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The following events occurred in August 2002:
- 1 Events
- 1.1 August 4, 2002
- 1.2 August 5, 2002
- 1.3 August 7, 2002
- 1.4 August 8, 2002
- 1.5 August 9, 2002
- 1.6 August 10, 2002
- 1.7 August 11, 2002
- 1.8 August 12, 2002
- 1.9 August 13, 2002
- 1.10 August 14, 2002
- 1.11 August 17, 2002
- 1.12 August 18, 2002
- 1.13 August 19, 2002
- 1.14 August 20, 2002
- 1.15 August 21, 2002
- 1.16 August 22, 2002
- 1.17 August 23, 2002
- 1.18 August 25, 2002
- 1.19 August 26, 2002
- 1.20 August 31, 2002
- 2 References
August 4, 2002
- Israeli-Palestinian conflict: A Palestinian suicide bombing claims nine lives, near Safed; there is a shooting attack in Jerusalem, claiming 2; there is an attack upon a settler family, killing the parents. Not all of the victims of these attacks were Israeli Jews; some were Israeli Arabs and Druze.
- The water parasite Cryptosporidium was discovered in drinking water as a result of the 2002 Glasgow floods.
- The closing ceremony of the XVII Commonwealth Games which had started on 25 July.
August 5, 2002
- Recent celebrity deaths: Chick Hearn, pro-basketball announcer dies at the age of 85.
- Stock market downturn of 2002: U.S. indices continue heavy losses from the previous week and fall by over three percent on the day, NASDAQ falling below its July 23 low.
- British cases of Legionnaires' disease continue to rise, to a total of 56 diagnosed cases so far, in that country's largest outbreak for many years.
- Microsoft has announced that it is to make some concessions towards the proposed final settlement of the United States v. Microsoft case, ahead of the judge's verdict.
- The gun turret of the USS Monitor was raised from the sea bottom off the coast of North Carolina, where it had lain since sinking in 1869
August 7, 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.
- Three members of Manchester rock band Oasis have been injured in a head-on car crash in Indianapolis while on tour in the U.S. None were seriously injured.
- Mathematics: A group at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur have presented an algorithm that they claim determines whether a number is prime in polynomial time relative to the length of the input number in bits. This is an important result in computational complexity theory.
- Stock market downturn of 2002: The stock market remains volatile.
- Explosions went off near the parliament building as Colombia's President Álvaro Uribe was being sworn in, killing at least 10 people.
- Recent celebrity deaths: Edsger Dijkstra, one of the giants of the field of computer science, has died.
August 8, 2002
- Accountancy scandals: WorldCom announced it had discovered $3.3 billion in false accounting in addition to the $3.8 billion discovered earlier.
- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) votes to require television manufacturers to include digital tunerss in nearly all televisions by 2007.
August 9, 2002
- Extreme weather: Dozens are killed by floods caused by torrential rains in Europe, including the Malše and Blanice[disambiguation needed] 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.
- A massive explosion in Jalalabad at the maintenance facility of the Afghan Construction and Logistics Unit, a private construction company, kills at least 10 and injures 25, damaging 50 homes and a hydroelectric dam.
August 10, 2002
- Charlton Heston, movie actor and president of the National Rifle Association, announces that he has Alzheimer's disease
August 11, 2002
August 12, 2002
- Recent celebrity deaths: Enos Slaughter, Baseball Hall of Famer, dies at 86 from the disease non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
- Extreme weather: The death toll in Europe caused by flooding has risen to at least 74, with 58 deaths in Russia, 3 in Germany, 3 in Austria, and one in the Czech Republic. Prime Minister Vladimír Špidla declared a state of emergency in Prague, Bohemia, Plzeň and Karlovy Vary. All shipping on the Danube has been halted. Premier Silvio Berlusconi approved $50 million in emergency aid in response to the $300 million in damage of northern Italy's crops.
- US Airways declares bankruptcy, caused by the air travel slowdown following the September 11, 2001, Terrorist Attack.
- Colombian president Álvaro Uribe declares state of emergency.
August 13, 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.
August 14, 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.
- Recent celebrity deaths: Larry Rivers, American painter, dies at 78.
- Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Marwan Barghouti, captured April 15, is indicted in a civilian Israeli court.
- The United States Food and Drug Administration orders a recall of all soft tissues processed since October 3 by CryoLife, the largest supplier of implant tissue in the United States, after 27 cases of serious infection, including one death in November.
- Extreme weather: The peak of a 100-year flood of the Vltava River surges through the Czech Republic into the Elbe in Germany. In Plzeň the city center is flooded, and breweries shut down. In České Budějovice, most of the old town is under more than a foot of water, and the Czech Budweiser breweries are shut down. More than 200,000 Czechs are forced to leave their homes. Damages are estimated at over $600 million. In Dresden, the Zwinger Palace courtyard and basement are flooded, damaging paintings. The Semper Opera basement is flooded, closing it for weeks. More than 3,000 hospital patients are evacuated. Europe-wide death toll is now 99.
August 17, 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.
August 18, 2002
- Extreme weather: One of the sea lions who escaped from the Prague Zoo on the 13th is safely recaptured near Wittenberg.
August 19, 2002
- Martin Strel is approaching Memphis, Tennessee, in his effort for peace to swim the length of the Mississippi River.
- Recent celebrity deaths: Al Ayyam[disambiguation needed] reports that international terrorist Abu Nidal was found dead of apparent suicide.
- Extreme weather: The flooding death toll in Europe reaches 109. The Danube peaks at Budapest at a record 28.3 feet (8.6 m), mostly contained by the walls along the river. Dessau is flooded. Overall damage in the Czech Republic is expected to cost $2.8 billion.
August 20, 2002
- Iraqi club Al-Shorta win the Umm Al Ma’arak (mother of all battles) Cup for the third time in a row by defeating Al-Talaba 1-0 in the final.
August 21, 2002
- Extreme weather: In India, a 125-year-old dam bursts under torrential rains, killing 10.
August 22, 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.
- Government of Canada: Jean Chrétien, the Prime Minister of Canada, announces he will step down in February 2004.
August 23, 2002
August 25, 2002
- The first series of the British reality show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! started on ITV1
- Apple releases Mac OS X version 10.2.
August 26, 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.
August 31, 2002
- Recent celebrity deaths: Lionel Hampton, jazz vibraphone master, dies.
- Israeli-Palestinian conflict: A think tank affiliated with the Arab League ended its meeting in Cairo by calling Jews "enemies of all nations", by claiming that Arabs, as Semites, cannot be anti-Semitic, and by claiming that the events of September 11, 2001 were concocted by the United States government. See http://www.zccf.org.ae/LECTURES/E2_lectures/e255.htm