2002 Fun Facts, Trivia, and History

Updated on April 18, 2019
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This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2002.
This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2002.

Quick History Facts From 2002

What are some fun facts, trivia, and history from 2002? For openers, Vice-President Dick Cheney served as Acting President for two-and-a-half hours, an asteroid the size of a football field missed the Earth by only 75,000 miles, and the Pentagon was rededicated exactly one year after the attack on the building. Phillips-Van Heusen purchased Calvin Klein; eBay bought PayPal; and Kmart, WorldCom, and Napster all filed for bankruptcy.

In 2002, President George W. Bush signed "The Sarbanes Oxley Act" (SOX) into law, California faced a record budget deficit of $35 billion, and U.S. Senator Trent Lott resigned as the Republican leader in the Senate. Google Shopping and Pepsi Blue were both launched, the Firefox browser was released in beta, and “American Idol” premiered on Fox.

Back in 2002, the average lifespan in the U.S. was 79.6 years for women and 74.4 years for men, Time Magazine’s “Persons of the Year” were a trio of female whistleblowers, and Claritan became an over-the-counter drug. The average netizen spent 46 minutes a day online; AOL was the most popular website; and favorite web searches included Spiderman, Shakira, and Star Wars.

In 2002, “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” was the most popular film, “The Summons” was the most popular fiction book, and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS) was the top TV show. “A Beautiful Mind” won an Oscar for Best Picture, Jennifer Anniston (“Friends”) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, and “Walk On” won a Grammy for Record of the Year.

Back in 2002, unemployment hovered around 5.8%, inflation averaged 1.58%, and the federal minimum wage was $6.75. A loaf of bread cost $1.39, London broil was $2.49 a pound, and three pounds of bananas were $1.00. The prime rate was 4.25%, one ounce of gold was $342.75, and the retail price for a gallon of gas averaged $1.61.

In 2002, Michael and Madison were favorite baby names, trenchcoats and tube tops were all the rage, and creme brûlée and cupcakes were crowd-pleasers. The New England Patriots were the Super Bowl champs, the Anaheim Angels won the World Series, and the Detroit Red Wings clinched the Stanley Cup.

Back in 2002, actor Charlie Sheen married actress Denise Richards; comedian Tom Green divorced actress Drew Barrymore; and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother of the UK, passed away. The Toyota Camry was America’s best-selling car, Walmart was America’s largest employer, and Eminem's “The Eminem Show” “was the top-selling album of the year—selling 7.6 million copies."

On the international news stage, Switzerland joined the United Nations, the Netherlands legalized euthanasia, and Lance Armstrong was disqualified from the 89th Tour de France. The euro became the official currency in 12 of the 15 European Union countries, Taiwan joined the World Trade Organization (WTO), and Russia became a limited partner in NATO.

Whether you’re a millennial, a 50-something, or a baby boomer, this article teaches you fun facts and trivia from 2002. Find out fast about popular TV shows, movies, songs, books, foods, and other pop culture trends and history facts for your 2000s-themed trivia quiz.

Table of Contents

For your convenience, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Grocery Prices in 2002
  2. History Facts from the USA
  3. International News
  4. Interesting Sports Trivia
  5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends
  6. Computer and Internet History Facts
  7. Nobel Prize Winners
  8. Most Popular Television Shows of 2002–2003
  9. Best-Selling Fiction and Nonfiction Books
  10. Most Popular Movies of the Year
  11. Interesting Horror Movies From 2002
  12. 74th Annual Academy Awards
  13. Biggest Pop Music Artists
  14. Number One Music Hits for the Year
  15. 44th Annual Grammy Awards
  16. Most Popular Video Games
  17. Popular Foods and Beverages
  18. Heartthrobs and Hunks
  19. Famous Weddings and Divorces
  20. Famous People Who Died in 2002
  21. Popular Toys
  22. The 10 Best-Selling Cars in America - 2002 Year End
  23. America’s Largest Corporations
  24. Major Internet Companies Established
  25. 2002 Trivia Quiz

In 2002, it took an average of 16 seconds for a web page to load.
In 2002, it took an average of 16 seconds for a web page to load.

1. Grocery Prices in 2002

These history facts from the American grocery industry have been made available courtesy of the Morris County Public Library in Whippany, NJ.

