THE YEAR OF 2002
Died : JAN 12 Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's Burgers - with 6000 outlets.
Died : 14 Stanley Unwin, comedian, nonsense talker. (90)
Died : 20 Peter Adamson, actor, Len Fairclough in Coronation St..
Died : 22 Peggy Lee, singer.
Died : 29 Astrid Lindgren, swedish creator of Pippi Longstocking. (94)
Died : 30 Stratford Johns, actor. (77)
1 6000 entertainers welcomed the new year in Picadilly, London.
1 Bushfires now within 9 miles of Sydney, 9000 evacuated.
1 Euro countries issued 15bn banknotes worth 633bn euros.
1 Euro went live in 12 European countries with 300 million peopple.
2 A UK census taken in 1901 was made available on the internet.
2 Bangladesh banned the use of plastic bags in the capital Dhaka.
2 Sydney Police arrested 21 in connection with bushfire arson.
JAN 2 Terrorist grenade attack in Kashmir killed 18, 11 police officers
3 Argentina's debts now total £97 billion.
3 German police were handed the first forged euro note (a 50).
3 Most popular box office film over xmas - Lord of the Rings (8ml)
3 PM Blair arrived in Bangladesh capital, Dhaka for 6 day tour.
3 Rail strike causes chaos on trains in the South of England.
3 US box office receipts for 2001 totaled $8.35 billion.
4 Fake euro notes found in second country - Ireland.
4 PM Blair arrived in India on 6 day visit.
4 US bombers resumed operations on al-Qaeda positions.
5 Bushfires around Sydney officially described as Australia's worst
5 Mobile phones in Latin America now outnumber fixed phones.
5 Website with 1901 census data closed down as millions logged on.
JAN 6 Rail strike in Scotland cancels 25% of trains.
6 Student pilot crashed into Bank of America skyscaper in Florida.
6 Venice Logoon in Italy froze over for the first time in 17 yrs.
7 Bushfires still raged around Sydney despite rainstorms.
7 First bank robbery of euros happened in Paris (0.5 mil euro)
7 Record number of new cars sold in the UK last year - 2.4 million.
8 Apple unveiled it's new flat screen LCD model.
8 One mobile phone is stolen every 3 minutes in the UK.
8 WW2 RAF bomb found under Berlin Olympic Stadium - used regularly.
9 Australin bush fires "under control".
9 US asks Afghan authorities to hand over Taleban Ministers.
9 World Trade Centre viewing platform issued half hour tickets.
10 Afghan troops ordered out of Kabul to make way for UN.
JAN 10 Female artists took most of the prizes at American Music Awards.
10 Harry Potter film took $500 mil since it's release 2 months ago.
11 Argentinian police in Beenos Aires fired tear gas at protesters.
11 Astronomers revealed average color of the universe - turquoise.
11 First wind-up mobile phone shown at Las Vegas Electronics show.
12 Final performance of Starlight Express in West End after 18 years
12 Lord of the Rings (Part 1) No 1 film both sides of the Atlantic.
12 U2 collected 8 trophies at the Roling Stone Awards.
13 Four million people in Lombardy, Italy banned cars for 12 hrs.
13 Prince Harry admitted to a drugs clinic for hash & booze abuse.
13 The MoD admitted to the theft or loss of 600 laptop computers.
14 Dead Beatle George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" re-released.
14 Earthquake felt in the World Cup final city of Yokohama.
JAN 14 Large bomb blast outside the US embassy in Karachi, 7 dead.
14 UK govt announced a 10 year plan of £70 billion to improve trains
15 Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia vice-president, fined £71000 for speeding.
15 Britain was declared free of foot and mouth disease.
15 The River Tay in Scotland saw 500 anglers start the salmon season
16 Bushfires near Sydney were put out by storms producing floods.
16 Over 1000 poached elephant tusks were seized in Dar es Salam.
17 Arrests were made in Leicester (10) of Al-qaeda sympathisers.
17 Detention centre for failed asylum seekers opened in Bedford.
17 Ford US lost £3.5 billion in the last quarter of 2001.
18 2 Afghan hijackers escaping Taleban 2 years ago given 5yrs prison
18 Police arrested 2 men in Minsk, Belarus for selling Strontium 90.
19 Nyiragongo, volcano in the Congo, erupted displacing 500k people.
JAN 19 The 31st British Homing World Show (pigeons) held in Blackpool.
20 Aid from the world poured into the Congo after volcanic eruption.
20 Deceased Aaliyah replaced at no.1 by deceased George Harrison.
20 Disney was fined £60k in royalties dispute with Winnie the Pooh.
21 Ex-boss of ASDA appointed new chairman of Consignia (the PO).
21 Residents of Goma, the Congo faced a 10 ft wall of volcanic rock.
22 Five police were shot outside the American centre in Calcutta.
22 Russian govt abruptly pulled the plug on independent TV6 Station.
22 The Nursery Inn, Stockport named Pub of the Year by CamRA.
23 Abdelbaset Al Megrahi appealed against Lockerbie bomb conviction.
23 Appeal by Lockerbie (1988) bomber first UK case to be televised.
23 Virgin records paid Mariah Carey $28 million to END her contract.
24 First US citizen brought before a US court for aiding al-Qaeda.
JAN 24 Two Algerians appeared in a UK court for "directing" al-Qaeda.
25 Average amount of debt in the UK - £17000
25 First heavy snow fell in the UK this year - 10cm in Scotland.
26 Britains £623 mil. air traffic control centre opened at Swanwick.
26 Ex-chief of bankrupt Enron found dead with gunshot wounds.
26 Jennifer Capriati won the Australian tennis open.
27 Air traffic control centre at Swanwick went on-line.
27 Thomas Johansson (v Safin) won Australian Open Tennis Champinship
27 Two killed in suicide bomb attack in Jerusalem city centre.
28 Jobcentre staff on strike about security screens being removed.
28 Prime Minister Kasymzhomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan resigned.
28 Russian Space Centre power supply cut off for not paying the bill
29 Britney Spears paid £6 mil for 2x90 second Pepsi commercials.
JAN 29 Gales hit UK with 141mph winds recorded in the Cairgorms, 7 died.
29 Police in NE UK arrested 6 suspected al-Qaeda terrorists.
30 Bristol's Arnolfini gallery featured artist using her own blood.
30 Top Gear Car of the Year Award went to the Range Rover.
31 Afghan interim leader Hamid Karzai met PM Tony Blair at No.10.
31 Average student debt in 2001 - £4200.
Died : FEB 9 HRH Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth's sister.
Died : 14 Waylon Jennings, C&W singer. (64)
Died : 22 John Thaw, actor.
Died : 23 Chuck Jones, animator. (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck)
Died : 27 Spike Milligan, comedian, goon, writer. (83)
1 Cross channel ferry ran aground at Newhaven as gales batter UK.
2 Asylum seekers cost the UK over £1 billion in 2001.
2 Maxima Zorreguieta married Dutch Crown Prince Willem Alexander.
2 Winona Ryder charged with shoplifting from a Beverley Hills store
3 Earthquake in central Turkey (R6).
4 Cyber-sueing came a step closer as courtservice.gov.uk opened.
4 More gales and floods hit the UK.
4 Pres. Bush asked congress for $12 billion to fight bio-terrorism.
FEB 5 Comedian Eric Sykes named Oldie of the Year by The Oldie mag.
5 Russian police killed 2 army deserters after they killed 9 people
6 John Rusnak disappeared with £500m of Allied Irish Bank's money.
6 Price of the average UK house exceeded £100k for the first time.
6 Unemployment in Germany exceeded 4 million (10%).
7 PM Tony Blair started a tour of Africa.
7 The 180 year old Sydney Quarrantine Station burnt to the ground.
8 The Winter Olympics opened in Salt Lake City.
8 Three villages evacuated as the Mexican Volcano of Fire rumbled.
9 Afghan Taleban foreign minister gave himself up in Kandahar.
9 First resident of San Francisco Zoo, a koala, died agreed 19.
9 President George Bush opened Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
10 Will Young beat Gareth Gates as the UK Pop Idol winner.
FEB 11 BBC launched 2 digital channels for children - CBeebies & CBBC.
