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2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. It was designated:
January events January 1 - Introduction of euro banknotes and coins in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, and Portugal. January 1 - The Open Skies mutual surveillance treaty, initially signed in 1992, officially enters in to force. January 5 - 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. January 9 - The United States Department of Justice announces it is going to pursue a criminal investigation of Enron January 10 - Enrique Bolaños began his five_year term as President of the Republic of Nicaragua. January 13 - President George W. Bush faints after choking on a pretzel January 16 - A student shoots 6 people at the Appalachian School of Law, killing three. January 16 - John Ashcroft announces that American Taliban member John Walker Lindh would be tried in the United States. January 16 - The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, and the Taliban January 17 - Eruption of Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people January 18 - A Canadian Pacific Railway train carrying anhydrous ammonia derails outside of Minot, North Dakota, killing one. January 22 - AOL Time Warner brings a federal suit against Microsoft seeking damages. The suit alleges that the market for AOL's Netscape Navigator Internet browser was harmed when Microsoft started to give away a competing browser January 22 - Kmart Corp becomes the largest retailer in American history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. January 27 - Several explosions at a military dump in Lagos, Nigeria kill more than 1,000.
May events May 6 - In the Netherlands, politician Pim Fortuyn is killed by Volkert van der Graaf. May 7 - Gay Canadian teenager Marc Hall is granted a court injunction ordering that he be allowed to attend his high school prom with his boyfriend. May 9 - The 38-day stand-off in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem comes to an end when the Palestinians inside agreed to have 13 suspected militants among them deported to several different countries. The standoff started April 2. May 9 - In Kaspiysk, Russia, a remote-control bomb explodes during a holiday parade, killing 43 and injuring at least 130. May 10 - FBI agent Robert Hanssen is sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for selling American secrets to Moscow for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds. May 12 - Former 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. May 15 - The Netherlands: elections for the Lower House May 20 - Restoration of East Timor independence May 22 - In Washington, DC, Chandra Levy's remains are found in Rock Creek Park. May 22 - American civil rights movement: 16th Street Baptist Church bombing: A jury in Birmingham, Alabama convicts former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murders of four girls. May 23 - First Eurovision Song Contest in a former Soviet country: Estonia May 25 - A China Airlines Boeing 747-200 breaks apart in mid-air and plunges into the Taiwan Strait, killing 225. May 26 - The Mars Odyssey finds signs of huge water ice deposits on the planet Mars. May 28 - Washington DC's medical examiner declares that Chandra Levy's death was the result of homicide. May 31 through June 30 - 17th Football World Cup in Japan and South Korea
November events November 2 - Opening of sixth Gay Games in Sydney, Australia. November 5 - U.S. Elections: The Republican Party maintains control of the House of Representatives and regains control of the Senate. November 7 - Iran bans advertising of US products. November 8 - 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". November 9 - In television and film actor Merlin Santana is shot to death while sitting in the passenger seat of a friend's car parked on the 3800 block of Victoria Avenue. November 13 - Iraq agrees to the terms of the UN Security Council Resolution 1441. November 13 - The oil tanker Prestige sinks off the Galician coast and causes a huge oil spill. November 14 - Argentina defaults on a US$805 million World Bank payment November 15 - Hu Jintao becomes general secretary of the Communist Party of China. November 16 - A Campaign Against Climate Change march takes place in London from Lincoln's Inn Fields, past United States Embassy. November 18 - Iraq disarmament crisis: United Nations weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix arrive in Iraq. November 21 - NATO invites Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members. November 21 - The Princess Royal is fined £500 at Slough magistrate court following her conviction of one of her dogs attacking two children in Windsor Great Park. November 22 - In Nigeria, more than 100 people are killed at an attack aimed at the contestants of the Miss World contest. November 25 - US President George W. Bush signs the Homeland Security Act into law, establishing the Department of Homeland Security in the largest US government reorganization since the creation of the Department of Defense in 1947 (the Senate passed the bill 90-9 on November 19). November 29 - television station TCN-9. At his retirement he held the record for the longest-serving television news anchor ever, having hosted the weekend evening bulletins on the station from 1957 to 1964 and the weeknight evening news bulletins from 1964 to 2002.
