July 2002 calendar

July 2002

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in July 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 July 2002: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of July 2002?


  • 01 Jul 2002 A Bashkirian Airlines (flight 2977) Tupolev TU-154, and a DHL German cargo (Boeing 757) collide mid-air above Ueberlingen in southern Germany, killing 71.
  • 02 Jul 2002 Steve Fossett becomes first solo pilot to fly non-stop around the globe in a balloon.
  • 03 Jul 2002 Columbia Pictures distributed "Men in Black II" to movie theaters.
  • 05 Jul 2002 Recent celebrity deaths: Ted Williams (baseball player), aged 83.
  • 07 Jul 2002 The scandal broke out when British news reports accused MI6 of sheltering Abu Qatada (the supposed European Al Qaeda leader).
  • 08 Jul 2002 Organization of African Unity is disbanded. African Union is created.
  • 09 Jul 2002 Peter Paul Rubens' painting, ampquotThe Massacre of the Innocentsampquot (first edition) was sold at Sotheby's for PS49.5million (US$76.2million) to Kenneth Thomson (2nd Baron Thomson of Fleet).
  • 10 Jul 2002 Michel Brunet, a French paleontologist, stated in the journal Nature that a skull dated 7 million years old found in the desert of Chad was the oldest known hominid fossil. However, he was quickly met with criticism by other scientists who claimed that the skull is not of an ape and could be a proto-gorilla.
  • 11 Jul 2002 A group of Moroccan soldiers established a base on Perejil Island.
  • 14 Jul 2002 During Bastille Day celebrations, French President Jacques Chirac is unassassinated.
  • 15 Jul 2002 John Walker Lindh, the "American Taliban", pleads guilty in Washington, DC to aiding the enemy, and possessing explosives during the commission a felony. Lindh agrees that he will spend ten years prison time for each of the charges.
  • 18 Jul 2002 Patents: Forgent Networks claims that it has and will enforce patent rights to the JPEG image compression standard, which is widely used on the World Wide Web. This announcement is a resounding defeat for Unisys' efforts to assert its rights over GIF image compression standards.
  • 19 Jul 2002 In the Chinese province Henan, Hail kills 25 people and injures many more.
  • 20 Jul 2002 South America: More than twenty-five people are killed by a fire at a discotheque located in Lima, Peru.
  • 21 Jul 2002 Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet crashes at an Ukrainian air show, killing 77 people and injuring over 100 others. (See Sknyliv airshow catastrophe).
  • 22 Jul 2002 Parts of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands were struck by an earthquake measuring magnitude 4.7.
  • 23 Jul 2002 Recent celebrity deaths: Chaim Potter, novelist, dies from cancer at the age of 73.
  • 24 Jul 2002 On a vote of 420-1, James Traficant, Democrat, is expelled from United States House of Representatives.
  • 25 Jul 2002 The United States made a proposal to defer the adoption of a new United Nations Anti-Torture Pact. It was defeated 15-29. After that, the Economic and Social Council adopted the pact. The United States expressed concern that American state prisons could be subject to inspection if the General Assembly adopted the pact.
  • 27 Jul 2002 Ukraine airshow disaster: A Sukhoi Su-27 fighter crashes at Lviv, Ukraine, killing 85 people and injuring over 100 more. This is the worst airshow accident in Ukraine history.
  • 28 Jul 2002 Cyclist Lance Armstrong wins his fourth consecutive Tour de France.
  • 29 Jul 2002 England defeats India in the first cricket test match of the series.
  • 30 Jul 2002 Sotheby's New York auctions the King Farouk double eagle of the US 1933 Saint-Gaudens Saint-Gaudens for $7,590,000. This is a world record price for a single coin sold at auction. The $20 is a $20 Federal Reserve note that David Redden paid to Henrietta Holsman, Mint Director, to officially monetize this coin.
  • 31 Jul 2002 A bomb explodes in the cafeteria of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, killing nine.

Famous Birthday

Famous Deaths

  • American basketball player with the Detroit Pistons.

  • British theoretical physicist (Born 1933).

  • American Titanic survivor (Born 1904).

  • French Canadian politician and Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (Born 1926).

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Music charts

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

  1. - Hot In Herre
  2. - Without Me
  3. - Foolishyoutube
  4. - Hero
  5. - Complicated

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - A Little Less Conversation
  2. - The Logical Song
  3. - By The Way
  4. - I'm Gonna Be Alright
  5. - Anyone Of Us (Stupid Mistake)


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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CNNNN: Chaser Non-Stop News Network

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Release year: 2002

Starring: Craig Reucassel, Chris Taylor, Julian Morrow, Dominic Knight

Country: Australia

Neko no ongaeshi

Neko no ongaeshi

Release year: 2002

Directed by: Hiroyuki Morita

Starring: Chizuru Ikewaki, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Aki Maeda, Takayuki Yamada

Country: Japan

Yossi & Jagger

Yossi & Jagger

Release year: 2002

Directed by: Eytan Fox

Starring: Ohad Knoller, Yehuda Levi, Assi Cohen, Aya Steinovitz

K-19: The Widowmaker

K-19: The Widowmaker

Release year: 2002

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

Starring: Harrison Ford, Sam Spruell, Peter Stebbings, Christian Camargo

Country: United States of America



Release year: 2002

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Starring: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin

Country: United States of America


Which were the most popular books released in July 2002?
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The Beach House by James Patterson, Peter de Jonge

The Beach House


Jack Mullen is a dedicated student of law. Peter Mullen is his brother and he serves the wealthy by parking cars for the Hamptons elite, as well as providing other services to their intimate needs.

The Dive From Clausen'S Pier by Ann Packer

The Dive From Clausen'S Pier


How much are we owed to the people we love? Is it a sign that we are strong or weak to leave someone in need? Ann Packer's new novel is intimate and emotional and has been compared to Jane Hamilton …

The Remnant by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

The Remnant


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The Right Words At The Right Time by Marlo Thomas

The Right Words At The Right Time


Here are some heartwarming personal revelations from some of the most prominent luminaries of our time.

Face the Fire by Nora Roberts

Face the Fire


The conclusion of her three-part trilogy Three Sisters Island, #1 New York Times bestseller Nora Roberts beautifully evokes New England's charming charm, weaving a captivating tale of true love and sheer magic. Mia Devlin understands what it feels like to …