What Happened in September 2002

Historical Events

  • Sep 4 After blowing an 11-run lead to Kansas City, Scott Hatteberg's bottom of the 9th walk off HR gives Oakland a historic MLB victory, 12-11; A's set AL record 20 game winning streak
  • Sep 4 Argentina pulls off one of the biggest upsets in basketball history, beating the US, 87-80 in 2nd round of the World Championships; 1st US loss in 59 games since sending NBA players to international competition in 1992

Film & TV History

Sep 4 Before a U.S. Congressional panel, Doris Roberts testifies that age discrimination is prevalent in Hollywood

Music History

Sep 4 Kelly Clarkson is crowned the winner of the first series of "American Idol" TV singing competition series

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 7 US Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins second US title; beats older sister Venus Williams 6-4, 6-3

  • Sep 8 Rookie quarterback David Carr throws for 2 TDs as the Houston Texans beat Dallas Cowboys 19-10 to become only the 2nd expansion team (1961 Minnesota Vikings) to win their inaugural game
  • Sep 8 Texas Rangers set a major league record by homering in their 26th consecutive game as Texas falls to the Tampa Bay

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 8 US Open Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras wins 14th and final Grand Slam title; beats fellow American Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4

  • Sep 9 Pitcher Randy Johnson reaches 300 strikeouts for the fifth consecutive season, extending his major league record
  • Sep 10 Switzerland, traditionally a neutral country, joins the United Nations
  • Sep 11 Through extreme and coordinated effort, The Pentagon is rededicated after repairs are completed, exactly one year after the attack on the building.
  • Sep 15 Oakland quarterback Rich Gannon begins NFL record-tying (Kurt Warner, Steve Young) streak of 6 consecutive 300-yard passing games, throwing for 403 yards in Raiders' 30-17 victory at Pittsburgh

Television Debut

Sep 16 Talk show "Dr. Phil" with Phil McGraw and co-created by Oprah Winfrey debuts on syndicated US TV

  • Sep 17 27th Toronto International Film Festival: "Whale Rider" directed by Niki Caro wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 20 The Kolka-Karmadon rock and ice slide starts in North Ossetia–Alania, Russia

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 21 Farm Aid 15 held in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Keith Urban, Lee Ann Womack, Kid Rock, Gillian Welch, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and The Drive-By Truckers [1]

Emmy Awards

Sep 22 54th Emmy Awards: The West Wing, Friends, Michael Chiklis and Allison Janney win

  • Sep 22 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Interlachen CC: US regains Cup 15½-12½; Rosie Jones gains winning point in her 3 & 2 victory over Karine Icher
  • Sep 23 The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox ("Phoenix 0.1") is released
  • Sep 25 The Vitim event, a possible bolide impact in Siberia, Russia.
  • Sep 26 Overcrowded Senegalese ferry MV Joola capsizes off the coast of Gambia killing more than 1,000
  • Sep 27 Timor-Leste (East Timor) joins the United Nations.
  • Sep 29 Ryder Cup Golf, The Belfry: Europe wins 15½-12½ after teams tied at 8 points going into Sunday singles matches
  • Sep 29 Seattle running back Shaun Alexander sets NFL record for most touchdowns in a half with 5 in 1st half of 48-23 win v Minnesota Vikings at Seahawks Stadium; runs for 4 plus 80-yard reception

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 3 Iman Vellani, Pakistani-Canadian actress (Ms Marvel), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Sep 5 Nils Einár Grönberg, Swedish rapper ("Första klass"; "Katten i trakten"), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2021)
  • Sep 6 Asher Angel, American actor (Andi Mack; Shazam!), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sep 6 Leylah Fernandez, Canadian tennis player (US Open 2021 runner-up), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Sep 8 Gaten Matarazzo, American actor (Stranger Things), born in Little Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
  • Sep 29 Chloe Moriondo, American indie rock singer-songwriter, born in Detroit, Michigan

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Famous Weddings

  • Sep 1 "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" actress Terry Farrell (38) weds actor Brian Baker (35) at Paris Las Vegas in Paradise, Nevada

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sep 1 Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (35) weds actor Freddie Prinze Jr. (36) at El Careyes Resort in Mexico

Gwen Stefani

Sep 14 American "No Doubt" singer Gwen Stefani (42) weds British "Bush" singer and guitarist Gavin Rossdale (46) at St. Paul's Church in London, England; divorce in 2016

