What Happened in April 2003

Historical Events

  • Apr 5 18th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
  • Apr 5 156th Grand National: Barry Geraghty aboard Monty's Pass wins

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Apr 7 U.S. troops capture Baghdad; Saddam Hussein's regime falls two days later.

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • Apr 7 37th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Toby Keith & Martina McBride win
  • Apr 7 65th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Syracuse beats Kansas 81-78
  • Apr 8 22nd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee 73-68
  • Apr 9 Baghdad falls to U.S. forces ending the invasion of Iraqi but resulting in widespread looting
  • Apr 13 67th Masters Golf Tournament: Mike Weir wins, shooting a 281
  • Apr 13 49th British Academy Television Awards: "Alistair McGowan's Big Impression" Best Comedy, "Spooks" Best Drama
  • Apr 14 The Human Genome Project is completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%
  • Apr 14 U.S. troops in Baghdad capture Abu Abbas, leader of the Palestinian group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner the Achille Lauro in 1985.
  • Apr 16 Treaty of Accession is signed in Athens admitting 10 new member states to the European Union
  • Apr 21 107th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya 1st man in 2:10:11 and Svetlana Zakharova of Russia 1st woman in 2:25:19

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Apr 22 Patrick Roy plays his final career NHL game

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • Apr 23 Beijing closes all schools for two weeks because of the SARS virus.
  • Apr 26 2003 NFL Draft: Carson Palmer from USC first pick by Cincinnati Bengals

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Apr 28 Andre Agassi recaptures the world no. 1 ranking to become the oldest top-ranked male in the history of the ATP rankings (33 years, 13 days)

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 29 Barbaro, American thoroughbred racehorse (d. 2007)
  • Apr 29 Maud Behn, Princess of Norway

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 7 Academy Award "Gladiator" actor Russell Crowe (39) weds singer Danielle Spencer (32) at his 560-acre cattle farm in Nana Glen, New South Wales, Australia

  • Apr 12 Prince Laurent of Belgium (39)marries Claire Coombs (29) in Belgium
  • Apr 22 "Star Trek: Enterprise" actress Jolene Blalock (28) weds "Live Nation" CEO Michael Rapino in Negril, Jamaica
  • Apr 25 "Angel" actress Amy Acker (26) weds actor James Carpinello (27) at Hans Fahden Vineyard in Napa Valley, California

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong actor and singer (b. 1956)
  • Apr 2 Edwin Starr, American singer (b. 1942)
  • Apr 3 Michael Kelly, American journalist (b. 1957)
  • Apr 4 Anthony Caruso, American actor (b. 1916)
  • Apr 4 Resortes, Mexican comedian (b. 1916)
  • Apr 6 David Bloom, American reporter (b. 1963)
  • Apr 6 Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian drummer (b. 1927)
  • Apr 6 Gerald Emmett Cardinal Carter, Canadian religious figure (b. 1912)
  • Apr 7 Cecile de Brunhoff, French storyteller (b. 1903)
  • Apr 7 David Greene, British television director (b. 1921)

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Apr 10 Little Eva [Eva Boyd], American pop singer (Locomotion), dies of cervical cancer at 59

Pop Singer Little Eva
Pop Singer
Little Eva
  • Apr 11 Cecil Howard Green, British geophysicist and businessman (b. 1900)
  • Apr 12 Cecil H. Green, American manufacturer (b. 1900)
  • Apr 13 Possum Bourne, New Zealand rally car driver (b. 1956
  • Apr 15 Erin Fleming, Canadian actress (b. 1941)
  • Apr 15 Reg Bundy, British performer (b. 1941)
  • Apr 16 Graham Jarvis, Canadian actor, dies of multiple myeloma at 72
  • Apr 16 Graham Stuart Thomas, English author and garden designer (b. 1909)
  • Apr 17 Robert Atkins, American dietician (b. 1930)
  • Apr 17 Paul Getty, American-born philanthropist (b. 1932)
  • Apr 17 Earl King, American musician and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • Apr 17 Yiannis Latsis, Greek shipping tycoon (b. 1910)
  • Apr 18 Edgar F. Codd, English computer scientist (b. 1923)
  • Apr 20 Ruth Hale, American playwright and actress (b. 1908)
  • Apr 20 Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1976)
  • Apr 20 Bernard Katz, German-born biophysicist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1911)
  • Apr 21 Nina Simone, American singer and pianist (b. 1933)
  • Apr 22 Martha Griffiths, U.S. Congresswoman (b. 1912)
  • Apr 22 Michael Larrabee, American athlete (b. 1933)
  • Apr 22 Felice Bryant, American songwriter (b. 1925)
  • Apr 23 James H. Critchfield, American Central Intelligence agent (b. 1917)
  • Apr 23 Fernand Fonssagrives, French photographer (b. 1910)
  • Apr 25 Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete (b. 1966)
  • Apr 26 Rosemary Brown, Canadian politician (b. 1930)
  • Apr 26 Max Nicholson, Irish environmentalist (b. 1904)
  • Apr 26 Peter Stone, American writer (b. 1930)
  • Apr 30 Peter 'Possum' Bourne, New Zealand race car driver (b. 1956)
  • Apr 30 Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (b. 1923)
  • Apr 30 Mark Berger, University of Kentucky professor (b. 1955)