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May 17th, 2002.

May 17th, 2002, was a Friday. It was day 137 of 2002. The decade was the 2000s.

19 years and 30 days have passed since May 17th, 2002.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

On this day.

What happened on May 17th, 2002?

  • 2002 Irish general election: Fianna Fail are returned to power after winning 77 seats.
  • Irish politics: Michael Noonan steps down as leader of Fine Gael.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 17th, 2002.

  • United States: Foolish - Ashanti
  • United Kingdom: If Tomorrow Never Comes - Ronan Keating
Play the top hits from 2002.
A Spotify playlist of songs from 2002. Take a trip back to the peak days of Nelly, Nickelback, Avril Lavigne and Scooter.

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Spider-Man" was at the top of the box office on May 17th, 2002.

Take me back to May 17th, 2002!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is May 17th, 2002 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

The summer of 2002 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual. In America, the song Foolish by Ashanti is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, If Tomorrow Never Comes by Ronan Keating is the number one hit song.

George W. Bush Jnr. is currently the President of the United States and the movie Spider-Man is at the top of the Box Office. In the United Kingdom, Tony Blair is the current Prime Minister. Meanwhile, the Nokia 3310 is one of the most popular cell phones on the market at the moment. Stores across the world are currently selling a wide range of custom covers for the phone.

In technology news, more and more people are beginning to gain access to the Internet. Internet speeds are increasing and MP3 sharing is beginning to threaten the existence of music stores. A popular software program called LimeWire is currently being used by many people to share music, software and videos. It is also a haven for computer viruses. It's 2002, so the music charts are being dominated by the likes of Ashanti, Nickelback, Nelly, Eminem, Usher, Blu Cantrell, The Calling, Linkin Park and Jennifer Lopez.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "JAG", "The King of Queens", "Dora the Explorer" and "24". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Final Fantasy X", "Max Payne", "Devil May Cry" and "Medal of Honor: Allied Assault". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Pokemon", "Recess", "Dawson's Creek" and "Grounded for Life".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Poo-Chi (robot dog), Razor (scooter), Bratz (dolls) and Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on May 17th, 2002.

  • Eurovision 2002.

    Eurovision 2002.

    The 2002 Eurovision song contest was held in Tallinn, Estonia. Latvia won the contest with the song "I Wanna" by Marie N.

  • Spider-Man.

    Spider-Man.

    The Spider-Man, starring Tobey Maguire, was showing in movie theaters at this time.

  • Emo.

    Emo.

    In the summer of 2002, a rock music genre called Emo started to rise in popularity.

  • Norah Jones - "Don't Know Why"

    Norah Jones - "Don't Know Why"

    "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones would go on to win a Grammy for 2002's Record of the Year.

  • 2002 in music.

    2002 in music.

    Popular music artists in 2002 included The Calling, Jennifer Lopez, Linkin Park, Puddle of Mudd, Ashanti, Usher, Vanessa Carlton, Eminem, Ja Rule, Jimmy Eat World, Nelly, Avril Lavigne and Missy Elliott.

  • The highest paid celebrities in 2002.

    The highest paid celebrities in 2002.

    According to Forbes, the highest paid celebrities in 2002 were Britney Spears, Tiger Woods, Steven Spielberg, Madonna, U2, NSYNC, Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan and Tom Hanks.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 2002?

    Who were the best NBA players in 2002?

    In 2002, the best NBA players were Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, Jason Kidd, Kevin Garnett, Chris Webber, Dirk Nowitzki, Gary Payton, Allen Iverson, Ben Wallace, Jermaine O'Neal, Dikembe Mutombo, Paul Pierce and Steve Nash.

  • Time Person of the Year 2002.

    Time Person of the Year 2002.

    "The Whistleblowers" are listed as the Time Person of the Year for 2002.

  • Anna Kournikova.

    Anna Kournikova.

    Russian tennis player Anna Kournikova was named as FHM's sexiest woman in 2002.

  • Landline phones begin to die out.

    Landline phones begin to die out.

    During this period, landline phones started to decline. This was due to the rise of personal cell phones.

  • 2002 in movies.

    2002 in movies.

    Movies released in 2002 included The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Spider-Man, Men in Black II, Signs, Die Another Day, Ice Age, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, 8 Mile, Gangs of New York and The Ring.

  • Who were the best football players in 2002?

    Who were the best football players in 2002?

    In 2002, the best soccer players were Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, Oliver Kahn, Zinedine Zidane, Michael Ballack, Thierry Henry, Raúl, Rivaldo, Yıldıray Baştürk and Alessandro Del Piero.

  • Chicago.

    Chicago.

    "Chicago" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2002.

  • Internet usage increases dramatically.

    Internet usage increases dramatically.

