February 2002 in history

February 2002 events chronologically

Feb 1 Daniel Pearl, American journalist and South Asia Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal, kidnapped January 23, 2002, is beheaded and mutilated by his captors
Feb 12 The trial of Slobodan Milošević, the former President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, begins at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands. He dies four years later before its conclusion
Feb 12 An Iran Airtour Tupolev Tu-154 crashes in the mountains outside Khorramabad, Iran while descending for a landing at Khorramabad Airport, killing 119
Feb 14 The Budapest Open Access Initiative, one of the cornerstones of the Open access movement, was released to the public
Feb 19 NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system
Feb 22 Angolan political and rebel leader Jonas Savimbi is killed in a military ambush
Feb 27 Ryanair Flight 296 catches fire at London Stansted Airport. Subsequent investigations criticize Ryanair's handling of the evacuation

Born in February 2002

Feb 4 Nathaniel Craver a Russian born boy adopted by a married U.S. couple whose death in their custody sparked a public outcry.
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
Feb 21 Prince Michael Jackson II an American television personality. He is the youngest child of American pop musician Michael Jackson
Feb 26 Kendra and Maliyah Herrin Deene Herrin and Maliyah Mae Herrin are former conjoined twins. They were separated in August 2006. They were the first set of conjoined twins to be separated to share a kidney. Kendra retained their shared kidney following the separation surgery, while Maliyah Herrin underwent dialysis until she was transplanted with a kidney donated by her mother in April 2007

Top 7 most famous people died in February 2002

Feb 1 Daniel Pearl a journalist with American and Israeli citizenship. He was kidnapped by Pakistani militants and later murdered by Al-Qaeda member Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in Pakistan
Feb 6 Max Perutz an Austrian-born British molecular biologist, who shared the 1962 Nobel Prize for Chemistry with John Kendrew, for their studies of the structures of hemoglobin and myoglobin. He went on to win the Royal Medal of the Royal Society in 1971 and the Copley Medal in 1979. At Cambridge he founded and chaired The Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, fourteen of whose scientists have won Nobel Prizes. Perutz's contributions to molecular biology in Cambridge are documented in The History of the University of Cambridge: Volume 4 published by the Cambridge University Press in 1992
Feb 9 Princess Margaret Countess of Snowdon the only sibling of Queen Elizabeth II and the younger daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
Feb 13 Waylon Jennings an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. Jennings began playing guitar at 8 and began performing at 12 on KVOW radio. His first band was The Texas Longhorns. Jennings worked as a D.J. on KVOW, KDAV, KYTI, and KLLL. In 1958, Buddy Holly arranged Jennings's first recording session, of “Jole Blon” and “When Sin Stops.” Holly hired him to play bass. In Clear Lake, Iowa, Jennings gave up his seat on the ill-fated flight that killed Holly and others to P. Richardson, who was suffering from a cold. The day of the flight was later known as The Day the Music Died. Jennings then worked as a D.J. in Coolidge, Arizona, and Phoenix. He formed a rockabilly club band, The Waylors. He recorded for independent label Trend Records and A&M Records, before succeeding with RCA Victor after achieving creative control
Feb 22 Jonas Savimbi an Angolan political and military leader. He founded and led the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola
Feb 22 Chuck Jones an American animator, cartoon artist, screenwriter, producer, and director of animated films, most memorably of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts for the Warner Bros. Cartoons studio. He directed many classic animated cartoon shorts starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, the Road Runner and Wile Coyote, Pepé Le Pew, Porky Pig and a slew of other Warner characters
Feb 27 Spike Milligan a comedian, writer, musician, poet, playwright, soldier and actor of Irish parentage and dual Irish and British nationality. His early life was spent in India, where he was born but the majority of his working life was spent in the United Kingdom. He disliked his first name and began to call himself Spike, after hearing a band on Radio Luxembourg called Spike Jones and the City Slickers