2002 in History – What happened in year 2002

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.

Know what happened in 2002:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
01 AprilFive years after the Dutch government allowed more people to marry, they decided it was acceptable to kill one's spouse.
02 July American aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to flysolo nonstop around the world in a balloon, completing an almost 14-daytrip after landing in Queensland, Australia.
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.
06 OctoberAl Qaeda bombed the oil tanker Limburg, causing 90,000 barrels(14,000 m3) of oil to leak into the Gulf of Aden.
20 MayEast Timor gained independence from Indonesia, becoming thefirst new sovereign state of the 21st century.
21 March British schoolgirl Amanda Dowler was abducted on her way home from Heathside School in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
22 July The Israeli Defense Forces dropped a bomb on the home of SalahShehade, the leader of the military arm of Hamas, killing him and hisfamily.
22 JuneAn earthquake measuring 6.5 Mw struck a region of northwesternIran, killing at least 261 people and injuring 1,300 others, andeventually causing widespread public anger due to the slow officialresponse.
22 MayWashington, D.C., police announced that the skeletal remains ofmissing Federal Bureau of Prisons intern Chandra Levy were found in RockCreek Park.
23 OctoberChechen separatists seized a crowded theater in Moscow, takingapproximately 700 patrons and performers hostage.
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 January An explosion at a military storage facility in Lagos, Nigeria, killed at least 1,100 people and displaced over 20,000 others.
28 November Suicide bombers blew up an Israeli-owned hotel in Mombasa,Kenya, but their colleagues failed in their attempt to bring down anArkia Israel Airlines charter flight with surface-to-air-missiles.
29 JuneNorth and South Korean patrol boats clashed along a disputedmaritime boundary near Yeonpyeong Island in the Yellow Sea.
31 July Hamas detonated a bomb at the Mount Scopus campus of the HebrewUniversity of Jerusalem, killing nine students and injuring about 100more.
16 NovemberThe first case of the respiratory disease Severe AcuteRespiratory Syndrome (SARS) was recorded in Guangdong, China.
22 JulyFollowing a trial that captivated Brazil, a court in São Paulosentenced Suzane von Richthofen to 39½ years in prison for the murdersof her parents.
26 AprilExpelled student Robert Steinhäuser murdered 16 people andwounded seven others before committing suicide at the Gutenberg-Gymnasium Erfurt in Erfurt, Germany.
27 March A 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.
04 FebruaryCancer Research UK, the world's largest independent cancerresearch charity, was formed from the merger of two competing cancercharities.
28 FebruaryDuring the 2002 Gujarat violence in India, mobs of Hindusattacked Muslims in Naroda Patiya and Chamanpura, resulting in 166deaths.
23 JanuaryAmerican journalist Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and latermurdered by Al Qaeda agents.
01 JulyBashkirian Airlines Flight 2937 and DHL Flight 611 collided inmid-air over the towns of Owingen and Überlingen in Germany, killingall 71 people aboard both aircraft.
03 January Israeli forces seized the MV Karine A, which was carrying 50tons of weapons being smuggled in on behalf of the PalestinianAuthority.
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.
24 JulyHaving been convicted of accepting bribes, income tax evasion,and racketeering, James Traficant was expelled from the United StatesHouse of Representatives.
27 DecemberThe company Clonaid announced the birth of a cloned human baby,although it has yet to present any verifiable evidence.
23 OctoberChechen separatists seized a crowded theater in Moscow, taking approximately 700 patrons and performers hostage.
22 JuneAn earthquake measuring 6.5 Mw struck a region of northwesternIran, killing at least 261 people and injuring 1,300 others, andeventually causing widespread public anger due to the slow officialresponse.
28 MayAn independent commission appointed by the English FootballAssociation voted, two-to-one, to allow Wimbledon F.C. to relocate fromLondon to Milton Keynes.


List of 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

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 2002:

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

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