Significant Events in 2002?
Wow! How to summarise! It's hard to know what you consider the most significant events, but I included some of the more major things that happened.
January 8 - The No Child Left Behind Act is signed into law by U.S. president George W. Bush
January 9 - The United States Department of Justice announces it will pursue a criminal investigation of Enron.
January 16 - U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announces that American Taliban member John Walker Lindh will be tried in the United States.
January 23 - Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is kidnapped in Pakistan, accused of being a CIA agent by his captors.
February 8 вЂ“ February 24 - The 2002 Winter Olympics are held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
February 12 - The U.S. Secretary of Energy makes the decision that Yucca Mountain is suitable to be the United States' nuclear repository.
February 19 - NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system.
March 1 - U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: In eastern Afghanistan, Operation Anaconda begins.
March 19 - US Attack on Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda ends (started on March 1) after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters, with 11 allied troop fatalities.
May 21 - The US State Department releases a report naming 7 state sponsors of terrorism: Iran, Iraq, Cuba, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.
May 22 - 16th Street Baptist Church bombing: A jury in Birmingham, Alabama convicts former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murders of 4 girls.
May 30 - The final piece of debris from The World Trade Center is removed from Ground Zero.
September 12 - U.S. President George W. Bush addresses the U.N., and challenges its members to confront the "grave and gathering danger" of Iraq, or stand aside as the United States and likeminded nations act.
October 2 - The Congress of the United States passes a joint resolution, which authorizes the President to use the United States Armed Forces as he deems necessary and appropriate, against Iraq.
October 2 - The Beltway sniper attacks begin with 5 shootings in Montgomery County, Maryland.
November 5 - The Godless Americans March on Washington brings together 2,000 atheists, freethinkers, and humanists in a mile-long parade down the National Mall.
November 5 - The U.S. Republican Party maintains control of the House of Representatives and gains control of the United States Senate.
November 6 - The U.S. Federal Reserve System drops its primary discount rate by 50 basis points to 0.75%, putting the real interest rate solidly below the inflation rate.
November 25 - U.S. President George W. Bush signs the Homeland Security Act into law, establishing the Department of Homeland Security, in the largest U.S. government reorganization since the creation of the Department of Defense in 1947.
December 9 - United Airlines, the second largest airline in the world, files for bankruptcy.