2002 in History – What happened in year 2002

✅ Published on April 10th, 2009 in 21st Century in History

In history, year 2002 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 2002.

Top Historical Events of the Year 2002 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
03 januaryIsraeli forces seized the MV Karine A, which was carrying 50 tons of weapons being smuggled in on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.
23 januaryAmerican journalist Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and latermurdered by Al Qaeda agents.
27 januaryAn explosion at a military storage facility in Lagos, Nigeria, killed at least 1,100 people and displaced over 20,000 others.
03 februaryNew England beats St. Louis Rams by 20-17 runs in Super Bowl XXXVI in Louisiana Superdome at New Orleans.
04 februaryCancer Research UK, the world's largest independent cancer research charity, was formed from the merger of two competing cancer charities.
09 februaryThe XIX Winter Olympics opens in Salt Lake City called Utah or Quebec City in the year 2002.
12 februaryIran air tours flight about 950 crashes into a mountain in Iran killing 119.
27 februaryU2, Alicia Keyes, Nelly Furtado, and James Taylor won major awards in 4th Gammy awards.
27 februaryA Sabarmati Express train was set on fire right after it left the train station in Godhra, India, killing more than 55 Hindu pilgrims.
27 februaryA violent riot in Gujarat, India, where at least 1,000 people(mostly Muslims) were killed, was triggered by a train fire.
28 februaryDuring the 2002 Gujarat violence in India, mobs of Hindusattacked Muslims in Naroda Patiya and Chamanpura, resulting in 166deaths.
03 marchNorth of Kabul, Afghanistan is hit by Earthquake. It brought major devastation.
20 marchSoutheast Asian country East Timor was internationally recognized as an independent nation on May 20, 2002. East Timor was invaded by Indonesian occupation for more than two decades after self declaration of independence on 28th November 1975 from Portugal Colonization.
20 marchEast Timor gained independence from Indonesia, becoming the first new sovereign state of the 21st century.
21 marchBritish schoolgirl Amanda Dowler was abducted on her way home from Heathside School in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
24 marchWhoopi Goldberg hosted 74th Academy Awards Oscar Ceremony. A Beautiful Mind wins Best Picture. Denzell Washington and Hallie Berry win lead acting awards.
27 marchA suicide bomber killed about 30 Israeli civilians and injuredabout 140 others at the Park Hotel in Netanya, triggering OperationDefensive Shield, a large-scale counter-terrorist Israeli militaryincursion into the West Bank, two days later.
01 aprilAt Georgia dome Atlanta 64th NCAA men’s basketball Championship took place.
01 aprilFive years after the Dutch government allowed more people to marry, they decided it was acceptable to kill one's spouse.
04 aprilThe Angolan government and UNITA rebels signed a peace treaty, agreeing to follow the 1994 Lusaka Protocol and ending the decades-long Angolan Civil War.
15 aprilAir CHINA Flight 129 crashes into a mountain near Pusan in Korea, taking the life of 128 people.
26 aprilExpelled student Robert Steinhäuser murdered 16 people and wounded seven others before committing suicide at the Gutenberg-Gymnasium Erfurt in Erfurt, Germany.
03 mayAn Indian Air Force aircraft, Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig 21, was crashed on May 3, 2002 into a bank in Jalandhar, Punjab, India due to engine failure. In this accident Pilot Flt Lt SK Nayak safely ejected from the aircraft but eight people were killed on the ground and 17 others got injured.
06 mayDutch politician Pim Fortuyn was assassinated by animal rights and environmental activist Volkert van der Graaf in Hilversum, marking the first political murder on Dutch soil since 1672.
07 mayChina Northern Airlines Flight 6136 crashed into yellow sea on May 6, 2002 just after the pilot delivered his message ‘fire on board.’ All 112 people on board were killed including 9 crew members. It was the second crash involving PRC aircraft in less than a month.
10 mayRobert Philip Hanssen, former agent of US Federal Bureau of Investigation, was sentenced on May 10, 2002 to 15 consecutive sentences of life in prison without any parole for selling US secrets and diamonds. He had been spying for Soviet and Russian intelligence services against the United States from 1979 to 2001.
20 maySoutheast Asian country East Timor was internationally recognized as an independent nation on May 20, 2002. East Timor was invaded by Indonesian occupation for more than two decades after self declaration of independence on 28th November 1975 from Portugal Colonization.
20 mayEast Timor gained independence from Indonesia, becoming thefirst new sovereign state of the 21st century.
22 mayWashington, D.C., police announced that the skeletal remains ofmissing Federal Bureau of Prisons intern Chandra Levy were found in RockCreek Park.
25 mayRussia and the United States signed the Moscow Treaty. The Treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Strategic Offensive Reductions (SORT), also known as the Treaty of Moscow, was a strategic arms reduction treaty between the United States and Russia that was in force from June 2003 until February 2011 when it was superseded by the New START treaty.


Famous birthdays in the year 2002:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
02 OctoberJacob Sartorius / Singer / United States of America
10 JuneBelinda Mariano / Actress / Philippines
30 SeptemberMaddie Ziegler / Actress / United States of America

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 2002:

YearName / Profession / Country
04 AugustAnushka Sen / Actress / India
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