Timeline 2002 January - March

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2002        Jan 1, No. 2 Oregon defeated No. 3 Colorado 38-16 in the Fiesta Bowl.
    (AP, 1/1/03)
2002        Jan 1, Michael Bloomberg succeeded Rudolph Giuliani as New York City's mayor.
    (AP, 1/1/03)
2002        Jan 1, Pres. Bush announced that envoy Gen. Anthony Zinni would return to the Middle East to push for steps to renew peace talks.
    (SFC, 1/2/02, p.A9)
2002        Jan 1, Eduardo Duhalde, a Peronist and former vice-president, was chosen as Argentina's new president, the 5th in less than 2 weeks.
    (SFC, 1/2/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 1, Egyptian state television launched a new program directed at Israelis. It was planned to extend the 30 min show to 2 hours.
    (SFC, 1/2/02, p.A9)   
2002        Jan 1, In Europe 50 billion new euro coins and 14 billion new euro notes began circulating in 12 participating countries in the most ambitious currency changeover in history: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Spain, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal.
    (SFC, 1/2/02, p.A8)(AP, 1/1/03)
2002        Jan 1, Pakistan ordered the country's military intelligence agency to cut off backing for Islamic militant groups fighting in Kashmir.
    (SFC, 1/2/02, p.A3)
2002        Jan 1, It was reported that the number of Vietnamese AIDS cases, people living with HIV, had reached 40,000. 12-18k new cases were predicted for the coming years.
    (SFC, 1/1/02, p.A15)

2002        Jan 2, The No. 5 Florida Gators crushed No. 6 Maryland 56-23 in the Orange Bowl.
    (AP, 1/2/03)
2002        Jan 2, The new Afghan government confirmed that American bombs had killed the Taliban's intelligence chief, Qari Ahmadullah.
    (AP, 1/2/03)
2002        Jan 2, In Argentina Eduardo Duhalde was sworn in as president.
    (SFC, 1/3/02, p.A6)
2002        Jan 2, In Australia fires continued near Sydney and almost 160 houses were lost. 21 arson suspects had been arrested since the fires began Christmas eve. Arson bombs were found in Sydney's northern suburbs.
    (SFC, 1/3/02, p.A4)
2002        Jan 2, In India, Kashmir, militants detonated 2 grenades near the legislature killing 1 police officer and wounding at least 24. 2 soldiers were later killed by militants at an Indian military post in Darhal.
    (SFC, 1/3/02, p.A3)
2002        Jan 2, Foreign ministers of India and Pakistan shook hands at a regional summit in Nepal.
    (SFC, 1/3/02, p.A3)
2002        Jan 2, Anil Agarwal, founder and leader of India’s Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), died of cancer. Leadership passed to Sunita Narain.
    (www.cseindia.org/aboutus/anilji/anilji.htm)(Econ, 8/26/06, p.51)
2002        Jan 2, In Zambia Levy Mwanawasa (1948-2008) of the ruling Multiparty Democracy (MMD) was sworn in as president despite protests of ballot stuffing and voter intimidation. An appeal for a recount was rejected. Nearly 85% of the country’s 10 million people lived on less than $1 a day. Unrest closed much of Lusaka. Zambia’s inflation at this time was 21.7%.
    (SFC, 1/3/02, p.A4)(WSJ, 1/3/02, p.A1)(SFC, 8/20/08, p.B4)

2002        Jan 3, Miami beat Nebraska 37-14 in the Rose Bowl.
    (AP, 1/3/03)
2002        Jan 3, A three-year federal investigation into the political and personal finances of Sen. Robert Torricelli, D-N.J., ended with no criminal charges.
    (AP, 1/3/03)
2002        Jan 3, A judge in Alabama ruled that former Ku Klux Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry was mentally competent to stand trial on murder charges in the 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four black girls. Cherry was later convicted, and served a life sentence until his death in November 2004.
    (AP, 1/3/07)
2002        Jan 3, US warplanes hit an al Qaeda compound in the Khost region south of Tora Bora and Islamic fighters near Baghran were reported to be in negotiations.
    (SFC, 1/4/02, p.A19)(WSJ, 1/4/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 3, The US announced increased military operations in Somalia and prepared to send Marines there. It was suspected that Al Qaeda fighters might attempt fleeing to Somalia.
    (SFC, 1/4/02, p.A19)(WSJ, 1/4/02, p.A14)
2002        Jan 3, In Florida the conviction of Juan Melendez for a 1983 murder was overturned after he had spent 17 years on death row. In 2000 the transcript of another man's confession, withheld by prosecutors, was found.
    (SFC, 1/4/02, p.A17)(WSJ, 1/4/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 3, In the US south the largest snowstorm in a decade stranded thousands and left at least 9 people dead.
    (SFC, 1/4/02, p.A7)
2002        Jan 3, Afghan troops beat back refugees seeking food at a  Red Crescent compound in Jalalabad. There were numerous reports of stolen wheat and relief supplies attributed to members of the Eastern Shura.
    (SFC, 1/4/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 3, Argentina failed to make a $28 million payment on a foreign loan. A devaluation of the peso by 30-40% was expected soon. Duhalde named Jorge Remes Lenicov, former economic chief of Buenos Aires, as his finance minister.
    (SFC, 1/4/02, p.A5)(WSJ, 1/4/02, p.A5)
2002        Jan 3, In Australia fires continued for the 11th straight day. At least 40 were fires were started by arsonists. Over 100 fires covered 1,250 square miles.
    (SFC, 1/4/02, p.A14)
2002        Jan 3, Israel seized a ship, Karine A, in the Red Sea carrying 50 tons of advanced weapons allegedly for the Palestinian Authority. Most of the equipment was from Iran. Operation Noah's Ark was not reported until the next day when US envoy Gen. Zinni arrived to promote peace talks. Hezbollah helped broker the deal and it was reported to have been overseen by Fuad Shubaki, a close aide to Arafat. Captain Omar Akawi, a member of Fatwah, said he was in contact with Adel Awadallah, an alias for Adel Mughrabi, a weapons buyer for the Palestinian Authority.
    (SFC, 1/5/02, p.A1,9)(SFC, 1/7/02, p.A3)(SFC, 1/8/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 3, Juan Garcia Esquivel, pianist and composer, died in Mexico at age 83. He turned out 10 albums in the US from 1957-1963.
    (SFC, 1/10/02, p.A16)
2002        Jan 3, Alfred Henry Heineken (78), builder of a global beer brand, died in the Netherlands. Freddie designed the green bottle and logo. In 1983 he was abducted for weeks and released unharmed.
    (WSJ, 1/4/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/5/02, p.A22)
2002        Jan 3, Russian forces fought Chechen rebels for a 6th day in a conflict that left 40 dead. In other action 5 Russian soldiers were killed in attacks across Chechnya. Fighting continued in Tsotsin-Yurt. Moscow claimed 100 rebels killed, but rebels disputed that and said 40 Russians were killed.
    (SFC, 1/4/02, p.A17)(WSJ, 1/4/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 3, The UN made public a decision by Kofi Annan to pursue war crimes in Sierra Leone with a war crimes tribunal.
    (SFC, 1/5/02, p.A7)

2002        Jan 4, The US Postal Service announced an increase in 1st class stamps to 37 cents from 34 to take place June 30.
    (SFC, 1/5/02, p.A3)
2002        Jan 4, A WSJ editorial by former US Army officer Ralph Peters blamed Saudi Arabia as the source of fundamentalist terrorism. "We must be prepared to seize the Saudi oil fields and administer them for the greater good."
    (WSJ, 1/4/02, p.A12)
2002        Jan 4, Florida coach Steve Spurrier resigned to pursue an NFL job, two days after leading the Gators to victory over Maryland in the Orange Bowl.
    (AP, 1/4/07)
2002        Jan 4, The WSJ quoted Ali K. Shukri, retired Jordanian general: a strike on Iraq "is not a question of whether it's going to happen, but when—and it is coming." Action in the spring was suggested.
    (WSJ, 1/4/02, p.A6)
2002        Jan 4, George and Marisol Gari, members of the Wasp network Cuban spy ring, were sentenced in Florida to 7 and 3.5 years.
    (SFC, 1/5/02, p.A6)
2002        Jan 4, US Army Special Forces Sgt. Ross Chapman (31) was killed by enemy fire near Khost, Afghanistan. He became the 1st US soldier to die there by enemy fire.
    (SFC, 1/5/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 4, Antonio Todde, an Italian shepherd listed by Guinness as the world's oldest man, died just shy of his 113th birthday. "Just love your brother and drink a good glass of red wine every day."
    (SFC, 1/5/02, p.A22)
2002        Jan 4, In Argentina Pres. Duhalde acknowledged that the nation will devalue the peso.
    (SFC, 1/5/02, p.A6)
2002        Jan 4, In England a twin-engine Bombardier Challenger plane crashed at Birmingham International Airport. Pilots Thomas Boydston (51) Robert Norton (58) and Timothy Vandevort (41) were killed along with John Shumejda (56) the president and chief executive of agricultural giant AGCO, and Ed Swingle (60), the company's senior VP for sales and marketing. A 2004 report said that the crash was caused by the crew's failure to de-ice the wings before takeoff.
    (AP, 8/19/04)
2002        Jan 4, India reported the death of 15 soldiers and a number of civilians near Amritsar due to the mishandling of an ammunition filled truck.
    (SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A18)
2002        Jan 4, Pakistan continued to round up alleged militants. Some 200 were said to have been arrested in the last 10 days. Key leaders of Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and Jaish-e-Mohammed were among the detained. Pakistan also handed over senior al Qaeda trainer al-Shaykh al-Libi to the US military.
    (SFC, 1/5/02, p.A3,15)
2002        Jan 4, Dolly the 1996 Scotland-born cloned sheep, was reported to be suffering from arthritis, a sign of premature aging.
    (SFEC, 2/23/96, p.C1)(SFC, 1/5/02, p.A2)
2002        Jan 4, Russia announced that it would reduce its military by over 15%.
    (SFC, 1/5/02, p.A6)
2002        Jan 4, South Asian leaders began a 2-day meeting in Nepal.
    (SFC, 1/4/02, p.A3)
2002        Jan 4, It was reported that $54 million in short term food aid was needed to ward off widespread starvation in Zimbabwe. The AIDS epidemic, called "Nkondombera" (a Shona word for "no condom") was claiming over 2,000 people per week. Inflation was running at over 100% per month. Unemployment was estimated at 50%.
    (SFC, 1/5/02, p.A5)

2002        Jan 5, It was reported that funds for the Iraqi National Congress (INC), the leading opposition group to Saddam Hussein, were suspended due to accounting problems.
    (SFC, 1/5/02, p.15)
2002        Jan 5, In Florida Charles J. Bishop (15) crashed a stolen Cessna 172 airplane into the 40-story Tampa Bank of American building. Bishop left a note saying he acted alone and expressed sympathy for Osama bin Laden.
    (SSFC, 1/6/02, p.A12)
2002        Jan 5, Canada reported plans to send 900 troops to assist with peacekeeping in Afghanistan.
    (SSFC, 1/6/02, p.A9)
2002        Jan 5, Italy's foreign minister, Renato Ruggiero, resigned after a spat with PM Silvio Berlusconi over the government's lukewarm reception of the euro.
    (SFC, 1/7/02, p.A5)(AP, 1/5/03)
2002        Jan 5, Singapore reported that authorities had arrested 15 suspected militants between Dec 9-24, some of whom were al Qaeda trained in Afghanistan.
    (SSFC, 1/6/02, p.A8)(SFC, 1/7/02, p.A8)

2002        Jan 6, US envoy Zinni wound up his 2nd mission to the Middle East with little progress on peace talks.
    (WSJ, 1/7/02, p.A10)
2002        Jan 6, Christa Worthington (46), fashion writer, was found dead at her home in Truro on Cape Cod, Mass. Her 2-year-old daughter was next to her, covered in blood but unharmed. In 2005 DNA evidence identified Christopher McCowen, a local trash collector, as the murderer. In 2006 McCowen was convicted and sentenced to life without parole.
    (SFC, 4/16/05, p.A5)(SFC, 11/17/06, p.A4)
2002        Jan 6, Anti-Taliban troops in Afghanistan planned to starve out 7 al Qaeda members holed up in a Kandahar hospital.
    (SFC, 1/7/02, p.A8)
2002        Jan 6, Argentina devalued its currency 29% with an official exchange rate of 1.4 pesos to the dollar and promised to ease limits on cash withdrawals. This ended a decade-long policy pegging the currency one-to-one with the U.S. dollar. In the year that followed, the peso lost 70 percent of its value against the dollar.
    (SFC, 1/7/02, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/7/02, p.A3)(AP, 1/6/03)
2002        Jan 6, It was reported that Costa Rica required medical professionals to serve a year treating disadvantaged communities. Mandatory community service programs were in place for high school students.
    (SSFC, 1/6/02, p.A3)
2002        Jan 6, Construction began to expand Camp X-Ray at the US Guantanamo base in Cuba to house detainees from Afghanistan. The 1st prisoners arrived Jan 11. As the number of prisoners rose Camp Delta was added.
    (WSJ, 1/26/05, p.A10)
2002        Jan 6, It was reported that Egypt required female graduates of secondary schools, exempt from the military draft, to spend 6 months in a service program.
    (SSFC, 1/6/02, p.A3)
2002        Jan 6, India shot down an unmanned Pakistani spy plane. Pres. Vajpayee met with PM Tony Blair in New Delhi.
    (SFC, 1/7/02, p.A3)
2002        Jan 6, Italy's Premier Berlusconi named himself interim foreign minister.
    (SFC, 1/7/02, p.A5)
2002        Jan 6, It was reported that Malaysia authorities had arrested 13 suspected members of extremist groups since Dec 9 with possible links to the Sep 11 attacks.
    (SSFC, 1/6/02, p.A8)
2002        Jan 6, It was reported that Mexico had a national service program that required participation by all university graduates and that medical students were required to work in disadvantaged communities for one year before being licensed.
    (SSFC, 1/6/02, p.A3)
2002        Jan 6, It was reported that Nigeria had a National Youth Service Corps that required participation by all university graduates under age 30.
    (SSFC, 1/6/02, p.A3)

2002        Jan 7, US planes bombed cave complexes in Afghanistan as British PM Tony Blair and 9 U.S. senators swept into Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan for an unannounced visit and promised Afghan leaders their full support in rebuilding the shattered country..
    (SFC, 1/8/02, p.A11)(WSJ, 1/8/02, p.A1)(AP, 1/7/03)
2002        Jan 7, Louis Pollak, a federal judge in Philadelphia, challenged the scientific validity of fingerprint evidence. In March Pollak declared fingerprint id to be the "bedrock of forensic science."
    (SSFC, 2/24/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/14/02, p.A3)
2002        Jan 7, Yves Saint Laurent announced his retirement and closure of the fashion house he'd started 40 years earlier.
    (SFC, 1/8/02, p.A1)(AP, 1/7/03)
2002        Jan 7, Scientists reported that symptoms of Parkinson's were relieved in rats when stem cells were injected into their brains.
    (WSJ, 1/8/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 7, Comedian Avery Schreiber died in Los Angeles at age 66.
    (AP, 1/7/03)
2002        Jan 7, In Kandahar 7 Taliban officials surrendered and were released by the governor. None of the released were on US wanted lists.
    (SFC, 1/10/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/11/02, p.A13)

2002        Jan 8, Ozzie Smith, regarded as the finest-fielding shortstop ever, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his first try.
    (AP, 1/8/03)
2002        Jan 8, Pres. Bush signed an education bill that tied federal aid to test performance. It was the most far-reaching federal education bill in nearly 4 decades. Bush’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) program decreed that all students should by reading and doing math at age-appropriate levels by 2014.
    (WSJ, 1/9/02, p.A1)(AP, 1/8/03)(Econ, 8/13/11, p.28)
2002        Jan 8, The Bush administration sent a secret report to Congress, the "Nuclear Posture Review," that said the Pentagon needs to be prepared to use nuclear weapons against 7 nations: China, Russia, Iraq, North Korea, Syria, Iran, and Libya. A furor erupted when it was leaked to the press in March.
    (SFC, 3/9/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/11/02, p.A3)
2002        Jan 8, Dave Thomas (69), founder of Wendy's hamburger chain, died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
    (SFC, 1/9/02, p.A1)(AP, 1/8/03)
2002        Jan 8, Cecilia Garcia (24) was found dead by her father in the shower of her home in Livermore. In 2010 Bryan Vulgamore (34) of Modesto was charged with her murder.
    (SFC, 1/21/10, p.C2)
2002        Jan 8, US soldiers captured 14 suspected fighters at the Zhawar Kili cave and bunker complex near Khost. An al Qaeda fighter blew himself up with a grenade during an escape attempt at a Kandahar hospital. 2 senior al Qaeda leaders were reported caught with documents and laptops, while fleeing bombing in eastern Afghanistan. An intensified search was reported to be in progress for Abu Zubeida (Zain al-Abidin Muhammad Husain), the director of external affairs for al Qaeda.
    (SFC, 1/9/02, p.A8)
2002        Jan 8, The Most Rev. George Carey, the Archbishop of Canterbury, announced his retirement as spiritual leader of the world's 70 million Anglicans.
    (AP, 1/8/03)
2002        Jan 8, India and Pakistan traded fire on their Kashmir border.
    (WSJ, 1/9/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 8, Iran's Revolutionary Court began the closed door trial of 15 men charged with plotting to overthrow the Islamic system
    (SFC, 1/9/02, p.A5)

2002        Jan 9, The Bush administration and the auto industry agreed to promote development of pollution-free cars and trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells.
    (AP, 1/9/03)
2002        Jan 9, The US Supreme Court ruled that jurors weighing a death sentence must be told if a life term excludes parole.
    (WSJ, 1/10/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 9, Lawyers advised the Pentagon that the Geneva Conventions do not apply to the Taliban or al Qaeda and that the President has the authority to suspend the Geneva Conventions.
    (SFC, 6/23/04, p.A13)
2002        Jan 9, Ashley Pond (12) was last seen in Oregon City, 20 miles south of Portland, Or. Miranda Gaddis (13) disappeared from the same neighborhood on Mar 8. The remains of Gaddis were found Aug 24 behind the house of Ward Weaver (39), who lived across the street. Weaver was arrested Aug 13 for the rape of his 19-year-old son's girlfriend. Pond's remains were found Aug 25.
    (SSFC, 8/25/02, p.A7)(SFC, 8/26/02, p.A3)(SFC, 8/27/02, p.A3)
2002        Jan 9, A US KC-130 aerial refueler crashed at Kharan, Pakistan, and all 7 marines aboard were killed.
    (SFC, 1/10/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/10/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 9, In Colombia Pres. Pastrana gave FARC 48 hours to retire from their designated safe haven.
    (SFC, 1/10/02, p.A8)
2002        Jan 9, In Israel 2 Hamas gunmen attacked a military post and killed 4 Israeli soldiers. Israel halted work on a mosque next to the Christian Basilica of the Annunciation.
    (SFC, 1/10/02, p.A1)(AP, 1/9/03)
2002        Jan 9, In the Philippines Gen. Diomedio Villanueva said some 100 US military advisers will be allowed to join front-line Philippine troops fighting Abu Sayyaf rebels.
    (SFC, 1/10/02, p.A8)
2002        Jan 9, In Zimbabwe the military chiefs put their support behind Pres. Mugabe saying they would only accept a president who fought in the war for independence.
    (SFC, 1/10/02, p.A8)

2002        Jan 10, Todd Eldredge won his 6th US Figure Skating Championship title.
    (AP, 1/10/03)
2002        Jan 10, The White House revealed that Enron Corp. had sought the administration's help shortly before collapsing with the life savings of many workers.
    (AP, 1/10/03)
2002        Jan 10, A US military transport took off carrying al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners to the US Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba. Prisoners were set up in an area called Camp X-Ray. In 2004 David Rose authored “Guantanamo: The War on Human Rights."
    (SFC, 1/11/02, p.A5)(SFC, 1/26/02, p.A10)(SSFC, 11/21/04, p.E6)
2002        Jan 10, US Energy Sec. Spencer Abraham said he found the Nevada site at Yucca Mountain "scientifically sound and suitable" as a nuclear waste repository.
    (SFC, 1/11/02, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/11/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 10, A CIA report said China, North Korea and Iran will probably have long-range missile capable of reaching the US by 2015.
    (SFC, 1/11/02, p.A7)
2002        Jan 10, Ethan Zohn (27) was the latest million dollar "Survivor" winner.
    (SFC, 1/11/02, p.A2)
2002        Jan 10, An F-16 crashed near the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey. The pilot ejected safely.
    (SFC, 1/11/02, p.A5)
2002        Jan 10, In Afghanistan gunmen attacked the Kandahar airport as a US military transport took off carrying al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners to the US Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba. Prisoners were set up in an area called Camp X-Ray.
    (SFC, 1/11/02, p.A5)(SFC, 1/26/02, p.A10)
2002        Jan 10, In Argentina thousands of middle-class families protested in Buenos Aires. The government had ordered checking deposits of $10k and savings over $3k switched to fixed-term deposits and out of reach for at least a year.
    (SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A17)
2002        Jan 10, In Chechnya Russian troops lifted a weeklong blockade of Argun.
    (WSJ, 1/11/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 10, In Colombia Pres. Pastrana sent troops to the demilitarized zone occupied by the FARC.
    (SFC, 1/11/02, p.A6)
2002        Jan 10, In Gabon a medical team fled the site of an Ebola outbreak following threats after they insisted that villagers not touch corpses at funerals.
    (WSJ, 1/11/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 10, Israel demolished dozens of Palestinian homes in Rafah. The Islamic Jihad said it would resume attacks as Palestinian police arrested 2 of its members
    (SFC, 1/11/02, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/11/02, p.A1)

2002        Jan 11, Alan Greenspan said the US economy is still vulnerable.
    (SFC, 1/12/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 11, The first planeload of al-Qaida prisoners from Afghanistan arrived at a U.S. military detention camp in Guantanamo, Cuba.
    (AP, 1/11/03)
2002        Jan 11, Ford Motor Co. announced it was eliminating 35,000 jobs, closing five plants and dropping four models.
    (SFC, 1/12/02, p.B1)(AP, 1/11/03)
2002        Jan 11, Frank Gruttadauria (44), Lehman Brothers stock broker, was last seen in Cleveland. It was later reported that $300 million were missing from the accounts of some 2 dozen Lehman clients. Gruttadauria turned himself in Feb 9.
    (WSJ, 2/8/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A15)
2002        Jan 11, In Argentina the peso sank 40% on its 1st day of floating trade after 11 years of being tied to the U.S. dollar.
    (SFC, 1/12/02, p.A14)(AP, 1/11/03)
2002        Jan 11, Israeli tanks and bulldozers plowed up runways at the Gaza Int'l. Airport. Palestinian police detained 2 Palestinian officials suspected of smuggling arms into Gaza.
    (SFC, 1/11/02, p.A3)(SFC, 1/12/02, p.A6)
2002        Jan 11, In Russia an appeals court ordered the liquidation of TV-6, the country's last major independent TV channel.
    (SFC, 1/12/02, p.A2)

