What Happened in 2002 (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 266

  • Apr 29 The United States is re-elected to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, one year after losing the seat it had held for 50 years.
  • Apr 30 A referendum in Pakistan overwhelmingly approves the Presidency of Pervez Musharraf for another five years.
  • May 2 Marad massacre of eight Hindus near Palakkad in Kerala.
  • May 3 A military MiG-21 aircraft crashes into the Bank of Rajasthan in India, killing eight.

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 3 "Spider-Man", starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin, premieres

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 4 Barry Bonds hits his 400th home run as a Giant, leading his team to a 3-0 win over Cincinnati. Bonds is the first player to hit 400 homers for one team and 100 with another

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • May 4 128th Kentucky Derby: Victor Espinoza aboard War Emblem wins in 2:01.13
  • May 6 Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn is shot and killed by an animal rights activist.
  • May 7 A China Northern Airlines MD-82 plunges into the Yellow Sea, killing 112 people.
  • May 9 The 38-day stand-off in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem comes to an end when the Palestinians inside agree to have 13 suspected militants among them deported to several different countries.
  • May 9 In Kaspiysk, Russia, a remote-controlled bomb explodes during a holiday parade killing 43 and injuring at least 130.
  • May 10 Anaheim Angels crush the Chicago White Sox 19-0. The Angels join the 1923 Indians, 1939 Yankees and 1950 Red Sox as the only teams to beat two opponents by 19 or more runs in the same season
  • May 11 Last performance of the musical Cats in London's West End.
  • May 11 Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveils the Man With Two Hats monument in Ottawa and Apeldoorn (May 2), 2000, symbolically linking both the Netherlands and Canada for their assistance throughout the Second World War.

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May 12 Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution.

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • May 14 Ten members of the Darwin-based Network Against Prohibition invade the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory of Australia.

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 15 "Bowling for Columbine", a documentary directed by Michael Moore has its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival

Documentary Filmmaker Michael Moore
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Moore
  • May 15 10th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at Glasgow

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May 16 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman opens in cinemas

  • May 18 127th Preakness: Victor Espinoza aboard War Emblem wins in 1:56.36
  • May 20 The independence of East Timor is recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and 3 years of provisional UN administration (Portugal itself was the former colonizer of East Timor until 1976).
  • May 22 The remains of the missing Chandra Levy are found in Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C.
  • May 22 American civil rights movement: a jury in Birmingham, Alabama, convicts former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murders of four girls in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.
  • May 22 37th Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride & Alan Jackson win

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May 22 Mike Babcock is named head coach of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks

NHL Coach Mike Babcock
NHL Coach
Mike Babcock
  • May 23 The "55 parties" clause of the Kyoto protocol is reached after its ratification by Iceland.
  • May 24 Russia and the United States sign the Moscow Treaty.
  • May 25 A train crash in Tenga, Mozambique kills 197 people.
  • May 25 China Airlines Flight 611: A Boeing 747-200 breaks apart in mid-air and plunges into the Taiwan Strait killing 225 people.
  • May 25 47th Eurovision Song Contest: Marie N for Latvia wins singing "I Wanna" in Tallinn
  • May 26 The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars.
  • May 26 Álvaro Uribe becomes President of Colombia.
  • May 26 Indianapolis 500: Hélio Castroneves wins in 3:00:10.871 (267.954 km/h)
  • May 26 55th Cannes Film Festival: "The Pianist" directed by Roman Polanski wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 28 NATO declares Russia a limited partner in the Western alliance.
  • May 28 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Carolina Hurricanes beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 2
  • May 31 The New Jersey Nets defeat the Boston Celtics 96-88 in Game 6 of the NBA's Eastern Conference Championship, winning the series 4 games to 2 to advance to their first NBA Finals appearance.
  • May 31 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 3
  • 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.

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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

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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
  • Jul 1 The International Criminal Court is established to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.
  • Jul 1 A Bashkirian Airlines (flight 2937) Tupolev TU-154 and a DHL (German cargo) Boeing 757 collide in mid-air over Ueberlingen, southern Germany, killing 71.
  • Jul 2 Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon.
  • Jul 7 A scandal breaks out in the United Kingdom when news reports accuse MI6 of sheltering Abu Qatada, the supposed European Al Qaeda leader.
  • Jul 7 109th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams (7-6 6-3)
  • Jul 7 116th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Lleyton Hewitt beats D Nalbandian (6-1 6-3 6-2)
  • Jul 9 The African Union is established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The first chairman is Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa.
  • Jul 9 73rd All Star Baseball Game: 7-7 tie when both teams ran out of available pitchers at Miller Park, Milwaukee
  • Jul 10 At a Sotheby's auction, Peter Paul Rubens' painting The Massacre of the Innocents is sold for £49.5million (US$76.2 million) to Kenneth, Lord Thomson.

