2002

In 2002, the Euro was announced as the official currency for twelve members of the European Union and ten new countries were voted to be added to the EU.

2002

At The Hague, the trial for Slobodan Milosevic, former Yugoslav’s leader, was opened with charges of crimes committed against humanity. Moreover, a 19-year-old civil war ended after the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tigers signed a cease-fire agreement.

It was a bad year for India as more than 1000 people died in a bloodshed. It involved Muslim mob firebombing a train that killed Hindu activists, which led to Hindus’ retaliation. On 2 March of the same year, Afghan and U.S troops launched the Anaconda Operation against the Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters that were remaining in Afghanistan.

It is during this time that Israeli warplanes and tanks attacked the West Bank towns of Bethlehem, Jenin, Nablus, and a couple of others in response to the string of suicide bombings that had taken place in Palestine. The first three months of the same year were also not good for Israel as 14 suicide bombers killed dozens of Israeli civilians while hundreds of others were severely wounded. Luckily, the International Criminal Court won UN ratification while at the same time, U.S refused to sanction.

In some twists of events, Hugo Chavez who was Venezuela’s president at the time was ousted in a coup but then two days later on April 14, he was fortunate enough to be reinstated. Almost a month later on May 13, Russia and U.S were able to reach an agreement on the landmark arms to reduce nuclear arsenals for both countries by up to two-thirds over a period of the next ten years.

Meanwhile, The Osbourne’s, MTV’s reality TV show debuted and at the same time the O Brother Where Art Thou’s soundtrack recording won a remarkable five Grammy awards. Sadly, deaths related to AIDS were anticipated to hit the roof if no serious preventative measures were not taken.

Discover how the world looked like in 2002

Movies

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City of God

City of God

Directed by: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund

Starring: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele, Phellipe Haagensen

Country: United States of America

The Pianist

The Pianist

Directed by: Roman Polanski

Starring: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox

Country: United States of America

Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

Country: United States of America

The Legend of Bhagat Singh

The Legend of Bhagat Singh

Directed by: Rajkumar Santoshi

Starring: Ajay Devgn, Sushant Singh, D. Santosh, Akhilendra Mishra

The Bourne Identity

The Bourne Identity

Directed by: Doug Liman

Starring: Franka Potente, Matt Damon, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in 2002 ?
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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones

By:

When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed these things didn't happen.

The Beach House by James Patterson, Peter de Jonge

The Beach House

By:

Jack Mullen is a driven student of the law. His brother Peter is a servant of the rich, parking the cars of the Hamptons' elite-and perhaps satisfying their more intimate needs as well.

The Summons by John Grisham

The Summons

By:

Ray Atlee is a professor of law at the University of Virginia. He's forty-three, newly single, and still enduring the aftershocks of a surprise divorce. He has a younger brother, Forrest, who redefines the notion of a family's black sheep.And

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

Skipping Christmas

By:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERImagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That’s just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip …

A Mind At A Time by Mel Levine

A Mind At A Time

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"Different minds learn differently," writes Dr. Mel Levine, one of the best-known learning experts and pediatricians in America today. Some students are strong in certain areas and some are strong in

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 2002 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Joshua
  4. Matthew
  5. Ethan
  6. Andrew
  7. Joseph
  8. Christopher
  9. Nicholas
  10. Daniel
Top #10 female names
  1. Emily
  2. Madison
  3. Hannah
  4. Emma
  5. Alexis
  6. Ashley
  7. Abigail
  8. Sarah
  9. Samantha
  10. Olivia
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 2002?


