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2002 Trivia, Facts & History

<< - 2001

World Series Champions

Anaheim Angels

Superbowl XXXVI Champions

New England Patriots

NBA Champions

Los Angeles Lakers

Stanley Cup Champs

Detroit Red Wings

U.S. Open Golf

Tiger Woods

U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies)

Pete Sampras/Serena Williams

Wimbledon (Men/Women)

Lleyton Hewitt/Serena Williams

NCAA Football Champions

Ohio State

NCAA Basketball Champions

Maryland

Kentucky Derby

War Emblem

World Cup (Soccer)

Brazil

The Hotties and Fashion Icons

Angelina Jolie, Gisele Bündchen, Christina Ricci, Debra Messing, Britney Spears, Halle Berry, Faith Hill, Ashanti, Jennifer Aniston, Liv Tyler, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Selma Blair, Kim Cattrall, Kate Beckinsale, Kylie Minogue, Brittany Murphy, Winona Ryder, Julianne Moore, Christina Applegate, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sarah Jessica-Parker, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Connelly, Nicole Kidman

The Heartthrobs

Brad Pitt, Tim McGraw, Russell Crowe, George Clooney, Ashton Kutcher, Justin Timberlake

"The Quotes"

"My precious."
- Andy Serkis, Gollum, in 'Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers'

"What happens here, stays here"
- Las Vegas

Time Magazine's Persons of the Year

Whisteblowers, Represented by Cynthia Cooper, WorldCom; Coleen Rowley, FBI; and Sherron Watkins, Enron

Miss America

Katie Harman (Gresham, OR)

Miss USA

Shauntay Hinton (District of Colombia)

The Scandals, Deaths and Odd News

Michael Jackson dangled Prince Michael II, off a balcony from a Berlin hotel room.

Martin Luther King Jr's assassin, James Earl Ray was once erroneously honoured during a parade which intended to praise the actor James Earl Jones. Lauderdale, Florida accidentally created a plaque in January 2002 which read 'Thanks James Earl Ray for keeping the dream alive'.

Enron's 2001 surprise bankrupcty was just the beginning when it's accounting firm, Arthur Andersen, was implicated in a huge accounting fraud scandal. AA was also dissolved in this scandal.

Eric Bartos, going through a messy divorce, went fishing, caught a sailfish, and put his wedding ring on the fishes nose. Two years later, he caught the same fish again with the wedding ring still attached.

R & B singer R. Kelly liked to twiddle with under age girls, according to the visual evidence of videos he made.

Winona Ryder was sentenced to three years probation, 480 hours of community service, $3,700 in fines, $6,355 in restitution, and ordered to attend psychological and drug counseling after being found guilty of stealing $5,500 worth of merchandise from Saks Fifth Avenue.

Raelian UFO sect/sex cult scientists announced that they, through their company called Clonaid, had cloned the first human baby. They didn't.

Pop Star Car Crash Death: Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes
Beloved TV Character Death: ER's Dr. Green, played by Anthony Edwards, while Isreal Kamakawiwo'ole's Somewhere Over The Rainbow played.
Hip Hop Violent Death: Jam Master Jay (gunshot)
TV Star Murder?: Robert Blake, best known as TV's Baretta was chareged, then acquitted for murding his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley

15-year-old Martha MOxley was beaten to death, with the primary suspects in the murder being Kennedy-Cousins Thomas and Michael Skakel. Although Michael Skakel was overheard in 1978 stating, "I'm going to get away with murder. I'm a Kennedy", it was not until 2002 that he was convicted.

Ted Williams had his head seperated from his body and frozen - he and his children agreed to each have it done so they could once again be together at some point in the future.

The Rumor

Prince Charles had his valet hold the jar for a urine test

2002 Pop Culture News

When the New York Sun was relaunched in 2002, its first edition carried the solution to the last crossword puzzle that the earlier Sun published before it initially folded in 1950.

Bart Sibrel lured Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, to a hotel to interview him for a documentary. Sibrel, poking Aldrin with a bible, called him a "thief, liar and coward", demanding he swear the moon landing wasn't staged. Instead, Aldrin punched Sibrel, and was not prosecuted.

Tom Green won five Razzies for Freddy Got Fingered in 2002. He showed up in a white Cadillac, rolled out his own red carpet, and had to be dragged off stage because he wouldn't stop playing a harmonica.

Casey Kasem Kasem was a devout vegan. He quit the Scooby-Doo show in 1995 when asked to voice Shaggy in a Burger King commercial, returning in 2002 after negotiating to have Shaggy become a vegetarian.

Boston orthopedist David Arndt, while performing complicated spinal surgery, walked out on his patient -- who was lying on the operating table, anesthetized and sliced open -- so he could go cash his paycheck before the bank closed.

Steve Fossett finished his non-stop trip around the world via balloon on July 4th. It took him 14 days, 19 hours and 51 minutes.