2002        Jan 12, Michelle Kwan won her fifth successive U.S. Figure Skating Championships crown and sixth overall.
    (AP, 1/12/03)
2002        Jan 12, The United States intensified its anti-terror campaign in eastern Afghanistan, dropping bombs on suspected al-Qaida and Taliban hideouts.
    (SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A8)(AP, 1/12/03)
2002        Jan 12, Cyrus R. Vance (84), former US Sec. of State under Jimmy Carter, died in New York.
    (SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A27)(AP, 1/12/03)
2002        cJan 12, The World Food Program halted aid shipments to Afghanistan this week due to theft and looting by bandits and warlords.
    (SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A10)
2002        Jan 12, In Colombia Pres. Pastrana rejected a last minute FARC proposal to save the peace process.
    (SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A19)
2002        Jan 12, Israeli missile boats hit a Palestinian fuel depot in a 4th day of reprisals.
    (SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A20)
2002        Jan 12, Malaysia announced the arrests of 2 more suspected militants tied to al Qaeda and linked to a cell in Singapore.
    (SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A11)
2002        Jan 12-13, In Mexico a rain storm was followed by a freeze and as many as 270 million monarch butterflies were killed at the Rosario and Sierra Chincua colonies in Michoacan state.
    (SFC, 2/12/02, p.A4)(SFC, 2/18/02, p.A3)
2002        Jan 12, In Nigeria fighting broke out in Owo when members of the Odua People's Congress approached the palace of a Yoruba tribal leader. Dozens were feared dead.
    (SFC, 1/14/02, p.A6)
2002        Jan 12, In Northern Ireland Protestant militants, the Red Hand Defenders, killed a Catholic postman, Daniel McColgan (20). On Jan 16 the group announced that it was disbanding and lifting its threat to kill Catholic workers.
    (WSJ, 1/14/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/17/02, p.a10)
2002        Jan 12, Pakistan's Pres. Musharraf vowed to crack down on militant Islamists using Pakistan as a base of operations in Kashmir. Musharraf also announced new regulations on education criteria for the estimated 6,000 madrassas, the Islamic schools.
    (SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/21/02, p.A10)
2002        Jan 12, In Zimbabwe police fired on some 5,000 opposition supporters in Buhera. Opposition MDC offices were wet on fire in Kwekwe.
    (SFC, 1/15/02, p.A9)

2002        Jan 13, The off-Broadway musical "The Fantasticks" was performed for the last time, ending a run of nearly 42 years and 17,162 shows.
    (AP, 1/13/03)
2002        Jan 13, Pres. Bush lost consciousness briefly after he choked on a cookie while watching a football game on TV.
    (SFC, 1/14/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 13, Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and Commerce Secretary Don Evans said on talk shows they had never considered intervening in Enron's spiral toward bankruptcy, nor informed President Bush of requests for help from the fallen energy giant.
    (AP, 1/13/03)
2002        Jan 13, Christian Michael Longo (27), wanted on charges of killing his wife and three children in 2001 and dumping their bodies into coastal waters off Oregon, was arrested in Mexico. Longo had fled the US and impersonated journalist Michael Finkel while abroad. Finkel was fired by the NY Times Magazine in February for creating a composite character in a story on child slavery in West Africa. In 2005 Finkel authored “True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa."
    (SFC, 1/15/02, p.A1)(AP, 1/13/03)(SSFC, 6/5/05, p.B2)
2002        Jan 13, Ted Demme, film and TV director, died at age 38 while playing in a celebrity basketball game in Santa Monica.
    (SFC, 1/15/02, p.A17)
2002        Jan 13, In India armed militants in Tripura state killed 16 and wounded 10 in the Singicherra area. The outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura targeted Bengali immigrants.
    (SFC, 1/14/02, p.A6)
2002        Jan 13, Muslim scholars concluded a 6-day conference in Mecca and issued a definition of terrorism as: "all acts of aggression committed by individuals, groups or states against human beings, including attacks on their religion, life, intellect or property.
    (WSJ, 1/14/02, p.A12)

2002        Jan 14, Two members of Congress released excerpts of a letter to Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay the previous August in which Enron executive Sherron Watkins warned of the reckless practices that eventually brought down the energy-trading giant.
    (AP, 1/14/03)
2002        Jan 14, US warplanes began to seal caves near Khost, Afghanistan.
    (WSJ, 1/15/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 14, In Colombia the government and FARC rebels agreed to salvage peace talks.
    (SFC, 1/15/02, p.A9)
2002        Jan 14, An Israeli bomb in the West Bank killed Raed Karmi (27), a Palestinian militia leader. A short time later a Palestinian gunmen killed an Israeli and wounded another in a roadside ambush.
    (SFC, 1/15/02, p.A8)
2002        Jan 14, In Pakistan police continued a round-up of Islamic militants and increased the number of detainees to nearly 1,500.
    (SFC, 1/15/02, p.A10)
2002        Jan 14, PM Bulent Ecevit of Turkey began a 5-day visit to Washington.
    (WSJ, 1/14/02, p.A12)
2002        Jan 14, The World Trade Organization (WTO) decided the European Union could ask for punitive tariffs on U.S. imports.
    (AP, 1/14/03)

2002        Jan 15, It was reported that an American, Clark Russell Bowers (37), had been taken hostage in Afghanistan with ransom at $25k.
    (SFC, 1/15/02, p.A10)
2002        Jan 15, Nancy Pelosi, California Senator, began her position as Democratic whip.
    (SFC, 1/15/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 15, John Walker Lindh of Marin, Ca., was charged with conspiring to kill Americans as a Taliban member in Afghanistan.
    (SFC, 1/16/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/25/02, p.A20)
2002        Jan 15, In Argentina protesters rioted in 3 provinces as the peso fell to 1.95 to the dollar from 1.7
    (SFC, 1/16/02, p.A8)
2002        Jan 15, Fighting began in Burundi between the army and Hutu rebels. At least 60 people were dead after a week.
    (SFC, 1/26/02, p.A8)
2002        Jan 15, China reported that at least 50 miners were killed in 3 separate mine accidents.
    (SFC, 1/16/02, p.A7)
2002        Jan 15, In Colombia FARC rebels staged attacks in Puente Quetame, Ibague, Guayabal and Cubarral following an accord to continue peace talks. At least 4 people were killed.
    (SFC, 1/16/02, p.A8)
2002        Jan 15, Palestinian gunmen killed 2 Israelis in separate attacks in the West Bank and near Jerusalem. Avi Boaz (71) was abducted and killed after visiting with a Palestinian family. The Palestinian Authority arrested Ahmed Saadat, sec. gen'l. of the PFLP.
    (SFC, 1/16/02, p.A7)(SFC, 1/17/02, p.A11)
2002        Jan 15, Philippine police arrested Fathur Rohman Al-Ghozi of Indonesia, an alleged bomb-maker in an al Qaeda linked terrorist cell. Ghozi admitted to providing munitions and financing for the Dec 30, 2000, attack in Manila that killed 22.
    (WSJ, 1/21/02, p.A10)
2002        Jan 15, In the Philippines 15 people were killed in a shootout between Muslim demonstrators and police in Jolo.
    (SFC, 1/16/02, p.A7)

2002        Jan 16, Richard Reid, the al Qaeda trained shoe-bomber, was indicted on 9 counts in Boston. Reid pleaded guilty Oct 4.
    (SFC, 1/17/02, p.A1)(AP, 10/4/02)
2002        Jan 16, Mokhtar Haouari was sentenced to 24 years in prison for providing fake ID and $3,000 to Ahmed Ressam in 1999. Ressam planned to detonate explosives at the LA Int'l. Airport during millennium celebrations.
    (SFC, 1/17/02, p.A12)
2002        Jan 16, Four former SLA members, Sara Jane Olson, William Harris, Emily Harris and Michael Bortin, were arrested in California for the 1975 slaying of Myrna Lee Opsahl.
    (SFC, 1/17/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 16, In Grundy, Va., Peter Odighizuwa shot and killed the dean, a professor and a student at the Appalachian School of Law following suspension due to low grades. He was later found incompetent to stand trial.
    (SFC, 1/17/02, p.A3)(AP, 1/16/03)
2002        Jan 16, In Afghanistan Hamid Karzai issued a decree that banned the cultivation of opium poppies.
    (SFC, 1/17/02, p.A12)
2002        Jan 16, In Cyprus rival leaders, Glafcos Clerides and Rauf Denktash, met on the border in Nicosia in the 1st formal negotiation in 4 years.
    (SFC, 1/17/02, p.A8)
2002        Jan 16, In Indonesia a Boeing 737-300 with 60 people crash-landed on a river in Java. One person was killed and 23 injured.
    (SFC, 1/17/02, p.A10)
2002        Jan 16, In Pakistan the government announced electoral reforms and freed non-Muslims to vote along with the Islamic majority. Lower house seats were increased to 350 from 237 and college graduation was made a requirement for candidates.
    (SFC, 1/17/02, p.A13)
2002        Jan 16, Pakistan police arrested 5 al Qaeda members in Punjab province as they attempted to flee disguised under burqas.
    (SFC, 1/18/02, p.A18)
2002        Jan 16, In the West Bank a Palestinian killed another Palestinian, who was mistaken for an Israeli.
    (SFC, 1/17/02, p.A11)

2002        Jan 17, Enron fired accounting firm Arthur Andersen, citing its destruction of thousands of documents and its accounting advice; for its part, Andersen said its relationship with Enron ended in early December 2001 when the company slid into the biggest corporate bankruptcy in U.S. history.
    (AP, 1/17/03)
2002        Jan 17, US Sec. of State Powell visited Afghanistan and pledged that the US would not abandon the country.
    (SFC, 1/18/02, p.A20)(WSJ, 1/18/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 17, In Arizona 2 A-10 Thunderbolt II attack jets collided and 1 pilot was killed.
    (SFC, 1/18/02, p.A4)
2002        Jan 17, In Argentina Roque Maccarone, president of the Central Bank, resigned in a dispute with Economic Minister Remes Lenicov over ways to preserved the value of the peso.
    (SFC, 1/18/02, p.A6)
2002        Jan 17, The Congo volcano Mount Nyiragongo erupted near Goma and rivers of lava destroyed 14 villages. Goma was devastated and some 400,000 people fled their homes. At least 50 people were killed.
    (SFC, 1/18/02, p.A8)(SFC, 1/19/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 1/20/02, p.A16)
2002        Jan 17, An Ecuadoran oil-company plane crashed in Colombia and all 26 aboard were feared dead. The plane was found Jan 24 with no survivors.
    (WSJ, 1/21/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/25/02, p.A15)
2002        Jan 17, In Leicester, England, police arrested 2 Algerian men allegedly involved in a plot to bomb the US Embassy in Paris. Another 8 men were arrested north of London under the Terrorism Act.
    (SFC, 1/18/02, p.A16)
2002        Jan 17, In Hadera, Israel, a Palestinian gunmen opened fire at a bat mitzvah party and killed 6 people before he was beaten and killed. 30 more were wounded.
    (SFC, 1/18/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 17, In Nigeria labor leaders ended a 2-day general strike after Adams Oshiomole and other activists of the Labor Congress were arrested.
    (SFC, 1/18/02, p.A8)
2002        Jan 17, In Peru some 200 Aguaruna Indians attacked settlers near the Ecuador border and killed 14 people. Landless peasants had begun settling the area in 1989.
    (SFC, 1/19/02, p.A4)
2002        Jan 17, Camilo Jose Cela (85), Spanish novelist and 1989 Noble Prize winner, died in Madrid.
    (WSJ, 1/18/02, p.A1)

2002        Jan 18, New US bomb-screening measures went into effect that included tying passengers to their checked baggage.
    (WSJ, 1/18/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 18,  Sara Jane Olson, '70s radical-turned-suburban mother, was sentenced in Los Angeles to 20 years to life in prison for plotting to blow up a pair of police cars 27 years earlier. On March 17 2008 Olson was released on parole, but soon returned to prison for another year due to an alleged clerical error made in 2004. In 2009 Olson (62) was freed from prison in California  and returned to Minnesota to serve a year long parole.
    (AP, 1/18/03)(AP, 3/21/08)(SFC, 3/24/08, p.B1)(SFC, 3/18/09, p.A5)
2002        Jan 18, Talk magazine announced it was shutting down, less than three years after its highly publicized launch.
    (AP, 1/18/03)
2002        Jan 18, Estimates of Afghan civilian deaths from US bombing were set at 1,000 to 1,300 by the Mass. think tank, Project on Defense Alternatives.
    (SFC, 1/19/02, p.A6)
2002        Jan 18, US forces took 6 terrorism suspects, held since October, from Bosnia after local courts ruled that there was too little evidence to hold them. The suspects included Bensayah Belkacem, a key European al Qaeda lieutenant. Protesters clashed with riot police.
    (SFC, 1/19/02, p.A12)(SFC, 1/23/02, p.A9)(WSJ, 3/18/02, p.A10)
2002        Jan 18, In Brazil Celso Daniel, the PT mayor of Santo Andre, a Sao Paulo suburb, was kidnapped by a gang seeking to free comrades from prison. His bullet-riddled body was found Jan 20. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Brazil claimed responsibility (Brazilian Revolutionary Action Front) for the killing and the Sep murder of another Workers' Party mayor.
    (WSJ, 1/21/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/26/02, p.A8)
2002        Jan 18, Bayer AG disclosed that as many as 100 deaths might be linked to Baycol, a promising cholesterol drug that was withdrawn in Aug 2001.
    (WSJ, 1/21/02, p.A10)
2002        Jan 18, Five Colombian police officers died while protecting a downed UH-1N helicopter. The US helicopter was destroyed to keep it out of rebel hands.
    (SFC, 1/25/02, p.A15)
2002        Jan 18, Israeli forces bombed the Palestinian town of Tulkarm and at least 2 Palestinians were killed. Two Israeli tanks and an armored personnel carrier parked outside Yasser Arafat's headquarters, confining the Palestinian leader to his office complex a day after a Palestinian gunman burst into a banquet hall and gunned down six Israelis.
    (SFC, 1/19/02, p.A1)(AP, 1/18/03)
2002        Jan 18, In Mexico Feliz Alonso Fernandez Garcia, editor of the weekly Nueva Opcion magazine, was shot and killed after filing a report that linked former mayor Raul Rodriguez Barrera and drug traffickers.
    (SFC, 1/24/02, p.A8)
2002        Jan 18, It was reported that the biography: "Vladimir Putin: a Life Story" by Oleg Blotsky was being released in Moscow.
    (SFC, 1/18/02, p.A7)

2002        Jan 19, Benneta Buell-Wilson (42) was left a paraplegic after her Ford Explorer rolled over in San Diego County after she swerved to avoid an obstacle on the road. An initial ruling awarded her $122 million in compensation and $246 million in punitive damages. The trial judge reduced the total to $150 million. In 2006 an appeals court reduced the total award to $82 million. In 2009 the US Supreme Court upheld her $55 million in punitive damages.
    (SFC, 7/20/06, p.B2)(SFC, 12/1/09, p.C3)
2002        Jan 19, It was reported that China had imposed new Internet controls and required service providers to screen all e-mail messages for political content.
    (SFC, 1/19/02, p.A4)
2002        Jan 19, Israel troops set off a powerful explosion that gutted the official Palestinian broadcasting building in Ramallah, dealing another retaliatory blow to Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Authority.
    (SFC, 1/19/02, p.A1)(AP, 1/19/03)
2002        Jan 19, Mexican federal officials froze the bank accounts 9 current and former executive of Petroleos Mexicano in a $120 million corruption scheme tied to the PRI.
    (SFC, 1/22/02, p.A8)
2002        Jan 19, Spain arrested 2 suspected members of al Qaeda.
    (SSFC, 1/20/02, p.A4)

2002        Jan 20, In the 59th annual Golden Globes Ron Howard's "A Beautiful Mind" was named best drama and its star, Russell Crowe, the top dramatic actor; Sissy Spacek was named best dramatic actress for "In the Bedroom" while Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge" won 3 awards including best musical or comedy.
    (SFC, 1/21/02, p.D1)(AP, 1/20/03)
2002        Jan 20, A US CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed in Afghanistan after take off from Bagram air base. Marines Dwight Morgan and Walter Cohee III were killed.
    (AP, 1/20/03)(SSFC, 1/20/02, p.A14)(SFC, 1/21/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 20, Carrie Hamilton, actress and daughter of Carol Burnett, died of cancer at age 38.
    (SFC, 1/21/02, p.B5)
2002        Jan 20, John Jackson, Virginia bluesman, died at age 77.
    (SFC, 1/22/02, p.A20)
2002        Jan 20, In Colombia rebel and government negotiators agreed to a timetable for cease-fire talks.
    (SFC, 1/21/02, p.A11)
2002        Jan 20, Thousands of Congolese left Rwanda to return to Goma after receiving scant help.
    (SFC, 1/21/02, p.A3)
2002        Jan 20, Israeli forces took control of Tulkarem in the West Bank and soldiers arrested dozens of suspected militants.
    (SFC, 1/21/02, p.A7)

2002        Jan 21, Sec. of State Colin Powell said the US would contribute $297 million for Afghan reconstruction over the coming year during a conference on Afghan reconstruction in Tokyo. Int'l. donors pledged over $4.5 billion over 5 years.
    (SFC, 1/21/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/22/02, p.A12)
2002        Jan 21, K-Mart, the 3rd largest US discount retailer, filed for bankruptcy protection. Kmart was operating 2,114 stores with 250,000 employees.
    (SFC, 1/22/02, p.A1)(Ind, 2/2/02, 5A)
2002        Jan 21, Peggy Lee (b.1920), jazz and blues singer, died at age 81 in Bel Air, Calif.
    (SFC, 1/23/02, p.A2)(AP, 1/21/03)
2002        Jan 21, In Goma, Congo, a gas station exploded after some spilled gas was ignited by lava. Dozens of people looting gasoline were killed.
    (SFC, 1/22/02, p.A6)
2002        Jan 21, In Alexandria, Egypt, a small group of leading rabbis, Muslim clerics and bishops signed the Alexandria Doctrine, which condemned violence and insisted that holy places be kept open.
    (http://tinyurl.com/2pey69)(Econ, 11/3/07, SR p.13)
2002        Jan 21, Haiti's prime minister quit amid political and economic woes.
    (WSJ, 1/22/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 21, Israeli forces invaded Nablus, killed Palestinians and arrested 9 suspected militants. PM Sharon decided to reopen the Temple Mount to non-Muslims. The Waqf clerical trust imposed a ban on non-Muslims in Sep, 2000.
    (SFC, 1/22/02, p.A7)
2002        Jan 21, In Kashmir 21 people died in violence.
    (WSJ, 1/22/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 21, In Russia the media minister took TV6 off the air after journalists there failed to cut ties with owner Boris Berezovsky. Russian troops rounded up dozens in Dagestan following an earlier bomb attack that killed 7 soldiers.
    (SFC, 1/22/02, p.A8)

2002        Jan 22, Kmart Corp., the discount chain that gave America the BlueLight Special, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
    (AP, 1/22/07)
2002        Jan 22, Stanley Marcus (b.1905), former president and chairman of the Texas based Nieman Marcus department store chain, died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Marcus)
2002        Jan 22, Jack Shea (91), a gold medal-winning speedskater and patriarch of the nation's first family with three generations of Olympians, died in Lake Placid, N.Y., of injuries suffered in a car accident.
    (AP, 1/22/03)
2002        Jan 22, US officials reported that Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, a former head of al Qaeda training in Afghanistan, had provided information on an alleged plot to blow up the US Embassy in Yemen a week earlier.
    (SFC, 1/23/02, p.A9)
2002        Jan 22, The Myanmar army was charged by Amnesty Int’l. of killing and torturing hundreds of ethnic Shan villagers. Some 300,000 Shan villagers have been forced to flee their homes in the past 2 years.
    (SFC, 1/23/02, p.A6)
2002        Jan 25, Chinese PM Zhu Rongji visited Bangalore and said: You are number one in software, and we are number one in hardware. If Indian software and Chinese hardware work together, we can create a force that will be number one in the world.
    (SSFC, 1/27/02, p.A24)
2002        Jan 22, At least 4 police officers were killed when 2 gunmen opened fired at the American Center in Calcutta. 19 people were wounded. 3 Bangladeshis and 3 teachers from an Islamic school were later arrested and charged with murder. Gangster Aftab Ansari was later arrested in Dubai and said his motive was to punish police for killing his friend, Asif Raza Khan, last year. Harkat-ul Jihadi-e-Islami (HUJEI) was later implicated. In 2005 7 people were sentenced to death for the killings.
    (SFC, 1/22/02, p.A8)(SFC, 1/23/02, p.A4)(SFC, 1/24/02, p.A7)(SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A14)(SFC, 2/15/02, p.A20)(AP, 4/27/05)
2002        Jan 22, In Indonesia troops shot and killed Abdullah Syafei, commander of the Free Aceh Movement.
    (SFC, 1/24/02, p.A8)
2002        Jan 22, Israeli troops killed 4 Hamas militants in Nablus. Yousef Soragji (42), mastermind of several suicide bombings, was among the dead.
    (SFC, 1/23/02, p.A6)(SFC, 1/24/02, p.A7)
2002        Jan 22, In Israel a Palestinian gunman killed 2 women in Jerusalem and wounded 14 others before he was killed by police.
    (SFC, 1/23/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 22, Pres. Putin said that Russian fitness and sports infrastructure had so declined in the last decade that only 1 in 10 citizens exercise of play sports.
    (SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A13)
2002        Jan 22, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was established as a Swiss Foundation.
    (www.theglobalfund.org/en/about/publications/)