  1. Apples (Granny Smith) - 99 cents a pound

  2. Bananas - Three pounds for $1.00

  3. Beef (London broil) - $2.49 a pound

  4. Bottled water (500ml, American Fare) - $1.99 for a 12-pack

  5. Bread (all flavors, Arnold) - $1.39 for a 24-ounce loaf

  6. Broccoli - $1.50 per bunch

  7. Butter (Land O’Lakes) - $3.99 for a one-pound package

  8. Cantaloupes (large) - 99 cents each

  9. Cereal (Kellogg’s Froot Loops) - $3.50 for a 24.8-ounce box

  10. Coffee (Taster’s Choice, instant) - $4.99 for a seven-ounce jar

  11. Cola (Coca-Cola) - 99 cents for a two-liter bottle

  12. Cookies (Nabisco Fig Newtons) - $2.50 for a 16-ounce package

  13. Ice cream (Turkey Hill) - $2.74 for a half gallon

  14. Onions (Vidalia) - $1.49 for a two-pound bag

  15. Peanut butter (Jif) - $1.79 for an 18-ounce jar

  16. Potatoes (Yukon Gold or Red) - $2.99 for a three-pound bag

  17. Preserves (Polaner Grape Jelly) - 99 cents a jar

  18. Strawberries - $3.00 for a two-pound package

  19. Watermelon (seedless) - Two pounds for $1.00

2. History Facts From the USA

  1. In 2002, George W. Bush was President of the United States and Dick Cheney was Vice-President.

  2. Unemployment averaged 5.80%. According to BLS.gov, “Rising unemployment persisted across the U.S. in 2002. Compared with the prior year, jobless rates were higher in 47 states, lower in 2 states, and unchanged in 1 state and the District of Columbia. In 2002, only Hawaii and South Dakota reported annual unemployment rate declines.”

  3. The rate of inflation was 1.58%. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index, “prices in 2018 are 39.58% higher than prices in 2002. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.11% per year during this period. In other words, $100 in 2002 is equivalent in purchasing power to $139.58 in 2018, a difference of $39.58 over 16 years.”

  4. In 2002, a loaf of bread cost $1.39, London broil was $2.49 a pound, broccoli was $1.50 a bunch, and three pounds of bananas were $1.00.

  5. Here were the sticker prices for three best-selling 2002 cars: a Mazda MPL LX cost $22,995.00, a Ford Taurus LX was $13,658.00, and a Pontiac Grand Am cost $13,499.00.

  6. In 2002, the prime rate was 4.25%, one ounce of gold was $342.75, and the average price for a gallon of gas was $1.61.

  7. The federal minimum wage was $6.75, the median household income was $42,409.00, and the average price of a new car was $21,866.00.

  8. In January 2002, the median cost of a newly-built, single-family home in the United States was $187,100 while the average price was $226,900. Comparatively, in January 2018, the median cost of a newly-built, single-family home in the U.S. was $329,600 while the average price was $377,800.

  9. On January 8, President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law. OSPI tells us that “Under the 2002 law, states are required to test students in reading and math in grades 3-8 and once in high school. All students are expected to meet or exceed state standards in reading and math by 2014.”

  10. On January 22, Kmart Corporation became the largest retailer in U.S. history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

  11. On January 29, President George W. Bush described Iraq, Iran, and North Korea as "regimes that sponsor terror" during his State of the Union address.

  12. On June 15, an asteroid the size of a football field missed the Earth by only 75,000 miles. CNN.com points out that “Cruising at 6.2 miles (10 km) per second, the big boulder could have unleashed some major firepower had it struck. The destructive force might have been comparable to an asteroid or comet that exploded over Siberia in 1908, which flattened 77 square miles (2,000 square km) of trees.”

  13. On June 29, Vice-President Dick Cheney served as Acting President of the United States for two and a half hours while President George W. Bush underwent a medical procedure.

  14. On July 28, nine coal miners were rescued from a flooded mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania after being trapped underground for 77 hours.

  15. On July 30, President George W. Bush signed the accounting law known as "The Sarbanes Oxley Act" (SOX) into law. Investopedia.com tells us that The SOX Act of 2002 “mandated strict reforms to improve financial disclosures from corporations and prevent accounting fraud. The Act was in response to accounting malpractice in the early 2000s when public scandals such as Enron Corporation, Tyco International, and WorldCom shook investor confidence in financial statements and demanded an overhaul of regulatory standards.”

  16. On September 11, after extensive repairs, the Pentagon was rededicated exactly one year after the attack on the building.

  17. On October 31, Andrew Fastow, the former chief financial officer of Enron Corporation, was indicted by a Houston grand jury on multiple counts of wire fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy.

  18. On December 18, California Governor Gray Davis announced that the state faced a record budget deficit of $35 billion, which was nearly double the amount reported one month earlier during his reelection campaign.

