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  • Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
    Saturday Jan 12, 2002

    Shaquille O'Neal

    Brawl in a game against the Chicago Bulls

    Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
    Saturday Jan 12, 2002

    In January 2002, Shaq was involved in a spectacular on-court brawl in a game against the Chicago Bulls. He punched center Brad Miller after an intentional foul to prevent a basket, resulting in a melee with Miller, forward Charles Oakley, and several other players.




  • Chengue, Colombia
    Thursday Jan 17, 2002

    Colombian conflict

    Right-wing paramilitaries entered the Village of Chengue

    Chengue, Colombia
    Thursday Jan 17, 2002

    On January 17, 2002, right-wing paramilitaries entered the village of Chengue, and divided up the villagers into two groups. They then went from person to person in one of the groups, smashing each person's head with sledgehammers and rocks, killing 24 people, as the Colombian military sat by and watched. Two other bodies were later discovered dumped in a shallow grave. As the paramilitaries left, they set fire to the village.




  • Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
    Sunday Jan 20, 2002

    Dwayne Johnson

    Royal Rumble (2002)

    Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
    Sunday Jan 20, 2002

    The Rock unsuccessfully challenged Jericho for the now Undisputed WWF Championship at Royal Rumble.




  • Christmas Island
    Saturday Jan 26, 2002

    Christmas Island

    The Christmas Island Flag Became Official

    Christmas Island
    Saturday Jan 26, 2002

    In early 1986, the Christmas Island Assembly held a design competition for an island flag; the winning design was adopted as the informal flag of the territory for over a decade, and in 2002 it was made the official flag of Christmas Island.




  • Hague, Netherlands
    Wednesday Jan 30, 2002

    Slobodan Milošević

    Milošević accused the war crimes tribunal of an "Evil and Hostile Attack"

    Hague, Netherlands
    Wednesday Jan 30, 2002

    Following Milošević's transfer, the original charges of war crimes in Kosovo were upgraded by adding charges of genocide in Bosnia and war crimes in Croatia. On 30 January 2002, Milošević accused the war crimes tribunal of an "evil and hostile attack" against him.




  • Brazil
    Thursday Jan 31, 2002

    Kaká

    International debut

    Brazil
    Thursday Jan 31, 2002

    He made his debut for the senior Brazil squad in a friendly match against Bolivia on 31 January 2002.




  • California, U.S.
    Wednesday Feb 6, 2002

    Java (programming language)

    J2SE 1.4

    California, U.S.
    Wednesday Feb 6, 2002

    On February 6, 2002, Sun Microsystems released J2SE 1.4.


  • Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Sunday Feb 10, 2002

    Kobe Bryant

    His first All-Star MVP trophy

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Sunday Feb 10, 2002

    He claimed his first All-Star MVP trophy after a 31-point performance in Philadelphia when he was loudly booed by fans as they had throughout the game, stemming from his earlier comment to a 76ers heckler during the Finals that the Lakers were "going to cut your hearts out".


  • Hague, Netherlands
    Tuesday Feb 12, 2002

    Slobodan Milošević

    Trial at The Hague

    Hague, Netherlands
    Tuesday Feb 12, 2002

    The trial began at The Hague on 12 February 2002, with Milošević defending himself.


  • Godhra, India
    Tuesday Feb 26, 2002

    Narendra Damodardas Modi

    A Train Accident

    Godhra, India
    Tuesday Feb 26, 2002

    On 27 February 2002, a train with several hundred passengers burned near Godhra, killing approximately 60 people.


  • London, United Kingdom
    Sunday Mar 17, 2002

    St. Patrick's Day

    London's parade

    London, United Kingdom
    Sunday Mar 17, 2002

    London, since 2002, has had an annual St Patrick's Day parade which takes place on weekends around the 17th, usually in Trafalgar Square. In 2008 the water in the Trafalgar Square fountains was dyed green.


  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Sunday Mar 17, 2002

    Dwayne Johnson

    WrestleMania X8

    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Sunday Mar 17, 2002

    At the next pay-per-view, No Way Out, The Rock defeated The Undertaker in a singles match. The event also saw the WWF debut of the famed WCW faction New World Order, which at the time consisted of "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall. This later led to a match between The Rock and Hogan at WrestleMania X8.


  • State College, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Monday Mar 25, 2002

    Dwayne Johnson

    Draft Lottery

    State College, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Monday Mar 25, 2002

    After the introduction of the first-ever brand extension, the WWF held a "draft lottery" on the March 25, 2002, episode of Raw. The Rock was the number one overall pick, going to the SmackDown brand before taking a sabbatical from wrestling.


