What Happened on December 18, 2002

Historical Events

Film Premiere

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

Film Release

"The Two Towers", 2nd of the Lord of the Rings films is released. Makes US$62 opening weekend and $926 million total worldwide.

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Famous Deaths

  • Ray Hnatyshyn, Governor-General of Canada (b. 1934)
  • Wayne Owens, former U.S. Congressman (D-Utah) (b. 1937)
2002 Highlights

About December 18, 2002

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 20 years, 1 month and 8 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Lose Yourself - Eminem
  • UK #1 Song: Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word - Blue Ft. Elton John