What Happened in May 2003

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 2003 invasion of Iraq: In what becomes known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech, U.S. President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended" on board the USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of California.

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • May 3 New Hampshire's famous Old Man of the Mountain collapses.
  • May 3 129th Kentucky Derby: Jose Santos aboard Funny Cide wins in 2:01.19
  • May 10 The May 2003 tornado outbreak sequence takes place.
  • May 12 The Riyadh compound bombings, carried out by Al Qaeda, kill 26.
  • May 12 Fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers bring the Texas Legislature to a standstill by going into hiding in a dispute over a Republican congressional redistricting plan.
  • May 16 In Casablanca, Morocco, 33 civilians are killed and more than 100 people are injured in the Casablanca terrorist attacks.
  • May 16 NHL Western Conference Final: Anaheim Ducks beat Minnesota Wild, 4 games to 0
  • May 17 128th Preakness: Jose Santos aboard Funny Cide wins in 1:55.61

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

May 20 The reality series "America's Next Top Model", created by Tyra Banks, debuts on UPN

Supwemodel & Actress Tyra Banks
Supwemodel & Actress
Tyra Banks
  • May 21 An earthquake hits northern Algeria killing more than 2,000 people.
  • May 21 38th Academy of Country Music Awards: Toby Keith, Martina McBride & Kenny Chesney win
  • May 22 In Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sörenstam becomes the first woman to play the PGA Tour in 58 years.
  • May 23 The Euro exceeds its initial trading value as it hits $1.18 for the first time since its introduction in 1999.
  • May 23 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Ottawa Senators, 4 games to 3
  • May 24 48th Eurovision Song Contest: Sertab Erener for Turkey wins singing "Everyway That I Can" in Riga
  • May 25 Néstor Kirchner becomes President of Argentina after defeating Carlos Menem. He is the first elected President since the economic crisis.
  • May 25 Indianapolis 500: Gil de Ferran wins in 3:11:56.989 (251.526 km/h)
  • May 25 56th Cannes Film Festival: "Elephant" directed by Gus Van Sant wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 26 Only three days after a previous record, Sherpa Lakpa Gelu climbs Mount Everest in 10 hours 56 minutes. The tourism ministry of Nepal confirms this record in July that year.
  • May 28 Peter Hollingworth becomes the first Governor-General of Australia to resign his office as a result of criticism of his conduct.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 28 Patrick Roy officially announces his retirement from the NHL

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • May 28 11th UEFA Champions League Final: Milan beats Juventus (0-0, 3-2 on penalties) at Manchester

Film release premierFilm Release

May 30 "Finding Nemo", directed by Andrew Stanton and starring Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres is released in the US and Canada

Comedian and TV Star Ellen DeGeneres
Comedian and TV Star
Ellen DeGeneres

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

May 3 "Friends" actor Matt LeBlanc (35) weds former model Melissa McKnight (38) at a private estate overlooking Anini Beach in Kilauea, Hawaii

  • May 10 "Broadway" singer-actress Carol Channing (82) weds Harry Kullijian at Big Valley Grace Community Church in Modesto, California
  • May 10 Fashion designer Shoshanna Lonstein (28) weds investment analyst Joshua Gruss at the Metropolitan Club in New York City
  • May 10 "Ocean's Eleven" director and producer Steven Soderbergh (40) weds former fashion model Jules Asner (35) in Manhattan, New York

HeartWedding of Interest

May 13 NBA star Dennis Rodman (42) weds Michelle Moyer in a small civil ceremony in Newport Beach, California

Basketball Player Dennis Rodman
Basketball Player
Dennis Rodman
  • May 18 Actress Rena Sofer (34) weds director and producer Sanford Bookstaver (29) in Malibu, California

HeartWedding of Interest

May 22 Actor and comedian Kevin Hart (23) weds Torrei Hart

Comedian and Actor Kevin Hart
Comedian and Actor
Kevin Hart

HeartWedding of Interest

May 24 Oscar winning-actress Kate Winslet (27) weds director Sam Mendes (36) in Anguilla Island

Actress Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
  • May 24 Actor and film director Kenneth Branagh (42) weds film art director Lindsay Brunnock in a secret ceremony

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

May 27 Actress Angelina Jolie (26) divorces actor Billy Bob Thornton (47) due to irreconcilable differences

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Miss Elizabeth, American wrestler (b. 1960)
  • May 3 Suzy Parker, American actress (b. 1932)
  • May 5 Walter Sisulu, South African activist (b. 1912)
  • May 6 Art Houtteman, baseball player (b. 1927)
  • May 9 Russell B. Long, U.S. Senator from Louisiana (b. 1918)
  • May 10 Milan Vukcevich, Yugoslavian chemist and chess problem composer (b. 1937)
  • May 11 Noel Redding, English bassist (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) (b. 1945)
  • May 12 Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, French UN High Commissioner for Refugees (b. 1933)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 14 Dave DeBusschere, American basketball player, dies of a heart attack at 62

NBA Forward and MLB Player Dave DeBusschere
NBA Forward and MLB Player
Dave DeBusschere
  • May 14 Wendy Hiller, British actress (b. 1912)
  • May 14 Robert Stack, American actor (b. 1919)

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May 15 June Carter Cash, American musician and singer dies aged 73

Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash
  • May 15 George Francis, British gangster (b. 1940)
  • May 16 Mark McCormack, American businessman (b. 1930)
  • May 17 Frank "Pop" Ivy, American and Canadian football coach (b. 1916)
  • May 18 Anna Santisteban, Puerto Rican beauty contest organizer (b. 1914)
  • May 18 Barb Tarbox, Canadian anti-smoking crusader (b. 1961)
  • May 21 Frank D. White, American politician (b. 1933)
  • May 21 Alejandro de Tomaso, Argentine-Italian racing driver and car manufacturer (b. 1928)
  • May 22 Ousmane Zongo, Burkinabé shooting victim
  • May 23 Jean Yanne, French actor and director (b. 1933)
  • May 23 Csaba Szabo. Hungarian composer, dies at 67
  • May 24 Rachel Kempson, English actress (b. 1910)
  • May 25 Jeremy Michael Ward, American musician (The Mars Volta) (b. 1976)
  • May 26 Kathleen Winsor, American writer (b. 1919)
  • May 27 Luciano Berio, Italian composer (b. 1925)
  • May 28 Oleg Makarov, cosmonaut (b. 1933)
  • May 28 Martha Scott, American actress (Ben-Hur), dies at 90
  • May 28 Ilya Prigogine, Russian-born physicist and chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (b. 1917)
  • May 29 David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer (b. 1972)
  • May 30 Mickie Most, English record producer (b. 1938)