What Happened in October 2002

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Free agent center Wang Zhizhi, the first ever Chinese-born player in the NBA, signs a 3-year offer sheet with the Los Angeles Clippers; waived in 2003 and moves to Miami Heat
  • Oct 2 The Beltway sniper attacks begin, extending over three weeks
  • Oct 5 For the first time in its 42-year old history, the Anaheim Angels win a post-season series by beating the Yankees, 9-5 to take the ALDS, 3-1
  • Oct 6 The French oil tanker Limburg is bombed off Yemen.
  • Oct 6 Opus Dei founder Josemaría Escrivá is canonized.

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Oct 10 American Vernon L. Smith and Daniel Kahneman awarded Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences for work in experiment economics

Economist Vernon L. Smith
Economist
Vernon L. Smith
Economist and Psychologist Daniel Kahneman
Economist and Psychologist
Daniel Kahneman

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Oct 10 Hungarian writer and Holocaust survivor Imre Kertész is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

Author and Nobel Laureate Imre Kertész
Author and Nobel Laureate
Imre Kertész
  • Oct 11 A bomb attack in a shopping mall in Vantaa, Finland kills seven.
  • Oct 12 Terrorists explode two bombs in Bali's nightclub district killing 202 and injuring 209 mostly foreign tourists

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 13 Michael Schumacher wins season ending Japanese F1 Grand Prix for his record 11th victory of the year & 3rd straight World Drivers title; title margin: 67 points from Ferrari team mate Rubens Barrichello

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • Oct 13 MLB American League Championship: Anaheim Angels beat Minnesota Twins, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 14 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 16 Bibliotheca Alexandrina in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity, is officially inaugurated.
  • Oct 23 Moscow Theatre Siege begins: Chechen rebels seize the House of Culture theater in Moscow and take approximately 700 theater-goers hostage

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 24 Wuxia film "Hero" directed by Zhang Yimou, starring Jet Li released in China (US release 2004)

Chinese Actor and Martial Artist Jet Li
Chinese Actor and Martial Artist
Jet Li
  • Oct 24 Police arrest spree killers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, ending the Beltway sniper attacks in the area around Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 26 Moscow Theatre Siege ends: Approximately 50 Chechen rebels and 150 hostages die when Russian Spetsnaz storm a theater building in Moscow, which had been occupied by the rebels during a musical performance three days before
  • Oct 26 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Arlington Park, winners: Volponi, Vindication, Azeri, High Chaparral, Starine, Storm Flag Flying, Domedriver, Orientate
  • Oct 27 Anaheim beats San Francisco Giants, 4-1 in Game 7 at Edison Field to win Angels' first Baseball World Series; Anaheim 1st baseman Troy Glaus MVP
  • Oct 27 The British ITV Network airs a regional service for the last time in England and Wales, LWT loses its identity completely
  • Oct 29 Ho Chi Minh City ITC Inferno, a fire destroys a luxurious department store with 1,500 people shopping. Over 60 people died and over 100 are missing. It is the deadliest disaster in Vietnam during peacetime.
  • Oct 30 British Digital terrestrial television (DTT) Service Freeview begins transmitting in parts of the United Kingdom.
  • Oct 31 A federal grand jury in Houston, Texas formally indicted former Enron Corp. chief financial officer Andrew Fastow on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice related to the collapse of his ex-employer.

Famous Weddings

  • Oct 5 "Angel" actress Charisma Carpenter (32) weds Damian Hardy

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 26 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (22) weds singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (28) at Riverbend Church in Austin, Texas

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 15 Comedian Tom Green (30) divorces actress Drew Barrymore (26) due to irreconcilable differences after less than a year of marriage


Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Walter Annenberg, American publisher (Triangle-TV Guide) and philanthropist, dies at 94
  • Oct 2 Heinz von Foerster, Austrian-born physicist and philosopher (b. 1911)
  • Oct 3 Bruce Paltrow, American television and film producer (b. 1943)
  • Oct 3 Robert Krausz, Stock market advisor and investor (b. 1936)
  • Oct 4 Alphonse Chapanis, founder of ergonomics (b. 1917)
  • Oct 4 André Delvaux, Belgian film director and screenwriter (b. 1926)
  • Oct 4 William "Buddy" Lester, American comedian and actor (Barney Miller, Phil Silvers Show), dies at 85
  • Oct 5 Chuck Rayner, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1920)
  • Oct 6 Claus von Amsberg, husband of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (b. 1926)
  • Oct 8 Jacques Richard, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1952)
  • Oct 8 Phyllis Calvert [Bickle], British actress (Crash of Silence, The Man in Grey), dies at 87
  • Oct 9 Charles Guggenheim, American film director and producer (b. 1924)
  • Oct 9 Aileen Wournos, American serial killer sentenced to death (b. 1956)
  • Oct 9 Anwar Hussain, Pakistani cricketer (four Tests for Pakistan v India 1952-53), dies at 82
  • Oct 10 Teresa Graves, American actress and singer (b. 1948)
  • Oct 11 Dina Pathak [Ghandi], Indian Gujarati theatre actress, director and activist (President-National Federation of Indian Women), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Oct 12 Ray Conniff, American bandleader and musician (Ray Conniff Singers), dies at 85
  • Oct 12 Audrey Mestre, French diver (b. 1974)

Person of interestStephen E. Ambrose

Oct 13 Stephen E. Ambrose, American historian (Band of Brothers), dies of lung cancer at 66

  • Oct 13 Keene Curtis, American character actor (The Rothschilds, Cheers, Amanda's), dies at 79
  • Oct 13 Dennis Patrick, American actor (Dear Dead Delilah, Dallas, Rituals), dies in a house fire at 84
  • Oct 14 Norbert Schultze, American composer and songwriter (b. 1911)
  • Oct 16 Angela Dawson, American murder victim
  • Oct 17 Derek Bell, Irish harpist (The Chieftans) (b. 1935)
  • Oct 17 Aileen Riggin, American springboard diver (Olympic gold 1920, 24), dies at 96
  • Oct 18 Nikolay Rukavishnikov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 10, 16, 33), dies at 70
  • Oct 18 Roman Tam, Hong Kong singer (b. 1950)
  • Oct 18 Kam Fong [Chun], American actor (Hawaii Five-0, Magnum, P.I.), dies of lung cancer at 84
  • Oct 18 Wynand Breytenbach, South African soldier and politician, Deputy Minister of Defense (1986-94), dies at 67
  • Oct 20 Barbara Berjer, American actress (b. 1920)
  • Oct 20 Bernard Fresson, French actor (b. 1931)
  • Oct 22 Queen Geraldina of the Albanians (b. 1915)
  • Oct 23 Elizabeth Pakenham, Countess of Longford, British historian, dies at 96
  • Oct 23 Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright (b. 1915)
  • Oct 24 Herman Gaviria, Colombian football player (b. 1969)
  • Oct 24 Winton M. Blount, United States Postmaster General (b. 1921)
  • Oct 24 Harry Hay, American activist (b. 1912)
  • Oct 24 Mary Jeanette "Peggy" Moran, American actress (Double Date, Horror Island), dies from injuries at 84

Person of interestRichard Harris

Oct 25 Richard Harris, Irish actor (A Man Called Horse, This Sporting Life) and singer (MacArthur Park) dies of Hodgkin's disease at 72

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris
  • Oct 26 Jacques Massu, French general who led Battle of Algiers, dies at 94
  • Oct 26 Movsar Barayev, Chechen militant (b. 1979)
  • Oct 27 Tom Dowd, American recording engineer and producer (innovator of multitrack recording), dies of emphysema at 77
  • Oct 28 Margaret Booth, American film editor (b. 1898)
  • Oct 28 Erling Persson, Swedish entrepreneur (b. 1917)
  • Oct 29 Glenn McQueen, American animator (b. 1960)
  • Oct 30 Jam Master Jay, American rapper and musician (Run DMC) (b. 1965)
  • Oct 30 Juan Antonio Bardem, Spanish director and screenwriter (b. 1922)
  • Oct 30 William Mitchell, British physicist, dies at 77
  • Oct 31 Lionel Poilâne, French baker and entrepreneur, dies at 57
  • Oct 31 Michail Stasinopoulos, Greek politician and 1st President of Greece, dies at 99
  • Oct 31 Raf Vallone, Italian actor (b. 1916)