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Events in History in October 2002

  • 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.

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

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

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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.