  • U.S.
    Sunday Mar 31, 2002

    Xerox

    Xerox restated its financials which reflected the reallocation of equipment sales revenue of more than $2 billion

    U.S.
    Sunday Mar 31, 2002

    On March 31, 2002, Xerox restated its financials which reflected the reallocation of equipment sales revenue of more than $2 billion.


  • U.S.
    Sunday Mar 31, 2002

    Eminem

    Jacques Loussier

    U.S.
    Sunday Mar 31, 2002

    On March 31, 2002, French jazz pianist Jacques Loussier filed a $10 million lawsuit against Eminem and Dr. Dre, claiming that the beat for "Kill You" was taken from his instrumental "Pulsion". Loussier demanded that sales of The Marshall Mathers LP be halted, and any remaining copies destroyed. The case was later settled out of court.


  • Caracas, Venzuela
    Thursday Apr 11, 2002

    Hugo Chávez

    A March headed to the presidential palace

    Caracas, Venzuela
    Thursday Apr 11, 2002

    On 11 April 2002, during a march headed to the presidential palace, nineteen people were killed, and over 110 were wounded.


  • Caracas, Venzuela
    Thursday Apr 11, 2002

    Hugo Chávez

    Pulling Support

    Caracas, Venzuela
    Thursday Apr 11, 2002

    During The Events of April 2002, Chávez believed that the best way to stay in power was to implement Plan Ávila. Military officers, including General Raúl Baduel, a founder of Chávez's MBR-200, then decided that they had to pull support from Chávez to deter a massacre and shortly after at 8:00 pm, Vásquez Velasco, together with other ranking army officers, declared that Chávez had lost his support. Chávez agreed to be detained and was transferred by army escort to La Orchila; business leader Pedro Carmona declared himself president of an interim government. Carmona abolished the 1999 constitution and appointed a governing committee.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Thursday Apr 11, 2002

    Xerox

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint against Xerox

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Thursday Apr 11, 2002

    On April 11, 2002, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint against Xerox. The complaint alleged Xerox deceived the public between 1997 and 2000 by employing several "accounting maneuvers," the most significant of which was a change in which Xerox recorded revenue from copy machine leases – recognizing a "sale" when a lease contract was signed, instead of recognizing revenue over the entire length of the contract. At issue was when the revenue was recognized, not the validity of the revenue. Xerox's restatement only changed what year the revenue was recognized.


  • Timor-Leste
    Sunday Apr 14, 2002

    Xanana Gusmão

    2002 East Timorese presidential election

    Timor-Leste
    Sunday Apr 14, 2002

    In the 2002 presidential election, Gusmão ran as an independent and he was comfortably elected as leader .


  • Caracas, Venzuela
    Sunday Apr 14, 2002

    Hugo Chávez

    Chávez's Return

    Caracas, Venzuela
    Sunday Apr 14, 2002

    Protests in support of Chávez along with insufficient support for Carmona's government quickly led to Carmona's resignation, and Chávez was returned to power on 14 April.


  • U.S.
    Friday Apr 19, 2002

    Dwayne Johnson

    First Lead Role

    U.S.
    Friday Apr 19, 2002

    Johnson played his first lead role in the spin-off The Scorpion King (2002).


  • London, England
    Monday Apr 29, 2002

    Rafael Nadal

    First won match

    London, England
    Monday Apr 29, 2002

    On 29 April 2002, at 15 years and 10 months, the world No. 762 Nadal won his first ATP match, defeating Ramón Delgado, and became the ninth player in the Open Era to do so before the age of 16.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 3, 2002

    James Bond

    The Man with the Red Tattoo was published

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 3, 2002

    The Man with the Red Tattoo, first published in 2002, was the sixth and final original novel by Raymond Benson featuring Ian Fleming's character James Bond. Carrying the Ian Fleming Publications copyright, it was first published in the United Kingdom by Hodder & Stoughton and in the United States by Putnam.


  • U.S.
    Friday May 3, 2002

    Marvel Studios

    Spider-Man

    U.S.
    Friday May 3, 2002

    The next film licensed from Marvel Studios was Spider-Man by Columbia Pictures, directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man. The film was released on May 3, 2002, grossing $403,706,375 in the United States and Canada and $821,708,551 worldwide.


  • Hampden Park, Glasgow, UK
    Wednesday May 15, 2002

    Michael Ballack

    Losing the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final

    Hampden Park, Glasgow, UK
    Wednesday May 15, 2002

    He lost the UEFA Champions League final 2–1 to Real Madrid.


  • Timor-Leste
    Monday May 20, 2002

    Xanana Gusmão

    The First President of Timor-Leste

    Timor-Leste
    Monday May 20, 2002

    Gusmão became the first President of East Timor when it became formally independent on 20 May 2002.


