2002 Pop Culture History
Quick Facts from 2002:
|Top Ten Baby Names of 2002:
Emily, Madison, Hannah, Emma, Alexis, Jacob, Michael, Joshua, Matthew, Ethan
|Fashion Icons and Sex Symbols:
Jennifer Garner, 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
Brad Pitt, David Beckham, Brad Pitt, Tim McGraw, Russell Crowe, Justin Timberlake, Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Ashton Kutcher, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, Adam Levine
“What happens here, stays here”
|Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year:
Whistleblowers, Represented by Cynthia Cooper, WorldCom; Coleen Rowley, FBI; and Sherron Watkins, Enron
Katie Harman (Gresham, OR)
Shauntay Hinton (District of Colombia)
Enron’s 2001 surprise bankruptcy was just the beginning when its 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 underage 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?
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.
Prince Charles had his valet hold the jar for a urine test
|NOT a Surprise:
Rosie O’Donnell announced that she was gay
Pop Culture Facts & History:
Muggle” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2003 defined as a person who is lacking a skill. Muggle is also a 1930s jazz slang word for someone who uses cannabis.
Fujitsu made a device called the “iPAD” in 2002. Apple had to pay $4 million to Fujitsu to buy the trademark.
Every car made after 2002 has an “Emergency Release” cable inside the trunk in case of kidnapping.
Claritin, invented as a prescription medication in 1993, became an over-the-counter allergy medicine.
Cost of a Superbowl ad in 2002: $1,900,000
The Master of Disguise, a flop film from 2002, is only 65 minutes long but it includes 15 minutes of end credits in order to qualify as a feature film.
7 minutes to midnight, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.
2002: “Concerns regarding a nuclear terrorist attack underscore the enormous amount of unsecured–and sometimes unaccounted for–weapon-grade nuclear materials located throughout the world. Meanwhile, the United States expresses a desire to design new nuclear weapons, with an emphasis on those able to destroy hardened and deeply buried targets. It also rejects a series of arms control treaties and announces it will withdraw from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.”
|Nobel Prize Winners:
Chemistry – John B. Fenn and Koichi Tanaka, Kurt Wüthrich
Economics – Daniel Kahneman and Vernon L. Smith
Literature – Imre Kertész
Peace – Jimmy Carter
Physics – Raymond Davis Jr. and Masatoshi Koshiba, Riccardo Giacconi
Physiology or Medicine – Sydney Brenner, H. Robert Horvitz, and John E. Sulston
Watching American Idol
|2002 Toys inducted to the National Toy Hall of Fame:
Jigsaw puzzle, Raggedy Ann
1st Appearances & 2002’s Most Popular Christmas Gifts, Toys and Presents:
FOX’s American Idol Premiered
|Best Film Oscar Winner:
A Beautiful Mind (presented in 2002)
|2002 Entries to The National Film Registry:
Alien (released in 1979)
All My Babies (released in 1953)
The Bad and the Beautiful (released in 1952)
Beauty and the Beast (released in 1991)
The Black Stallion (released in 1979)
Boyz N the Hood (released in 1991)
Demolishing and Building Up the Star Theatre (released in 1901)
The Endless Summer (released in 1966)
From Here to Eternity (released in 1953)
From Stump to Ship (released in 1930)
Fuji (released in 1974)
In the Heat of the Night (released in 1967)
Lady Windermere’s Fan (released in 1925)
Melody Ranch (released in 1940)
Navajo Film Themselves (Through Navajo Eyes) (released in 1966)
The Pearl (released in 1948)
Punch Drunks (released in 1934)
Sabrina (released in 1954)
Stranger Than Paradise (released in 1984)
Theodore Case Sound Test: Gus Visser and His Singing Duck (released in 1925)
This Is Cinerama (released in 1952)
This Is Spinal Tap (released in 1984)
Why Man Creates (released in 1968)
Wild and Woolly (released in 1917)
Wild River (released in 1960)
|The Big Movies: (according to boxofficemojo)
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
7. Austin Powers in Goldmember
8. Men In Black II
9. Ice Age
|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)
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