- 55th Cannes Film Festival: "The Pianist" directed by Roman Polanski wins the Palme d'Or
- Álvaro Uribe becomes President of Colombia.
Eminem releases his 4th studio album “The Eminem Show” (2002 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Award Best Rap Album 2003)
- Indianapolis 500: Hélio Castroneves wins in 3:00:10.871 (267.954 km/h)
- The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars.
- Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian runner (b. 1932)