Events

  • 01 Jan Euro banknotes and coins become legal tender in twelve of the European Union's member states.
  • 02 Jan The US Mint releases the 2002 Tennessee quarter dollar to circulation.
  • 03 Jan Beer brewer Freddy Heineken (grandson of the brewery's founder) died in his home at the age of 78.
  • 04 Jan U.S. officials announce they have custody of Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi.
  • 05 Jan Charles Bishop, a 15 year-old student pilot, crashes a light aircraft into a Tampa, Florida building, evoking fear of a copycat 9/11 terrorist attack.
  • 08 Jan IBM announces it will no longer manufacture desktop personal computers in most of the world. It will sell its desktop facilities in US and Europe to Sanmina-SCI.
  • 12 Jan The X (roller coaster) opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California.
  • 14 Jan The asylum case of Adelaide Abankwah is heard in New York.
  • 16 Jan U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announces that American Taliban member John Walker Lindh will be tried in the United States.
  • 18 Jan Sierra Leone Civil War is finally declared over.
  • 20 Jan Speed skating: world championships sprint, Hamar, Norway. Katriona Lemay-Doan of Canada wins in the women's event (2. Andrea Nuyt, Neth., 3. Anzhela Kotyuaga, Bel.), Jeremy Wotherspoon, also of Canada becomes the champion in the men's competition (2. Casey Fitzrandolph, US, 3. Michael Ireland, Can.).
  • 22 Jan Kmart becomes the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
  • 23 Jan Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is kidnapped in Pakistan, accused of being a US Central Intelligence Agency agent by his captors.
  • 24 Jan Enron hearings begin.
  • 27 Jan An explosion at a military storage facility in Lagos, Nigeria, kills at least 1,100 people and displaces over 20,000 others.
  • 29 Jan Geography:
  • 31 Jan A large section of the Antarctic Larsen Ice Shelf begins disintegrating, consuming about over 35 days.
  • 01 Feb Kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is murdered in Karachi, Pakistan.
  • 03 Feb Costa Rica holds presidential and congressional elections.
  • 04 Feb Cancer Research UK, the world's largest independent cancer research charity, is founded.
  • 05 Feb Secretary of State Colin L. Powell says that the United States is willing to sign a treaty with Russia on limiting strategic nuclear weapons, indicating a possible shift in administration policy after withdrawing, last December, from the Antiballistic Missile Treaty of 1972. President George W. Bush and President Vladimir Putin are set to hold an arms reduction summit meeting in Moscow in May.nbsp– ''Background material: nuclear disarmament, nuclear warfare, nuclear proliferation.''
  • 06 Feb Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II upon 50th Anniversary of King George VI's death in 1952
  • 08 Feb February 24 ampndash The 2002 Winter Olympics are held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • 09 Feb (to February 24) The XIX Olympic Winter Games are held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
  • 10 Feb Iraqi club Al-Shorta win the 2001–02 Umm Al Ma’arak (mother of all battles) Cup by defeating Al-Talaba 1-0 in the final.
  • 11 Feb British Telecommunications plc starts its US federal court case relating to a controversial patent that it claims gives it a monopoly on the technology of web links.
  • 12 Feb An Iran Air Tours Tupolev Tu-154 crashes in the mountains outside Khorramabad, Iran while descending for a landing at Khorramabad Airport, killing 119.
  • 14 Feb risoner Shaker Aamer moved to Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Aamer has been held since without charge and despite being cleared for release in 2007 and 2009.
  • 15 Feb The funeral of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon takes place on the 50th anniversary of her father's funeral.
  • 16 Feb George W. Bush signs a secret national security council directive establishing the goals and objectives for going to war with Iraq, according to the book Rumsfeld's War by Rowan Scarborough. Bush 'wanted war in 2002' | The Guardian
  • 19 Feb NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system.
  • 20 Feb Robert William Pickton the most prolific serial killer in Canadian history is arrested and charged with the first two (of twenty-seven) counts of first-degree murder.
  • 22 Feb Angolan political and rebel leader Jonas Savimbi is killed in a military ambush.
  • 26 Feb 12 Shiite Muslims are killed in a mosque in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
  • 27 Feb Ryanair Flight 296 catches fire at London Stansted Airport. Subsequent investigations criticize Ryanair's handling of the evacuation.
  • 28 Feb Gulbarg Society massacre : During the 2002 Gujarat riots, a mob attacked the Gulbarg Society, a lower middle-class Muslim neighbourhood in Chamanpura, Ahmedabad. Most of the houses were burnt, and at least 35 victims including a former Congress, Member of Parliament, Ehsan Jafri, were burnt alive, while 31 others went missing after the incident, later presumed dead, bringing the total of the dead to 69.
  • 01 Mar Space Shuttle Columbia flies the Hubble Space Telescope service mission, its last before STS-107.
  • 02 Mar U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins, (ending on March 19 after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters, with 11 Western troop fatalities).
  • 03 Mar Israeli-Palestinian conflict: A Palestinian sniper firing from a hill near Ofra kills seven Israel Defense Forces soldiers and three Israeli settlers, and wounds another six. He is later captured and imprisoned for life.
  • 04 Mar Afghanistan: Seven American Special Operations Forces soldiers are killed as they attempt to infiltrate the Shahi Kot Valley on a low-flying helicopter reconnaissance mission.
  • 11 Mar Robert Mugabe wins the Zimbabwe elections with 54% of the vote to Morgan Tsvangirai's 40% on a turnout of 55.9%. His victory is controversial and comes amid claims that many have been prevented from voting and there has been a campaign of intimidation. But election observers from South Africa and the Organisation of African Unity state that the outcome is legitimate.
