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2002The San Diego Chargers hire Marty Schottenheimer as their 13th head coach

2002Mike Babcock is named head coach of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks

200266th Golf Masters Championship: Tiger Woods becomes the third golfer to win in two consecutive years

2002Barry Bonds hits his 600th career home run

2002President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act.

2002102nd US Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 277 at Bethpage State Park NY

2002Lennox Lewis retains boxing's WBC world Heavyweight crown with an eight round knockout over Mike Tyson

2002The accounting law referred to as "The Sarbanes Oxley Act" is signed into law by President George W. Bush.

200216th Soul Train Music Awards: The O'Jays, Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys wins

2002'Always On Time' by R&B artist Ja Rule featuring Ashanti starts a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart.

2002Iraq disarmament crisis: UN Security Council Resolution 1441 - The United Nations Security Council unanimously approves a resolution on Iraq, forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face "serious consequences".

200229th American Music Award: Janet Jackson & Lenny Kravitz win

2002Joe Sakic plays his 1,000th career game

2002109th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams (7-6 6-3)

2002The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, and the remaining members of the Taliban.

2002Michael Jackson receives the Artist of the Century award at the American music awards

2002"Chicago", starring Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, and Catherine Zeta Jones, is released (2002 Best Picture winner)

200274th Academy Awards - "A Beautiful Mind", Denzel Washington & Halle Berry win

200219th MTV Awards: Eminem & Pink wins

200244th Grammy Awards: Walk On, Alicia Keys wins

200210th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Venus Williams win

2002"Gangs of New York", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Cameron Diaz, is released

2002In his State of the Union Address, United States President George W. Bush describes "regimes that sponsor terror" as an Axis of Evil, in which he includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea.

2002In a controversial move, Marty Schottenheimer is fired as head coach of the Washington Redskins after just one season

2002"Spider-Man", starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin, premieres

2002Scotty Bowman wins his 9th Stanley Cup as a coach, an NHL record, and retires

2002Funeral of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at Westminster Abbey UK. More than a million people line the streets

2002Eminem releases single 'Lose Yourself' from soundtrack of 8 Mile, 1st rap song to win Academy Award Best Original Song

200248th LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak

200228th People's Choice Awards: Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Kelsey Grammer, Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)

2002U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, serves as Acting President for two and a half hours, while President George W. Bush undergoes a colonoscopy procedure.

2002Barry Bonds hits his 400th home run as a Giant, leading his team to a 3-0 win over Cincinnati. Bonds is the first player to hit 400 homers for one team and 100 with another

2002Los Angeles Lakers beat New Jersey Nets 4-0 in NBA finals MVP: Shaquille O'Neal, L.A.

2002Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution.