For more deaths see: Deaths in 2002
January deaths January 3 - Freddy Heineken, beer magnate (b. 1923) January 8 - Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's International (b. 1932) January 12 - Stanley Unwin, comedian January 12 - Cyrus Vance, former United States Secretary of State ( 1977- 1980) (b. 1917) January 13 - Ted Demme, film and television director (b. 1963) January 16 - Michael Bilandic, mayor of Chicago, Illinois (b. 1923) January 16 - Bobo Olson, American boxer January 16 - Ron Taylor, American actor January 22 - Peggy Lee, American singer, actress January 23 - Pierre Bourdieu, French sociologist (b. 1930) January 23 - Robert Nozick, philosopher (b. 1938) January 28 - Dick "Night Train" Lane, American football, NFL Hall of Famer January 28 - Astrid Lindgren, Swedish children's book author (b. 1907) January 29 - Harold Russell, actor January 29 or January 30 - Daniel Pearl, journalist (b. 1963) (beheaded in Iraq)
February deaths February 6 - Max Perutz, founder of molecular biology (b. 1914) February 9 - The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, sister of Queen Elizabeth II of England (b. 1930) February 10 - Harold Furth, American leader in plasma physics and nuclear fusion February 11 - Barry Foster, British actor February 12 - Theresa Ferber Bernstein, artist February 15 - Howard K. Smith, American TV journalist (b. 1914) February 15 - Kevin Smith, actor (b. 1963) February 16 - Walter Winterbottom, the first England football manager (b. 1913) February 21 - John Thaw, actor (b. 1942) February 22 - Sir Raymond Firth, British anthropologist February 22 - Chuck Jones, American animator February 22 - Jonas Savimbi, rebel leader February 24 - Leo Ornstein, composer and pianist (b. 1912) February 26 - Lawrence Tierney, actor February 27 - Spike Milligan, comedian, writer, poet (b. 1918) February 27 - Mary Stuart, soap opera actress February 28 - Helmut Zacharias, German violinist (b. 1920)
March deaths March 1 - Doreen Waddell, vocalist of bands Soul II Soul and KLF March 14 - Cherry Wilder, author (b. 1930) March 15 - Sylvester Weaver, television executive March 18 - Gösta Winbergh, tenor March 25 - Kenneth Wolstenholme, British football commentator March 27 - Milton Berle, comedian, actor (b. 1908) March 27 - Dudley Moore, comedian, actor(b. 1935) March 27 - Billy Wilder, film screenwriter and director (b. 1906) March 30 - HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother of England (b. 1900) March 31 - Barry Took, British comedian and writer
April deaths April 5 - Layne Staley, singer with band Alice in Chains April 8 - Maria Felix, Mexican actress April 9 - Leopold Vietoris, Austrian mathematician April 15 - Byron White, US athlete and Supreme Court justice April 16 - Franz Krienbühl, Swiss speed skater April 16 - Robert Urich, actor (cancer) April 18 - Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian anthropologist April 18 - Wahoo McDaniel, American football player, wrestler (b. 1938) April 25 - Indra Devi, yoga teacher to the stars
Results from FactBites:
2002 Economic Census (389 words)
The reports linked below are over three quarters of the 1600 publications from the 2002 Economic Census to be issued 2004 through 2006.
An Introduction to AFF goes step-by-step through use of 2002 Economic Census data.
2002 Economic Census DVD-ROMs: With the release of Disc 1Z, ZIP Code Statistics, all 2002 Economic Census data are available on DVD-ROM.
UNICEF - The State of the World's Children (347 words)
The State of the World's Children 2002 is about the leadership that was needed to turn commitments made at the 1990 World Summit for Children into actions that improved the lives of children and families.
Presenting models of leadership from individuals and agencies, organizations and alliances, the report spotlights the 'Say Yes for Children' campaign and the UN Special Session on Children.
The State of the World's Children 2002, available in PDF and text-only versions, reports on the progress that has been made in improving the lives of children and families since the 1990 World Summit for Children.
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