  • Kyoto, Japan
    Thursday May 23, 2002

    Nintendo

    Yamauchi Retirment

    Kyoto, Japan
    Thursday May 23, 2002

    When Yamauchi, company president since 1949, retired on 24 May 2002, Satoru Iwata became the first Nintendo president who was unrelated to the Yamauchi family through blood or marriage since its founding in 1889.


  • Taiwan Strait, Taiwan
    Saturday May 25, 2002
    15 PM

    Plane Accidents

    China Airlines Flight 611

    Taiwan Strait, Taiwan
    Saturday May 25, 2002
    15 PM

    A Boeing 747-209B, on May 25, 2002, China Airlines Flight 611, bound for Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, disintegrated in mid-air and crashed into the Taiwan Strait 20 minutes after takeoff from Chiang Kai-shek International Airport (now Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport) in Taiwan. It was determined that the crash, which killed all 206 passengers and 19 crew members aboard the plane, was caused by improper repairs to the aircraft 22 years earlier when the aircraft encountered a tailstrike.


  • Michigan, U.S.
    Sunday May 26, 2002

    Eminem

    The Eminem Show

    Michigan, U.S.
    Sunday May 26, 2002

    The Eminem Show was released in May 2002. It was another success, reaching number one on the charts and selling over 1.332 million copies during its first full week.


  • FIFA headquarters, Zurich, Switzerland
    Tuesday May 28, 2002

    Sepp Blatter

    2002 Election

    FIFA headquarters, Zurich, Switzerland
    Tuesday May 28, 2002

    He was re-elected as head of FIFA in 2002. Blatter's 2002 candidacy has been marked with rumours of financial irregularities and backroom dealings.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday May 29, 2002

    Netflix

    Initial public offering

    U.S.
    Wednesday May 29, 2002

    Netflix initiated an initial public offering (IPO) on May 29, 2002, selling 5.5 million shares of common stock at the price of US$15.00 per share. On June 14, 2002, the company sold an additional 825,000 shares of common stock at the same price. After incurring substantial losses during its first few years, Netflix posted its first profit during the fiscal year 2003, earning US$6.5 million profit on revenues of US$272 million.


  • Korea and Japan
    Friday May 31, 2002

    FIFA World Cup

    First one held in Asia

    Korea and Japan
    Friday May 31, 2002

    The 2002 World Cup was the first to be held in Asia, and was hosted jointly by South Korea and Japan.


  • International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan
    Sunday Jun 30, 2002

    Ronaldinho

    World Cup 2002

    International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan
    Sunday Jun 30, 2002

    Brazil won the world cup.


  • Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
    Sunday Jun 30, 2002

    Kaká

    World Cup 2002

    Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
    Sunday Jun 30, 2002

    Kaka won World Cup 2002


  • Munich, Germany
    Monday Jul 1, 2002

    Michael Ballack

    Moving to Bayern Munich

    Munich, Germany
    Monday Jul 1, 2002

    In spite of Real Madrid's interest, Ballack decided to sign with Bayern Munich in a €12.9 million deal in 2002 after his impressive performances in the World Cup.


  • India
    Thursday Jul 18, 2002

    Narendra Damodardas Modi

    An Emergency Meeting

    India
    Thursday Jul 18, 2002

    Modi's cabinet had an emergency meeting on 19 July 2002, after which it offered its resignation to the Gujarat Governor S. S. Bhandari, and the state assembly was dissolved.


  • Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
    Sunday Jul 21, 2002

    Dwayne Johnson

    Vengeance (2002)

    Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
    Sunday Jul 21, 2002

    The Rock was named the number one contender for the WWE Undisputed Championship, which he won for a record-setting seventh time at Vengeance, on July 21, by defeating Kurt Angle and then-champion The Undertaker in a Triple Threat match.


  • England
    Tuesday Jul 23, 2002

    Theresa May

    First female Chairman of the Conservative Party

    England
    Tuesday Jul 23, 2002

    May was appointed the first female Chairman of the Conservative Party in July 2002.


  • Uniondale, New York, U.S.
    Sunday Aug 25, 2002

    Dwayne Johnson

    SummerSlam (2002)

    Uniondale, New York, U.S.
    Sunday Aug 25, 2002

    On August 25, at SummerSlam, after interference from Lesnar's manager Paul Heyman, The Rock lost the WWE Undisputed Championship to Lesnar along with the record for the youngest WWE Champion, which he had set in 1998.


