On This Day

What Happened in September 2002

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Actress Doris Roberts
Actress
Doris Roberts
  • 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
  • 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

Sport awardTennis Open

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

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • 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

Sport awardUS 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

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • 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
  • 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

Film tv awardsEmmy 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 8 Gaten Matarazzo, American actor (Stranger Things), born in Little Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey

Person of interestMaddie Ziegler

Sep 30 Maddie Ziegler, American dancer, actress and model, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dancer, Actress and Model Maddie Ziegler
Dancer, Actress and Model
Maddie Ziegler

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

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

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

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 14 No Doubt lead vocalist Gwen Stefani (42) weds lead singer and rhythm guitarist "Bush" Gavin Rossdale (46) at St. Paul's Church in London, England

Singer Gwen Stefani
Singer
Gwen Stefani

LoveWedding of Interest

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 W. Clement Stone, American entrepreneur (b. 1902)
  • 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 Katrin Cartlidge, British actress (b. 1961)
  • Sep 7 Erma Franklin, American gospel and R&B singer (Piece Of My Heart), dies at 64
  • Sep 7 Uziel Gal, Israeli firearm designer (b. 1923)
  • 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
  • Sep 11 Kim Hunter [Janet Cole], American actress (A Streetcar Named Desire, Planet of the Apes), dies at 79

Person of interestJohnny Unitas

Sep 11 Johnny Unitas, American football player, dies of a heart attack at 69

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • 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 LaWanda Page [Alberta Peal], American actress (Aunt Esther-Sanford & Sons), dies of complications from diabetes at 81
  • Sep 14 Jim Barnes, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), dies of a stroke at 61
  • Sep 16 James Gregory, American actor (My Favorite Martian, Barney Miller), dies at 90
  • Sep 18 Bob Hayes, American athlete (b. 1942)
  • Sep 18 Mauro Ramos, Brazilian football player (b. 1930)
  • Sep 18 Andres Burnier [Catharina Irma Dessaur], Dutch criminologist and author (Jongensuur), dies at 71
  • 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 Vernon Corea, Sri Lankan pioneer radio broadcaster, died at 75
  • Sep 23 Lord Abinger [James Richard Scarlett], English Conservative peer, campaigned for reform of the ancient law on treasure trove, dies at 87
  • Sep 24 Youssouf Togoïmi, Chadian rebel (b. 1953)
  • Sep 24 Mike Webster, National Football League player (b. 1952)
  • Sep 24 Tim Rose, American singer-songwriter, dies at 62
  • Sep 28 Patsy Mink, U.S. Congresswoman (b. 1927)
  • Sep 28 Hartland Molson, Canadian businessman (Molson family), senator and sports executive (Montreal Canadiens), dies at 95
  • Sep 29 Edmund Trebus, probably best known for his appearance on A Life of Grime (b. 1918)
  • Sep 30 Hans-Peter Tschudi, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1913)
  • Sep 30 Arthur Hazlerigg, British peer and cricketer, dies at 92