U.S. Political: President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act
U.S. Culture; Michael Jackson receives the Artist of the Century award at the American music awards
Human rights activists believe prisoners kept at camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba are being abused
Oklahoma ice stom
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
Kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is murdered in Karachi, Pakistan.
U.S sports: Winter Olympics open in Utah
London: Princess Margaret,sister of Queen Elizabeth II, died at age 71
U.S. science: NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system.
Prince Harry escapes drug charges
The peseta is discontinued as official currency of Spain and is replaced with the euro
U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins in eastern Afghanistan
Canada bans human embryo cloning but permits government-funded scientists to use embryos left over from fertility treatment or abortions.
Passover Massacre: A suicide bomber kills 29 people in Netanya, Israel
London Political: Queen Mother dies
The Netherlands legalizes euthanasia, becoming the first nation in the world to do so.
Restrictions were loosened further for mercy killings and assisted suicide for patients with unbearable, terminal illness.
U.S. Health- First artificial heart recipient comes home from hospital
24-hour video channel set to launch
The last successful telemetry from the NASA space probe Pioneer 10.
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
Last performance of the musical Cats in London's West End.
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
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
The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars
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.
The first direct electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans is carried out by Kevin Warwick in the United Kingdom
Hit reality show, American Idol premiered its first episode on Fox Network
An earthquake in western Iran measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale kills more than 261 people
The Igandu train disaster in Tanzania kills 281, the worst train accident in African history
The International Criminal Court is established to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression
Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon.
Columbia Pictures publicly distributed Men in Black II into movie theaters
Michel Brunet, a paleontologist at the University of Poitiers, France, announced in the journal Nature that a 7-million-year-old skull found in the desert of Chad is the earliest hominid fossil ever found.
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.
Nine coal miners trapped in the flooded Quecreek Mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, are rescued after 77 hours underground.
British cases of Legionnaires' disease continue to rise, to a total of 56 diagnosed cases so far, in that country's largest outbreak for many years
Mathematics: A group at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur have presented an algorithm that they claim determines whether a number is prime in polynomial time relative to the length of the input number in bits. This is an important result in comput
Dozens are killed by floods caused by torrential rains in Europe, including the Malše and Blanice rivers of the Czech Republic, the Black Sea resort village of Shirokaya Balka near Novorossiisk in Russia, and Romania. The downpours have also caused extens
Extreme weather: On the seventh day of heavy rains, the peak of 100-year flood of the Vltava River reaches Prague, and the Kampa district is submerged under several yards of water, as well as the Prague Zoo, killing an elephant, five rhinoceros, a lion, a
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.
President Bush and British Prime Minister said there is ample evidence that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction
Switzerland, traditionally a neutral country, joins the United Nations.
U.S. people throughout the nation take time to honor the fallen of September 11, 2001
The Kolka-Karmadon rock/ice slide started.
The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox ("Phoenix 0.1") is released
The French oil tanker Limburg is bombed off Yemen.
A bomb attack in a shopping mall in Vantaa, Finland kills seven.
former President Jimmy Carter wins the Nobel Peace Prize "for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development."
Moscow: Chechen gunmen seize theater
Anaheim Angels defeat San Francisco Giants 4-3 in baseball's World Series championship, MVP: Troy Glaus, Anaheim
Chinese authorities arrest cyber-dissident He Depu for signing pro-democracy letter to the 16th Communist Party Congress
12 people are killed in a fire on board a train headed for Vienna from Paris.
The United States House of Representatives votes not to create an independent commission to investigate the September 11 attacks.
NATO invites Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.
Britain: 51,000 firefighters went on strike in pursuit of 40% wage increase.
Dave McNally, American baseball player dies.
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.
US Senator Trent Lott resigns as majority leader.
Joe Strummer, lead singer of the British punk band The Clash, dies at age 50
Two truck bombs kill 72 and wound 200 at the pro-Moscow headquarters of the Chechen government in Grozny, Chechnya.