2002 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

20022002 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

Top Ten Baby Names of 2002:
Emily, Madison, Hannah, Emma, Alexis, Jacob, Michael, Joshua, Matthew, Ethan

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Jennifer Ganer, 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 Heartthrob(s):
Brad Pitt, David Beckham, Brad Pitt, Tim McGraw, Russell Crowe, Justin Timberlake, Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Ashton Kutcher, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, Adam Levine

“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)

MJBalconyThe Scandals:
Michael Jackson dangled Prince Michael II, off a balcony from a Berlin hotel room, earning him the nickname “blanket.”.

Enron’s 2001 surprise bankruptcy 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.

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 charged, then acquitted for murdering his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley

Ted Williams had his head separated 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.

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

NOT a Surprise:
Rosie O’Donnel announced that she was gay

Nerd News:
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.

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

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 2002: $1,900,00

The Habit:
Watching American Idol

1st appearances & 2002’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Ugly Dolls, Trivial Pursuit 20th Anniversary Edition

FOX’s American Idol Premiered

Best Film Oscar Winner:
A Beautiful Mind (presented in 2002)

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 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)

2002 Billboard Number One Songs:
December 15, 2001 – January 25, 2002:
U Got It Bad – Usher

January 26 – February 22:
How You Remind Me – Nickelback

February 23 – March 8:
Always On Time – Ja Rule featuring Ashanti

March 9 – April 19:
Ain’t It Funny – Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule

April 20 – June 28:
Foolish- Ashanti

June 29 – August 16:
Hot In Herre – Nelly

August 17 – October 25:
Dilemma – Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland

October 26 – November 8:
A Moment Like This – Kelly Clarkson

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

Sports:
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

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