What Happened in 2002 (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 266 of 266

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
  • Oct 2 The Beltway sniper attacks begin, extending over three weeks
  • Oct 6 The French oil tanker Limburg is bombed off Yemen.
  • Oct 6 Opus Dei founder Josemaría Escrivá is canonized.
  • Oct 11 A bomb attack in a shopping mall in Vantaa, Finland kills seven.
  • Oct 12 Terrorists explode two bombs in Bali's nightclub district killing 202 and injuring 209 mostly foreign tourists

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 13 53rd Formula One WDC: Michael Schumacher wins by 67 points

Formula 1 Racing Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Racing Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • Oct 13 MLB American League Championship: Anaheim Angels beat Minnesota Twins, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 14 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 16 Bibliotheca Alexandrina in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity, is officially inaugurated.
  • Oct 23 Moscow Theatre Siege begins: Chechen rebels seize the House of Culture theater in Moscow and take approximately 700 theater-goers hostage.
  • Oct 24 Police arrest spree killers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, ending the Beltway sniper attacks in the area around Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 26 Moscow Theatre Siege: Approximately 50 Chechen rebels and 150 hostages die when Russian Spetsnaz storm a theater building in Moscow, which had been occupied by the rebels during a musical performance three days before.
  • Oct 27 Anaheim Angels defeat San Francisco Giants 4-3 in baseball's World Series championship, MVP: Troy Glaus, Anaheim
  • Oct 27 The ITV Network aired a constant regional service for the last time in England and Wales, but LWT lost its identity completely. All companies (except UTV, Channel, Scottish TV & Grampian TV) formed the national ITV1 with regional references only before regional programmes.
  • Oct 29 Ho Chi Minh City ITC Inferno, a fire destroys a luxurious department store with 1500 people shopping. Over 60 people died and over 100 are missing. It is the deadliest disaster in Vietnam during peacetime.
  • Oct 30 British Digital terrestrial television (DTT) Service Freeview begins transmitting in parts of the United Kingdom.
  • Oct 31 A federal grand jury in Houston, Texas formally indicted former Enron Corp. chief financial officer Andrew Fastow on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice related to the collapse of his ex-employer.
  • Nov 2 14th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 14-7 in South Bend
  • Nov 4 Chinese authorities arrest cyber-dissident He Depu for signing pro-democracy letter to the 16th Communist Party Congress
  • Nov 6 12 people are killed in a fire on board a train headed for Vienna from Paris.
  • Nov 6 36th Country Music Association Award: Alan Jackson & Martina McBride wins
  • Nov 7 Iran bans advertising of United States products.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 8 Iraq disarmament crisis: UN Security Council Resolution 1441 - The United Nations Security Council unanimously approves a resolution on Iraq, forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face "serious consequences".

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • Nov 13 The oil tanker Prestige sinks off the Galician coast and causes a huge oil spill.
  • Nov 13 Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq agrees to the terms of the UN Security Council Resolution 1441.

Music releaseMusic Single

Nov 13 Eminem releases single 'Lose Yourself' from soundtrack of 8 Mile, 1st rap song to win Academy Award Best Original Song

Rapper Eminem
  • Nov 14 Argentina defaults on an $805 million World Bank payment.

Battle9/11 Attack on New York's World Trade Towers

Nov 14 The United States House of Representatives votes not to create an independent commission to investigate the September 11 attacks.

Film release premierFilm Release

Nov 14 Film "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" is released, based on the 2nd book by J. K. Rowling

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
  • Nov 15 Hu Jintao becomes general secretary of the Communist Party of China.
  • Nov 16 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein says that he had to accept UN Resolution 1441 because the United States and Israel had shown their "claws and teeth" and declared unitlateral war on the Iraqi people
  • Nov 17 54th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tony Stewart wins
  • Nov 18 Iraq disarmament crisis: United Nations weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix arrive in Iraq.