2002        Jan 23, Pres. Bush said he would ask for $48 billion in additional spending for the armed services next year, the biggest defense spending increase in 20 years. Federal deficits were expected for the next 2 years.
    (SFC, 1/24/02, p.A1)(AP, 1/23/03)
2002        Jan 23, US authorities raised the reward for information leading to the arrest of the anthrax perpetrator to $2.5 million.
    (SFC, 1/24/02, p.A12)
2002        Jan 23, Enron CEO Kenneth Lay (59) resigned under pressure.
    (SFC, 1/24/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 23-2002 Jan 24, US soldiers captured 27 Taliban fighters in Hazar Qadam, north of Kandahar. Gov. Jan Muhammad Khan later said that 60 people were killed and denied that any were Taliban or al Qaeda fighters. US military later acknowledged that some of the dead may have been allies. The captives were released Feb 6 and reported that they had been beaten and abused. The Pentagon acknowledged Feb 21 that 16 villagers were mistakenly killed.
    (SFC, 1/25/02, p.A18)(SSFC, 1/27/02, p.A8)(SFC, 2/2/02, p.A10)(SFC, 2/7/02, p.A19)(SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A18)(SFC, 2/11/02, p.A1)(SFC, 2/22/02, p.A16)
2002        Jan 23, John Walker Lindh, a U.S.-born Taliban fighter, was returned to the United States to face criminal charges that he'd conspired to kill fellow Americans.
    (AP, 1/23/03)
2002        Jan 23, It was reported that China was moving 17,000 settlers to a traditionally Tibetan region.
    (WSJ, 1/23/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 23, In Congo some 22.5 tons of food was distributed to the volcano stricken people of Goma.
    (SFC, 1/24/02, p.A8)
2002        Jan 23, Israeli jets attacked Hezbollah sites in Lebanon after a disputed border area was shelled.
    (WSJ, 1/24/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 23, Daniel Pearl, Wall Street Journal reporter, was kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan, by the "National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty." A deadline to kill him was extended a day pending 4 demands that included: the return of Pakistanis in Cuba; access to lawyers for Pakistani detainees in the US; the return of a former Taliban ambassador; and the release of F-16 jets purchased by Pakistan in the 1980s. Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh became the chief suspect. Pearl was later murdered. In 2011 a Pearl Project report said at least 14 of 27 people involved in abducting and murdered Pearl were thought to remain free. And that four who have been convicted could be released if their appeal is ever heard because of false and contradictory evidence used in their trial.
    (SFC, 1/28/02, p.A8)(SFC, 1/30/02, p.A6)(SFC, 2/1/02, p.A24)(SFC, 2/8/02, p.A18)(AP, 1/20/11)
2002        Jan 23, Papua New Guinea voted to grant autonomy and the right to a referendum on total independence to Bougainville.
    (SFC, 1/24/02, p.A8)
2002        Jan 23, In Puerto Rico 17 people were charged in a corruption scandal that involved $4.3 million in diverted federal funds.
    (SFC, 1/24/02, p.A4)
2002        Jan 23, The UN sent famine relief to Zimbabwe.
    (SFC, 1/24/02, p.A8)

2002        Jan 24, A House committee opened hearings into the collapse of energy giant Enron Corp. Officials of Enron's accounting firm, Arthur Andersen, claimed fired auditor David Duncan was solely responsible for the massive destruction of Enron documents; Duncan refused to answer questions, invoking the Fifth Amendment.
    (AP, 1/24/03)
2002        Jan 24, The US imposed sanctions on 3 Chinese entities accused of giving chemical and biological arms technology to Iran.
    (WSJ, 1/25/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 24, John Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban," made his first court appearance in suburban Washington D.C.
    (AP, 1/24/03)
2002        Jan 24, In Juneau, Alaska, Joseph Frederick (18) displayed a banner reading “Bong Hits 4 Jesus" as the Olympic torch passed by. The head teacher at his high school suspended him and Frederick sued in return. The case moved up to the US Supreme Court. In 2007 the US Supreme Court ruled 5-3 that schools may punish youths for statements that might promote drug use.
    (Econ, 3/24/07, p.35)(SFC, 6/26/07, p.A8)
2002        Jan 24, The Florida state pension fund reported a $325 million loss from the demise of Enron. The Univ. of California reported a $145 million loss.
    (SFC, 1/25/02, p.A24)
2002        Jan 24, In Missouri a mobile home fire killed 7 people.
    (SFC, 1/25/02, p.A3)
2002        Jan 24, Argentina approved a law allowing the Central Bank to print nearly $13  billion in new money to help pay salaries and bills as citizens protested over their frozen accounts.
    (SFC, 1/25/02, p.A15)
2002        Jan 24, In Australia some 200 mainly Afghan asylum seekers continued their hunger strike for a 10th day in Woomera. Some had sewn their lips together. Australia resumed processing asylum applications following a mass suicide attempt.
    (SFC, 1/25/02, p.A15)(WSJ, 1/25/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 24, India tested an intermediate-range Agni-II missile over the Bay of Bengal.
    (SFC, 1/25/02, p.A15)
2002        Jan 24, Israeli troops killed a Palestinian intelligence officer and 2 others died in what looked like a failed suicide mission.
    (WSJ, 1/25/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 24, In Beirut, Lebanon, a car bomb killed Elie Hobeika and three others. Hobeika, a former Christian militia chieftain, led a 1982 massacre of Palestinian refugees in the Sabra and Chatilla camps. He had recently agreed to testify against Israeli PM Ariel Sharon in connection with the massacre. Lebanese for a Free and Independent Lebanon claimed responsibility for the car bomb.
    (SFC, 1/25/02, p.A10)
2002        Jan 24, In Pakistan Pres. Musharraf announced legislative elections for October.
    (SFC, 1/25/02, p.A14)

2002        Jan 25, A senior House Democrat called for Thomas White, Sec. of the Army and former Enron executive, to testify on his role at Enron.
    (SFC, 1/26/02, p.A15)
2002        Jan 25, In Cambridge, Mass., Thomas Junta was sentenced 6 to 10 years in prison for beating another man to death at their sons' hockey practice.
    (AP, 1/25/03)
2002        Jan 25, In Pittsburgh 2 masked gunmen killed 2 men and a young girl in a sandwich shop.
    (SSFC, 1/27/02, p.A17)
2002        Jan 25, J. Clifford Baxter, a former Enron vice-chairman, was found dead of apparent suicide in Sugar Land, a Houston suburb. He had reportedly complained about the company's questionable accounting practices.
    (SFC, 1/26/02, p.A1)(SFC, 4/12/02, p.A14)(AP, 1/25/03)
2002        Jan 25, In Afghanistan leaders called for an increase in peacekeeping troops as warlords competed for power outside of Kabul.
    (SFC, 1/26/02, p.A14)
2002        Jan 25, A boat full of Haitian migrants capsized near the Bahamas and at least 14 people were drowned.
    (SFC, 1/26/02, p.AA8)
2002        Jan 25, A bomb in Bogota, Colombia, killed 4 police officers and a girl (5). FARC rebels were blamed.
    (SSFC, 1/27/02, p.A19)
2002        cJan 25, Chinese PM Zhu Rongji visited Bangalore, India, and said: Your are number one in software, and we are number one in hardware. If Indian software and Chinese hardware work together, we can create a force that will be number one in the world.
    (SSFC, 1/27/02, p.A24)
2002        Jan 25, A Palestinian suicide bomber sd'd in a Tel Aviv neighborhood and at least 25 people were wounded following an Israeli missile attack in the Gaza Strip that killed a senior Hamas commander. Separately 2 Hamas members were killed by Israeli troops.
    (SFC, 1/26/02, p.A6)

2002        Jan 26, Jennifer Capriati produced the greatest comeback in a Grand Slam final to overcome Martina Hingis (news) and defend her Australian Open title, 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2.
    (AP, 1/26/03)
2002        Jan 26, In a preview of his State of the Union address, President Bush pledged in his Saturday radio address to "work to create jobs and renew the strength of our economy."
    (AP, 1/26/03)
2002        Jan 26, Sec. of State Powell asked Pres. Bush to declare that the US is bound by the Geneva Conventions in the treatment of Afghan captives at Guantanamo Bay.
    (SSFC, 1/27/02, p.A)
2002        Jan 26, The Honduras Congress elected Justice Vilma Cecilia Morales as the 1st woman to head the Supreme Court.
    (SSFC, 1/27/02, p.A19)
2002        Jan 26, The Palestinian Authority again called for an end to all bombing and shooting attacks against Israel. Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian passing through an army checkpoint and militants were hit by an tank shell when they tried to lay an explosive near a border fence.
    (SSFC, 1/27/02, p.A18)

2002        Jan 27, The Feb 3 Super Bowl matchup was decided as the New England Patriots upset the Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-to-17, to win the AFC championship and the St. Louis Rams defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 29-to-24, to win the NFC championship.
    (WSJ, 1/28/02, p.A1)(AP, 1/27/03)
2002        Jan 27, Thomas Johansson defeated Marat Safin 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4) to win the Australian Open final.
    (AP, 1/27/03)
2002        Jan 27, Vice Pres. Dick Cheney said he would not release Enron related energy task force documents from last year's meetings. Cheney and Rumsfeld said al Qaeda prisoner status at Guantanamo Bay would not change to POW.
    (SFC, 1/28/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 27, Hamid Karzai, interim Afghan leader, began a visit to the US and asked Afghan Americans to return and help with reconstruction.
    (SFC, 1/28/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 27, Honduras restored diplomatic ties with Cuba just before Ricardo Maduro took office.
    (WSJ, 1/28/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 27, Iran's Pres. Khatami met with Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri in Tehran as part of an effort to restore ties.
    (SFC, 2/1/02, p.A18)
2002        Jan 27, Iraq admitted an int'l. nuclear-inspection team (IAEA) on a 4-day mission to a site near Baghdad.
    (WSJ, 1/28/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 27, In Nigeria explosions at the Ikeja military base rocked Lagos. Over 1,000 people died when they fled the area and drowned in Oke Afa drainage canal. Deaths from panic later rose to 600 and then 1,000-2,000.
    (SFC, 1/29/02, p.A5)(SFC, 1/30/02, p.A9)(SFC, 1/31/02, p.A9)(SSFC, 2/3/02, p.A17)(AP, 1/27/03)
2002        Jan 27, A Palestinian woman, Wafa Idris (28), exploded herself on Jaffa St. in Jerusalem and killed an Israeli man (81). Over 150 others were injured.
    (SFC, 1/28/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/31/02, p.A8)(AP, 1/27/03)
2002        Jan 27, A Russian military helicopter crashed in Chechnya and all 14 aboard were killed including generals.
    (SFC, 1/28/02, p.A7)(WSJ, 1/28/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 27, In Uzbekistan a referendum, largely regarded as rigged, extended Pres. Islam Karimov’s term to 7 years from 5.
    (WSJ, 5/13/02, p.A13)(AP, 3/30/04)

2002        Jan 28, Hamid Karzai became the first Afghan leader to visit Washington in 39 years; President George W. Bush promised a "lasting partnership" with Afghanistan.
    (AP, 1/28/03)
2002        Jan 28, US forces and Afghan militiamen attacked and killed 6 al Qaeda gunmen, who had been holed up at the Mir Wais Hospital in Kandahar.
    (SFC, 1/28/02, p.A9)(SFC, 1/29/02, p.A10)(NW, 8/26/02, p.39)
2002        Jan 28, Palm Inc. introduced its $449 i705 handheld computer with wireless e-mail and message service.
    (SFC, 1/28/02, p.E1)
2002        Jan 28, An Ecuadoran TAME Airlines Boeing 727-100 crashed along the Colombia border with 92 people aboard. The wreckage was found on a glacier of the Nevado de Cumbal volcano and there were no survivors.
    (SFC, 1/29/02, p.A8)(SFC, 1/30/02, p.A8)
2002        Jan 28, Israeli police killed a Palestinian car thief as he barreled through an army checkpoint in a stolen car.
    (SFC, 1/29/02, p.A8)(WSJ, 1/29/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 28, In Sweden Astrid Lindgren (b.1907), author of "Pippi Longstocking" (1945), died in Stockholm.
    (SFC, 1/29/02, p.A17)
2002        Jan 28, In Zimbabwe Pres. Mugabe's government announced plans for compulsory national youth service training.
    (SFC, 1/29/02, p.A8)

2002        Jan 29, Pres. Bush made his 1st State of the Union address and declared that the "war against terror is only beginning." Bush singled out Iran, Iraq and North Korea as an "axis of evil." He also appealed to Americans to volunteer for community services. The “axis of evil" phrase was co-coined by Bush’s speechwriter David Frum.
    (SFC, 1/30/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/31/02, p.A1)(SFC, 2/1/02, p.A3)(Econ, 4/21/07, p.36)
2002        Jan 29, In California Stephen Wayne Anderson (48), was executed for the 1980 murder of Elizabeth Lyman (81) during a robbery in her home. He spent years on death row and wrote a number of award-winning plays, books and poems.
    (SSFC, 1/27/02, p.A3)(SFC, 1/30/02, p.A13)
2002        Jan 29, Actor Harold Russell (88), who received two Oscars for his sensitive portrayal of a disabled veteran in "The Best Years of Our Lives," died in Needham, Mass.
    (AP, 1/29/03)
2002        Jan 29, In Albania PM Ilir Meta (32) resigned following months of disputes with party leaders.
    (SFC, 1/30/02, p.A9)
2002        Jan 29, In China Xu Zerong (David Tsui), a Hong Kong-based historian, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for providing classified historical documents, pertaining to Chinese operations during the Korean war, to unspecified overseas parties. Zerong (57) was released on June 23, 2011, from Guangzhou Prison in southern Guangdong province's capital city.
    (SSFC, 2/3/02, p.A17)(AP, 6/23/11)
2002        Jan 29, In Japan PM Koizumi fired foreign minister Makiko Tanaka. Yoriko Kawaguchi was soon chosen to replace her.
    (SFC, 1/30/02, p.A8)(SFC, 2/1/02, p.A15)
2002        Jan 29, Israeli troops raided the Palestinian village of Artas and arrested Mohammed Eyosh (31), a local Jihad leader. 4 others were wounded in gunfire.
    (SFC, 1/30/02, p.A8)
2002        Jan 29, In South Africa Doctors Without Borders defied patent law and imported a generic AIDS drug from Brazil.
    (WSJ, 1/30/02, p.A1)

2002        Jan 30, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the United States would watch closely to see what Iraq, Iran and North Korea did next, a day after President Bush singled them out as part of a dangerous "axis of evil."
    (AP, 1/30/03)
2002        Jan 30, Congressional investigators and the GAO planned to sue the White House to obtain a list of executives who met with the Cheney task force that developed Bush's energy policy in 2001. Enron officials were on the list.
    (WSJ, 1/31/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 30, The US Federal Reserve finished a 2-day meeting and did not change short-term interest rates. The DJIA rose 144 to 9,762. NASDAQ rose 20 to 1,913.
    (SFC, 1/31/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 30, The 3.5-ton satellite Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer (EUNE), launched in 1992, broke up in Earth’s atmosphere over Egypt. It had surveyed the entire Milky Way and beyond and transmitted date until Jan 31 2001.
    (SFC, 1/30/02, p.A2)(www.cbc.ca/health/story/2002/01/31/satellite020131.html)
2002        Jan 30, Inge Morath (78), Austrian-born photographer and wife of Arthur Miller, died in NYC.
    (SFC, 2/4/02, p.B5)
2002        Jan 30, Interim Afghan leader Hamid Karzai visited the World Trade Center site and placed a wreath of yellow roses by a memorial wall as he surveyed the ruins of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.
    (AP, 1/30/03)
2002        Jan 30, In Afghanistan war lords Padsha Khan Zadran and Saifullah led fighting for the control of Paktia province.
    (SFC, 1/31/02, p.A6)
2002        Jan 30, In Chile it was reported that the remains of some 10 victims of the Pinochet regime had been found at Fuerte Arteaga, an army base north of Santiago.
    (SFC, 1/31/02, p.A9)
2002        Jan 30, In Ireland the Roman Catholic Church agreed to pay $110 million in cash and property to Irish children sexually abused by priests, nuns and other church officials in past decades. There were as many as 7,000 potential claimants for payouts ranging from $43k to 260k.
    (SFC, 1/31/02, p.A9)(SFC, 2/1/02, p.A16)
2002        Jan 30, In Italy Samuele Lorenzi (3), was found bludgeoned to death in the family's Alpine home. His mother Anna Maria Franzoni, who denied the murder, was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison. In 2007 a Turin appeals court upheld the conviction but reduced her sentence to 16 years.
    (AP, 4/27/07)
2002        Jan 30, A Palestinian suicide bomber, Murad Abu Asal (23), killed himself and wounded 2 Israeli Shin Bet officers near Taibe.
    (SFC, 1/31/02, p.A8)

2002        Jan 31, The Bush administration handed abortion opponents a symbolic victory, classifying a developing fetus as an "unborn child" as a way of extending prenatal care to low-income pregnant women under the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
    (SFC, 2/1/02, p.A1)(AP, 1/31/03)
2002        Jan 31, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in a speech that the United States had to prepare for potential surprise attacks "vastly more deadly" than the Sept. 11 terrorist hijackings.
    (AP, 1/31/03)
2002        Jan 31, Some 3,000 participants met at the 31st World Economic Forum in NYC at the Waldorf-Astoria with scattered demonstrations outside.
    (SFC, 1/31/02, p.A3)(SFC, 2/1/02, p.A10)
2002        Jan 31, Kentucky, cited by the NCAA for more than three dozen recruiting violations, was placed on three years' probation.
    (AP, 1/31/03)
2002        Jan 31, The central US was hit by a winter storm that left at least 15 dead.
    (WSJ, 2/1/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 31, It was reported that the US and Kazakstan planned a joint venture to use a former Soviet nuclear weapons plant to process uranium for power plants and absorb atomic workers.
    (WSJ, 1/31/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 31, US troops began a 6-month exercise for Filipino soldiers on Zamboanga, who were hunting Abu Sayyaf extremists.
    (SFC, 2/1/02, p.A24)
2002        Jan 31, In Afghanistan warlord Saifullah defeated troops under Padsha Khan Zadran in Gardez and some 50 people were killed.
    (SFC, 2/1/02, p.A24)
2002        Jan 31, Ecuador designated a 557 sq-km (215 sq-mi) area in the Amazon rainforest the Cofan Ecological Reserve. Field Museum scientists from Chicago assisted Cofan Indians and Ecuadoran scientists by cataloging the species in the area and declaring it to be the most biologically diverse mountain range in the world.
    (EB, 2002, p.11)
2002        Jan 31, In Indonesia the number of people killed during two days of widespread flooding grew to at least 33. Flooding in Jakarta eventually killed about 60 people.
    (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/1791623.stm)(Econ, 3/17/12, p.48)
2002        Jan 31, An interview was published in which Israeli PM Ariel Sharon said that he regrets that Israel failed to take the opportunity to kill Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat in Lebanon 20 years ago.
    (EB, 2002, p.11)
2002        Jan 31, Crossair, a regional carrier and successor airline to the bankrupt Swissair, announced plans that will make it Europe's 4th largest international airline, under the new name Swiss.
    (EB, 2002, p.11)(Econ, 2/14/04, p.10)
2002        Jan 31, Zimbabwe enacted a new media law that required local media people to be licensed and restricted foreign reporters from working freely.
    (SFC, 2/1/02, p.A15)

2002        Jan, In NYC the “No Pants Subway Ride" began as a stunt and continued over the years as an “int’l celebration of silliness."
    (SFC, 1/10/15, p.A2)
2002        Jan, Apple Corp. introduced a line of iMacs with a swiveling flat screen on a circular base containing an 800 MHz G4 processor. It was priced at $1,799.
    (SFC, 1/24/04, p.A12)
2002        Jan, Ford Motor Co. took a $1 billion write-off on its stock pile of precious metals, mostly palladium.
    (WSJ, 2/6/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan, Indonesia renamed Irian Jaya to Papua and gave it greater autonomy.
    (SSFC, 9/1/02, p.A15)
2002        Jan, Pakistan banned the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
    (WSJ, 12/8/08, p.A6)
2002        Jan, Russia's Accounting Chamber charged that $270 million in US and European aid, intended to clean up and build storage facilities for radioactive waste, had disappeared.
    (SSFC, 9/1/02, p.A17)
2002        Jan, The Global Fund was formed as a charitable foundation, based in Geneva. The Board held its first meeting and in April 2002 approved the first round of grants. The concept of the new int’l effort, to increase coordination and mobilize additional resources to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, was first proposed at the July 2000 G-8 Summit in Okinawa. Richard, Feachem, who served as the 1st executive director, stepped down in 2006.
    (www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2002/15583.htm)(SFC, 3/7/06, p.B8)

2002        Feb 1, President George W. Bush responded to the collapse of Enron by proposing regulation reforms of 401(k) retirement plans. Justice Department investigators directed Bush's staff to preserve the paper trail of any contact with Enron. The US Justice Dept. asked the president's staff for all Enron-related documents back to Jan 1, 1999.
    (AP, 2/1/03)(SFC, 2/2/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 1, Pres. Bush named Jim Tower (45), former Florida Sec. of Health, to lead his initiative to give federal money to religious charities.
    (SFC, 2/2/02, p.A5)
2002        Feb 1, Actress Winona Ryder was charged with four felony counts stemming from her shoplifting arrest at a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Beverly Hills, Calif., the previous December. Ryder was later convicted of felony grand theft and vandalism, and received three years' probation.
    (AP, 2/1/03)
2002        Feb 1, The NCAA placed Alabama on five years' probation, jolting the football program with a two-year bowl ban and heavy scholarship reductions.
    (AP, 2/1/03)
2002        Feb 1, Amtrak announced a new austerity plan and hope Congress would provide $1.2 billion in financing next year. Amtrak lost $1.1 billion last year.
    (SFC, 2/2/02, p.A3)
2002        Feb 1, The Idaho Legislature voted 50-20 to override Gov. Dirk Kempthorne’s veto and repeal term limits, becoming the first state to do so.
    (SFC, 2/2/02, p.A5)(Econ, 4/23/11, SR p.11)
2002        Feb 1, Comet Ikeya-Zhang was discovered by 2 amateur astronomers in Japan and China. Its closest approach to Earth was projected for Apr 30. It last flew into the solar system nearly 350 years earlier.
    (SFC, 3/23/02, p.A3)
2002        Feb 1, Danielle van Dam (7) went missing from Sabre Springs, her San Diego suburban home. David Westerfield (49), a neighbor, was arrested Feb 22 after her blood was found on his clothing and in his motor home. Her body was found Feb 27 some 25 miles northeast of San Diego at Dehesa. Westerfield was convicted of her kidnapping and murder on Aug 21 and was sentenced to death Jan 3, 2003.
    (NW, 2/18/02, p.34)(SFC, 2/23/02, p.A3)(SFC, 2/28/02, p.A3)(SFC, 8/22/02, p.A3)(SFC, 1/4/03, p.A3)
2002        Feb 1, In Argentina the Supreme Court ruled 5-0 that the banking freeze was unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 2/2/02, p.A7)
2002        Feb 1, It was reported that Riduan Isamuddin (36), an Indonesian cleric known as Hambali, was a Southeast Asian pointman for an al Qaeda network.
    (WSJ, 2/1/02, p.A13)
2002        Feb 1, In Israel over 100 reserve combat officers denounced the army for immoral behavior toward Palestinian civilians and placed ads in newspapers including Haaretz: "We will no longer fight beyond the Green Line with the aim of dominating, expelling, starving and humiliating an entire people."
    (SFC, 2/2/02, p.A7)
2002        Feb 1, In Kuwait a huge oil field fire killed 4 workers and shut down production of some 600,000 daily barrels.
    (SFC, 2/2/02, p.A7)

