2002: The Best and the Worst of Times; THE Aftermath of the World Trade Center Attack in New York on September 11 Last Year Continued to Dominate the World's News Agenda, and the Threat of War Continued Unabated throughout the Year. Ian Parri and Peter Elson Look Back on This and All the Other Headlines in Our News Review of 2002
Byline: Ian Parri and Peter Elson
THE single currency had a smooth launch as Europeans in 12 countries got their first look at new euro notes and coins. Serial killer Peter Moore of Kinmel Bay was awarded pounds 50,000 after winning a civil action against a former friend for allegedly selling off his property without permission. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, announced his retirement. The bookies immediately installed the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Rowan Williams, as favourite to succeed him.
Professor Ian Wilmut, the man who led the team which created Dolly the sheep, called for more research into cloning after it emerged that Dolly had developed arthritis.
MUCH of Wales was battered by gale-force winds and heavy rain as the month s tarted in a frenzy of bad weather. Fans hoping t o get over to Dublin for the rugby international had t o make alternative arrangements as ferries were cancelled. Wales lost 54-10.
Princess Margaret died, aged 71, in her sleep. The Prime Minister was ``totally unapologetic'' over his back-ing of a bid by wealthy Labour Party donor Lakshmi Mittal to buy a Romanian steel company, first disclosed by Plaid Cymru MP Adam Price.
A pounds 100m immigration hostel near Bedford was wrecked when asylum seekers facing deportation lit a series of fires during a mass breakout.
Four men found guilty of plotting t o carry out the ``Robbery of the Millennium'' by snatching pounds 200m worth of diamonds from the Millennium Dome w ere jailed for between 15 and 18 years.
ANNE Robinson r efused to withdraw her ``offensive'' remarks about the Welsh on BBC2's Room 101. Robert Mugabe claimed victory in Zimbabwe's pres-idential election. British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw condemned t he ``systematic violence and intim-idation'' which he said had dominated the polling. Baroness Thatcher's office announced t hat, due to health concerns, she would never make a public speech again. England and Surrey cricketer Ben Hollioake was killed in a road accident in Australia. He was 24. The Queen Mother died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 101.
SNOWDONIA National Park moved to prevent outsiders building new homes within its boundaries. The authority said it was eager to protect the Welsh language. The 155th Grand National smashed all the records as 20-1 shot Bindaree romped to victory. The UN Security Council elected to send a fact-finding t eam to a refugee camp in Jenin after reports that ``hundreds'' of Palestinians had been killed there. Television company ITV Digital collapsed, ceasing all pay-TV services. Chancellor Gordon Brown introduced an pounds 8bn tax hike in the Budget. Six British plane spotters arrested near a Greek air force base in 2001, were found guilty of spying and sentenced to three years in jail.
HILL farmers angry at their treatment at the hands of the Farmers' Union of Wales and t he National Farmers' Union Cymru threatened to set up their own trade union.
The nation's water returned to Welsh hands after Glas Cymru raised pounds 2bn to buy Welsh Water from its American own-ers, WesternPower Distribution.
Controver-sial Transport SecretaryStephen Byers resigned and wasreplaced by Alistair Darling.Seven people died and dozens were injured when a passenger train derailed, smashing into a bridge and platform at Potters Bar in north London. The Westminster government gave away the Millennium Dome and its surrounds for free inthe hope of getting pounds 550m back over 20 years.
AS England p repared to meet the old foes from Argentina in s occer's World Cup, young poet Ifan Prys took to the the stage at the Urdd National Eisteddfod in Cardiff, where he won the chair, wearing an Argentine shirt. PM's wife Cherie Blair and Yoko Ono u nveil sculptor Tom Murphy's 7ft-tall statue of John Lennon at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. …