  • 12 Mar In Houston, Texas, Andrea Yates is found guilty of drowning her five children on June 20, 2001. She is later sentenced to life in prison.
  • 14 Mar 125 vehicles are involved in a massive pile-up on Interstate 75 in Ringgold, Georgia, USA.
  • 18 Mar U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda ends (started on March 2) after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters with 11 allied troop fatalities.
  • 19 Mar Zimbabwe is suspended from the Commonwealth on charges of human rights abuses and of electoral fraud, following a turbulent presidential election.
  • 20 Mar The U.S. Senate passes the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill 60–40.
  • 21 Mar In Pakistan, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh along with three other suspects are charged with murder for their part in the kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
  • 23 Mar Two million to three million trade union members rally in Rome in protest both of labor legislation filed by Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi and of the assassination of Marco Biagi, an advisor to the Labor Minister, by the re-formed Red Brigades. Labor leaders threaten a general strike if the legislation is passed.
  • 24 Mar The 74th Academy Awards, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, are held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California with the film ''A Beautiful Mind'' winning Best Picture.
  • 27 Mar Passover Massacre: A Palestinian suicide bomber kills 29 people partaking of the Passover meal in Netanya, Israel.
  • 28 Mar Arab–Israeli conflict: Delegates to the summit of the Arab League endorse the ampquotland for peaceampquot plan proposed by Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
  • 29 Mar In reaction to the Passover massacre three days prior, Israel launches Operation Defensive Shield against Palestinian militants, its largest military operation since the 1967 Six-Day War.
  • 30 Mar Israeli-Palestinian conflict: A suicide bomber explodes in My Coffee Shop, a Tel Aviv café at around local time, wounding 32 people.
  • 31 Mar Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Israeli troops exchange gunfire with guards of Yasir Arafat in Ramallah. A suicide bomber identified as Shadi Tubasi, a resident of the refugee camp Jenin, kills 14 and wounds more than 40 in Haifa. Later, a suicide bomber wounds four members of an intensive-care unit, one critically, in a paramedics' dispatch station in Efrat. In the past 18 months, according to the Associated Press, 1262 people have been killed on the Palestinian side and on 401 on the Israeli
  • 02 Apr Israeli forces surround the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem into which armed Palestinians had retreated. A siege ensues.
  • 04 Apr The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign a peace treaty ending the Angolan Civil War.
  • 05 Apr Layne Staley lead singer and co-lyricist of the rock group Alice In Chains found dead in home.
  • 06 Apr A ship spills 340,000 litres of crude oil off the southeast Louisiana coast, USA.
  • 07 Apr There are reports that the Poincaré conjecture may have been solved by Martin Dunwoody.
  • 08 Apr Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing changes its company name to 3M Company.
  • 11 Apr The Ghriba synagogue bombing by Al Qaeda kills 21 in Tunisia.
  • 12 Apr Coup d'état in Venezuela. President Hugo Chávez is brought to military barracks. Military announces transitional government consisting of mix of civilians and military headed by leader of the Chamber of Commerce (Venezuelan Federation of Chambers of Commerce), Pedro Carmona, who immediately repeals constitution, dissolves supreme court and parliament.
  • 14 Apr Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returns to office two days after being ousted and arrested by the country's military.
  • 15 Apr The Alameda Corridor transportation project in Los Angeles, California opens to rail traffic, ceasing operations of freight trains on the 120-year-old BNSF Harbor Subdivision.
  • 17 Apr Four Canadian infantrymen are killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire from 2 US F-16s.
  • 18 Apr The discovery of a new insect order, Mantophasmatodea, is announced.
  • 21 Apr Chirac (19.88%), Le Pen (16.86%), Jospin (16.18%), Bayrou (6.5%), Lauguiller (5.72%), Mamere (5.25%), Chevenement (5.32%), Besancenot (4.5%), Saint-Josse (4.0%), Hue(3.6%). Turnout 75%.
  • 22 Apr video game score tracking website Cyberscore is made.
  • 23 Apr Pope John Paul II meets with American cardinals at the Vatican through April 24 regarding sexual abuse of children by priests and religious workers.
  • 25 Apr Singer/rapper Lisa Lopes, better known as "Left Eye" of the group TLC, dies in a car accident in Honduras.
  • 26 Apr Robert Steinhauser infiltrates and kills 17 at Gutenberg-Gymnasium in Erfurt, Germany before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot.
  • 27 Apr The Laughlin, Nevada River Run Riot leaves three dead.
  • 28 Apr Recent celebrity deaths: Alexander Lebednbsp– Russian General who ran for the presidency against Boris Yeltsin Ruth Handlernbsp– inventor of the Barbie Doll
  • 02 May Marad massacre of eight Hindus near Palakkad in Kerala.
  • 03 May A military MiG-21 aircraft crashes into the Bank of Rajasthan in India, killing eight.
  • 04 May An EAS Airlines BAC 1-11-500 crashes in a suburb of Kano, Nigeria shortly after takeoff killing more than 148 people.
  • 05 May Internazionale awkwardly hands over the Serie A Scudetto to their bitter rivals Juventus after losing away to SS Lazio, 4–2.
  • 06 May Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn is assassinated by an animal rights activist.
  • 07 May A China Northern Airlines MD-82 plunges into the Yellow Sea, killing 112 people.
  • 08 May Feyenoord Rotterdam wins the UEFA Final Cup with 3-2 from Borussia Dortmund.
