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2002
January 1st
The Euro (€) was officially launched as the new single currency for 12 of the member states of European Union. The Euro (€) was introduced to the world's financial markets on January 1st 1999.
January 1st
The People's Republic of China officially joined the World Trade Organisation, as Chinese Taipei.
January 1st
The 'Open Skies' mutual surveillance treaty, initially signed in 1992, officially entered in to force.
January 5th
In the United States, Charles Bishop, a 15 year-old student pilot, crashed a light aircraft into a building in Tampa, Florida. It evoked fear of a another September 11th terrorist attack.
January 9th
The United States Department of Justice announced it was going to pursue a criminal investigation of the company Enron.
January 12th
The former United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance died.
January 16th
John Ashcroft announced that the American Taliban member John Walker Lindh would be tried in the United States.
January 16th
The UN Security Council unanimously established an arms embargo and the freezing of the assets of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, and the Taliban.
January 17th
An eruption of Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displaced an estimated 400,000 people.
January.
President George W. Bush Jr. defined US policy in his 'Axis of Evil' speech at his State of the Union address at Congress, Washington.
February 9th
In Britain, Princess Margaret, the sister of Queen Elizabeth II, died.
February 12th
The trial of former President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic began at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Holland.
February 13th
In Britain, Queen Elizabeth II gave former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani an honorary knighthood.
February 19th
NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe began to map the surface of the red planet using its thermal emission imaging system.
February 20th
In Reqa Al-Gharbiya, Egypt, a fire on a train injured over 65 people and killed at least 370.
February 21st
British actor John Thaw died. Thaw was famous for his roles in the TV show 'The Sweeney' in the 1970s, and later 'Inspector Morse'.
February 27th
In India 59 Hindu pilgrims were killed on a train burned by a Muslim mob in Godhra. It sparked a series of riots leaving hundreds dead.
February 28th
The ex-currencies of all euro members officially (at EU-level) ceased to be legal tender. The Euro (€) was introduced on the January 1st 2001.
March 1st
'Operation Anaconda' began. A US led coalition in the war against terror invaded Afghanistan to remove the ruling Muslim Taliban, who were seen as the sponsors of global terrorism. Afghanistan was used for training and a safe ground for terrorists.
March 1st
The NASA Space Shuttle 'Columbia' mission (STS-109) launched to conduct servicing on Hubble Space Telescope.
March 1st
The Spanish Peseta was discontinued as the official currency of Spain and was soley replaced with the euro (€), which had been introduced on January 1st 2001.
March 12th
In Texas, United States, mother Andrea Yates was found guilty of drowning her five children on June 20th 2001. She was later sentenced to life in prison.
March 19th
'Operation Anaconda' ended. The US led coalition killed 500 Taliban and Al-Qaeda fighters with 11 allied troop fatalities. The Taliban were defeated and removed from power in Afghanistan.
March 21st
In Pakistan, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh as well as three other suspects were charged with the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
March 25th
British football commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme died. Famous for his remarks at the end of England's World Cup victory in 1966.
March 30th
In Britain the Queen Mother died. Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, queen of George VI and mother of Queen Elizabeth II.
April 2nd
Israeli forces surrounded the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, when militants took shelter there and which began 38 day siege, which ended on May 9th.
April 9th
At Westminster Abbey in London, the funeral of the Queen Mother took place. Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, queen of George VI and mother of Queen Elizabeth II.
April 15th
An Air China Boeing 767-200 crashed and kiled 128 when smashed into a hillside during heavy rain and fog near Pusan, South Korea.
April 25th
South African Mark Shuttleworth blasted off from the Russian Baikonur cosmodrome. Shuttleworth had paid £15 million for the trip to Space.
April 30th
In Pakistan voters approved a referendum granting a five-year term for Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf.
May 6th
In the Netherlands, politician Pim Fortuyn was killed by Volkert van der Graaf.
May 9th
The 38-day stand-off in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem came to an end when the Palestinians inside agreed to have 13 suspected militants among them deported to several different countries. The standoff started on April 2nd.
May 9th
In Kaspiysk, Russiania, a remote-control bomb explodes during a holiday parade, killing 43 and injuring at least 130.
May 10th
FBI agent Robert Hanssen was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for selling American secrets to Russia for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds.
May 12th
Former US President Jimmy Carter arrived in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro. Carter was the first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution.
May 21st
The US State Department released a report which cited seven 'State-Sponsors of Terrorism'. The countries included were Iran, Iraq, Cuba, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.
