What Happened in June 2002

Historical Events

  • Jun 2 56th Tony Awards: "Thoroughly Modern Millie", "The Goat", or Who is Sylvia?" win
  • Jun 2 Crime drama "The Wire" created by David Simon and starring Idris Elba and Dominic West debuts on HBO

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 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.

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 6 "The Bourne Identity" directed by Doug Liman and starring Matt Damon premieres in Los Angeles, California

Actor Matt Damon
Actor
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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 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 14 "The Bourne Identity" directed by Doug Liman and starring Matt Damon is released in the US
  • 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

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 Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney
46th Vice President of the United States
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 Final: Ronaldo scores twice as Brazil beats Germany 2-0 in Yokohama, Japan, to win record 5th title, first World Cup held in Asia

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 6 Former "Survivor" contestant and talk show host Elisabeth Filarski (25) weds former Boston College quarterback Tim Hasselbeck (24) at St. Mary
  • Jun 8 Teen rock star Taylor Hanson (19) weds Natalie Bryant (18) at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 8 Five-time Wimbledon champion Björn Borg (46) weds real estate broker Patricia Ostfeldt (35) near Stockholm

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Jun 9 "In Your Eyes" singer Peter Gabriel (51) weds Meah Flynn at Li Capanni Hotel in Italy
  • Jun 10 1988 and 1994 Olympic Champion skater Ekaterina Gordeeva (31) weds 1998 Olympic Champion figure skater Ilia Kulik (25) in San Francisco

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 11 Musician Paul McCartney (59) weds former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (34) at Castle Leslie in County Monaghan, Ireland

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
Activist and Media Personality Heather Mills
Activist and Media Personality
Heather Mills
  • Jun 15 "American Pie" actress Shannon Elizabeth (28) weds actor Joe Reitman (34) in Jalisco, Mexico

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 15 Actor Charlie Sheen (36) weds actress Denise Richards (31) under a rose arch dotted by over 1000 blooms in Brentwood, California

  • Jun 21 "Tuck Everlasting" actor Jonathan Jackson (20) weds "General Hospital" actress Lisa Vultaggio (29)
  • Jun 29 Actor-comedian Tom Arnold (43) weds Shelby Roos (29) at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Hansie Cronje, South African cricketer (b. 1969)
  • Jun 4 Fernando Belaúnde Terry, Peruvian politician (b. 1912)
  • Jun 5 Gwen Plumb, Australian actress (b. 1912)
  • Jun 5 Dee Dee Ramone, American bassist (The Ramones), dies of a heroin overdose at 51
  • Jun 5 Curtis Amy, American jazz musician (Way Down), dies at 72
  • Jun 6 Robbin Crosby, American heavy metal rock guitarist/vocals (Ratt-Round & Round), dies at 42
  • Jun 7 Mary Lilian Baels, Belgian princess (b. 1916)

Person of interestJohn Gotti

Jun 10 John Gotti, American mafia gangster and head of the Gambino family, dies of throat cancer at 61

Gangster John Gotti
Gangster
John Gotti
  • Jun 10 Benjamin Ward, 1st African American NYC Police Commissioner, dies at 75
  • Jun 12 Bill Blass, American fashion designer, dies at 79
  • Jun 13 John Hope, American meteorologist (b. 1919)
  • Jun 14 June Jordan, Carribean-American playwright and poet (His Own Where), dies at 65
  • Jun 15 Choi Hong Hi, South Korean army general and Founder of Taekwon-Do, dies at 83
  • Jun 17 Willie Davenport, American bobsledder and hurdler (Olympic gold 1968), dies at 59
  • Jun 17 Fritz Walter, German footballer, dies at 81
  • Jun 17 Francisco Escudero, Basque composer, dies at 89
  • Jun 17 J. Carter Brown, American art director (Washington National Gallery), dies at 67

Person of interestJack Buck

Jun 18 Jack Buck, American baseball announcer, dies at 77

Sportscaster Jack Buck
Sportscaster
Jack Buck
  • Jun 20 Erwin Chargaff, Austrian biochemist (b. 1905)
  • Jun 20 Tinus Osendarp, Dutch runner (b. 1916)
  • Jun 22 Ann Landers [Eppie Lederer], American advice columnist "Ask Ann Landers," twin sister of fellow advice columnist "Dear Abby" (Abigail Van Buren), dies of bone marrow cancer at 83
  • Jun 22 Darryl Kile, American baseball player (b. 1968)
  • Jun 23 Pedro 'El Rockero' Alcazar, Panamanian boxer (b. 1975)
  • 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 Dolores Gray [Sylvia Dolores Finkelstein], American singer and actress (Designing Woman, Kismet), dies at 78
  • Jun 26 Arnold Brown, the 11th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1913)
  • Jun 26 Jay Berwanger, American football player (b. 1914)
  • Jun 27 John Entwistle, English rock guitarist and vocalist (The Who-Baba O'Riley), dies in his sleep of a heart attack in his Las Vegas hotel room aged 57
  • Jun 29 Rosemary Clooney, American singer (Come On-a My House) and actress (White Christmas), dies of lung cancer at 74
  • Jun 29 Ole-Johan Dahl, Norwegian computer scientist (b. 1931)
  • Jun 29 François Périer [Pillu], French actor (Gervaise, Fantasia, Les Mains Sales), dies at 82
  • Jun 30 Chico Xavier, popular medium in Brazil´s spiritism movement (b. 1910)
  • Jun 30 Pete Gray [Wyshner], MLB one-armed outfielder (St Louis Browns), dies at 87