  • 09 May 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 F.B.I. agent Robert Hanssen is sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for selling United States secrets to Moscow for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds.
  • 12 May Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming the first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution.
  • 15 May Politics of the Netherlands: General elections for the lower house of parliament were held. The Lijst Pim Fortuyn (LPF) was the great winner, the party gained 26 of the 150 seats, a historic achievement for a new party. The CDA (Christen Democratisch Appèl) led by Jan Peter Balkenende became the greatest party (43 seats). The great losers were the coalition parties of the ruling ampquotpurple coalitionampquot (PvdA, labour party VVD, liberals D'66, leftist liberals). These parties were
  • 16 May Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones released in theaters.
  • 17 May In Ireland, The Fianna Fáil-Progressive Democrats coalition is re-elected. It is the first government to be re-elected since 1969.
  • 19 May Israeli-Palestinian conflict: A suicide bomber disguised as an Israeli soldier kills at least two Israelis and wounds more than 50 in Netanya.
  • 20 May The independence of East Timor is recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and 3 years of provisional UN administration (Portugal itself is the former colonizer of East Timor until 1976).
  • 21 May The US State Department releases a report naming seven state sponsors of terrorism: Iran, Iraq, Cuba, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.
  • 22 May In Washington, D.C., the remains of the missing Chandra Levy are found in Rock Creek Park.
  • 23 May The ''55 parties'' clause of the Kyoto protocol is reached after its ratification by Iceland.
  • 24 May Russia and the United States sign the Moscow Treaty.
  • 25 May China Airlines Flight 611: A Boeing 747-200 breaks apart in mid-air and plunges into the Taiwan Strait killing 225 people.
  • 26 May A barge collides with the Interstate 40 bridge across the Arkansas River in eastern Oklahoma, leaving 14 dead.
  • 28 May The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars.
  • 30 May 272 days after the September 11 attacks, closing ceremonies are held for the clean up/recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site in New York City. The last remaining steel beam is removed and transported to the Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island.
  • 31 May The United States Department of State issues a travel warning advising all Americans except for essential diplomatic personnel (about 60,000 people) to leave India because ampquotconditions along India's border with Pakistan and in the state of Jammu and Kashmir have deteriorated.ampquot
  • 05 Jun Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart is kidnapped from her bedroom at knifepoint.
  • 06 Jun Eastern Mediterranean Event. A near-Earth asteroid estimated at 10 metres diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. The resulting explosion is estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, slightly more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb.
  • 08 Jun An annular solar eclipse occurs.
  • 10 Jun Technology - The first direct electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans is carried out by Kevin Warwick in the United Kingdom.
  • 11 Jun Antonio Meucci is acknowledged as the first inventor of the telephone by the United States Congress.
  • 13 Jun The United States of America withdraws from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
  • 14 Jun Astrophysics – An asteroid (2002 MN), the size of a soccer field, barely misses hitting the Earth. (Closest approach )
  • 15 Jun Near-Earth asteroid 2002 MN misses the Earth by 75,000 miles (121,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
  • 16 Jun Pope John Paul II declared Pio of Pietrelcina a saint
  • 18 Jun BT Cellnet is rebranded as O2 at 6 PM.
  • 20 Jun Law – The United States Supreme Court is asked about requiring Internet filters.
  • 22 Jun Saint Louis Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile is found dead of a heart attack in his Chicago hotel room.
  • 25 Jun Entertainment -
  • 26 Jun Law – A federal court in San Francisco, California, ruled that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional, because of its ampquotunder Godampquot clause.
  • 27 Jun Accountancy scandals – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has begun fraud action against WorldCom.
  • 29 Jun U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney serves as Acting President for two and a half hours, while President George W. Bush undergoes a colonoscopy procedure.
  • 30 Jun The International Criminal Court is established to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. Crimes committed on or after this date may be prosecuted by the court.
  • 01 Jul A Bashkirian Airlines (flight 2937) Tupolev TU-154 and a DHL (German cargo) Boeing 757 collide in mid-air over Ueberlingen, southern Germany, killing 71.
  • 02 Jul Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon.
  • 03 Jul Columbia Pictures publicly distributed ''Men in Black II'' into movie theaters.
  • 05 Jul Recent celebrity deaths: Ted Williams, baseball player, aged 83.
  • 07 Jul A scandal breaks out in the United Kingdom when news reports accuse MI6 of sheltering Abu Qatada, the supposed European Al Qaeda leader.
  • 08 Jul Organization of African Unity disbanded, African Union created.
  • 09 Jul At a Sotheby's auction, Peter Paul Rubens' painting ampquotThe Massacre of the Innocentsampquot (first version) is sold for £49.5million (US$76.2 million) to Kenneth Thomson, 2nd Baron Thomson of Fleet.
  • 10 Jul Michel Brunet, a paleontologist at the University of Poitiers, France, announced in the journal ''Nature'' that a 7-million-year-old skull found in the desert of Chad is the earliest hominid fossil ever found. But he was immediately met by a firestorm of criticism from other scientists who claim that it is merely the skull of an ape, possibly a proto-gorilla.
