NEWS January 2002
On 1 January, the new Euro bank notes and coins became legal tender in austria,
Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the netherlands, Portugal and Spain. Though the currency had technically existed since 1999, this marked the major changeover to the new currency, and the end of the previous national currencies.
Teenager Charles J Bishop mimicked the September 2001 attack on the World Trade Center on 5 January, by stealing a singleengine Cessna 172 and flying it into the Bank Of America Tower in Tampa, Florida. In a letter left prior to his flight, Bishop claimed to be acting on behalf of Al Qaeda and in response to American abuses in Iraq and Palestine. However, authorities found no evidence of any contact with terrorist groups. Though offices suffered damage, the only injured party was Bishop himself, who died in the crash.
The term ‘axis of evil’ was coined by American president George W Bush in his state of the union address on 29 January, referring to states that harboured terrorists and sought to acquire weapons of mass destruction. The initial states named by Bush were Iran, Iraq and North Korea, though Undersecretary Of State John Bolton later added Cuba, Libya and Syria in a May 2002 speech.