Jiang Zemin. Jiang will remain President until spring 2003.
  • 16 Nov 2002 MI5 discovered a plot by terrorists that was believed to be part of the al-Qaeda network or associated with it. MI5 discovered a plot to release poison gas into the Underground railway network in London.
  • 17 Nov 2002 Although the UK government has not confirmed or denied the poison gas attack on November 16th, it is now known that three men are being held under the Terrorism Act 2000 and are currently being investigated.
  • 18 Nov 2002 Iraq disarmament crisis: United Nations weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix arrive in Iraq.
  • 19 Nov 2002 Jose Bove, a member of the antiglobalization movement will spend 14 months in prison for the destruction of transgenic rice seedlings from France. Hunter Andrew Crossman born.
  • 20 Nov 2002 Professor Gunther von Hagens performed the first public dissection of London in over 100 years. Although this was illegal, the authorities were able to prevent it.
  • 21 Nov 2002 NATO invites Bulgaria to join its ranks.
  • 22 Nov 2002 More than 100 people are killed in Nigeria by an attack on Miss World contestants.
  • 23 Nov 2002 Volkert van den Graaf, a Dutch man, confessed to the killing of Pim Fortuyn. He claimed he did not act alone and that he did it to protect vulnerable sections of society.
  • 24 Nov 2002 2002 Austrian legislative elections. The conservative Austrian People's Party, led by Federal Chancellor Wolfgang Schussel, wins a landslide victory (42.27%). It picks up 27 seats and becomes the largest party in Austria's National Council for the first-time since 1966. The vote share of Freedom Party of Austria (FPO), is lowered to 10.6% and it loses 34 seats.
  • 25 Nov 2002 The Homeland Security Act is signed by President George W. Bush. It establishes the Department of Homeland Security. This is the largest U.S. government restructuring since 1947's creation of the Department of Defense (Senate passed it 90-9 on November 19).
  • 26 Nov 2002 George W. Bush signs the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act into Law. This creates a federal backstop to insurance claims related acts of terror.
  • 27 Nov 2002 Severino Antinori, a controversial doctor, claimed that a project to clone humans has been successful. The first human clone is due to be born in 2003. Many observers were skeptical of his claims. Clonaid, an even more controversial organization, announced that five clones were still in the process of being born. One of them, Clonaid claimed, would be born December 2002.
  • 28 Nov 2002 Thanksgiving Day 2002.
  • 29 Nov 2002 The Concert for George took place at London's Royal Albert Hall.
  • 30 Nov 2002 According to reports, the Provisional IRA could be making significant concessions to restart the Northern Ireland peace process.
  • 06 Nov 2002 Jiang Lijun is detained by Chinese police for signing the Open Letter to the 16th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.
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Which were the top hits in November 2002?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Dilemma
  2. - Lose Yourselfyoutube
  3. - Work It
  4. - Hey Ma
  5. - Underneath It All

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - The Long And Winding Road / Suspicious Minds
  2. - Dilemma
  3. - Complicated
  4. - Heaven
  5. - The Ketchup Song (Asereje)


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in November 2002?

Portrait of a Killer by Patricia Cornwell

Portrait of a Killer


The best-selling author turns her attention towards the century-old crimes that terrorized London in the 1880s. She draws on meticulous research, state of the art forensic science and insight into the criminal mind to uncover the true identity behind Jack …

A Long Way From Home by Tom Brokaw

A Long Way From Home


Tom Brokaw's memoir, A Long Way from home, describes his childhood in South Dakota and the people and places that he encountered in America in the 1940s and 1950s.

Table For Two by Nora Roberts

Table For Two


Two world-class chefs are the key to a man's heart. Two distractingly attractive people can be added to their lives. Add some tender nights and soul-searing kisses.

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

The Little Friend


The Little Friend, the second novel by Donna Tartt (bestselling author of The Goldfinch, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize), is a grandly ambitious, riveting novel about childhood innocence.

Esther'S Gift by Jan Karon

Esther'S Gift


The Mitford Snowmen became a New York Times bestseller last Christmas because readers flocked to Mitford. Esther Bolick's Esther's Gift is full of holiday spirit as Esther Bolick prepares for the holidays.