What Happened in March 2003

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Management of the United States Customs Service and the United States Secret Service move to the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 1 17th Soul Train Music Awards: LL Cool J, Mariah Carey & Nelly win

Actor and Rapper LL Cool J
Actor and Rapper
LL Cool J
Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey
  • Mar 2 The first International Symposium on Taiwan Sign Language Linguistics is held at Chung Cheng University.
  • Mar 2 America's Cup: Alinghi defeats Team New Zealand 5-0 to win in Auckland
  • Mar 5 In Haifa, 17 Israeli civilians are killed by a Hamas suicide bomb in the Haifa bus 37 massacre.
  • Mar 8 34th NAACP Image Awards: "Antwone Fisher" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Mar 11 The International Criminal Court holds its inaugural session in The Hague.
  • Mar 12 Zoran Đinđić, Prime Minister of Serbia, is assassinated in Belgrade.
  • Mar 12 Elizabeth Smart, was found after having been missing for 9 months.
  • Mar 13 The journal Nature reports that 350,000-year-old footprints of an upright-walking human have been found in Italy
  • Mar 14 Start of weekend of protests against war in Iraq that are attended by millions

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 15 Hu Jintao becomes President of the People's Republic of China

Paramount Leader of China Hu Jintao
Paramount Leader of China
Hu Jintao
  • Mar 15 24th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Pittsburgh beats Connecticut, 74-56
  • Mar 16 The largest coordinated worldwide vigil takes place, as part of the global protests against Iraq war.
  • Mar 16 50th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #12 Duke beats NC State, 84-77
  • Mar 16 44th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Mississippi State, 64-57
  • Mar 17 British Cabinet Minister Robin Cook, resigns over government plans for the war with Iraq.
  • Mar 18 FBI agents raid the corporate headquarters of HealthSouth Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama on suspicion of massive corporate fraud led by the company's top executives.
  • Mar 18 British Sign Language is recognised as an official British language.
  • Mar 19 Invasion of Iraq by American and British led coalition begins without United Nations support and in defiance of world opinion
  • Mar 22 23rd Golden Raspberry Awards: Swept Away wins
  • Mar 23 In Nasiriyah, Iraq, 11 soldiers of the 507th Maintenance Company as well as 18 U.S. Marines are killed during the first major conflict of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 23 75th Academy Awards: "Chicago," Adrien Brody & Nicole Kidman win

Actress Nicole Kidman
Actress
Nicole Kidman
  • Mar 24 The Arab League votes 21-1 in favor of a resolution demanding the immediate and unconditional removal of U.S. and British soldiers from Iraq.
  • Mar 28 In a "friendly fire" incident, two A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft from the United States Idaho Air National Guard's 190th Fighter Squadron attack British tanks participating in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, killing British soldier Matty Hull.

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 1 "The Silence of the Lambs" actor Anthony Hopkins (65) weds actress-producer Stella Arroyave (47) in Malibu, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 25 Actress-model Liv Tyler (25) weds rock band vocalist Royston Langdon (30) at a private villa in St James, Barbados

Actress Liv Tyler
Actress
Liv Tyler

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Hank Ballard, American musician (b. 1927)
  • Mar 2 Malcolm Williamson, Australian composer (b. 1931)
  • Mar 3 Horst Buchholz, German actor (b. 1933)
  • Mar 3 Luis Marden, American photojournalist (b. 1913)
  • Mar 3 Goffredo Petrassi, Italian composer (b. 1904)
  • Mar 3 Peter Smithson, English architect (b. 1923)
  • Mar 4 Jaba Ioseliani, Georgian bank robber (b. 1926)
  • Mar 4 Sébastien Japrisot, French author, screenwriter and film director (b. 1931)
  • Mar 6 John Sanford, American author (b. 1904)
  • Mar 8 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (b. 1940)
  • Mar 8 Karen Morley, American actress (b. 1909)
  • Mar 9 Stan Brakhage, American filmmaker (b. 1933)
  • Mar 9 Bernard Dowiyogo, President of Nauru (b. 1946)
  • Mar 10 Barry Sheene, British motorcycle racer (b. 1950)
  • Mar 11 Brian Cleeve, Irish author (b. 1921)
  • Mar 11 Ivar Hansen, speaker of the Danish Folketing (b. 1938)
  • Mar 12 Zoran Đinđić, Prime Minister of Serbia (b. 1952)
  • Mar 12 Howard Fast, American author (b. 1914)
  • Mar 12 Andrei Kivilev, Kazakh cyclist (b. 1973)
  • Mar 12 Lynne Thigpen, American actress (b. 1948)
  • Mar 14 Jack Goldstein, Canadian-born artist (b. 1945)
  • Mar 14 Jean-Luc Lagardère, French publisher (b. 1928)
  • Mar 15 Dame Thora Hird, British actress (Last of the Summer Wine), dies at 91
  • Mar 15 Paul Stojanovich, Reality TV pioneer (b. 1956)
  • Mar 16 Rachel Corrie, American political activist (b. 1979)
  • Mar 16 Ronald Ferguson, father of Sarah, Duchess of York (b. 1931)
  • Mar 17 Su Buqing, Chinese mathematician and educator (b. 1902)
  • Mar 18 Karl Kling, German race car driver (b. 1910)
  • Mar 18 Adam Osborne, British computer pioneer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 19 Michael Mathias Prechtl, German illustrator (b. 1926)
  • Mar 19 Émile Genest, Canadian actor (b. 1921)
  • Mar 20 Sailor Art Thomas, American professional wrestler (b. 1924)
  • Mar 21 Umar Wirahadikusumah, Fourth Vice President of Indonesia (b. 1924)
  • Mar 22 Terry Lloyd, English reporter (b. 1952)
  • Mar 23 Fritz Spiegl, Austrian-born journalist (b. 1926)
  • Mar 24 Hans Hermann Groër, Austrian Catholic archbishop (b. 1919)
  • Mar 26 Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. Senator (b. 1927)
  • Mar 27 Daniel Ceccaldi, French actor (b. 1927)
  • Mar 27 Ricardo Munguia, Salvadoran aid worker
  • Mar 27 Paul Zindel, American writer (b. 1936)
  • Mar 28 Rusty Draper, American country and pop singer (b. 1923)
  • Mar 29 Carlo Urbani, Italian physician (SARS) (b. 1956)
  • Mar 30 Michael Jeter, American actor (The Fisher King), dies at 52
  • Mar 30 Valentin Pavlov, Prime Minister of the Soviet Union (b. 1937)
  • Mar 31 H.S.M. Coxeter, English-born geometer (b. 1907)
  • Mar 31 Tommy Seebach, Danish singer (b. 1949)
  • Mar 31 Anne Gwynne, American film actress (b. 1918)