What Happened in 2003

Significant Events

  • Feb 1 Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.
  • Feb 15 An estimated 6-11 million people around the world take to the streets to protest against war with Iraq
  • Mar 13 The journal Nature reports that 350,000-year-old footprints of an upright-walking human have been found in Italy
  • Mar 19 Invasion of Iraq by American and British led coalition begins without United Nations support and in defiance of world opinion
  • Apr 9 Baghdad falls to U.S. forces ending the invasion of Iraqi but resulting in widespread looting
  • Apr 14 The Human Genome Project is completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%
  • Apr 16 Treaty of Accession is signed in Athens admitting 10 new member states to the European Union
  • Aug 11 NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.
  • Dec 13 Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured near his home town of Tikrit, during Operation Red Dawn by US forces
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The Spirit Rover is launched, beginning NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission

On June 10, 2003


World Leaders in 2003

Famous People in 2003

Famous People Born in 2003

  • Apr 29 Barbaro, American thoroughbred racehorse (d. 2007)
  • Apr 29 Maud Behn, Princess of Norway
  • Jul 4 Alessia di Matteo, Italian medical figure (d. 2005)
  • Aug 20 Prince Gabriel of Belgium
  • Aug 24 Alexandre Coste, son of Albert II, Prince of Monaco
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Famous Weddings

  • Jan 1 "Lord of The Rings" actress Miranda Otto (35) weds actor Peter O'Brien (44) at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia
  • Jan 1 "A Beautiful Mind" actress Jennifer Connelly (32) weds actor Paul Bettany in Scotland
  • Jan 3 Actress Emily Mortimer (31) weds actor Alessandro Nivola (30) in Chilterns, Buckinghamshire
  • Jan 11 "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" actor Taye Diggs (32) weds broadway actress Idina Menzel (31) at Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Jan 11 "The Sixth Sense" actress-singer Toni Collette (30) weds musician Dave Galafassi in a Buddhist ceremony near Sydney, Australia

Famous Divorces

  • May 27 Actress Angelina Jolie (26) divorces actor Billy Bob Thornton (47) due to irreconcilable differences
  • Dec 29 Retired NFL quarterback John Elway (43) divorces first wife Janet Buchan after 18 years of marriage
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