Keiko, the orca who starred in Free Willy was released in the wild in July of 2002 after being in captivity for 23 years. A few weeks after his release, he showed up at a Norwegian fjord in hopes of seeking human contact and would even give children rides on his back.

Claritin, invented as a prescription medication in 1993, became an over-the-counter allergy medicine.

There was a live, 24 hour '24 Hours of Love' special on MTV hosted by Courtney Love, who was supposedly given control over what content would air. It ended with her crying on a couch for the last few hours.

In 1969, 90 percent of all children walked to school, as schools were part of complete neighborhoods, but in 2002 only 31 percent walked to school due to the impact of sprawl.

Rosie O'Donnel announced that she was gay.

McCall's magazine released it's first issue in 1873 and was one of America's oldest and longest running magazines until Rosie O'Donnell took control of it in 2000, renamed it "Rosie", and by 2002 had officially killed it.

Steven Spielberg finally finished college after a 33 year hiatus. He turned in Schindler's List for his student film requirement.

A car was reported running off the road in Surrey, England by multiple witnesses. Police arrived and found no signs of a crash. After a careful search the car and driver were finally found but it was determined the accident occurred 5 months earlier.

Rupert Grint starred in a movie called Thunderpants about a boy who's super power is his "amazing ability to break wind".

Iraq's Vice President suggested a duel between George W. Bush and Saddam Hussein, to be refereed by Kofi Annan, as a way to settle their disputes without going to war.

The Thing Video Game released in 2002, is considered the canonical sequel to the 1982 film and explains what happens to Childs and MacReady.

The sad lamp from IKEA's acclaimed 2002 commercial was taken home by a crew member at the end of the shoot. When the ad agency asked for it back, they received a note saying "See? you've fallen for it. You've grown attached to the lamp, and you are crazy."

Steven Bradbury won a gold medal in 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics in speed skating, because everyone in front of him crashed. 3 races in a row.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 2002: $1,900,000.

The scene in 2002's Spider-Man where Peter Parker catches Mary Jane's tray in the school cafeteria does not have any CGI. The whole thing was actually done by Tobey Maguire himself. It took him 156 takes to get it perfectly.

Between 2002 and 2012, college textbook prices rose 82% while overall consumer prices rose 28%.

Citizens of Russia can legally identify as any ethnicity, real or not. According to official statistics in the 2002 census, there are Russian citizens who identify as Babylonians, Romans, Martians, Goblins, Elves and Hobbits.

Bruce Willis purchased 12,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies for American troops stationed throughout the Middle East.

The Habits

Watching American Idol
Reading The Summons by John Grisham

2002's Most Popular Christmas Gifts

Ugly Dolls, Trivial Pursuit 20th Anniversay Edition

Popular Movies:

Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Bourne Identity, Catch Me If You Can, Chicago, Die Another Day, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Ice Age, Lilo & Stitch, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Men in Black II, Minority Report, Mr. Deeds, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Ring, The Santa Clause 2, Scooby-Doo, Signs, Spider-Man, Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Sweet Home Alabama, XXX

The Big Movies

(according to boxofficemojo)
1. Spider-Man
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
3. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
5. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
6. Signs
7. Austin Powers in Goldmember
8. Men In Black II
9. Ice Age
10. Chicago

2002's Most Popular TV Shows

1. CSI (CBS)
2. American Idol-Wednesday (Fox)
3. Joe Millionaire (Fox)
4. Friends (NBC)
5. Survivor: Thailand (CBS)
6. ER (NBC)
7. Survivor: Amazon (CBS)
8. Everbody Loves Raymond (CBS)
9. Law & Order (NBC)
10. Monday Night Football (ABC)

Popular Music

The Biggest Pop Artists of 2002 include
Alan Jackson, Alicia Keyes, Ashanti, Avril Lavigne, Beyonce, Cam 'ron, Creed, DJ Sammy, Eminem, Fat Joe, 50 Cent, Ginuwine, Ja Rule, Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Eat World, John Mayer, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Linkin Park, Loon, Ludacris, Michelle Branch, Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott, Musiq, Nelly, No Doubt, Pink, Puddle of Mudd, Puff Daddy/P. Diddy, R. Kelly, Sean Paul, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Tweet, Vanessa Carlton

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 2002

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

February 23, 2002 - March 8, 2002: Ja Rule featuring Ashanti - Always on Time

March 9, 2002 - April 19, 2002: Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule - Ain't It Funny

April 20, 2002 - June 28, 2002: Ashanti - Foolish

June 29, 2002 - August 16, 2002: Nelly - Hot in Herre

August 17, 2002 - October 4, 2002: Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland - Dilemma

October 5, 2002 - November 8, 2002: Kelly Clarkson - A Moment Like This

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

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Popular Music in 2002 ~ # 1 Hits of 2002