  • 11 Jul A group of Moroccan soldiers set up base on the Perejil Island.
  • 14 Jul French President Jacques Chirac escapes an assassination attempt unscathed during Bastille Day celebrations.
  • 15 Jul In Washington, DC, "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh pleads guilty to aiding the enemy and possession of explosives during the commission of a felony. Lindh agrees to serve ten years in prison for each charge.
  • 18 Jul Patents: Forgent Networks asserts that it owns and will enforce patent rights on the widely used JPEG image compression standard which is used widely on the World Wide Web. The announcement creates a furore remisicent of Unisys' attempts to assert its rights over the GIF image compression standard.
  • 19 Jul Hail kills 25 and injures hundreds in the Chinese province of Henan.
  • 20 Jul South America: A fire in a discotheque in Lima, Peru kills over twenty-five.
  • 21 Jul A Sukhoi Su-27 fighter crashes at an air show in Ukraine, killing 77 and injuring more than 100, making it the worst air show disaster in history (see Sknyliv airshow disaster).
  • 22 Jul An earthquake (magnitude 4.7) hits parts of Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
  • 23 Jul Recent celebrity deaths: Chaim Potok, novelist dies of cancer at age 73.
  • 24 Jul Democrat James Traficant is expelled from the United States House of Representatives on a vote of 420 to 1.
  • 25 Jul A proposal by the United States to delay adoption of a new United Nations anti-torture pact was defeated 15–29, after which the pact was adopted by the Economic and Social Council. The United States cited concerns that, if adopted by the General Assembly, American state prisons and other facilities may become subject to inspection.
  • 27 Jul Ukraine airshow disaster: a Sukhoi Su-27 fighter crashes during an air show at Lviv, Ukraine killing 85 and injuring more than 100 others, the largest air show disaster in history.
  • 28 Jul Cyclist Lance Armstrong wins his fourth consecutive Tour de France.
  • 29 Jul England beats India in the first cricket Test match of the series.
  • 30 Jul Sotheby's in New York in conjunction with Stack's auctions the King Farouk specimen of the US 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle for $7,590,020, a world record for a single coin at auction. The $20 represents a $20 Federal Reserve note paid by auctioneer David Redden to Mint Director Henrietta Holsman Fore to officially monetize the coin.
  • 31 Jul Hebrew University of Jerusalem is attacked when a bomb explodes in a cafeteria, killing 9.
  • 02 Aug The US Mint releases the 2002 Indiana quarter dollar to circulation.
  • 04 Aug Soham murders: 10 year old school girls Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells go missing from the town of Soham, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom.
  • 05 Aug ''Recent celebrity deaths:'' Chick Hearn, pro-basketball announcer dies at the age of 85.
  • 07 Aug Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Israeli forces kill six Palestinians: Israeli undercover soldiers kill four Palestinian militants wound three in a gun-fight in Tulkarm. An Israeli sniper kills Hussam Hamdan, a member of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Israeli troops and 30 tanks push into northern Gaza, killing a Palestinian policeman. These come in response to the attacks of August 4 listed above.
  • 08 Aug Accountancy scandals: WorldCom announced it had discovered in false accounting in addition to the discovered earlier.
  • 09 Aug Extreme weather: Dozens are killed by floods caused by torrential rains in Europe, including the Malše and Blanice rivers of the Czech Republic, the Black Sea resort village of Shirokaya Balka near Novorossiisk in Russia, and Romania. The downpours have also caused extensive damage in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, and Spain.
  • 10 Aug Charlton Heston, movie actor and president of the National Rifle Association, announces that he has Alzheimer's disease.
  • 11 Aug UNEP (UN Environment Programme) reports on the Asian brown cloud.
  • 12 Aug In Arlington, Virginia, US Airways declares bankruptcy.
  • 13 Aug Extreme weather: On the seventh day of heavy rains, the peak of 100-year flood of the Vltava River reaches Prague, and the Kampa district is submerged under several yards of water, as well as the Prague Zoo, killing an elephant, five rhinoceros, a lion, a gorilla and 80 birds, and allowing five seals to escape. The Kampa Museum is flooded. 15,000 people were evacuated from Mělník, and 1,600 people were evacuated from Děčín. The death toll in Europe is at 88, 9 in the Czech Republic.
  • 14 Aug Vladimir Putin announces that Belarus will be fully integrated into Russia, with each of Belarus's six provinces to become a separate republic within the Russian Federation.
  • 16 Aug At the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, in Monterey, California, the 29th Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races are held, over three days. Corvette is the honored marque. Over sixty historic Corvettes are on display and participate in racing, including: Corvette SR-2, Corvette SS, 1959 Sting Ray, CERV-I, Daytona-winning Corvette C5-R, Mako Shark, Aerovette, Grand Sport, 1953 Corvette #2 (EX-122), and plenty of early race Corvettes.
  • 17 Aug Extreme weather: The Elbe crests at Dresden at the record height of 30.84 feet (9.40 m). 30,000 Germans are evacuated along the river's path.
  • 18 Aug Extreme weather: One of the sea lions who escaped from the Prague Zoo on the 13th is safely recaptured near Wittenberg.
  • 19 Aug A Russian Mi-26 helicopter carrying troops is hit by a Chechen missile outside of Grozny, killing 118 soldiers.
  • 20 Aug A group of Iraqis opposed to the regime of Saddam Hussein take over the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin for five hours before releasing their hostages and surrendering.