2002        Feb 2, Jim Kelly of the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers star John Stallworth were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
    (AP, 2/2/03)
2002        Feb 2, The NHL World All-Stars rallied to defeat North America 8-5.
    (AP, 2/2/03)
2002        Feb 2, The Bush administration approved a $700 million grant to help rebuild lower Manhattan devastated by the Sep 11 terrorist attacks.
    (SSFC, 2/3/02, p.A13)
2002        Feb 2, In NYC protesters of the World Economic Forum turned out in large numbers. Inside foreign economic leaders criticized the US for protectionist policies, and Bill Gates and U2 rock star Bono pushed for increases in foreign aid by rich countries to poor countries.
    (SSFC, 2/3/02, p.A3)(AP, 2/2/03)
2002        Feb 2, New Orleans voters approved a $1 per hour increase in the minimum wage above the $5.15 federal standard in a referendum that went to court for resolution.
    (SSFC, 2/17/02, p.A9)
2002        Feb 2, A special committee of the Enron Corp. board filed a 217-page report that concluded Enron executives had manipulated company profits.
    (SSFC, 2/3/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 2, In Lagos, Nigeria, fighting broke out between militants of the Yoruba and Hausa tribes. At least 55 people were killed over the next 2 days as fighting spread.
    (SFC, 2/4/02, p.A3)(SFC, 2/5/02, p.A5)
2002        Feb 2, In Pakistan police arrested 2 people in Karachi linked to the Jan 23 kidnapping of WSJ reporter Daniel Pearl.
    (SSFC, 2/3/02, p.A7)

2002        Feb 3, In Superbowl XXXVI the New England Patriots beat the St. Louis Rams 20-17 with a 48-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri as time expired. Patriot quarterback Tom Brady (24) was named MVP.
    (SFC, 2/4/02, p.C1)
2002        Feb 3, Former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay backed out of testifying before Congress about the collapse of the energy giant.
    (AP, 2/3/03)
2002        Feb 3, Argentina unveiled a plan to rescue the economy that included a partial easement of the banking freeze and a free-floating peso.
    (SFC, 2/4/02, p.A4)
2002        Feb 3, In Cambodia's 1st local elections Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party won control of up to 1600 of the 1,621 local councils. A US monitoring group said the polls were competently run but neither free nor fair.
    (SFC, 2/5/02, p.A7)
2002        Feb 3, In Cuba Fidel Castro met with Pres. Fox of Mexico.
    (SFC, 2/4/02, p.A4)
2002        Feb 3, In Israel the Cabinet backed PM Sharon for initiating talks with Palestinian officials.
    (SFC, 2/4/02, p.A4)
2002        Feb 3, In Costa Rica presidential elections Abel Pacheco, of the ruling Social Christian Unity Party, won 38.5% of the vote and Rolando Araya, National Liberation Party, won 30.9%. A runoff was scheduled for Apr 7.
    (SFC, 2/5/02, p.A7)
2002        Feb 3, A 6.0-6.2 earthquake hit Turkey and as least 45 people were killed. The epicenter was about 135 miles southwest of Ankara.
    (SFC, 2/4/02, p.A3)(WSJ, 2/4/02, p.A1)

2002        Feb 4, Pres. Bush released his $2.13 trillion budget plan for the coming federal year. It included a 12% increase in military spending and cuts in highway and job training.
    (SSFC, 2/3/02, p.A1)(SFC, 2/5/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 4, The World Economic Forum concluded five days of meetings in New York.
    (AP, 2/4/03)
2002        Feb 4, Former Enron chairman and chief executive Kenneth Lay resigned from the board, cutting his last tie to the company beyond stock ownership.
    (AP, 2/4/03)
2002        Feb 4, A New Jersey teenager (16) began a 2-day shooting spree on the outskirts of Philadelphia that left 6 people dead. He was arrested Feb 22.
    (SSFC, 2/24/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 4, The CIA believed that it killed a top al Qaeda official with a Hellfire missile, Predator aerial drone, near Zawar Kili, Afghanistan. 7 al Qaeda members were killed. At least some of those killed were innocent villagers. At Zhawara 3 local villagers were killed while looking for scrap metal.
    (WSJ, 2/7/02, p.A1)(SFC, 2/8/02, p.A18)(SFC, 2/11/02, p.A10)(SFC, 2/12/02, p.A16)(SSFC, 2/17/02, p.A18)(SSFC, 7/21/02, p.A14)
2002        Feb 4, In Afghanistan northern militia factions agreed to withdraw from Mazar-e-Sharif and create a new joint security force.
    (SFC, 2/5/02, p.A8)
2002        Feb 4, In Havana, Cuba, Pres. Fox of Mexico met with 7 prominent dissidents.
    (SFC, 2/5/02, p.A7)
2002        Feb 4, An 8-year corruption investigation of Elf Aquitaine, a French oil firm privatized in 1994, ended with 40 people implicated.
    (SFC, 2/5/02, p.A6)
2002        Feb 4, Israeli PM Peres said Iran had put elite forces into Lebanon and had supplied Hezbollah with 10,000 rockets with ranges of 13-44 miles.
    (SFC, 2/5/02, p.A10)
2002        Feb 4, In the Gaza Strip 5 Palestinians were killed when their car exploded. Israeli military said the men were carrying an explosive device that went off early. 5 Palestinians died in a Gaza helicopter attack.
    (SFC, 2/5/02, p.A5)(WSJ, 2/5/02, p.A1)

2002        Feb 5, Pres. Bush promoted his call for $5.9 billion to be dedicated to bioterrorism preparedness as part of a $38 billion homeland defense.
    (SFC, 2/6/02, p.A13)
2002        Feb 5, US officials announced plans to train and arm Colombian troops to protect the key Cano Limon oil pipeline.
    (SFC, 2/7/02, p.A12)
2002        Feb 5, A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Va., indicted John Walker Lindh on 10 charges, alleging he was trained by Osama bin Laden's network and then conspired with the Taliban to kill Americans. Lindh later pleaded guilty to lesser offenses and was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.
    (SFC, 2/6/02, p.A1)(AP, 2/5/07)
2002        Feb 5, Committees in both the House and Senate decided to subpoena former Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay to appear to tell what he knew of Enron's complex financial dealings. (Lay did appear, but refused to testify, citing his Fifth Amendment rights.) At a Senate hearing, Deborah Perrotta, a laid-off Enron employee, wept as she described how her retirement savings all but disappeared when the company failed.
    (AP, 2/5/07)
2002        Feb 5, In Canada a police raid on the farmstead of Robert and David Pickton in Port Coquitlan, BC, turned up evidence of 2 missing women. Since 1984 at least 50 prostitutes had vanished from the streets of Vancouver. Robert Pickton was arrested Feb 22. In 2003 the murder charges against Pickton rose to 22. Pickton’s trial began Jan 22, 2007, with prosecutors saying the he had confessed to killing 49 women.
    (SFC, 2/9/02, p.A9)(SFC, 12/16/03, p.A14)(WSJ, 1/23/06, p.A1)
2002        Feb 5, In Italy the health ministry confirmed the country's 1st case of mad cow disease.
    (SFC, 2/6/02, p.A9)
2002        Feb 5, In Pakistan 2 men associated with the kidnapping of journalist Daniel Pearl were arrested in a Karachi suburb. Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh (28), Islamic militant, turned himself in to Ejah Shah, the home secretary in Punjab province.
    (SFC, 2/6/02, p.A14)(SFC, 2/15/02, p.A20)
2002        Feb 5, In Jenin, 3 Palestinians members of the Kameel clan were killed by a mob after a court sentenced them to 15 year jail terms for the murder of another clan member.
    (SFC, 2/6/02, p.A9)
2002        Feb 5, In Nigeria troops cracked down on ethnic fighting in Lagos following 3 days of clashes that left over 100 dead.
    (WSJ, 2/6/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 5, In Durban, South Africa, a commuter train collided with a freight train and 18 people were killed.
    (SFC, 2/6/02, p.A9)

2002        Feb 6, A federal judge ordered John Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban," held without bail pending trial.
    (AP, 2/6/03)
2002        Feb 6, John Rusnak (37), a currency trader at Allfirst, a Baltimore subsidiary of Allied Irish Banks, was accused of stealing $750 million.
    (SFC, 2/7/02, p.B1)
2002        Feb 6, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II reached a bittersweet milestone, somberly marking 50 years as monarch on the anniversary of the death of her father, King George VI.
    (AP, 2/6/03)
2002        Feb 6, Max Perutz (b.1914), Austrian-born molecular biologist, died in England. He won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1962 for his work on the structure of hemoglobin. In 2007 Georgina Ferry authored “Max Perutz and the Secret of Life."
    (Econ, 8/25/07, p.77)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Perutz)
2002        Feb 6, In the Republic of Congo a new death from Ebola raised fears that it had spread from Gabon.
    (WSJ, 2/7/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 6, Egypt won a pledge for $10 billion in aid from 37 donor nations.
    (SFC, 2/8/02, p.A12)
2002        Feb 6, German unemployment figures for January rose to 4 million.
    (SFC, 2/7/02, p.A11)
2002        Feb 6, The PLO issued a 17-page document that listed their actions to stop terrorism. Meanwhile, Hamas gunman, Mohammed Ziad Khalili (26), killed 2 Israelis in Hamra, a mother and daughter, before he was killed by commandos. Israel responded with 2 missiles shot at a Palestinian prison and government complex in Nablus.
    (SFC, 2/7/02, p.A10)(SFC, 2/8/02, p.A8)
2002        Feb 6, The Philippine opposition made a legal move that gave Pres. Arroyo 10 days to justify the presence of US troops.
    (SFC, 2/7/02, p.A12)

2002        Feb 7, Pres. Bush met with Israel's PM Sharon and said he would continue to press the Palestinian Authority to crack down on terrorism. Bush rebuffed a plea to sever ties with Arafat.
    (SFC, 2/8/02, p.A8)(WSJ, 2/8/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 7, The Bush administration allowed Geneva accords to cover Taliban fighters but not members of al Qaeda.
    (SFC, 2/8/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 7, A US federal court ruled that it is unconstitutional to sentence a felon to 25 years to life for shoplifting, which was allowed under the California "three strikes law."
    (SFC, 2/8/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 7, Former Enron chief executive Jeffrey Skilling insisted to skeptical lawmakers that he knew of nothing improper about the complex web of partnerships that brought down the company.
    (AP, 2/7/03)
2002        Feb 7, Authorities in Oklahoma captured the last of four escaped prison inmates from Texas who'd been on the run for more than a week.
    (AP, 2/7/03)
2002        Feb 7, In Liberia rebel forces, Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy, attacked Klay Junction 25 miles north of Monrovia.
    (SFC, 2/9/02, p.A3)

2002        Feb 8, Pres. Bush opened the 19th Winter Olympic Games as part of a 3-hour ceremony at Rice-Eccles Stadium at the Univ. of Utah campus, which included an emotional tribute to America's heroes, from the pioneers of the West to past Olympic champions to the thousands who perished on Sept. 11, 2001.
    (SFC, 2/9/02, p.A1)(AP, 2/8/03)
2002        Feb 8, A bankruptcy judge rejected a reorganization plan proposed by Pacific Gas and Electric.
    (SFC, 2/9/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 8, In Texas a $60 million casino run by the Tigua Indians was shut down following lobbying efforts by religious activist Ralph Reed and Washington lobbyists Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon. Abramoff and Scanlon then persuaded the tribe to pay $4.2 million to lobby Congress to reopen it. Senate hearings on the process opened in 2004.
    (SSFC, 9/26/04, p.A10)
2002        Feb 8, William T. Dillard (b.1914), founder of Dillard's department store chain, died in Little Rock, Ark.
    (SFC, 2/11/02, p.B5)(AP, 2/8/03)
2002        Feb 8, Marine Sgt. Todd Sommer (23) died in his home in San Diego. His death was at first ruled a heart attack but later tests found high arsenic levels in his liver. In 2005 his wife, Cynthia Sommers, was charged with 1st degree murder. In 2007 his wife, Cynthia Sommer (33) was convicted of murdering him with arsenic so she could cash in on his $250,000 life insurance policy, some of which she used to have her breasts enlarged.
    (SFC, 12/16/05, p.A2)(AP, 1/30/07)
2002        Feb 8, In Afghanistan Mullah Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil, Taliban foreign minister, surrendered in Kandahar and was turned over to US military.
    (SFC, 2/9/02, p.A14)
2002        Feb 8, Interim Afghan leader Hamid Karzai met with Pakistan Pres. Musharraf in Islamabad and they agreed to bury past misunderstandings.
    (SFC, 2/9/02, p.A14)
2002        Feb 8, In Israel at least 2 Palestinians were killed when a bomb exploded prematurely. In Jerusalem an Israeli woman was stabbed to death while strolling in the Peace Forest. Police caught 4 Palestinians and one died following his arrest.
    (SFC, 2/9/02, p.A7)

2002        Feb 9, At the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Jochem Uytdehaage of the Netherlands won the gold medal in the men's 5,000-meter speedskating race in world record time of 6:14.66.
    (AP, 2/9/03)
2002        Feb 9, Oakland's Rich Gannon led the AFC to a 38-30 victory over the NFC in the Pro Bowl.
    (AP, 2/9/03)
2002        Feb 9, The US and Pakistan signed an agreement to enhance defense cooperation.
    (SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A19)
2002        Feb 9, The Afghan government released 320 captured Taliban fighters and gave each soldier the equivalent of $15 as a gesture of reconciliation.
    (SFC, 2/9/02, p.A18)
2002        Feb 9, In Algeria security forces killed Antar Zouabri, head of the Armed Islamic Group, and 2 other insurgents in Boufarik.
    (SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A14)
2002        Feb 9, Britain's Princess Margaret (71), the high-spirited and unconventional sister of Queen Elizabeth II, died in London.
    (SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A12)(AP, 2/9/03)
2002        Feb 9, East Timor approved a draft for a new constitution. Full independence was scheduled for May 20.
    (SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A14)
2002        Feb 9, In Honduras police broke up a drug-smuggling, kidnapping and bank robbery ring in Lempira. It was an arm of cartels based in Tijuana.
    (SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A14)
2002        Feb 9, In South Africa Bulelani Vukwana (29), shot and killed his girlfriend and 9 others before killing himself in Mdantsane suburb of East London.
    (SFC, 2/11/02, p.A8)

2002        Feb 10, Snowboarder Kelly Clark won America's first gold at the Salt Lake City Olympics in women's halfpipe. Claudia Pechstein of Germany shattered her own world record in the three-thousand-meter speedskating event, crossing the line in 3:57.70.
    (AP, 2/10/03)
2002        Feb 10, The Western Conference defeated the Eastern Conference, 135-120, in the NBA All-Star Game.
    (AP, 2/10/03)
2002        Feb 10, A spokeswoman said former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay would refuse to answer questions when he appeared before Congress under subpoena.
    (AP, 2/10/03)
2002        Feb 10, Convict-author Jack Henry Abbott (58) committed suicide in his cell.
    (AP, 2/10/07)
2002        Feb 10, Dave Van Ronk, folksinger and mentor to Bob Dylan, died in NY at age 65.
    (WSJ, 2/11/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 10, Vernon A. Walters (85), former UN ambassador and aide to 7 presidents, died in West Palm Beach, Florida.
    (WSJ, 2/15/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 10, In Mexico Sinaloa state police reportedly shot and killed drug boss Ramon Felix Arellano (37).
    (SFC, 2/23/02, p.A12)
2002        Feb 10, Two Palestinian Hamas gunmen attacked Israeli soldiers at Beersheva. 2 soldiers were killed before the gunmen were slain.
    (SFC, 2/11/02, p.A3)

2002        Feb 11, Americans Ross Powers, Danny Kass and J.J. Thomas took gold, silver and bronze in the men's halfpipe at the Salt Lake City Olympics. Gold medals for the Olympics free-style skating event went to Russians Anton Sikharulidze and Elena Berezhnaya. French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne later admitted to being pressured to support the Russian team. On Feb 15 Olympic officials awarded a 2nd gold medal to Canadians David Pelletier and Jamie Sale for their performance.
    (SFC, 2/16/02, p.A1)(AP, 2/11/03)
2002        Feb 11, The FBI issued a warning for a possible terrorist assault and identified Fawaz Yahya al-Rabeei, a Yemeni national, as a possible attacker.
    (SFC, 2/12/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 11, SF sued PG&E for a $5 billion refund to ratepayers.
    (SFC, 2/12/02, p.B1)
2002        Feb 11, In Afghanistan opium vendors shut down in Kandahar under US military orders.
    (SFC, 2/12/02, p.A14)
2002        Feb 11, The Argentine peso was put to float for the 1st time in a decade and dropped about 5% to 2.1 pesos to the dollar.
    (SFC, 2/12/02, p.A10)
2002        Feb 11, In Colombia suspected FARC rebels sent 2 bombs into a southern army garrison and killed 10 sleeping soldiers.
    (SFC, 2/12/02, p.A10)
2002        Feb 11, In Indonesia warring Christians and Muslims from Maluku province began 2 days of peace talks.
    (SFC, 2/12/02, p.A10)
2002        Feb 11, Israel bombed the Palestinian security headquarters in the Gaza Strip for a 2nd day in response to the use of a Kassam-2 rocket by Hamas.
    (SFC, 2/12/02, p.A8)(AP, 2/11/03)
2002        Feb 11, In Jordan Raed Hijazi (33) was convicted and sentenced to be hung for plotting to blow up tourist sites during millennium celebrations. [see Dec 2000]
    (SFC, 2/12/02, p.A12)

2002        Feb 12, "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" received 13 Academy Award nominations; tied for second with eight nods were "A Beautiful Mind" and "Moulin Rouge."
    (AP, 2/11/03)
2002        Feb 12, Sec. of State Colin Powell said the Bush administration was considering a variety of options to topple Iraq's Saddam Hussein.
    (SFC, 2/12/02, p.A17)
2002        Feb 12, John Hamilton, US ambassador to Peru, said the US would triple anti-drug funding to over $150 million.
    (SFC, 2/13/02, p.A16)
2002        Feb 12, Kenneth Lay, former Enron CEO, pleaded the 5th amendment before a Senate panel investigation of the Enron demise. Lay expressed "profound sadness" about the collapse of the energy giant, but refused to testify at a Senate hearing.
    (SFC, 2/12/02, p.A1)(AP, 2/11/03)
2002        Feb 12, The International Skating Union announced it would conduct an "internal assessment" of the Olympic judging that gave the Russians the pairs figure skating gold medal over the Canadians.
    (AP, 2/11/03)
2002        Feb 12, It was reported that AP estimated 600 civilians killed in the Afghan campaign.
    (WSJ, 2/12/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 12, In NYC Ronald Popadich of New Jersey struck 19 pedestrians at 6 spots along Seventh Ave. near Madison Square Garden and one died 2 days later. He struck 7 more people Feb 13. He shot his girlfriend, Lisa Gotkin Feb 10, and a cab driver on Feb 13.
    (SFC, 2/16/02, p.A8)
2002        Feb 12-13, The Chinese lunar calendar marked this as the new year, 4700, the Year of the Horse.
    (SFC, 2/12/02, p.A14)
2002        Feb 12, In Indonesia Christian and Muslim factions from Maluku agreed to end their 3-year war, ban militias and establish a joint security patrol.
    (SFC, 2/13/02, p.A16)
2002        Feb 12, An Iran Air Tours Tupelov Tu-154 crashed into the Sefid Kouh mountains near Khorramabad killing all 119 on board.
    (SFC, 2/13/02, p.A12)(AP, 2/11/03)
2002        Feb 12, In Pakistan police arrested Ahmed Saeed Sheikh, the prime suspect in the kidnapping of WSJ reported Daniel Pearl. Pakistan charged 3 men in connection with the kidnapping. They and a fourth man were later convicted of Pearl's murder.
    (SFC, 2/13/02, p.A18)(AP, 2/11/03)
2002        Feb 12, In Venezuela Pres. Chavez said the currency would go on float.
    (WSJ, 2/13/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 12, Former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic went on trial in The Hague, accused of war crimes.
    (AP, 2/11/03)

2002        Feb 13, Pres. Bush welcomed Pres. Musharraf to the White House. Musharraf sought a revival of arms deals and relaxed tariffs on textiles. The Bush administration agreed to $142 million in trade benefits.
    (SFC, 2/14/02, p.A10)(SFC, 2/15/02, p.A14)
2002        Feb 13, The US House of Reps. voted 240-189 to ban unlimited "soft money" donations to national parties as part of the Shays-Meehan campaign finance bill. Individual contributions were raised from 1k to 2k.
    (SFC, 2/14/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/15/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 13, John Walker Lindh pleaded innocent in federal court in Alexandria, Va., to conspiring to kill Americans and supporting the Taliban and terrorist organizations.
    (AP, 2/13/03)
2002        Feb 13, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II made former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani an honorary knight.
    (AP, 2/13/03)
2002        Feb 13, In a startling development at the Salt Lake City winter games, the head of the French Olympic team said the French figure skating judge had been pressured to "act in a certain way" before she voted to give the gold medal to the Russians in pairs.
    (AP, 2/13/03)
2002        Feb 13, Waylon Jennings (b.1937), country singer, died in Chandler, Arizona at age 64. His 5-decade career included 60 albums.
    (SFC, 2/14/02, p.A2)
2002        Feb 13, Argentina adopted a 20% tax on energy exports.
    (WSJ, 2/14/02, p.A14)
2002        Feb 13, Israeli troops seized 3 Palestinian towns and a refugee camp in Gaza Strip from where rockets and mortars were fired and at least 5 people were killed. 3 Palestinian police officers were killed in Deir al-Balah where 3 police posts were destroyed.
    (SFC, 2/13/02, p.A9)(WSJ, 2/14/02, p.A15)
2002        Feb 13, The Scottish Parliament outlawed fox hunting with dogs.
    (SFC, 2/14/02, p.A8)
2002        Feb 13, In Pakistan Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh (28), Islamic militant, said he believed WSJ reporter Daniel Pearl was dead. Sheikh said Pearl was shot and killed during a failed escape attempt on Jan 31.
    (SFC, 2/14/02, p.A8)(SFC, 2/15/02, p.A20)
2002        Feb 13, In Venezuela the bolivar fell nearly 19% with the abandonment of exchange controls by Pres. Chavez, who also announced a 7% cut in government spending to help close a projected $8 billion deficit.
    (SFC, 2/14/02, p.B6)
2002        Feb 13, In Yemen Sameer Mohammed Ahmed al-Hada (25), an al Qaeda fugitive, died as troops closed in and a hand grenade exploded in his hand. Family members were also linked to al-Qaeda.
    (WSJ, 2/14/02, p.A1)(SFC, 2/15/02, p.A18)
2002        Feb 13, Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe opposition leader, was implicated in a plot to overthrow Pres. Mugabe in film footage made by a consulting firm with ties to Mugabe. Tsvangirai said the tape was contrived.
    (SFC, 2/14/02, p.A9)(WSJ, 2/14/02, p.A1)

