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2002

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U.S. Facts

  • President: George W. Bush
  • Population: 290 million
  • Life Expectancy: 77.3 years
  • Unemployment: 5.8 %
  • Average Annual Salary:
  • Minimum Wage: $5.15 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile:
  • Gasoline: $1.46 per gallon
  • House:
  • Bread: per loaf
  • Milk: per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.37

Major U.S. Events

  • Kenneth L. Lay, chairman of bankrupt energy trader Enron, resigns; company under federal investigation for hiding debt and misrepresenting earnings
  • President Bush's first State of the Union address vows to expand the fight on terrorism and labels Iran, Iraq, and North Korea "an axis of evil"
  • The trial of former President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Miloševic' begins at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague

Major World Events

  • Chechen rebels take 763 hostages in Moscow theater Russian authorities release a gas into theater, killing 116 hostages and freeing remainder
  • U.S. and Afghan troops launch "Operation Anaconda" against remaining al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan

January-April

  • Introduction of Euro banknotes and coins in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, and Portugal
  • K-mart Corp becomes the largest retailer in American history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

May-July

  • Arizona experiences terrible forest fires, burning 462,606 acres near the Mogollon Rim
  • Annular solar eclipse

August-December

  • The Sour Biscuit Fire burns 499,570 acres in Oregon and N. California
  • US President George W. Bush signs the Homeland Security Act into law, establishing the Department of Homeland Security

Top Songs

  • Complicated by Avril Lavigne
  • The Middle by Jimmy Eat World
  • A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton
  • Just Like A Pill by Pink
  • All You Wanted by Michelle Branch

Other New Songs

  • Lose Yourself by Eminem
  • It's Been a While by Staind
  • She Hates Me by Puddle Of Mudd
  • Landslide by The Dixie Chicks
  • Hot In Here by Nelly

Top Movies

  • Chicago
  • Bowling for Columbine
  • Adaptation
  • Spider-Man
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Top Books

  • Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  • Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Shelters of Stone by Jean M. Auel

Top TV Shows (2001-02)

  • Will & Grace
  • E.R.
  • South Park
  • That '70s Show
  • West Wing
  • Judging Amy

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • Anaheim Angels d. San Francisco Giants

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: New England Patriots d. St. Louis Rams

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • Detroit Red Wings d. Carolina Hurricanes

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Los Angeles Lakers d. New Jersey Nets

NCAA Champions

  • Football: The Ohio State University Buckeyes
  • Basketball: University of Maryland, College Park Terrapins

Other Champions

  • Winter Olmypics: Salt Lake City Utah, USA
  • Golf: Tiger Woods is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: War Emblem wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Hélio Castroneves wins Indianapolis 500
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