• 9/11 hijacked planes hit New York and Washington
  • US and UK launch war against Taliban in Afghanistan
  • Slobodan Milosevic faces genocide charge
  • Major anti-globalisation protests against G8 in Italy
  • Foot and mouth crisis in the UK
  • First iPod is launched
  • Free entry to national galleries and museums is reinstated in England
  • Jerwood drawing and sculpture prizes are launched
  • V.S. Naipaul wins Nobel Prize for Literature