June 2002 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 2 56th Tony Awards: Thoroughly Modern Millie & The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? win
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jun 13 The United States of America withdraws from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
  • 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 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 3 Prince Tirso of Bulgaria, titular Bulgarian royal family

Deaths in History

  • Jun 4 Fernando Belaúnde Terry, Peruvian politician (b. 1912)
  • 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 20 Erwin Chargaff, Austrian biochemist (b. 1905)
  • Jun 22 Ann Landers, American columnist (b. 1918)
  • 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 29 Ole-Johan Dahl, Norwegian computer scientist (b. 1931)
  • Jun 30 Chico Xavier, popular medium in Brazil´s spiritism movement (b. 1910)