Historical Events in 2002

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  • Jan 1 The Open Skies mutual surveillance treaty, initially signed in 1992, officially comes into force.
  • Jan 1 Euro banknotes and coins become legal tender in twelve of the European Union's member states.
  • Jan 1 Taiwan officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Chinese Taipei.
  • Jan 1 68th Sugar Bowl: #12 LSU beats #7 Illinois, 47-34
  • Jan 1 31st Fiesta Bowl: #2 Oregon beats #3 Colorado, 38-16
  • Jan 2 Eduardo Duhalde is appointed interim President of Argentina by the Legislative Assembly.
  • Jan 2 68th Orange Bowl: #5 Florida beats #6 Maryland, 56-23
  • Jan 3 4th BCS National Championship: #1 Miami beats #2 Nebraska, 37-14, at 88th Rose Bowl
  • Jan 3 The Palestinian freighter Karine A is seized by Israeli forces in the Red Sea
  • Jan 6 Daniel Bedingfield returns to No.1 on the UK singles chart for the second time with Gotta Get Thru This

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Jan 8 President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act.

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 9 Michael Jackson receives the Artist of the Century award at the American music awards

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 9 29th American Music Awards: Janet Jackson & Lenny Kravitz win

  • Jan 11 7th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: A Beautiful Mind wins Best Film

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 13 28th People's Choice Awards: Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Kelsey Grammer, Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)

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Jan 13 In a controversial move, Marty Schottenheimer is fired as head coach of the Washington Redskins after just one season

  • Jan 14 UK declared free of foot-and-mouth cattle disease

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Jan 16 The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, and the remaining members of the Taliban.

Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant & Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • Jan 17 Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people.
  • Jan 18 Sierra Leone Civil War was finally declared over.
  • Jan 19 "Tuck Rule Game", with less than two minutes to play in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game, the New England Patriots trailed the Oakland Raiders, 13-10, in a game played mostly under a driving snowstorm, when a Tom Brady fumble was instead ruled an incomplete pass because of the "tuck rule". The Patriots would win 16-13 in overtime and go on to win the Super Bowl
  • Jan 20 Photographs showing al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects shackled and masked are published by the United States military

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 20 59th Golden Globes: A Beautiful Mind, Russell Crowe, & Sissy Spacek win

  • Jan 20 18th Sundance Film Festival: "Personal Velocity: Three Portraits", directed by Rebecca Miller, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 21 The Canadian Dollar sets all-time low against the US Dollar (US$0.6179).
  • Jan 22 Kmart Corp becomes the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
  • Jan 23 Reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan. He was subsequently murdered .
  • Jan 23 "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh returns to the United States in Federal Bureau of Investigation custody.
  • Jan 25 Wikipedia switches to the new version of its software ("Phase II") aka Magnus Manske Day.
  • Jan 27 90th Men's Australian Open: Thomas Johansson beats Marat Safin (3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 27 90th Women's Australian Open: Jennifer Capriati beats Martina Hingis (4-6, 7-6, 6-2)

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Jan 27 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Pittsburgh Steelers 24-17
  • Jan 27 NFC Championship Game: St. Louis Rams beat Philadelphia Eagles 29-24
  • Jan 28 TAME Flight 120, a Boeing 727-100 crashes in the Andes mountains in southern Colombia killing 92.
  • Jan 29 US President George W. Bush in his State of the Union address describes "regimes that sponsor terror" an "Axis of Evil", which includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea
  • Jan 29 The San Diego Chargers hire Marty Schottenheimer as their 13th head coach
  • Feb 2 52nd NHL All-Star Game: World beats North America 8-5 at Los Angeles, California

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Feb 3 Super Bowl XXXVI: New England Patriots beat St. Louis Rams, 20-17 at the Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • Feb 6 52nd Berlin International Film Festival: "Spirited Away" and "Bloody Sunday" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 8 19th Winter Olympic games open at Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  • Feb 9 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 38-30
  • Feb 10 51st NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 135-120 at Philadelphia
  • Feb 12 US Secretary of Energy makes the decision that Yucca Mountain is suitable to be the United States' nuclear waste repository.
  • Feb 12 An Iran Air Tupolev Tu-154 crashes prior to landing in Khorramabad, Iran, killing 119.

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Feb 12 The trial of former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević begins at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. He eventually dies four years later before its conclusion.

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic
  • Feb 14 Fishing vessel Tullaghmurray Lass sinks off the coast of Kilkeel, County Down, Northern Ireland killing three members of the same family on board
  • Feb 15 At the Tri-State Crematory in La Fayette, Georgia, investigators find uncremated bodies disposed of in the woods and buildings on the crematorium's property. The discovery reveals one of the worst incidents of abuse in the funeral service industry.
  • Feb 17 Westlife go to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'World Of Our Own.' The Irish boy band's 10th UK No.1 single.

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Feb 17 'Always On Time' by R&B artist Ja Rule featuring Ashanti starts a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart.

