What Happened in June 2002

Historical Events

  • Jun 2 56th Tony Awards: Thoroughly Modern Millie & The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? win

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 4 Canadian singer Avril Lavigne releases debut album, "Let Go"

Pop Singer and Songwriter Avril Lavigne
Pop Singer and Songwriter
Avril Lavigne
  • Jun 6 A near-Earth asteroid estimated at 10 metres diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. Resulting explosion estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb.

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 6 "Jason Bourne", directed by Doug Liman and starring Matt Damon premieres in the US

Actor Matt Damon
Matt Damon
  • Jun 8 134th Belmont: Edgar Prado aboard Sarava wins in 2:29.71

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 9 48th LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak

LPGA Golfer Se Ri Pak
LPGA Golfer
Se Ri Pak
  • Jun 9 101st Men's French Open: Albert Costa beats Juan Carlos Ferrero (6-1, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 9 101st Women's French Open: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams (7-5, 6-3)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • Jun 10 The first direct electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans is carried out by Kevin Warwick in the United Kingdom.
  • Jun 11 Antonio Meucci is acknowledged as the first inventor of the telephone by the United States Congress.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 11 "American Idol" created by Simon Fuller with judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson premieres on Fox

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell
Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 12 Los Angeles Lakers beat New Jersey Nets 4-0 in NBA finals MVP: Shaquille O'Neal, L.A.

Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal
  • Jun 12 36th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride & Kenny Chesney win
  • Jun 12 56th NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat New Jersey Nets, 4 games to 0
  • Jun 13 The United States of America withdraws from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Jun 13 Scotty Bowman wins his 9th Stanley Cup as a coach, an NHL record, and retires

NHL Coach Scotty Bowman
NHL Coach
Scotty Bowman
  • Jun 15 Near earth asteroid 2002 MN missed the Earth by 75,000 miles (120,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 16 102nd US Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 277 at Bethpage State Park NY

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 21 Lennox Lewis retains boxing's WBC world Heavyweight crown with an eight round knockout over Mike Tyson

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Jun 22 An earthquake in western Iran measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale kills more than 261 people.
  • Jun 24 The Igandu train disaster in Tanzania kills 281, the worst train accident in African history.
  • Jun 28 In South Africa, the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the Treatment Action Campaign table a national HIV/AIDS treatment plan in the National Economic, Development and Labour Council

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 29 US Vice President Dick Cheney, serves as Acting President for two and a half hours, while President George W. Bush undergoes a colonoscopy procedure.

46th US Vice-President Dick Cheney
46th US Vice-President
Dick Cheney
43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • Jun 29 Naval clashes between South Korea and North Korea lead to the death of six South Korean sailors and sinking of a North Korean vessel.
  • Jun 30 FIFA World Cup: Brazil beats Germany 2-0 for football's 17th World Cup in Yokohama

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 3 Prince Tirso of Bulgaria, titular Bulgarian royal family

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 6 Former "Survivor" contestant and talk show host Elisabeth Filarski (25) weds former Boston College quarterback Tim Hasselbeck (24) at St. Mary
  • Jun 8 Teen rock star Taylor Hanson (19) weds Natalie Bryant (18) at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 8 Five-times Wimbledon champion Bjorn Borg (46) weds real estate broker Patricia Ostfeldt (35) near Stockholm

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Jun 9 "In Your Eyes" singer Peter Gabriel (51) weds Meah Flynn at Li Capanni Hotel in Italy
  • Jun 10 1988 and 1994 Olympic Champion skater Ekaterina Gordeeva (31) weds 1998 Olympic Champion figure skater Ilia Kulik (25) in San Francisco

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 11 Musician Paul McCartney (59) weds former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (34) at Castle Leslie in County Monaghan, Ireland

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • Jun 15 "American Pie" actress Shannon Elizabeth (28) weds actor Joe Reitman (34) in Jalisco, Mexico

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 15 Actor Charlie Sheen (36) weds actress Denise Richards (31) under a rose arch dotted by over 1000 blooms in Brentwood, California

  • Jun 21 "Tuck Everlasting" actor Jonathan Jackson (20) weds "General Hospital" actress Lisa Vultaggio (29)
  • Jun 29 Actor-comedian Tom Arnold (43) weds Shelby Roos (29) at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Hansie Cronje, South African cricketer (b. 1969)
  • Jun 4 Fernando Belaúnde Terry, Peruvian politician (b. 1912)
  • Jun 5 Gwen Plumb, Australian actress (b. 1912)
  • Jun 5 Dee Dee Ramone, American bassist (The Ramones), dies of a heroin overdose at 51
  • Jun 6 Robbin Crosby, American guitarist (Ratt) (b. 1959)
  • Jun 7 Mary Lilian Baels, Belgian princess (b. 1916)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 10 John Gotti, American gangster (b. 1940)

Gangster John Gotti
John Gotti
  • Jun 10 Benjamin Ward, 1st African American NYC Police Commissioner, dies at 75
  • Jun 12 Bill Blass, American fashion designer (b. 1922)
  • Jun 13 John Hope, American meteorologist (b. 1919)
  • Jun 14 June Jordan, American writer and teacher (b. 1936)
  • Jun 15 Choi Hong Hi, founder of Taekwon-Do (b. 1918)
  • Jun 17 Willie Davenport, American athlete (b. 1943)
  • Jun 17 Fritz Walter, German footballer (b. 1920)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 18 Jack Buck, American baseball announcer, dies at 77

Sportscaster Jack Buck
Jack Buck
  • Jun 20 Erwin Chargaff, Austrian biochemist (b. 1905)
  • Jun 20 Tinus Osendarp, Dutch runner (b. 1916)
  • Jun 22 Ann Landers, American columnist (b. 1918)
  • Jun 22 Darryl Kile, American baseball player (b. 1968)
  • Jun 23 Pedro 'El Rockero' Alcazar, Panamanian boxer (b. 1975)
  • Jun 24 Pierre Werner, Prime Minister of Luxembourg (b. 1913)
  • Jun 24 Miles Fitzalan-Howard, British army general and peer (Duke of Norfolk), dies at 86
  • Jun 25 Jean Corbeil, Canadian politician (b. 1934)
  • Jun 26 Arnold Brown, the 11th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1913)
  • Jun 26 Jay Berwanger, American football player (b. 1914)
  • Jun 27 John Entwistle, bass-player with The Who dies in his sleep of a heart attack in his Las Vegas hotel room aged 57
  • Jun 29 Rosemary Clooney, American singer and actress (b. 1928)
  • Jun 29 Ole-Johan Dahl, Norwegian computer scientist (b. 1931)
  • Jun 29 François Périer, French actor (b. 1919)
  • Jun 30 Chico Xavier, popular medium in Brazil´s spiritism movement (b. 1910)