  19. On December 18, shirt-maker Phillips-Van Heusen purchased Calvin Klein for $400 million in cash and $30 in stock.

  20. On December 20, U.S. Senator Trent Lott resigned as the Republican leader in the Senate.

3. International News

  1. On January 1, the euro became the official currency in 12 of the 15 European Union countries. BT.com confirms that “Of all the EU countries only Sweden (which rejected the adoption of the euro by referendum) and the UK and Denmark (which negotiated exemptions) did not switch to the new currency.”

  2. On January 1, Taiwan joined the World Trade Organization (WTO).

  3. On January 16, the United Nations Security Council imposed “an open-ended arms embargo to apply to any sale or supplies to either the Taliban or to the Al-Qaeda organization regardless of location.”

  4. On February 8, the 2002 Winter Olympics opened in Salt Lake City, Utah. Britannica.com tells us that “Some 2,400 athletes representing 77 national Olympic committees from places as unlikely as Cameroon, Kenya, India, Brazil, Iran, Thailand, and Fiji competed in 78 events, which included the return of skeleton sledding and the debut of women’s bobsledding.” The games closed on February 24.

  5. On March 3, by a margin of 55% in favor to 45% against, citizens of Switzerland voted to end “centuries of political isolationism” and join the United Nations.

  6. On April 1, the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize euthanasia.

  7. On April 23, Pope John Paul II met with U.S. Catholic Church leaders at the Vatican regarding the sexual abuse of minors.

  8. On May 24, the United States and Russia signed the Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty (SORT), also known as the Moscow Treaty. ArmsControl.org tells us that SORT “commits the United States and Russia to reduce their deployed strategic nuclear forces to 1,700-2,200 warheads apiece. This warhead limit takes effect and expires on the same day, December 31, 2012. After this date, both sides are free to decrease or increase the size of their deployed strategic forces.”

  9. On May 28, Russia became a limited partner in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

  10. On July 25, the 17th Commonwealth Games opened in Manchester, England. Some 4,000 athletes from 72 nations participated in the largest multi-sport event ever held in the United Kingdom.

  11. On July 28, Lance Armstrong was disqualified from the 89th Tour de France.

  12. On August 26, the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) began in Johannesburg, South Africa.

  13. On September 20, the Kolka-Karmadon rock-ice slide began in Georgia, a country in the “Caucasus region of Eurasia.”

  14. On November 7, Iran banned adverts for products made in the United States.

  15. On November 21, NATO invited Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia to become members.

In 2002, “A Beautiful Mind” won an Oscar for Best Picture.
In 2002, “A Beautiful Mind” won an Oscar for Best Picture.

4. Interesting Sports Trivia

This sports news from 2002 has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

  • World Series Champions - Anaheim Angels

  • Super Bowl Champs - New England Patriots

  • NBA Champions - Los Angeles Lakers

  • Stanley Cup Champs - Detroit Red Wings

  • NCAA Basketball Champions - Maryland

  • NCAA Football Champs - Ohio State

  • U.S. Open Golf - Tiger Woods

  • U.S. Open Tennis (men/women) - Pete Sampras/Serena Williams

  • Wimbledon (men/women) - Lleyton Hewitt/Serena Williams

  • Kentucky Derby - War Emblem

  • World Cup (soccer) - Brazil

5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  1. In 2002, popular baby names were Jacob, Michael, Matthew, Joshua, Emily, Hannah, Madison, and Emma.

  2. The average lifespan in the U.S. was 79.6 years for women and 74.4 years for men.

  3. The cost of a Super Bowl ad was $1,900,000.

  4. Allergy medication Claritin, a prescription-only drug since 1993, was now available over-the-counter.

  5. Fashion trends for women in 2002 included bell-sleeved shirts, capri pants, cargo pants, cowl-neck tops, crop tops, denim jackets, embroidered low-rise jeans, jean shorts, puffy jackets, thong underwear, tracksuits, trenchcoats, tube tops, whale tails, and yoga pants.

  6. Katie Harman of Gresham, Oregon won the Miss America crown.

  7. Shauntay Hinton of the District of Colombia became Miss USA.

  8. Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year were a trio of female whistleblowers: FBI Agent Coleen Rowley, former WorldCom vice president Cynthia Cooper, and former Enron vice president Sherron Watkins.

  9. On June 11, “American Idol” premiered on Fox.

  10. On August 15, the Broadway musical “Hairspray” opened.

  11. “A Beautiful Mind” won a Golden Globe for Best Drama, and “Moulin Rouge” won a Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy.

  12. Russel Crowe (“A Beautiful Mind”) won a Golden Globe for Best Actor, and Sissy Spacek (“In the Bedroom”) won a Golden Globe for Best Actress.

