Welcome to the year 2002!
Below you will find the list I compiled of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 2002. I hope this helps you with the baby book, time capsule, or commemorative project you’re working on. The blog post is fairly long, so if you don’t feel like writing down all the information check out the printable options.
Affiliate links have been incorporated into this post to provide you with further information about trends and popular items during this period of time.
Printables for 2002:
Research Contributor: Kate Muller
2002 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):
Gallon of Milk~ $2.75 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Dozen Eggs (Large, Grade A)~ $1.03 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Loaf of bread~ $1.01 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
U.S. Postage Stamp~ $.37 (Johnston’s Archive)
New Car Price~ $28,314 (Transportation Energy Data Book)
Regular Unleaded Gallon of Gas~ $1.35 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Movie Ticket~ $5.81 (Box Office Mojo)
Median sales price of new house(June)~ $190,600 (US Census Bureau)
Median Household Income~ $42,409 (US Census Bereau)
Minimum Wage (Federal)~ $5.15 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
2002 Top Celebrities:
(People & TMZ)
Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen
Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Freddie Prinze Jr.
Pink Hayden Christensen
Sean “P. Diddy” Combs
2002 Top Athletes:
2002 Top Sporting Events:
Super Bowl: New England Patriots won 20-17 over the St. Louis Rams.
Daytona 500: Ward Burton
The Kentucky Derby: War Emblem
The Masters: Tiger Woods
NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers won series 4-0 against New Jersey Nets
Wimbledon: Gentlemen’s singles: Lleyton Hewitt Ladies’ Singles: Serena Williams
World Cup: Brazil won 2-0 against Germany
World Series: Anaheim Angels won series 4-3 against San Francisco Giants
2002 Top Songs:
How You Remind Me ~ Nickelback
Foolish ~ Ashanti
Hot in Herre ~ Nelly
Dilemma ~ Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland
Wherever You Will Go ~ The Calling
A Thousand Miles ~ Vanessa Carlton
In the End ~ Linkin Park
What’s Luv? ~ Fat Joe featuring Ashanti
U Got It Bad ~ Usher
Blurry ~ Puddle of Mudd
Complicated ~ Avril Lavigne
Always on Time ~ Ja Rule featuring Ashanti
2002 Top Television Shows:
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Law & Order
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
The Daily Show
The West Wing
Birds of Prey
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron
That ‘80s Show
The Twilight Zone
Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye
Monday Night Football
Malcolm in the Middle
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
This Hour Has 22 Minutes
Six Feet Under
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Saturday Night Live
2002 Top Movies:
(Box Office Mojo)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Austin Powers in Goldmember
Men in Black II
Catch Me If You Can
Die Another Day
Lilo & Stitch
The Santa Clause 2
Sweet Home Alabama
The Bourne Identity
The Sum of All Fears
Road to Perdition
2002 Top Books:
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t ~ Jim Collins
Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life ~ Spencer Johnson
The Lovely Bones ~ Alice Sebold
Fish: A Proven Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results ~ Stephen C. Lundin
Stupid White Men…And Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation! ~ Michael Moore
The Nanny Diaries: A Novel ~ Emma Mclaughlin
Self Matters: Creating Your Life from the Inside Out ~ Dr. Phil McGraw
Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done ~ Larry Bossidy
The Summons ~ John Grisham
Now, Discover Your Strengths ~ Donald O. Clifton
2002 Top Fashion and Trends:
(Google & Wikipedia)
Denim pencil skirts
Striped skinny jeans
Chunky hair highlights
Long sleeved shirts with bell sleeves
Cowl neck tops
Pleather trench coats
Preppy polo shirts
2002 World Population:
6,280,853,817 and counting…
2002 World Leaders:
President of the United States: George W. Bush
Prime Minister of Canada: Jean Chretien
President of China: Jiang Zemin
President of Germany: Johannes Rau
President of India: Narayanan then Kalam
President of Israel: Moshe Katsav
Emperor of Japan: Akihito
President of Russia: Vladimir Putin
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom: Tony Blair
Pope of Vatican City: Pope John Paul II
President of France: Jacques Chirac
United States Secretary of State: Colin Powell
Secretary-General of the United Nations: Kofi Annan
2002 Major Events:
January 1 – Euro notes and coins are introduced in France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Finland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Austria, Ireland and the Netherlands.
