On This Day

Historical Events in 2002 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 350 of 350

  • Jul 1 The International Criminal Court is established to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression
  • Jul 1 Bashkirian Airlines (flight 2937) Tupolev TU-154 and a DHL (German cargo) Boeing 757 collide in mid-air over Ueberlingen, southern Germany, killing 71
  • Jul 2 Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon.

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats older sister Venus 7-6, 6-3 for her first Wimbledon singles title

  • Jul 7 A scandal breaks out in the United Kingdom when news reports accuse MI6 of sheltering Abu Qatada, supposed European Al Qaeda leader
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Lleyton Hewitt of Australia wins his only Wimbledon singles title beating David Nalbandian of Argentina 6-1, 6-3, 6-2

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 7 US Open Women's Golf, Prairie Dunes CC: Juli Inkster wins her second US title, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Annika Sörenstam; Inkster's 7th and final major victory

Historic Event

Jul 9 The African Union is established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The first chairman is Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa.

  • Jul 9 73rd All Star Baseball Game: 7-7 tie when both teams ran out of available pitchers at Miller Park, Milwaukee
  • Jul 10 At a Sotheby's auction, Peter Paul Rubens' painting The Massacre of the Innocents is sold for £49.5million (US$76.2 million) to Kenneth, Lord Thomson

Film Premiere

Jul 12 Hindi film "Devdas" premieres directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and starring Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit (Best Film Filmfare Awards)

Assassination Attempt

Jul 14 French President Jacques Chirac escapes an assassination attempt unscathed during Bastille Day celebrations

  • Jul 14 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Australian Stewart Ginn wins his lone career major title by 1 stroke from American trio Hubert Green, Mike McCullough & Jim Thorpe
  • Jul 15 A. P. J. Abdul Kalam is elected 11th President of India (results announced 18th July)
  • Jul 15 "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh pleads guilty to supplying aid to the enemy and to possession of explosives during the commission of a felony
  • Jul 15 Anti-Terrorism Court of Pakistan hands down the death sentence to British born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and life terms to three others suspected of murdering Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl
  • Jul 20 Bartenders doing tricks with fire start a major fire in a night club in Lima, Peru that kills 25 and injures 100
  • Jul 21 Telecom giant WorldCom files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the then largest such filing in United States history

British Golf Open

Jul 21 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Ernie Els of South Africa wins first of 2 Open titles in a playoff from Australians Stuart Appleby & Steve Elkington, and Frenchman Thomas Levet

Sports History

Jul 21 With a record 6 races remaining, German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher clinches his 5th F1 World Drivers Championship with victory in the French Grand Prix at Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours; 3rd straight title win

  • Jul 22 Israel assassinates Salah Shahade, the Commander-in-Chief of Hamas's military arm, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, along with 14 civilians
  • Jul 24 James Traficant is expelled from the United States House of Representatives on a vote of 420 to 1

Film & TV History

Jul 24 On 200th anniversary of his birth French author Alexandre Dumas' ('The Three Musketeers') ashes are interred in the Panthéon in Paris in a televised ceremony

  • Jul 25 17th Commonwealth Games open in Manchester, England
  • Jul 27 A Sukhoi Su-27 fighter crashes during an airshow at Lviv, Ukraine, killing 85 and injuring more than 100 in the largest airshow disaster in history
  • Jul 28 Nine coal miners trapped in the flooded Quecreek Mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, are rescued after 77 hours underground.

Sports History

Jul 28 89th Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)

  • Jul 28 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal County Down: Noboru Sugai of Japan wins by 2 shots from John irwin of Canada

Historic Event

Jul 30 The accounting law referred to as "The Sarbanes Oxley Act" signed into law by President George W. Bush

Album Release

Jul 30 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 12th studio album "The Rising", his first new record with the E Street Band since 1985 tops the charts in 7 countries

  • Jul 31 Polaroid Corporation is purchased by One Equity Partners, continuing to operate under the Polaroid Corporation name
  • 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

Film & TV History

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

  • 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

Music History

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

  • 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
  • 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.

Election of Interest

Oct 10 Former cricketer Imran Khan elected to the Pakistani Parliament after winning the seat of Mianwali-I

Nobel Prize

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

Nobel Prize

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

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

Film Release

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

  • 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.

Music History

Oct 24 Twyla Tharp's rock ballet "Movin' Out", set to songs of Billy Joel, opens at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, NYC; runs for 1,303 performances

  • 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 Baseball World Series: Anaheim beats San Francisco Giants, 4-1 in Game 7 at Edison Field to win Angels' first title; MVP: Anaheim 1st baseman Troy Glaus
  • 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.
  • Nov 2 14th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 14-7 in South Bend

Sports History

Nov 2 Mark Messier plays his 1,616th NHL game, a 3-2 Rangers loss against the St. Blues, to move into 2nd place on the all-time games played list; passes Larry Murphy and ends career with 1,756 games, just 11 shy of Gordie Howe

Federation Cup

Nov 3 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Gran Canaria, Spain: Janette Husárová beats Spaniard Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6-0, 6-2 to give Slovakia their first title, 3-1

  • Nov 4 Chinese authorities arrest cyber-dissident He Depu for signing pro-democracy letter to the 16th Communist Party Congress
  • Nov 6 12 people are killed in a fire on board a train headed for Vienna from Paris.

