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2002 (MMII) was a common year that started on a Tuesday. In the Gregorian calendar, it is the 2002nd year of the Common Era, or of Anno Domini; the 2nd year of the 3rd millennium and of the 21st century; and the 3rd of the 2000s decade. The year 2002 was a palindrome year. By the way, the last palindrome year (1991) was also a common year starting on Tuesday. The next palindrome year will be 2112. The next time when this will happen will be coming with the years of 5995 and 6006. 2002 was designated as:

International Year of Ecotourism International Year of Mountains Year of the Outback in Australia National Science Year in the United Kingdom Autism Awareness Year in the United Kingdom