11 Illegal immigrants tampered with a Channel Tunnel trains' brakes.
12 Britney Spears first movie Crossroads premiered in Los Angeles.
12 Haydn Welch "The Merman" broke underwater swimming record - 131mt
12 River Ouse, York burst its' banks, 65 flood warnings in the UK.
12 Start of the Chinese Lunar Year of the Horse.
12 Two robbers escaped with £5 mil from Heathrow.
12 War Crimes trial of Slobodan Milosovic began in The Hague.
13 Former Mayor of New York Rudolph Guilani knighted by the Queen.
13 Slobodan Milosovic challenged the legality of his war crime trial
14 Law passed allowing Bahrain women to stand in political elections
14 Scottish Parliament outlawed fox hunting.
15 Asylum rejects torch UK detention centre and escape - damage £35m
FEB 15 US scientists first to clone the domestic cat.
16 Delayed pilgrims killed Afgan transport minister at Kabul airport
16 Over 50 members of the Falun Gong sect were expelled from China.
17 Joan Collins (68) married Percy Gibson (36) (her 5th marriage).
17 Storms hit Sydney and 100000 homes lost their electricity.
17 The French Franc ceased to be legal tender after 640 years.
18 Alan Reid named as Queen's Keeper of the Privy Purse. (Treasurer)
18 The 4 Millenium Dome Jewel robbers (£200m) sentenced to 15yrs.
19 EU imposed personal sanctions against President Mugabe of Zimbabwe
19 Police in Italy seized banknotes worth 25000 euros.
20 High-speed Egyptian train caught fire, 370 died before it stopped
20 Just after 8pm this evening it was 20:02 20.02.20 02 .
20 Last car came off the Ford Dagenham production line after 71 yrs.
FEB 20 Students asking for the return of grants protested in London.
21 Best album at the Brit Awards went to Dido.
21 President Bush met Chinese leader Jiang Zemin in Beijing.
22 British Women's Curling Team won a gold medal at Winter Olympics.
22 Thames Millennium Bridge re-opened after having it's wobble fixed
23 A pig farmer was arrested in Canada for the murder of 50 women.
23 The SAS were hunting Osama Bin Laden in Kashmir.
23 US imposed travel restrictions on Zimbabwe President Mugabe.
24 Alain Baxter won the first ever British Olympic medal on snow.
25 The Lord of the Rings won 5 BAFTAS at the awards last night.
26 Contraceptive skin patch was approved by Euro Medecines Agency.
26 Gales of 90 mph ripped across the UK.
27 President Bush called for peace in the 26 yr old Angola civil war
FEB 27 The Queen went walkabout in Adelaide.
28 Alicia Keys won 5 Grammy awards, U2 won 4.
Died : MAR 23 Ben Hollioke, England cricketer. (car crash in Australia)(24).
Died : 26 Kenneth Woolstoneholme, sports commentator. (82).
Died : 27 Dudley Moore, comedian. (66)
Died : 28 Milton Berle, comedian. (93)
Died : 29 Billy Wilder, film maker. (some Like it Hot) (95)
Died : 30 The Queen Mother. (101)
1 Columbia blasted off with 7 crew to repair the Hubble telescope.
1 Euro Envisat, cost £1.4bn and the largest ever built, launched.
2 Christie's sold Bram Stoker's Dracula manuscript for £1.1 mil.
2 Hindu mobs set fire to Muslim houses in Gujaret, India, 27 died.
3 21 men crashed a bus into the Mexican Embassy in Cuba.
3 Mike Schumaker (Ferrari) won Australian F1 GP, 9 off 1st corner.
3 NASA contacted Pioneer 10 30 years after launch, 7.4bn miles away
MAR 3 Prince Edward and Sophie abandom business for the Queen's Jubilee
4 Prince of Wales given a guard of honour on arrival at Brasilia.
4 US helicopter shot down over Afghanistan, 9 killed.
5 US raided remaining Taleban positions "killing half of them".
6 Prince Charles joined the carnival in Rio "with bikini girls".
7 Astronauts fitted a new camera to the Hubble Space Telescope.
7 Bodies of 2 police officers were found in the rubble of NY WTC.
7 Earthquake in the Phillipines made 29000 homeless.
8 A record 540 Woolworths staff were fired last year for theft.
8 World's oldest (1840) picture postcard auctioned for £31000.
9 Bomb exploded outside Mont Blanc Tunnel hours before reopening.
9 Brasilean Edmar Feitas broke the sit-ups record 111000 in 24 hrs.
9 Palestinian suicide bomber killed 11 at a restaurant in Israel.
MAR 9 Religious riots in India over the last month caused 706 deaths.
10 Israeli helicopters destroyed Yasser Arafat's offices in Gaza.
10 The digital-only BBC 6 Music launched (BBC's 1st for 32 yrs).
11 Isaeli tanks enter the West Bank.
11 Pop-Punk band Ash were the first to be played on BBC 6 Music.
12 Israeli tanks took control of the West Bank City of Ramallah.
12 Shuutle Columbia returned after upgrading Hubble Telescope.
13 Robert Mugabe elected president of Zimbabwe amid rigging clains.
13 UN security council approved a resolution for a Palestinian state
14 Lockerbie bomber lost appeal against conviction for 270 murders.
14 London teachers gave everyone day off and went on strike over pay
14 MicroSofts much hyped Xbox went on sale at £299.
14 World Book Day - every UK pupil received a £1 (wowee) book token.
MAR 15 Bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi locked in Sottish prison.
15 Israel's tanks left Ramallah as a new peace process started.
16 Morning after pill given away free to teenagers in Tesco.
16 Peat fires filled sky above Sepang Raceway, Malaysia with smoke.
17 Church in Islamabad attcked with grenades, 5 killed 45 wounded.
17 London's first official St Patrick's Day Parade. (floats, poetry)
17 Mugabe sworn in as Zimbabwe president, EU & USA did not attend.
17 Ralph Schumaker won Malaysian GP (Williams 1st & 2nd).
18 75% of Gibraltars population (25000) demonstrated against Spain.
18 Australia welcomed it's 6 millionth immigrant since WW II.
18 More British troops sent to the Afghanistan hills.
19 An iceberg 40 by 53 miles found floating in the Pacific Ocean.
19 For 2nd time in 4 weeks Heathrow was robbed, this time for $3 mil
MAR 19 House of Commons voted 386 to 175 for an outright fox hunting ban
20 Italy declared state of emergency after illegal immigrant surge.
20 Japanese Bank Nomura sold 4139 UK pubs to UK Enterprise Inns.
21 Car bomb exploded outside the US embassy in Lima, Peru, 8 died.
21 Day 2 of a general strike in Zimbabwe against election of Mugabe.
21 Sony showed a mass producable bi-ped robot for home use.
21 The last Vauxhall (a Vectra) rolled off the Luton production line
22 Alain Baxter stripped of olympic medal, used wrong nasal spray.
22 Grenade thrown by guerrillas in Kashmir, India injured 25.
22 Police in Thailand seized 100 000 fake Viagra pills.
23 In Afghanistan 2 million school children went back to school.
23 John Gilligan fined £10.6 mil for importing 17 tonnes of cannabis
23 Philip Morris Tobacco was fined $150 mil for making false claims.
MAR 23 The US embassy in Islamabad was reduced to an emergency staff.
24 Freddie Got Fingered was worst picture at Golden Raspberry Awards
24 Two million Italians demonstrated in Rome against new labour laws
25 First of 1700 Royal Marines arrived in Afghanistan.
25 Halle Berry became first black actress to win Best Actress Oscar.
25 PO announced loss of £1.5 mil per day and dropped Consignia name.
25 Royal Mail drops Consignia name - and 40000 workers - in shakeup.
26 China launched it's 3rd unmanned spacecraft.
26 Earthquake hits Afghanistan (R6), 100 dead.
26 Premiere of Britney Spears first film - Crossroads - in London.
27 Aftershocks of the Afghan earthquake flatten Nahrin, 2000+ dead.
27 Gunman goes beserk in Paris with machine gun, 8 dead many injured
28 Handwritten draft of Abe Lincoln's last address sold for $3.1m.
MAR 28 ITV Digital went broke due to over enthusiastic football contract
28 Naomi Campbell awarded £3500 Breach of Privacy against The Mirror
28 Palestinian suicide bomber killed 15 at Netanya resort in Israel.
29 Israel declared war with terrorist Yasser Arafat enemy number 1.
29 The Big Breakfast Show on Channel 4 screened for the last time.
30 Japanese Princess Aiko was fed with chopsticks for the first time
30 Mass breakout by asylum seekers in Australia, 9 still missing.
30 Oxford won the 148th Boat Race by half a length - 2 seconds.
31 Crowds gathered outside Buckingham Palace following QM's death.
31 Ray Bradbury given the 2193rd star on Hollywoods Walk of Fame.
31 Schumaker brothers 1st and 2nd in Brasils GP (Ferrari, Williams).
Died : APR 1 Barry Took, comedian, writer. (73)
Died : 6 John Robinson Pierce, electrical engineer. (named the transistor)
Died : 16 Robert Urich, actor. (55)
Died : 23 Linda Lovelace, porn star (Deep Throat). In a car crash.
