20 events that occurred in 2002


The Euro becomes the official currency of twelve of the European Union's Members

The European Union votes to add 10 new countries to the EU.

Mount Nyiragongo Volcano erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo displaces an estimated 400,000 people

Kmart Corp becomes the largest retailer in American history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Miss World Pageant causes Riots Nigeria

Largest Expansion in the History of NATO with seven Eastern and Central European Nations accepted as new members Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia.

Slobodan Miloševic trial former President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia begins at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother of the UK Dies

Chechen Rebels take 800 theatergoers hostage in Moscow and threaten to blow up the theatre , 3 days later special forces storm the building resulting in the death of 128 hostages and 41 rebels

Queen Elizabeth II's celebrates her Golden Jubilee


Leaders of the world's richest nations meeting at the G8 summit in Canada agree to help the poorest countries in the world by providing funding for economic and political development in Africa.

Two Snipers in Washington DC area kill 10 people and injure 3 more spreading panic and fear

Tornadoes strike a number of southern states from Louisiana to Pennsylvania on Veterans Day killing 36

Iraq rejects new U.N. weapons inspections proposals

WorldCom files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the largest such filing in United States history

United Airlines files for bankruptcy protection

Elizabeth Smart is kidnapped from her family's Salt Lake City home ( Found Alive in 2003 )

Priests Indiscretion uncovered when files show major cover up for priests accused of abuse

A wildfire destroys almost a half million acres in Oregon’s Siskiyou National Forest

Andrew Fastow former chief financial officer for Enron Corp is indicted on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

Forest fires in Colorado have destroyed nearly 100,000 acres of land making them the worst in the states history.

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