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2002 Historical Event(s)
- January 1, 2002 – Euro banknotes and coins become legal tender in twelve of the European Union’s member states.
- January 23, 2002 – “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh returns to the United States in FBI custody.
- February 12, 2002 – The trial of former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević begins at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. He dies four years later before its conclusion.
- March 1, 2002 – U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins in eastern Afghanistan.
- 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.
- September 27, 2002 – Timor-Leste (East Timor) joins the United Nations.
- 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 13, 2002 – Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq agrees to the terms of the UN Security Council Resolution 1441.
- December 23, 2002 – A MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25, making it the first time in history that an aircraft and an unmanned drone had engaged in combat.
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)