What Happened in September 2002

Historical Events

  • Sep 8 Texas Rangers set a major league record by homering in their 26th consecutive game as Texas falls to the Tampa Bay

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 8 122nd Men's U.S. Open: Pete Sampras beats Andre Agassi (6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4)

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 8 122nd Women's U.S. Open: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams (6-4, 6-3)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • Sep 9 Pitcher Randy Johnson reaches 300 strikeouts for the fifth consecutive season, extending his major league record
  • Sep 10 Switzerland, traditionally a neutral country, joins the United Nations
  • Sep 11 Through extreme and coordinated effort, The Pentagon is rededicated after repairs are completed, exactly one year after the attack on the building.
  • Sep 17 27th Toronto International Film Festival: "Whale Rider" directed by Niki Caro wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 20 The Kolka-Karmadon rock and ice slide starts
  • Sep 22 54th Emmy Awards: The West Wing, Friends, Michael Chiklis & Allison Janney win
  • Sep 23 The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox ("Phoenix 0.1") is released.
  • Sep 25 The Vitim event, a possible bolide impact in Siberia, Russia.
  • Sep 26 The overcrowded Senegalese ferry MV Joola capsizes off the coast of Gambia killing more than 1,000.
  • Sep 27 Timor-Leste (East Timor) joins the United Nations.
  • Sep 29 34th Ryder Cup: Europe wins 15.5-12.5 at The Belfry, England

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 1 Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (35) weds actor Freddie Prinze Jr. (36) at El Careyes Resort in Mexico

  • Sep 1 "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" actress Terry Farrell (38) weds actor Brian Baker (35) at Paris Las Vegas in in Paradise, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 14 No Doubt lead vocalist Gwen Stefani (42) weds lead singer and rhythm guitarist "Bush" Gavin Rossdale (46) at St. Paul's Church in London, England

Singer Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani
  • Sep 20 "Matrix" actor Laurence Fishburne (41) weds actress Gina Torres (33) at The Cloisters museum in New York City
  • Sep 20 "The Monkees" lead vocalist Micky Dolenz (57) weds Donna Quinter in Calabasas, California

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 2 Dick Reynolds, Australian rules footballer and coach (b. 1915)
  • Sep 3 W. Clement Stone, American entrepreneur (b. 1902)
  • Sep 4 Vlado Perlemuter, Lithuanian pianist (b. 1904)
  • Sep 5 David Todd Wilkinson, American astronomer, author of the first study of the Cosmic microwave background radiation (b. 1935)
  • Sep 7 Katrin Cartlidge, British actress (b. 1961)
  • Sep 7 Erma Franklin, American singer (b. 1938)
  • Sep 7 Uziel Gal, Israeli firearm designer (b. 1923)
  • Sep 8 Laurie Williams, West Indian cricketer (b. 1968)
  • Sep 9 Geoffrey Dummer, British electronics engineer, built first integrated circuit and work in radar, dies at 93
  • Sep 11 Kim Hunter, American actress (b. 1922)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 11 Johnny Unitas, American football player, dies of a heart attack at 69

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • Sep 16 James Gregory, American actor (b. 1911)
  • Sep 18 Bob Hayes, American athlete (b. 1942)
  • Sep 18 Mauro Ramos, Brazilian football player (b. 1930)
  • Sep 19 Robert Guéï, ruler of Côte d'Ivoire (b. 1941)
  • Sep 21 Robert L. Forward, American physicist and writer (b. 1932)
  • Sep 22 Jan de Hartog, Dutch-born writer (b. 1914)
  • Sep 23 Veteran BBC/Radio Ceylon Broadcaster, Vernon Corea died in New Malden, Surrey, UK at 75
  • Sep 23 Lord Abinger [James Richard Scarlett], English Conservative peer, campaigned for reform of the ancient law on treasure trove, dies at 87
  • Sep 24 Youssouf Togoïmi, Chadian rebel (b. 1953)
  • Sep 24 Mike Webster, National Football League player (b. 1952)
  • Sep 24 Tim Rose, American singer-songwriter, dies at 62
  • Sep 28 Patsy Mink, U.S. Congresswoman (b. 1927)
  • Sep 28 Hartland Molson, Canadian businessman (Molson family), senator and sports executive (Montreal Canadiens) (b. 1907)
  • Sep 29 Edmund Trebus, probably best known for his appearance on A Life of Grime (b. 1918)
  • Sep 30 Hans-Peter Tschudi, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1913)
  • Sep 30 Arthur Hazlerigg, British peer and cricketer, dies at 92