  • 21 Aug Extreme weather: In India, a 125-year-old dam bursts under torrential rains, killing 10.
  • 22 Aug Extreme weather: In China, the Dongting Lake floods Yueyang, forcing the evacuation of 600,000 people; the crest of the flooding from the Yangtze River is expected Sunday. Floods and landslides have killed nearly 1000 people in China, 200 in the Hunan province. There have been 376 deaths in India, 494 in Nepal, and 158 deaths in Bangladesh this monsoon season.
  • 23 Aug Recent celebrity deaths: Baseball Hall of Fame player Hoyt Wilhelm dies.
  • 25 Aug The first series of the British reality show ''I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!'' started on ITV1
  • 26 Aug Éric Gagné, former three-time All-Star Major League Baseball closer and 2003 NL Cy Young Award winner, begins his MLB-record streak of 84 consecutive games saved.
  • 29 Aug A 78-foot long Japanese midget submarine is found in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, believed to have been sunk by the US Navy two hours before the Japanese attack in 1941.
  • 31 Aug Recent celebrity deaths: Lionel Hampton, jazz vibraphone master, dies.
  • 01 Sep Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The Arab League disavowed the final statement made by the Zayed Center for Coordination and Follow-up, claiming that they adhere to a policy of supporting Israel's right to exist within pre-1967 borders, and restating that the conflict in the Middle East is between Palestinians and Israelis, not all Jews.
  • 03 Sep Consolidated Freightways, the third largest U.S. trucking firm, files for bankruptcy.
  • 04 Sep Argentina defeated the United States, 87–80, at the World Basketball Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was the first loss ever in international play for a United States team containing National Basketball Association players.
  • 05 Sep An assassination attempt was made on President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan in Kandahar. A gunman wearing the uniform of the new Afghan Army opened fire, wounding the Governor of Kandahar and an American Special Operations officer. The gunman and one of the President's bodyguards were killed.
  • 06 Sep September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack/Memorials and Services: The US Congress convenes for a one-day joint session in Federal Hall in New York City, the original capital of the United States.
  • 07 Sep 2002 US Open: Serena Williams defeats Venus Williams.
  • 08 Sep 2002 US Open: Pete Sampras defeats Andre Agassi in four sets to win his record 14th major.
  • 09 Sep Judit Polgár beats Garry Kasparov at a game of speed chess.
  • 10 Sep Switzerland becomes a full member of the United Nations.
  • 11 Sep The World Summit on Sustainable Development comes to a close.
  • 12 Sep U.S. President George W. Bush addresses the United Nations, and challenges its members to confront the "grave and gathering danger" of Iraq, or stand aside as the United States and likeminded nations act.
  • 14 Sep Tim Montgomery of the United States broke the world record in the 100 meter dash at the IAAF Grand Prix Final, running 9.78 seconds to beat the former record of 9.79 set by Maurice Greene of the United States in 1999.
  • 16 Sep U.S. plan to invade Iraq: Colin Powell meets with the U.N. Security Council to push for stronger resolutions against Iraq. In a surprise reversal, Iraq tells the UN it will allow weapons inspectors ampquotimmediately and without condition.ampquot
  • 18 Sep After three days of negotiations in Sattahip, Thailand, the Tamil Tigers agreed to drop their demand for independence from Sri Lanka, and accepted autonomy in the north and northwest of the country.
  • 19 Sep An attempted coup by disaffected former soldiers of Côte d'Ivoire was put down, with the death of the alleged coup leader, General Robert Guéï, a former military dictator of the country. Guéï was killed when his car refused to stop at a roadblock in downtown Abidjan. Rebels continue in control of the cities of Bouaké and Korhogo.
  • 20 Sep U.S. plan to invade Iraq: White House and Pentagon officials announce that Gen. Tommy Franks presented detailed war plans to President Bush in early September.
  • 21 Sep Recent celebrity deaths: Science fiction author Robert L. Forward dies.
  • 22 Sep The German federal election leaves Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, his Social Democrats and the Greens in power.
  • 23 Sep The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox (''Phoenix 0.1'') is released.
  • 24 Sep Technology: Motorola has announced a single-chip satellite navigation receiver, opening the possibility of the addition of location-specific functions to low cost ubiquitous computing devices. The chip combines RF processing, analog signal processing, digital signal processing and a CPU on a single chip.
  • 25 Sep The Vitim event, a possible bolide impact in Siberia, Russia.
  • 26 Sep The overcrowded Senegalese ferry MV Joola capsizes off the coast of Gambia killing more than 1,000.
  • 27 Sep Timor-Leste (East Timor) joins the United Nations.
  • 28 Sep Hundreds of thousands of people marched in London to protest the U.S. plan to invade Iraq. About a hundred thousand also protested in Rome, Italy.
  • 30 Sep Senator Robert Torricelli (D-NJ) withdraws from his campaign for reelection following ethics scandals.
  • 02 Oct The Congress of the United States passes a joint resolution, which explicitly authorizes the President to use the United States Armed Forces as he deems necessary and appropriate, against Iraq.
  • 03 Oct Hurricane Lili strikes near Intercoastal City, Louisiana, as a Category One hurricane weakened from the significant Category Four storm it was just 10 hours earlier.
  • 05 Oct Bertrand Delanoë, mayor of Paris, gets stabbed in the abdomen at city hall during the Nuits Blanches event.
  • 06 Oct The French oil tanker Limburg is bombed off Yemen.
