Also in the headlines in 2002

  • US military base at Guantanamo Bay is used as detention camp for ‘the war on terror’
  • UN inspectors enter Iraq to search for weapons of mass destruction
  • First Euro banknotes and coins are launched
  • Hostages taken by Chechen militants in a Moscow theatre
  • Miss World contest relocates to London following violent riots in Nigeria
  • Opening of Baltic, Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England
  • Man group start sponsoring the Booker Prize
  • Rubens painting sells for £49.5 million