2002        Feb 14, Pres. Bush proposed an environmental plan that would encourage businesses to cut pollution and develop more energy-efficient technology.
    (SFC, 2/15/02, p.A5)
2002        Feb 14, The US House voted to ban unregulated contributions to national political parties.
    (AP, 2/14/03)   
2002        Feb 14, Sharon Watkins, Enron Vice President, testified that Jeffrey Skilling was behind the accounting that led to the company's bankruptcy and that CEO Kenneth Lay was probably duped by his executives and was unaware of the depth of Enron's problems. Watkins told a House subcommittee it was common knowledge at the company that partnerships were used improperly to hide debt and inflate profits.
    (SFC, 2/15/02, p.A1)(AP, 2/14/03)
2002        Feb 14, The 168th annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science opened in Boston with a bleak assessment of planet health and a call for conservation of resources.
    (SFC, 2/15/02, p.A3)
2002        Feb 14, It was reported that scientists at NIH had developed the 1st vaccine effective against staph bacteria.
    (SFC, 2/14/02, p.A4)
2002        Feb 14, Jayson Williams (34), former NBA star and NBC Sports commentator, accidentally shot and killed Costas Christofi (55), a limousine driver. Williams turned himself in Feb 25. In 2003 Williams paid the Christofi family more than $2 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit. On Jan 11, 2010, Williams pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was expected serve at least 18 months in prison for accidentally killing Christofi in his bedroom.
    (SFC, 2/26/02, p.A3)(AP, 1/11/10)
2002        Feb 14, J. Desmond Clark, UC Berkeley professor emeritus of anthropology, died in Oakland at age 85. His work included over 18 books including "the Pre-history of Africa" (1970).
    (SFC, 2/16/02, p.A25)
2002        Feb 14, In Bahrain Sheikh Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa declared himself king and approved plans for a constitutional monarchy. Parliamentary elections were scheduled for October and municipal elections in May. Women were to be allowed to vote and stand as candidates for the 1st time. Foreigners would be allowed to vote under certain conditions.
    (SFC, 2/15/02, p.A10)(WSJ, 2/15/02, p.A14)
2002        Feb 14, In China 41 foreigners were arrested and later expelled following pro Falun Gong demonstrations on Tiananmen Square.
    (SFC, 2/16/02, p.A14)
2002        Feb 14, In Kabul, Afghanistan, Abdul Rahman, the Air Transportation Minister, was reported killed by a mob of Muslim pilgrims at Kabul Airport seeking transport to Mecca. Hamid Karzai later said senior officials were responsible and blamed the killing on a personal vendetta. Gen. Tawhidi and Gen. Beg were among the accused. Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah later said the attack was not premeditated.
    (SFC, 2/15/02, p.A20)(SFC, 2/16/02, p.A3)(SFC, 2/21/02, p.A16)
2002        Feb 14, In the Netherlands Slobodan Milosevic spoke on his own behalf on the 3rd day of his trial. He denied all blame for a decade of carnage in the Balkans and displayed pictures of victims of NATO air raids. Milosevic justified his actions as a "struggle against terrorism" and said he was a victim of twisted facts and "terrible fabrication."
    (SFC, 2/15/02, p.A8)(AP, 2/14/03)
2002        Feb 14, In the Netherlands the Int'l. Court of Justice cited diplomatic immunity and ruled that Belgium cannot try former and current world leaders. Belgium adopted a law in 1993 that empowered judges to hear war crimes and genocide cases regardless of where the alleged crimes occurred or who committed them.
    (SFC, 2/15/02, p.A8)
2002        Feb 14, Militant Palestinians attacked an Israeli tank in the Gaza Strip and 3 soldiers were killed.
    (SFC, 2/15/02, p.A10)
2002        Feb 14, Palestinian Abu Zubaydah (30) was identified as the new chief of operations for al Qaeda and was believed to be organizing al Qaeda remnants for new attacks against the US.
    (SFC, 2/14/02, p.A10)

2002        Feb 15, Pres. Bush approved the Nevada Yucca Mountain site for nuclear waste. Nevada filed suit to block the decision.
    (SFC, 2/16/02, p.A7)
2002        Feb 15, Skating and Olympics officials awarded Canadian pairs figure skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier a gold medal, while letting the Russian pair, Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze, keep their gold medal, as a way to resolve a judging controversy that had dominated the Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
    (AP, 2/15/03)
2002        Feb 15, American and Belgian officials said Sanjivan Ruprah, a Kenyan diamond mine owner, offered details between al Qaeda and the arms-trading operations of Victor Bout, a Russian broker described as the head of the world's largest arms-trafficking organization.
    (SFC, 2/16/02, p.A4)
2002        Feb 15, Globalstar, a satellite telephone company, filed for bankruptcy. The company had spent $4 billion to launch a network of 48 communications satellites.
    (SFC, 2/16/02, p.B1)
2002        Feb 15, Howard K. Smith (87), war correspondent and news analyst (ABC co-anchor), died in Bethesda, Md.
    (SFC, 2/19/02, p.A14)
2002        Feb 15, Peter Voulkos (b.1924), ceramic artist, died in Bowling Green, Ohio.
    (www.ceramicsculpture.com/Pages-Voulkos/obit.htm)
2002        Feb 15, In Britain asylum seekers rioted at the Yarl's Wood institution near Bedford and 20 escaped. 10 were soon captured.
    (SFC, 2/16/02, p.A13)
2002        Feb 15, An Israeli commando leader was killed by a falling wall as his troops demolished a Palestinian militant's home in the West Bank. Israel fired rockets at PLO offices in the Jabalija refugee camp and one security officer was killed. Israeli Sgt. Lee Nahman Akunis (20) was killed by Fatah gunmen outside the West Bank village of Skurda.
    (SFC, 2/16/02, p.A9)

2002        Feb 16, Pres. Bush departed on a 6-day Asia trip. Enroute to a three-nation tour of Asia, Bush stopped off at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska, where he told hundreds of cheering US soldiers that "America will not blink" in the fight against terrorism and Osama bin Laden.
    (SFC, 2/16/02, p.A3)(AP, 2/16/07)
2002        Feb 16, In Noble, Ga., officials found 334 decomposing bodies at the Tri-State Crematory, where the furnace had not worked for years. Ray Brent Marsh (28), manager of the family operation, was arrested and charged with 5 counts of theft by deception. In 2004 families of the dead settled a class-action suit for $80 million. Marsh pleaded guilty and was sentenced to twelve years in prison, with credit for the time he had served before making bond, plus seventy-five years of probation.
    (SSFC, 2/17/02, p.A6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri-State_Crematory#Criminal_prosecution)
2002        Feb 16, Mark Meier, glacier expert, predicted that oceans would rise 7-11 inches by the end of this century due to polar warming.
    (SSFC, 2/17/02, p.A4)
2002        John W. Gardner (89), founder Common Cause, a citizen's lobby for the well-being of the nation, died. Gardner joined Pres. Johnson's cabinet in 1965 where he started Medicare and presided over the creation of PBS.
    (SFC, 2/18/02, p.A6)
2002        Feb 16, In Afghanistan British peacekeepers came under fire at an observation post in Kabul.
    (SSFC, 2/17/02, p.A18)
2002        Feb 16-200 Feb 17, In Afghanistan US forces made bombing raids aimed at controlling clashes among militia forces. Pentagon officials later said the attacks were against suspected al Qaeda fighters.
    (SFC, 2/19/02, p.A9)(SFC, 2/20/02, p.A14)
2002        Feb 16, Some 20,000 Israelis rallied for peace in Tel Aviv. 2 Israelis were killed when a Palestinian suicide bombed sd'd in a pizza restaurant in the West Bank settlement of Karnei Shomron. In Jenin Nazih Abu Sabaah, a Hamas leader, was killed by a car bomb. In the Bureij refugee camp 3 Palestinians were killed in gunfire with Israeli troops.
    (SSFC, 2/17/02, p.A12)
2002        Feb 16, Zimbabwe expelled Pierre Schori, head of the EU's 150-member mission to observe elections. EU officials threatened sanctions.
    (SFC, 2/16/02, p.A14)(SSFC, 2/17/02, p.A13)

2002        Feb 17, Pres. Bush opened a three-nation Asian tour in recession-wracked Japan, where he urged PM Junichiro Koizumi to follow through on long-promised economic reforms.
    (SFC, 2/18/02, p.A1)(AP, 2/17/07)
2002        Feb 17, The new US Transportation Security Administration took over supervision of aviation security from the airline industry and the Federal Aviation Administration.
    (AP, 2/17/07)
2002        Feb 17, Ward Burton took advantage of Sterling Marlin's blunder for his first victory in the Daytona 500. Marlin, who appeared in control of the race, was penalized for getting out of his car and pulling briefly on a damaged fender during the stoppage.
    (AP, 2/17/07)
2002        Feb 17, Israeli police foiled an attempted suicide bombing near Hadera. One man was shot and killed and another killed when his stolen car exploded. The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed the 2 dead as its members.
    (SFC, 2/18/02, p.A9)
2002        Feb 17, In Nepal Communist rebels killed 129 police, soldiers and civilians in Mangalsen and Sanphebaga.
    (SFC, 2/18/02, p.A3)
2002        Feb 17, Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah presented a Middle East peace plan to NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman. It included Arab recognition of Israel's right to exist if Israel pulled back from lands that were once part of Jordan, including East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
    (SFC, 2/26/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 17, In Saudi Arabia a man was sentenced to 6 years in prison and 4,750 lashes for having sex with his wife's sister. The woman, who did not consent, was sentenced to 6 months and 65 lashes.
    (SFC, 2/18/02, p.A10)

2002        Feb 18, Addressing Japan's national legislature, President George Bush said the country's recession-ravaged economy was "on the path to reform," and he urged the Diet to help curb the spread of terrorism in the region.
    (AP, 2/18/07)
2002        Feb 18, The EU ordered home from Zimbabwe its 30-member observer team and voted to impose sanctions, which included cutting off $110 million in aid, a ban on travel to the EU by Mugabe and 20 Cabinet members and freezing of assets.
    (SFC, 2/19/02, p.A8)
2002        Feb 18, France's Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat narrowly won the Olympic ice dancing gold medal.
    (AP, 2/18/07)
2002        Feb 18, A Palestinian militant ambushed a settler's convoy, shot 3 people dead and blew himself up. A car bombing outside Jerusalem killed an Israeli policeman along with the bomber. 2 Palestinian gunmen attacked a settlement in the Gaza Strip and one was killed.
    (SFC, 2/19/02, p.A6)

2002        Feb 19, President Bush opened a two-day visit to South Korea. Bush urged the “despotic regime" in North Korea to reunite with the free South.
    (SFC, 2/20/02, p.A14)(AP, 2/19/07)
2002        Feb 19, The US Supreme Court ok'd peer grading in schools.
    (SFC, 2/20/02, p.A3)
2002        Feb 19, In Salt Lake City, a win by bobsledders Jill Bakken and Vonetta Flowers gave the United States 21 medals in the Winter Games; Flowers became the first black athlete ever to strike gold at the Winter Olympics.
    (AP, 2/19/07)
2002        Feb 19, A suit was filed on behalf of 3 detainees, one Australian and 2 British citizens, held at Guantanamo, Cuba.
    (SFC, 2/19/02, p.A10)
2002        Feb 19, In Bolivia a flash flood in La Paz killed at least 22 people. The death toll later climbed to 52.
    (SFC, 2/20/02, p.A11)(SFC, 2/21/02, p.A13)
2002        Feb 19, In Cairo, Egypt, an overcrowded train en route from Cairo to the southern city of Luxor burst into flames from a gas cannister. It then traveled 2 1/2 miles before the driver stopped. 361 people were killed.
    (SFC, 2/20/02, p.A9)(SFC, 2/21/02, p.A8)(AFP, 5/27/04)
2002        Feb 19, In Germany a man, who recently lost his job, killed 2 ex-bosses and the principal of his former high school in Freising.
    (WSJ, 2/20/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 19, Israeli-Palestinian fighting left 15 people dead. 6 Israeli soldiers died at a checkpoint.
    (SFC, 2/20/02, p.A8)(SFC, 2/21/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 19, Italian authorities arrested 4 Moroccans in Rome, members of the Salafist Group for Call and Combat. Maps were found of the US Embassy, small quantities of cyanide, and a map of the city's water system.
    (SFC, 2/21/02, p.A16)
2002        Feb 19, In Jordan a military prosecutor froze the assets of some prominent businessmen and former intelligence officials. Fraudulent loans were reported to be as much as $85 million.
    (WSJ, 2/20/02, p.A18)
2002        Feb 19, In Liberia rebels were repelled at Heindi and Bong Mines, 20 miles northeast of Monrovia, as some 15,000 civilians fled.
    (SFC, 2/21/02, p.A13)
2002        Feb 19, It was reported that Pakistan had begun disbanding the Afghan and Kashmir units of its Inter-Services Intelligence agency.
    (SFC, 2/20/02, p.A14)
2002        Feb 19, Peru's justice minister ruled out a presidential pardon for Lori Berenson after the Supreme Court confirmed the American woman's 20-year sentence for aiding leftist rebels.
    (AP, 2/19/07)
2002        Feb 19, In Saudi Arabia some 2 million Muslims gathered in Mecca for the annual hajj.
    (SFC, 2/20/02, p.A11)

2002        Feb 20, President Bush, on the final leg of his Asian trip, arrived in China, where he urged President Jiang Zemin to respect religious freedoms.
    (AP, 2/20/07)
2002        Feb 20, At the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, Jim Shea won the men's skeleton race, finishing the two runs at Utah Olympic Park in one minute, 41.96 seconds. The victory was the culmination of an emotional two months for Shea, whose 91-year-old grandfather, Olympic gold medal speedskater Jack Shea, died four weeks earlier. American speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno won the 1,500 meters after South Korean Kim Dong-sung, who had crossed the finish line ahead of him, was disqualified.
    (SFC, 2/21/02, p.A1)(AP, 2/20/07)
2002        Feb 20, The Pentagon said its new Office of Strategic Influence would not spread falsehoods in the media to advance US war goals. The office was closed down Feb 26.
    (WSJ, 2/21/02, p.A1)(SFC, 2/27/02, p.A9)
2002        Feb 20, In Colombia guerrillas hijacked a commercial flight and took captive Sen. Jorge Eduardo Gechem Turbay. In response Pres. Andres Pastrana ended three-year-old peace talks with the FARC and ordered his military to retake the southern rebel haven. Gechem was released on Feb 27, 2008.
    (http://tinyurl.com/pz34776)(SFC, 2/21/02, p.A10)(Econ, 12/6/14, p.38)
2002        Feb 20, The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the state must recognized as Jews people converted by Reform and Conservative rabbis in Israel.
    (SFC, 2/21/02, p.A15)
2002        Feb 20, Israeli forces fired on Palestinian police compounds and killed 12 security officials including 4 guards at Gaza police compounds and 6 policemen in Nablus.
    (SFC, 2/20/02, p.A8)
2002        Feb 20, In Nepal 12 Maoist guerrillas were killed in fighting at Kalikot and other locations.
    (SFC, 2/21/02, p.A13)
2002        Feb 20, In Sudan a government helicopter gunship attacked civilians waiting for food at a UN site and at least 17 people were killed. The US suspended peace efforts following the attack.
    (SFC, 2/22/02, p.A13)

2002        Feb 21, In Salt Lake City Sarah Hughes (16) of Great neck, NY, won 1st place in the Olympics women’s free skate competition, leaving teammate Michelle Kwan to settle for a bronze.
    (SFC, 2/22/02, p.A1)(AP, 2/21/07)
2002        Feb 21, Pres. Bush met with Pres. Zemin in Beijing and both agreed to work on the reunification of North and South Korea. They disagreed over controls on exports of missile technology. Pres. Bush answered questions in a live broadcast and reaffirmed the US right to protect Taiwan.
    (SFC, 2/21/02, p.A12)(SFC, 2/22/02, p.A12)(WSJ, 2/22/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 21, In New Jersey a retired police officer, John W. Mabie (70) shot and killed his 22-year-old daughter and then killed 3 neighbors.
    (SFC, 2/22/02, p.A5)
2002        Feb 21, It was acknowledged that WSJ reporter Daniel Pearl was dead after a video was received that showed an assailant slash his throat. On May 30, Pearl's wife in Paris gave birth to a baby boy, Adam D. Pearl.
    (SFC, 2/22/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/31/02, p.A18)
2002        Feb 21, A US MH-47E Chinook helicopter with 10 soldiers crashed into the Mindanao Sea in the Philippines. 3 bodies were found by local fishermen. A salvage team found 5 more bodies Mar 30.
    (SFC, 2/22/02, p.A17)(SFC, 2/23/02, p.A14)(SSFC, 3/31/02, p.A17)
2002        Feb 21, The Colombia Air Force dropped 1,500 and 500 pound bombs on FARC rebel sites.
    (SFC, 2/22/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 21, Israeli tanks and troops pushed into Gaza City and destroyed a broadcast facility. 6 Palestinians were reported killed. Yasser Arafat repeated a call to halt violence and his security forces arrested 3 suspects in the Oct 17 assassination of Israeli Cabinet minister Zeevi. PM Sharon called for buffer zones and the disarming of Palestinians.
    (SFC, 2/21/02, p.A1)(SFC, 2/22/02, p.A9)(WSJ, 2/22/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 21, In Nepal the army killed 48 guerrillas and the parliament extended the state of emergency by 3 months.
    (SFC, 2/22/02, p.A14)
2002        Feb 21, Sri Lanka approved a Norwegian long-term cease-fire plan already approved by Tamil Tiger rebels.
    (SFC, 2/22/02, p.A13)

2002        Feb 22, An Alabama jury found Monsanto and its corporate successors (Solutia Inc.) guilty of releasing tons of PCBs in Anniston between 1935-1979. In 2004 some 18,447 plaintiffs were scheduled to an average of $7,725, while 27 lawyers were scheduled to receive over $4 million each.
    (SFC, 2/23/02, p.A7)(SFC, 3/24/04, p.A5)
2002        Feb 22, The California state Supreme Court struck down the “Son of Sam" law that required felons to turn over profits from books and movies to their victims.
    (SFC, 2/22/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 22, Police in San Diego arrested David Westerfield in connection with the disappearance of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam. Westerfield was later sentenced to death for Danielle's murder.
    (AP, 2/22/07)
2002        Feb 22, A New Jersey teenager (16) was arrested for killing 6 people in a 2-day shooting spree on the outskirts of Philadelphia that began Feb 4.
    (SSFC, 2/24/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 22, Northrup Grumman bid $5.9 billion for TRW Corp. [see Jul 1]
    (SFC, 7/2/02, p.B1)
2002        Feb 23, Penn State pole vaulter Kevin Dare died after landing on his head during the Big Ten indoor championships in Minneapolis.
    (AP, 2/23/07)
2002        Feb 22, Chuck Jones, cartoon animator, died at age 89. His work included Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Road Runner.
    (SFC, 2/23/02, p.A2)(SFC, 2/27/02, p.D2)(WSJ, 3/1/02, p.A14)
2002        Feb 22, In Angola government troops reportedly killed UNITA rebel leader Jonas Savimbi (67) in Moxico province.
    (SFC, 2/23/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 22, In London the Millennium Bridge reopened to the public.
    (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/1829053.stm)
2002        Feb 22, Colombia began to airlift some 34,000 soldiers of the elite Rapid Deployment Force into San Vicente del Caguan, the largest town in the FARC territory.
    (SFC, 2/23/02, p.A9)(SSFC, 2/24/02, p.A18)
2002        Feb 22, Madagascar declared a 3-month state of emergency after the main opposition leader, Marc Ravalomanana, declared himself president following a 2-month dispute.
    (SFC, 2/23/02, p.A11)
2002        Feb 22, In Nepal rebels attacked a police post and killed at least 32 officers. They killed 5 bus passengers in a separate attack. The army said 10 rebels were killed in other fighting. Rebels called a 2-day nationwide general strike.
    (SFC, 2/23/02, p.A12)(SSFC, 2/24/02, p.A20)
2002        Feb 22, In Russia an AN-26 military cargo plane crashed in Lakhta and 17 people were killed.
    (SFC, 2/23/02, p.A12)
2002        Feb 22, Pakistan complained over the US sale to India of surveillance radar, the AN/TPQ-36 Firefinder system.
    (SFC, 2/23/02, p.A14)
2002        Feb 22, Sri Lanka and Tamil Tiger rebels signed a Norwegian long-term cease-fire plan. The death toll stood at more than 65,000 when the cease-fire was signed.
    (SFC, 2/23/02, p.A9)(AP, 7/3/06)

2002        Feb 23, The US government said it had clues that Osama bin Laden was still alive in Afghanistan.
    (SSFC, 2/24/02, p.A16)
2002        Feb 23, It was reported that Bergen and Hudson counties of New Jersey were placed on water restrictions as the worst drought in 75 years lingered on along the East Coast.
    (SFC, 2/23/02, p.A24)
2002        Feb 23, In Colombia FARC rebels kidnapped Ingrid Betancourt (40), a presidential candidate, near La Montanita enroute to San Vicente del Caguan. She was the author of “Until Death do us Part: My Struggle to Reclaim Colombia." Clara Rojas (37) was also kidnapped. Rohas gave birth to a son in 2004 from whom she was separated. She was released in Jan 2008. Betancourt and other hostages were freed in a military operation in July, 2008.
    (SFC, 2/25/02, p.A6)(Econ, 3/20/04, p.37)(SFC, 12/19/08, p.A1)
2002        Feb 23, Switzerland largest bank said it was freezing accounts containing money of the family of Sani Abacha of Nigeria, dictator from 1993-1998. The total blocked now reached $720 million.
    (SSFC, 2/24/02, p.A20)

2002        Feb 24, The XIX Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City came to a close. In one of the last events Canada beat the US hockey team 5-2 for the gold. Cross-country skiers from Spain and Russia were stripped of gold medals for failing drug tests.
    (SFC, 2/25/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/25/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 24, Leo Ornstein, Russian-born Futurist composer, died at age 108-109 in Green Bay, Wisc. In 1918 Frederick H. Martens authored "Leo Ornstein: The Man, His Ideas, His Work." In 1990 Ornstein composed his last work: the Eighth Piano Sonata.
    (SFC, 3/8/02, p.A31)
2002        Feb 24, In La Macarena, Colombia, 7 civilians were reported killed by retreating rebels.
    (SFC, 2/27/02, p.A7)
2002        Feb 24, In India the BJP party was defeated in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Manipur and the new state of Uttaranchal. It retained control in only 4 of the 28 states.
    (SFC, 2/25/02, p.A7)
2002        Feb 24, A Palestinian woman (27) gave birth after being shot by Israeli troops as she was being driven to a hospital.
    (SFC, 2/26/02, p.A11)
2002        Feb 24, In Mexico the PRI held its 1st ever open election for party leadership.
    (SFC, 2/25/02, p.A7)