May 22nd
A jury in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, convicted former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry of the murders of four girls with the bombing 16th Street Baptist Church 1963.
May 25th
China Airlines Flight 611 broke up near the Penghu Islands at Taiwan Strait and killed all 225 passengers on board.
May 26th
The Mars Odyssey found signs of huge water ice deposits on the planet Mars.
June 3rd
The 'Party in the Palace' took place at Buckingham Palace in London for Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee celebrations.
June 4th
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh attended a special service at St Pauls Cathedral marking 50 years on the throne. In New York, the Empire State Building was lit in purple in her honour.
June 4th
The discovery of the new planet Quaoar by astronomers Chad Trujillo and Michael Brown, at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, United States. The largest object to have been found in the solar system since the discovery of Pluto in 1930.
June 10th
American gangster John Gotti died. The Mafia boss was convicted of murder of mob boss Paul Castellano and of racketeering on April 2nd 1992 and was sentenced to life in prison.
June 11th
Antonio Meucci was recognised as the first inventor of the telephone by the United States Congress.
June 14th
In Karachi, Pakistan, a car bomb detonated in front of the U.S. consulate killed 12 and injured fifty Pakistanis.
June 27th
English bassist John Entwistle died. Entwistle was the bass player for the legendary British rock group 'The Who'.
July 5th
Iraq once again rejected the new U.N. weapons inspections proposals.
July 14th
In France, during Bastille Day celebrations, Jacques Chirac escaped an assassination attempt unscathed.
July 15th
In the United States the 'American Taliban' John Walker Lindh pleaded guilty to supplying aid to the enemy and for the possession of explosives during the commission of a felony. Lindh was sentenced to 10 years in prison for each of the charges.
July 27th
A Sukhoi Su-27 fighter crashed at an air show in Ukraine. 78 were killed and more than 100 others were injured.
September 5th
An assassination attempt on Afghan President Hamid Karzai failed, and on the same day a car bomb killed at 30 people in Afghanistan.
September 10th
Switzerland, known for its neutrality, finally joined the United Nations.
September 12th
U.S. President George W. Bush Jr. addressed the U.N. and challenged its members to confront the "grave and gathering danger" of Iraq or stand aside as the United States and likeminded nations act.
October 2nd
The U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution which explicitly authorised the President to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determined to be necessary and appropriate.
October 7th
The discovery of Quaoar was announced at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society. The Quaoar was the largest object found in the solar system since Pluto in 1930. Discovery was made on June 4th.
October 12th
Extreme Muslim terrorists detonated bombs in two nightclubs in Kuta, Bali. Sari nightclub bombed as "westerners" were targeted. 202 people were killed and over 300 injured, mostly Australians. Australians were targeted for their part in the coalition against terrorism.
October 16th
The United States President George W. Bush Jr. signed the Iraq war resolution.
October 24th
In the United States 'The Beltway' snipers were arrested.
November 7th
In the Middle-East Iran banned advertising of all US products.
November 8th
UN Security Council Resolution 1441. The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved and passed a resolution on Iraq, which forced Saddam Hussein to disarm or face 'serious consequences'.
November 13th
Iraq agreed to the terms of the UN Security Council Resolution 1441, which was passed on November 8th.
November 13th
The oil tanker Prestige sank off the Galician coast and caused a huge oil spill.
November 15th
Hu Jintao became the general secretary of the Communist Party of the People's Republic of China.
November 18th
The United Nations weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix arrived in Iraq.
November 21st
NATO Summit in Prague. The former Eastern European countries, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia were invited to become NATO members.
November 22nd
In Nigeria, more than 100 people were killed at an attack aimed at the contestants of the Miss World contest.
November 25th
US President George W. Bush Jr. signed the Homeland Security Act into law, and established the Department of Homeland Security in the largest US government reorganisation since the creation of the Department of Defense in 1947. The Senate passed the bill 90-9 on November 19th.
December 7th
As required by the recently passed U.N. resolution, Iraq files a 12,000 page weapons declaration with the U.N. Security Council. Although it is supposed to be a complete declaration, it is seen as incomplete by the Security Council and weapons inspectors.
December 22nd
British musician and singer Joe Strummer died. Strummer was part of the legendary punk band The Clash.
December 27th
Suicide truck-bomb attack destroyed the headquarters of Chechnya's Moscow-backed government which killed 72 people.
December 29th
Communist New People's Army blew up a bust of Ferdinand Marcos in Benguet, Philippines.
 

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