Died : 24 Victor F Weisskopf, atom bomb developer. (93)
Died : 26 Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes, singer with trio TLC. In a car crash. (30)
Died : 29 Ruth Handler, created the Barbie doll. (85)
1 Holland became the first country to legalise euthanasia.
1 Israels tanks entered Bethlehem, Arafat still held at his office.
2 About 2000 Royal Marines will arrive in Kabul this week.
2 Palestinians and Israelis in gun battle at Manger Sq Bethlehem.
3 Palestinians trapped by Israelis in Bethlehem Nativity Church.
4 Angolan Govt and Unita rebels in cease fire after 30 yrs of war.
APR 4 Rick Belluzo, Microsoft President resigned after only 1 year.
5 BBC children's TV Newsround is 30 years old.
5 British Steel CEO Brian Moffat sacked 10000 for a 130% pay rise.
5 Drug smugglers tunnel under the Mexico/US border was demolished.
6 New comet discovered this year, Ikeya-Zhang, visible from UK.
6 PM Blair went to Texas to talk to Pres Bush about the Middle East
6 Queem Mothers laying in state viewing hours extended.
6 The Grand National was won by Bindaree at 20-1.
7 PM Blair pledged support for the USA in all out war with Iraq.
8 French customs were on strike (surprise surprise).
8 Queen addressed the nation on TV with eulogy to Queen Mother.
8 Two UK explorers were the first to drive across the Bering Strait
9 Iraq stopped it's oil exports.
APR 9 Shuttle Atlantis took off for the ISS.
9 The funeral of ex-Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.
10 Police attacked by 250 Afghan asylum seekers at camp on Nauru.
10 Suicide bomber killed himself and 8 others on a bus in Haifa.
11 Chinese mans heated shoes blown up by San Fran. Airport security.
11 Earthquake in New Zealand's North Island.
12 Suicide bomber at a bus stop in Jerusalem kills 6 injured over 60
13 About 30 gunmen in Kabul fired on British troops.
14 Michael Schumaker won the Imola F1
14 Paula Radcliff and Khalid Khannouchi won The London Marathon.
15 A video of Osama Bin Laden recorded in march broadcast.
16 Gordon Brown's budget day.
16 Royal Marines join US and Afghan soldiers in eastern mountains.
APR 17 East Timor elected former guerrilla Xanama Gusmao president.
17 Mr Gordon Brown's budget day.
17 Plaque unveiled at home of Luke Howard. (gave clouds their name)
18 Afghan King Mohammad Zaher Shah back in Kabul after 29 yrs exile.
18 Britney Spears first concert in Australia hit by torrential rain.
18 Two bomb blasts in Kathmandu, Nepal by Maoist rebels, 6 hurt.
19 Light plane crashed into the Pirelli tower in Milan - 3 dead.
19 Lloyd Scott finished London Marathon in 5 days, in a diving suit.
19 Marlene Dietrich (dead for 10 yrs) made honorary Berlin citizen.
20 Rejected asylum seekers in Australia riot injuring 14 guards.
20 Russian Imperial Easter egg, by Carl Faberge, made £7 mil in NY.
20 Shuttle Atlantis and crew of 7 returned to earth.
21 Israli army withdrew from the West Bank.
APR 21 Several bombs exploded in a Phillipines city, killing 12.
22 An 815 lb shark caught off Australia had a human skull inside.
22 Hindus and Moslems clash in Gujarat area of India leaving 17 dead
23 Greece closed all it's schools trying to stop a virus spreading.
23 Timeshare fraud John 'Goldfinger' Palmer to pay £35m compensation
24 Deputy Chief of Helsinki Police was dismissed after drunk driving
24 Lady Penelopes' model Rolls Royce from Thunderbirds sold for £20k
24 Malaysia installed it's 12th king in it's elected monarchy system
25 A Cannabis Cafe in Bournemouth was raided by police, 7 arrested.
25 AoL-TimeWarner posted the biggest ever corporate loss $39 billion
25 Mark Shuttleworth, space tourist, blasted off from Baikonur.
26 Bomb exploded in a Pakistan Mosque killing 12 female worshippers.
26 Expelled German schoolboy shot dead 14 teachers and 4 pupils.
APR 26 Million cards sent to PM asking to close Sellafield nuclear plant
26 The queen expressed concern for David Beckham's broken foot.
27 Census forms were completed in Ireland - 1 year late.
28 Female helicopter pilots flying marines to action in Afghanistan.
28 Michael Schumaker won the Spanish GP in a Ferrari.
28 Pop Idol won the Top prize at the Golden Rose of Montreux Awards.
28 President Saddam Hussein's birthday was celebrated in Iraq.
29 First screening of RI:SE, Channel 4's new Breakfast Show.
29 USA & UK agree with Israel to lift the siege on Yasser Arafat.
30 Police in Manchester began UK's first regular armed patrols.
30 Student in Bosnia shot a teacher dead and then killed himself.
30 The $110 million movie Spiderman had it's premiere in LA.
Died : MAY 8 Otis Blackwell, songwriter. (Great Balls of Fire)(70)
Died : 12 Joseph Bonanno (Joe Bananas), ex-Mafia boss. (97)
Died : 21 Walter Lord, author (84).(A Night to Remember, Titanic's sinking)
Died : 24 San Snead (Slammin' Sam), golfer (89). (won 81 PGA tour events)
1 ITV Digital switched off except for the free channels.
1 Tony Blair completed 5 years as Prime Minister. (El. May 1 1997)
1 TV Inspector Morse' Jaguar sold for £53k - a record for that car.
1 UK (Slendertone Flex) Rear of the Year named as Charlotte Church.
2 David Smith, creator of the Melissa virus, jailed for 20 mths.
2 Local Elections across England and Wales.
2 Nintendos new Gamecube went on sale in Europe.(Promo cost £62mil)
2 Royal Mail stamps celebrating 50 years of jet travel went on sale
2 Yasser Arafat released from his compound, Israels army withdrew.
MAY 3 British National (Nazi) Party won 3 seats in local elections.
3 David Beckham received a world record number of e-cards - 4461.
4 Ferry in Bangladesh sank with 500 onboard, hundreds dead.
4 South London soccer riot after Millwall defeat, 47 police injured
5 Drought hit Taiwan took delivery of 2k tons of water from China.
5 South African space tourist Mark Shuttleworth landed in Russia.
6 Peter Ebdon became World Snooker Champion at Crucible, Shefield.
6 Spiderman movie took a record $114 million in it's first weekend.
6 Tornado swept thru the Texas town of Happy killing 2 people.
7 A collection of Dinky toys sold for £250k at auction.
7 Right wing Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn assasinated.
8 Palestinian suicide bomber kills 14 in snooker hall in Israel.
8 Suicide bomber kills 10 on a bus in Karachi, Pakistan.
MAY 8 Wrestlers conceded to nature lovers over the use of initials WWF.
9 Model Rachel Willis (AoL's Connie) mugged for her mobile phone.
9 Remote detonated landmine exploded in Kaspiisk Russia, 20 killed.
9 Two guitars of Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia sold for $1.74m in NY
10 Italy reported its 63rd animal with mad cow disease.
10 Sir Edmond Hilary retired after 40 years working with Sherpas.
10 The seige of Bethlehem ended with the exile of 13 Palestinians.
11 Oldest surviving Aston Martin, 11hp sports, sold for £60k.
11 Rail crash at potters Bar - 7 died 4 critical.
12 David Beckham became the world's best paid footballer.
12 Earthquake in Japan. (R5.2)
12 Time for Life charity concert held in The Colosseum, Rome.
13 Dionne Warwick arrested at Miami Airport with marijuana.
MAY 13 Jimmy Carter became first US president to visit Cuba since 1959.