2002 Historical Events
Date Event
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 1
Taiwan officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Chinese Taipei. 
Jan 2
Eduardo Duhalde is appointed interim President of Argentina by the Legislative Assembly. 
Jan 6
Daniel Bedingfield returns to No.1 on the UK singles chart for the second time with Gotta Get Thru This 
Jan 8
President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act. 
Jan 9
Michael Jackson receives the Artist of the Century award at the American music awards 
Jan 9
29th American Music Award: Janet Jackson & Lenny Kravitz win 
Jan 13
28th People's Choice Awards: Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Kelsey Grammer, Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV) 
Jan 13
In a controversial move, Marty Schottenheimer is fired as head coach of the Washington Redskins after just one season 
Jan 16
The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, 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 was finally declared over. 
Jan 19
"Tuck Rule Game", with less than two minutes to play in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game, the New England Patriots trailed the Oakland Raiders, 13-10, in a game played mostly under a driving snowstorm, when a Tom Brady fumble was instead ruled an incomplete pass because of the "tuck rule". The Patriots would win 16-13 in overtime and go on to win the Super Bowl 
Jan 21
The Canadian Dollar sets all-time low against the US Dollar (US$0.6179). 
Jan 22
Kmart Corp becomes the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. 
Jan 23
Reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan. He was subsequently murdered . 
Jan 23
"American Taliban" John Walker Lindh returns to the United States in Federal Bureau of Investigation custody. 
Jan 25
Wikipedia switches to the new version of its software ("Phase II") aka Magnus Manske Day. 
Jan 28
TAME Flight 120, a Boeing 727-100 crashes in the Andes mountains in southern Colombia killing 92. 
Jan 29
In his State of the Union Address, United States President George W. Bush describes "regimes that sponsor terror" as an Axis of Evil, in which he includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea. 
Jan 29
The San Diego Chargers hire Marty Schottenheimer as their 13th head coach 
Feb 3
Super Bowl XXXVI: New England Patriots beat St. Louis Rams, 20-17 at the Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB 
Feb 8
XIX Winter Olympics opens in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States 
Feb 9
NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 38-30 
Feb 12
US Secretary of Energy makes the decision that Yucca Mountain is suitable to be the United States' nuclear waste repository. 
Feb 12
An Iran Air Tupolev Tu-154 crashes prior to landing in Khorramabad, Iran, killing 119. 
Feb 12
The trial of former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević begins at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. He eventually dies four years later before its conclusion. 
Feb 14
Fishing vessel Tullaghmurray Lass sinks off the coast of Kilkeel, County Down, Northern Ireland killing three members of the same family on board. 
Feb 15
At the Tri-State Crematory in La Fayette, Georgia, investigators find uncremated bodies disposed of in the woods and buildings on the crematorium's property. The discovery reveals one of the worst incidents of abuse in the funeral service industry. 
Feb 17
Westlife go to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'World Of Our Own.' The Irish boy band's 10th UK No.1 single. 
Feb 17
'Always On Time' by R&B artist Ja Rule featuring Ashanti starts a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart. 
Feb 19
NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system. 
Feb 20
In Reqa Al-Gharbiya, Egypt, a fire on a train injures over 65 and kills at least 370. 
Feb 22
Angolan political and rebel leader Jonas Savimbi is killed in a military ambush. 
Feb 24
XIX Winter Olympics closes in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States 
Feb 24
Canada defeats the United States 5-2 to win the men's ice hockey Olympic Gold Medal 
Feb 27
Godhra train burning, a Muslim mob kills 59 Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya 
Feb 27
Ryanair Flight 296 catches fire in London Stansted Airport. Subsequent investigations criticize Ryanair's handling of the evacuation. 
Feb 27
44th Grammy Awards: Walk On, Alicia Keys wins 
Mar 1
The peseta is discontinued as official currency of Spain and is replaced with the euro (€). 
Mar 1
U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins in eastern Afghanistan. 
Mar 1
The Envisat environmental satellite successfully reaches an orbit 800 kilometers (500 miles) above the Earth on its 11th launch, carrying the heaviest payload to date at 8500 kilograms (9.5 tons). 
Mar 2
