2002 was a free year.
January 1 - A new currency, the Euro, is introduced.
January 7 - French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent retires from the world of high fashion.
January 17 - An eruption of the Njiragongo volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo destroys the city of Goma and surrounding villages, killing more than 100 people and leaving tens of thousands homeless.
January 18 - The government of Sierra Leone announces the end of the civil war, during which about 50,000 people were killed, mostly civilians.
January 31 - A declaration on a fairer world order is adopted at the Second Anti-Globalist Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
February 12 - The trial of former President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic begins before the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague.
March 1 - US forces launch Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan.
March 7 - In a referendum in Ireland, voters vote against changes to strict abortion laws.
March 13 - The Angolan government declares a unilateral ceasefire in a 27-year civil war with rebels from the National Union for Complete Independence of Angola.
March 14 - An agreement on reorganizing relations between Serbia and Montenegro is signed. The agreement was signed by then-FRY President Vojislav Kostunica, EU High Representative Javier Solana, Deputy Prime Minister Miroljub Labus, Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic and top Montenegrin officials Filip Vujanovic and Milo Djukanovic.
April 4 - The Angolan army and UNITA sign a truce in Luanda, ending the Angolan civil war.
April 11 - Former Serbian Police Minister Vlajko Stojiljkovic commits suicide in front of the Federal Assembly building in Belgrade.
April 26 - A former high school student in the German city of Erfurt opens fire on his teachers and other students, killing 16 people before committing suicide.
May 20 - East Timor independence
May 23 - At the session of the Assembly of Serbia, there were serious incidents between the deputies of the ruling DOS and the opposition Serbian Radical Party. Radical MP Natasa Jovanovic attacked Parliament Speaker Natasa Micic, pouring her a glass of water.
May 24 - Presidents of the United States and �