14 Earthquake in San Francisco (R5.3), no injuries or damage.
14 French police stopped guarding Channel Tunnel against illegal immigrants.
14 Patricia Amos jailed at Banbury for her children playing truant.
14 Suicide attack at army camp in Jammu, Kashmir, 29 killed.
15 A heatwave in Southern India killed 178 people.
15 Earthquake in Taiwan (R6.2), no injuries - some damage.
16 Premiere of Star Wars Episode II - Attack of the Clones (UK & US)
16 Woody Allen opened the 55th Cannes Film Festival.
17 About 1000 British soldiers deployed to fight Al-Qaeda force.
17 Earliest draft of Beethoven's 9th Symphony auctioned for £200k.
18 First US style evening courts started in London.
18 In Mexico City 35 police cars chased suspected kidnappers.
MAY 18 India-Pakistan border fighting cause thousands of villagers to flee
18 Man v Horse Race in Llanwrtyd Wells won by Robyn Petrie-Ritchie
- on a horse
19 China jailed 4 Falun Gong followers for hacking into cable TV.
19 Eastender won 10 prizes at the British Soap Awards.
19 England World Cup party ran up a £37k bar bill in Dubai.
20 Ahmed Tejan Kabbah was re-elected President of Sierra Leone.
20 Islamic militants killed 2 soldiers in several attacks in Kasmir.
21 New GBP 5 note hit the streets, with a portrait of Elizabeth Fry.
21 Queen opened a new public gallery in Buckingham Palace.
22 Iran police removed Barbie dolls from shops in Islamic crackdown.
22 Police probed first murder for 150 years on Norfolk Island (Aus).
23 Chang Chang, China's oldest giant Panda, died aged 35.
MAY 23 David Blaine ended 34 hrs perched on a 100 ft pole in NY.
23 Death toll from a heatwave in South India went over 1000.
24 Anna Kournikova was voted World's Sexiest Woman by FHM Magazine.
24 Ireland soccer captain Roy Keane sent home in disgrace from Japan
24 Spaghetti Junction near Birmingham is 30 years old.
25 33rd World Poker Series won in Las Vegas by a systems analyst.
25 Eurovision Song Contest won by Latvia - Marie N singing I Wanna.
25 Pakistan tested a series of missiles.
25 Rival gangs in Brasil in drugs shootout leaving 6 dead.
26 China Airlines plane crash near Taiwan, 225 dead.
26 David Coulthard won the Monaco F1 GP in a McLaren.
26 England was beaten by Argentina in the Table Football World Cup.
26 God Save the Queen by the Sex Pistols re-released in Jubilee Week
MAY 26 World Trade Centre steel beams used in a church in Albuqueuerque.
27 Israeli troops re-entered Bethlehem.
27 Jamaica was hit by the 5th day of heavy rain, hundreds evacuated.
27 Roman Polanski's holocaust film top at the Cannes Film Festival.
28 32000 lecturers were on strike for 2 days at 280 UK colleges.
28 A rare white elephant was captured in Burma. (A symbol of power)
28 Vodafone announced GBP 13.5 bn loss, the biggest in UK history.
29 Lybian govt offered GBP 1.8bn compensation to Lockerbie families.
29 Remains of Birger Jarl were found. (founder of Stockholm in 1252)
29 The last steel beam at the World Trade Center site was removed.
29 The Queen recieved a new Bentley to mark her Golden Jubilee.
30 Aussie singer Natalie Imbruglia became the new face of L'Oreal.
30 Empty stretcher was carried from WTC site - for unfound victims.
MAY 30 Miss Russia, Oxana Fedorova, crowned Miss Universe in Puerto Rico
30 Punch magazine ceased publication. First edition was 17 July 1841
31 London's Millenium Dome was given away to the Meridian Consortium
31 World Cup Football Competition kicked off in Japan.
Died : JUN 4 Lew Wasserman, MCA movie mogul. (89)
Died : 5 Fernando Belaunde, twice president of Peru. (89)
Died : 11 John Gotti (Dapper Don), New York Mafia boss. (61) (died in Jail)
Died : 13 Bill Blass, fashion designer (US casuals). (79)
Died : 26 Lionel Bernstein, white anti-apartheid activist. (84)
Died : 27 Homirah Shah, wife of former king of Afghanistan.
Died : 28 John Entwhistle, bass player with The Who.
Died : 30 Arthur Melin, sold Frisbees and Hula Hoops.
Died : 30 Rosemary Clooney, singer.
1 Israeli tanks surrounded Deheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem.
1 UK and US citizens were advised to leave India and Pakistan.
2 Hundreds of UK and US citizens leave India and Pakistan.
2 India's defence minister said they were prepared for nuclear war.
JUN 2 Prince Charles welcomed some Tibetan monks to his country home.
3 Combe Martin had the longest street party at it's 2 mile High St.
3 England captain David Beckham launched his DB clothing range.
3 Paul McCartney topped the bill at the at the Jubilee concert.
3 Thoroughly Modern Millie won 6 awards at the 56th Tony Awards.
4 Queen and Prince Philip ended the Jubilee in a gold coach ride.
4 Steven Spielberg graduated from California University.
5 Car bomb in Israel West Bank border killed 14 on a bus.
5 Earthquake in SW Japan (R5.3).
5 Ex president Clinton opened the Clinton Centre in Enniskillen.
5 Israel's tanks surrounded Deheisheh refugee camp on the West Bank
5 UK and US citizens were advised to leave India and Pakistan.
6 An asylum seeker was shot dead at Sangrette center in France.
JUN 6 Israeli troops entered Yasser Arafat's HQ in response to car bomb
6 The Royal Mail had 72 million items of undeliverable mail in 2001
7 England bt Argentina 1-0, their first win since the Falklands War
7 RJ Reynolds fined $20 mil for breaking tobacco advertising rules.
8 Lightning killed 18 in India's Orissa state.
8 Pakistan shot down an unmanned Indian spy plane near Lahore.
8 Storms swept Europe from France to Poland, 8 dead.
9 First Dean Martin Day celebrated in Ohio - in his home town.
9 Over 300 lawsuits alleging clerical sex abuse filled in USA.
9 The European Parliament was hit by Legionnaires disease.
9 UK's Lennox Lewis bt Mike Tyson in Memphis keeping his h/w title.
10 Soccer riot in Russia after they lost to Japan ended with 2 dead.
10 Solar eclipse visible in Western USA, Canada, Mexico and asia.
JUN 11 Heather Mills married Paul McCartney at Castle Leslie in Ireland.
11 Three Saudi nationals arrested in plot to bomb US and UK warships
12 A record 1 billion bottles of Scotch were exported last year.
12 An internet database for London's homeless was launched.
12 Largest wildfire in Colorado's history, evacuation prepared.
12 Police in Peru seized 1.76 tons of cocaine worth $70 million.
12 Pres Fidel Castro led 500k people in march supporting the state.
12 Severe flooding in west China, bridges wrecked, 178 dead.
13 Argentina soccer fans riot in Japan after their world cup exit.
13 Consignia to re-renamed Royal Mail after a £1 billion loss.
13 Meah Flynn married Peter Gabriel at a hotel he owns in Sardinia.
14 England football manager Bobby Robson received a knighthood.
15 England bt Denmark 3-1 in the last 16 of Soccer world cup.
JUN 15 World stinging nettle eating contest held at Bottle Inn, Dorset.