Sport awardSports Awards

Jul 10 10th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Venus Williams win

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • Jul 14 French President Jacques Chirac escapes an assassination attempt unscathed during Bastille Day celebrations.
  • Jul 15 "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh pleads guilty to supplying aid to the enemy and to possession of explosives during the commission of a felony.
  • Jul 15 Anti-Terrorism Court of Pakistan hands down the death sentence to British born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and life terms to three others suspected of murdering Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
  • Jul 20 South America: A fire in a discotheque in Lima, Peru kills over twenty-five.
  • Jul 21 Telecom giant WorldCom files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the largest such filing in United States history.
  • Jul 21 131st British Golf Open: Ernie Els shoots a 278 at Muirfield Golf Links
  • Jul 22 Israel assassinates Salah Shahade, the Commander-in-Chief of Hamas's military arm, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, along with 14 civilians.
  • Jul 24 James Traficant is expelled from the United States House of Representatives on a vote of 420 to 1.

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Jul 24 On 200th anniversary of his birth French author Alexandre Dumas' ('The Three Musketeers') ashes are interred in the Panthéon in Paris in a televised ceremony.

  • Jul 25 17th Commonwealth Games open in Manchester, England
  • Jul 27 Ukraine airshow disaster: A Sukhoi Su-27 fighter crashes during an air show at Lviv, Ukraine killing 85 and injuring more than 100 others, the largest air show disaster in history.
  • Jul 28 Nine coal miners trapped in the flooded Quecreek Mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, are rescued after 77 hours underground.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 28 89th Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)

Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor
Lance Armstrong

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 30 The accounting law referred to as "The Sarbanes Oxley Act" is signed into law by President George W. Bush.

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • Jul 31 Polaroid Corporation is purchased by One Equity Partners, creating a new company that now operates under the Polaroid Corporation name, launching a new era for Polaroid.
  • Aug 1 35th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Aug 4 Soham murders: 10 year old school girls Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells go missing from the town of Soham, Cambridgeshire.
  • Aug 4 17th Commonwealth Games close in Manchester, England
  • Aug 9 Barry Bonds hits his 600th career home run
  • Aug 16 Africa Women's Peace Train leaves Kampala for Johannesburg
  • Aug 18 84th PGA Championship: Rich Beem shoots a 278 at Hazeltine National Golf Club
  • Aug 19 A Russian Mi-26 helicopter carrying troops is hit by a Chechen missile outside of Grozny, killing 118 soldiers.
  • Aug 20 A group of Iraqis opposed to the regime of Saddam Hussein take over the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin for five hours before releasing their hostages and surrendering.
  • Aug 26 Earth Summit 2002 begins in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Aug 27 59th Venice Film Festival: "The Magdalene Sisters" directed by Peter Mullan wins Golden Lion

Music awardsMusic Awards

Aug 29 19th MTV Video Music Awards: Eminem & Pink win

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

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 200 of 372

  • Mar 31 Barry Took, British comedian (b. 1928)
  • Apr 1 Simo Hayha, Finnish marksman (b. 1905)
  • Apr 3 Fad Gadget, English singer and musician (b. 1956)
  • Apr 4 Harry L. O'Connor, Czech film stuntman
  • Apr 5 Layne Staley, American musician (Alice in Chains) (b. 1967)
  • Apr 7 John Agar, American actor (b. 1921)
  • Apr 8 María Félix, Mexican actress (b. 1914)
  • Apr 9 Leopold Vietoris, Austrian mathematician (b. 1891)
  • Apr 9 Pat Flaherty, American racecar driver (b. 1926)
  • Apr 13 Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racecar driver (b. 1928)
  • Apr 15 Damon Knight, American author (b. 1922)
  • Apr 15 Byron "Whizzer" White, American football player and U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1917)
  • Apr 16 Ruth Fertel, American restaurateur (b. 1927)
  • Apr 16 Robert Urich, American actor (b. 1946)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 18 Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian explorer (Kon Tiki expedition) (b. 1914)