2002        Feb 25, In NYC after a 35-year plot to accept bribes and cheat the city out of tax revenues, 16 tax assessors were arrested and charged with altering values of over 500 properties worth some $8 billion.
    (SFC, 2/26/02, p.A5)
2002        Feb 25, Former NBA star Jayson Williams was charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of Costas "Gus" Christofi, a limousine driver at Williams' estate in Alexandria Township, N.J. A jury convicted Williams in 2004 of trying to cover up the slaying; it acquitted Williams of aggravated manslaughter but deadlocked on a lesser charge of reckless manslaughter.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2002        Feb 25, Two women, Israeli (Tamar Lifshitz) and a Palestinian (Maysoun Hayek), gave birth after being shot in separate incidents. The Palestinian's woman's husband was shot to death as they drove to a hospital in Nablus. The Israeli woman's father was killed in an ambush along with another man. 4 Israelis were killed at a bus stop in Jerusalem by a gunmen who was killed.
    (SFC, 2/26/02, p.A11)(WSJ, 2/26/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 25, NATO offered Russia a modified membership, with no veto power over political or military policies.
    (SFC, 2/26/02, p.A7)
2002        Feb 25, In Venezuela Gen. Roman Gomez became the 4th military officer to call for Pres. Chavez to step down.
    (SFC, 2/26/02, p.A7)
2002        Feb 25, In Zimbabwe Morgan Tsvangirai, presidential candidate, was charged with treason for allegedly plotting to assassinate Pres. Mugabe.
    (SFC, 2/26/02, p.A6)

2002        Feb 26, It was reported that the US has begun providing the former Soviet Republic of Georgia with military aid to counter terrorist threats in the Pankisi Gorge region. Some 100-200 US soldiers were included in the $64 million program to begin in mid-March.
    (SFC, 2/27/02, p.A8)(WSJ, 2/27/02, p.A4)(SFC, 3/2/02, p.A11)
2002        Feb 26, Former Enron chief executive Jeffrey Skilling, at times combative, insisted during a Senate hearing that he knew nothing about manipulation of company books and denied misleading Congress as alleged by some lawmakers and Enron officials.
    (AP, 2/26/07)
2002        Feb 26, Pharmacist Robert R. Courtney pleaded guilty in Kansas City, Mo., to watering down chemotherapy drugs. Courtney was later sentenced to 30 years in prison.
    (AP, 2/26/07)
2002        Feb 26, Lawrence Tierney, actor in some 80 films, died at age 82.
    (SFC, 3/1/02, p.A33)
2002        Feb 26, In Austria a train wreck in Wampersdorf left 7 people dead.
    (SFC, 2/27/02, p.A7)
2002        Feb 26, In Colombia 7 people were killed in various attacks blamed on the FARC. A rebel bombing campaign against infrastructure continued.
    (SFC, 2/27/02, p.A7)
2002        Feb 26, Congo peace talks were suspended a day after the opening ceremony due to wrangling over which political parties would be allowed to participate.
    (SFC, 2/27/02, p.A7)
2002        Feb 26, In Pakistan gunmen killed 9 people and wounded over 10 others in an attack on a Shiite mosque in Rawalpindi. The Sunni group Army of the Prophet's Companions was believed responsible.
    (SFC, 2/27/02, p.A9)

2002        Feb 27, Alicia Keys won in 5 categories at the 44th annual Grammy Awards. Train won for best rock song: "Drops of Jupiter," U2 won for best record of the year: "Walk On," and Various Artists won the album of the year: "O Brother, Where Art Thou."
    (SFC, 2/28/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 27, US officials announced a $5 million reward for information in the kidnap-murder in Pakistan of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
2002        Feb 27, Eric V. Schaeffer ended his 12-year EPA career with a missive accusing the Bush administration of dragging its feet on lawsuits against 9 power companies blamed for a quarter of the nation's annual sulfur dioxide pollution.
    (SFC, 3/1/02, p.A9)
2002        Feb 27, Spike Milligan (born in 1918 as Terence Alan Patrick Sean Milligan), comedian, writer, musician, poet, playwright and actor, died in Rye, England. “Money can’t buy you happiness, but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery."
    (AP, 2/27/07)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spike_Milligan)
2002        Feb 27, In Havana 21 Cubans took refuge in the Mexican Embassy after plowing through its gates in a stolen bus. Mexican diplomats found the Cubans to be economic refugees and requested a raid. A Cuban special unit arrested the asylum seekers on Mar 1.
    (SFC, 3/1/02, p.A16)(SFC, 3/2/02, p.A8)
2002        Feb 27, In India Muslim attackers allegedly set fire to a train carrying Hindu nationalists and 58 were killed as the Sabarmati Express left Godhra in Gujarat state. Hindu nationalists went rampaging and at least 5 Muslims were killed in other towns. 3 months of rioting followed with some 2000 dead in revenge attacks. In 2005 a government panel said the fire was not set by a Muslim mob. Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat, was later blamed for the violence. On Feb 22, 2011, 31 people were convicted on conspiracy and murder charges over the deadly train fire. On Feb 28, 2011, an Indian court handed 11 death sentences and 20 life terms to Muslims convicted of burning Hindus alive in the train fire.
    (SFC, 2/28/02, p.A7)(SFC, 6/28/03, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/18/05, p.A1)(Econ, 3/26/05, p.44)(AFP, 2/22/11)(AFP, 3/1/11)
2002        Feb 27, Israeli troops killed 4 armed Palestinians and a Palestinian worker killed an Israeli factory manager. A Palestinian woman killed herself and wounded 4 others at a road block in the West Bank.
    (SFC, 2/28/02, p.A8)
2002        Feb 27, Nepalese soldiers killed 27 rebels over the last 2 days as part of a military offensive.
    (SFC, 2/28/02, p.A9)

2002        Feb 28, Dr. Ellen Feinberg (43) stabbed to death her 10-year-old son and wounded a younger son in Champaign, Ill.
    (SFC, 3/2/02, p.A6)
2002        Feb 28, In Hong Kong Tung Chee-hwa won a 2nd term after a nomination period expired with challengers.
    (SFC, 3/1/02, p.A17)
2002        Feb 28, In India Hindu mobs in Gujarat state killed at least 96 people as they burned shops and attacked residences in Ahmadabad to avenge the killing a day earlier of Hindu activists. A Hindu mob descended on the Gulberg Society, a cluster of homes in Ahmadabad, leaving Ehsan Jafri, a former Congress MP, and 68 others dead. In 2007 videotaped confessions showed Hindu activists acknowledging their roles in the killings and detailing blatant state collusion. In 2011 a court sentenced 31 Hindus to life imprisonment for killing dozens of Muslims by setting a building on fire in a village in Mehsana district. 33 Muslims, including 20 women who had taken shelter there, were burned alive.
    (SFC, 3/1/02, p.A1,12)(SFC, 10/25/07, p.A13)(AP, 11/9/11)(Econ, 3/3/12, p.54)(Econ, 12/14/13, p.32)
2002        Feb 28, Israeli troops assaulted 2 West Bank refugee camps. One Israeli soldier and 12 Palestinian fighters were killed.
    (SFC, 3/1/02, p.A13)(WSJ, 3/1/02, p.A10)
2002        Feb 28, Japan reportedly planned to double its whale catch to 260 whales and include the endangered sei whale.
    (SFC, 3/1/02, p.A19)
2002        Feb 28, In Amman, Jordan, a bomb killed 2 passersby and destroyed the car of a top anti-terrorism official's wife.
    (WSJ, 3/1/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 28, In Madagascar Pres. Didier Ratsiraka declared martial law following 2 months of strikes and mass protests.
    (SFC, 3/1/02, p.A17)
2002        Feb 28, In Pakistan gunmen attacked a police bus in a bid to free prisoners that included a suspect in the slaying of Daniel Pearl. A policeman and a prisoner were killed.
    (WSJ, 3/1/02, p.A1)

2002        Feb, Arthur Anderson & Co. agreed to pay $10.3 million to settle shareholder suits arising from the Boston Market bankruptcy.
    (WSJ, 6/7/02, p.A6)
2002        Feb, Florida Bay experienced a mass of "black water" spread over some 700 sq. miles north of the Keys. It was thought to be caused by an algal bloom.
    (SFC, 4/6/02, p.C10)
2002        Feb, A US intelligence report said that it was probable that Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, a former head of al Qaeda training in Afghanistan, was misleading debriefers with allegations about Iraqi support for al-Qaeda’s work with illicit weapons. The report was declassified in 2005.
    (SSFC, 11/6/05, p.A11)
2002        Feb, Joseph C. Wilson IV, former US diplomat and veteran of the diplomatic wars of Iraq and Africa, was sent on a secret mission to Niger to determine if Iraqis had tried to purchase yellowcake uranium from Africa to build nuclear weapons. Wilson spent a week in Niger chatting with locals about the allegation, coming to the conclusion that the yellowcake charges were probably unfounded. His wife, Valerie Plame, was a CIA operative. In 2006 it was reported that Plame was part of an operation tracking the proliferation of nuclear weapons material into Iran.
    (WP, 7/17/05)(WSJ, 7/18/05, p.A4)(AFP, 5/2/06)
2002        Feb, Dr Wakefield and Professor O'Leary published a paper in the journal Molecular Pathology which suggested a possible link between the measles virus and bowel disease in children with developmental disorders. The study set out to investigate whether children with developmental disorders such as autism and a bowel disorder also had the measles virus in their gut. It found traces of the virus in the guts of 75 children out of 91 with bowel disease, but in only five out of 70 healthy children. The researchers theorized that the virus may act as a trigger, leading to problems with the immune system. Dr Wakefield said most of the children in the study had had MMR, though a few had had the single vaccine. He and his colleague emphasized that it would be wrong to jump to any hasty conclusions about MMR causing either bowel disease or developmental disorders such as autism. In 2010 Dr. Wakefield was banned from practicing medicine in Britain.
    (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1808956.stm)(SFC, 5/25/10, p.A2)
 2002        Feb, A team from the Royal Free Hospital - where Dr Wakefield carried out his initial research - published a study on the British Medical Journal website saying there is no link between MMR and autism. The team looked at almost 500 children with autism born between 1979 and 1998. It found the proportion of children with developmental regression (autism) or bowel disorders did not change significantly over that time.
    (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1808956.stm)
2002        Feb, Sudan arrested 9 terrorists including Anas al-Liby, a senior al Qaeda operative.
    (SFC, 3/19/02, p.A9)

2002        Mar 1, Pres. Bush approved plans to send some 100 US troops to Yemen to help train the nation's military to fight terrorists.
    (SFC, 3/2/02, p.A14)
2002        Mar 1, Under pressure from prosecutors, the Archdiocese of Boston agreed to turn over the names of people allegedly molested by priests.
    (AP, 3/1/07)
2002        Mar 1, The space shuttle Columbia with 7 astronauts blasted into orbit on an 11-day mission that included work on the Hubble Space Telescope.
    (SFC, 3/2/02, p.A3)
2002        Mar 1, NASA scientists said that vast ice fields had been detected under the surface of Mars with a gamma ray spectrometer on the Odyssey orbiter
    (SFC, 3/2/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 1, Grand American series driver Jeff Clinton was killed during practice in a crash at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    (AP, 3/1/07)
2002        Mar 1, In China laid-off workers of the Daqing Oilfield Co. began massive protests for re-negotiation of early retirement packages. Some 86,000 of 260,000 workers had been laid off since 1999. Daily protests hit as many as 50k workers.
    (WSJ, 3/14/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/20/02, p.A9)
2002        Mar 1, Envisat ("Environmental Satellite"), an Earth-observing satellite, was launched aboard an Ariane 5 from the Guyana Space Center in Kourou, French Guyana. After losing contact with the satellite on 8 April 2012, the European Space Agency formally announced the end of Envisat's mission on 9 May 2012.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Envisat)
2002        Mar 1, In Gujarat, India, the death toll from Hindu-Muslim violence passed 300 and some 3,500 troops moved into Ahmadabad to quell the violence. 14 Muslims burned to death in the Best Bakery in Vadodara. 21 Hindus, accused of murder, were later acquitted after almost 40 witnesses withdrew evidence. At least 23 people taking shelter in a house were killed when a mob set it on fire at Ode village in Anand district of Gujarat.
    (SFC, 3/2/02, p.A1)(Econ, 9/20/03, p.40)(http://tinyurl.com/7lha7n5)
2002        Mar 1, Israeli troops swept through refugee camps in Jenin and Nablus looking for terror suspects. One solder was killed along with 6 Palestinians fighters and a 10-year-old girl.
    (SFC, 3/2/02, p.A7)

2002        Mar 2, US and Afghan forces attacked hundreds of suspected al Qaeda and Taliban fighters in eastern Afghanistan in Operation Anaconda. US soldier Stanley Harriman (34) was killed and friendly fire was later suspected.
    (SSFC, 3/3/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/13/02, p.A12)(SFC, 3/29/02, p.A10)
2002        Mar 2, From Brazil it was reported that at least 23 people had died from dengue fever in Rio de Janeiro and that officially some 52,000 had become ill.
    (SFC, 3/2/02, p.A10)
2002        Mar 2, In Colombia the bodies of Sen. Martha Catalina Daniels, her driver, Carlos Lozano, and Ana Maria Medina, the wife of a local politician, were found outside Zipacon, 35 miles north of Bogota. FARC was suspected.
    (SFC, 3/4/02, p.A3)
2002        Mar 2, Egypt's Pres. Mubarek (73) began a 4-day visit to the US.
    (SSFC, 3/3/02, p.A19)
2002        Mar 2, In Jerusalem a suicide bomber killed himself and 9 others including several children. In the West Bank gunmen opened fire on Israeli motorists and killed 9 people.
    (SSFC, 3/3/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 2-3, Macedonia police killed 7 men who allegedly attempted an ambush near Butel, a suburb of Skopje. Police said the attackers were probably Pakistanis. Foreign officials later discounted these assertions and suspected that they were illegal immigrants. A 2 year investigation followed in the so-called "Rastanski Lozja" action, and revealed police staged the killing to show they were participating in the U.S.-led campaign against terrorism. A bomb blast at the Macedonia consulate in Karachi on Dec 5, 2002, killed 3 people in apparent retaliation.
    (SSFC, 3/3/02, p.A15)(WSJ, 3/8/02, p.A8)(SFC, 4/5/02, p.H1)(AP, 4/30/04)(SFC, 5/1/04, p.A7)

2002        Mar 3, US military forces and 6 allied nations made air and ground assaults against al Qaeda and Taliban fighters in the Afghan Shah-e-Kot mountains of eastern Paktia province.
    (SFC, 3/4/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 3, Harlan Howard (74), song writer, died. His hits included "Heartaches by the Number" and "I Fall to Pieces," made famous by Patsy Cline.
    (SFC, 3/5/02, p.A18)
2002        Mar 3, A 7.2 earthquake was centered in northeast Afghanistan and at least 100 people were killed.
    (SFC, 3/5/02, p.A10)
2002        Mar 3, In Ahmadabad, India, the death toll from Hindu-Muslim violence climbed to 538 as Hindu mobs continued attacks on Muslims.
    (SFC, 3/4/02, p.A8)
2002        Mar 3, Israel used jets and helicopters to strike Palestinian targets. 4 Palestinians were killed.
    (SFC, 3/4/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 3, In Kenya the Taliban gang (Kikuyu) killed 2 members of the Mungiki gang (Luo). The violence in east Nairobi left at least 20 people dead.
    (SFC, 3/5/02, p.A7)
2002        Mar 3, Syria's Pres. Assad officially visited Lebanon for the 1st time in 27 years and met with Lebanon's Pres. Emile Lahoud.
    (SFC, 3/4/02, p.A5)
2002        Mar 3, Switzerland voted in a referendum to join the UN, the 190th member, abandoning almost 200 years of formal neutrality.
    (SFC, 3/4/02, p.A2)(Econ, 2/14/04, Survey p.4)(AP, 3/3/07)
2002        Mar 3, In Vietnam a 3-day US-Vietnamese conference on Agent Orange began. High dioxin levels were found in people 30 years after spraying ended.
    (SSFC, 3/3/02, p.A11)

2002        Mar 4, In Afghanistan at least 7 US soldiers were killed while trying to drop off reconnaissance teams in fighting in Paktia province. 6 of the soldiers were killed in an effort to try to rescue a 7th during Operation Anaconda.
    (SFC, 3/5/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/6/02, p.A1,12)
2002        Mar 4, Roy Porter (b.1946), British historian, died. He had recently published "Madness: A Brief History." His other books included “The Greatest Benefit to Mankind" (1997), a survey of the history of medicine.
    (www.guardian.co.uk/news/2002/mar/05/guardianobituaries.obituaries)(SSFC, 4/21/02, p.M3)(WSJ, 10/4/08, p.W8)
2002        Mar 4, European Union’s 15 members ratified the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, but failed to set pollutant-emission levels to meet the accord’s targets.
    (AP, 3/4/07)
2002        Mar 4, El Salvador declared a state of emergency in the town of Berlin after some 60 horses died from apparent anthrax infections.
    (SFC, 3/5/02, p.A7)
2002        Mar 4, In Ahmadabad, India, Hindu militants razed the 80-year-old Manchaji mosque and erected a foot-tall statue of the monkey god Hanuman in its place. The death toll from Hindu-Muslim violence in the region climbed to 544.
    (SFC, 3/5/02, p.A6)
2002        Mar 4, Israeli forces killed at least 14 Palestinians including the wife of an Islamic militant and their 3 children.
    (SFC, 3/5/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 4, In Kashmir separatist violence left at least 17 people dead. This included 8 Islamic militants killed by Indian soldiers.
    (SFC, 3/5/02, p.A7)
2002        Mar 4, In Kosovo Ibrahim Rugova, moderate Albanian leader, became Kosovo's 1st president and joined PM Bajram Rexhepi to push for independence.
    (SFC, 3/5/02, p.A7)

2002        Mar 5, Pres. Bush approved tariffs of 8-30% on several types of imported steel.
    (SFC, 3/6/02, p.A4)
2002        Mar 5, Pres. Bush planned to nominate Elias Zerhouni, vice dean of John Hopkins School of Medicine, as director of the NIH.
    (SFC, 3/6/02, p.A3)
2002        Mar 5, Pres. Bush met with Egypt's Pres. Mubarek, who called for greater US involvement in seeking Middle East peace.
    (SFC, 3/5/02, p.A11)(SFC, 3/6/02, p.A13)
2002        Mar 5, In California state elections Bill Simon won the Republican race over Richard Riordan (49-30) to face Gov. Davis in Nov. In Modesto Rep. Gary Condit lost to Assemblyman Dennis Cardoza (56-37) for the Democratic nomination to Congress. Voters rejected Prop 45, an easing of term limits.
    (SFC, 3/6/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/7/02, p.A13)
2002        Mar 5, It was reported that a team of physicists claimed nuclear fusion utilizing a burst of ultrasound on a bubble of gases in a phenomenon known as sonoluminescence. Details were to appear the journal Science. In 2008 Purdue Univ. said physicist Rusi Taleyarkhan was guilty of misconduct in his research.
    (SFC, 3/5/02, p.A4)(SFC, 7/19/08, p.A4)
2002        Mar 5, Joyce and Pete Cottrell of New Hampshire began to walk the trans-continental American Discovery Trail. They left the Atlantic coast at Cape Henlopen, Del., and arrived at the Pacific Ocean at Point Reyes, Ca., Aug 19, 2003.
    (SFC, 8/20/03, p.A2)
2002        Mar 5, In China Falun Gong members cut into a cable network in Changchun and broadcast its messages for some 50 minutes.
    (SFC, 3/8/02, p.A12)(WSJ, 3/8/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 5, In Tel Aviv a gunmen killed 3 people at a restaurant in the early hours and wounded 31 other before he was killed. A suicide bomber blew himself up at the Afula bus station and 1 Israeli was killed. In Dura a Palestinian police officer was killed  and 4 wounded during a gunfight with Israeli soldiers.
    (SFC, 3/5/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 5, In the Philippines a 6.8 earthquake struck about 10 miles under the sea some 147 miles southwest of General Santos and 4 people were killed.
    (SFC, 3/6/02, p.A8)
2002        Mar 5, In Zimbabwe Pres. Mugabe reinstated controversial election laws that had been struck down by the Supreme Court.
    (SFC, 3/6/02, p.A7)

2002        Mar 6, US commanders in Afghanistan committed an additional 300 troops to the battle zone in the Shah-I-Kot mountains. Taliban and al-Qaeda forces were reported to have swollen by as many as 500 fighters. US jets killed 14 people in the area including women and children.
    (SFC, 3/7/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/13/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 6, It was reported that a 3-year study of heavy marijuana users showed that long-term pot smoking impaired brain function.
    (SFC, 3/6/02, p.A2)
2002        Mar 6, It was reported that a diet rich in tomato products can lower the risk of prostate cancer (Journal of National Cancer Institute).
    (SFC, 3/6/02, p.A2)(WSJ, 3/6/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 6, Astronauts successfully replaced a power-control unit on the Hubble space telescope.
    (WSJ, 3/7/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 6, In Kabul, Afghanistan, 3 Danish and 2 German peacekeeping soldiers were killed while defusing a soviet era missile.
    (WSJ, 3/7/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 6, China announced a 17.6% increase in defense spending.
    (SFC, 3/7/02, p.A7)
2002        Mar 6, It was reported that new regulations (Kuschelregel, the cuddle rule) required German pig farmers to spend at least 20 seconds each day looking at each pig.
    (WSJ, 3/6/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 6, Israeli forces struck Palestinian targets by land and sea. 13 Palestinians and 2 Israelis were left dead.
    (SFC, 3/7/02, p.A6)(WSJ, 3/7/02, p.A1)

2002        Mar 7, The US House passed 417-3 a bill cutting taxes and extending unemployment benefits.
    (AP, 3/7/07)
2002        Mar 7, Brazil’s 4-party coalition collapsed with the pullout of the Liberal Front Party. Roseana Sarney (40), Gov. of Maranhao state and PFL presidential candidate, was involved in a scandal over a consulting firm she owned with her husband. Sarney called the government investigation a witch-hunt. Her presidential bid was killed when images of half a million dollars in banknotes, found at her husband’s office, were broadcast on television.
    (SFC, 3/8/02, p.A13)(SFC, 3/9/02, p.A7)(Econ, 2/27/10, p.43)
2002        Mar 7, In Myanmar Aye Zaw Win (54) and 3 adult sons, 4 relatives of former dictator Ne Win, were arrested and some military officers were dismissed for planning a coup. Later Ne Win and his daughter were put under house arrest. Aye Zaw Win and his 3 sons were convicted and sentenced to death Sep 26.
    (SSFC, 3/10/02, p.A15)(SFC, 3/19/02, p.A7)(SFC, 9/27/02, p.A11)
2002        Mar 7, In India the death toll from Hindu-Muslim violence in the region climbed to 665, and was expected to climb if construction begins Mar 15 on a Hindu temple in Ayodha.
    (WSJ, 3/8/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 7, Irish voters narrowly rejected an abortion proposal that would have tightened a near total ban.
    (SFC, 3/8/02, p.A14)
2002        Mar 7, Venezuela sent some 2,000 troops to its border with Colombia to block fleeing rebels.
    (WSJ, 3/8/02, p.A1)