16 Arthur Anderson found guilty of obstructing justice in Enron case
16 Fire in Cyber Cafe in university district of Beijing, 24 dead.
17 Tiger Woods won the US Open Golf Tournement.
17 US Forestry worker admits starting the Colorado forest fires.
17 Worlwide stock market prices plummet.
18 First day of Ascot races.
18 Palestinian suicide bomber killed 16 and injured 40 in Israel.
19 Israeli govt approved the re-occupation of parts of the West Bank
19 Sir Christopher Gent, CEO of Vodafone, given a GBP 1.5 mil bonus.
20 Britain handed over control of law and order in Kabul to Turkey.
20 General strike in Spain, govt attempt to cut employment benefits.
21 England exit the Soccer World Cup, beaten by Brazil 2-1.
JUN 21 Ken Berry left EMI by agreement and was given $10mil compensation
21 Over 20000 celebrated the solstice at Stonehenge.
22 ETA explode 3 bombs in the Costa del Sol.
22 USA exit the Soccer World Cup, beaten by Germany 1-0.
23 Earthquake in North Iran killed over 1000 (R6.3).
23 Firebombs thrown in Athens as 80 go on rampage after rock concert
23 Government troops in Kathmandu, Nepal killed 50 Moaist rebels.
24 Israels Tanks again surround Yasser Arafat's HQ on the West bank.
24 Two huge wildfires merge to threaten evacuations in Colorado.
24 White farmers in Zimbabwe were legally obliged to stop work.
25 A Claude Monet from the Waterlilies series sold for GBP 13 mil.
25 Marc van Roosmalen discovered 2 new monkeys in the Amazonn jungle
25 Workshop on violence in Macedonian football ended in a fight.
JUN 26 A guitar used by pop star Prince sold for GBP 12000.
26 Shanghai closed 244 internet bars after failing safety rules.
26 Worldcom admitted overstating its profits in $4 billion fraud.
27 Australia went into partnership with USA in a new jet fighter.
27 Jimmy Young collected his knighthood at Buck House.
27 Playboy published a 10 page "Women of Enron" pictorial.
28 Britain spends £21bil on alcohol, more than any country in europe
28 Glastonbury Festival started, with a new £1 million fence.
28 Over 30 asylum seekers escaped from a desert camp in Australia.
28 Prince William got a kiss from Claudia Schiffer at a polo match.
28 US charged 3 NatWest employees with $7 mil Enron linked fraud.
29 At the G8 sumit in Canada, 2000 demonstrated in the rain.
29 First images were received from the Aqua satellite.
JUN 29 Xerox admitted overstating profits by $1.4 billion.
30 Brasil won the world cup beating Germany 2-0
Died : JUL 7 Dhirajlal Hirachand Ambani, India's most powerful businessman.
Died : 7 Haji Abdul Qadir, Afghanistan's vice president.
Died : 7 John Frankenheimer, film director. (72)(Birdman of Alcatraz)
Died : 10 Rod Steiger, actor. (77)
1 Glastonbury Festival ended when 100k went peacefully home.
1 International Criminal Court (ICC) came into force in the Hague.
1 US ConAgra Beef Co recalled 160000 kilos of mince with E-coli.
2 About 4000 demonstrated against Yasser Arafat outside his offices
2 US accidentally bombed an Afghan wedding, killing over 100.
3 US Steve Fosset first to fly solo round the world in a balloon,
4 An Egyptian gunman killed 3 at LA Airport El Al ticket office.
4 Greenpeace protested at Takahama in Japan over nuclear waste.
4 Saddam Hussein stepson arrested in Florida on immigration charge.
JUL 4 US Steve Fosset finally landed his balloon in Australia.
5 BBC and Crown Castle took over digital licences from ITV Digital.
5 Takeru Kobayashi (Japan) ate record 50 frankfurters in 12 minutes
6 Emporer Akihito and Empress Michiko started a tour of Europe.
6 Haiti became the 15th member of the Caribbean Community.
6 WWII mine was found in the backyard of the Russian Bolshoi Ballet
7 Australian Lleyton Hewitt won Wimbledon.
7 Capital FMs Party in the Park happened in London.
7 Hundreds fled Texas after a storm dumped 12 inches of rain.
7 Michael Schumaker (Ferrari) won the British F1 GP at Silverstone.
7 Vice president of Afghanistan Haji Abdul Qadir was assassinated.
8 Disneysea in Japan had it's 10 millionth visitor. (opened 2001).
8 Dozens of forest fires engulfed Quebec.
JUL 8 Emporer Akihito and Empress Michiko were given the keys to Prague
8 Three people were gored during the bull run in Pamplona, Spain.
9 Anne Summers lingerie sales increased 28% over last year.
9 As 500k Angolans starve, the 40 country African Union formed.
10 Michelangelo drawing worth $10 m found in a NY museum storeroom.
10 The 73rd All-Star baseball game ended in a draw.
11 A rediscovered Rubens sold for £49.5 mil.
11 Israeli Knesset banned pornography on cable and satellite TV.
11 UK govt announced the decriminialisation of cannabis possesion.
12 Hundreds of Marines began the return from Afghanistan.
12 Internet veteran Yahoo announced it's first profit for 1.5 years.
12 Nine of UKs NY diplomatic staff were honoured by the Queen.
13 A week of typhoons and monsoons claimed 50 lives in Phillipines.
JUL 13 Annual computer hackers convention started in NY.
13 Computer engineer Salma Bennani married the King of Morrocco.
13 T in the Park, Scotlands biggest music festival, began.
14 250 000 crammed onto Brighton seafront for a Fatboy Slim concert.
14 First ever UK Sports Relief raised over £10 mil for children.
14 France beach town Grande-Motte introduced fine for improper dress
15 Second post was abolished in 14 UK areas.
16 A storm over Tokyo closed schools, evacuations prepared.
16 Black Monday saw 55 billion GBP wiped off UK stock values.
16 Stock markets around the world crashed.
16 US Dollar slides under parity with the Euro.
17 1.2 million council workers went on strike.
17 London underground strike brought chaos to the capital.
JUL 18 Spain sent war ships to Perejil Island to evict Moroccan invaders
18 Switzerland, neutral for 200 years, applied for UN membership.
19 Dr Harold Shipman was named as UK's biggest serial killer - 215.
19 Microsoft announced $1.5 billion profits for the last quarter.
19 Robert Pitman quit as AoL CEO amid improper accounting rumours.
19 Surfboards burnt in Rio to enforce a surfing ban due to sharks.
20 Cheltenham Arts Festival staged a mobile phone ringtone concert.
20 e-Coli outbreak in Colorado caused the recall of 8k tons of beef.
21 NY meeting on the future of Twin Towers site attended by 5000.
21 Tea with Prince Charles was auctioned for charity at 80k GBP.
22 Airbus 600, worlds longest passenger plane, shown at Farnborough.
22 Worldcom filed the biggest bankruptcy in US corporate history.
23 Filthy rich Brit Nick van Hoogstraten found guilty of murder.
JUL 23 US shares at 4 year low - Asian markets up.
24 Theresa May was made the first female chairman of the Tory party.
24 US lifted travel and trade restrictions with Cuba after 40 years.
25 Apj Abdul Kalam sworn in as Indias new president.
25 Worlds biggest ladies only wine tasting held in London for 500.
26 AoL shares hit all time low after accounting practices dispute.
26 The Queen opened the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
27 Kate Lawler won £70k by winning the 3rd TV Big Brother Series.
27 New Zealand PM Helen Clark retained power in General Election.
28 Crash at a Ukranian air show killed 80, over 200 injured.
28 Michael Schumaker won the German F1 GP in a Ferrari.
29 Lance Armstrong (US) won his 4th consecutive Tour de France.
29 Paula Radcliffe won the 5k mtr gold medal at Commonwealth games.
JUL 30 British American Tobacco made half year profits of £1 billion.
31 BMW recalled 38000 minis for a gear selection problem.
31 Only surviving Double Eagle $20 coin sold for $7.5 million.
Died : AUG 14 Ed Headrick, father of the Frisbee. (78)
Died : 20 Abu Nidal, Palestinian terror commander, suicide in Baghdad.
1 AoL came under fraud investigation by the Justice Department.
1 Bolivia's anti drug govt has seized 69 tons of cocaine in 5 years
2 Pope John Paul II beatified 2 Indian martyrs and left Mexico.
2 The bodies of 13 illegal immigrants were found on a Spanish beach
3 Blackpool hosted the International Monster Kite Show.
3 The annual 12 Hour Lawnmower Race took place at Pulborough.
4 Glasgow told to boil tap water, parasite cryptosporidium found.
4 The Commonwaelth Games in Manchester ended.
5 Buckingham Palace opened to the public.
5 Car bomb exploded in Spanish resort of Santa Pola, 2 killed.
5 Edinburgh Fringe opened with a parade watched by 150 000.
AUG 6 European Championship Athletics started in Munich.