  13. “Friends” (NBC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and “The West Wing” (NBC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. Likewise, Ray Romano (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Jennifer Anniston (“Friends”) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

  14. In 2002, a Maytag clothes dryer cost $399.00, a Maytag washing machine was $499.00, and a Eureka vacuum cleaner cost $69.99-$149.99. A cordless Panasonic telephone cost $59.99-$89.99, an 18.2-cu ft Sears refrigerator was $399.99, and a 1.4-cu ft Sears Kenmore microwave cost $249.99.

  15. Back in 2002, a Taco Bell bean burrito cost 69 cents.

In 2002, Switzerland joined the United Nations.
In 2002, Switzerland joined the United Nations.

6. Computer and Internet History Facts

These history facts from 2002 have been made available courtesy of ComputerHope.com.

  1. In 2002, 569 million people or 9.1% of the world’s population used the Internet. By 2012, 2.27 billion people or 33% of the global population were Internet users.

  2. The average netizen spent 46 minutes a day online and had three million websites to choose from.

  3. The most popular websites were AOL, MSN, Yahoo!, Google, eBay, About, Lycos, Amazon, Disney, Classmates, Gator, CNET, iVillage, Viacom, Infospace, Real, AT&T, eUniverse, TicketMaster, and Excite.

  4. Back in 2002, Internet Explorer was the most popular web browser and had a market share of 95%. In December 2018, Chrome was the favorite web browser (62.28%), followed by Safari (14.69%), Internet Explorer (7.1%), Firefox (4.93%), UC Browser (4.21%), Opera (3.13%), and Samsung Internet (2.94%).

  5. Popular web searches included Spiderman, Shakira, Winter Olympics, World Cup, Avril Lavigne, Star Wars, Eminem, American Idol, Morrowind, and Warcraft 3. Ten years later, favorite web searches were Rebecca Black, Google+, Hurricane Irene, Pinterest, Ryan Dunn, iPhone 5, Casey Anthony, Adele, Osama Bin Laden, and Steve Jobs.

  6. In 2002, it took an average of 12.5 minutes to download a song on a 56k modem. It also took 16 seconds for a web page to load.

  7. Friendster was the most popular social media site and had a “whopping” three million members.

  8. VentureBeat.com tells us that in 2002 “Blockbuster refused numerous offers to buy Netflix and was reluctant to roll out [a] subscription-based membership.” They add that Borders “refused to make an online bookstore” and that Tower Records “was slow to adapt to digital music.” (Most of us know that all three of these retailers are now tombstones.)

  9. In 2002, the non-profit organization Creative Commons was founded. CC offers copyright licenses for digital work and “allows the content creator to specify which rights they want to be reserved and which they will waive.”

  10. Back in 2002, QuickBooks, a software program for business and office tasks, was launched. ComputerHope.com explains that “These tasks include managing finances, creating and printing invoices, managing and balancing bank accounts, paying and managing bills, and managing finances and inventory.”

  11. In February, Google launched its first hardware device known as the “Google Search Appliance.”

  12. In March, Adobe Photoshop 7.0 was released to the public.

  13. On March 2, the Internet service provider @Home Network went out of business. At its peak, the company provided high-speed Internet service to over four million subscribers in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

  14. On May 16, the computer-related film “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones” was released.

  15. On June 3, music-swapping site Napster filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The decision was part of an agreement reached in May when Bertelsmann, the German media giant, agreed to purchase Napster's assets for $8 million. Lifewire.com tells us that Napster didn't last very long “due to the lack of control over the transfer of copyrighted material across its network. Napster's illegal operations were soon on the radar of the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), which filed a lawsuit against it for the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material. After a long court battle, the RIAA obtained an injunction from the courts that forced Napster to shut down its network in 2001.”

  16. On June 21, the long-distance telephone and data-service company WorldCom filed for bankruptcy.

  17. On September 23, the Firefox browser was released in beta.

  18. On October 3, PayPal was acquired by eBay.

  19. On November 2, the LinkedIn.com domain was registered.

  20. On November 25, software developer Roxio purchased both the Napster name and logo in a bankruptcy auction.

  21. In December, Google launched its shopping service Froogle.

7. Nobel Prize Winners

This Nobel Prize news has been made available courtesy of InfoPlease.com.

  1. Peace: Jimmy Carter, former President of the United States

  2. Physics: Raymond Davis, Jr. (U.S.) and Masatoshi Koshiba (Japan)

  3. Medicine: Sydney Brenner (UK), H. Robert Horvitz (U.S.), and John E. Sulston (UK)

  4. Chemistry: John B. Fenn (U.S.) and Koichi Tanaka (Japan)

  5. Literature: Imre Kertész (Hungary)

In 2002, cupcakes were real crowd-pleasers.
In 2002, cupcakes were real crowd-pleasers.