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • Apr 18 Wahoo McDaniel, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • Apr 20 Alan Dale, American singer (b. 1925)
  • Apr 25 Indra Devi, yoga teacher (b. 1899)
  • Apr 25 Lisa Lopes, American rapper (TLC) (b. 1971)
  • Apr 26 Robert Steinhäuser German spree killer (b.1983)
  • Apr 27 George Alec Effinger, American author (b. 1947)
  • Apr 27 Ruth Handler, American toy manufacturer (b. 1916)
  • Apr 27 Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, Swiss industrialist and art collector (b. 1921)
  • Apr 28 Alexander Lebed, Russian general (b. 1950)
  • Apr 28 Lou Thesz, American wrestler, dies at 86
  • Apr 29 Bob Akin, American industrialist and race car driver (b. 1936)
  • Apr 29 Lor Tok, Thai comedian and actor (b. 1914)
  • Apr 30 Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, founder of the Gründerzeit Museum in Berlin-Mahlsdorf. (b. 1928)
  • May 2 John Nathan-Turner, English television producer (b. 1947)
  • May 2 W. T. Tutte, English-born codebreaker (b. 1917)
  • May 3 Barbara Castle, British politician (b. 1910)
  • May 3 Evgeny Svetlanov, Russian composer and pianist (b. 1928)
  • May 5 Hugo Banzer, Bolivian dictator (b. 1926)
  • May 5 Paul Klipsch, American engineer, noted for his loudspeaker designs. (b. 1904)
  • May 5 George Sidney, American film director (b. 1916)
  • May 6 Otis Blackwell, American pianist, singer and songwriter (b. 1932)
  • May 6 Pim Fortuyn, Dutch politician (b. 1948)
  • May 7 Seattle Slew, American racehorse (b. 1974)
  • May 7 Kevyn Aucoin, Makeup Artist and Photographer (b. 1962)
  • May 9 Dan Devine, American football coach (b. 1924)
  • May 9 Leon Stein, American composer, dies at 81
  • May 10 Lynda Lyon Block, convicted murderer (b. 1948)
  • May 10 Yves Robert, French actor, screenwriter and director (b. 1920)
  • May 11 Joseph Bonanno, Italian-born gangster (b. 1905)
  • May 11 Renaude Lapointe, French Canadian journalist and senator (b. 1912)
  • May 12 Erich Kulas, ECW Wrestler (Mass Transit)
  • May 13 Valeri Lobanovsky, Ukrainian footballer and manager (b. 1939)
  • May 13 Ruth Cracknell, Australian actress (b. 1925)
  • May 16 Alec Campbell, the last surviving ANZAC (b. 1899)
  • May 16 Big Dick Dudley, American professional wrestler (b. 1968)
  • May 17 Dave Berg, American cartoonist (b. 1920)
  • May 17 Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (b. 1940)
  • May 17 Ladislao Kubala, Hungarian-Spanish footballer (b. 1927)
  • May 17 James Chichester-Clark, Irish politician, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (1969-71), dies at 79
  • May 18 Davey Boy Smith, English professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • May 19 John Gorton, nineteenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1911)
  • May 19 Walter Lord, American writer (b. 1917)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 20 Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist and popular science writer, dies of cancer at 60

Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist Stephen Jay Gould
Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist
Stephen Jay Gould
  • May 21 Niki de Saint Phalle, French artist (b. 1930)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 23 Sam Snead, American golfer (b. 1912)

Golfer Sam Snead
Sam Snead
  • May 24 Wallace Markfield, American writer (b. 1926)
  • May 25 Pat Coombs, English actress (b. 1926)
  • May 26 Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian runner (b. 1932)
  • May 28 Jean Berger [Arthur Schloßberg], German-born American composer, dies at 92
  • May 29 Mildred Benson, American writer (b. 1905)
  • May 31 Eric Boyland, English biochemist (cancer research), dies at 97
  • 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)
  • Jul 2 Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist, dies in his sleep at 75
  • Jul 4 Benjamin O. Davis Jr., American general (b. 1912)
  • Jul 4 Mansoor Hekmat, Iranian politician (b. 1951)
  • Jul 4 Winnifred Quick, American Titanic survivor (b. 1904)