What Happened in December 2002

Historical Events

  • 1st 91st Davis Cup: Russia beats France in Paris (3-2)

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5th "The Two Towers" 2nd Lord of the Rings film directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in New York

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
Actor Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood
Actor Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
  • 7th 11th SEC Championship Game: #4 Georgia beats #22 Arkansas, 30-3
  • 8th The Caribbean Community Heads of Government meet with the Government of Cuba and declare the date to be "CARICOM-Cuba Day" - To celebrate diplomatic ties between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba.
  • 13th Enlargement of the European Union: The European Union announces that Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia will become members from May 1, 2004.
  • 15th 68th Heisman Trophy Award: Carson Palmer, USC (QB)
  • 17th Second Congo War: The Congolese parties of the Inter Congolese Dialogue sign a peace accord which makes provision for transitional governance and legislative and presidential elections within two years.
  • 18th 2003 California recall: Then Governor of California Gray Davis announces that the state would face a record budget deficit of $35 billion, roughly double the figure reported during his reelection campaign one month earlier.
  • 18th "The Two Towers", 2nd of the Lord of the Rings films is released. Makes US$62 opening weekend and $926 million total worldwide.

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18th "The Hours" premieres in the US, based on the novel by Michael Cunningham and starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman

  • 20th US Senator Trent Lott resigns as majority leader.

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20th "Gangs of New York", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Cameron Diaz, is released

  • 23rd A MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25, making it the first time in history that an aircraft and an unmanned drone had engaged in combat.
  • 27th Two truck bombs kill 72 and wound 200 at the pro-Moscow headquarters of the Chechen government in Grozny, Chechnya.

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27th "Chicago", based on the musical, directed by Rob Marshall and starring Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, and Catherine Zeta Jones, is released (Best Picture 2003)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

26th Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal (30) weds Shaunie Nelson at The Beverly Hills Hotel's Crystal Garden

Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal
  • 31st Actress Rachel Griffiths (34) weds Australian artist Andrew Taylor (35) at Star of the Sea Chapel in Gardenvale, Australia

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Dave McNally, American baseball player (b. 1942)
  • 2nd Ivan Illich, Austrian priest and philosopher (b. 1926)
  • 2nd Arno Peters, German historian (b. 1916)
  • 3rd Glenn Quinn, Irish actor (b. 1970)

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5th Roone Arledge, American sports broadcasting pioneer, dies of prostate cancer at 71

Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports Roone Arledge
Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports
Roone Arledge
  • 5th Ne Win, Burmese leader (b. 1911)
  • 6th Philip Berrigan, American civil rights activist (b. 1923)
  • 9th Mary Hansen, Australian guitarist and singer (Stereolab) (b. 1966)
  • 9th Ian Hornak, American Painter, Draughtsman and Sculptor (b. 1944)
  • 9th Stan Rice, American painter, educator, and poet (b. 1942)
  • 10th Andres K√ľng, Swedish-Estonian politician, journalist (b. 1945)
  • 12th Dee Brown, American author (b. 1908)
  • 12th Brad Dexter, American actor (b. 1917)
  • 12th Jay Wesley Neill, American convicted murderer (b. 1965)
  • 13th Zal Yanovsky, Canadian musician (The Lovin' Spoonful) (b. 1945)
  • 17th James Hazeldine, English actor (b. 1947)
  • 18th Ray Hnatyshyn, Governor-General of Canada (b. 1934)
  • 18th Wayne Owens, former U.S. Congressman (D-Utah) (b. 1937)
  • 19th Arthur Rowley, English footballer. (b. 1926)
  • 22nd Joe Strummer, British lead singer of the punk band "The Clash", dies at age 50
  • 22nd Desmond Hoyte, President of Guyana (b. 1929)
  • 24th Kjell Aukrust, Norwegian author (b. 1920)
  • 24th Laci Peterson, American murder victim (b. 1975)
  • 25th William T. Orr, American television producer (b. 1917)
  • 26th Herb Ritts, American photographer (b. 1952)
  • 26th Armand Zildjian, American cymbal manufacturer (b. 1921)
  • 27th George Roy Hill, American film director (b. 1922)
  • 30th Mary Brian, American actress (b. 1906)
  • 30th Mary Wesley, English novelist (b. 1912)
  • 31st Kevin MacMichael, American guitarist (Cutting Crew) (b. 1951)