What Happened in August 2003

Historical Events

  • Aug 5 A car bomb explodes in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta outside the Marriott Hotel killing 12 and injuring 150.
  • Aug 10 The highest temperature ever recorded in the UK - 38.5°C (101.3°F) in Kent . It is the first time the UK has recorded a temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Aug 11 Jemaah Islamiyah leader Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, is arrested in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Aug 11 A heat wave in Paris results in temperatures rising to 112°F (44° C), leaving about 144 people dead.
  • Aug 11 NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.
  • Aug 14 Widescale power blackout in the northeast United States and Canada.
  • Aug 16 U.S. Representative from South Dakota Bill Janklow hits and kills a motorcyclist with his car at a rural intersection near Trent, South Dakota; he will eventually be convicted of manslaughter and will resign from Congress.
  • Aug 17 85th PGA Championship: Shaun Micheel shoots a 276 at Oak Hill Country Club
  • Aug 19 A Hamas planned suicide attack on a bus in Jerusalem kills 23 Israelis, 7 of them children
  • Aug 19 A car-bomb attack on United Nations headquarters in Iraq kills the agency's top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 other employees.
  • Aug 22 Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is suspended after refusing to comply with a federal court order to remove a rock inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the Alabama Supreme Court building.
  • Aug 23 9th World Championships in Athletics open at Saint-Denis, France
  • Aug 25 The Tli Cho land claims agreement is signed between the Dogrib First Nations and the Canadian federal government in Rae-Edzo (now called Behchoko).
  • Aug 26 The Columbia Accident Investigation Board releases its final reports on Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
  • Aug 27 Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing 34,646,418 miles (55,758,005 km) distant.
  • Aug 27 60th Venice Film Festival: "The Return" directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 28 An electricity blackout cuts off power to around 500,000 people living in south east England and brings 60% of London's underground rail network to a halt.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Aug 28 20th MTV Video Music Awards: Missy Elliott, Beyoncé f/ Jay-Z">Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake win

Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé Knowles
Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
  • Aug 29 Ayatollah Sayed Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, the Shia Muslim leader in Iraq, is assassinated in a terrorist bombing, along with nearly 100 worshippers as they leave a mosque in Najaf.
  • Aug 31 9th World Championships in Athletics close at Saint-Denis, France

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 20 Prince Gabriel of Belgium
  • Aug 24 Alexandre Coste, son of Albert II, Prince of Monaco

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 9 Former "New Kids on the Block" singer Joey McIntyre (30) weds real estate agent Barrett Williams (25) in New York City's Plaza Hotel
  • Aug 10 Yuri Ivanovich Malenchenko becomes the first person to marry in space, marrying Ekaterina Dmitriev (on earth)
  • Aug 10 Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera (60) weds former Rivera Live producer Erica Levy (28) at Manhattan's Central Synagogue

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 22 Film director Leni Riefenstahl (101) weds cinematographer Horst Kettner (59)

Film director Leni Riefenstahl
Film director
Leni Riefenstahl

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 23 "The Hours" actress Julianne Moore (42) weds "The Myth of Fingerprints" director Bart Freundlich (33) in New York

  • Aug 30 Daughter of Paul McCartney and fashion designer Stella McCartney (31) weds British publisher Alasdhair Willis on the 300-acre Gothic Estate in Scotland's Isle of Bute

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Guy Thys, Belgian football coach (b. 1922)
  • Aug 1 Marie Trintignant, French actress (b. 1962)
  • Aug 2 Don Estelle, British actor (b. 1933)
  • Aug 2 Mike Levey, American television personality (b. 1948)
  • Aug 2 Peter Safar, Austrian physician (b. 1924)
  • Aug 3 Roger Voudouris, American singer and songwriter (b. 1954)
  • Aug 4 Frederick Chapman Robbins, American Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1916)
  • Aug 7 Mickey McDermott, baseball player (b. 1929)
  • Aug 8 Maki Ishii, Japanese composer, dies at 66
  • Aug 9 Ray Harford, English footballer and manager (b. 1945)
  • Aug 9 Gregory Hines, American actor and dancer (b. 1946)
  • Aug 9 Jacques Deray, French film director (b. 1929)
  • Aug 9 Chester Ludgin, American baritone (b. 1925)
  • Aug 10 Carmita Jiménez, Puerto Rican singer
  • Aug 11 Armand Borel, Swiss mathematician (b. 1923)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 11 Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach, dies in a car accident at 66

Ice Hockey Player & Coach Herb Brooks
Ice Hockey Player & Coach
Herb Brooks
  • Aug 13 Ed Townsend, American songwriter and producer (b. 1929)
  • Aug 14 Helmut Rahn, German footballer (b. 1929)
  • Aug 15 Gösta Sundqvist, Finnish songwriter and singer (heart attack) (b. 1957)
  • Aug 16 Idi Amin, Ugandan dictator (b. 1928)
  • Aug 18 Tony Jackson, English musician (The Searchers) (b. 1938)
  • Aug 19 Carlos Roberto Reina, President of Honduras (b. 1926)
  • Aug 19 Sérgio Vieira de Mello, Brazilian diplomat (b. 1948)
  • Aug 21 Kathy Wilkes, English philosopher and aid worker (b. 1946)
  • Aug 21 Wesley Willis, American musician (b. 1963)
  • Aug 22 Arnold Gerschwiler, Swiss figure skating trainer (b. 1914)
  • Aug 22 Generosa Ammon, American widow of Ted Ammon (b. 1956)
  • Aug 22 Imperio Argentina, Argentinian singer and actress (b. 1906)
  • Aug 23 Jack Dyer, Australian rules footballer (b. 1913)
  • Aug 23 John Geoghan, American Catholic priest (b. 1935)
  • Aug 23 Bobby Bonds, American baseball player and manager (b. 1946)
  • Aug 24 Sir Wilfred Thesiger, British explorer (b. 1910)
  • Aug 26 Jim Wacker, American football coach (b. 1937)
  • Aug 27 Pierre Poujade, French politician (b. 1920)
  • Aug 28 Brian Douglas Wells, American criminal (failed) (b. 1956)
  • Aug 29 Ayatollah Sayed Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, Iraqi political leader (b.1939)
  • Aug 29 Patrick Procktor, English artist (b. 1936)
  • Aug 29 Michel Constantin, French film actor (b. 1924)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 30 Charles Bronson, American actor, dies at 81

  • Aug 30 Donald Davidson, American philosopher (b. 1917)