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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.

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of July 2002?


  • 01 Jul 2002 A Bashkirian Airlines (flight 2937) Tupolev TU-154 and a DHL (German cargo) Boeing 757 collide in mid-air over Ueberlingen, southern Germany, killing 71.
  • 02 Jul 2002 Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon.
  • 03 Jul 2002 Columbia Pictures publicly distributed ''Men in Black II'' into movie theaters.
  • 05 Jul 2002 Recent celebrity deaths: Ted Williams, baseball player, aged 83.
  • 07 Jul 2002 A scandal breaks out in the United Kingdom when news reports accuse MI6 of sheltering Abu Qatada, the supposed European Al Qaeda leader.
  • 08 Jul 2002 Organization of African Unity disbanded, African Union created.
  • 09 Jul 2002 At a Sotheby's auction, Peter Paul Rubens' painting ampquotThe Massacre of the Innocentsampquot (first version) is sold for £49.5million (US$76.2 million) to Kenneth Thomson, 2nd Baron Thomson of Fleet.
  • 10 Jul 2002 Michel Brunet, a paleontologist at the University of Poitiers, France, announced in the journal ''Nature'' that a 7-million-year-old skull found in the desert of Chad is the earliest hominid fossil ever found. But he was immediately met by a firestorm of criticism from other scientists who claim that it is merely the skull of an ape, possibly a proto-gorilla.
  • 11 Jul 2002 A group of Moroccan soldiers set up base on the Perejil Island.
  • 14 Jul 2002 French President Jacques Chirac escapes an assassination attempt unscathed during Bastille Day celebrations.
  • 15 Jul 2002 In Washington, DC, "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh pleads guilty to aiding the enemy and possession of explosives during the commission of a felony. Lindh agrees to serve ten years in prison for each charge.
  • 18 Jul 2002 Patents: Forgent Networks asserts that it owns and will enforce patent rights on the widely used JPEG image compression standard which is used widely on the World Wide Web. The announcement creates a furore remisicent of Unisys' attempts to assert its rights over the GIF image compression standard.
  • 19 Jul 2002 Hail kills 25 and injures hundreds in the Chinese province of Henan.
  • 20 Jul 2002 South America: A fire in a discotheque in Lima, Peru kills over twenty-five.
  • 21 Jul 2002 A Sukhoi Su-27 fighter crashes at an air show in Ukraine, killing 77 and injuring more than 100, making it the worst air show disaster in history (see Sknyliv airshow disaster).
  • 22 Jul 2002 An earthquake (magnitude 4.7) hits parts of Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
  • 23 Jul 2002 Recent celebrity deaths: Chaim Potok, novelist dies of cancer at age 73.
  • 24 Jul 2002 Democrat James Traficant is expelled from the United States House of Representatives on a vote of 420 to 1.
  • 25 Jul 2002 A proposal by the United States to delay adoption of a new United Nations anti-torture pact was defeated 15–29, after which the pact was adopted by the Economic and Social Council. The United States cited concerns that, if adopted by the General Assembly, American state prisons and other facilities may become subject to inspection.
  • 27 Jul 2002 Ukraine airshow disaster: a Sukhoi Su-27 fighter crashes during an air show at Lviv, Ukraine killing 85 and injuring more than 100 others, the largest air show disaster in history.
  • 28 Jul 2002 Cyclist Lance Armstrong wins his fourth consecutive Tour de France.
  • 29 Jul 2002 England beats India in the first cricket Test match of the series.
  • 30 Jul 2002 Sotheby's in New York in conjunction with Stack's auctions the King Farouk specimen of the US 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle for $7,590,020, a world record for a single coin at auction. The $20 represents a $20 Federal Reserve note paid by auctioneer David Redden to Mint Director Henrietta Holsman Fore to officially monetize the coin.
  • 31 Jul 2002 Hebrew University of Jerusalem is attacked when a bomb explodes in a cafeteria, killing 9.

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Neko no ongaeshi

Neko no ongaeshi

Release year: 2002

Directed by: Hiroyuki Morita

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

Yossi & Jagger

Yossi & Jagger

Release year: 2002

Directed by: Eytan Fox

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



Release year: 2002

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

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

Country: United States of America

K-19: The Widowmaker

K-19: The Widowmaker

Release year: 2002

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

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


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Whisper of Evil by Kay Hooper

Whisper of Evil


Someone is stalking the little town of Silence. Three victims have fallen to a killer’s savage vengeance. Each of the dead men was a successful and respected member of the community—yet each also harbored a dark secret discovered only after …

A Thousand Country Roads by Robert James Waller

A Thousand Country Roads


At last, the rest of the story. Epilogue: A concluding part added to a literary work. There was something about this man that was out of the ordinary, something almost familiar

Hemlock Bay by Catherine Coulter

Hemlock Bay


Madness and murder rip through the latest suspense novel by the bestselling author of Riptide.After five consecutive New York Times bestselling FBI novels, Catherine Coulter is a major player in contemporary

The Beach House by James Patterson, Peter de Jonge

The Beach House


Jack Mullen is a driven student of the law. His brother Peter is a servant of the rich, parking the cars of the Hamptons' elite-and perhaps satisfying their more intimate needs as well.

The Mulberry Tree by Jude Deveraux

The Mulberry Tree


He needed me. For nearly twenty years, those three words dictated the life of Lillian Manville. Quiet, unassuming, and overweight, Lillian did anything and everything to please her husband, the