2002 in history

2002 events chronologically

Jan 1 The Open Skies mutual surveillance treaty, initially signed in 1992, officially comes into force
Jan 1 Euro banknotes and coins become legal tender in twelve of the European Union's member states
Jan 3 Israeli forces seize the Palestinian freighter Karine A in the Red Sea, finding 50 tons of weapons
Jan 8 President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act
Jan 16 The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, and the remaining members of the Taliban
Jan 17 Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people
Jan 18 Sierra Leone Civil War is declared over

Top 7 most famous people born in 2002

Feb 5 Davis Cleveland an American child actor, rapper, and singer. He is best known for his role as Flynn Jones on the Disney Channel original series Shake It Up
Apr 8 Skai Jackson an American actress. She currently co-stars as Zuri Ross in the Disney Channel sitcom Jessie
Apr 16 Dayana Kirillova a Russian singer. She is a multiple laureate of Russian and international song contests, the Russian representative at the 2013 Slavianski Bazaar , and the Russian representative at the 2013 Junior Eurovision which took place on 30 November in Kiev
May 4 Anastasiya Petryk a Ukrainian child singer.
Jul 22 Prince Felix of Denmark the younger son of Prince Joachim and his former wife, Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg.
Oct 6 Cleopatra Stratan Moldovan singer, the youngest person ever to score commercial success, with her 2006 album La vârsta de trei ani. She holds the record for the highest paid young artist, the youngest artist to receive an MTV award and the youngest artist to score a No.1 hit in a country. As of late 2011, Cleopatra and her family have relocated and are living in Pipera in the capital of Romania, Bucharest
Nov 19 Gaia Cauchi a Maltese child singer. She represented Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 and won the contest with her song "The Start"

Top 7 most famous people died in 2002

Jan 23 Pierre Bourdieu a sociologist, anthropologist, philosopher, and renowned public intellectual.
Jan 28 Astrid Lindgren a Swedish writer of fiction and screenplays. She is best known for children's book series featuring Pippi Longstocking, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, and the Six Bullerby Children. As of May 2013, she is the world's 18th most translated author and the third most translated children's books author after H.C. Andersen and the Grimm brothers. Lindgren has sold roughly 144 million books worldwide
Mar 27 Billy Wilder an Austrian-born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist and journalist, whose career spanned more than 50 years and 60 films. He is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Hollywood's golden age. Wilder is one of only five people to have won Academy Awards as producer, director and screenwriter for the same film , and was the first person to accomplish this
Mar 30 Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother the wife of King George VI and the mother of Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. She was queen consort of the United Kingdom from her husband's accession in 1936 until his death in 1952, after which she was known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, to avoid confusion with her daughter. She was the last Empress of India
Apr 18 Thor Heyerdahl a Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer with a background in zoology, botany, and geography. He became notable for his Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947, in which he sailed 8,000 km across the Pacific Ocean in a hand-built raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands. The expedition was designed to demonstrate that ancient people could have made long sea voyages, creating contacts between separate cultures. This was linked to a diffusionist model of cultural development. Heyerdahl subsequently made other voyages designed to demonstrate the possibility of contact between widely separated ancient people. He was appointed a government scholar in 1984
May 20 Stephen Jay Gould an American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and historian of science. He was also one of the most influential and widely read writers of popular science of his generation. Gould spent most of his career teaching at Harvard University and working at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. In the later years of his life, Gould also taught biology and evolution at New York University
Jul 5 Ted Williams an American professional baseball player, and manager. Williams played his entire 19-year Major League Baseball career as the left fielder for the Boston Red Sox. Nicknamed "The Kid", "The Splendid Splinter", "Teddy Ballgame", "The Thumper" and "The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived", Williams is regarded as one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. He was a two-time American League Most Valuable Player , six-time batting champion, 17-time All-Star, and a two-time Triple Crown winner. He finished his career with a.344 batting average, 521 home runs, and a.482 on-base percentage, the highest of all time. His batting average is the highest of any MLB player with 500 or more home runs. Williams was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966 in his first year of eligiblity