8. Most Popular Television Shows of 2002–2003

This TV trivia has been made available courtesy of FBibler.Chez.com. Please note that the rankings are from adults 18-49.

  1. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS)

  2. Friends (NBC)

  3. Joe Millionaire (FOX)

  4. ER (NBC)

  5. American Idol (FOX)

  6. Survivor (CBS)

  7. Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)

  8. Law & Order (NBC)

  9. Monday Night Football (ABC)

  10. CSI: Miami (CBS)

9. Best-Selling Fiction and Nonfiction Books

These facts have been made available courtesy of PublishersWeekly.com.

Fiction:

  1. The Summons by John Grisham

  2. Red Rabbit by Tom Clancy

  3. Remnant by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye

  4. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

  5. Prey by Michael Crichton

  6. Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

  7. The Shelters of Stone by Jean M. Auel

  8. Four Blind Mice by James Patterson

  9. Everything’s Eventual by Stephen King

  10. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

  11. From a Buick 8 by Stephen King

  12. The Beach House by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge

  13. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones by R. A. Salvatore

  14. Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks

  15. Answered Prayers by Danielle Steel

Nonfiction:

  1. Self Matters by Dr. Phil McGraw

  2. A Life God Rewards by Bruce Wilkinson with David Kopp

  3. Let’s Roll! by Lisa Beamer with Ken Abraham

  4. Guinness World Records 2003

  5. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

  6. Leadership by Rudolph W. Giuliani

  7. Prayer for Jabez for Women by Darlene Wilkinson

  8. Bush at War by Bob Woodward

  9. Portrait of a Killer by Patricia Cornwell

  10. Body for Life by Bill Phillips

  11. I Hope You Dance by Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers

  12. Stupid White Men by Michael Moore

  13. Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson

  14. Good to Great by Jim Collins

  15. Get with the Program by Bob Greene

10. Most Popular Movies of the Year

This movie trivia has been made available courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

  2. Spider-Man

  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

  4. The Bourne Identity

  5. Minority Report

  6. Phone Booth

  7. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

  8. Ice Age

  9. Die Another Day

  10. Red Dragon

  11. Men in Black II

  12. The Transporter

  13. About a Boy

  14. 28 Days Later

  15. The Scorpion King

  16. My Big Fat Greek Wedding

  17. Resident Evil

  18. Blade II

  19. Mr. Deeds

  20. Austin Powers in Goldmember

  21. Two Weeks Notice

  22. Lilo & Stitch

  23. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

  24. Analyze That

  25. Equilibrium

In 2002, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" was the most popular TV show.
In 2002, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" was the most popular TV show.

11. Interesting Horror Movies From 2002

Horror films included 28 Days Later, Below, Blade II, Cabin Fever, Carrie, Close Your Eyes, Dahmer, Darkness, Dark Water, Death Factory, Deathwatch, Demon Island, Descendent, Dog Soldiers, Dolla Morte, D-Tox, Eight Legged Freaks, FeardotCom, Fear of the Dark, Ghost Ship, Going Home, Halloween: Resurrection, Horror, In My Skin, Inner Senses, Killer Bees, and Long Time Dead.

Other horror movies from 2002 were Make a Wish, Maléfique, May, My Little Eye, One Hour Photo, Phone, Project Viper, Pythons 2, Queen of the Damned, Red Dragon, Resident Evil, Shark Attack 3, Snake Island, Spliced, The Eye, The Mothman Prophecies, The Rats, The Ring, They, Vampires: Los Muertos, Wishcraft, Wolfhound, and Wolves of Wall Street.

12. 74th Annual Academy Awards

These film facts have been made available courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  1. Best Picture: “A Beautiful Mind”

  2. Best Director: Ron Howard (“A Beautiful Mind”)

  3. Best Actor: Denzel Washington (“Training Day”)

  4. Best Actress: Halle Berry (“Monster's Ball”)

  5. Best Supporting Actor: Jim Broadbent (“Iris”)

  6. Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful Mind”)

  7. Best Original Screenplay: “Gosford Park”

  8. Best Adapted Screenplay: “A Beautiful Mind”

  9. Best Animated Feature Film: “Shrek”

  10. Best Film Editing: “Black Hawk Down”

  11. Best Cinematography: “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”

  12. Best Art Direction: “Moulin Rouge!”

  13. Best Costume Design: “Moulin Rouge!”

  14. Best Makeup: “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”

  15. Best Visual Effects: “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”

  16. Best Sound: “Black Hawk Down”

  17. Best Sound Editing: “Pearl Harbor”

  18. Best Original Score: “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”

  19. Best Original Song: “If I Didn’t Have You”

  20. Best Live Action Short Film: “The Accountant”

  21. Best Foreign Language Picture: “No Man’s Land” (Bosnia)

  22. Best Documentary Feature: “Murder on a Sunday Morning”

  23. Best Documentary Short Subject: “Thoth”

  24. Best Animated Short Film: “For the Birds”

In 2002, AOL.com was a  favorite web destination.
In 2002, AOL.com was a favorite web destination.

