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2002 Historical Event(s)
- February 12, 2002 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Horse in Chinese astrology.
- May 7, 2002 – A China Northern Airlines MD-82 plunges into the Yellow Sea, killing 112 people.
- May 25, 2002 – A train crash in Tenga, Mozambique kills 197 people.
- July 24, 2002 – Democrat James Traficant is expelled from the United States House of Representatives on a vote of 420 to 1.
- July 31, 2002 – Hebrew University of Jerusalem is attacked when a bomb explodes in a cafeteria, killing 9.
- September 25, 2002 – The Vitim event, a possible bolide impact in Siberia, Russia.
- October 26, 2002 – 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.
- October 31, 2002 – A federal grand jury in Houston, Texas indicts former Enron Corp. chief financial officer Andrew Fastow on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice related to the collapse of his ex-employer.
- November 8, 2002 – 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 19, 2002 – The Greek oil tanker Prestige splits in half and sinks off the coast of Galicia, releasing over 20 million US gallons (76,000 m³) of oil in the largest environmental disaster in Spanish and Portuguese history.
Who Were Born On 2002?
- February 5, 2002 – Davis Cleveland, American actor
- April 11, 2002 – Alexa Gerasimovich, American actress
- April 30, 2002 – Miguel Urdangarín y de Borbón, Spanish prince
- June 25, 2002 – Mason Vale Cotton, American actor
- July 22, 2002 – Prince Felix of Denmark, Danish royalty
- July 30, 2002 – Prince Hridayendra of Nepal, Nepalese royal
- September 19, 2002 – Jason and Kristopher Simmons, American identical twin actors
- November 14, 2002 – Ben Bowen, American brain cancer victim (d. 2005)
- December 28, 2002 – Kelsey Smith-Briggs, American murder victim (d. 2005)