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The Times Newspaper Archive

2002 Gifts

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Our 2002 gifts are popular keepsakes to reconnect individuals with memorable moments in history. Significant events from 2002 may be of special meaning to the recipient, so why not give them the gift of memories and nostalgia? If they love food, give them a taste of a particular decade with historical cookbooks, or perhaps a birthday newspaper?

Gifts From 2002 to rekindle fond memories

2002 saw the continued involvement of US troops in Afghanistan, an occupation that would last until 2021. President George Bush also included Iran, Iraq and North Korea in his so-called “Axis of Evil”, depicting said nations as allegedly sponsoring terrorism and seeking out weapons of mass destruction.

In the public sphere, the TV talent show was revolutionised via phone voting, as almost 9 million people voted in the final of the first series of Pop Idol. Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus to win the first of her (to date) seven Wimbledon titles. 2002 also saw the death of the Queen Mother, just four months shy of her 102nd birthday.