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 2002 Indiana quarter-dollar is now in circulation at the US Mint
  • 04 Aug 2002 Soham murders: Two 10-year-old schoolgirls, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, go missing from Soham, Cambridgeshire.
  • 05 Aug 2002 Chick Hearn, pro basketball announcer, dies at 85.
  • 07 Aug 2002 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Six Palestinians are killed by Israeli forces: Four Palestinian militants were shot and killed by Israeli undercover troops in Tulkarm. Hussam Hamdan is killed by an Israeli sniper. He was a member Hamas' Gaza Strip affiliate. A Palestinian policeman is killed when Israeli troops and 30 tanks enter northern Gaza. These are in response to the August 4th attacks.
  • 08 Aug 2002 Accounting scandals: WorldCom has announced that it discovered false accounting, in addition to what was previously discovered.
  • 09 Aug 2002 Extreme weather: Dozens of people are killed in floods that result from torrential rains in Europe. This includes the Malse, Blanice, and Shirokaya Balka, a Black Sea resort village, near Novorossiisk, Russia. It has also caused severe damage in Spain, Bulgaria, Croatia and Italy due to the downpours.
  • 10 Aug 2002 Charlton Heston (a movie actor and president, National Rifle Association) announces that he has Alzheimer’s disease.
  • 11 Aug 2002 UNEP (UN Environment Programme), reports on the Asian brown clouds.
  • 12 Aug 2002 In Arlington, Virginia, US Airways declares bankruptcy.
  • 13 Aug 2002 Extreme weather: The peak of the 100-year flood of Vltava River reaches Prague on the seventh day. On this day, an estimated seven million people are flooded. The Kampa Museum has been flooded. Melnik saw 15,000 people evacuated, while Decin saw 1,600. The death toll in Europe stands at 88 and 9 respectively in the Czech Republic and Poland.
  • 14 Aug 2002 Vladimir Putin announced that Belarus will become fully integrated into Russia. Each of Belarus' six provinces will become an independent republic within Russia Federation.
  • 16 Aug 2002 The 29th Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races will be held at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. It takes place over three days. The honored marque is Corvette. More than sixty Corvettes from the past are on display. They also participate in racing: Corvette SR-2 and Corvette SS. 1959 Sting Ray, CERV-I. Daytona-winning Corvette C5-R. Mako Shark. Aerovette, Grand Sport. 1953 Corvette #2 (EX-122). There are many other early race Corvettes.
  • 17 Aug 2002 Extreme weather: Dresden's Elbe crests at a record height of 30.84 feet (9.40m). Along the river's course, 30,000 Germans are evacuated.
  • 18 Aug 2002 Extreme weather: A sea lion that escaped from Prague Zoo on 13th March is now being held near Wittenberg.
  • 19 Aug 2002 A Russian Mi-26 helicopter carrying troops was hit outside Grozny by a Chechen missile, killing 118 soldiers.
  • 20 Aug 2002 Five hours later, a group of Iraqis fighting the regime of Saddam Hussein occupy the Iraqi Embassy Berlin before freeing their hostages and surrendering.
  • 21 Aug 2002 Extreme weather: A dam that was built in India over 125 years ago bursts during torrential rains. It kills 10.
  • 22 Aug 2002 Extreme weather: The Dongting Lake floods Yueyang in China, forcing 600,000 people to flee. Sunday is the expected crest of flooding from the Yangtze River. Nearly 1000 people have been killed in floods and landslides in China, 200 of them in Hunan province. This monsoon season saw 376 deaths in India and 494 in Nepal. There were also 158 deaths at home.
  • 23 Aug 2002 Recent celebrity deaths: Hoyt Wilhelm, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, dies.
  • 25 Aug 2002 The British reality series "I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!" aired its first series. ITV1 aired the first series of the British reality show 'I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!'
  • 26 Aug 2002 Eric Gagne, a former three-time All-Star Major League Baseball closer, and 2003 NL Cy Young Award recipient, starts his MLB-record streak with 84 consecutive games saved.
  • 29 Aug 2002 The US Navy found a Japanese midget submarine measuring 78 feet in length in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. It is believed that it was sunk two hours prior to the Japanese attack on 1941.
  • 31 Aug 2002 Recent celebrity deaths: Lionel Hampton (jazz vibraphone master) dies.
  • 19 Aug 2002 Khankala Mi-26 crash: A Russian Mil Mi-26 helicopter carrying troops is hit by a Chechen missile outside Grozny, killing 118 soldiers.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in August 2002?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Hot In Herre
  2. - Dilemma
  3. - Complicated
  4. - I Need A Girl (Part Two)
  5. - Just A Friend

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - The Logical Song
  2. - Colourblind
  3. - A Little Less Conversation
  4. - Anyone Of Us (Stupid Mistake)
  5. - Automatic High


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 2002?

The Lobster Chronicles by Linda Greenlaw

The Lobster Chronicles


Linda Greenlaw, after 17 years of service at sea, decided that it was time for a change. She would no longer be a swordboat captain. This career would bring her to a prominent position in Sebastian.

Wealth And Democracy by Kevin Phillips

Wealth And Democracy


Kevin Phillips' insights into American politics, economics and culture have been a part of history for more than 30 years.

Stupid White Men by Michael Moore

Stupid White Men


With more than 3 million copies sold, Michael Moore, Oscar-winning filmmaker as well as political activist, has written a bestseller called "Stupid White Men". It tells everything you need about the great and how they got there.

The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus

The Nanny Diaries


Needed: A young lady to care for a four-year-old boy. You must be enthusiastic, cheerful, and selfless. You must be able to work sixteen hours with a preschooler who is deprived of sleep.

Unfit To Practice by Perri O'Shaughnessy

Unfit To Practice


It is the moment most attorneys fear...the moment that could endanger their careers, reputations, and lives. It will be a moment that Nina Reilly fears most. She'll see her clients as witnesses.