  • 07 Oct Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Israeli troops raid Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip, killing 13 (10 from a helicopter missile) and wounding as many as 100, after Palestinians fire a rocket at a Jewish settlement in the area. Later Palestinians kidnap and kill Rajeh Abu Lehiya, chief of the Palestinian riot police, and two others die in gunfire during a police-Hamas supporters conflict.
  • 09 Oct The Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches a low of 7,286.27, its lowest close since October 1997.
  • 10 Oct France confirms that an explosion aboard French oil tanker ''Limburg'' off the coast of Yemen was, indeed, a terrorist act.
  • 11 Oct U.S. plan to invade Iraq: The United States Senate voted to give war powers to President George W. Bush as part of the ongoing conflict between the United States and Iraq.
  • 12 Oct Terrorists detonate bombs in the Sari Club in Kuta, Bali, killing 202 and wounding over 300.
  • 13 Oct 2002 Bali bombings: U.S. President George W. Bush amongst many others has condemned the perpetrators of the Bali car bombing of October 11. The death toll has now risen to at least 187.
  • 14 Oct The San Francisco Giants defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, four games to one, to win the National League Championship Series and move on the World Series. They will play the Anaheim Angels, who defeated the Minnesota Twins four games to one to win the American League Championship Series.
  • 15 Oct A Kiev judge ordered prosecutors to open a criminal probe of Ukraine's veteran President Leonid Kuchma, on charges of corruption and abuse of power.
  • 16 Oct US President George W. Bush signs the Iraq War Resolution.
  • 17 Oct Zamboanga bombings: Two bombs exploded in the main shopping district of the mostly Christian city of Zamboanga in the southern Philippines, killing six and wounding about 150. It was the second major evident terrorist incident in southeast Asia in less than a week. Suspicion immediately focused on Jemaah Islamiyah, an Islamic extremist group also being investigated for the October 11 Bali car bombing, in which more than 180 people died.
  • 18 Oct October 18, 2002 Manila bus bombing: A bomb exploded in suburban Manila, destroying a bus and killing at least three people, while 23 others were wounded. A grenade exploded in the Philippine capital's financial district hours earlier. The bomb attacks occurred only one day after two deadly bombings in the southern Philippines.
  • 19 Oct Computer chess: Chess champion Vladimir Kramnik and the computer program Deep Fritz have drawn the Brains in Bahrain match, a series of eight games, with four points each.
  • 21 Oct 9 of 13 DNS root servers are disabled in a DDoS attack.
  • 22 Oct 25 ampndash Chechen rebels take control of the theatre ''Nord-Ost'' in Moscow and hold the audience hostage.
  • 23 Oct Moscow Theatre Siege begins: Chechen terrorists seize the House of Culture theater in Moscow and take approximately 700 theater-goers hostage.
  • 24 Oct Police arrest spree killers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, ending the Beltway sniper attacks in the area around Washington, DC.
  • 25 Oct U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone, his family and staff, are killed by a plane accident at Eveleth, Minnesota.
  • 26 Oct Moscow Theatre Siege: Approximately 50 Chechen terrorists and 150 hostages die when Russian Spetsnaz storm a theater building in Moscow, which had been occupied by the terrorists during a musical performance three days before.
  • 27 Oct Sports: Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys passes Walter Payton as the NFL's leading rusher in a 17–14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks
  • 28 Oct Sports: Team Bath become the first university team to qualify for the FA Cup First Round since 1882. They beat Horsham 4–3 on penalties in the Fourth Qualifying Round replay.
  • 29 Oct Ho Chi Minh City ITC Inferno, a fire destroys a luxurious department store where 1500 people are shopping. Over 60 people died and over 100 are missing. It is the deadliest disaster in Vietnam during peacetime.
  • 30 Oct The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party chose former Vice President of the United States Walter Mondale as their candidate for the United States Senate seat of recently deceased Senator Paul Wellstone from Minnesota.
  • 31 Oct The Russian Health Minister Yuri Shevchenko has now stated that the incapacitating agent used in the storming of the Moscow theatre siege was a fentanyl derivative.
  • 01 Nov 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 Recent celebrity deaths: Charles Sheffield, science fiction author and physicist, dies of brain cancer at age 67
  • 03 Nov 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 Chinese authorities arrest cyber-dissident He Depu for signing a pro-democracy letter to the 16th Communist Party Congress.
  • 05 Nov In U.S. elections, the Republican Party maintains control of the House of Representatives and regains control of the United States Senate.
  • 06 Nov 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 Iran bans the advertising of United States products.
  • 08 Nov 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 In Los Angeles, California, television and film actor Merlin Santana is shot to death.
  • 10 Nov 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 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 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 The oil tanker Prestige sinks off the Galician coast and causes a huge oil spill.
  • 14 Nov Microsoft officially launches the Xbox Live online video gaming service in the USA.
  • 15 Nov 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 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 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 Iraq disarmament crisis: United Nations weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix arrive in Iraq.
  • 19 Nov 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 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 NATO invites Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.
