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2002 Historical Event(s)
- January 17, 2002 – Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people.
- February 12, 2002 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Horse in Chinese astrology.
- March 4, 2002 – Afghanistan: Seven American Special Operations Forces soldiers are killed as they attempt to infiltrate the Shahi Kot Valley on a low-flying helicopter reconnaissance mission.
- March 21, 2002 – In Pakistan, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh along with three other suspects are charged with murder for their part in the kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
- April 15, 2002 – An Air China Boeing 767-200, flight CA129 crashes into a hillside during heavy rain and fog near Busan, South Korea, killing 128.
- May 2, 2002 – Marad massacre of eight Hindus near Palakkad in Kerala.
- May 3, 2002 – A military MiG-21 aircraft crashes into the Bank of Rajasthan in India, killing eight.
- May 10, 2002 – F.B.I. agent Robert Hanssen is sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for selling United States secrets to Moscow for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds.
- July 22, 2002 – Israel kills Salah Shahade, the Commander-in-Chief of Hamas’s military arm, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
- July 31, 2002 – Hebrew University of Jerusalem is attacked when a bomb explodes in a cafeteria, killing 9.
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)