    From about 2002 onward, Internet usage increased dramatically across the entire world. Faster broadband networks were being rolled out, allowing users to download and stream their favorite music and videos. Social networks also started to blow up in popularity.

  • The Internet begins to hurt music stores.

    The Internet begins to hurt music stores.

    In the early-to-mid "naughties", MP3 sharing on the Internet became more and more popular. MP3 players were taking over and portable CD players such as the "Discman" were declining in popularity. During this period, it became increasingly obvious that most music stores would not survive the onslaught of the digital age.

  • The PlayStation 2 & the Xbox.

    The PlayStation 2 & the Xbox.

    The PlayStation 2 and the original Xbox were competing with one another during this time.

  • The iPod.

    The iPod.

    Apple's iPod music player was released on October 23rd, 2001.

  • Nokia games such as Bounce.

    Nokia games such as Bounce.

    During this period, you might have been playing simple mobile games such as Nokia's "Bounce", which was first released in July of 2001.

  • MSN Messenger.

    MSN Messenger.

    During this period of time, a lot of people were using MSN Messenger to chat with their friends online.

  • Nokia 3310.

    Nokia 3310.

    Throughout this period of time, the Nokia 3310 would have been one of the most popular cell phones on the market. The phone included a game called "Snake" and it allowed people to customize its cover.

  • VCRs are being phased out.

    VCRs are being phased out.

    During this period, people were still using VCRs to play movies. However, more and more households were beginning to replace them with DVD players.

  • DVDs begin to replace VCR tapes.

    DVDs begin to replace VCR tapes.

    In the first half of the naughties, DVDs started to replace the older VCR tapes. This meant that you no longer had to rewind your tapes before bringing them back to the rental store!

  • The Game Boy Color.

    The Game Boy Color.

    During this time, the Game Boy Color was the go-to handheld device for gamers. Popular games included Wario Land 3, Donkey Kong Country and the various Pokémon releases.

  • Floppy disks are being phased out.

    Floppy disks are being phased out.

    In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the floppy disk was phased out. The emergence of the CD-RW and faster Internet speeds made the diskette redundant.

  • CD folders.

    CD folders.

    During the late 1990s and early naughties, many people used CD folders to store their music collection. Disc towers were also popular for albums and things such as PlayStation games.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 19 years and 30 days have passed since May 17th, 2002.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 20 of 2002.
  • Leap Year: 2002 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on May 17th, 2002, will be 19 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 2002 belong to the Generation Z generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 1021590000.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around May 17th, 2002.

  • April 19th, 2002: My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) is released.
  • April 25th, 2002: Wrestling: Randy Orton makes his first televised appearance on the WWE.
  • April 25th, 2002: TLC singer Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes is killed in a motor accident.
  • April 26th, 2002: A gunman called Robert Steinhäuser murders 16 people at a secondary school in Erfurt.
  • April 28th, 2002: Boy band group NSYNC perform their final show.
  • May 3rd, 2002: Spider-Man (2002), starring Tobey Maguire, is released in movie theaters.
  • May 4th, 2002: The last wrestling show (Insurrextion) takes place under the WWF name.
  • May 5th, 2002: Arsenal win the FA Cup final after beating Chelsea 2-0.
  • May 5th, 2002: The World Wrestling Federation, Inc. (WWF) changes its name to World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE).
  • May 6th, 2002: The Attitude Era in the WWE comes to an end.
  • May 6th, 2002: Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn is assassinated.
  • May 8th, 2002: Arsenal clinch the 2001-2002 FA Premier League title after a 1-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.
  • May 10th, 2002: Unfaithful (2002), starring Richard Gere, is released in cinemas.
  • May 10th, 2002: FBI agent Robert Hanssen is sentenced to fifteen consecutive life sentences in prison for espionage.
  • May 13th, 2002: Pop group Liberty X release their single "Just a Little".
  • May 14th, 2002: Eminem releases his single "Without Me".
  • May 14th, 2002: Avril Lavigne releases her debut single "Complicated".
  • May 15th, 2002: Football: Real Madrid win the UEFA Champions League after they defeat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1.
  • May 16th, 2002: Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) is released.
  • This date: May 17th, 2002
  • May 18th, 2002: Former WWF wrestler The British Bulldog (Davey Boy Smith) dies of a heart attack.
  • May 19th, 2002: The last episode of The X-Files is aired on television.
  • May 19th, 2002: Former Australian Prime Minister John Gorton passes away at the age of 90.
  • May 21st, 2002: Rapper Ludacris releases his song "Move B**ch".
  • May 28th, 2002: Rapper Eminem releases his album The Eminem Show.
  • May 31st, 2002: The 2002 FIFA World Cup kicks off in South Korea and Japan.
  • June 4th, 2002: 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart is kidnapped from her home in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • June 5th, 2002: Irish politics: Enda Kenny becomes the new leader of Fine Gael.
  • June 8th, 2002: Boxing: Lennox Lewis defeats Mike Tyson at The Pyramid in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • June 8th, 2002: It is reported that Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd have split up after less than a year of marriage.
  • June 10th, 2002: Pop group Las Ketchup release "The Ketchup Song".
  • June 10th, 2002: Mobster John Gotti dies of cancer.
  • June 11th, 2002: Beyoncé releases her song "Work It Out".
  • June 12th, 2002: The Los Angeles Lakers win the 2002 NBA Finals after they defeat the New Jersey Nets 4-0.
  • June 14th, 2002: The Bourne Identity (2002) is released in movie theaters.
  • June 14th, 2002: The movie Scooby-Doo (2002) is released.
  • June 15th, 2002: Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards are married.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 17th, 2002, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • Taurus is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 2002 was the year of the Horse (Yang Metal).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 8.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 17th, 2002 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Photos of early 2000s fashion.