U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins, (ending on March 19 after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters, with 11 Western troop fatalities). 
Mar 3
Citizens of Switzerland narrowly vote in favor of their country becoming a member of the United Nations. 
Mar 4
Canada bans human embryo cloning but permits government-funded scientists to use embryos left over from fertility treatment or abortions. 
Mar 4
Multinational Force in Afghanistan: Seven American Special Operations Forces soldiers are killed as they attempt to infiltrate the Shahi Kot Valley on a low-flying helicopter reconnaissance mission. 
Mar 9
Joe Sakic plays his 1,000th career game 
Mar 19
U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda ends (started on March 2) after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters with 11 allied troop fatalities. 
Mar 20
16th Soul Train Music Awards: The O'Jays, Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys wins 
Mar 21
In Pakistan, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh along with three other suspects are charged with murder for their part in the kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. 
Mar 21
British schoolgirl Amanda Dowler is abducted in broad daylight on her way home from Heathside School in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. 
Mar 23
22nd Golden Raspberry Awards: Freddy Got Fingered wins 
Mar 24
74th Academy Awards - "A Beautiful Mind", Denzel Washington & Halle Berry win 
Mar 27
Passover Massacre: A suicide bomber kills 29 people in Netanya, Israel. 
Mar 31
21st NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: at San Antonio 
Apr 1
64th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: at Georgia Dome Atlanta 
Apr 1
The Netherlands legalizes euthanasia, becoming the first nation in the world to do so. 
Apr 2
Israeli forces surround the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem into which armed Palestinians had retreated. A siege ensues. 
Apr 4
The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign a peace treaty ending the Angolan Civil War. 
Apr 9
Funeral of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at Westminster Abbey UK. More than a million people line the streets 
Apr 11
The Ghriba synagogue bombing by Al Qaeda kills 21 in Tunisia. 
Apr 11
An attempted coup d'état takes place in Venezuela against President Hugo Chávez . 
Apr 12
Pedro Carmona becomes interim President of Venezuela during the military coup against Hugo Chávez. 
Apr 12
Palestinian suicide bomber (female) kills 7 and injures 104 (among them 9 Arabs) at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem. 
Apr 13
Pedro Carmona, interim president of Venezuela, resigns one day after taking office. 
Apr 14
66th Golf Masters Championship: Tiger Woods becomes the third golfer to win in two consecutive years 
Apr 14
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returns to office two days after being ousted and arrested by the country's military. 
Apr 15
An Air China Boeing 767-200, flight CA129 crashes into a hillside during heavy rain and fog near Busan, South Korea, killing 128. 
Apr 17
Four Canadian Forces soldiers are killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire from two United States Air Force F-16s, the first deaths in a combat zone for Canada since the Korean War. 
Apr 26
Robert Steinhäuser infiltrates and kills 17 at Gutenberg-Gymnasium in Erfurt, Germany before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot. 
Apr 27
The last successful telemetry from the NASA space probe Pioneer 10. 
Apr 29
The United States is re-elected to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, one year after losing the seat it had held for 50 years. 
Apr 30
A referendum in Pakistan overwhelmingly approves the Presidency of Pervez Musharraf for another five years. 
May 2
Marad massacre of eight Hindus near Palakkad in Kerala. 
May 3
A military MiG-21 aircraft crashes into the Bank of Rajasthan in India, killing eight. 
May 3
"Spider-Man", starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin, premieres 
May 4
Barry Bonds hits his 400th home run as a Giant, leading his team to a 3-0 win over Cincinnati. Bonds is the first player to hit 400 homers for one team and 100 with another 
May 4
128th Kentucky Derby: Victor Espinoza aboard War Emblem wins in 2:01.13 
May 6
Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn is shot and killed by an animal rights activist. 
May 7
A China Northern Airlines MD-82 plunges into the Yellow Sea, killing 112 people. 
May 9
The 38-day stand-off in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem comes to an end when the Palestinians inside agree to have 13 suspected militants among them deported to several different countries. 
May 9
In Kaspiysk, Russia, a remote-controlled bomb explodes during a holiday parade killing 43 and injuring at least 130. 
May 10