January 16 – The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and freezes the assets of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, and the Taliban.
January 23 – Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is kidnapped in Pakistan, accused of being a CIA agent by his captors.
February 1 – Kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is murdered in Karachi, Pakistan.
February 8 – February 24 – The 2002 Winter Olympics are held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
February 9 – Queen Elizabeth II’s sister, Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, dies in her sleep aged 71 after suffering a major stroke.
February 22 – Robert William Pickton, the most prolific serial killer in Canadian history, is arrested and charged with the first 2 (of 27) counts of first-degree murder.
February 28 – The ex-currencies of all euro-using nations cease to be legal tender in the European Union.
March 1 – U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: In eastern Afghanistan, Operation Anaconda begins.
March 19 – US war in Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda ends after killing 500 Taliban and Al-Qaeda fighters, with 11 allied troop fatalities.
March 21 – In Pakistan, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and 3 others are charged with the kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
March 30 – Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother dies aged 101 at Royal Lodge, Windsor.
April 9 – The Funeral of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother takes place in Westminster Abbey, London.
April 11 – April 14 – A military coup d’état against the leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez fails.
April 23–April 24 – Pope John Paul II holds an extraordinary meeting of American cardinals at the Vatican to discuss the sexual abuse of children, calling it “an appalling sin” and declaring that “there is no place in the priesthood for those who would harm the young”.
May 6 – In the Netherlands, politician and Prime Ministerial candidate Pim Fortuyn is assassinated in Hilversum.
May 10 – FBI agent Robert Hanssen is sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for selling American secrets to the Soviet Union for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds.
May 21 – The US State Department releases a report naming 7 state sponsors of terrorism: Iran, Iraq, Cuba, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.
May 24 – In Moscow, United States President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin sign the Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty to replace the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty of 1972 and the START II Treaty of 1993.
May 31 – June 30 – The 2002 FIFA World Cup begins in South Korea and Japan.
June 13 – The United States Senate withdraws from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty of 1972. The Russian State Duma withdraws from START II Treaty of 1993 in response.
June 24 – The Igandu train disaster in Dodoma Region, Tanzania, kills 281 people in the worst rail accident in African history.
June 30 – Brazil wins their 5th FIFA World Cup by defeating Germany 2-0 in the 2002 FIFA World Cup Final.
July 1 – The International Criminal Court is established.
July 15 – In Washington, D.C., “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh pleads guilty to aiding the enemy and possession of explosives during the commission of a felony; Lindh agrees to serve 10 years in prison for each charge.
July 21 – Telecommunications giant WorldCom files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection (the largest such filing in United States history).
July 27 – A Sukhoi Su-27 fighter crashes at an air show in Ukraine, killing 77 and injuring more than 100, making it the worst air show disaster in history (see Sknyliv airshow disaster).
August – The 2002 European floods ravage Central Europe.
August 26 – Earth Summit 2002 begins in Johannesburg, South Africa, aimed at discussing sustainable development by the United Nations.
September 10 – Switzerland joins the United Nations as the 191st member state after rejecting a place in 1986.
September 27 – The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste is admitted to the United Nations as the 192nd member state.
October 2 – The Beltway sniper attacks begin with 5 shootings in Montgomery County, Maryland.
November 7 – Iran bans the advertising of United States products.
November 8 – Iraq disarmament crisis: The United Nations Security Council unanimously approves UN Security Council Resolution 1441, forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face “serious consequences”.
November 13 – Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq agrees to the terms of UN Security Council Resolution 1441.