Photographs of early 2000s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of early 2000s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • The Shield - Police drama.
  • 24 - Action drama about a counterterrorism agent called Jack Bauer.
  • Smallville - TV show based on the Superman story.
  • Scrubs - Comedy show about a new group of medical students.
  • Alias - Spy action drama.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise - Prequel to the original Star Trek series.
  • The Office (UK version). - Starring Ricky Gervais.
  • Fear Factor - American stunt/dare game show.
  • My Wife and Kids - Comedy sitcom about a family called the Kyles.
  • Grounded for Life - Sitcom about an Irish Catholic family.
  • Andromeda - Sci-fi TV series.
  • Dora the Explorer - Kid's TV series.

Kid's TV shows on May 17th, 2002.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 2002.

  • The Fairly OddParents
  • My Wife and Kids
  • Lizzie McGuire
  • Grounded for Life
  • Malcolm in the Middle
  • Rocket Power
  • Dora the Explorer
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy
  • Bob the Builder
  • The Powerpuff Girls
  • The Wild Thornberrys
  • That '70s Show
  • CatDog
  • Dawson's Creek
  • Bear in the Big Blue House
  • Recess
  • Pokemon
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch
  • 7th Heaven
  • Dexter's Laboratory
  • Friends
  • Rugrats
  • The Simpsons

Popular toys and games in 2002.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 2002.

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game
  • Nintendo GameCube
  • Bratz (dolls)
  • The PlayStation 2
  • Razor (scooter)
  • Poo-Chi (robot dog)
  • Groovy Girls

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - First-person shooter game that is set in World War 2.
  • Return to Castle Wolfenstein - First-person shooter game.
  • WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It - Wrestling game that was released by THQ.
  • Halo: Combat Evolved - FPS game that was released for the Xbox.
  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty - Stealth game.
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 - The third game in the series.
  • Grand Theft Auto III - The third game in the series. Starring Claude in Liberty City.
  • Silent Hill 2 - Survival horror video game published by Konami.
  • Devil May Cry - Hack and Slash game that was released for the PlayStation 2.
  • Max Payne - Third person shooter game that allowed the player to slow down time.
  • Final Fantasy X - The tenth game in the series.

2002 - TV stations, commercials and shows.

A nostalgic video that emulates what television was like back in 2002.

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 2002.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out May 17th, 2008 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 17th of May.

  • May 17th, 1955: Bill Paxton (Actor) turned 47 on this day in 2002.
  • May 17th, 1956: Bob Saget (Comedian / Actor) turned 46 on this day in 2002.
  • May 17th, 1956: Sugar Ray Leonard (Boxer) turned 46 on this day in 2002.
  • May 17th, 1961: Enya (Irish singer) turned 41 on this day in 2002.
  • May 17th, 1986: Tahj Mowry (Actor) turned 16 on this day in 2002.

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 17th of May.

  • Constitution Day (Norway)

Weather on May 17th, 2002.

Historical weather information for May 17th, 2002.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 14.9 degrees Celsius. There was heavy rain. It was a cloudy day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 47.8 degrees Fahrenheit. 8.78 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported. Rain fell. Precipitation: 10.16cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 17.56 degrees Celsius. Rain fell. Precipitation: 0.76cm.

US President.

George W. Bush Jnr. was the President of the United States on May 17th, 2002.

UK Prime Minister.

Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 17th, 2002.

Irish Taoiseach.

Bertie Ahern was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about May 17th, 2002.

  • A total of 6,970 days have passed since this date.
  • 995 weeks have passed.
  • 602,208,000 seconds have passed since the May 17th, 2002.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 702,576,000 times.
  • Since May 17th, 2002, the earth has travelled approximately 310,739,328,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 100,368,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 51,789,888 steps. That's about 23,018 miles!
  • Since this date, 7,226,496 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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