2002        Mar 8, The US Senate passed the economic stimulus bill. Pres. Bush signed it the next day. The Senate bill cut taxes and extended unemployment benefits.
    (SFC, 3/9/02, p.A4)(WSJ, 3/11/02, p.A1)(AP, 3/8/07)
2002        Mar 8, The US Labor Dept. reported an addition of 66,000 jobs in February, the 1st increase in 8 months.
    (SFC, 3/9/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 8, The Holy Land Foundation filed suit against the US Departments of Justice, Treasury and State for violation of its civil rights and putting it out of business as a suspected conduit for terrorist funds.
    (SFC, 3/16/02, p.A14)
2002        Mar 8, K-Mart announced the closure of 284 stores and layoffs of 22,000.
    (SFC, 3/9/02, p.B1)
2002        Mar 8, In Noble, Georgia, the parents and sister of Ray Brent Marsh were arrested for signing death certificates even though they were not licensed. The number of corpses found at the Tri-State Crematory rose to 339. [see Feb 16]
    (SFC, 3/9/02, p.A3)
2002        Mar 8, It was reported that scientists had found a link between SV40, a simian virus, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
    (SFC, 3/9/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 8, A gunman killed 5 Israelis in Gaza. Israeli forces attacked Palestinian positions and killed 36 including Maj. Gen. Ahmed Mefraj. This was the deadliest day in 17 months of fighting.
    (SFC, 3/8/02, p.A11)(SFC, 3/9/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 8, In Mexico Ines Fernandez and Valentina Rosendo, two indigenous Me'phaa women from the state of Guerrero, reported that they had been raped and tortured by members of the Mexican Army. Since then, they have been subject to a constant stream of threats to keep them from speaking about the incidents. On Dec 15, 2011, Interior Secretary Alejandro Poire offered what he called "the most sincere of apologies" to Valentina Rosendo.
    (http://tinyurl.com/7bdvlyk)(AP, 12/16/11)
2002        Mar 8, Pakistan prepared to expel thousands of foreign students studying at religious schools.
    (SFC, 3/9/02, p.A13)
2002        Mar 8, Natalya Skryl, business reporter, was struck from behind in Taganrog, southwestern Russia, and died the next day. She had been investigating the struggle for a metallurgical plant.
    (SSFC, 5/12/02, p.A3)

2002        Mar 9, The Director's Guild of America voted top honors to director Ron Howard for the film "A Beautiful Mind" starring Russel Crowe. Crowe portrayed John Nash, a Nobel laureate who struggled with mental illness.
    (SSFC, 3/10/02, p.A2)
2002        Mar 9, Melissa Gilbert was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild, defeating challenger Valerie Harper.
    (AP, 3/9/07)
2002        Mar 9, Jamil Abdullah al-Amin, aka H. Rap Brown (58), was convicted by an Atlanta jury for the murder of a sheriff’s deputy on Mar 16, 2000. Brown was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Mar 13.
    (SSFC, 3/10/02, p.A6)(SFC, 3/13/02, p.A4)(AP, 3/9/07)
2002        Mar 9, A Marine Corps helicopter from Beaufort, SC, crashed in the Atlantic Ocean during a rescue operation from a downed civilian helicopter. 2 people were killed.
    (SSFC, 3/10/02, p.A6)
2002        Mar 9, The space shuttle Columbia's astronauts released the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit after five days of repairs.
    (AP, 3/9/07)
2002        Mar 9, In Chicago scaffolding under high winds tore loose from the John Hancock Center and fatally crushed 3 people.
    (SSFC, 3/10/02, p.A6)
2002        Mar 9, In Cairo Arab foreign ministers met and voiced support for a Middle East peace proposal by Saudi Arabia.
    (SSFC, 3/10/02, p.A16)
2002        Mar 9, A pair of Palestinian gunmen tossed grenades and opened fire at a seafront hotel in Netanya and 3 people were killed including a baby. A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in a Jerusalem café and killed 11 others. Israeli forces destroyed Arafat's office building in Gaza and left 6 Palestinians dead including a 15-year-old girl. Hamas claimed responsibility.
    (SSFC, 3/10/02, p.A1,16)(SFC, 7/24/02, p.A14)
2002        Mar 9, In Pueblo, Mexico, police arrested Benjamin Arellano Felix, head of the Tijuana drug cartel.
    (SSFC, 3/10/02, p.A14)

2002        Mar 10, Russell Crowe won best actor honors at the Screen Actors Guild awards for "A Beautiful Mind" while Halle Berry won best actress for "Monster's Ball."
    (AP, 3/10/07)
2002        Mar 10, Irene Worth (85), 3-time Tony winning actress, died in New York.
    (SFC, 3/12/02, p.A21)(AP, 3/10/07)
2002        Mar 10, In Colombia voters maintained the Liberal Party as the largest force in the 268-member, 2-chamber legislature. Poling in 15 of the nation's 1,097 municipalities was cancelled due to rebel interference.
    (SFC, 3/11/02, p.A10)
2002        Mar 10, In India religious violence left 2 more dead in Panvad and Rajpipla, villages 60 and 95 miles away from Ahmadabad.
    (SFC, 3/12/02, p.A7)
2002        Mar 10, In the Republic of Congo Pres. Dennis Sassou-Nguesso won elections with 89% of the vote. Turnout was nearly 75%.
    (SFC, 3/14/02, p.A8)
2002        Mar 10, Israeli helicopters destroyed Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's office in Gaza City, hours after 11 Israelis were killed in a suicide bombing in a cafe across the street from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's residence in Jerusalem.
    (AP, 3/10/07)
2002        Mar 10, In Zimbabwe the high court ordered the government to extend voting to a 3rd day as long lines continued following the deadline. In Harare police chased away some 2.5-3 thousand people from a polling station following the extension.
    (SFC, 3/11/02, p.A7)(WSJ, 3/11/02, p.A1)

2002        Mar 11, The National Book Critics Circle (f.1974) awarded top honors to W.G. Sebald (d.2001) for his novel "Austerlitz." Nicholson Baker won the nonfiction category for "Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper."  Martin Amis won the criticism category for "The War Against Cliché." Albert Goldbarth won the poetry category for "Saving Lives." Adam Sisman won the biography category for "Boswell's Presumptuous Task: The Making of the Life of Dr. Johnson."
    (SFC, 3/12/02, p.A2)
2002        Mar 11, Pres. Bush outlines a "second stage of the war on terror" in an address that marked the 6-months since the Sep 11 terrorist attacks.
    (SFC, 3/12/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 11, It was reported that the US CIA and State Dept. was interviewing former Iraqi generals for a possible overthrow of Saddam Hussein.
    (SFC, 3/12/02, p.A12)
2002        Mar 11, James Tobin (b.1918), a key Kennedy advisor and economics Nobelist (portfolio theory, 1981), died in New Haven, Conn. He developed the ideas of Keynesian economics, and advocated government intervention to stabilize output and avoid recessions. Outside of academia, Tobin was widely known for his suggestion of a tax on foreign exchange transactions, now known as the "Tobin tax."
    (WSJ, 3/13/02, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Tobin)
2002        Mar 11, Israeli forces swept into the Jabaliya camp in Gaza and 23 residents were killed in heavy fighting. PM Sharon announced that Arafat was free to resume traveling about the West Bank and Gaza.
    (SFC, 3/12/02, p.A6)(WSJ, 3/12/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 11, In Pakistan Shakeel Anwar, head of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi extremist group, was killed in a gun battle with police. He was wanted in the slaying of 38 people including a former foreign minister.
    (SFC, 3/12/02, p.A10)
2002        Mar 11, In Zimbabwe the polls closed. A request for a 4th day of voting was denied.
    (SFC, 3/12/02, p.A70)

2002        Mar 12, The Bush administration announced a 5-color code system to alert Americans on the danger level posed by terrorists. Homeland security chief Tom Ridge announced that America was at yellow alert as he unveiled a color-coded system for terror warnings.
    (SFC, 3/13/02, p.A1)(AP, 3/12/07)
2002        Mar 12, In Houston a jury found Andrea Pia Yates (37) guilty of capital murder for drowning her 5 children. On Mar 15 she was sentenced to life in prison. Her conviction was overturned in 2005 by an appeals court which ruled a prosecution expert witness gave false testimony at her trial. In 2006 a jury found her not guilty by reason of insanity.
    (SFC, 3/13/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/16/02, p.A1)(SFC, 7/27/06, p.A3)
2002        Mar 12, Martin Buser captured his fourth victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
    (AP, 3/12/07)
2002        Mar 12, The space shuttle Columbia returned to Earth, ending the Hubble Space Telescope repair mission.
    (AP, 3/12/07)
2002        Mar 12, In Lynbrook, NY, Rev. Lawrence Penzes (50) was shot dead at Our Lady of Peace Church on Long Island along with Mrs. Eileen Tosner (73) sitting in a pew. Penzes (b.1952), ordained in 1978, was shot in the back as he turned to sit just after finishing the homily next to the altar. Long Island police soon captured mentally-deranged Peter J. Troy (34), who had fired at least six shots from a.22-caliber rifle.
    (SFC, 3/13/02, p.A7)(www.safran-arts.com/42day/history/h4mar/h4mar12.html#deaths)
2002        Mar 12, Spyros Kyprianou (69), former Cyprus president (1977-1988), died of pelvic cancer.
    (SFC, 3/13/02, p.A26)
2002        Mar 12, In Jordan US VP Cheney met with King Abdullah II, who expressed concern over any possible strike against Iraq.
    (SFC, 3/13/02, p.A11)
2002        Mar 12, Israeli forces took control of Ramallah. 35 Palestinians were killed in the last 24 hours along with 7 Israelis.
    (SFC, 3/13/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/13/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 12, The UN Security Council endorsed a Palestinian state for the 1st time and called for an immediate cease-fire.
    (SFC, 3/13/02, p.A1)

2002        Mar 13, President Bush declared at a news conference that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was a menace "and we're going to deal with him," and said Osama bin Laden had been reduced to a marginal figure in the war on terrorism.
    (AP, 3/13/07)
2002        Mar 13, The US Senate rejected higher fuel economy standards for cars.
    (SFC, 3/14/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 13, Pres. Mubarek of Egypt said he would press Iraq to readmit UN weapons inspectors and had received indications of agreement.
    (SFC, 3/14/02, p.A6)
2002        Mar 13, Hans-Georg Gadamer (102), German philosopher and influential in hermeneutics (the study of the understanding and meaning of texts), died. His work included "Truth and Method" (1960).
    (SFC, 3/26/02, p.A24)
2002        Mar 13, In India a high-court panel ruled that no religious ceremony may be held in Ayodhya at the 67-acre site of the former Babri Masjid mosque, destroyed by Hindus in 1992. Mahant Paramhans Ramchandra, head of the Ram temple movement, vowed to defy the court order.
    (SFC, 3/14/02, p.A7)(SFC, 3/15/02, p.A16)
2002        Mar 13, In Indonesia Sjahril Sabirin, governor of the central bank, was convicted of corruption and sentenced to 3 years in prison. In 1999 some $80 million intended for the bailout of PT Bank Bali was used to help finance the election campaign of then Pres. Habibie.
    (WSJ, 3/14/02, p.A10)
2002        Mar 13, Palestinians set off a bomb next to an Israeli tank escorting a convoy in Gaza and 3 Israelis were killed. 2 Palestinians stabbed an Israeli husband and wife in Nachliel. An Italian photographer was killed by fire from an Israeli tank.
    (SFC, 3/14/02, p.A6)(WSJ, 3/14/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 13, In the Philippines Agus Dwikarna (b.1964), a Jemaah Islamiya Terrorist Operations Facilitator, was arrested. In July he was convicted of carrying C-4 plastic explosives and bomb parts at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport as he and two other Indonesians were leaving Manila for Bangkok. He was sentenced to a prison term of 10 to 17 years. In 2014 Dwikarna was deported back to Indonesia.
    (www.globalsecurity.org/security/profiles/agus_dwikarna.htm)(AP, 3/5/14)
2002        Mar 13, In Zimbabwe Pres. Mugabe was declared the winner with 1.6 million votes to Tsvangirai's 1.2 mil. The opposition apposed the results and many observers described the process as deeply flawed.
    (SFC, 3/14/02, p.A7)

2002        Mar 14, The US Justice Dept. unveiled a criminal indictment against Arthur Anderson LLP on obstruction of justice charges in the Enron case.
    (SFC, 3/15/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 14, The Bush administration demanded that PM Ariel Sharon order a withdrawal from Palestinian controlled areas.
    (SFC, 3/15/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 14, VP Cheney traveled to Yemen to press for joint efforts against remnants of al Qaeda.
    (SFC, 3/15/02, p.A14)
2002        Mar 14, A New Jersey federal grand jury indicted Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh for the kidnapping and murder of journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan.
    (SFC, 3/15/02, p.A14)
2002        Mar 14, John C. Polkinghorne, a British mathematical physicist and Anglican priest, was named winner of the 2002 $1 million Templeton Prize.
    (SFC, 3/15/02, p.A4)
2002        Mar 14, It was reported that scientists had developed a brain implant that allowed monkeys to control a computer cursor by thought alone.
    (SFC, 3/14/02, p.A2)
2002        Mar 14, In Georgia a 125-vehicle pileup left 4 people dead on foggy I-75.
    (SFC, 3/15/02, p.A3)
2002        Mar 14, PM Ariel Sharon announced a staged withdrawal from Ramallah ending the 2-week "Operation Vital Security" and met with US envoy Anthony Zinni.
    (SFC, 3/15/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/16/02, p.A7)
2002        Mar 14, In Pakistan Pres. Musharraf said the war in Afghanistan is over. The 12 day Operation Anaconda left as many as 800 enemy fighters dead.
    (SFC, 3/15/02, p.A14)
2002        Mar 14, Yugoslavia was declared dead as Serbia and Montenegro agreed to rename their federation: "Serbia and Montenegro."
    (SFC, 3/15/02, p.A6)
2002        Mar 14, Yugoslav military forces arrested a US diplomat and Yugoslav general outside Belgrade with accusations of espionage. The diplomat was released after 15 hours. Former Gen. Perisic, deputy Prime minister, was released  Mar 16.
    (SFC, 3/16/02, p.A8)(SSFC, 3/17/02, p.A20)

 2002        Mar 15, Disney opened its new $532.9 million movie-themed park adjacent to Disneyland Paris.
    (WSJ, 3/12/02, p.B1)
2002        Mar 15, A Houston jury spared Andrea Yates’ life after prosecutors stopped short of demanding the death penalty for the tormented mother who’d drowned her five children in the bathtub. Yates was sentenced to life in prison; however, she was later acquitted by reason of insanity in a retrial.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2002        Mar 15, In Lewisville, Texas, Jackson Carr (6) was killed and buried by his older sister (15) and brother (10). His body was found the next day.
    (SFC, 4/17/02, p.A5)
2002        Mar 15, Sylvester “Pat" Weaver (93), TV pioneer, died in Santa Barbara, Calif. He had created NBC’s “Today" and “Tonight" shows.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2002        Mar 15, China allowed 25 North Korean asylum seekers to leave the Spanish Embassy in Beijing for South Korea by way of the Philippines.
    (WSJ, 3/18/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 15, Adm. Zinni, US envoy, met with Yasser Arafat in Ramallah and demanded that he reign in militants and enforced a cease fire.
    (SFC, 3/16/02, p.A7)
2002        Mar 15, William Scholl (81), creator of Dr. Scholl's sandal, died on the Isle of Man. The family shoe business was begun by his uncle, an American physician, in 1906.
    (SFC, 3/26/02, p.A21)

2002        Mar 16, VP Cheney invited Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah to visit with Pres. Bush in Texas for talks on the Middle East.
    (SFC, 3/18/02, p.A3)
2002        Mar 16, In Ohio Brittanie Cecil (13) was struck by a flying hockey puck during a game between the hometown Columbus Blue Jackets and the Calgary Flames; she died two days later.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
2002        Mar 16, In Cali, Colombia, gunmen killed Archbishop Isaias Duarte Cancino (63), a critic of leftist rebels. A hired assassin was arrested in June.
    (SSFC, 3/17/02, p.A20)(SFC, 3/18/02, p.A3)(AP, 6/9/02)

2002        Mar 17, After nearly a year's run, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick left the Broadway hit musical "The Producers." They later returned for a limited engagement.
    (AP, 3/17/07)
2002        Mar 17, US troops killed 16 al Qaeda fighters in the Gardez region.
    (WSJ, 3/19/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 17, It was reported that McDonald's Corp. had agreed to give $410 million to vegetarian groups, Hindu and Sikh organizations and to pay $4,000 to 12 plaintiffs to settle a suit over the use of beef tallow in french fries.
    (SSFC, 3/17/02, p.A22)
2002        Mar 17, Israeli and Palestinian officials met to prepare for a cease-fire following meetings with US envoy Adm. Zinni. A Palestinian gunman opened fire in Kfar Saba. He killed an Israeli high school student (18) and was shot dead. A suicide bomber detonated himself in Jerusalem.
    (SSFC, 3/17/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/18/02, p.A3)
2002        Mar 17, In Karadzigach, Kyrgyzstan, 5 people were killed during a protest over the sentencing of lawmaker Azimbek Beknazarov. Beknazarov was jailed for asking why Pres. Akayev ceded territory to China in 2001.
    (SFC, 3/19/02, p.A7)(WSJ, 5/13/02, p.A13)
2002        Mar 17, In Islamabad, Pakistan, 2 attackers hurled grenades into a Protestant Int'l. Church and 5 people were killed including a US Embassy employee, Barbara Green, and her daughter Kristen Wormsley (17). Investigators later believed that the attack was by a lone suicide bomber, one of the dead.
    (SFC, 3/18/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/19/02, p.A10)
2002        Mar 17, In Portugal the Social Democrats won elections with 40% of the vote to 37.85% for the Socialists. The SD gained 102 seats and the Popular Party won 14 giving them a majority in the 230-seat parliament. Jose Manuel Durao Barroso became prime minister.
    (SFC, 3/18/02, p.A5)(Econ, 3/27/04, p.51)

2002        Mar 18, The FBI "Operation Candyman" snared over 90 people following a 14-month investigation of child pornography over the Internet.
    (SFC, 3/19/02, p.A3)
2002        Mar 18, A US federal grand jury unsealed a Mar 7 indictment against 7 men that included 3 Colombian guerrillas for smuggling planeloads of cocaine. These included Tomas Molina Caracas, commander of the FARC 16th Front.
    (SFC, 3/19/02, p.A6)
2002        Mar 18, Flooding hit Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia following a 2nd day of heavy rains.
    (SFC, 3/19/02, p.A3)
2002        Mar 18, In Ohio Brittanie Cecil (13) died 2 days after being hit by a hockey puck while watching an NHL game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Calgary Flames. It was apparently the first such fan fatality in NHL history.
    (SFC, 3/20/02, p.A2)(AP, 3/18/07)
2002        Mar 18, Angola's army and Unita rebels began cease-fire talks.
    (WSJ, 3/18/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 18, Britain planned to send 1,700 troops to Afghanistan to join the 6,300 US forces.
    (WSJ, 3/19/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 18, Britain's House of Commons again voted to ban fox hunting along with the hunting of stags and hares with packs of hounds.
    (SFC, 3/19/02, p.A7)
2002        Mar 18, Van Leo (80), Armenian-born Egyptian photographer (Leon Boyadjian), died. His portraits gave Egypt’s beggars, strippers and the elite the look of Hollywood film stars.
    (SFC, 3/22/02, p.A27)(http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2002/579/cu6.htm)
2002        Mar 18, In India police shot and killed 4 people while trying to disperse mobs and stop looting in 2 towns, Bharuch and Modasa, in Gujarat state.
    (SFC, 3/20/02, p.A10)
2002        Mar 18, Israel withdrew some forces from Palestinian-ruled territory as VP Cheney arrived to help with peace talks.
    (SFC, 3/19/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/19/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 18, A UN conference on aid opened in Mexico.
    (WSJ, 3/18/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 18, In Spain police discovered at least 19 corpses at the home and car of an ex-funeral parlor employee in Malaga.
    (SFC, 3/20/02, p.A10)
2002        Mar 18, In Zimbabwe Terry Ford became the 10th white farmer killed by militants in the last 2 years.
    (SFC, 3/19/02, p.A8)

2002        Mar 19, US intelligence analyst Ana Belen Montes pleaded guilty in federal court to spying for Cuba; she was later sentenced to 25 years in prison.
    (AP, 3/19/07)
2002         Mar 19, Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega's appeal for parole was turned down, despite his attorney's argument that he should be released because of his longtime service to the U.S. government while in power and as a paid CIA source.
    (AP, 3/19/03)
2002        Mar 19, Carly Fiorina, head of Hewlett-Packard, claimed victory by a slim margin in a proxy battle to buy Compaq Computer. Some $180 million was reportedly  spent in the effort to win votes.
    (SFC, 3/20/02, p.A1,21)
2002        Mar 19, Scientists reported that the Larsen B ice shelf in Antarctica, covering some 1,250 square miles, had collapsed into small icebergs over the last 35 days.
    (SFC, 3/20/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 19, A 5th body was found in New Melones Lake near Sonora, Ca. Meyer Muscatel (58), a Sherman Oaks contractor, was found last October. A Russian crime gang was suspected. Alexander Umansky (35) and George Safiev (37), found Mar 17, were suspected to be among the 4 dead. The body of Nick Kharabadze (29), was found Mar 18. 4 men were already indicted in connection with their disappearance: Iouri Mikhel, Jurijus Kadamovas, Petro Krylov and Ainar Altmanis. Altmanis, a Latvian citizen, later admitted orchestrating the plot to kidnap wealthy businessmen. In 2004 Aleksejus Markovskis pleaded guilty to conspiracy and was later sentenced to 15 years in prison. In 2007 Jurijus Kadamovas and Iouri Mikhel were convicted of orchestrating the kidnapping-for-ransom scheme and sentenced to death. Petro Krylov was convicted April 26 and sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 3/21/02, p.A3)(SFC, 3/22/02, p.A3)(SFC, 6/7/02, p.A9)(SFC, 1/18/07, p.B10)(SFC, 4/27/07, p.B5)(SFC, 1/18/08, p.B4)
2002        Mar 19, In Britain the House of Lords voted for restrictions on hunting with hounds (366-59).
    (SFC, 3/20/02, p.A10)
2002        Mar 19, In Burundi fighting between the Tutsi dominated army and Hutu rebels forced over 16,000 people from their homes over the last 2 days.
    (SFC, 3/20/02, p.A10)
2002        Mar 19, In Bologna, Italy, Claudio Scajola, a labor adviser to the government, was assassinated. The Red Brigades claimed responsibility.
    (SFC, 3/21/02, p.A8)
2002        Mar 19, Zimbabwe was suspended by the 54-nation Commonwealth for one year as punishment for Pres. Mugabe's conduct during the elections.
    (SFC, 3/20/02, p.A11)

