< MMII = 2002 >
Events in 2002
|1 January:|| ||Euro banknotes and coins enter circulation in the twelve countries of the eurozone.|
|14 January:|| ||The Julian calendar including its New Year's Day is delayed by 13 days.|
|21 January:|| ||Martin Luther King Day is celebrated in the United States the third Monday each year since 1986.|
|10 February:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice on the tenth day of the month Dhu al-Hijjah.|
|12 February:|| ||This Chinese New Year the Snake makes room for the Year of the Horse.|
|28 March:|| ||Jews celebrate Pesach for the next seven or eight days.|
|31 March:|| ||The resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated Easter Sunday following the first full moon following the spring equinox as fixed by the Council of Nicaea in 325.|
|29 April:|| ||The Obninsk Nuclear Power Plant in Russia, the first civilian nuclear power plant, is decommisioned after 47 years.|
|12 May:|| ||Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit to Fidel Castro.|
|19 May:|| ||Seven weeks after Easter Christians celebrate Pentecost, possibly since 68 AD.|
|1 July:|| ||The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court enter into force, establishing the ICC in the “legal capital of world” The Hague in the Netherlands.|
|6 Augustus:|| ||Edsger Dijkstra, Dutch computer scientist, dies in Nuenen at age 72.|
|10 September:|| ||Switzerland becomes the 190th member state of the United Nations.|
|16 September:|| ||Jews celebrate Yom Kippur since sunset last night.|
|12 October:|| ||Two nightclubs and the US consular office on the island of Bali are targetted in the deadliest terror attacks in Indonesian history, killing 202 people.|
|16 October:|| ||The new “Bibliotheca Alexandrina” is opened after seven years of building in Alexandria.|
|24 October:|| ||The thirty days of Ramadan in the Islamic year 1423 begin at the first sighting of the lunar crescent.|
|23 November:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Conclusion of the Fast on the first day of the month Shawwal.|
|5 December:|| ||The movie “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” by Peter Jackson premieres in New York.|
|24 December:|| ||Christmas Eve starts off the holidays celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.|
People in 2002
Whistleblowers, Time Person of the Year.Bob Hope, Gerald Ford, Arthur C. Clarke, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Nelson Mandela, Kurt Waldheim, John Paul II, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Margaret Thatcher, Douglas Engelbart, Fidel Castro, Elizabeth II, Dario Fo, Gabriel García Márquez, Yasser Arafat, Neil Armstrong, Boris Yeltsin, Mikhail Gorbachev, Elizabeth Taylor, John Barry, Rutger Kopland, The 14th Dalai Lama, Kofi Annan, Pelé, John Hurt, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Stephen Hawking, Johnny Hallyday, Mick Jagger, Lech Wałęsa, Gerrit Komrij, Johan Cruyff, Vladimir Putin, Benazir Bhutto, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Berners-Lee, Bill Gates, Osama bin Laden, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Diego Maradona, Barack Obama, Axl Rose and Louise Brown celebrated their birthday this year.
The year 2002 was a common year starting on a Tuesday, just like 1907, 1918, 1929, 1935, 1946, 1957, 1963, 1974, 1985 and 1991 in the century before it and 2013, 2019, 2030, 2041, 2047, 2058, 2069, 2075, 2086 and 2097 in the next.
The coloured days highlight
other historical milestones, and recurring events such as anniversaries and
icons indicate the phases of the moon and appear only for dates in the Gregorian calendar, i.e. after 14 October 1582. The Chinese calendar is available only from 1645 to 2644, the first millenium since the last reform. The coloured columns mark the Sundays, the last day of the week per standard ISO-8601.
The normal calendar page for the current /year?2017 contains an introduction to the intriguing history of the year as we know it. The Calendar Converter has more detail. The so called Perpetual Calendar uses a trick from before the age of computers to find the weekday for any Gregorian date. Also see an overview of all historical events in the last six thousand years.
URL: < http://4umi.com/year?2002 >, created 23 January 2011, changed 13 September 2012, served 23 April 2017.