On This Day

October 2002 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 2 The Beltway sniper attacks begin, extending over three weeks
  • Oct 6 The French oil tanker Limburg is bombed off Yemen.
  • Oct 6 Opus Dei founder Josemaría Escrivá is canonized.

Nobel Prize

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

Economist Vernon L. Smith
Vernon L. Smith
Economist and Psychologist Daniel Kahneman
Economist and Psychologist
Daniel Kahneman

Nobel Prize

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

Author and Nobel Laureate Imre Kertész
Author and Nobel Laureate
Imre Kertész
  • 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 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
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

Deaths in History

  • Oct 1 Walter Annenberg, American publisher (Triangle-TV Guide) and philanthropist, dies at 94
  • Oct 2 Heinz von Foerster, Austrian-born physicist and philosopher (b. 1911)
  • Oct 3 Robert Krausz, Stock market advisor and investor (b. 1936)
  • Oct 3 John Weitz, American author and fashion designer (Friends in High Places), dies at 79
  • Oct 4 Alphonse Chapanis, founder of ergonomics (b. 1917)
  • Oct 6 Claus von Amsberg, husband of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (b. 1926)
  • Oct 9 Aileen Wournos, American serial killer sentenced to death (b. 1956)

Stephen E. Ambrose

Oct 13 Stephen E. Ambrose, American historian (Band of Brothers), dies of lung cancer at 66

  • Oct 16 Angela Dawson, American murder victim
  • Oct 18 Nikolay Rukavishnikov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 10, 16, 33), dies at 70
  • Oct 18 Wynand Breytenbach, South African soldier and politician, Deputy Minister of Defense (1986-94), dies at 67
  • Oct 22 Queen Geraldina of the Albanians (b. 1915)
  • Oct 23 Elizabeth Pakenham, Countess of Longford, British historian, dies at 96
  • Oct 24 Winton M. Blount, United States Postmaster General (b. 1921)
  • Oct 24 Harry Hay, American activist (b. 1912)
  • Oct 25 Paul Wellstone, American politician (Sen-D-Minnesota 1991-2002), dies in a plane crash at 58
  • Oct 26 Jacques Massu, French general who led Battle of Algiers, dies at 94
  • Oct 26 Movsar Barayev, Chechen Islamist militia leader during the Second Chechen War, dies at 23
  • Oct 28 Erling Persson, Swedish entrepreneur (b. 1917)
  • Oct 30 William Mitchell, British physicist, dies at 77
  • Oct 31 Lionel Poilâne, French baker and entrepreneur, dies at 57
  • Oct 31 Michail Stasinopoulos, Greek politician and 1st President of Greece, dies at 99