August 2002 calendar

August 2002

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 2002.
The US president was George W. Bush (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Tony Blair (Labour), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on August 2002: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 2002?


  • 02 Aug 2002 The US Mint releases the 2002 Indiana quarter dollar to circulation.
  • 04 Aug 2002 Soham murders: 10 year old school girls Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells go missing from the town of Soham, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom.
  • 05 Aug 2002 ''Recent celebrity deaths:'' Chick Hearn, pro-basketball announcer dies at the age of 85.
  • 07 Aug 2002 Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Israeli forces kill six Palestinians: Israeli undercover soldiers kill four Palestinian militants wound three in a gun-fight in Tulkarm. An Israeli sniper kills Hussam Hamdan, a member of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Israeli troops and 30 tanks push into northern Gaza, killing a Palestinian policeman. These come in response to the attacks of August 4 listed above.
  • 08 Aug 2002 Accountancy scandals: WorldCom announced it had discovered in false accounting in addition to the discovered earlier.
  • 09 Aug 2002 Extreme weather: Dozens are killed by floods caused by torrential rains in Europe, including the Malše and Blanice rivers of the Czech Republic, the Black Sea resort village of Shirokaya Balka near Novorossiisk in Russia, and Romania. The downpours have also caused extensive damage in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, and Spain.
  • 10 Aug 2002 Charlton Heston, movie actor and president of the National Rifle Association, announces that he has Alzheimer's disease.
  • 11 Aug 2002 UNEP (UN Environment Programme) reports on the Asian brown cloud.
  • 12 Aug 2002 In Arlington, Virginia, US Airways declares bankruptcy.
  • 13 Aug 2002 Extreme weather: On the seventh day of heavy rains, the peak of 100-year flood of the Vltava River reaches Prague, and the Kampa district is submerged under several yards of water, as well as the Prague Zoo, killing an elephant, five rhinoceros, a lion, a gorilla and 80 birds, and allowing five seals to escape. The Kampa Museum is flooded. 15,000 people were evacuated from Mělník, and 1,600 people were evacuated from Děčín. The death toll in Europe is at 88, 9 in the Czech Republic.
  • 14 Aug 2002 Vladimir Putin announces that Belarus will be fully integrated into Russia, with each of Belarus's six provinces to become a separate republic within the Russian Federation.
  • 16 Aug 2002 At the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, in Monterey, California, the 29th Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races are held, over three days. Corvette is the honored marque. Over sixty historic Corvettes are on display and participate in racing, including: Corvette SR-2, Corvette SS, 1959 Sting Ray, CERV-I, Daytona-winning Corvette C5-R, Mako Shark, Aerovette, Grand Sport, 1953 Corvette #2 (EX-122), and plenty of early race Corvettes.
  • 17 Aug 2002 Extreme weather: The Elbe crests at Dresden at the record height of 30.84 feet (9.40 m). 30,000 Germans are evacuated along the river's path.
  • 18 Aug 2002 Extreme weather: One of the sea lions who escaped from the Prague Zoo on the 13th is safely recaptured near Wittenberg.
  • 19 Aug 2002 A Russian Mi-26 helicopter carrying troops is hit by a Chechen missile outside of Grozny, killing 118 soldiers.
  • 20 Aug 2002 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.
  • 21 Aug 2002 Extreme weather: In India, a 125-year-old dam bursts under torrential rains, killing 10.
  • 22 Aug 2002 Extreme weather: In China, the Dongting Lake floods Yueyang, forcing the evacuation of 600,000 people; the crest of the flooding from the Yangtze River is expected Sunday. Floods and landslides have killed nearly 1000 people in China, 200 in the Hunan province. There have been 376 deaths in India, 494 in Nepal, and 158 deaths in Bangladesh this monsoon season.
  • 23 Aug 2002 Recent celebrity deaths: Baseball Hall of Fame player Hoyt Wilhelm dies.
  • 25 Aug 2002 The first series of the British reality show ''I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!'' started on ITV1
  • 26 Aug 2002 Éric Gagné, former three-time All-Star Major League Baseball closer and 2003 NL Cy Young Award winner, begins his MLB-record streak of 84 consecutive games saved.
  • 29 Aug 2002 A 78-foot long Japanese midget submarine is found in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, believed to have been sunk by the US Navy two hours before the Japanese attack in 1941.
  • 31 Aug 2002 Recent celebrity deaths: Lionel Hampton, jazz vibraphone master, dies.

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Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Into the Wild

Into the Wild

Directed by: Sean Penn

Starring: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener, Marcia Gay Harden

Country: United States of America

Elite Squad

Elite Squad

Directed by: José Padilha

Starring: Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Caio Junqueira, Milhem Cortaz

That Obscure Object of Desire

That Obscure Object of Desire

Directed by: Luis Buñuel

Starring: Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet, Ángela Molina, Julien Bertheau

Country: United States of America



Directed by: Joe May

Starring: Kay Francis, Basil Rathbone, Ian Hunter, Jane Bryan

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Directed by: Stephen Chbosky

Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd


Which were the most popular books released in August 2002?
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Snobbery by Joseph Epstein



A national bestseller, Snobbery examines the discriminating qualities in all of us. With dishy detail, Joseph Epstein skewers all manner of elitism in contemporary America.

The Remnant by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

The Remnant


Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. 100% Money Back Guarantee.

Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

Running With Scissors


The #1 New York Times BestsellerAn Entertainment Weekly Top Ten Book of the YearNow a Major Motion Picture Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away …

Tuxedo Park by Jennet Conant

Tuxedo Park


The untold story of an eccentric Wall Street tycoon and the circle of scientific geniuses he assembled before World War II to develop the science for radar and the atomic bomb.

The Right Words At The Right Time by Marlo Thomas

The Right Words At The Right Time


For those of us in need of hope, a hero, or a healthy dose of inspiration, here is a heartwarming collection of personal revelations from some of today's greatest luminaries whose