Anaheim Angels crush the Chicago White Sox 19-0. The Angels join the 1923 Indians, 1939 Yankees and 1950 Red Sox as the only teams to beat two opponents by 19 or more runs in the same season 
May 11
Last performance of the musical Cats in London's West End. 
May 11
Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveils the Man With Two Hats monument in Ottawa and Apeldoorn (May 2), 2000, symbolically linking both the Netherlands and Canada for their assistance throughout the Second World War. 
May 12
Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution. 
May 14
Ten members of the Darwin-based Network Against Prohibition invade the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory of Australia. 
May 20
The independence of East Timor is recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and 3 years of provisional UN administration (Portugal itself was the former colonizer of East Timor until 1976). 
May 22
37th Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride & Alan Jackson wins 
May 22
In Washington, DC, the remains of the missing Chandra Levy are found in Rock Creek Park. 
May 22
American civil rights movement: a jury in Birmingham, Alabama, convicts former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murders of four girls in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church. 
May 22
Mike Babcock is named head coach of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 
May 23
The "55 parties" clause of the Kyoto protocol is reached after its ratification by Iceland. 
May 24
Russia and the United States sign the Moscow Treaty. 
May 25
A train crash in Tenga, Mozambique kills 197 people. 
May 25
China Airlines Flight 611: A Boeing 747-200 breaks apart in mid-air and plunges into the Taiwan Strait killing 225 people. 
May 26
The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars. 
May 26
Álvaro Uribe becomes President of Colombia. 
May 26
Indianapolis 500: Hélio Castroneves wins in 3:00:10.871 (267.954 km/h) 
May 28
NATO declares Russia a limited partner in the Western alliance. 
May 31
The New Jersey Nets defeat the Boston Celtics 96-88 in Game 6 of the NBA's Eastern Conference Championship, winning the series 4 games to 2 to advance to their first NBA Finals appearance. 
Jun 2
56th Tony Awards: Thoroughly Modern Millie & The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? win 
Jun 6
Eastern Mediterranean Event. A near-Earth asteroid estimated at 10 metres diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. The resulting explosion is estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, slightly more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb. 
Jun 8
134th Belmont: Edgar Prado aboard Sarava wins in 2:29.71 
Jun 9
48th LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak 
Jun 10
The first direct electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans is carried out by Kevin Warwick in the United Kingdom. 
Jun 11
Antonio Meucci is acknowledged as the first inventor of the telephone by the United States Congress. 
Jun 12
Los Angeles Lakers beat New Jersey Nets 4-0 in NBA finals MVP: Shaquille O'Neal, L.A. 
Jun 12
36th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride & Kenny Chesney wins 
Jun 12
56th NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat New Jersey Nets, 4 games to 0 
Jun 13
The United States of America withdraws from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. 
Jun 13
Scotty Bowman wins his 9th Stanley Cup as a coach, an NHL record, and retires 
Jun 15
Near earth asteroid 2002 MN missed the Earth by 75,000 miles (120,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon 
Jun 16
102nd US Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 277 at Bethpage State Park NY 
Jun 21
Lennox Lewis retains boxing's WBC world Heavyweight crown with an eight round knockout over Mike Tyson 
Jun 22
An earthquake in western Iran measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale kills more than 261 people. 
Jun 24
The Igandu train disaster in Tanzania kills 281, the worst train accident in African history. 
Jun 28
In South Africa, the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the Treatment Action Campaign table a national HIV/AIDS treatment plan in the National Economic, Development and Labour Council 
Jun 29
U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, serves as Acting President for two and a half hours, while President George W. Bush undergoes a colonoscopy procedure. 
Jun 29
Naval clashes between South Korea and North Korea lead to the death of six South Korean sailors and sinking of a North Korean vessel. 
Jun 30
Brazil beats Germany 2-0 for soccer's 17th World Cup in South Korea & Japan 
Jul 1
The International Criminal Court is established to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. 
Jul 1
A Bashkirian Airlines (flight 2937) Tupolev TU-154 and a DHL (German cargo) Boeing 757 collide in mid-air over Ueberlingen, southern Germany, killing 71. 