2002        Mar 20, The US Senate approved the bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002. It was better remembered as the McCain-Feingold bill on campaign finance reform after its senatorial sponsors. Pres. Bush planned to sign it. In 2003 a 3-judge panel ruled most of the provisions unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 3/21/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/3/03, p.A1)(Econ, 9/12/09, p.40)
2002        Mar 20, US began war games with South Korea, the biggest ever.
    (WSJ, 3/21/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 20, Arthur Andersen pleaded innocent to charges it had shredded documents and deleted computer files related to Enron. Andersen was later found guilty of obstruction of justice; it received probation and was fined $500,000.
    (AP, 3/20/07)
2002        Mar 20, Heavy storms and severe flooding extended to West Virginia. Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton declared 12 counties emergencies.
    (SFC, 3/21/02, p.A3)
2002        Mar 20, At Fort Drum, NY, a soldier was killed and 14 were injured when 2 artillery shells fell far short of their target.
    (SFC, 3/21/02, p.A5)
2002        Mar 20, In Bosnia the US Embassy was shut down to the public due to a possible terrorist threat.
    (SSFC, 3/24/02, p.A18)
2002        Mar 20, Steven Harper (b.1959), an evangelical Christian, was chosen as head of Canada’s conservative Alliance Party.
    (Econ, 10/14/06, p.42)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Alliance)
2002        Mar 20, China deployed military police to at least 2 northeast cities to quell labor protests.
    (WSJ, 3/21/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 20, In Israel a suicide bomber blew himself up on a crowded bus and 7 people were killed. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.
    (SFC, 3/20/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/21/02, p.A9)
2002        Mar 20, In Italy 928 illegal immigrants, mostly ethnic Kurds, arrived on a rusty cargo ship. A state of emergency was declared to deal with the problem.
    (SFC, 3/21/02, p.A10)
2002        Mar 20, In Pakistan Gen. Musharraf met with members of the Muslim League and planned a referendum to support his rule for another 5 years. Civilian opposition leaders condemned the plan.
    (SFC, 3/23/02, p.A13)
2002        Mar 20, In Lima, Peru, a car bomb explosion outside the US Embassy killed 9 people. Pres. Bush was scheduled to arrive 3 days later.
    (SFC, 3/21/02, p.A8)(SFC, 3/22/02, p.A13)
2002        Mar 20, In Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was charged with treason, fingerprinted and released on bail.
    (SFC, 3/21/02, p.A10)

2002        Mar 21, Alexei Yagudin won the men's title at the World Figure Skating Championships in Nagano, Japan.
    (AP, 3/21/03)
2002        Mar 21, President Bush began a four-day trip to Latin America.
    (AP, 3/21/03)
2002        Mar 21, Marjorie Knoller, whose two huge dogs mauled neighbor Diane Whipple to death in their San Francisco apartment building, was convicted in Los Angeles of murder and involuntary manslaughter; her husband, Robert Noel, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. A judge later threw out the murder conviction against Knoller; she was sentenced to four years in prison. Noel was also sentenced to four years.
    (AP, 3/21/03)
2002        Mar 21, Herman Talmadge (88), former Georgia governor and U.S. senator died in Hampton, Ga.
    (AP, 3/21/03)
2002        Mar 21, In Britain schoolgirl Milly Dowler (13) was kidnapped in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. Her body was found 6 months later in nearby woods. As police pursued leads in the case the British tabloid News of the World hacked into Dowler’s cell phone, listened to messages, and deleted some to make room for more. In 2010 Levi Bellfield (41), a former nightclub bouncer, appeared in court accused of kidnapping and murdering the teenager. On June 23, 2011, Bellfield was convicted and jailed for life.
    (AFP, 4/13/10)(http://tinyurl.com/ykyb7la)(SFC, 7/6/11, p.A5)
2002        Mar 21, It was reported that Georgian fighters expected to use their US training against secessionists in Abkhazia, which was unofficially protected by Russia.
    (SFC, 3/21/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 21, In Jerusalem Mohammed Hashaika (22) blew himself up on King George St. and killed 3 Israelis. Truce talks were cancelled.
    (SFC, 3/22/02, p.A9)(WSJ, 3/22/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 21, In Italy a tour bus traveling from Lucca to Florence collided with a truck and at least 3 Americans were killed.
    (SFC, 3/22/02, p.A10)
2002        Mar 21, A local Spanish official was shot to death by gunmen in the Basque region. Police suspected the ETA.
    (WSJ, 3/22/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 21, In Diyarbakir, Turkey, thousands of Kurdish youths battled Turkish police after authorities banned the celebration of Nowruz, the Zoroastrian New Year.
    (SFC, 3/22/02, p.A10)
2002        Mar 21, A UN meeting on poverty, despair and violence opened in Mexico City.
    (SFC, 3/22/02, p.A13)

2002        Mar 22, The TV show "Wall Street Week" with Louis Rukeyser, begun in 1970, was scheduled for its last show on Jun 28, but PBS dropped Mr. Rukeyser after this evening's broadcast.
    (SFC, 3/22/02, p.B5)(WSJ, 4/1/02, p.A10)
2002        Mar 22, Pres. Bush addressed the UN meeting in Monterey, Mexico, and called on wealthy nations to link foreign aid to economic reform. Bush had already proposed an extra $10 billion over 3 years starting in 2004. US aid was about .01% of GDP as compared to 1% of GDP for Denmark.
    (SFC, 3/23/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 3/24/02, p.D3)
2002        Mar 22, The US State Dept. ordered all non-essential Embassy and Consulate personnel in Pakistan to return home.
    (SFC, 3/23/02, p.A13)
2002        Mar 22, A US postal panel approved a 3 cent increase in first-class stamps to 37 cents around Jun 30.
    (WSJ, 3/25/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 22, A Portland, Oregon,  jury ordered Philip Morris to pay $150 million in punitive damages for falsely representing low-tar cigarettes as healthier than regular cigarettes.
    (SFC, 3/23/02, p.A4)
2002        Mar 22, Thomas Kelly (72), the Grumman engineer who had overseen the building of the 1969 lunar module, died.
    (SFC, 3/29/02, p.A24)
2002        Mar 22, The Argentine peso closed down 18% to 3.1 to the dollar. IMF loans appeared distant.
    (WSJ, 3/25/02, p.A12)
2002        Mar 22, Israelis and Palestinians resumed cease-fire negotiations despite another suicide bombing outside Jenin. Only the bomber was killed.
    (SFC, 3/23/02, p.A10)
2002        Mar 22, It was reported that the Taiwan government had seized copies of Next magazine that included details of a secret $100 million fund used by former pres. Lee Teng-hui and current officials for diplomatic missions and policy initiatives. Some 220,000 copies did get distributed.
    (SFC, 3/22/02, p.A10)(SFC, 3/29/02, p.A5)

2002        Mar 23, The History Channel hosted it's 4th annual Harry Awards, named after Herodotus, for the best historical film of 2001.
    (WSJ, 3/18/02, p.A16)
2002        Mar 23, Irina Slutskaya captured her first world title, defeating four-time champion Michelle Kwan at the World Figure Skating Championships in Nagano, Japan.
    (AP, 3/23/03)
2002        Mar 23, Pres. Bush met with Pres. Toledo in Lima, Peru, and called for a "war without quarter" against terrorism and drug trafficking in the region. 18 demonstrators were arrested.
    (SSFC, 3/24/02, p.A17)
2002        Mar 23, It was reported that the Air Force Academy had implicated 38 cadets in a drug scandal that began in Dec 2000.
    (SFC, 3/23/02, p.A4)
2002        Mar 23, Eileen Farrell (82), opera and pop soprano, died in New Jersey. In 1999 Brian Kellow co-wrote her biography "Can't Help Singing."
    (SFC, 3/25/02, p.B5)
2002        Mar 23, Girls in Afghanistan celebrated their return to school for the first time in years.
    (AP, 3/23/03)
2002        Mar 23, In Pakistan members of the Alliance for Restoration of Democracy were arrested and a rally for the ouster of Pres. Musharraf was blocked.
    (SSFC, 3/24/02, p.A22)

2002        Mar 24, Pres. Bush, during a 6-hour visit to El Salvador, held out the promise of expanded trade to Central American nations.
    (AP, 3/24/03)
2002        Mar 24, The 74th annual Academy Awards were held at the Kodak theater in LA. Halle Berry for "Monster's Ball" became the 1st black woman to be named best actress; Denzel Washington became the second black actor, after Sidney Poitier, to win in the best actor category, for "Training Day," "A Beautiful Mind" won for best picture and gathered 4 awards as did "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring."
    (SFC, 3/25/02, p.A1,11)(AP, 3/24/03)
2002        Mar 24, Israeli troops and tanks entered the Rafah refugee camp and 3 residents were killed. 2 more Palestinians were killed as they tried to throw a grenade at a military post near Dugit. Clashes between Israelis and Palestinians left at least 9 Palestinians dead along with 2 Israelis. US envoy Zinni presented a cease-fire proposal to Israeli and Palestinian negotiators.
    (SSFC, 3/24/02, p.A14)(SFC, 3/25/02, p.A8)
2002        Mar 24, It was reported that Russia had launched a new nuclear-powered submarine called Gepard (Cheetah).
    (SSFC, 3/24/02, Par p.22)

2002        Mar 25, The Bush administration released thousands of documents on its energy task force just before a midnight deadline. They showed that Spencer Abraham, Sec. of Energy, had relied almost exclusively on industry representatives with no input from conservation or environmental groups.
    (SFC, 3/26/02, p.A3)(SFC, 3/27/02, p.A3)
2002        Mar 25, The US pushed for Ariel Sharon to allow Yasser Arafat to attend an Arab summit in Beirut.
    (SFC, 3/26/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 25, The National Parks Conservation Association released its annual list of "America's Ten Most Endangered National Parks." 
    (SFC, 3/26/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 25, A 5.8-6.1 earthquake in Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan was centered 105 miles north of Kabul and early reports of deaths reached to 1,800. The city of Nahrin was reported destroyed. Deaths in Baghlan province were reduced to 600-800 with 100,000 left homeless.
    (SFC, 3/26/02, p.A6)(SFC, 3/27/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/29/02, p.A9)(SFC, 3/30/02, p.A10)(AP, 6/22/02)(AP, 3/25/03)
2002        Mar 25, The Argentine peso fell to 3.4-3.8 to the dollar. Long lines formed outside banks and exchange houses in Buenos Aires.
    (SFC, 3/26/02, p.B3)(WSJ, 3/26/02, p.A14)
2002        Mar 25, It was reported that educational changes for younger students in Japan included every Saturday off, a 30% decrease in rote learning, and new integral study classes to foster thinking.
    (WSJ, 3/25/02, p.A12)
2002        Mar 25, North and South Korea issued a joint statement with plans to resume dialogue to improve relations.
    (SFC, 3/25/02, p.A8)
2002        Mar 25, In Madagascar opposition supporters thwarted an attempt by the military to seize control of Parliament.
    (SFC, 3/26/02, p.A6)

2002        Mar 26, Pres. Bush nominated Richard Carmona (52), a trauma surgeon from Arizona, as surgeon-general. Elias Zerhouni, a Johns Hopkins Univ. administrator, was nominated to the NIH.
    (SFC, 3/27/02, p.A3)
2002        Mar 26, The US Supreme Court upheld regulations that allowed federal housing officials to evict an entire household if even one member is arrested for drug violations.
    (SFC, 3/27/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 26, Joseph Berardino, CEO of Arthur Anderson, resigned over the Enron fallout.
    (WSJ, 3/27/02, p.C1)
2002        Mar 26, India passed a Prevention of Terrorism bill that allowed a 3-month detention of suspects without charges plus an additional 3 months with court approval.
    (SFC, 3/27/02, p.A6)
2002        Mar 26, Yasser Arafat declared that he would not attend the Arab league conference in Beirut due to restrictions imposed by PM Sharon. His Cabinet accused Israel of trying to "blackmail" the Palestinian leader with tough conditions for letting him go. Israeli security forces stopped a car that exploded with 2 men inside.
    (SFC, 3/27/02, p.A1)(AP, 3/26/03)
2002        Mar 26, In Serbia 2 Albanian gunmen were killed in what police said was a battle between rebel factions.
    (WSJ, 3/27/02, p.A1)

2002        Mar 27, The US Supreme Court ruled that illegal immigrants do not have the same rights as Americans when they are wrongly fired from US jobs.
    (WSJ, 3/28/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 27, Milton Berle (93), known as Uncle Miltie and Mr. Television, died. He rose to TV stardom as the host of Texaco Star Theater in 1948. He was said to be freakishly well-endowed. Haskel Frankel co-wrote: "Milton Berle, an Autobiography" in 1974.
    (SFC, 3/28/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 4/16/06, p.M6)
2002        Mar 27, Dudley Moore (66), British actor and musician, died. His films included "10" and "Arthur."
    (SFC, 3/28/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 27, Billy Wilder (95), Austrian-born Hollywood film writer and director, died. He wrote and directed numerous films and won 6 Oscars. In 1999 Cameron Crowe authored "Conversations with Billy Wilder."
    (AP, 3/27/03)(SFC, 3/29/02, p.A1,14)
2002        Mar 27, In France Richard Durn (33), described as a tormented loner looking for a political cause, opened fire at the end of a city council meeting in Nanterre, a suburb of Paris, and killed 8 city council members. Durn jumped to his death under police custody on Mar 28.
    (SFC, 3/27/02, p.A7)(SFC, 3/28/02, p.A17)(AP, 3/27/07)
2002        Mar 27, In Beirut the Arab League opened a summit of its 22 member states. Egypt's Pres. Mubarek did not attend. It dissolved into chaos when Palestinian delegates stalked out when Arafat was not given a prominent place for a live broadcast. Arafat endorsed the peace initiative of Prince Abdullah.
    (SFC, 3/26/02, p.A10)(WSJ, 3/27/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 27, A Palestinian Hamas suicide bomber killed 29 Israelis gathered at the Park Hotel in Netanya for the Passover Seder.
    (SFC, 3/28/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/29/02, p.A11)(SFC, 4/15/02, p.A12)(AP, 3/27/03)

2002        Mar 28, A US diplomat, reportedly the CIA station chief, was pulled from Belgrade following accusations that he was receiving military secrets.
    (WSJ, 3/29/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 28, Walter Hewlett, a dissident director of Hewlett-Packard Co., claimed HP used corporate assets to entice and coerce certain financial institutions to vote for the merger with Compaq Corp.
    (SFC, 3/29/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 28, US Air Force Staff Sergeant Timothy Woodland was convicted in a Japanese court and sentenced to nearly three years in prison for raping a woman on the southern island of Okinawa.
    (AP, 3/28/03)
2002        Mar 28, Matthew J. Bourgeois (35), a Navy Seal from Tallahassee, was killed by a land mine in Kandahar.
    (SFC, 3/29/02, p.A9)
2002        Mar 28, A US Navy helicopter crashed on Split Mountain in the Sequoia National Forest and 2 crew members were killed.
    (SFC, 3/29/02, p.A5)
2002        Mar 28, In Beirut the Arab League committed to accepting Israel as a neighbor under conditions that included the creation of an independent Palestinian state and Israel's full withdrawal from war-won lands, an offer that Israel did not accept.
    (SFC, 3/29/02, p.A15)(AP, 3/28/03)(www.mideastweb.org/saudipeace.htm)
2002        Mar 28, A Hamas attack left 4 Israelis dead in a West Bank settlement. Arafat said he was ready to call for a cease-fire.
    (WSJ, 3/29/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 28, In Pakistan police in Faisalabad and Lahore seized over 40 suspects in the Islamabad bombing. At least 2 suspects were killed in Faisalabad. Abu Zubaydah, a top al Qaeda commander, was among those arrested.
    (SFC, 3/29/02, p.A10)(SSFC, 3/31/02, p.A17)(SFC, 4/2/02, p.A7)
2002        Mar 28, Pope John Paul II accepted the resignation of Julius Paetz, archbishop of Poznan, Poland, due to a sex scandal and accusations of molesting young seminarians.
    (SFC, 3/29/02, p.A7)

2002        Mar 29, At Fort Irwin, Ca., a mortar round exploded prematurely and 3 soldiers were killed.
    (SFC, 3/30/02, p.A3)
2002        Mar 29, France reported the successful cloning of rabbits using genetic material from adult cells.
    (SFC, 3/30/02, p.A3)
2002        Mar 29, Israel declared Yasser Arafat an "enemy" and sent troops and tanks to isolate him in his Ramallah headquarters. 5 Palestinians, possibly executed, and 2 Israelis were killed in the takeover. In Jerusalem a suicide bomber, Ayat Akhras (18) killed herself and 2 Israelis. In the Gaza Strip a Palestinian man stabbed to death 2 elderly Israelis and was shot to death by soldiers.
    (SFC, 3/29/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/30/02, p.A1,11)(SSFC, 3/31/02, p.A18)
2002        Mar 29, Iraq expressed interest in resuming relations with Kuwait.
    (SFC, 3/30/02, p.A11)
2002        Mar 29, It was reported that Russia had announced plans to build a nuclear plant for North Korea.
    (WSJ, 3/30/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 29, It was reported that Thailand planned to market a drug combination of 3 AIDS drugs in one cheap pill.
    (WSJ, 3/29/02, p.B1)

2002        Mar 30, The United States joined other UN Security Council members in adopting a resolution calling on Israel to withdraw its troops from Palestinian cities, including Ramallah, where Yasser Arafat headquarters was under siege.
    (AP, 3/30/03)
2002        Mar 30, The Angola government and Unita signed a preliminary cease-fire agreement. The deal carved up the nation's diamond mines among officials in Luanda and the rebels.
    (SSFC, 3/31/02, p.A12)(WSJ, 4/1/02, p.A1)
2002         Mar 30, It was reported that a massive dust storm spread from northwest China to South Korea. It was largest recorded since records began 130 years ago. Trans Pacific winds carried the dust clouds west.
    (SFC, 3/30/02, p.A20)
2002        Mar 30, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth (b.1900), the Queen Mother, died at age 101 in her sleep at Royal Lodge, Windsor. In 2009 William Shawcross authored “Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother: The Official Biography."
    (SSFC, 3/31/02, p.A3)(AP, 3/30/04)(Econ, 9/19/09, p.97)
2002        Mar 30, In Kashmir suspected Islamic militants exchanged fire with Indian police in Jammu and 10 people were killed.
    (SSFC, 3/31/02, p.A17)
2002        Mar 30, A suicide bomber, Mohannad Salahat (22), struck in Tel Aviv and 32 people were injured. Israeli troops sealed Arafat in his Ramallah compound.
    (SSFC, 3/31/02, p.A1)(SFC, 4/1/02, p.A1)(SFC, 7/24/02, p.A14)

2002        Mar 31, Connecticut beat Oklahoma 82-70 to conclude its second unbeaten season with a third women's national championship.
    (AP, 3/31/03)
2002        Mar 31, Barry Took (73), British comedian and comic writer, died. He helped produce "Monty Python's Flying Circus." His autobiography was titled "A Point of View."
    (SFC, 4/1/02, p.B5)
2002        Mar 31, On Australia’s Norfolk Island Glenn McNeill (24) of New Zealand hit Janelle Patton (29) with his car and later stabbed her "just to make sure she was dead." McNeill was arrested in 2006 based on DNA evidence. Patton suffered 64 separate injuries including a fractured skull and numerous stab wounds in the attack In 2007 McNeill told police he had been smoking cannabis when he hit Patton. On Mar 9 a jury convicted McNeill of murder. On July 25 he was sentenced to 24 years in jail.
    (AP, 8/12/02)(Econ, 7/10/04, p.38)(Reuters, 3/9/07)(AFP, 7/25/07)
2002        Mar 31, Men in the Czech Republic chased female relatives and friends for the traditional Easter leg thwacking.
    (WSJ, 3/28/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 31, In France an arson attack destroyed Marseille's Or Aviv temple. It was the 3rd synagogue attack over the Passover weekend.
    (SFC, 4/2/02, p.A8)
2002        Mar 31, Israeli forces entered Qalqilya and Bethlehem. 2 Palestinians were killed after they fired on Israeli soldiers. Some 40 European and American peace activists joined Yasser Arafat. Israeli PM Ariel Sharon vowed to smash Palestinian militants in a broadcast speech that came the same day as a suicide bombing in Haifa that killed 15 Israelis. In 2009 Shimon Shiran died of wounds suffered in the bombing that also killed his daughter Adi (17). 
    (SFC, 4/1/02, p.A1,10)(AP, 3/31/07)(AP, 4/12/09)
`2002        cMar 31, In Madagascar a bridge linking the capital to a southern port was blown up.
    (WSJ, 4/1/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 31, On Norfolk Island Glenn McNeill (24) of New Zealand hit Janelle Patton (29) with his car and later stabbed her "just to make sure she was dead." McNeill was arrested in 2006 based on DNA evidence. In 2007 McNeill told police he had been smoking cannabis when he hit Patton.
    (AFP, 2/7/07)
2002        Mar 31, Serbia's government, faced with a midnight suspension of US aid, issued arrest warrants against 4 former Milosevic associates.
    (SFC, 4/1/02, p.A6)
2002        Mar 31, In Taiwan a 6.8-7.1 earthquake hit and 5 construction workers were killed in Taipei when 2 construction cranes fell from the 60th floor of a new building projected to be the tallest in the city. Taipei 101 reached 1,679 feet on completion and claimed to be have the highest structural top, tallest roof and highest occupied floor.
    (SFC, 4/1/02, p.A7)(WSJ, 4/1/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 8/8/04, p.A22)
2002        Mar 31, In Ukraine elections the pro-Western Our Ukraine led by former PM Viktor Yuschenko led with 23%. The Communist Party had 20%.  Pres. Kuchma's United Ukraine had 13% and expected 119 seats in parliament. The parties provide half the 450 sets of the parliament, known as the Verkhovna Rada. Direct elections decide the other half.
    (SFC, 4/1/02, p.A6)(SFC, 4/2/02, p.A6)(SFC, 4/3/02, p.A7)
2002        Mar 31, Pope John Paul II used his Easter message to call for an end to violence in the Holy Land.
    (AP, 3/31/03)

2002        Mar, In Freeport, Texas, a group of private investors formed Freeport Waterfront Properties with hopes of developing a private marina. Their development plans led to the city’s filing for eminent domain to acquire land owned by Western Seafood, a private shrimping business. In 2007 Carla T. Main authored “Bulldozed," an account of this ongoing struggle.
    (WSJ, 12/18/07, p.D5)
2002        Mar, In Cuba Anthony Boadle began working as Reuters' bureau chief and continued through 2008. He published reports favoring local counterrevolutionaries and the interests of the United States and the European Union. In 2011 Cuban state-television accused Boadle of working as a CIA operative.
    (AP, 4/5/11)
2002        Mar, In the Netherlands the Liveable Rotterdam Party catapulted Pim Fortuyn, its chief figurehead, onto the national stage. Fortuyn rode a wave of dissatisfaction over immigration, Islam and the elitism of the ruling Labor Party. He was shot to death May 6.
    (Econ, 3/11/06, p.46)
2002        Mar, The condo-resort ship, The World, first set sail from Oslo, Norway. The $280 million, 12-deck cruise ship ran into financing problems and was sold Oct 31, 2003, for $71 million to a residents' partnership.
    (WSJ, 2/20/04, p.A1)
2002        Mar, Uzbekistan and the United States signed a strategic partnership agreement that boosted U.S. aid to the country.
    (AP, 3/30/04)

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