  • Kuwait City, Kuwait
    Wednesday Sep 18, 2002

    Vodafone

    Vodafone in Kuwait

    Kuwait City, Kuwait
    Wednesday Sep 18, 2002

    On 18 September 2002, Vodafone signed a Partner Network Agreement with the MTC group of Kuwait. The agreement involved the rebranding of MTC to MTC-Vodafone.


  • Brescia, Italy
    Monday Sep 30, 2002

    Francesco Totti

    First hat-trick in Serie A

    Brescia, Italy
    Monday Sep 30, 2002

    He scored his first hat-trick in Serie A, in a 3–2 away win over Brescia on 30 September 2002.


  • Brazil
    Sunday Oct 6, 2002

    Lula da Silva

    The 2002 General elections

    Brazil
    Sunday Oct 6, 2002

    General elections were held in Brazil on 6 October 2002, with a second round on 27 October. After three failed attempts, Workers' Party leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva succeeded in a presidential election. Nevertheless, he did not manage to obtain the majority of valid votes in the first round; this led the presidential election to a second round, which Lula won with 52.7 million votes (61.3% of the total), becoming at the time the second most voted-for president in the world after Ronald Reagan in the 1984 United States presidential election.


  • Lisbon, Portugal
    Monday Oct 7, 2002

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    First debut and 2 Goals

    Lisbon, Portugal
    Monday Oct 7, 2002

    At age 16, Ronaldo was promoted from Sporting's youth team by first-team manager László Bölöni, who was impressed with his dribbling. He subsequently became the first player to play for the club's under-16, under-17 and under-18 teams, the B team, and the first team, all within a single season. A year later, on 7 October 2002, Ronaldo made his debut in the Primeira Liga, against Moreirense, and scored two goals in their 3–0 win.


  • Delaware, U.S.
    Tuesday Oct 22, 2002

    Google LLC

    Google Was then reincorporated

    Delaware, U.S.
    Tuesday Oct 22, 2002

    Google was then reincorporated in Delaware on October 22, 2002.


  • Madrid, Spain
    Wednesday Oct 30, 2002

    Francesco Totti

    Win against Real Madrid

    Madrid, Spain
    Wednesday Oct 30, 2002

    Totti also scored the only goal in Roma's decisive 1–0 victory at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium against Real Madrid on 30 October 2002; this was the first time in 35 years that an Italian team had won a match in Madrid.


  • Turkey
    Sunday Nov 3, 2002

    Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

    The First Elections In which Erdoğan Participated as a Party Leader

    Turkey
    Sunday Nov 3, 2002

    The elections of 2002 were the first elections in which Erdoğan participated as a party leader. All parties previously elected to parliament failed to win enough votes to re-enter the parliament. The AKP won 34.3% of the national vote and formed the new government. Turkish stocks rose more than 7% on Monday morning. Politicians of the previous generation, such as Ecevit, Bahceli, Yılmaz and Çiller, resigned. The second largest party, the CHP, received 19.4% of the votes. The AKP won a landslide victory in the parliament, taking nearly two-thirds of the seats. Erdoğan could not become Prime Minister as he was still banned from politics by the judiciary for his speech in Siirt. Gül became the Prime Minister instead.


  • Espoo, Finland
    Monday Nov 4, 2002

    Nokia

    Nokia attempted to break into the Handheld Gaming Market

    Espoo, Finland
    Monday Nov 4, 2002

    Nokia was one of the pioneers of mobile gaming due to the popularity of Snake, which came pre-loaded on many products. In 2002, Nokia attempted to break into the handheld gaming market with the N-Gage. the device was a failure, unable to challenge the dominant market leader Nintendo.


  • North America - South America - Europe - Asia
    Friday Nov 8, 2002

    Shakira

    Shakira's First Worldwide Tour

    North America - South America - Europe - Asia
    Friday Nov 8, 2002

    In November,2002, she embarked on the Tour of the Mongoose with 61 shows occurring by May 2003. The tour was also her first worldwide tour, as legs were played in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.


  • Guangdong, China
    Saturday Nov 16, 2002

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    First Human Infection

    Guangdong, China
    Saturday Nov 16, 2002

    A farmer in the Shunde district of Foshan County was likely the first case of infection by SARS virus.


  • U.S. and United Kingdom
    Thursday Nov 21, 2002

    James Bond

    Die Another Day

    U.S. and United Kingdom
    Thursday Nov 21, 2002

    Die Another Day is a 2002 spy film and the twentieth film in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions. It was produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, and directed by Lee Tamahori.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Nov 27, 2002

    September 11 (9/11) Attacks

    9/11 Commission

    U.S.
    Wednesday Nov 27, 2002

    The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission), chaired by Thomas Kean and Lee H. Hamilton, was formed in late 2002 to prepare a thorough account of the circumstances surrounding the attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks.


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