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  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 3, 2002

    James Bond

    The Man with the Red Tattoo was published

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 3, 2002

    The Man with the Red Tattoo, first published in 2002, was the sixth and final original novel by Raymond Benson featuring Ian Fleming's character James Bond. Carrying the Ian Fleming Publications copyright, it was first published in the United Kingdom by Hodder & Stoughton and in the United States by Putnam.




  • U.S.
    Friday May 3, 2002

    Marvel Studios

    Spider-Man

    U.S.
    Friday May 3, 2002

    The next film licensed from Marvel Studios was Spider-Man by Columbia Pictures, directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man. The film was released on May 3, 2002, grossing $403,706,375 in the United States and Canada and $821,708,551 worldwide.




  • Hampden Park, Glasgow, UK
    Wednesday May 15, 2002

    Michael Ballack

    Losing the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final

    Hampden Park, Glasgow, UK
    Wednesday May 15, 2002

    He lost the UEFA Champions League final 2–1 to Real Madrid.




  • Timor-Leste
    Monday May 20, 2002

    Xanana Gusmão

    The First President of Timor-Leste

    Timor-Leste
    Monday May 20, 2002

    Gusmão became the first President of East Timor when it became formally independent on 20 May 2002.




  • Kyoto, Japan
    Thursday May 23, 2002

    Nintendo

    Yamauchi Retirment

    Kyoto, Japan
    Thursday May 23, 2002

    When Yamauchi, company president since 1949, retired on 24 May 2002, Satoru Iwata became the first Nintendo president who was unrelated to the Yamauchi family through blood or marriage since its founding in 1889.




  • Taiwan Strait, Taiwan
    Saturday May 25, 2002
    15 PM

    Plane Accidents

    China Airlines Flight 611

    Taiwan Strait, Taiwan
    Saturday May 25, 2002
    15 PM

    A Boeing 747-209B, on May 25, 2002, China Airlines Flight 611, bound for Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, disintegrated in mid-air and crashed into the Taiwan Strait 20 minutes after takeoff from Chiang Kai-shek International Airport (now Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport) in Taiwan. It was determined that the crash, which killed all 206 passengers and 19 crew members aboard the plane, was caused by improper repairs to the aircraft 22 years earlier when the aircraft encountered a tailstrike.




  • Michigan, U.S.
    Sunday May 26, 2002

    Eminem

    The Eminem Show

    Michigan, U.S.
    Sunday May 26, 2002

    The Eminem Show was released in May 2002. It was another success, reaching number one on the charts and selling over 1.332 million copies during its first full week.


  • FIFA headquarters, Zurich, Switzerland
    Tuesday May 28, 2002

    Sepp Blatter

    2002 Election

    FIFA headquarters, Zurich, Switzerland
    Tuesday May 28, 2002

    He was re-elected as head of FIFA in 2002. Blatter's 2002 candidacy has been marked with rumours of financial irregularities and backroom dealings.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday May 29, 2002

    Netflix

    Initial public offering

    U.S.
    Wednesday May 29, 2002

    Netflix initiated an initial public offering (IPO) on May 29, 2002, selling 5.5 million shares of common stock at the price of US$15.00 per share. On June 14, 2002, the company sold an additional 825,000 shares of common stock at the same price. After incurring substantial losses during its first few years, Netflix posted its first profit during the fiscal year 2003, earning US$6.5 million profit on revenues of US$272 million.


  • Korea and Japan
    Friday May 31, 2002

    FIFA World Cup

    First one held in Asia

    Korea and Japan
    Friday May 31, 2002

    The 2002 World Cup was the first to be held in Asia, and was hosted jointly by South Korea and Japan.


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