Rapper Ja Rule
Ja Rule
  • Feb 17 44th Daytona 500: Ward Burton wins (130.81 MPH)
  • Feb 19 NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system.
  • Feb 20 In Reqa Al-Gharbiya, Egypt, a fire on a train injures over 65 and kills at least 370.
  • Feb 22 Angolan political and rebel leader Jonas Savimbi is killed in a military ambush.
  • Feb 24 Canada defeats the United States 5-2 to win the men's ice hockey Olympic Gold Medal
  • Feb 24 19th Winter Olympic Games close at Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Feb 24 55th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" Best Film, Peter Jackson Best Director

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
  • Feb 27 Godhra train burning, a Muslim mob kills 59 Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya
  • Feb 27 Ryanair Flight 296 catches fire in London Stansted Airport. Subsequent investigations criticize Ryanair's handling of the evacuation.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 27 44th Grammy Awards: Walk On, Alicia Keys wins

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
  • Mar 1 The peseta is discontinued as official currency of Spain and is replaced with the euro (€).
  • Mar 1 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins in eastern Afghanistan.
  • Mar 1 The Envisat environmental satellite successfully reaches an orbit 800 kilometers (500 miles) above the Earth on its 11th launch, carrying the heaviest payload to date at 8500 kilograms (9.5 tons).
  • Mar 2 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins, (ends March 19 after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters, with 11 Western troop fatalities).
  • Mar 3 Citizens of Switzerland narrowly vote in favor of their country becoming a member of the United Nations.
  • Mar 3 33rd NAACP Image Awards: "Ali" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Mar 4 Canada bans human embryo cloning but permits government-funded scientists to use embryos left over from fertility treatment or abortions.
  • Mar 4 Multinational Force in Afghanistan: Seven American Special Operations Forces soldiers are killed as they attempt to infiltrate the Shahi Kot Valley on a low-flying helicopter reconnaissance mission.

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Mar 9 Joe Sakic plays his 1,000th career game

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • Mar 10 49th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #3 Duke beats NC State, 91-61
  • Mar 10 43rd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Mississippi State beats Alabama, 61-58
  • Mar 12 Animated film "Ice Age" directed by Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha, with voices by Denis Leary and John Leguizamo premieres
  • Mar 19 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda ends (started on March 2) after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters with 11 allied troop fatalities.
  • Mar 20 16th Soul Train Music Awards: The O'Jays, Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys wins
  • Mar 21 In Pakistan, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh along with three other suspects are charged with murder for their part in the kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
  • Mar 21 Schoolgirl Amanda Dowler is abducted in broad daylight on her way home from Heathside School in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England
  • Mar 23 22nd Golden Raspberry Awards: Freddy Got Fingered wins

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 24 74th Academy Awards: "A Beautiful Mind", Denzel Washington & Halle Berry (first woman of colour) win

  • Mar 27 Passover Massacre: A suicide bomber kills 29 people in Netanya, Israel.
  • Mar 31 21st NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Oklahoma 82-70
  • Apr 1 64th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Maryland beats Indiana 64-52
  • Apr 1 The Netherlands legalizes euthanasia, becoming the first nation in the world to do so.
  • Apr 2 Israeli forces surround the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem into which armed Palestinians had retreated. A siege ensues.
  • Apr 4 The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign a peace treaty ending the Angolan Civil War.
  • Apr 6 155th Grand National: Jim Culloty aboard Bindaree wins

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Apr 9 Funeral of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at Westminster Abbey UK. More than a million people line the streets

Consort of George VI Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Consort of George VI
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
  • Apr 11 The Ghriba synagogue bombing by Al Qaeda kills 21 in Tunisia.

BattleCoup d'état

Apr 11 An attempted coup d'état takes place in Venezuela against President Hugo Chávez .

President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez
President of Venezuela
Hugo Chávez
  • Apr 12 Pedro Carmona becomes interim President of Venezuela during the military coup against Hugo Chávez.
  • Apr 12 Palestinian suicide bomber (female) kills 7 and injures 104 (among them 9 Arabs) at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem.
  • Apr 13 Pedro Carmona, interim president of Venezuela, resigns one day after taking office.

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 14 66th Masters Golf Tournament: Tiger Woods becomes the third golfer to win in two consecutive years

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • Apr 14 Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez returns to office two days after being ousted and arrested by the country's military.
  • Apr 15 An Air China Boeing 767-200, flight CA129 crashes into a hillside during heavy rain and fog near Busan, South Korea, killing 128.
  • Apr 15 106th Boston Marathon: Rodgers Rop of Kenya 1st man in 2:09:02 and Margaret Okayo of Kenya 1st woman in 2:20:43
  • Apr 17 Four Canadian Forces soldiers are killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire from two United States Air Force F-16s, the first deaths in a combat zone for Canada since the Korean War.
  • Apr 20 2002 NFL Draft: David Carr from Fresno State first pick by Houston Texans
  • Apr 21 48th British Academy Television Awards: "The Sketch Show" Best Comedy, "Cold Feet" Best Drama

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Apr 23 Pope John Paul II meets with U.S. Catholic Church leaders at Vatican regarding sexual abuse of minors

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Apr 26 Robert Steinhäuser infiltrates and kills 17 at Gutenberg-Gymnasium in Erfurt, Germany before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot.
  • Apr 27 The last successful telemetry from the NASA space probe Pioneer 10.
  • 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 Eastern Mediterranean Event. A near-Earth asteroid estimated at 10 metres diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. The resulting explosion is estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, slightly 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
  • Jun 16 102nd US Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 277 at Bethpage State Park NY

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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

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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
  • Jul 30 The accounting law referred to as "The Sarbanes Oxley Act" is signed into law by 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