13. Biggest Pop Music Artists

These fun facts and trivia from 2002 have been made available courtesy of Billboard.com.

Favorite pop artists were Alan Jackson, Alicia Keys, Ashanti, Avril Lavigne, Beyonce, Creed, DJ Sammy, Eminem, Fat Joe, 50 Cent, Ginuwine, Ja Rule, Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Eat World, John Mayer, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Loon, Michelle Branch, Missy Elliott, Nelly, No Doubt, Pink, Puddle of Mudd, R. Kelly, Sean Paul, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Tweet, and Vanessa Carlton.

14. Number One Music Hits for the Year

This information has been made available courtesy of Billboard.com.

  • December 22, 2001 - February 22, 2002: Nickelback - How You Remind Me

  • February 23 - March 8: Ja Rule featuring Ashanti - Always on Time

  • March 9 - April 19: Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule - Ain't It Funny

  • April 20 - June 28: Ashanti - Foolish

  • June 29 - August 16: Nelly - Hot in Herre

  • August 17 - October 4: Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland - Dilemma

  • October 5 - November 8: Kelly Clarkson - A Moment Like This

  • November 9, 2002 - January 31, 2003: Eminem - Lose Yourself

15. 44th Annual Grammy Awards

This music news from 2002 has been made available courtesy of Grammy.com.

  1. Record of the Year: Walk On

  2. Song of the Year: Fallin’

  3. Album of the Year: O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Soundtrack

  4. Best New Artist: Alicia Keys

  5. Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: I'm Like A Bird

  6. Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight

  7. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of

  8. Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals: Lady Marmalade

  9. Best Pop Instrumental Performance: Reptile

  10. Best Dance Recording: All For You

  11. Best Pop Instrumental Album: No Substitutions - Live In Osaka

  12. Best Pop Vocal Album: Lovers Rock

  13. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Songs I Heard

  14. Best Female Rock Vocal Performance: Get Right With God

  15. Best Male Rock Vocal Performance: Dig In

  16. Best Hard Rock Performance: Crawling

  17. Best Metal Performance: Schism

  18. Best Rock Song: Drops of Jupiter

  19. Best Rock Album: All That You Can't Leave Behind

  20. Best Alternative Music Performance: Parachutes

  21. Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Fallin’

  22. Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: U Remind Me

  23. Best Rhythm & Blues Song: Fallin’

  24. Best R&B Album: Songs In A Minor

  25. Best Rap Solo Performance: Get Ur Freak On

  26. Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: Ms. Jackson

  27. Best Rap Album: Stankonia

  28. Best Female Country Solo Performance: Shine

  29. Best Male Country Solo Performance: O Death

  30. Best Country Duo/Group Performance: The Lucky One

  31. Best Country Song: The Lucky One

  32. Best Country Album: Timeless - Hank Williams Tribute

  33. Best Bluegrass Album: New Favorite

  34. Best New Age Album: A Day Without Rain

  35. Best Contemporary Jazz Album: M_

  36. Best Jazz Vocal Album: The Calling

  37. Best Jazz Instrumental Solo: Chan’s Song

  38. Best Latin Jazz Album: Nocturne

  39. Best Rock Gospel Album: Solo

  40. Best Traditional Blues Album: Do You Get The Blues?

  41. Best World Music Album: Full Circle - Carnegie Hall 2000

  42. Best Polka Album: Gone Polka

  43. Best Musical Album for Children: Elmo And The Orchestra

  44. Best Spoken Word Album for Children: Mama Don't Allow

  45. Best Spoken Word Album: Q - The Autobiography Of Quincy Jones

  46. Best Spoken Comedy Album: Napalm & Silly Putty

  47. Best Musical Show Album: The Producers

  48. Best Instrumental Composition: Cast Away - End Credits

  49. Best Classical Album: Berlioz: Les Troyens

  50. Best Opera Recording: Berlioz: Les Troyens

In 2002, Jennifer Anniston (“Friends”) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
In 2002, Jennifer Anniston (“Friends”) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

16. Most Popular Video Games

Favorite video games from 2002 included Age of Mythology, Battlefield 1942, BMX XXX, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dark Cloud 2, Deathrow, Digimon World 3, Dungeon Siege, Eternal Darkness, Final Fantasy XI, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, James Bond 007: Nightfire, and Kingdom Hearts.

