What Happened in December 2002

Historical Events

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

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Dec 5 "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
Actor
Elijah Wood
Actor Ian McKellen
Actor
Ian McKellen
  • Dec 7 11th SEC Championship Game: #4 Georgia beats #22 Arkansas, 30-3
  • Dec 8 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.
  • Dec 13 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.
  • Dec 15 68th Heisman Trophy Award: Carson Palmer, USC (QB)
  • Dec 17 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.
  • Dec 18 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.
  • Dec 18 "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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Dec 18 "The Hours" premieres in the US, based on the novel by Michael Cunningham and starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman

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

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

  • Dec 23 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.
  • Dec 27 Two truck bombs kill 72 and wound 200 at the pro-Moscow headquarters of the Chechen government in Grozny, Chechnya.

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Dec 27 "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

Dec 26 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
  • Dec 31 Actress Rachel Griffiths (34) weds Australian artist Andrew Taylor (35) at Star of the Sea Chapel in Gardenvale, Australia

Famous Deaths

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

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