Laurence Fishburne

Sep 20 "The Matrix" actor Laurence Fishburne (41) weds actress Gina Torres (33) at The Cloisters museum in New York City

  • Sep 20 "The Monkees" lead vocalist Micky Dolenz (57) weds Donna Quinter in Calabasas, California

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 2 Dick Reynolds, Australian rules footballer and coach, dies at 87
  • Sep 3 Len Wilkinson, English cricket spin bowler (3 Tests, 7 wickets; Lancashire CCC), dies at 85
  • Sep 3 W. Clement Stone, American entrepreneur (positive mental attitude philosophy), dies at 100
  • Sep 4 Vlado Perlemuter, Lithuanian-French pianist, dies at 98
  • Sep 5 David Todd Wilkinson, American astronomer, author of the first study of the Cosmic microwave background radiation (b. 1935)
  • Sep 5 John "Jackie" Kelk, American actor and stand-up comedian (The Aldrich Family, The Adventures of Superman), dies of a lung infection at 79
  • Sep 7 Erma Franklin, American gospel and R&B singer ("Piece Of My Heart"), dies at 64
  • Sep 7 Katrin Cartlidge, British actress (b. 1961)
  • Sep 7 Michael Elphick, British stage and screen actor (Gorky Park; Boon), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • Sep 7 Uziel Gal, Israeli firearm designer (Uzi submachine gun), dies at 78
  • Sep 8 Laurie Williams, West Indian cricketer (West Indian ODI all-rounder v NZ 1996), dies at 33
  • Sep 9 Geoffrey Dummer, British electronics engineer, built first integrated circuit and work in radar, dies at 93

Johnny Unitas

Sep 11 Johnny Unitas, American NFL quarterback (Baltimore Colts, San Diego Chargers); one of the greats, dies of a heart attack at 69

  • Sep 11 Kim Hunter [Janet Cole], American actress (A Streetcar Named Desire, Planet of the Apes), dies at 79
  • Sep 13 Douglas Black, Scottish physician and medical scientist (played a key role in the development of the National Health Service), dies at 89
  • Sep 14 Jim Barnes, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), dies of a stroke at 61
  • Sep 14 LaWanda Page [Alberta Peal], American actress (Sanford & Son - "Aunt Esther"), dies of complications from diabetes at 81
  • Sep 14 Roberto Cavanagh, Argentine polo player (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 87
  • Sep 16 James Gregory, American actor (My Favorite Martian, Barney Miller), dies at 90
  • Sep 18 Andres Burnier [Catharina Irma Dessaur], Dutch criminologist and author (Jongensuur), dies at 71
  • Sep 18 Bob Hayes, American athlete (2 x Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay 1964) and Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver (3-time Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys), dies of kidney failure at 59
  • Sep 18 Mauro Ramos, Brazilian football player (b. 1930)
  • Sep 19 Robert Guéï, ruler of Côte d'Ivoire (b. 1941)
  • Sep 21 Robert L. Forward, American physicist and writer (b. 1932)
  • Sep 22 Jan de Hartog, Dutch-English writer (Holland's Glory), dies at 88
  • Sep 23 Lord Abinger [James Richard Scarlett], English Conservative peer, campaigned for reform of the ancient law on treasure trove, dies at 87
  • Sep 23 Vernon Corea, Sri Lankan pioneer radio broadcaster, died at 75
  • Sep 24 Leon Hart, American College Football Hall of Fame end and fullback (Heisman Trophy 1949, Notre Dame), dies at 73
  • Sep 24 Mike Webster, American NFL football center, 1974-90, 9X Pro Bowl, 4X Super Bowl champ (Pittsburgh Steelers), dies of a heart attack at 50; 1st former NFL-er diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)player noted to suffer from
  • Sep 24 Tim Rose, American singer-songwriter, dies at 62
  • Sep 24 Youssouf Togoïmi, Chadian rebel (b. 1953)
  • Sep 25 Wanda Luzzato, Italian concert violinist and teacher dies at 83
  • Sep 28 Hartland Molson, Canadian businessman (Molson family), senator and sports executive (Montreal Canadiens), dies at 95
  • Sep 28 Patsy Mink, U.S. Congresswoman (b. 1927)
  • Sep 29 Edmund Trebus, British hoader, (A Life of Grime), dies at 83
  • Sep 30 Arthur Hazlerigg, British peer and cricketer, dies at 92
  • Sep 30 Hans-Peter Tschudi, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1913)