The year of the horse according to the Chinese calender and also the year where The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers beats Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as the top grossing film of that year. Metroid Prime won game of the year by several game magazines and I THINK rams won the superbowl that year OHNO! wait! they didn't they lost to the Patriots 17-20.
The Eminem show is the best selling album of 2002. Blockbuster refuses numerous offers to buy Netflix and by 2012 Nexflix's earning eclipses that of blockbusters. Dial-up is still a thing, borders is still a thing, tower records is still a thing, and even a fucking a apple's 700mhz ibook is still a thing. the Nintendo Game Cube is around and so is the Sony Playstation 2 and as well as the Microsoft Xbox.
Elizabeth Smart gets kidnapped and president George W. Bush does a bunch of stupid shit including chocking on a fucking pretzel. Yes that was actually a story back then and he even talked about it on the national news, Also quoting the infamous line: "Chew before you swallow."
All in all 2002 was a EH! year.
George W. Bush: Goddamn' that pretzel must work for Al Qaeda! son of a bitch almost killed me.
Dick Cheney: Are you alright honey bun? i hope that rug burn on your face isn't throbbing too much.
George W. Bush: It's 2002 and these terrorist are gettin' sophisticated. fuck it! i'm send out the nukes over to that place's name i keep mispronouncing.