  • 22 Nov In Nigeria, more than 100 people are killed at an attack aimed at the contestants of the Miss World contest.
  • 23 Nov 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 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 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 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 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 Thanksgiving Day 2002.
  • 29 Nov The Concert for George was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
  • 30 Nov It is reported that the Provisional IRA may be about to make substantial concessions in order to restart the stalled Northern Ireland peace process.
  • 03 Dec Football (soccer): Real Madrid has defeated Olimpia Paraguay to win the Intercontinental Cup.
  • 05 Dec Today is the Islamic festival of Eid ul-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan for Muslims worldwide.
  • 06 Dec The Chechen separatist Akhmed Zakayev has returned to London, where he is expected to seek asylum. He was arrested but released soon afterwards on bail paid by Vanessa Redgrave.
  • 07 Dec Two paintings by Vincent van Gogh were stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam overnight. Coming shortly after a large diamond theft from an exhibition at the Museon in The Hague, it casts doubt on the high-tech security systems.
  • 08 Dec The Caribbean Community Heads of Government meet with the Government of Cuba and declare the date to be ''CARICOM-Cuba Day''--to celebrate diplomatic ties between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba.
  • 09 Dec United Airlines, the second largest airline in the world, files under the United States Bankruptcy Code Chapter 11.
  • 10 Dec Venezuela's Supreme Court announced it was suspending its services, citing political harassment and condemning deadly violence during a general strike by opponents of President Hugo Chávez.
  • 11 Dec Chile government concludes bilateral trade agreement with the USA.
  • 13 Dec Enlargement of the European Union: The European Union announces that Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia will become members from May 1, 2004.
  • 15 Dec The Capital Center (formerly US Airways Arena) is demolished.
  • 16 Dec Former Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavšić pled guilty to one count of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague for her part in atrocities against Bosnian Muslims and Croats during the 1992–95 Bosnian War.
  • 17 Dec Second Congo War: The Congolese parties of the Inter Congolese Dialogue sign a peace accord which makes provision for transitional governance and legislative and presidential elections within two years.
  • 18 Dec 2003 California recall: Then Governor of California Gray Davis announces that the state would face a record budget deficit of $35 billion, roughly double the figure reported during his reelection campaign one month earlier.
  • 19 Dec U.S. plan to invade Iraq: After reviewing a 12,000 page Iraqi weapons declaration document, U.S. officials state that Iraq has failed to account for all its chemical and biological agents and that Iraq is in material breach of a United Nations Security Council resolution.
  • 20 Dec Barbara Joyce Williams Ferrell, daughter of baseball player Ted Williams, has dropped her lawsuit to have the body of her father removed from a cryonics storage facility and cremated.
  • 21 Dec In the Côte d'Ivoire, units of the French Foreign Legion, based at the city of Duekoue on Sassandra River have come into contact with rebels advancing southward from the city of Man. Colonel Emmanuel Maurin, commander of the French force, states ampquotBetween what we have here and the river, they shall not pass.ampquot
  • 22 Dec Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat announced that he has called off presidential and legislative elections scheduled for next month, as he feels that continued Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory will make a free election impossible.
  • 23 Dec A MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25, making it the first time in history that an aircraft and an unmanned drone had engaged in combat.
  • 24 Dec A number of US Muslim groups have initiated a class action lawsuit against the US Attorney General, John Ashcroft and the US immigration services over the arrest and detention of Muslim men.
  • 25 Dec Kicker Katie Hnida of the University of New Mexico makes history by becoming the first woman to participate in a NCAA division 1 football game, missing a kick for her team during the Las Vegas Bowl game.
  • 26 Dec North Korea is reactivating a plutonium producing nuclear power plant north of Pyongyang after removing United Nations seals on the reactor and degrading the capability of surveillance cameras. This same reactor is thought by U.S. officials as the source for plutonium for two previously produced atomic bombs. North Korea has been named by the George W. Bush Administration as part of the so-called ampquotaxis of evilampquot.
  • 27 Dec Two truck bombs kill 72 and wound 200 at the pro-Moscow headquarters of the Chechen government in Grozny, Chechnya.
  • 29 Dec The Kenyan electoral commission confirms that the opposition National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) has won landslide victories over the ruling KANU party in Friday's elections, ending 40 years of single party rule and 24 years of rule by Daniel arap Moi. The NARC's presidential candidate, Mwai Kibaki, led by more than 30 percentage points over the KANU's official candidate.
  • 30 Dec In Yemen, Abed Abdel Razzak Kamel kills three American missionaries.
  • 31 Dec The first trial of a member of the Russian military for human rights violations in Chechnya concludes controversially, with Col. Yuri Budanov found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to a psychiatric hospital for further evaluation and treatment. Budanov was charged with murder and abduction after being accused of raping and strangling Heda Kungayeva, an 18 year old Chechen girl whom Budanov contends was a rebel sniper.