Other popular video games were Madden NFL 2003, Mafia (video game), Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, Medal of Honor: Frontline, Metroid Prime, Spider-Man, Super Mario Sunshine, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Thing, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, and Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.

17. Popular Foods and Beverages

These fun facts and trivia from 2002 have been made available courtesy of Delish.com.

  1. Bachman’s Pretzel Stix

  2. Bacon

  3. Brown butter pasta

  4. Cake pops

  5. Comfort foods (chicken pot pies, meatloaf, mac ‘n cheese, and pizza)

  6. Creme brûlée

  7. Cupcakes and mini-cupcakes

  8. Favorite flavors back in 2002 included bacon, blueberry, cranberry, ginger, hibiscus, mint, pomegranate, and wasabi.

  9. French Toast Crunch Cereal

  10. Fruit smoothies (for example, mango yogurt smoothies)

  11. Giant hunks of meat (influenced by the Atkins diet)

  12. Hi-C

  13. Lunchables Fun Snacks

  14. Olive oil

  15. Planters Cheez Balls

  16. Planters Cheez Curls

  17. Popsicle Cookies & Cream (dairy dessert)

  18. Scooby-Doo! Fruit Flavored Snacks

  19. Sliders

  20. Superfruits such as pomegranates and blueberries

  21. Sushi

  22. Tic Tac Cinnamon Spice (still America’s #1 breath mint)

  23. Watermelon and feta cheese salad

  24. Whole grains

  25. Yoplait Trix Yogurt

18. Heartthrobs and Hunks

These fun facts have been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us and IMDB.com.

Heartthrobs in 2002 included Christina Aguilera, Christina Applegate, Ashanti, Victoria Beckham, Kate Beckinsale, Halle Berry, Beyonce, Selma Blair, Brooke Burke, Jennifer Connelly, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Garner, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Faith Hill, Kelly Hu, Angelina Jolie, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Brittany Murphy, Sarah Jessica-Parker, Tara Reid, Elisabeth Rohm, Shakira, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Gabrielle Union, and Naomi Watts.

Hunks included Ashton Kutcher, Brad Pitt, Channing Tatum, George Clooney, Justin Timberlake, Paul Walker, Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds, and Tim McGraw.

In 2002, WorldCom filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
In 2002, WorldCom filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

19. Famous Weddings and Divorces

This information has been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

Weddings:

  • On January 1, guitarist Eric Clapton wed Melia McEnery.

  • On January 12, television host Conan O'Brien married Liza Powel.

  • On February 2, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands wed Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti.

  • On March 16, Oscar-winning entertainer Liza Minnelli married producer David Gest.

  • On June 8, Wimbledon champion Björn Borg wed Patricia Ostfeldt.

  • On June 11, musician Paul McCartney married Heather Mills.

  • On June 15, actor Charlie Sheen wed actress Denise Richards.

  • On July 4, Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts married cameraman Danny Moder.

  • On September 1, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar wed actor Freddie Prinze Jr.

  • On September 20, actor Laurence Fishburne married actress Gina Torres.

  • On December 26, Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal wed Shaunie Nelson.

Divorces:

  • On October 15, comedian Tom Green divorced actress Drew Barrymore.

  • On November 25, actor Nicolas Cage filed for divorce from the "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley.

20. Famous People Who Died in 2002

This celebrity news has been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