Film release premierFilm Release

Nov 20 "Die Another Day", 20th James Bond film released, directed by Lee Tamahori, starring Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry

  • Nov 21 NATO invites Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.
  • Nov 22 In Nigeria, more than 100 people are killed at an attack aimed at the contestants of the Miss World contest.
  • Nov 23 67th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 17-7 in Tuscaloosa
  • Nov 24 90th CFL Grey Cup: Montreal Alouettes defeats Edmonton Eskimos, 25-16
  • Dec 1 91st Davis Cup: Russia beats France in Paris (3-2)

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 5 "The Two Towers" 2nd Lord of the Rings film directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in New York

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
Actor Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood
Actor Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
  • Dec 7 11th SEC Championship Game: #4 Georgia beats #22 Arkansas, 30-3
  • Dec 8 The Caribbean Community Heads of Government meet with the Government of Cuba and declare the date to be "CARICOM-Cuba Day" - To celebrate diplomatic ties between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba.
  • Dec 13 Enlargement of the European Union: The European Union announces that Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia will become members from May 1, 2004.
  • Dec 15 68th Heisman Trophy Award: Carson Palmer, USC (QB)
  • Dec 17 Second Congo War: The Congolese parties of the Inter Congolese Dialogue sign a peace accord which makes provision for transitional governance and legislative and presidential elections within two years.
  • Dec 18 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.
  • Dec 18 "The Two Towers", 2nd of the Lord of the Rings films is released. Makes US$62 opening weekend and $926 million total worldwide.

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 18 "The Hours" premieres in the US, based on the novel by Michael Cunningham and starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman

  • Dec 20 US Senator Trent Lott resigns as majority leader.

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 20 "Gangs of New York", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Cameron Diaz, is released

  • Dec 23 A MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25, making it the first time in history that an aircraft and an unmanned drone had engaged in combat.
  • Dec 27 Two truck bombs kill 72 and wound 200 at the pro-Moscow headquarters of the Chechen government in Grozny, Chechnya.

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 27 "Chicago", based on the musical, directed by Rob Marshall and starring Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, and Catherine Zeta Jones, is released (Best Picture 2003)

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Famous Deaths

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Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 5 Ted Williams, baseball hall of famer and last player to bat over.400 in a single season (Boston Red Sox) dies at 84

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Jul 5 Katy Jurado, Mexican actress (b. 1924)
  • Jul 6 Dhirubhai Ambani, Indian businessman (b. 1932)
  • Jul 6 John Frankenheimer, American film director (b. 1930)
  • Jul 7 Dhirubhai Ambani, Indian business tycoon (b. 1933)
  • Jul 7 Bison Dele, American basketball player (b. 1969)
  • Jul 8 Ward Kimball, American animator (b. 1914)
  • Jul 9 Laurence Janifer, American writer (b. 1933)
  • Jul 9 Rod Steiger, American actor (b. 1925)
  • Jul 10 Jean-Pierre Côté, French Canadian politician and Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (b. 1926)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 12 Edward Lee Howard, CIA Case Officer and alleged Soviet spy, dies at 50 after breaking his neck during a fall

Alleged Soviet Spy Edward Lee Howard
Alleged Soviet Spy
Edward Lee Howard
  • Jul 13 Yousuf Karsh, Turkish-born Armenian photographer (b. 1908)
  • Jul 14 Joaquín Balaguer, President of the Dominican Republic (b. 1906)
  • Jul 16 John Cocke, American computer scientist (b. 1925)
  • Jul 18 Victor Emery, British theoretical physicist (b. 1933)
  • Jul 19 Alan Lomax, American folksong collector (b. 1915)
  • Jul 23 Leo McKern, Australian actor (b. 1920)
  • Jul 23 William Luther Pierce, American author and activist (b. 1933)
  • Jul 23 Chaim Potok, American novelist and rabbi (b. 1929)
  • Jul 24 Maurice Denham, English actor (Mr Love, Damn the Defiant), dies at 92
  • Jul 25 Abdur Rahman Badawi, Egyptian existentialist philosopher (b. 1917)
  • Jul 26 Jutta Hecker, German writer, dies at 97

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 28 Archer John Porter Martin, English chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1910)