Music Awards

Nov 6 36th Country Music Association Award: Alan Jackson & Martina McBride wins

  • Nov 7 Iran bans advertising of products from the United States

Historic Event

Nov 8 Iraq disarmament crisis: UN Security Council under Resolution 1441 unanimously approves a resolution on Iraq, forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face "serious consequences"

  • Nov 11 Belgian tennis star Kim Clijsters beats American Serena Williams 7–5, 6–3 to win the season-ending WTA Tour Championship at the Staples Center, Los Angeles
  • Nov 13 The oil tanker Prestige sinks off the Galician coast and causes a huge oil spill
  • Nov 13 Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq agrees to the terms of the UN Security Council Resolution 1441
  • Nov 13 Eminem releases single 'Lose Yourself' from soundtrack of "8 Mile", 1st rap song to win Academy Award Best Original Song
  • Nov 14 Argentina defaults on an $805 million World Bank payment.

9/11 Attack on New York's World Trade Towers

Nov 14 The United States House of Representatives votes not to create an independent commission to investigate the September 11 attacks

Film Release

Nov 14 Film "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" is released, based on the 2nd book of the series by J. K. Rowling

Historic Event

Nov 15 Hu Jintao becomes the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

  • Nov 16 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein says that he had to accept UN Resolution 1441 because the United States and Israel had shown their "claws and teeth" and declared unitlateral war on the Iraqi people

SARS Outbreak

Nov 16 The first case of SARS is recorded in Foshan City, Guangdong Province, China, though is not identified until much later. First patient is thought to be a farmer in the city.

  • Nov 17 54th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tony Stewart wins
  • Nov 17 Australian Leyton Hewitt scores back-to-back season-ending Tennis Masters Cup titles with a classic 7–5, 7–5, 2–6, 2–6, 6–4 victory over Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero in Shanghai, China
  • Nov 18 Iraq disarmament crisis: United Nations weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix arrive in Iraq.

Album Release

Nov 18 "Up!" 4th studio album by Shania Twain is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2003)

Album Release

Nov 18 Dark Horse/EMI posthumously releases "Brainwashed", George Harrison's 12th and final studio album

Album Release

Nov 19 Nonesuch Records releases "Travelogue", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 18th studio album, a collection of re-worked versions her own songs, backed by an orchestra

Film Release

Nov 20 "Die Another Day", 20th James Bond film released, directed by Lee Tamahori, starring Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry

  • Nov 21 NATO invites Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.
  • Nov 22 In Nigeria, more than 100 people are killed at an attack aimed at the contestants of the Miss World contest
  • Nov 23 67th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 17-7 in Tuscaloosa
  • Nov 24 CFL Grey Cup, Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton: Montreal Alouettes beat Edmonton Eskimos, 25-16; Don Matthews' 5th Grey Cup title as a head coach
  • Nov 29 "The Concert for George", a benefit memorial to George Harrison held at the Royal Albert Hall, London, features Eric Clapton; Paul McCartney; Ringo Starr; Jeff Lynne; Tom Petty; Joe Brown; Anoushka Shankar; Billy Preston; and members of Monty Python

Historic Event

Nov 30 Ina Garten's cooking show "Barefoot Contessa" premieres on the Food Network

  • Dec 1 Davis Cup Tennis, Paris: Mikhail Youzhny beats Paul-Henri Mathieu 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 to give Russia 3-2 win over France; only time in event history that a 2-set deficit turned around in a live 5th rubber of a Final
  • Dec 2 New climate-controlled vault to conserve and display the Sarajevo Haggadah illuminated manuscript (c. 1350) dedicated in Sarajevo’s National Museum

Film Premiere

Dec 5 "The Two Towers" 2nd Lord of the Rings film directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in New York

Film Premiere

Dec 6 "Adaptation" directed by Spike Jonze, starring Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep premieres

  • Dec 7 11th SEC Championship Game: #4 Georgia beats #22 Arkansas, 30-3
  • Dec 8 The Caribbean Community Heads of Government meet with the Government of Cuba and declare the date to be "CARICOM-Cuba Day" - To celebrate diplomatic ties between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba.

Film Premiere

Dec 9 "Star Trek: Nemesis" film directed by Stuart Baird, and starring Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes premieres

NHL Record

Dec 11 Joe Sakic scores his 500th career goal at Vancouver

Football Awards

Dec 12 Ballon d'Or: Inter/Real Madrid forward Ronaldo is named best football player in Europe for a second time ahead of Real Madrid left back Roberto Carlos and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn

  • Dec 13 The European Union announces that Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia will become members from May 1, 2004
  • Dec 15 68th Heisman Trophy Award: Carson Palmer, USC (QB)
  • Dec 17 Second Congo War: The Congolese parties of the Inter Congolese Dialogue sign a peace accord which makes provision for transitional governance and legislative and presidential elections within two years.
  • Dec 18 Governor of California Gray Davis announces the state faces a record budget deficit of $35 billion, roughly double the figure reported during his reelection campaign one month earlier

Film Release

Dec 18 "The Two Towers", 2nd of the Lord of the Rings films is released. Makes US$62 opening weekend and $926 million total worldwide.

Film Premiere

Dec 18 "The Hours" premieres in the US, based on the novel by Michael Cunningham and starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman

Historic Event

Dec 18 Fashion designer Calvin Klein announces he is selling his company to shirt-maker Phillips-Van Heusen for $430 million

  • Dec 20 US Senator Trent Lott resigns as majority leader.
  • Dec 23 A MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25, making it the first time in history that an aircraft and a modern unmanned drone had engaged in combat
  • Dec 27 Two truck bombs kill 72 and wound 200 at the pro-Moscow headquarters of the Chechen government in Grozny, Chechnya.

Film Release

Dec 27 "Chicago" (Best Picture 2003), based on John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical, directed by Rob Marshall, starring Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, and Catherine Zeta-Jones released.

  • Dec 27 Kenyan General Election: National Rainbow Coalition headed by Mwai Kibaki wins, overthrowing 39 year rule by the Kenya African National Union

Historic Event

Dec 28 LinkedIn is founded by Reid Hoffman and others in Mountain View, California