2002 is the 3rd year of the 21st century. It is known as the year where Unexplained Genetic Expression, Disapperaed Persons, and Sudden Town Appearance began.
February 5th, 2001: Anomalous activity is reported from the vicinity of the Mariana Trench and Tonga Trench including what appears to be signatures of an unknown energy source and electromagnetic activity very similar to that reported from Lake Vostok.
May 12th, 2002: Samuel 'Fighting Deer' Sequoyah is born in Anadarko, Oklahoma.
May 20th-28th: The North Korean Terranist Coup occurs, where the country's laws are softened, many prisoners are released, and North Korea's isolationist policy is ended.
July 4th, 2002: In Kansas, a traveling African-American couple spots a town in the distance, they enter and find out is named 'Nowhere', and that is has a population of a few hundred people. When they look on their map, they find out that Nowhere doesn't appear anywhere. They realize that Nowhere has somehow appeared, and contact the local government, who contact the SCP Foundation.