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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 An earthquake has killed 29 in the town of San Giuliano di Puglia, in Campobasso, Molise, in Italy. Twenty-six of the victims were children killed then the roof of their school collapsed. An estimated 5,500 Italians are left homeless.
  • 02 Nov 2002 Recent celebrity deaths: Charles Sheffield, science fiction author and physicist, dies of brain cancer at age 67
  • 03 Nov 2002 In Central Alaska, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake occurs, the world's largest earthquake in 2002. No deaths, few injuries, but extensive damage to roads. Felt as far away as Seattle, Washington.
  • 04 Nov 2002 Chinese authorities arrest cyber-dissident He Depu for signing a pro-democracy letter to the 16th Communist Party Congress.
  • 05 Nov 2002 In U.S. elections, the Republican Party maintains control of the House of Representatives and regains control of the United States Senate.
  • 06 Nov 2002 The U.S. Federal Reserve System drops its primary discount rate by 50 basis points to 0.75 percent, putting the real interest rate solidly below the inflation rate.
  • 07 Nov 2002 Iran bans the advertising of United States products.
  • 08 Nov 2002 Iraq disarmament crisis: UN Security Council Resolution 1441 : The United Nations Security Council unanimously approves a resolution on Iraq, forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face ''serious consequences''.
  • 09 Nov 2002 In Los Angeles, California, television and film actor Merlin Santana is shot to death.
  • 10 Nov 2002 According to the Guardian newspaper, Gauthier Hulot of the Paris Geophysical Institute has discovered evidence of a reduction of the Earth's magnetic field over the last two hundred years. It is possible that this may be a prelude to a reversal of polarity of the Earth's magnetic field over the next few hundred years.
  • 11 Nov 2002 A three day general strike begins in Nepal. According to ''Outlook India'', ampquotthe capital Kathmandu virtually came to a standstillnbsp... Maoists have called the strike to oppose the King's appointment of Lokendra Bahadur Chand... as prime minister after dismissing the government of Sher Bahadur Deuba.ampquot Also, 30 Maoist guerrillas were killed in a renewed assault on the revolutionary forces the country's government is currently fighting against. See also politics of Nepal.
  • 12 Nov 2002 Ethiopian famine: Meles Zenawi, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia is reported as saying that the famine that threatens his country could be worse than the 1984 famine. He is reported as saying that ampquotif that was a nightmare, this will be too ghastly to contemplateampquot, and has appealed for famine relief for Ethiopia.
  • 13 Nov 2002 The oil tanker Prestige sinks off the Galician coast and causes a huge oil spill.
  • 14 Nov 2002 Microsoft officially launches the Xbox Live online video gaming service in the USA.
  • 15 Nov 2002 The Communist Party of China names former Secretary of the Secretariat Hu Jintao as its General Secretary, replacing Jiang Zemin. Jiang will remain President until spring 2003.
  • 16 Nov 2002 A plot by a group of terrorists believed to be a part of or affiliated to the al-Qaeda network was revealed as having been uncovered by MI5. The plot involved a plan to release poison gas in the London Underground railway network.
  • 17 Nov 2002 The UK government has refused to either confirm or deny the putative poison gas attack revealed on November 16, although it is known that three men are currently being held and investigated under the terms of the Terrorism Act 2000.
  • 18 Nov 2002 Iraq disarmament crisis: United Nations weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix arrive in Iraq.
  • 19 Nov 2002 José Bové, member of the anti-globalization movement, will have to carry out a fourteen months time in prison for destruction of the transgenic rice seedlings in France. Hunter Andrew Crossman born.
  • 20 Nov 2002 Professor Gunther von Hagens carried out the first public dissection in London for over a century. This was an illegal act, but was not prevented by the authorities.
  • 21 Nov 2002 NATO invites Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.
  • 22 Nov 2002 In Nigeria, more than 100 people are killed at an attack aimed at the contestants of the Miss World contest.
  • 23 Nov 2002 In the Netherlands, Volkert van der Graaf confessed to the murder of Pim Fortuyn. He said he acted alone and did it to protect vulnerable groups in society.
  • 24 Nov 2002 2002 Austrian legislative elections: The conservative Austrian People's Party (OVP), led by Federal Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel wins a landslide victory (42.27% of the vote), picking up 27 seats and becoming the largest party in the National Council for the first time since 1966. The Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) is reduced to 10.16% of the vote and loses 34 seats.
  • 25 Nov 2002 U.S. President George W. Bush signs the Homeland Security Act into law, establishing the Department of Homeland Security, in the largest U.S. government reorganization since the creation of the Department of Defense in 1947 (the Senate passed the bill 90-9 on November 19).
  • 26 Nov 2002 U.S. President George W. Bush signs ithe Terrorism Risk Insurance Act into law, creating a federal backstop for insurance claims related to acts of terrorism.
  • 27 Nov 2002 The controversial physician Severino Antinori has claimed that a project to clone human beings has succeeded, with the first human clone due to be born in 2003. His claims were received with skepticism from many observers. The even more controversial organization Clonaid then announced that they had five clones waiting to be born, one of whom, they claimed, would be born in December 2002.
  • 28 Nov 2002 Thanksgiving Day 2002.
  • 29 Nov 2002 The Concert for George was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
  • 30 Nov 2002 It is reported that the Provisional IRA may be about to make substantial concessions in order to restart the stalled Northern Ireland peace process.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom

Country: United States of America



Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Country: United States of America

Active Adults

Active Adults

Directed by: Aaron Fisher-Cohen

Starring: Jonathan Rosen, Lola Kirke, Dominic Chianese, Joanna Merlin

Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam

Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam

Directed by: Abrar Alvi

Starring: Meena Kumari, Guru Dutt, Rehman, Waheeda Rehman

Good Will Hunting

Good Will Hunting

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Starring: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård

Country: United States of America


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The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

The Christmas Train


Tom Langdon, a weary and cash-strapped journalist, is banned from flying when a particularly thorough airport security search causes him to lose his cool.

Let Freedom Ring by Sean Hannity

Let Freedom Ring


As Americans, we face two fundamental questions:First, are we truly prepared to fight this new war to wipe out terrorism and terrorist regimes, and win it decisively -- no matter what

I May Be Wrong But I Doubt It by Michael Wilbon

I May Be Wrong But I Doubt It


Charles Barkley has never been shy about expressing his opinions. Michael Jordan once said that we all want to say the things that Barkley says, but we don’t dare.

The Kiss by Danielle Steel

The Kiss


In her 53rd bestselling novel, Danielle Steel explores how a single shattering moment can change lives forever. The Kiss is at once a moving testament to the fragility of life and a breathtaking story about the power of love to …

Take On The Street by Arthur Levitt with Paula Dwyer

Take On The Street


A New York Times Bestseller Arthur Levitt gives us a bracing primer on the collapse of the system for overseeing our capital markets, and sage, essential advice on a discipline we