Jul 2
Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon. 
Jul 7
A scandal breaks out in the United Kingdom when news reports accuse MI6 of sheltering Abu Qatada, the supposed European Al Qaeda leader. 
Jul 7
109th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams (7-6 6-3) 
Jul 7
116th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Lleyton Hewitt beats D Nalbandian (6-1 6-3 6-2) 
Jul 9
The African Union is established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The first chairman is Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa. 
Jul 9
73rd All Star Baseball Game: 7-7 tie when both teams ran out of available pitchers at Miller Park, Milwaukee 
Jul 10
At a Sotheby's auction, Peter Paul Rubens' painting The Massacre of the Innocents is sold for £49.5million (US$76.2 million) to Kenneth, Lord Thomson. 
Jul 10
10th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Venus Williams win 
Jul 14
French President Jacques Chirac escapes an assassination attempt unscathed during Bastille Day celebrations. 
Jul 15
"American Taliban" John Walker Lindh pleads guilty to supplying aid to the enemy and to possession of explosives during the commission of a felony. 
Jul 15
Anti-Terrorism Court of Pakistan hands down the death sentence to British born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and life terms to three others suspected of murdering Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. 
Jul 20
South America: A fire in a discotheque in Lima, Peru kills over twenty-five. 
Jul 21
Telecom giant WorldCom files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the largest such filing in United States history. 
Jul 21
131st British Golf Open: Ernie Els shoots a 278 at Muirfield Golf Links 
Jul 22
Israel assassinates Salah Shahade, the Commander-in-Chief of Hamas's military arm, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, along with 14 civilians. 
Jul 24
James Traficant is expelled from the United States House of Representatives on a vote of 420 to 1. 
Jul 27
Ukraine airshow disaster: A Sukhoi Su-27 fighter crashes during an air show at Lviv, Ukraine killing 85 and injuring more than 100 others, the largest air show disaster in history. 
Jul 28
Nine coal miners trapped in the flooded Quecreek Mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, are rescued after 77 hours underground. 
Jul 30
The accounting law referred to as "The Sarbanes Oxley Act" is signed into law by President George W. Bush
Jul 31
Polaroid Corporation is purchased by One Equity Partners, creating a new company that now operates under the Polaroid Corporation name, launching a new era for Polaroid. 
Aug 4
Soham murders: 10 year old school girls Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells go missing from the town of Soham, Cambridgeshire. 
Aug 9
Barry Bonds hits his 600th career home run 
Aug 16
Africa Women's Peace Train leaves Kampala for Johannesburg 
Aug 18
84th PGA Championship: Rich Beem shoots a 278 at Hazeltine National Golf Club 
Aug 19
A Russian Mi-26 helicopter carrying troops is hit by a Chechen missile outside of Grozny, killing 118 soldiers. 
Aug 20
A group of Iraqis opposed to the regime of Saddam Hussein take over the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin for five hours before releasing their hostages and surrendering. 
Aug 26
Earth Summit 2002 begins in Johannesburg, South Africa. 
Aug 29
19th MTV Awards: Eminem & Pink wins 
Sep 8
Texas Rangers set a major league record by homering in their 26th consecutive game as Texas falls to the Tampa Bay 
Sep 9
Pitcher Randy Johnson reaches 300 strikeouts for the fifth consecutive season, extending his major league record 
Sep 10
Switzerland, traditionally a neutral country, joins the United Nations. 
Sep 11
Through extreme and coordinated effort, The Pentagon is rededicated after repairs are completed, exactly one year after the attack on the building. 
Sep 20
The Kolka-Karmadon rock/ice slide started. 
Sep 22
54th Emmy Awards: The West Wing, Friends, Michael Chiklis & Allison Janney win 
Sep 23
The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox ("Phoenix 0.1") is released. 
Sep 25
The Vitim event, a possible bolide impact in Siberia, Russia. 
Sep 26
The overcrowded Senegalese ferry MV Joola capsizes off the coast of Gambia killing more than 1,000. 
Sep 27
Timor-Leste (East Timor) joins the United Nations. 
Oct 2
The Beltway sniper attacks begin, extending over three weeks. 
Oct 6
The French oil tanker Limburg is bombed off Yemen. 
Oct 6
Opus Dei founder Josemaría Escrivá is canonized. 
Oct 11
A bomb attack in a shopping mall in Vantaa, Finland kills seven. 
Oct 12
Terrorists explode two bombs in Bali's nightclub district killing 202 and injuring 209 mostly foreign tourists 
Oct 16
Bibliotheca Alexandrina in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity, is officially inaugurated. 
Oct 23