Nobel Prize Winning Chemist Archer John Porter Martin
Nobel Prize Winning Chemist
Archer John Porter Martin
  • Aug 3 Carmen Silvera, British actress (b. 1922)
  • Aug 4 Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, Soham murder victims, murdered by Ian Kevin Huntley at 10
  • Aug 5 Josh Ryan Evans, American actor (b. 1982)
  • Aug 5 Chick Hearn, American basketball announcer (b. 1916)
  • Aug 5 Franco Lucentini, Italian writer (b. 1920)
  • Aug 6 Edsger Dijkstra, Dutch computer scientist (b. 1930)
  • Aug 9 Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson) (b. 1953)
  • Aug 9 Peter Neville, anarchist, sociologist, and peace activist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 10 Michael Houser, American guitarist (Widespread Panic) (b. 1962)

Guitarist Michael Houser
Michael Houser
  • Aug 10 Kristen Nygaard, Norwegian computer scientist (b. 1926)
  • Aug 11 Galen Rowell, American photographer and mountain climber (b. 1940)
  • Aug 12 Enos Slaughter, American baseball player (b. 1916)
  • Aug 14 Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (b. 1972)
  • Aug 16 Jeff Corey, American actor (b. 1914)
  • Aug 16 Abu Nidal, Palestinian political leader (b. 1937)
  • Aug 16 John Roseboro, American baseball player and coach (b. 1933)
  • Aug 18 Dean Riesner, American film and television writer (b. 1918)
  • Aug 23 Hoyt Wilhelm, American baseball player (b. 1922)
  • Aug 24 Nikolay Guryanov Russian Orthodox Christian mystic and priest (b. 1909)
  • Aug 25 Dorothy Hewett, Australian writer (b. 1923)
  • Aug 27 Dr. Edwin Louis Cole, "Father of the Modern Day Men's Movement," Founder of the Christian Men's Network (CMN)
  • Aug 29 Alan MacNaughtan, Scottish actor (b. 1920)
  • Aug 30 J. Lee Thompson, English film director (b. 1914)
  • Aug 31 Lionel Hampton, American vibraphone player (b. 1908)
  • Aug 31 George Porter, English chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1920)
  • 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
  • Oct 1 Walter Annenberg, American publisher and philanthropist (b. 1908)
  • Oct 2 Heinz von Foerster, Austrian-born physicist and philosopher (b. 1911)
  • Oct 3 Bruce Paltrow, American television and film producer (b. 1943)
  • Oct 3 Robert Krausz, Stock market advisor and investor (b. 1936)
  • Oct 4 Alphonse Chapanis, founder of ergonomics (b. 1917)
  • Oct 4 André Delvaux, Belgian film director and screenwriter (b. 1926)
  • Oct 5 Chuck Rayner, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1920)
  • Oct 6 Claus von Amsberg, husband of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (b. 1926)
  • Oct 8 Jacques Richard, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1952)
  • Oct 9 Charles Guggenheim, American film director/producer (b. 1924)
  • Oct 9 Aileen Wournos, American serial killer sentenced to death (b. 1956)
  • Oct 10 Teresa Graves, American actress and singer (b. 1948)
  • Oct 11 Dina Pathak, Indian Actress (b. 1922)
  • Oct 12 Ray Conniff, American bandleader and musician (b. 1916)
  • Oct 12 Audrey Mestre, French diver (b. 1974)
  • Oct 13 Stephen Ambrose, American historian and biographer (b. 1936)
  • Oct 14 Norbert Schultze, American composer and songwriter (b. 1911)
  • Oct 16 Angela Dawson, American murder victim
  • Oct 17 Derek Bell, Irish harpist (The Chieftans) (b. 1935)
  • Oct 17 Aileen Riggin, American swimmer (b. 1906)
  • Oct 18 Nikolai Rukavishnikov, cosmonaut (b. 1932)
  • Oct 18 Roman Tam, Hong Kong singer (b. 1950)
  • Oct 20 Barbara Berjer, American actress (b. 1920)
  • Oct 20 Bernard Fresson, French actor (b. 1931)
  • Oct 22 Queen Geraldina of the Albanians (b. 1915)