On This Day

Historical Events in June 2002

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 1 In a battle of former heavyweight boxing champions in Atlantic City, Evander Holyfield beats Hasim Rahman by TKO; fight stopped 1:40 into 8th round because of giant welt above Rahman's left eye

  • Jun 2 56th Tony Awards: "Thoroughly Modern Millie", "The Goat", or Who is Sylvia?" win

Television Debut

Jun 2 Crime drama "The Wire" created by David Simon and starring Idris Elba and Dominic West debuts on HBO

Album Release

Jun 4 Canadian singer Avril Lavigne releases debut album, "Let Go"

  • 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 Premiere

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

  • Jun 8 134th Belmont: Edgar Prado aboard Sarava wins in 2:29.71

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 8 French Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her first French title; beats older sister Venus Williams 7-5, 6-3

LPGA Championship

Jun 9 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: Se Ri Pak of South Korea wins second of 3 titles in this event; finishes 3 strokes ahead of Beth Daniel

  • Jun 9 French Open Men's Tennis: In an all-Spanish final Albert Costa beats Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-1, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 for his lone major title
  • Jun 9 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio: Fuzzy Zoeller wins his only Champions Tour title by strokes ahead of runners-up Hale Irwin and Bobby Wadkins
  • 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

Music History

Jun 11 "American Idol" created by Simon Fuller with judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson premieres on Fox

NBA Finals

Jun 12 NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers beat New Jersey Nets, 113-107 for a 4-0 sweep and 3rd straight title; MVP: Shaquille O'Neal for 3rd consecutive Finals series

  • Jun 13 The United States of America withdraws from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty

NHL Record

Jun 13 Stanley Cup Final, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI: Detroit Red Wings beat Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1 for a 4-1 series win; Red Wings' 10th title; coach Scotty Bowman retires with record 9th title

  • 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

US Golf Open

Jun 16 US Open Men's Golf, Bethpage State Park: Tiger Woods wins his second Open title, 3 shots ahead of runner-up Phil Mickelson

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 21 Lennox Lewis retains boxing's WBC world Heavyweight crown with an eight round knockout over Mike Tyson

  • Jun 22 An earthquake in western Iran measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale kills more than 261 people.
  • Jun 22 WLAF World Bowl 10, Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf: Berlin Thunder beats Rhein Fire, 26-20
  • Jun 24 The Igandu train disaster in Tanzania kills 281, the worst train accident in African history
  • Jun 26 NBA Draft: Shanghai Sharks (China) center Yao Ming first pick by Houston Rockets
  • 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

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 28 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Coldplay, and Rod Stewart headline; other performers include Roger Waters, Isaac Hayes, Ani DiFranco, The Charletons, and The White Stripes

Historic Event

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.

  • 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.

FIFA World Cup

Jun 30 FIFA World Cup Final, International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan: Ronaldo scores twice as Brazil beats Germany, 2-0 to win record 5th title; first World Cup held in Asia

Sports History

Jun 30 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Caves Valley GC: Don Pooley wins by 1 stroke in a playoff with Tom Watson