Moscow Theatre Siege begins: Chechen rebels seize the House of Culture theater in Moscow and take approximately 700 theater-goers hostage. 
Oct 24
Police arrest spree killers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, ending the Beltway sniper attacks in the area around Washington, DC. 
Oct 26
Moscow Theatre Siege: Approximately 50 Chechen rebels and 150 hostages die when Russian Spetsnaz storm a theater building in Moscow, which had been occupied by the rebels during a musical performance three days before. 
Oct 27
Anaheim Angels defeat San Francisco Giants 4-3 in baseball's World Series championship, MVP: Troy Glaus, Anaheim 
Oct 27
The ITV Network aired a constant regional service for the last time in England and Wales, but LWT lost its identity completely. All companies (except UTV, Channel, Scottish TV & Grampian TV) formed the national ITV1 with regional references only before regional programmes. 
Oct 29
Ho Chi Minh City ITC Inferno, a fire destroys a luxurious department store with 1500 people shopping. Over 60 people died and over 100 are missing. It is the deadliest disaster in Vietnam during peacetime. 
Oct 30
British Digital terrestrial television (DTT) Service Freeview begins transmitting in parts of the United Kingdom. 
Oct 31
A federal grand jury in Houston, Texas formally indicted former Enron Corp. chief financial officer Andrew Fastow on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice related to the collapse of his ex-employer. 
Nov 4
Chinese authorities arrest cyber-dissident He Depu for signing pro-democracy letter to the 16th Communist Party Congress 
Nov 6
12 people are killed in a fire on board a train headed for Vienna from Paris. 
Nov 6
36th Country Music Association Award: Alan Jackson & Martina McBride wins 
Nov 7
Iran bans advertising of United States products. 
Nov 8
Iraq disarmament crisis: UN Security Council Resolution 1441 - The United Nations Security Council unanimously approves a resolution on Iraq, forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face "serious consequences". 
Nov 13
The oil tanker Prestige sinks off the Galician coast and causes a huge oil spill. 
Nov 13
Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq agrees to the terms of the UN Security Council Resolution 1441. 
Nov 13
Eminem releases single 'Lose Yourself' from soundtrack of 8 Mile, 1st rap song to win Academy Award Best Original Song 
Nov 14
Argentina defaults on an $805 million World Bank payment. 
Nov 14
The United States House of Representatives votes not to create an independent commission to investigate the September 11 attacks. 
Nov 15
Hu Jintao becomes general secretary of the Communist Party of China. 
Nov 16
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein says that he had to accept UN Resolution 1441 because the United States and Israel had shown their "claws and teeth" and declared unitlateral war on the Iraqi people 
Nov 18
Iraq disarmament crisis: United Nations weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix arrive in Iraq. 
Nov 21
NATO invites Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members. 
Nov 22
In Nigeria, more than 100 people are killed at an attack aimed at the contestants of the Miss World contest. 
Nov 24
90th CFL Grey Cup: Montreal Alouettes defeats Edmonton Eskimos, 25-16 
Dec 1
91st Davis Cup: Russia beats France in Paris (3-2) 
Dec 8
The Caribbean Community Heads of Government meet with the Government of Cuba and declare the date to be "CARICOM-Cuba Day" - To celebrate diplomatic ties between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba. 
Dec 13
Enlargement of the European Union: The European Union announces that Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia will become members from May 1, 2004. 
Dec 17
Second Congo War: The Congolese parties of the Inter Congolese Dialogue sign a peace accord which makes provision for transitional governance and legislative and presidential elections within two years. 
Dec 18
2003 California recall: Then Governor of California Gray Davis announces that the state would face a record budget deficit of $35 billion, roughly double the figure reported during his reelection campaign one month earlier. 
Dec 20
US Senator Trent Lott resigns as majority leader. 
Dec 20
"Gangs of New York", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Cameron Diaz, is released 
Dec 22
Joe Strummer, lead singer of the British punk band The Clash, dies at age 50 
Dec 23
A MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25, making it the first time in history that an aircraft and an unmanned drone had engaged in combat. 
Dec 27
Two truck bombs kill 72 and wound 200 at the pro-Moscow headquarters of the Chechen government in Grozny, Chechnya. 
Dec 27
"Chicago", starring Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, and Catherine Zeta Jones, is released (2002 Best Picture winner) 
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