7 The Queens Golden Jubilee ended with a garden party at Balmoral.
7 Villagers in Guatemala soaked 2 robbers in petrol and burnt them.
8 Inauguration of Pres Uribe in Colombia was rocked by mortar fire.
8 International Monetary Fund gave $30 billion loan to Brasil.
9 NY diplomatic cars owe $21bn in unpaid fines.
9 Worldcom found a further $3 bil in false accounting (total $7bn).
10 A record 550 authors converged on The Edinburgh Book Festival.
10 Executives of bankrupt Worldcom were on $100mil salaries.
10 Inventors exhibited their gadgets at The London Science Museum.
11 The 3 major US stock indexes were up for the first time in 3 mths
12 Fixed fines for anti-social behaviour (drunks) were introduced.
12 Internet site Napster's assets were put up for auction at $19 mil
AUG 13 Historic centre of Prague was flooded as the Vitava overflowed.
13 Largest toad-in-the-hole was cooked in Huddersfield (1.5 tons).
14 Chinese govt destroyed 27.5 mil illegal audio and video tapes.
14 Prague Old Town was evacuated as flood waters rose.
15 A level exam results published showing a pass rate of 94.3%.
15 Quarter hour bells in Parliaments Great Clock stopped for repair.
16 BBCs black music radio station switched om - 1xtra.
16 Elbe River overflowed, 30k were evacuated from centre of Dresden.
17 First successful test of the Scramjet at 7.6 times speed of sound
17 Flood water in Dresden was at it's highest for 157 years.
17 Paul McCartney's souped up Mini Cooper auctioned for £40k
17 South Australia officially declared WWII peace, it had forgotten.
18 Landslides and floods in China killed 157.
AUG 18 The v2002 Festival was attended by 60k at Weston Park, Staffs.
19 Change in the UK betting shop laws means hot food can be served.
19 Ferrari Testa Rossa that won Le Mans in 1962 sold for $5 mil.
19 Hundreds of white farmers arrested in Zimbabwe after evictions.
19 Sugababes reached no 1 in the charts with Round Round.
20 Britain's first solar power cattle trough tested in Somerset.
20 Series of Peter Pan stamps - 150th anniv of Great Ormond St Hosp
21 Bank of England withdrew £5 notes after serial numbers smudged.
21 US gave details (4677) of Argetina's human rights violations.
22 GCSE results were sent to 600k UK students.
22 Rising waters of Dongting Lake, China threatened to swamp for miles.
23 Business editor of the NY Times fell to his death from 15th floor
23 Caroline Corr (of the Corrs) married Frank Woods in Majorca.
AUG 24 Microsoft announced more security flaws in IE6.
24 Outbreak of salmonella at Disney World, Florida, 141 infected.
25 Daniel Kitson won the Edinburgh Fringe Perrier Award for comedy.
25 Hundreds of thousands watch Notting Hill Carnival Childrens Day.
25 Petrol tanker with 16k gals onboard exploded in Sydney Harbour.
25 World Shove Ha'penny Championships were held in Barnstaple, Devon
26 First ever Montreal Indy car race won by Dario Franchitti (GB).
26 Over 200k enjoyed the second day of the Notting Hill Carnival.
26 Philippines ex-pres. Joseph Estrada assets frozen in fraud case.
26 World Bog Snorkling Championships took place in South Wales.
27 70k Australian Star War fans gave religion as Jedi in last census
27 Over 1 mil attended the trouble-free 3 day Notting Hill Carnival.
28 20k Chinese were on dyke watch as the Yangtze River overflowed.
AUG 28 Red Hot Chilli Peppers won Best Band at The Kerrang Awards.
29 European MSG-1 Weather satellite put into orbit (1st of 3).
29 La Tomatina Festival (a 130 ton tomato fight) in Bunol, Spain.
29 Marconi was taken over by it's bankers for £4 billion.
30 Eminem won Best Male Video at MTV Awards, and was booed.
30 The last ever Rolls-Royce rolled out of the Crewe factory.
31 Biggest Hindu gathering outside India took place in Watford.
31 Over 20k marched from Johannesburg's shanties to the Earth Summit
Died : SEP 10 Michael Elphick, actor. (55)
1 Michael Schumaker won the Belgian F1 GP in a Ferrari.
1 Speeding motorists caught by police cameras passed 1 mil per year
2 Atomic Kitten entered the UK chart at No1 with The Tide is High.
2 Drug scandal hit the World Open Bridge Championship in Montreal.
3 HIT and Guillane Entertainment merged into a new £500 mil company
3 Ladysmith in N.Wisconsin was destroyed by a Tornado.
4 Cardboard traffic cops put up in Lithuania to boost road safety.
4 Chinese govt blocked access to Google internet search engine.
4 World Summit in Johannesburg agreed action plan to fight poverty.
5 Kelly Clarkson won American Idol (US version of UK Pop Idol).
5 Team USA was beaten by Argentina in World Basketball Championship
6 Afghan President Karzai survived an assassination attempt.
SEP 6 Greek govt banned computer games in internet cafes.
6 Iraq air defence base attacked by 100 US and UK warplanes.
7 Afghan Pres Hamid Karzai flew to NY to attend Sept 11th events.
7 BHS billionaire Peter Green paid £770 mil for Arcadia.
7 Iran successfully test fired a nuclear capable ballistic missile.
8 British Library displayed a digital copy of 700 yr old Koran book
8 Ex Microsoft pres Rick Belluzzo was let off a $15 mil loan.
8 Pete Sampras won the US Open Tennis Championship for the 5th time
8 PM Blair & Pres Bush agree shared strategy on Iraq at Camp David.
9 Marks & Spencer is Europes biggest clothes retailer.
9 US Open Tennis Championship was won by Pete Sampras ( v Agassi ).
10 Kodak recall 75k digital cameras that could give electric shocks.
10 US embassy in Jakarta closed due to risk of attack.
SEP 11 A one-minute silence was held in the UK at 1:46pm.
11 Britains Jakarta embassy closed due to threats of attack.
11 Switzerland became (unanimously) the 190th member of the UN.
12 Australias National Sheep Counting Championships held at Hay.
12 London Fashion Week started.
13 Europes biggest boat show opened in Southampton.
13 Govt of Papua, New Guinea launched its own brand of condoms.
13 Top of the Pops broadcast its 2000th show, it started in 1964.
13 World Paintball Championships held at The Crystal Palace, London.
14 Battle of Antietam was recreated by 13000 US Civil War buffs.
14 Jaguar unveiled the newest and 7th version of its XJ saloon.
14 Ramzi Binalshibh, Sep 11th mastermind, arrested in Pakistan.
14 Scotland's Dario Franchitti won the Rockingham 500 CART race.
SEP 15 M Schumaker won the Italian F1 GP in a Ferrari.
15 Spanish riot police fired rubber bullets at ETA rally in Bilbao.
15 Ten Simpsons fans Watched a record breaking 25hrs in Cardiff.
16 Bentley Motors Ltd was resurrected in the original Crewe location
16 Goran Persson (Social Democrats) became PM of Sweden.
16 Oldest person in the world, Kamato Hongo of Japan, was 115 today.
17 200 nuclear warheads have gone missing in the Ukraine.
17 Cargo of Japan's nuclear waste stopped by Greenpeace at Cumbria.
17 Iraq unconditionally accepted the return of UN weapons inspectors
18 A Chinese restarant owner poisoned a rivals food and killed 38.
18 A collapse in coffee price threatened to ruin 25 million growers.
18 Ms Dynamite won the Mercury Music Prize for A Little Deeper.
19 North and South Korean troops began demining the DMZ after 50 yrs
SEP 19 WWII Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon was freed from a French jail
20 Hurricane Isadora hit Cuba.
20 The Ribble Link opened, the first new canal to open for 100 yrs.
21 Stella McCartney opened her first fashion store in Manhatten, NY.
21 World Gurning Competition in Cumbria. (famous since 13th century)
22 Israeli troops destroyed another building in Arafat's compound.
22 Liberty and Livelihood march in London attracted 250k people.
22 London motorists were asked not to drive in annual Car Free Day.
23 Earthquake in the UK (R4.8), West Midlands, biggest for 10 years.
23 Friends finally won the Best Comedy Emmy after 8 years.
23 Gerhard Schroder of SDP-Green coalition won the German elections.
23 Jamaicans in future pledge to their nation instead of the Queen.
24 Boeing announced it needed to replace 3000 dangerous fuel pumps.
SEP 24 Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster guitar (burnt on stage) sold for £300k.
