October 2002 calendar

October 2002

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 2002?


  • 02 Oct 2002 The Congress of the United States approves a joint resolution that authorizes the President of the United States to use the United States Armed Forces against Iraq as he considers appropriate and necessary.
  • 03 Oct 2002 Hurricane Lili is a Category One hurricane that strikes Intercoastal City in Louisiana. It has been weakened by the Category Four storm it was only 10 hours before.
  • 05 Oct 2002 Bertrand Delanoe is stabbed in his abdomen by the Paris mayor during the Nuits Blanches celebration.
  • 06 Oct 2002 The French oil tanker Limburg was bombed off Yemen.
  • 07 Oct 2002 Conflict between Israel and Palestine: Israeli troops attack Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip. 13 Israeli soldiers were killed (10 by a helicopter missile), while 100 were injured when a rocket was fired at a Jewish settlement. Later, the Palestinians kidnap Rajeh Abu Lehiya and kill him as chief of the Palestinian riot Police. Two others are killed in gunfire during a conflict between police and Hamas supporters.
  • 09 Oct 2002 The Dow Jones Industrial Average drops to 7,286.27, the lowest level since October 1997.
  • 10 Oct 2002 France confirmed that the explosion onboard the French oil tanker "Limburg" off Yemen's coast was a terrorist act.
  • 11 Oct 2002 U.S. plans to invade Iraq: In the ongoing conflict between the United States of America and Iraq, the United States Senate voted in favor of President George W. Bush's war powers.
  • 12 Oct 2002 Terrorists set off bombs at the Sari Club in Kuta (Bali), killing 202 people and injuring more than 300.
  • 13 Oct 2002 2002 Bali bombings: The U.S. President George W. Bush, amongst others, has condemned the perpetrators in the Bali car bombings of October 11. At least 187 people have now died in the Bali car bombings.
  • 14 Oct 2002 Four games to one, the San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals to win the National League Championship Series. They will now move on to the World Series. They will face the Anaheim Angels who beat the Minnesota Twins by four games to one in the American League Championship Series.
  • 15 Oct 2002 A Kiev judge directed prosecutors to open an investigation into Ukraine's former President Leonid Kutschma on corruption and abuse of power charges.
  • 16 Oct 2002 The Iraq War Resolution is signed by George W. Bush, US President.
  • 17 Oct 2002 Bombings in Zamboanga: Two bombs were detonated in the main shopping area of Zamboanga, a predominantly Christian city in the southern Philippines. Six people were killed and about 150 others were injured. This was the second terrorist attack in Southeast Asia that occurred in less than one week. Jemaah Islamiyah was immediately under suspicion. This Islamic extremist group is also being investigated in connection to the Bali car bombing on October 11, where more than 180 people were killed.
  • 18 Oct 2002 October 18, 2002 Manila bus bombing. A bomb went off in suburban Manila and destroyed a bus, killing at least three people and wounding 23 more. Hours earlier, a grenade was detonated in the financial district of Manila. Two bomb attacks in the Philippines' financial district were just one day before the bomb attacks.
  • 19 Oct 2002 Computer chess: The Brains in Bahrain match was drawn by Vladimir Kramnik, the chess champion, and Deep Fritz, the computer program. Each game has four points.
  • 21 Oct 2002 DDoS attacks have disabled 9 out of 13 DNS root servers.
  • 22 Oct 2002 25 Chechen rebels in ampndash take over the theatre "Nord-Ost" in Moscow and make the audience slaves.
  • 23 Oct 2002 Moscow Theatre Siege: Around 700 theater-goers are taken hostage by Chechen terrorists who seize the Moscow House of Culture theatre.
  • 24 Oct 2002 Police arrested John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo as they were suspected of being a sniper group. This brings an end to the Beltway attacks around Washington, DC.
  • 25 Oct 2002 U.S. U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone and his family, along with his staff, were killed in a plane crash at Eveleth (Minnesota).
  • 26 Oct 2002 Moscow Theatre Siege: Around 50 Chechen terrorists are killed and 150 hostages are taken hostage by Russian Spetsnaz. They stormed a Moscow theater that had been occupied three days earlier during a musical performance.
  • 27 Oct 2002 Sports: Emmitt SMITT of the Dallas Cowboys passed Walter Payton to become the NFL's top rusher. This was in a 17-14 loss against the Seattle Seahawks
  • 28 Oct 2002 Sports: The FA Cup First Round qualifies Team Bath as the first university team since 1882. They defeated Horsham on penalties in the replay of the Fourth Qualifying round.
  • 29 Oct 2002 Ho Chi Minh City ITC Inferno: A fire damages a luxury department store in which 1500 people shop. More than 60 people were killed and more than 100 are still missing. This is the worst disaster that Vietnam has seen in peacetime.
  • 30 Oct 2002 The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party chose former Vice President of the United States Walter Mondale as their candidate for the United States Senate seat of recently deceased Senator Paul Wellstone from Minnesota.
  • 31 Oct 2002 Yuri Shevchenko, the Russian Health Minister, has stated that the incapacitating drug used in the storming and capture of the Moscow Theatre Siege was a fentanyl derivative.
  • 02 Oct 2002 The Beltway sniper attacks begin in Washington, D.C., extending over three weeks and killing 10 people.
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Music charts

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

  1. - A Moment Like Thisyoutube
  2. - Dilemma
  3. - Gangsta Lovin'
  4. - Lose Yourselfyoutube
  5. - Hey Ma

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - The Tide Is High (Get The Feeling)
  2. - The Long And Winding Road / Suspicious Minds
  3. - Round Round
  4. - Complicated
  5. - Crossroads


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in October 2002?

Slander by Ann Coulter



This is the most talked about and controversial book of 2018. It is impossible to know who controls America's media.

Kentucky Sunrise by Fern Michaels

Kentucky Sunrise


The final installment of the trilogy that reunited the Thornton and Coleman families is on the edge of your seat. Fern Michaels, a New York Times bestseller sets our pulses racing as Nealy Coleman, horsewoman, takes the stage

Q Is For Quarry by Sue Grafton

Q Is For Quarry


Sue Grafton presents an engaging mystery that is based on a real unsolved murder. This #1 New York Times Bestseller features private investigator Kinsey Milhone. She was a Jane Doe, a unidentified white woman whose body was found near a …

My Losing Season by Pat Conroy

My Losing Season


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Pat Conroy is America's foremost novelist and has written a touching coming-of age memoir about love, loss, family, and life.

What We Saw by CBS News

What We Saw


Each of us can recall where we were, how we thought, felt, and what we saw on September 11, 2001.