  1. January 21 - Peggy Lee (American singer)

  2. February 9 - Princess Margaret of the UK

  3. February 15 - Kevin Smith (New Zealand actor)

  4. February 24 - Leo Ornstein (Russian-American composer and pianist)

  5. February 27 - Spike Milligan (Irish-British actor and comedian)

  6. March 11 - James Tobin (American economist and Nobel Prize winner)

  7. March 27 - Milton Berle (American actor and comedian)

  8. March 27 - Dudley Moore (English actor and comedian)

  9. March 27 - Billy Wilder (American film director)

  10. March 30 - Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother of the UK

  11. April 16 - Ruth Fertel (American restaurateur)

  12. April 18 - Thor Heyerdahl (Norwegian anthropologist and explorer)

  13. April 27 - Ruth Handler (American toy manufacturer)

  14. May 20 - Stephen Jay Gould (American paleontologist and popular science writer)

  15. May 23 - Sam Snead (American golfer)

  16. June 12 - Bill Blass (American fashion designer)

  17. June 18 - Jack Buck (American baseball announcer)

  18. June 29 - Rosemary Clooney (American singer)

  19. July 9 - Rod Steiger (American actor)

  20. July 28 - Archer John Porter Martin (English chemist and Nobel Prize winner)

  21. September 3 - W. Clement Stone (American businessman and philanthropist)

  22. September 11 - Johnny Unitas (American football player)

  23. October 1 - Walter Annenberg (American publisher and philanthropist)

  24. October 25 - Richard Harris (Irish actor)

  25. December 5 - Roone Arledge (American sports broadcasting pioneer)

21. Popular Toys

These fun facts have been made available courtesy of the ToledoBlade.com.

Infants and toddlers:

  1. Lamaze Puppytunes (musical instrument pup that has been since discontinued)

  2. Musini (electronic musical device)

  3. Naughty Naughty Pets (“whimsical, wacky-looking stuffed creatures”)

  4. Pretend & Learn Shopping Cart (talking cart full of groceries)

Preschoolers:

  1. Boarding Gate with Tower (a “beautifully detailed airport”)

  2. Madeline dolls

  3. Sweet Magic Kitchen (compact kitchen)

  4. We Did It! Dancing Dora (an “electronic version of the bilingual TV star”)

Games:

  1. Cranium Cariboo and Cranium Cadoo

  2. Old Century Baseball (wooden pinball machine)

  3. Old MacDonald Had a Farm Game

  4. Yu-Gi-Oh! collector's tins

Construction toys:

  1. Build Your Own Building Sets

  2. Electronic Arcade

  3. Imaginext Rescue City Center

  4. LEGO Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets playset

Activity toys:

  1. Crayola Crayon Maker

  2. Crunch Art Critters

  3. Hershey's Chocolate Magic

  4. KG Automites

  5. Paint Your Own Chair

  6. Slickster

Tech toys:

  1. Quantum Leappad

  2. Talk Time

  3. Furreal Friends

In 2002, creme brûlée was a crowd-pleaser.
In 2002, creme brûlée was a crowd-pleaser.

22. The 10 Best-Selling Cars in America - 2002 Year End

This auto news has been made available courtesy of GoodCarBadCar.net.

  1. Toyota Camry

  2. Honda Accord

  3. Ford Taurus

  4. Honda Civic

  5. Toyota Corolla/Matrix

  6. Ford Focus

  7. Chevrolet Cavalier

  8. Nissan Altima

  9. Chevrolet Malibu

  10. Buick Century

23. America’s Largest Corporations

  1. Walmart

  2. Exxon Mobil

  3. General Motors

  4. Ford Motor

  5. Enron

  6. General Electric

  7. Citigroup

  8. Chevron Texaco

  9. IBM

  10. Altria Group

24. Major Internet Companies Established

Startups included Apache Incubator, Asian Tribune, BandMix, BeautifulPeople.com, BlogCritics, CokeMachineGlow, Danish Wikipedia, Finnish Wikipedia, Fotolog, GameStats, GameTrailers, Gizmodo, Google Answers, Google Shopping, Greek Wikipedia, HighBeam Research, Holy Moly, IOffer, Korean Wikipedia, LinkedIn, and Livechat Software.

Other startups were MaxPreps, MeetUp, The Memory Hole (web site), MetroLyrics, Modern Tales, MyCoke, MyLife, OddPost, Open Site, PayScale, Pharyngula (blog), Picaboo, PlayerHistory.com, Poetry International Web, The Poke, Quizilla, RapidShare, Serializer.net, TechVibes, TicketNetwork, TravellersPoint, Vietnamese Wikipedia, and Wiktionary.

In 2002, “American Idol” premiered on Fox.
In 2002, “American Idol” premiered on Fox.

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  • Gregory DeVictor profile imageAUTHOR

    Gregory DeVictor 

    3 months ago from Squirrel Hill, PA

    Liz, thank you for the comment. When I was researching the article, I learned that both Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother passed away that year.

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    Liz Westwood 

    3 months ago from UK

    2002 was a big year for the UK royal family. The Queen lost her sister and mother and celebrated 50 years on the throne. Another great compilation.

  • Gregory DeVictor profile imageAUTHOR

    Gregory DeVictor 

    3 months ago from Squirrel Hill, PA

    Mary, thank you for the comment. I can certainly remember all of the chaos with Enron way back then.

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    Mary Norton 

    3 months ago from Ontario, Canada

    It is so interesting to look back to these highlights and try to remember the highlights in one's own life. Amazing how much change has happened since then.

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