What Happened on December 18th, 2002

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

  • "The Two Towers", 2nd of the Lord of the Rings films is released. Makes US$62 opening weekend and $926 million total worldwide.
  • 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.

Famous Deaths

  • Ray Hnatyshyn, Governor-General of Canada (b. 1934)
  • Wayne Owens, former U.S. Congressman (D-Utah) (b. 1937)