What Happened in June 2003

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 The People's Republic of China begins filling the reservoir behind the Three Gorges Dam.
  • Jun 2 Europe launches its first voyage to another planet, Mars. The European Space Agency's Mars Express probe launches from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan.
  • Jun 5 A severe heat wave across Pakistan and India reaches its peak, as temperatures exceed 50°C (122°F) in the region.
  • Jun 7 135th Belmont: Jerry Bailey aboard Empire Maker wins in 2:28.26
  • Jun 8 49th LPGA Championship won by Annika Sörenstam
  • Jun 8 57th Tony Awards: Hairspray & Take Me Out win
  • Jun 8 102nd Men's French Open: Juan Carlos Ferrero beats Martin Verkerk (6-1, 6-3, 6-2)
  • Jun 8 102nd Women's French Open: Justine Henin-Hardenne beats Kim Clijsters (6-0, 6-4)
  • Jun 9 Stanley Cup: New Jersey Devils defeat first time finalists Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 4-3
  • Jun 10 The Spirit Rover is launched, beginning NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission.

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Jun 10 "Wicked", starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, officially opens at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco

Actress/Singer Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel
  • Jun 15 57th NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat New Jersey Nets, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 15 103rd US Golf Open: Jim Furyk shoots a 272 at Olympia Fields CC IL

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Jun 17 Moneyball, a book about the 2003 Oakland Athletics baseball team and GM Billy Beane's sabermetric approach, inspired by Bill James, is published

Baseball Writer and Statistician Bill James
Baseball Writer and Statistician
Bill James
  • Jun 18 Google launches AdSense, a program that enables website publishers to serve ads targeted to the specific content of their individual web pages, many of which like HistoryOrb.com go on to start their own publishing businesses

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Jun 21 "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" the 5th book of the series by J. K. Rowling is published worldwide in English

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 23 Barry Bonds steals second base against the Los Angeles Dodgers, becoming the first player in MLB history to have 500 career home runs and 500 career steals

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • Jun 26 The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional.
  • Jun 27 The United States National Do Not Call Registry, formed to combat unwanted telemarketing calls and administered by the Federal Trade Commission, enrolls almost three-quarters of a million phone numbers on its first day.

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 28 "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl", directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, premieres at Disneyland

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 7 "Sidewalks of New York" actor-director Edward Burns (34) weds Calvin Klein model Christy Turlington (32) at St. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church in San Francisco, California

Supermodel Christy Turlington
Christy Turlington
  • Jun 7 "Dawson's Creek" actor Kerr Smith (31) weds actress Harmoni Everett (28) at The La Quinta Resort and Club in Palm Springs, California
  • Jun 8 "The Sopranos" actor Dominic Chianese (72) weds United Nations conference planner Jane Pittson (56) in Manhattan

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 22 Actor Adam Sandler (36) weds actress-model Jackie Titone (28) at Dick Clark's oceanfront in Malibu, California

  • Jun 28 Colombian American actor John Leguizamo (42) weds estate planner Justine Maurer (35) on a Catholic-Jewish ceremony in New York
  • Jun 29 Actress Emma Thompson (44) weds actor Greg Wise (37) in Loch Eck, Scotland

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Johnny Hopp, baseball player (b. 1916)
  • Jun 2 Fred Blassie, American professional wrestler (b. 1918)
  • Jun 3 Felix de Weldon, Austrian sculptor (b. 1907)
  • Jun 5 Jürgen Möllemann, German politician (b. 1945)
  • Jun 5 Manuel Rosenthal, French composer and conductor (b. 1904)
  • Jun 6 Ken Grimwood, American writer (b. 1944)
  • Jun 6 Dave Rowberry, British musician (The Animals) (b. 1940)
  • Jun 7 Trevor Goddard, English actor (b. 1962)
  • Jun 8 Leighton Rees, Welsh darts player (b. 1940)
  • Jun 10 Donald Regan, Chief of Staff and U.S. Treasury Secretary (b. 1918)
  • Jun 10 Bernard Williams, English philosopher (b. 1929)
  • Jun 10 Dr Phil Williams, Welsh politician and scientist (b. 1939)
  • Jun 11 David Brinkley, American television reporter (b. 1920)

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Jun 12 Gregory Peck, American actor (b. 1916)

  • Jun 13 Malik Meraj Khalid, Former caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan (b. 1916)
  • Jun 14 Dale Whittington, American racing driver (b. 1959)
  • Jun 15 Hume Cronyn, Canadian actor (b. 1911)
  • Jun 16 Pierre Bourgault, French Canadian politician (b. 1934)
  • Jun 16 Georg Henrik von Wright, Finnish-Swedish philosopher (b. 1916)
  • Jun 18 Larry Doby, American baseball player (b. 1923)
  • Jun 19 Laura Sadler, English actress (b. 1980)
  • Jun 20 Bob Stump, American politician (b. 1927)
  • Jun 21 Roger Neilson, Canadian ice hockey coach (b. 1934)
  • Jun 21 Leon Uris, American writer (b. 1924)
  • Jun 21 Jason Moran, Australian criminal (b. 1967)
  • Jun 22 John Stokes, British MP (C), dies at 85
  • Jun 22 Wassil Bykau, Belarusian writer, dies at 79
  • Jun 23 Maynard Jackson, Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia (b. 1938)
  • Jun 24 Vladimir Garin, Russian actor (b. 1987)
  • Jun 25 Lester Maddox, American businessman, one-time segregationist and Governor of Georgia (b. 1915)
  • Jun 26 Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroon footballer (b. 1975)
  • Jun 26 Denver Randleman, U.S. Army Seargent (b. 1920)
  • Jun 26 Strom Thurmond, U.S. Senator (b. 1902)
  • Jun 26 Sir Dennis Thatcher MBE, husband of Margaret Thatcher (b. 1915)
  • Jun 27 David Newman, American filmmaker (b. 1937)
  • Jun 28 Wim Slijkhuis, Dutch athlete (b. 1923)
  • Jun 29 Katharine Hepburn, American actress (b. 1907)
  • Jun 30 Buddy Hackett, American comic (b. 1924)
  • Jun 30 Robert McCloskey, American children's book writer and illustrator (b. 1915)