What Happened in August 2002

Historical Events

  • 1st 35th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • 4th Soham murders: 10 year old school girls Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells go missing from the town of Soham, Cambridgeshire.
  • 4th 17th Commonwealth Games close in Manchester, England

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

9th Barry Bonds hits his 600th career home run

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 16th Africa Women's Peace Train leaves Kampala for Johannesburg
  • 18th 84th PGA Championship: Rich Beem shoots a 278 at Hazeltine National Golf Club
  • 19th A Russian Mi-26 helicopter carrying troops is hit by a Chechen missile outside of Grozny, killing 118 soldiers.
  • 20th A group of Iraqis opposed to the regime of Saddam Hussein take over the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin for five hours before releasing their hostages and surrendering.
  • 26th Earth Summit 2002 begins in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 27th 59th Venice Film Festival: "The Magdalene Sisters" directed by Peter Mullan wins Golden Lion

Music awardsMusic Awards

29th 19th MTV Video Music Awards: Eminem & Pink win

Rapper Eminem
Singer Pink

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

10th Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage (38) weds "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley (34) at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
Actor Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage
  • 10th "Baywatch" actress Angelica Bridges (28) weds Canadian hockey player Sheldon Souray (26) at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 24th Journalist Bryant Gumbel weds model Hilary Quinlan at Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida
  • 25th "Baywatch" actress Yasmine Bleeth (34) weds strip club owner Paul Cerrito at Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, California

Famous Deaths

  • 3rd Carmen Silvera, British actress (b. 1922)
  • 4th Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, Soham murder victims, murdered by Ian Kevin Huntley at 10
  • 5th Josh Ryan Evans, American actor (b. 1982)
  • 5th Chick Hearn, American basketball announcer (b. 1916)
  • 5th Franco Lucentini, Italian writer (b. 1920)
  • 6th Edsger Dijkstra, Dutch computer scientist (b. 1930)
  • 9th Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson) (b. 1953)
  • 9th Peter Neville, anarchist, sociologist, and peace activist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

10th Michael Houser, American guitarist (Widespread Panic) (b. 1962)

Guitarist Michael Houser
Michael Houser
  • 10th Kristen Nygaard, Norwegian computer scientist (b. 1926)
  • 11th Galen Rowell, American photographer and mountain climber (b. 1940)
  • 12th Enos Slaughter, American baseball player (b. 1916)
  • 14th Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (b. 1972)
  • 16th Jeff Corey, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 16th Abu Nidal, Palestinian political leader (b. 1937)
  • 16th John Roseboro, American baseball player and coach (b. 1933)
  • 18th Dean Riesner, American film and television writer (b. 1918)
  • 23rd Hoyt Wilhelm, American baseball player (b. 1922)
  • 24th Nikolay Guryanov Russian Orthodox Christian mystic and priest (b. 1909)
  • 25th Dorothy Hewett, Australian writer (b. 1923)
  • 27th Dr. Edwin Louis Cole, "Father of the Modern Day Men's Movement," Founder of the Christian Men's Network (CMN)
  • 29th Alan MacNaughtan, Scottish actor (b. 1920)
  • 30th J. Lee Thompson, English film director (b. 1914)
  • 31st Lionel Hampton, American vibraphone player (b. 1908)
  • 31st George Porter, English chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1920)