December 2002 in History

Events in History

  • 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 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 Governor of California Gray Davis announces the state faces a record budget deficit of $35 billion, roughly double the figure reported during his reelection campaign one month earlier

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Dec 18 Fashion designer Calvin Klein announces he is selling his company to shirt-maker Phillips-Van Heusen for $430 million

Fashion Designer Calvin Klein
Fashion Designer
Calvin Klein
  • Dec 20 US Senator Trent Lott resigns as majority leader.
  • 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.

Deaths in History

  • Dec 2 Ivan Illich, Austrian priest and philosopher (b. 1926)
  • Dec 2 Arno Peters, German historian (b. 1916)
  • Dec 5 Ne Win, Burmese leader (b. 1911)
  • Dec 6 Philip Berrigan, American civil rights activist (b. 1923)
  • Dec 9 Ian Hornak, American Painter, Draughtsman and Sculptor (b. 1944)
  • Dec 9 Stan Rice, American painter, educator, and poet (b. 1942)
  • Dec 10 Andres K√ľng, Swedish-Estonian politician, journalist (b. 1945)
  • Dec 12 Dee Brown, American author (b. 1908)
  • Dec 12 Jay Wesley Neill, American convicted murderer (b. 1965)
  • Dec 18 Ray Hnatyshyn, Governor-General of Canada (b. 1934)
  • Dec 18 Wayne Owens, former U.S. Congressman (D-Utah) (b. 1937)
  • Dec 22 Desmond Hoyte, President of Guyana (b. 1929)
  • Dec 24 Kjell Aukrust, Norwegian author (b. 1920)
  • Dec 24 Laci Peterson, American murder victim (b. 1975)
  • Dec 26 Herb Ritts, American photographer (b. 1952)
  • Dec 26 Armand Zildjian, American cymbal manufacturer (b. 1921)
  • Dec 30 Mary Wesley, English novelist (b. 1912)