24 UK govt published a 50 page dossier on abuses by Iraq.
25 Microsoft bought UK software game maker Rare for £250m.
25 Xerox accounting practices came under US Attorney's investigation
26 Alan Greenspan (US) received an honourary knighthood at Balmoral.
26 Kelly Clarkson, winner of American Idol, made No 1 in US charts.
27 Ford launched its first open top car in Europe - the StreetKa.
27 Tropical storm Isadore dumped 15 ins of rain on the US Gulf Coast
27 VH1 poll made Madonna the Greatest Woman in Music History.
28 Anti Iraq war - peace rally - in London attracted 250k.
28 Demonstration at IMF annual meeting in Washington - 600 arrested.
29 Elizabeth Taylor sold some of her jewellery (£165k) for charity.
29 Indianapolis F1 GP won by Rubens Barichello in a Ferrari.
SEP 29 Letitia Dean (Eastenders) married Jason Pethers.
29 Turkish police seized 15 kilos of weapons grade uranium.
29 USA lost The Ryder Cup (golf) which came back to Europe.
30 Israeli troops withdrew from what was left of Arafat's compound.
30 The demolition of the old Wembley Stadium started at 11 am.
Died : OCT 4 Bruce Paltrow, film director. (father of Gwyneth Paltrow)
Died : 14 Horace Lee Logan, DJ. (Creator of "Elvis has left the building")
Died : 21 Nikolai Rukavishnikov, cosmonaut. (70)
Died : 24 Richard Helms, CIA director - fired by Richard Nixon.
Died : 26 Richard Harris, actor.
1 Durham became first UK city to impose a city centre car charge.
1 Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong burnt the Chinese flag.
1 UK minimum wage increased by 10p to £4.20.
1 US scientists said ozone layer had split in two and was smaller.
2 An Iraq-UN arms inspection deal was rejected by USA and UK.
2 Former Pres Bill Clinton was welcomed at Labour Party Conference.
2 Lord Archer repaid £1.5m libel damages to Express Newspapers.
3 Andrew Fastow, Enron accountant (40), was charged with fraud.
OCT 3 Possible results fixing of 50k A-level students results in review
4 Pakistan test fired a surface-to-surface nuclear capable missile.
4 The Queen's Golden Jubilee roadshow hit Canada.
5 Tobacco giant Philip Morris appealed against damages of $28 bn.
5 UN censured UK for not banning the smacking of children.
5 US John Lindh sentenced to 20 yrs for fighting for the Taleban.
6 Jackie Chan unveiled as Hollywood Walk of Fame star (no 2205).
6 Marcus Grunholm became World Rally Champion. (2nd time in 3 yrs)
7 Mick Jagger donated £100k to his old school.
7 The Pope made Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer a saint. (Opus Dei)
8 Girlguiding UK launched a new Brownie uniform by Ally Capellino.
8 Third Briton in space, Piers Sellers (47), orbitted in Atlantis.
9 Kylie Minogues bra sold at a charity auction for £2400.
OCT 9 Paris fashion week - 95 presentations in 9 days.
10 Dixons bought Italian UniEuro domestic appliances for £230 mil.
10 Famous hacker Kevin Mitnick auctioned his laptops for $5k.
11 British astronaut Piers Sellers took a 7 hour space walk.
11 Xbox Halo won 2 awards at BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards.
12 Former President Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize.
12 Nicholas Cage sold his comic collection for $1.6 mil.
12 Russian census takers requested answers from 3 cosmonauts on ISS.
13 Bomb exploded in a Shopping Mall in Finland killing 7, 59 injured
13 Ferrari were named as world champion F1 manufacturer.
13 Final F1 GP of 2002, the Japanese, was won by M Schumacher.
13 Huge car bomb killed 182 at a tourist club in Bali, Indonesia.
13 Michael Schumaker became World Champion F1 driver.
OCT 13 World Conker Championships took place at Ashton, Northants.
14 Paula Radcliffe won the Chicago Marathon in a record 2h 17m 18s.
14 Wampler Foods of Philadelphia recalled 27.4 mil pounds of deli.
15 European Commission decided only feta cheese from Greece is feta.
15 HIT Entertainment (Barney & Bob the Builder) profits up 264%.
16 James Bond's gadgets were shown in a 40th anniversary exhibition.
16 Sherlock Holmes awarded a Royal Society Fellowship.
17 Britain's first not-for-profit bank, The Charity Bank, opened.
17 Europe's black hole hunter, The Integral Telescope, blasted off.
18 Microsoft profits for July-Sept were $7.75 billion.
18 Third Briton in space Piers Sellers landed in Atlantis shuttle.
19 First British beef for 6 years entered France.
19 The 2207th star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame was rock band Queen
OCT 20 Annual Apple Day in Britain.
20 World Chess Champ Vladimir Kramnik drew with Deep Fritz computer.
21 Dora Bakoyianni became Athens first female mayor.
21 Irish referendum voted FOR expansion of the European Union.
21 Vladimir Kramnik drew 4-4 with Deep Fritz chess computer.
22 Birmingham's 13th Motor Show opened - a record 90k tickets sold.
22 Earthquake in Manchester, ENGLAND - 2.9 on the richter scale.
22 Horatio Nelson memorobilia (93 lots) sold at auction for £2.1 mil
23 Atomic Kitten launched the new MG Atomix at Birmingham Motor Show
23 Washington DC serial sniper warned "your children are not safe".
24 Chechen rebels held 700 hostages at a Moscow theatre.
24 Following fraud allegations AOL restated it's last 2 yrs profits.
24 The 13 www domain name computers were attacked by hackers.
OCT 25 Dr Martens UK boot factories closed - relocated in China.
25 John Allen Muhammed - Washington's serial sniper - was captured.
26 A mini tornado hit Hampshire amid the worst storms for 10 yrs.
26 The 4th Clipper Round the World Yacht Race (2002) left Liverpool.
26 The 700 hostages in a Moscow theatre were freed by Special forces
27 British winter time began - clocks went back 1 hour.
27 LoganAir ran it's first sunday service to The Hebrides.
27 New lowcost airline bmibaby launched with 7 services to Europe.
28 Anaheim Angels bt San Francisco 4-1 for the basesall World Series
28 More than 50 countries took part in the annual Dublin Marathon.
29 Left wing Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva won Brasil's pres. election.
29 Mt Etna in Sicily burst into life with dramatic eruptions.
30 Freeview digital TV started transmitting with 30 free channels.
OCT 30 Russian rocket took off for the ISS with 2 cosmos and a Belgian.
31 About 200 Haiti refugees swam ashore at Miami.
31 EC fined Sotheby's £12mil for price fixing with Christie's.
31 Victoria's Secret showed a jewel knicker and bra set worth £6 mil
Died : NOV 1 Jam Master Jay, rapper, Run DMC. (Shot in a recording studio).
Died : 5 Jonathan Harris, actor. (Dr Zachary Smith in Lost In Space)
Died : 16 Myra Hindley, Moors Murderer. (killed 3 children with Ian Brady)
Died : 19 James Coburn, actor.
1 Earthquake collapsed an Italian infants school killing 22.
2 Major earthquake (R7.5) in Indonesia.
3 Earthquake (R6.2) hit Northern Japan.
3 First 'assisted suicide' of a Briton happened at a Swiss clinic.
3 London World premiere of Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets.
4 Police evicted 100 immigrants from Paris church they had occupied
4 Stardust space probe completed a flyby of asteroid Annefrank.
4 The world's largest earthquake so far hit Alaska (R7.9).
5 Over 500k Ford Focus cars were recalled for safety inspection.
NOV 5 US Hellfire missile killed 6 al-Qaeda from an unmanned aircraft.
6 Prince Charles toured cheese factory in Rome run by drug addicts.
6 US mid-terms saw republicans reclaim House of Representatives.
7 Chrysler recalled 500k minivans due to air bag fault.
7 Winona Ryder found guilty of shoplifting in Beverley Hills store.
8 Gibraltar referendum of 18k decided to remain British by 99% to 1
8 Japan's whalers began a 5 month cruise to kill 400 antarctic minke
9 Saddam Husein given 7 days to comply with UN weapons resolutions.
9 The Lord Mayors Show in London attracted 500k.
9 The Police were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in NY.
10 Over 100 wildfires were raging around Sydney, Australia.
10 UK doll maker Susanne Pitt was sued for selling Bondage Barbie.
11 At least 16 died in tornadoes that ripped thru Alabama and Ohio.
NOV 11 First time in 800 years magistrates court staff went on strike.