November 22 – In Nigeria, more than 100 are killed at an attack aimed at the Miss World contestants.
November 25 – U.S. President George W. Bush signs the Homeland Security Act into law, establishing the Department of Homeland Security, in the largest U.S. government reorganization since the creation of the Department of Defense in 1947.
2002 Pop Culture:
(Pop Culture & Mr. Pop Culture)
November 19 -Michael Jackson dangles Prince Michael II off a balcony from a Berlin hotel room.
December 6 -Winona Ryder is sentenced to three years probation, 480 hours of community service, $3,700 in fines, $6,355 in restitution, and ordered to attend psychological and drug counseling after being found guilty of stealing $5,500 worth of merchandise from Saks Fifth Avenue.
April 18 -Robert Blake, best known as TV’s Baretta, was arrested and charged (later in 2005 is acquitted) for murdering his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley.
March 14 -Rosie O’Donnell announces that she is gay.
June 15 -Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards get married.
March 5 -The Osbournes with Ozzy and family debuts on MTV.
April 25 -Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes from the R&B group TLC dies in a car crash in Honduras.
June 5 -Rapper R. Kelly is arrested in Florida as authorities in Chicago announce an indictment of 21 counts of child pornography stemming from a home video.
September 4 -Kelly Clarkson wins American Idol with Justin Guarini as runner up.
2002 Technology and Science:
2002 Cell phones:
2002 Tablets & Readers:
2002 Online Social Communities:
AOL Instant Messenger
-SEGA establishes the Sega Mobile division to develop, produce, and distribute video games for mobile phones and PDAs; establishes the Sega.com Business Solutions division to service video game developers and publishers.
-The Sims overtakes Myst as all-time best-selling computer game, having sold 6.3 million units.
-G4 Media, LLC (subsidiary of Comcast Corporation) launches the G4 cable television video game network channel.
2002 Popular Game Consoles:
Game Boy Advance
Game Boy Color
2002 Major Science & Technology Events:
January 17 – The eruption of Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo displaces an estimated 400,000 people.
January 31 – A large section of the Antarctic Larsen Ice Shelf begins disintegrating, consuming about 3,250 km (2,020 mi) over 35 days.
February 19 – NASA’s 2001 Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system.
March 1 – The Envisat environmental satellite successfully reaches an orbit 800 km above the Earth using an Ariane 5 on its 11th launch, carrying the heaviest payload to date at 8,500 kg.
March 1 – STS-109: Space Shuttle Columbia flies the Hubble Space Telescope service mission, the penultimate flight before its ill-fated STS-107 mission.
April 18 – The discovery of a new insect order, Mantophasmatodea, is announced.
April 25 – Soyuz TM-34: South African Mark Shuttleworth blasts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome; he had paid £15 million for the trip.
May 26 – The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large water ice deposits on the planet Mars.
June 4 – The planetoid Quaoar is discovered orbiting the Sun in the Kuiper belt.
June 6 – Eastern Mediterranean event: An object with an estimated diameter of 10 meters collides with Earth, over the Mediterranean, and detonates in mid-air.
June 10 – An annular solar eclipse occurs.
June 10 – The first direct electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of 2 humans, is carried out by Kevin Warwick in the United Kingdom.
June 11 – Antonio Meucci is recognized as the first inventor of the telephone by the United States Congress.
June 15 – Near Earth Asteroid 2002 MN misses the planet by 75,000 miles (121,000 km), about 1/3 the distance to the moon.
June 18 – British Telephone Company O2 is created after a BT Cellnet rebrand.
July 19 – Hail kills 25 and injures hundreds in the Chinese province of Henan.
September 20 – The Kolka-Karmadon rock ice slide occurs.
November 13 – The oil tanker Prestige sinks off the Galician coast, causing an oil spill.
December 30 – An eruption on the volcanic island Stromboli off the coast of Sicily causes a flank failure and tsunami. The island is later evacuated.
Anything you want to add for the year 2002? Leave your input in comments below…