On This Day

Historical Events in August 2002

  • Aug 1 35th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Contract of Interest

Aug 1 In signing star linebacker Ray Lewis to a 5-year contract extension the Baltimore Ravens give him a $19m signing bonus, then the largest in NFL history

  • Aug 4 Soham murders: 10 year old school girls Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells go missing from the town of Soham, Cambridgeshire.
  • Aug 6 32-year old reliever Robb Nen becomes 16th and youngest closer to record 300 career saves as he protects Giants 11-10 lead v Cubs

Baseball Record

Aug 9 SF Giants outfielder Barry Bonds hits his 600th career home run

  • Aug 10 New Zealand beats South Africa, 30-23 in Durban to win their fourth Tri Nations Rugby Series; All Blacks score 4 tries to 2

Sports History

Aug 11 British Open Women's Golf, Turnberry Ailsa Resort: Karrie Webb wins by 2 strokes from fellow Australian Michelle Ellis & Paula Martí; 5th different major for Webb, career "Super Slam"

  • Aug 16 Africa Women's Peace Train leaves Kampala for Johannesburg

PGA Championship

Aug 18 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Hazeltine National GC: American Rich Beem wins his first major title by 1 stroke from Tiger Woods

Golf Tournament

Aug 18 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Summerlea GC: Meg Mallon wins by 3 from Michelle Ellis, Rosie Jones, Catriona Matthew & Michele Redman

  • Aug 19 A Russian Mi-26 helicopter carrying troops is hit by a Chechen missile outside of Grozny, killing 118 soldiers.
  • Aug 20 A group of Iraqis opposed to the regime of Saddam Hussein take over the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin for five hours before releasing their hostages and surrendering.
  • Aug 26 Earth Summit 2002 begins in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 27 59th Venice Film Festival: "The Magdalene Sisters" directed by Peter Mullan wins Golden Lion