12 Vodafone half year profits up 41% to £4.25 billion.
13 Barbie's hands and feet were set in Hollywood's famous concrete.
13 Briton Gary McKinnon was accused of biggest ever hacking crime.
13 Texas Prison Museum took delivery of "Old Sparky" electric chair.
14 French police evicted 70 Iraqi refugees from a Calais church.
14 UK firefighters went on 24 hour strike over pay.
14 UK pop singles chart is 50 years old.
15 Dell regained it's position as world's largest PC manufacturer.
15 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets premiered worldwide.
15 Mount Papandayan volcano in Indonesia erupted.
15 MTV Europe Music Awards gave Eminem Best Male, Album & Hip-Hop.
16 BBC 7 hour Children in Need telethon made £13.5 and rising.
NOV 16 The world's fastest computer is Japanese NEC at 36 trillion cps.
16 Uk govt obtained worldwide protection for the basking shark.
17 Bahrain appointed 6 women and a Jew to it's parliament.
17 Latest Harry Potter movie took $29m in it's first day in the US.
18 No 1 on UK charts 50th anniversary - Christina Aguilera - Dirty.
18 Prince Charles was crowned Beer Drinker of the Year, by MPs.
19 Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets first weekend UK record of £10m.
19 Royal premiere of Die Another Day - the 20th Bond movie.
19 UN weapons inspectors returned to Iraq after 4 years.
20 Ecological disaster off NW Spain - tanker spilled 70k tons of oil
20 Singapore ended a 12 year ban on chewing gum.
21 Beaujolais Nouveau was uncorked from New York to Beijing.
21 UK's first public human body dissection for 170 yrs was staged
NOV 21 Zafarullah Khan Jamali, Pakistan's 20th PM, was elected.
22 An 8 day strike by firefighters over pay started.
22 An 8ft condom displayed at Andhra Pradesh state assembly in India
22 Over 100 killed in rioting in Nigeria over the Miss World Contest
23 Miss World contestants left Nigeria for the new venue - London.
23 Zafarullah Khan Jamali ended Pakistan's 3 years of military rule.
24 Disney Magic cruise ship disinfected after food poisoning of 200
24 The 50th anniversary of The Mousetrap was attended by The Queen.
24 The first Red Indian in space went up on the Shuttle Endeavour.
25 Annual million $ Rubber Duck Race in Singapore with 123 500 ducks
25 French transport and air traffic controllers on strike.
26 A 14 ft 520lb thresher shark was caught by a trawler off Cornwall
26 Bush fires were threatening Sydney, Australia.
NOV 27 A class action started by tenants of the USA's biggest landlord.
27 Prince Charles pulled a pint in the Poet Lureate Pub in Poundbury
28 Australia and Canada closed their embassies in the Phillipines.
28 Suicide bomber and missiles fired by terrorists in Mombasa, Kenya
29 Chilean prostitutes sued a church for taking over their brothel.
29 Israel began the evacuation of it's citizens from Kenya.
29 The 76th Macy's Parade saw Charlie Brown and Big Bird on Broadway
30 Anna Luhrmann (19) became the youngest German and European MP.
30 Mark Owen (ex member of Take That) won TVs Celebrity Big Brother.
30 US Ken Bowersox took over the ISS from Russian Val Korzun.
Died : DEC 26 James Ferman, former chief film censor.
Died : 27 Herb Ritts, photographer.
1 Beatles Paul and Ringo played a concert for deceased George.
1 Winners of TVs Popstars chosen, and called themselves Girls Aloud
2 Clergyman's union Amicus London demonstration for labour rights.
2 Harry Potter and James Bond films battled over Thanksgiving Day.
3 Students demonstration in London over tuition fees increase.
3 UN weapons inspectors paid their first visit to an Iraqi "Palace"
4 King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand released 5600 prisoners.
4 Total eclipse of the sun over Australia. Next one in 30 years.
5 First bus carrying refugees from Sangratte Camp arrived in UK.
5 Part of the Home & Away set was destroyed in fires around Sydney.
6 Australia passed laws restricting the use of handguns.
DEC 6 Demolition commenced on Wembley Stadium. (twin tower crowns)
7 Chechen terrorist leader released on bail by Vanessa Redgrave.
7 Miss Turkey, Azra Akin, was crowned Miss World in London.
7 Winona Ryder sentenced to 3 yrs probation for shoplifting.
8 Iraq issued a 12000 page dossier denying it had illegal weapons.
8 Two Van Gogh paintings stolen from Amsterdam museum.
9 Large fire in Edinburgh's historic Old Town - burnt for 36 hours.
9 Serbia presidential election failed for 2nd time (under 50% voted)
10 BT's monopoly on directory enquiries gained 10 competitors.
10 North Carolina asked to be made a disaster area after ice storms.
10 US United Airlines filed for the largest ever airline bankruptcy.
11 A million ex ITV Digital viewers were asked to pay £40 for the box.
11 Cable and Wireless were dropped from the Ftse 100 after 18 yrs.
DEC 12 Europe's heavy lift Ariane 5 rocket failed on it's first flight.
12 Mormon Church ended the practice of posthumously baptising Jews.
12 New York banned smoking in all bars, restaurants and workplaces.
13 EU agreed to admit 10 new eastern members subject to referendums.
13 Pilgrims celebrated Mexico's new patron saint Juan Diego.
14 BBC1's million pound Fame Academy winner was David Sneddon.
14 Japan launched it's first rocket, with a satellite for Australia.
15 BBC Radio 7 launched as comedy, drama and children's channel.
15 British Comedy Award for best program went to The Office.
15 The Red Cross's French Sangatte refugee camp finally stood empty.
15 £30 mil of BMW's and Volvo's sank in The Channel after collision.
16 Crimestoppers offered £500 reward to inform on drink drivers
16 Japan won golf's World Cup for the first time since 1957.
DEC 17 Jamaica released 567 felons early to balance the state budget.
17 Royal Mint issued a £5 coin for the queen's 50th anniversary.
18 Black & white photo of Marilyn Monroe sold for £14k at Christies.
18 Wild elephants in India stole rice wine and trampled 6 to death.
19 Britney Spears replaced as the face of Pepsi by Beyonce Knowles.
19 LA judge cut a smokers cancer compensation from $28bn to $28mil.
20 Sir Jimmy Young was thrown off lunchtime Radio 2 show after 30yrs
20 Will Young was voted TV Personality of the year.
21 Oldest fake Christmas tree anywhere found in Wiltshire,116yrs old
21 Sweden, Canada and GB closed embassies in Colombia after threats.
22 Red Cross banned Xmas decorations to avoid offending other faiths
22 Xmas no.1 was Girls Aloud - Sound of the Underground.
23 Sir Paul McCartney got his coat of arms - liver bird and guitar.
DEC 23 The Two Towers topped box office on both sides of the Atlantic.
24 Barbie's friend, pregnant Midge withdrawn after complaints.
24 Hottest selling toy of the year was miniature remote control cars
24 Scouts at International Jamboree in Thailand issued free condoms.
25 Storm dumped 3ft of snow on NE USA.
25 The Pope attacked plans for a war with Iraq.
26 Biggest win by one person in US Powerball Lottery - $315 million.
26 Russia inquiry claimed Harry Potter books discredit Christianity.
27 China closed 3000 internet cafes for "safety reasons".
27 Most popular web search was "Britney Spears" - 2nd year running.
28 Town of Bridgeville, California was sold on e-bay for $1.8mil.
28 Two truck bombs used in Chechen capital Grozny, 46 dead 70 hurt.
29 About 60 parachutists jumped from the Petronas Tower in Malysia.
DEC 29 JK Rowling was the UK's highest earning woman at £48m (Queen £8m)
30 China launched it's 4th unmanned space capsule.
30 Holly Valance opened Harrods Winter sale.
30 USA's Peace Corps asked to leave Russia amid spying allegations.
31 Movie legend Jean Simmons was awarded an OBE.
31 New laws enabled pubs and clubs to open for 36 hours.